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Pub, Club and Other non-CAMRA Beer Festivals

These festivals are run by enthusiastic licensees or charities such as local Round Tables, but are very often supported by the local branches of CAMRA. For details of official CAMRA festivals, click here.

We do not always get to hear about such festivals until they've almost happened. The list below consists of festivals in and around our local area, i.e. those that would be feasible for a day out by train bus or pushbike. Special thanks are due to John Phillips and Paul Dixey of Heavy Woollen CAMRA for regular updates. We shall be glad to add additional festivals or amend details click to advise us. This no-frills formula means your festival can usually be posted within minutes of news being received! e. & o.e.


Wednesday 9-Sunday 20 October Real Ale and Cider Festival at local Wetherspoons

Saturday 12 October Diesel & Ale Saturday at Keighley and Worth Valley Railway The brewery onboard the diesel hauled service will be offering three of their cask ales for you to enjoy, all served from traditional handpumps. Trains carrying the brewery bar will be the 1100, 1230, 1415, 1545 & 1715 from Oxenhope and the 1145, 1330, 1500 & 1630 from Keighley. A range of hot & cold drinks, bottled lagers, ciders, wines & snacks will also be available on board. Diesel hauled services will also operate from Haworth to Keighley at 0900 and from Keighley to Oxenhope at 0930 & 1800, however, the brewery bar will not be available on these services. A full bar service including cask ales will also be available on steam hauled services

Saturday 12-Sunday 13 October Big Sky Beer Festival at Wold Top Brewery, Wold Newton, East Yorkshire

Thursday 17-Sunday 20 October Keighley and Worth Valley Railway's Beer and Music Festival. The Railway is transformed into a 5-mile long beer and music festival with bars at Oxenhope, Ingrow and Keighley Station as well as a real-ale bar onboard steam trains, also live music at both Oxenhope and Ingrow from Friday to Sunday, where around 30 groups and solo artists will perform with a wide range of genres, from pop and rock to jazz and country – surely something for everyone. Book your tickets by the 31st August to save 10% on all ticket purchases.

Saturday 26 October Sausage and Cider Fest at the New Dock Hall, Armouries Drive, Leeds LS10 1LT,12:00-23:00, (2 sessions, noon-17:00 and 18:00-23:00) an amazing day filled full of cider, beer, live music and of course... a great array of sausage from around the world not just cider at this event but also a Craft Beer and Gin bar

Friday 1-Saturday 2 November Fifth Castleford Beer Festival, housed in the historic Queen’s Mill, 1 Aire Street, Castleford WF10 1JL with music, local food from the fantastic 'Martha's Kitchen' and brilliant beer in a stunning venue. 30+ great Yorkshire beers as usual, plus cider, wine and gin. Tickets include a souvenir glass and souvenir festival programme. A proportion of the proceeds from this festival will, as always, be donated to the Castleford Heritage Trust to assist in their ongoing work at Queen’s Mill.

w/c Monday 4th November at the Six Chimneys, Kirkgate, Wakefield – Lights vs Darks – 2v2 head to head battle!

Wednesday 6 November Leeds Heritage Beer Tour - Join Beer Evangelist 'Mosaic' Mike Hampshire on a guided walking tour around Leeds, duration from 18:30-21:30. £28 Tickets available at http://mikestaproom.eventbrite.com/  valid for the Leeds Heritage Beer Tour on this event date only, (additional fees may apply)Visiting five historic Leeds beer venues, learn about beer and its history in Leeds, a drink included at each venue, ideal for beer and/or history lovers, starting from The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, fun and informal.

Thursday 7-Sunday 10 November Clayton & Frickley Beer Festival at Clayton & Frickley Club, Churchfield Road, Clayton with Frickley DN5 7BZ, £6 entry includes glass and first drink, live music, pie and peas web entry

Friday 8-Saturday 9 November Salt Beer Factory's Oktoberfest at 199 Bingley Road, Saltaire, 5 minutes walk from Saltaire station, an Oktoberfest with a difference. They love a good German Beer and they love a good party so they have invited some of their favourite Craft Breweries from around the UK to showcase a German influenced beer along with another of their own choosing. To enhance that party spirit there will be DJ's and live music (not an Oompah band, Germans don't actually listen to Oompah music, right?). Their Grade II listed former Edwardian tramshed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire will be given the full Germanic make over. Steins and Germanic Street Food will also be on offer. Prost! Beer Each ticket includes a commemorative half pint glass and 4 tokens which can be exchanged for 4 x half pints or 1 x 2 pint Stein of a beer from any of the 16 Breweries invited to pour at the event. A variety of Germanic style food will be available including Bratwurst, Currywurst, Krakauer Pizza and Pretzels!

