CAMRA Members’ Weekend, AGM & Conference 2021

THE CAMRA MEMBERS’ WEEKEND, AGM & CONFERENCE 2021

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Sheffield & District CAMRA is proud to be hosting the Members’ Weekend, AGM & Conference  in 2021, the year of CAMRA’s 50th anniversary. The dates are 16th. to 18th. April 2021.

The AGM  is where in addition to the mandatory business of an Annual General Meeting (AGM), CAMRA’s volunteer National Executive is elected: and Conference is where campaigning policy is democratically formed and updated by members via debate and voting.  Also featured are award presentations and fringe activities.

There is a Members’ Bar at the venue, organised brewery trips and of course a whole city, and beyond, of fantastic pubs, tap rooms and more to explore.

The venue for Sheffield 2021 is the City Hall, a 1920’s classic entertainment venue. The Conference & AGM will be held in the Oval Hall whilst the Members’ Bar will be downstairs in the Ballroom.

The City Hall is in Sheffield City Centre and has its own tram stop served by the Yellow and Blue routes. There are also many bus routes nearby and a number of hotels within walking distance.

BREWERY TRIPS AND OPEN DAYS

We’ll be organising a number of coach trips to breweries to take a tour and try the beer. Tickets will go on sale via the CAMRA AGM website closer to the time.

Additionally we anticipate a number of breweries easily reached by public transport will be holding tap room sessions in their breweries over the Members’ Weekend. These will be publicised nearer the time.

THE MEMBERS BAR

Our Members’ Bar will be in the City Hall Ballroom and is exclusively for CAMRA members. It is like a small beer festival and will showcase local brewers along with a modest selection of real cider. It will be a great place to meet up with others attending the Members’ Weekend or to relax after the conference.

The Members’ Bar is open Friday evening, Saturday lunch time, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. Exact times will be published once the weekend schedule is confirmed.

Additionally the venue will provide a refreshment counter serving tea, coffee, soft drinks and snacks throughout the weekend.

EATING OUT

The venue is in the centre of Sheffield with plenty of cafes, fast food establishments, pubs, bars and restaurants close by.

Some suggested food and drink destinations can be found on the Welcome to Sheffield website.

VISITOR INFORMATION & ACCOMMODATION

If you want to take a break from the beer, there are museums, parks, shops, sports facilities, theatres and more to keep you busy!

It’s also worth noting that the start of the Members’ Weekend will coincide with the first frames of the 2021 Snooker World Championship which will be held at the Crucible Theatre, five minutes walk from City Hall. Tickets for the snooker will be on sale from August 2020. The tournament lasts 19 days and could be an ideal way to recover from the Members’ Weekend.

CAMRA cannot recommend any particular agency or hotel, however Event Express are offering their services for booking accommodation for those attending the Members’ Weekend, there are also the usual websites such as Trip Advisor and Air BnB. Welcome to Sheffield are also happy to help!

We have two notable real ale pubs that also do accommodation – the Crow and the Hillsborough Hotel.  All the usual hotel chains are present in the City such as Jurys Inn, Easyhotel, Travelodge, Premier Inn, Hilton, Holiday Inn and Best Western as well as some independent hotels and other accommodations.

More general information about visiting Sheffield can be found via the Welcome to Sheffield website.

TRAVEL INFORMATION – GETTING HERE

If you are arriving in Sheffield by train at Sheffield station the Blue route tram links directly to City Hall. Sheffield is well connected to the National Rail network and served by Cross Country, East Midlands Railway, Northern and Transpennine Express trains.

If you arrive at Meadowhall Interchange on the Megabus coach, the Yellow route tram will take you directly to City Hall.

If you arrive at Sheffield Interchange on a National Express coach or local service then bus 120 provides a frequent link up to the City Hall.

If you arrive in Sheffield on the tram-train from Rotherham, the Cathedral terminus is a short walk from the City Hall (or travel one stop further to City Hall on a connecting Yellow or Blue route tram).

