Festival guide

Below is a guide to beer festivals in or near Sheffield that we are aware of over the coming weeks. 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.

Leicester CAMRA

Wed 26 – Sat 29 Feb

Held at the Haymarket Theatre, featuring around 130 beers plus cider and perry. More info here

Getting there: direct trains from Sheffield to Leicester operated by East Midlands Railway.

Magna (Rotherham)

Thu 27 – Sat 29 Feb

The well established charity real ale & music festival returns to Magna, a former steel works, after a year off and on the traditional week of the year. The event features around 140 real ales on handpump plus other craft beers, cider & perry, gin and two live music stages!

Advance tickets are available online, however note there is a discount for CAMRA members that is only available on the door.

Getting there: Bus X1/X10 goes directly there from Sheffield City Centre and Meadowhall Interchange.

Gardeners Rest

Sat 29 Feb – Sun 1 Mar

The Gardeners’ latest mini beer festival (basically a tap takeover) showcases 4 breweries from Nottinghamshire with a list of 14 different ales to choose from. Music also features on Friday night and Sunday afternoon and in the fridge the usual sandwiches and pork pies will be joined by venison pies.

Loughborough CAMRA

Thu 5 – Sat 7 Mar

Held at the Polish Club with around 60 real ales and ciders.

Getting there: direct trains from Sheffield to Leicester operated by East Midlands Railway.

Scarborough CAMRA

Thu 5 – Sat 7 Mar

features 75 real ales, 20 ciders and more at the Spa complex’s Ocean Room.

Indie Beer Feast

Fri 6 – Sat 7 Mar

Held at the Abbeydale Picture House, this is a popular craft beer event where advance tickets are essential. The format here sees a number of great breweries hosting their own bars around the venue, there is also a wine bar and street food traders.

Sheaf View

Fri 20 – Sat 21 Mar

The Sheaf View holds one of their now regular events that sees extra beers available! This time it will be a fully vegan affair with 8 ales on the main bar and a further 4 in the conservatory. Food will be available Friday and Saturday evening plus Sunday lunchtime, supplied by “Make No Bones”, the vegan diner based at Church Temple of Fun in Neepsend.

Getting there: buses 10/10a/20/24/25/43/44/X17 to London Road (Heeley Bridge/Ponsfords).

Pax Pint Party

Fri 20 – Sun 22 Mar

The Dorothy Pax at Victoria Quay fill all their beer lines and put on live music!

Doncaster Brewery Tap

Thu 9 – Mon 13 Apr

Featuring 20 hand pulled cask ales, 10 keg beers, cider & perry, pizza and bratwurst. Open 5-11pm Thursday, 12-11pm Fri/Sat, 12-8pm Sunday and 12-5pm Monday.

Folk Music Session Fest

Fri 10 – Sun 12 Apr

Live music sessions across a number of real ale pubs in Sheffield City Centre and Kelham Island.

Sheffield Student Union

Thu 7 – Sat 9 May

The annual University of Sheffield Student Union beer festival is back, with the bank holiday moving for VE day the festival runs from Thursday 7th to Saturday 9th and is open from 2pm to midnight each day.

The event is spread between the Raynor Lounge, Union Gardens and Interval Bar with a huge cask ale stillage bar, craft keg bars. cider & perry tent, gin, food and entertainment. Entry is free and the event is open to the public. Entrance is on Glossop Road (Bar One doorway or garden gates) which is just a couple of minutes walk from the University tram stop.

Barnsley CAMRA

Thu 7 – Sat 9 May

Lots of beer, cider and more at a new location – Elsecar Heritage Centre

Barrow Hill Rail Ale

Thu 14 – Sat 16 May

Dubbed as the most atmospheric beer & music festival of the year, this takes place in a working railway roundhouse depot with beer, cider and gin bars spread across the roundhouse and attached marquee, an indoor music stage and various street food traders outside between the various railway sidings! On Friday and Saturday daytime there are also train rides available at no extra cost. The venue is near Chesterfield, a shuttle bus service operates from Chesterfield station or the regular Stagecoach bus 90 also stops outside the roundhouse. The festival is open Thursday 12-5pm, Friday 12-11pm and Saturday 12-11pm. Advance tickets available online. See www.railalefestival.com for more details.

Ridgeway village

Sat 16 May

4 pubs in the village put on this joint event featuring beer, food, music, charity fundraising and more. Bus 252 runs there from Sheffield during the daytime.

Lincoln CAMRA

Thu 21 – Sat 23 May

Beer, Cider, food and music in the Drill Hall. A regular train service runs from Sheffield to Lincoln.

Sheffield Food Festival

Fri 22 – Mon 25 May

Food and drink stalls around the City Centre, particularly Fargate and the Peace Gardens.

Stockport CAMRA

Thu 28 – Sat 30 May

Held at Edgeley Park football ground.


One Valley

Sat 6 Jun

A number of pubs in Dronfield town centre join forces to put on beer, music and food. A number of other venues such as Drone Valley Brewery outside the One Valley collective will also be making a special effort that day! The majority of partipating venues are walkable from Dronfield Station, the rest can be reached by one of the local bus services 14, 15, 43 or 44.

Derbyshire Bus & Beer running day

Sat 20 Jun

The second now annual event involving a network of preserved buses operating around the Peak District free of charge, including stops at real ale pubs and breweries. Enjoy rides on vintage buses taking in some breathtaking scenery with a delicious pint or two between trips!

The hub of the heritage bus service is Peak Rail’s Rowsley South station, however if you are travelling from Sheffield the easiest places to join them is Bakewell (get there on TM Travel bus 218) or Matlock (get there on Stagecoach bus X17).


Thu 9 – Sun 12 Jul

The annual beer festival at Abbeydale Brewery’s Rising Sun pub in Nether Green which features their own beers on the pub bar whilst out in the closed off car park there is a real ale and cider tent, a craft keg wall, food counters, charity fundraising events and live music.

CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival

Tue 4 – Sat 8 Aug

The big one that sees CAMRA volunteers from near and far head to London to put this national event on at the Olympia Exhibition Centre. The festival features several hundred real ales in cask and keykeg from across the UK and USA, other world beers, cider & perry, entertainment, food and more. Details at gbbf.org.uk.


Fri 21 – Sun 23 Aug

The beer festival in Bakewell organised by Thornbridge Brewery

46th Steel City Beer & Cider Festival (Sheffield CAMRA)

Wed 21 – Sat 24 Oct

Our annual celebration of great beer & cider along with music, food and more returns to Kelham Island Museum.