Friday 22-Saturday 23 November Otley Beer Festival at Otley Rugby Club, Cross Green, Otley, noon-23:00

Saturday 23 November Festival of Brewers at New Craven Hall, Unit 2 Fairfield House, New Craven Gate, Leeds LS11 5NF, (at the Leeds end of Dewsbury Road, next door to Eiger Studios) Session One - 11:00-16:30, Session Two - 17:00-22:30 a brewer’s market style event, showcasing small & independent breweries www.festivalofbrewers.co.uk

Wednesday 4 December Leeds Heritage Beer Tour - Join Beer Evangelist 'Mosaic' Mike Hampshire on a guided walking tour around Leeds, duration from 18:30-21:30, starting at The Tetley and visiting four other venues  £28 Tickets available at http://mikestaproom.eventbrite.com/  valid for the Leeds Heritage Beer Tour on this event date only (additional fees may apply). Visiting five historic Leeds beer venues, learn about beer and its history in Leeds, a drink included at each venue, ideal for beer and/or history lovers, fun and informal.

Previous festivals which may take place again (dates here are those of a previous festival):

Friday 19-Monday 22 April Penistone Spring Beer Festival at the White Heart 40 cask-conditioned beers and craft ciders, live music every day and hog roast on the Saturday, free entry#

Friday 3-Saturday 4 May Fifth Annual Hearty Festival at Yorkshire Heart Brewery, Nun Monkton near York www.yorkshireheartfestival.com

Sunday 5 May Ossett Brewery Open Day

Thursday 9-Sunday 12 May East-West Beer Festival presented by Five Towns Brewery at Wakefield Labour Club, Vicarage Street, WF1 1QX, in aid of Candlelighters and Newton Hill Cricket Club food available Thu 18:00-23:00, Fri/Sat noon-23:00, Sun 13:00-17:00, no tickets needed-pay on the door

Saturday 11 May Ninth Stillingfleet Beer & Music Festival in Stillingfleet Village Hall from noon until dry. Transdev bus 42/42S from York Piccadilly or Selby

Thursday 16-Saturday 18 May Barrow Hill Rail Ale Festival beer and music in the surroundings of the Barrow Hill Roundhouse. More than 300 real ales plus cider, gin, wines and hot food. The Rail Ale steam train runs noon-17:00 Friday and Saturday. A free bus service operates between Chesterfield railway station and the Roundhouse on all three days of the festival.

Friday 17-Saturday 18 May Heeley (Sheffield) City Farm’s second local ales festival relocated slightly to the Iron Age roundhouse area of the farm this time open from 17:30-21:00 Fri and 14:00-21:00 Sat, food and music also entry is free.

Saturday 18 May Ridgeway Village annual festival involving beer, entertainment, charity fundraising and more across a number of pubs in the village, reachable from Sheffield on the 252 TM Travel bus (or a bit of a walk from Birley Lane tram stop).

Thursday 23-Monday 27 May the regular bank holiday weekend beer & cider festival at the Old Hall Hotel in Hope featuring lots of real ales and ciders in a tent outside the hotel plus food and music. Buses 271/272/273/274 from Sheffield run past the venue or Hope railway station is 10 minutes walk away.

Friday 24-Sunday 26 May Lees Hall Golf Club beer festival, Hemsworth Road, Norton Sheffield S8 8LL, Fri 24 from 18:00, Satb & Sun from noon 10 cask ales plus craft beer, cider and 12 gins. Live entertainment on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Free entry at all times.

