Festival guide

Below is a guide to beer festivals in or near Sheffield that we are aware of over the coming months. While we believe the information is correct, we advise checking with the venue/organisers before making any special journeys.

CAMRA festival listings can also be found on the national CAMRA events page and commercial festivals on aletalk.

Barrow Hill Rail Ale

Thu 19 – Sat 21 May

A festival with a unique atmosphere featuring beer, cider, gin, food, music and trains in a working railway roundhouse. Buses link the venue to Chesterfield town centre (Stagecoach 90) and rail station (festival shuttle). More information on their website.

Ridgeway

Sat 21 May

4 pubs in the villages of Ridgeway and Ford team up to put on a joint festival and raise money for the Hallam FM cash for kids charity. The day features ales, gin, cocktails, music, food and a bouncy castle. The day runs from midday until late. TM Travel bus 252 runs through Ridgeway from Sheffield, Gleadless, Eckington and Crystal Peaks in the daytime, additionally there will be a minibus shuttle between venues. For more information visit their Facebook page.

High Peak

Sat 21 May

Organised by Raise the Bar events company at Chapel-en-le-frith town hall in conjunction with a number of Derbyshire breweries that will host their own bars at the festival with food stalls also present. The afternoon session also features a wine tasting whilst the evening session has live music. Entry is £6 including souvenir glass and it is advisable to buy tickets in advance online. Bus 199 (Buxton-Manchester Airport) passes the venue or bus 190 from Chinley stops a short walk away.

Lees Hall Golf Club

Thu 2 – Sat 4 Jun

The Lees Hall Golf Club at Norton Lees presents the return of their annual beer festival for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend open from 6pm Thursday, 2pm Fri/Sat and midday on Sunday featuring cask ale and other craft beers, cider, gin and food. There is live music at 8pm Friday and Saturday, also 1pm Sunday. Buses 18 and 20 stop outside the venue.

Hope Valley

Thu 2 – Sun 5 Jun

The Old Hall Hotel in Hope host their regular bank holiday weekend beer & cider festival. In addition to the pub’s normal food and drink offering, a marquee in the car park features a range of over 50 extra beers and ciders along with snacks and entertainment. Trains and buses 271/272 run from Sheffield to Hope.

Pleasley Pit

Fri 3 – Sat 4 Jun

This is a small festival on a heritage site open Friday evening 6pm-11pm and Saturday 2pm-11pm that features beer, cider, gin, hot food and entertainment. Free entry. Bus 53/53a from Sheffield to Mansfield passes nearby. More information on their Facebook page.

Stocksbridge Rugby Club

Fri 3 – Sun 5 Jun

Their mini beer festival is back with extra guest beers at the clubhouse along with other attractions. Buses 57, SL1 and SL1a go there.

One Valley & One Valley Extra

Sat 4 Jun

For One Valley a number of pubs in Dronfield town centre and nearby jointly host a beer & music festival. For more details see their Facebook page. Venues are either within walking distance of the railway station or on Stagecoach bus route 43/44. The “Extra” is organised separately alongside it by Drone Valley Brewery, Pioneer Club and the Miners Arms in Hundall. You can get to the Miners on TM Travel bus 15 or there is normally a festival ride share shuttle service organised with a local taxi company.

Stockport

Thu 16 – Sat 18 Jun

The CAMRA beer & cider festival at Edgeley Park football ground is back after time off for Covid! More information on their website.

Loxley

Fri 24 – Sun 26 Jun

The Wisewood Inn‘s Loxley Beer Festival returns with a range of cask and keg beer, cider, food, brewery merchandise and a great view! Powells Bus 61/62 goes there from Hillsborough Interchange.

Amber Valley

Thu 30 Jun – Sat 2 Jul

Held at Belper Rugby Club in a marquee on Strutts Field on Derby Road. It will feature around 90 beers, ciders and perries. Live music Friday and Saturday night. To get there buses and trains on the Matlock-Derby routes serve Belper.

