Beer festival to move to Kelham

Sheffield’s annual beer festival looks like being on the move again - to Kelham Island.

Organisers are preparing to switch from Ponds Forge to the indoor and outdoor spaces of the industrial museum in part of Sheffield where the local real ale revolution started, now dotted with pubs and breweries.

Before three years in the sports hall at Ponds Forge, the 40-year-old Steel City Beer Festival was briefly held under canvas in Cemetery Park, off Cemetery Road.

Richard Ryan, a member of the Campaign for Real Ale Sheffield and District Branch’s organising committee, said it made sense that Kelham should be home to the festival. “If all goes well, we envisage the museum hosting the event for years .

“There are some fantastic pubs dotted around – The Fat Cat, the Kelham Island Tavern, The Wellington – and the idea is they will become part of a fringe festival, perhaps offering beers not on at the museum and providing their own entertainment. Think about it. There could be 4,000 beer lovers in the area. If all the venues get on board, that should make for a terrific atmosphere.”

Camra’s national governing body is expected to give final approval next week for the festival to be held at Kelham Island from Wednesday October 29 to Saturday November 1.

Sheffield was highlighted this year for its beer by the New York Times, with the Kelham Island Tavern in Russell Street named as one of the best pubs in Yorkshire.