8 beer festivals in Derbyshire you won’t want to miss

Rail Ale Festival

Rail Ale Festival - Credit: Archant

If you are a beer and real ale fan make sure you have these 2015 festival dates down in your diary

CAMRA’s National Winter Ales Festival

CAMRA’s National Winter Ales Festival - Credit: Archant

Chesterfield CAMRA Beer Festival

6-7 February

Get rid off any January blues still hanging around with this festival. Held at The Winding Wheel in Chesterfield, there will be more than 120 beers from around the UK including local ale beers, ciders, perries and country wines. Evening sessions with live music.

CAMRA’s National Winter Ales Festival, Derby

11-14 February 2015

Feast your eyes and taste buds on more than 400 real ales, including ones from all 12 of Derby’s micro-breweries, spanning mild, bitters, best bitters, strong bitters, golden ales and speciality beers.

Derby City Charter Beer Festival

Derby City Charter Beer Festival - Credit: Archant

36th Burton Beer and Cider Festival

26-28 March

Live music and more than 130 beers, around 30 ciders and perries and a selection of fruit wine, will make the weekend before Easter go with a swing. Musical acts include The Detroit’s, A Motown and Soul band from Burton, and Remedy a classic rock band from the Black Country upon Trent

Rail Ale Festival, Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre

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14-16 May

Back for its 14th year with more than 250 real ales along with ciders, perries, craft keg, world beers and lots of food to try this festival promises to be as good as ever. It is held at Barrow Hill, Britain’s last surviving working Roundhouse, and train rides are available, pulled by either a steam or diesel locomotive from ‘Roundhouse Halt’, a purpose-built platform.

RailAle Festival

RailAle Festival - Credit: Archant

Three Valleys Beer Festival

6 June

The event is spread across around 18 venues across Barlow, Bradway, Dronfield, Hundall, Coal Aston, Totley Rise and Apperknowle, which are linked by a free bus service. You can hop between each venue to experience the different atmosphere, drinks, food and entertainment each has to offer.

Derby City Charter Beer Festival

8-12 July 2015

With more than 33,000 pints drunk last year, this festival in the centre of Derby is a popular and busy one! As well as lots of real ale there is live music, and last year music act No way to Norway from Derby’s twin city of Osnabrück headlined.

Three Valleys Beer Festival

Three Valleys Beer Festival - Credit: Archant

Ashbourne Beer Festival

8-10 October

Held at the town hall in this old market town on the southern edge of the Peak District, there will be around 50 ales and 10 Ciders, to try plus live music on Friday and Saturday.

The Great Peak District Fair and Buxton Beer Festival

10-11 October

Enjoy more than 20 locally brewed beers and ciders as well as 100 indoor and outdoor stalls showcasing producers from around the Peak District at this celebration of locally produced food, and arts and crafts.

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