If you are flying into England for the Members’ Weekend, the two easiest airports for Sheffield are Manchester or Doncaster-Sheffield. An hourly train service runs from Manchester Airport to Sheffield station operated by Transpennine Express; an hourly X6 bus service runs from Doncaster-Sheffield Airport to Sheffield Interchange operated by Stagecoach.

If you are coming by car, there are numerous multi storey car parks in the City Centre, additionally there are a number of park & ride sites on the tram system. The “Sheffield Parkway” road links M1 junction 33 directly with the City Centre and also Nunnery Square Park & Ride site.

TRAVEL INFORMATION – GETTING AROUND LOCALLY

Buses around Sheffield are operated by a combination of First, Stagecoach Yorkshire, TM Travel, Powells and Hulleys of Baslow; all work together with the Travel South Yorkshire partnership. The network is fairly comprehensive and operates from around 5:30 am with last departures around 11:30 pm.

Trams are operated by Stagecoach Supertram and run on 4 routes – Blue, Yellow, Purple and Tram Train. The tram operating hours are generally 6:00 am to midnight.

Public transport maps and timetables can be downloaded via Travel South Yorkshire here.

If you are planning on exploring Sheffield by public transport a range of all day and weekly passes are available from Travelmaster that are accepted by all operators, such as the Citywide ticket that includes all buses and trams in Sheffield and the SY Connect+ that includes all buses, trains and trams in South Yorkshire. (Note these tickets do not include travel across the border into Derbyshire – see below).

Most tickets for buses and trams can be purchased on board by cash; First, Stagecoach and Powells also take contactless card payment. Daily and weekly passes are also available to buy in advance online.

English National Concessionary Travel Scheme bus passes (Senior/Disabled) are accepted on buses and trams in Sheffield. The senior passes cannot be used before 09:30 or after 23:00 on weekdays, they can be used anytime Saturday and Sunday. To use them on buses scan them on the driver’s ticket machine as you board, on trams take a seat and the conductor will scan your pass.

Hackney Carriage “Black Cabs” are plentiful in central Sheffield and can be hailed in the street. Private hire taxis must be prebooked either by phone or app but are usually slightly cheaper. The main taxi companies are City Taxis, Uber and Network. If using Uber, which is normally the cheapest option, always check the price quoted as at busy times they apply surge pricing and other providers may then be cheaper.

VOLUNTEERING

We need volunteers to help out at the Members’ Weekend. Roles include setting the venue up, serving behind the members bar, selling glasses & beer tokens, hosting brewery trips, counting votes at the conference, meeting & greeting, preparing conference bags and more. If you fancy helping out you’d be appreciated, more details including a staffing form will be available nearer the time here.

SUGGESTED PUB WALKS

For some inspiration for pubs to visit whilst in Sheffield, check out our Ale Trails (currently under development).

There are excellent pubs and bars across the City but the main areas to visit, apart from the City Centre are:

Or why not check out local brewery taps!

It is also worth a bus or train ride to some of the neighbouring towns and villages such as Dronfield, Chesterfield, Castleton and Rotherham.

HERITAGE PUBS

You can download CAMRA’s guide to Sheffield pubs that retain heritage features free of charge here.

We are aiming to have an updated printed edition of this book available to buy at the Members’ Weekend.

BEYOND SHEFFIELD AND NEIGHBOURING CAMRA BRANCHES

Sheffield & District CAMRA branch includes the City of Sheffield and into parts of Derbyshire. Some of the Peak District National Park falls into the Derbyshire part of our branch area offering breathtaking scenery and lovely country pubs!

There are a few key public transport corridors into the Peak District from Sheffield, principally bus 65 to Buxton, bus 218 to Bakewell, bus 271/272/273/274 to Castleton, bus X17 to Matlock and the Hope Valley railway. If you are spending the day travelling around Derbyshire by bus and train a Derbyshire Wayfarer pass may be worthwhile, otherwise individual bus operators offer their own day tickets.

There are also other towns and villages a short bus, tram or train ride from Sheffield in neighbouring CAMRA branch areas. Here are links to their websites:

Dronfield & District
Chesterfield
North Nottinghamshire (covers Worksop)
Rotherham
Barnsley
Doncaster
High Peak (covers Buxton)
Matlock & Dales