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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.


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

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 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

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

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.

Saturday 14 September Grenoside Beer Festival is back at the Grenoside Community Centre, a day of cask and keg beer, plus gins, wines and spirits and a selection of food from local vendors.

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

Saturday 12-Sunday13 October Big Sky Beer Festival at Wold Top Brewery, Wold Newton,  East Yorkshire

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

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).