Friday 24-Monday 27 May Beer & Music Festival at The Ship Inn, Strensall, ten real ales, ciders, outside bar, bouncy castle, music Fri/Sat/Sun from 21:00 www.theshipinnstrensall.co.uk

Friday 31 May-1 June Ossett Beercart Festival presented by Wakefield Morris Dancers at Ossett Town Hall in aid of Wakefield Hospice: real ales, ciders, prosecco, morris dancing, food and craft stalls, Fri beer festival in Town Hall 19:00-23:00, Sat beercart procession from Ossett Cricket & Athletic Club at 09:45, Market 10:00-16:00 with beer festival 11:00-23:00 in Town Hall and morris dancing at various locations around town centre/precinct 11:00-16:00 www.ossettbeercart.org.uk

Friday 31 May-Sunday 2 June Mapplewell Beer Festival at Mapplewell & Staincross Village Hall open Fri 16:00-22:00, Sat 14:00, Sun noon-16:00 https://twitter.com/MappBeerFest?lang=en

Saturday 1 June The annual Miners Arms beer festival, which was previously held as part of the old 3 Valleys festival. Expect a great range of ales and ciders, live music and food – plus a fantastic view over the valley! TM Travel Bus 14 provides a limited service from Dronfield Civic Centre via the station and Pioneer Club.

Friday 7-Sunday 9 June Second Ackworth Beer Fest at "Rory's Return", 1 Fothergill Avenue, Ackworth WF7 7PF, just 250 yards from Ackworth Community Centre Fri 16:00-22:00,  Sat 14:00-22:00, Sun noon-22:00 with a wide selection of real ales and cider from Yorkshire plus a gin bar, £5 admission includes first pint and commemorative glass, food available, supporting the Rory James Embling Foundation at Cardiac Risk in the Young, and other local charities. Stagecoach bus route 28 Pontefract-Ackworth- Barnsley, CT Plus 485 Wakefield-Ackworth-Upton daytime only

Friday 14 June Beer Festival at Holy Trinity Church, Trinity Street, Huddersfield HD1 4DT, open 13:00-23:00 free entry with aselection of locally brewed ales, tickets reservable at https://holytrinityhuddersfield.churchsuite.co.uk/events/ramsaoac

Friday 21-Sunday 23 June Loxley Beer Festival at the Wisewood Inn, 539 Loxley Road, Sheffield S6 6RR with cask, craft, cider, gin, music and food extra beers in a marquee out back whilst food is available in the pub. The Wisewood Inn is also home to Loxley Brewery. Bus 31 stops right outside.

Saturday 22 June Annual Beer Festival at Pleasley Pit Country Park near Mansfield, open 14:00-23:00. Bus 53/53a from Sheffield to Mansfield stops nearby.

w/c 24 June – Battle of the Brewers at the Six Chimneys, Kirkgate, Wakefield – 5 brewers battle it out for a chance to be a permanent guest for 3 months!

Thursday 27-Sunday 30 June Summer Beer Festival at Suddabys, Wheelgate, Malton (t.b.c.) www.suddabys.co.uk

Friday 28-Saturday 29 June "Outcrop" a small craft beer festival featuring up to 40 limited release, small batch and collaboration beers from guest brewers at Heist bar & brewery in Clowne near Bolsover. Food and music also features. Advance tickets advisable. Bus 53/53 from Sheffield.

Friday 28-Sunday 30 June Annual Beer Festival at the nationally renowned Wortley Men's Club, held in association with Barnsley Hospice, Reading Room Lane, Wortley, Sheffield S35 7DB Live music all weekend, 75 cask beers, 30 traditional ciders, draught Pimm's,  gin bar on Saturday only, kids' area, all making for a fantastic free entry, family friendly weekend.

Friday 5-Saturday 6 July Annual Scouts' Beer Festival at the Scout HQ 699 Barnsley Road, Newmillerdam, WF2 6QQ, Friday 18:0023:00, Saturday 11:00-23:00, music and food

Friday 5-Saturday 6 July Peddler Night Market held in an old industrial warehouse in the Kelham Island/Neepsend district at 92 Burton Road, this monthly event features cask beer from a local brewer, craft keg beer from a guest brewer, cocktails, street food traders, makers stalls and music. Free entry. Open 17:00-23:00 Fri and 14:00-23:00 Sat. Buses 7/8 run past the venue or Shalesmoor tram stop is a short walk away. On Sat there are also normally tap room sessions nearby at Sheffield Brewery and Neepsend Brewery.

Friday 5-Sunday 7 July Woodfest 2019 at Lagentium, Castleford, twin pub to the Junction, Castleford, four minutes' walk from train and bus stations tbc

Friday 19 July Pontefract Races presents its Abba Night and Beer Festival/ Red Shirt Night, first race at 18:25, great racing, fabulous atmosphere, award-winning beers and lagers with Pennine Brewery, Revolutions Brewing, Ossett Brewery and Bier Huis and one of the UK's best Abba tribute bands, the Fabba Girls, also raising money for the incredible Injured Jockeys Fund through Jack Berry's historic Red Shirt Night. Truly a night to remember!

