Festival guide

Below is a guide to beer events in or near Sheffield that we are aware of over the next month or two. Whilst we believe the information is correct, we advise checking direct with the venue/organisers before making any special journeys. Latest listings of CAMRA organised beer festivals can be found on the national CAMRA website and a guide to commercial festivals and pub events can be found online on aletalk.



Fri 20 – Sun 22 Jul

Sheffield’s biggest music festival returns for another year in its new home at Hillsborough Park. Aside from the main festival, there will be plenty of events in pubs around the city, with many featuring as official Fringe venues.

Folk Forest

Sat 21 – Sun 22 Jul

This folk music festival at Endcliffe Park will include a beer tent featuring Neepsend, Exit 33, Blue Bee and Sheffield breweries.

Mallard, Worksop

Thu 26 – Sun 29 Jul

The Mallard pub in Worksop railway station is holding a Summer Beer Festival, with up to 16 real ales, three real ciders and fruit wines from Lyme Bay.

Sheffield Pride

Sat 28 Jul

The Itchy Pig Ale House are providing the bar service at this year’s Sheffield Pride Festival at Endcliffe Park, with Exit 33 supplying the official festival beer.

Dukeries Brewery

Thu 2 – Sat 4 Aug

20 locally-brewed real ales on offer at this festival at the Dukeries Brewery Tap in Worksop. Opening times Thursday 17:30-22:00, Friday 17:00-23:00 and Saturday 12:00-23:00.

Great British Beer Festival

Tue 7 – Sat 11 Aug

Britain’s biggest beer festival will be returning this summer from 7-11 August to Olympia in London. A paradise for beer lovers, CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival is an event not to be missed with hundreds of beers available to suit all tastes. See gbbf.org.uk for ticket details.


Fri 17 – Sun 19 Aug

Thornbridge Brewery’s annual festival returns to the Bakewell Showground. Guest breweries this year include Abbeydale, Cloudwater, Northern Monk, Magic Rock and many more. Tickets available from peakender.co.uk.

Blackhill Beer Festival

Fri 24 – Mon 27 Aug

Visit the Miners Arms in Hundall (near Dronfield) for the annual Blackhill Beer Festival in conjunction with Peak & Dukeries Land Rover Club. Land Rover trials are held over the bank holiday weekend on the Black Hills, just a short stroll along the lane.

Old Hall Hotel August Beer Festival

Fri 24 – Mon 27 Aug

The annual August Bank Holiday beer festival at the Old Hall Hotel in Hope. Featuring beers from around the Peak District, plus food and live entertainment.

Abbey, Woodseats

Fri 24 – Mon 27 Aug

A wide range of cask beers will be available, mainly from microbreweries including some from Sheffield, Derbyshire, Nottingham and further afield, and they hope to have about 10 beers on at any one time. There will also be folk and country and western music.

Abbeydale Funk Fest

Sat 25 – Sun 26 Aug

A celebration of sour and mixed-fermentation beers held at Abbeydale Brewery, showcasing more than 30 beers including a selection from Abbeydale’s own Funk Dungeon range. Tickets available here.

Cleethorpes Rail Ale & Blues

Fri 14 – Sun 16 Sep

The Rail Ale and Blues Festival returns to Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway for its fourth year. Featuring over 50 real ales and 30-40 ciders, plus live music and of course steam trains.


Wed 19 – Sat 22 Sep

Probably Yorkshire’s largest beer festival, with more than 500 beers. Wednesday session for CAMRA members only starting at 3pm, then open from 12:00 to 23:00 the rest of the week. KeyKeg & international beer bars, plus many ciders to choose from, a variety of food stalls to help soak it up and an eclectic mix of live music. It will be held again at the Knavesmire Racecourse (Knavesmire Road, YO23 1EX) in the newly-refurbished Clocktower Enclosure opposite the Grandstand. It is a 25 minute walk from the Station and buses will also be available.

Old Hall, Chinley

Fri 21 – Sun 23 Sep

The pub’s annual beer and cider festival, with over 200 beers and ciders, barbecue, live music and a great atmosphere. There are direct trains to Chinley from Sheffield for those travelling by public transport.

Amber Valley CAMRA

Thu 27 – Sun 30 Sep

The 9th Amber Valley CAMRA festival will be held at Strutts on Derby Road, Belper, and is set to feature 65 real ales. The festival will launch on Thursday with a special preview session from 4-6pm with free entry to all including non-members. This will be followed at 7.30pm by a free-to-enter quiz with prizes, where table-service will be provided for participants. Friday and Saturday nights will have live music, while the Sunday session (12-2pm) is free entry with any remaining beers selling at £2 a pint.

Steel City Beer and Cider Festival

Wed 10 – Sat 13 Oct

Sheffield & District CAMRA’s Steel City festival returns for its 44th year and will again be held at the Kelham Island Museum, featuring over 200 real ales, plus real ciders, craft KeyKeg and international bottled beers. Live music, entertainment, hot and cold food stalls and traditional pub games.

Wetherspoon Real Ale and Cider Festival

Wed 10 – Sun 21 Oct

A twelve-day celebration of real ale and traditional cider across Wetherspoon pubs nationwide, set to feature more than 30 UK-based brewers plus five cider producers.

Nottingham CAMRA

Wed 17 – Sat 20 Oct

Held at the Motorpoint Arena due to ongoing work at Nottingham Castle, this year’s festival is set to be as big as ever. Tickets start at £10.80 including a glass and nine beer tokens. For more information see beerfestival.nottinghamcamra.org.