Rolling out the barrel for anniversary beer festival

Rolling out the barrel, Bluebell Wood launch their Baa's of Steel Real Ale and Music Festival at their shop on Wellgate, Rotherham. From left, David Wadkin, Anna Gott, Becky Mirfin, Katie Cartwright and Steve Burns
Rolling out the barrel, Bluebell Wood launch their Baa's of Steel Real Ale and Music Festival at their shop on Wellgate, Rotherham. From left, David Wadkin, Anna Gott, Becky Mirfin, Katie Cartwright and Steve Burns
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ORGANISERS of one of South Yorkshire’s biggest beer festivals gathered to launch this year’s event – which marks its 20th anniversary.

Taking place between February 29 and March 3 at the Magna Centre, Baa’s of Steel – the Rotherham Real Ale and Music Festival – will bring together more than 230 varieties of real ales, specially chosen from the steel-producing areas of the UK. All money raised will be distributed to local good causes.

The launch was held at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice shop in Rotherham, where organisers not only kicked off the sale of tickets for this year’s festival but also revealed the charities set to benefit.

This year, Bluebell Wood, Weston Park Cancer Hospital, The Rotherham Hospice and the Magna Trust will all be supported.

In 2011 the festival attracted more than 10,000 visitors and helped to raise more than £35,000 for good causes, with £7,000 distributed to each.

Festival organiser Steve Burns said: “We wanted to create something special to mark the 20th anniversary of the festival and this year’s event promises to be our best yet, with our largest ever selection of ales, a packed entertainment line-up, and of course a broad selection of ciders, wines, perries and foreign beers.

“Last year was our first at Magna and we are keen to build on its success to help make this year’s event equally memorable.”

Entry tickets bought in advance cost £8 on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and £10 on Friday. Tickets are available from each of the charities, as well as via website www.magnarealale.co.uk

Tickets are also available from venues across South Yorkshire including the Rotherham Visitor Centre, Asda, Magna and numerous pubs. Call 01709 723123 for information on where to buy.