Brunswick (Derby)

Wed 6 – Sun 10 Jul

This classic brewpub near Derby railway station hosts its regular beer festival with extra beers on stillage making a range of up to 40 to choose from, there is also a BBQ on the Friday and Saturday weather permitting. Regular fast trains run from Sheffield to Derby.

Eckington beer & music

Sat 2 Jul

A festival spread across a number of venues in Eckington, Marsh Lane and Hundall. A minibus links the venues between 1pm and 8pm with a flat fare of just £1 per ride. You can get from Sheffield to Eckington on Stagecoach bus 50/50a/53 or TM Travel bus 252. More details on their Facebook event page.

Wortley Club

Fri 15 – Sun 17 Jul

The beer festival held at Wortley Mens Club is back! Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more details.

Peakender

Fri 19 – Sun 21 Aug

The Bakewell based festival of beer and music organised by Thornbridge Brewery returns. Advance tickets are advisable and available to buy online. Camping also available to book. TM Travel bus 218 runs from Sheffield to Bakewell.

Great British Beer Festival (GBBF)

Tue 2 – Sat 6 Aug

CAMRA’s big national event returns to Olympia in London (next to Kensington Olympia London Overground station) featuring a huge range of real ales and other craft beer from across the UK, Europe and the USA plus an extensive selection of Cider & Perry along with food vendors, stalls, games, live music and more. For more details and advance tickets visit the GBBF website. London is easy to get to from Sheffield with East Midlands Railway running regular trains or alternatively there are lots of scheduled coaches operated by National Express, Megabus and Flixbus.

Hope Valley

Fri 26 – Mon 29 Aug

The Old Hall Hotel in Hope host their regular bank holiday weekend beer & cider festival. In addition to the pub’s normal food and drink offering, a marquee in the car park features a range of over 50 extra beers and ciders along with snacks and entertainment. Trains and buses 271/272 run from Sheffield to Hope.

Cleethorpes Rail Ale & Blues

Fri 16 – Sun 18 Sep

The Rail Ale and Blues Festival returns to Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway for its seventh year! A stunning line up of blues musicians from around the country will be making their way to the stage at Lakeside Station to put on a show you will not forget. The award winning ‘Signal Box Inn’ will be bursting at the seams with a superb variety of real ales and they’ll be even more ales available from the external bar in ‘The Engine Shed’! Then if you fancy a relaxing trip along the coast, take a ride on the light railway, where steam trains will be in action all weekend. The event is free to enter with charges applying for drinks and train rides. A card only policy will be in force across the whole site. More details at www.cclr.co.uk

Torrside Smokefest

Sat 17 – Sun 18 Sep

An event at Torrside Brewery in New Mills (10 minutes walk from New Mills Central station on the Sheffield-Manchester line, trains operated by Northern) dedicated to all things smokey – it is a showcase of their range of smoked beers along with guests, on both cask and keg. Food is also available. Advance tickets are required, costing £12, which includes a glass and your first beer.

Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival

12-15 October 2022 (TBC)

Nottingham CAMRA are back at Trent Bridge cricket ground, a short bus ride from the station, with a huge range of real ales, other craft beers, cider, perry, food and entertainment. Regular trains run from Sheffield to Nottingham.

Steel City Beer & Cider Festival

Wed 19 – Sat 22 Oct

Sheffield CAMRA’s usual annual event returns to the atmospheric Kelham Island Museum following a couple of years off for Covid, featuring a huge range of real ales and other craft beers, traditional cider & perry, street food, live music and more. The venue is a short walk from Shalesmoor tram stop or various buses serve the area. It is also walkable from the City Centre.

CAMRA Members’ Weekend, AGM & Conference 2023

Fri 21 – Sun 23 Apr

We’re hosting this event, which includes a members’ bar showcasing local breweries, at the Octagon Centre! More information here.