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.

Back in Black

Thu 25 – Sun 28 Nov

The Victorian Craft Beer Cafe in Halifax host this event with a full house of dark beers – 16 cask and 18 keg beers on the list. 

Pigs Ear (East London)

Tue 30 Nov – Sat 4 Dec

Held at the Round Chapel in Hackney featuring a list of around 175 beers (although not necessarily all on at the same time), walkable from Hackney Central Overground station. More information on the East London CAMRA website. Trains run from Sheffield to London St Pancras operated by East Midlands Railway or coaches run from Sheffield/Meadowhall to London Victoria operated by National Express, Megabus and FlixBus.

Central Manchester

Fri 3 – Sat 4 Dec

A mini festival showcasing local beers along with bottled ciders organised by the Central Manchester branch of CAMRA. The venue is 53Two at Deansgate. Advance tickets are required (capacity of 80 per session!) and go on sale from 11 October. The venue is walk-able from Manchester Oxford Road station which has direct trains from Sheffield or bus X57 from Sheffield goes to Manchester coach station.

GBBF Winter

Wed 9 – Sat 12 Feb

After a year of for Covid, this beer festival is back at New Bingley Hall in Birmingham. More information at https://winter.gbbf.org.uk/


Thu 10 – Sat 12 Feb

Held in the Metropolitan Cathedral Crypt this CAMRA festival has some character and atmosphere! Advance tickets advisable.

Rotherham Real Ale & Music Festival

Thu 3 – Sat 5 Mar

The popular charity festival at Magna makes a return for 2022 featuring a large choice of cask ales on handpump along with other craft beer options, cider and live music – all in a former steel works. Bus X1 and X10 (Sheffield-Maltby) goes there from Sheffield Centre, Meadowhall Interchange and Rotherham Interchange. For more information and tickets visit the festival website or check out the Facebook page.

Indie Beer Feast

Fri 4 – Sat 5 Mar

Craft beer festival with brewery bars, music and street food in the old Abbeydale Picture House. Advance tickets advisable and available online. Regular buses along Abbeydale Road (75/76/86/97/98) stop outside the venue.

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.