Friday 19-Saturday 20 July Saxbob's Blues and Ale Stage, 7 Smithfield Road, Shalesmoor, Sheffield S3 7AR, a short walk from Gibraltar Street/Kelham Island pubs and local bus services or Shalesmoor tram stop is 5 mins walk away

Friday 26-Sunday 28 July Annual Beer Festival at the Little Bull, 72 New Road, Middlestown WF4 4NR, Fri from 17:00, Sat & Sun from noon, outdoor bar, live music Fri night, Sat & Sun from 14:00 www.thelittlebull.co.uk

Friday 9-Sunday 11 August Far Headingley Beer Festival at St Chad’s Parish Centre, Otley Road, Far, Leeds LS16 5JT

Friday 9-Sunday 11 August Magic Rock Street Food Weekend at 76 Willow Ln, Huddersfield HD1 5EB. The Magic Rock Huddersfield Tap is housed in a 1700sq ft area to the far end of the brewery and includes nine taps and three cask lines of the freshest Magic Rock beers anywhere and a view directly into the working brewery. Street Food times Fri 15:00-21:30, Sat noon-21:30, Sun noon-18:00

Saturday 10 August Garforth's Eighth Beer Festival presented by Garforth Lions at the Miners' Welfare Hall, 56 Main Street, LS25 1AF,  £5  entry includes glass and first half pint: at least 12 craft beers and 6 ciders, also gin and prosecco food and entertainment throughout the day

Saturday 10-Sunday 11 August Annual Beer Festival at the Red Lion, Main Street, Shadwell, LS17 8HH with 21 real ales from within 21 miles of the pub , open from noon with live pop and rock music Sat from 14:00-23:00, live jazz music Sun from 14:00-20:00. Fun and games for the children both days and food available all weekend.

Friday 16-Saturday 17 August Yorkshire Craft Beer Festival at the shop of Yorkshire Craft Beers, Queen's Mill, Aire Street, Castleford WF10 1JL web page

Friday 16-Sunday 18 August Peakender at the Bakewell Showground with beer, food, music and camping. TM Travel bus 218 from Sheffield.

Saturday 17-Sunday 18 August Beer Festival at The Star, Sandal

Friday 23-Sunday 26 August Hope Valley Beer Festival at the Old Hall Hotel in Hope with lots of real ales in a tent outside the hotel plus food and music. Buses 271/272/273/274 from Sheffield or 10 minute walk from Hope Railway Station

Saturday 24-Sunday 25 August Hunslet Nelson Music & Beer Festival with live music Saturday and live cricket Sunday at Hunslet Nelson Cricket Club, Gipsy Lane Leeds LS11 5 just 7 mins walk from the Tommy Wass Hunslet Nelson Cricket Club

Saturday 24-Monday 26 August Annual Rodley Beer & Music Festival at the Rodley Barge, 184 Town Street, every August Bank Holiday weekend with a number of brilliant acts and a wide selection of cask ales and cider on tap!

Friday 23-Saturday 31 August as part of Leeds Beer Week, The Adelphi, 3-5 Hunslet Road, LS10 1JQ presents a week of Meet The Brewers.

Wednesday 28 August Leeds Heritage Beer Tour - Leeds Beer Week Special! Join Beer Evangelist 'Mosaic' Mike Hampshire on a guided walking tour around Leeds, duration from 18:30-21:30. £28 Tickets available at http://mikestaproom.eventbrite.com/  valid for the Leeds Heritage Beer Tour on this event date only. Visiting five historic Leeds beer venues, a drink included at each venue, ideal for beer and/or history lovers, starting from The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds

Friday 30-Saturday 31 August Ilkley Brewery’s Tenth Birthday at The Ilkley Brewery Company Ltd, 40 Ashlands Rd, Ilkley. Fri 17:00-23:00 £5 entry (advance tickets inc a free beer) Award-winning Street Food, DJs New release beers
Over 18s only, all beer from £2/pint. Sat noon-20:00, family friendly £6 entry (advance tickets inc a free beer). Under 18's go free!! All Beer from £2/pint. Children's entertainment. Award-winning Street Food. DJs, market stalls and more. Weekend pass £8.

