Beer festival goes west for theme of next event

Rotherham Real Ale and Music Festival raised �40,000 for local charities and raised a glass at Howarth Lodge Livery on Tuesday to celebrate the (left to rigtht): ; Helen Gentle, Weston Park Cancer Charity; event chairman David Wadkin; cAROLINE artschan, Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice; Gemma Burke and Hettie; Joanna Dunn, Magna;  event organiser Stephen Burns and Anna Gott, Rotherham Hospice
Rotherham Real Ale and Music Festival raised �40,000 for local charities and raised a glass at Howarth Lodge Livery on Tuesday to celebrate the (left to rigtht): ; Helen Gentle, Weston Park Cancer Charity; event chairman David Wadkin; cAROLINE artschan, Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice; Gemma Burke and Hettie; Joanna Dunn, Magna; event organiser Stephen Burns and Anna Gott, Rotherham Hospice
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The annual Baa’s of Steel real ale festival is taking on a western theme at its next event at Magna Centre.

Organisers visited Howarth Lodge Riding School, Rotherham and donned cowboy gear to make the announcement.

At the same time, a cheque for £40,000 was handed to representatives from Rotherham Hospice, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, from this year’s festival.

The next Baa’s of Steel Rotherham Real Ale and Music Festival – to be called Baa’sil Goes West after their sheep mascot, is returning to Magna between Wednesday, February 27 until Saturday, March 2, 2013.

The Rotherham Real Ale and Music Festival is the largest beer festival in the North.

Earlier this year, more than 11,000 people visited.

Visitors drank their way through a wide range of 236 different varieties of real ales, ciders, wines and perries.

The announcement comes as Rotherham Campaign for Real Ale prepares to hold a smaller beer festival at Rotherham United stadium, on November 9 and 10.

The New York Beer Festival, which will run on the Friday evening and all day on Saturday, will have 45 real ales plus cider available behind the bar along with food and entertainment.

Entry costs £5 including a glass and brochure, and CAMRA members get their first pint free.

Tickets for the New York event are now available from The All New Hare and Hounds, Rotherham; The Church House, Wath; The Chequers, Whiston; The Loyal Trooper, South Anston; The Kelham Island Tavern, Sheffield.