Friday 30 August-Sunday 1 September Adel Beer Festival 2019 at Adel Memorial, The Old School, 34 Church Lane, Adel, Leeds LS16 8DE with Premier League themed ales, beers and ciders and a supporting gin and prosecco tent. www.awma.club + Google Map  

Thursday 5-Sunday 8 September Eighth Leeds International Beer Festival at Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds https://www.leedstownhall.co.uk/whats-on/all-shows/8th-leeds-international-beer-festival/4513

Friday 6-Saturday 7 September Woolley Beer Festival 2019 at Barnsley Woolley Miners Cricket Club, Woolley Colliery Rd, Darton, Barnsley S75 5JA. Session 1 Friday 19:00 until late, Session 2 Saturday noon-17:00, Session 3 Saturday 19:00 until late. Tickets include festival glass, programme and live entertainment, raising funds for Wakefield Hospice and other great causes. A wide selection of local craft beers from bigger independents through to one-man bands, also be cider, prosecco and gin plus the usual cricket club bar, food stalls available at all sessions. Entry price (public): £5 + booking fee (Click here to purchase advance tickets now from Skiddle) Walk from Darton Station or in afternoon use Globe Holidays 96/97 bus from Wakefield to Darton. Facebook @WoolleyBeerFest

Saturday 7 September Dore Club Beer & Gin Festival, Townhead Road near bus terminus, free entry open 14:00-23:00

Saturday 7-Sunday 8 September Funk Fest is back at Abbeydale Brewery exclusively showcasing mixed fermentation and sour beers.

Friday 13-Saturday 14 September Saltaire Brewery Beer Festival, a short walk from Shipley Station, Friday 14:00-22:00, Saturday noon-22:00, advance tickets recommended

Friday 13-Sunday 15 September Annual Beer Festival at The Reindeer Inn, 204 Old Road, Overton WF4 4RL buses 232 and 128

Friday 13-Sunday 15 September Cleethorpes Rail Ale & Blues Festival, the annual blues music festival at Cleethorpes Light Railway’s Lakeside station also featuring real ale and little steam trains.

Friday 13-Saturday 14 September St Robert's Church, Pannal - Tenth Annual Beer Festival,  Fri 17:00-23:00, Sat 14:00-21:00 at 21 Crimple Meadows, Pannal, Harrogate  HG3 1JZ . The Church is 5 minutes' walk from Pannal station on the Leeds-York line and from bus routes 36 (Harrogate, Ripon and Leeds), X52 (Harrogate, Otley and Ilkley) and 747 (Harrogate, Pool and Bradford - via airport) The beer menu will include ales brewed locally and further afield Tickets provide entry, complimentary souvenir half-pint tasting glass and six half-pint beer vouchers OR four Prosecco vouchers. Additional vouchers on sale on night. website Food on sale; live music; wine, cider and soft drinks available; raffle each night

Saturday 14 September Grenoside Beer Festival is back at the Grenoside Community Centre, Main Street, Grenoside, Sheffield, S35 8PR a day of cask and keg beer, plus gins, wines and spirits and a selection of food from local vendors. 14:00 – 23:00 at at the rear of Grenoside Community Centre in their specially erected marquee.

Saturday 14 September Helperby Beer Festival at Helperby Village Hall, Main Street YO 2NS, Main St opens 12:30 http://www.helperbybeerfestival.co.uk/tickets/

Thursday 19-Saturday 21 September Wakefield Festival of Beer on the ground floor of what was Wakefield Market Hall

Friday 20 September Chew The Fat Beer Fest from 17:00 at Sheaf Street, Leeds off Crown Point Road with delicious street food with specialists - Peter Brears: Food Writer/Historian, Leeds, - Alessandra Confessore: The Ilkley Brewery Head Brewer, - Rachel Auty: Women On Tap CIC Founder/Director and - Christian Townsley: North Brewing Co, Founder/Director. Tickets: - £10/7 (concessions) inc. free drinks token. All profits go to Leeds North and West Foodbank and Leeds South and East Foodbank.

Friday 20-Sunday 22 September Beer Fest at the Sun Inn 136 Westgate, Pickering YO18 8BB

Friday 20-Sunday 22 September Beer and Cider Festival at the Old Hall Inn and the Paper Mill, Whitehough in the Peak District offering over 200 beers and cider https://www.old-hall-inn.co.uk/beer--cider-festival

Wednesday 2 October at the Six Chimneys, Kirkgate, Wakefield Meet the Brewer with Little Critters!