Extra trains on track for beer festival

Dronfield Three Valleys festival - Large crowds enjoying the Coach & Horses pub
Dronfield Three Valleys festival - Large crowds enjoying the Coach & Horses pub
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Six extra trains will stop at Dronfield this weekend to help deliver thirsty drinkers to the popular Three Valleys Beer Festival.

Some 10,000 to 12,000 people are expected to vist the festival, where drinkers tour pubs in and around the town, celebrating beer and ciders to live music.

Now East Midlands Trains is adding extra stops calling at Dronfield station on Saturday, June 3.

Wayne Kyte, area station manager, said: “We always want to support local community events and festivals so we are very happy to put on extra stops for Dronfield. “We expect services to be busy as the festival is very popular but look forward to welcoming festival-goers onto our trains and to Dronfield station.”

Dr Peter Hayward, chairman of the Friends of Dronfield Station, added: “We encourage festival goers to travel by train as it is the safer option and means revellers can enjoy themselves without having to worry about calling taxis or waiting for lifts.”

There will also be buses from the station to pubs taking part in the festival.

For fans of fizz rather than beer, this weekend also features Sheffield’s first prosecco festival at the University of Sheffield’s students’ union.

The festival is the latest of its type organised by staff at the University of Sheffield students union – past events have focused on craft gins, beer and cider.

This event will have between 15 and 20 types of prosecco on draft for drinkers to sample, and tastings.

But there is also a packed schedule of other activities, from brunch with build your own avocado on the Saturday, to live DJs and glitter face painting.

James Zeller, a co-organiser, said: “We wanted to do prosecco because it is a drink which has really taken off in the past couple of years.

“We wanted to celebrate it as a drink in its own right rather than just an alternative to champagne. It’s a celebration of local producers as well.”

Food is a focus of the festival, with Sheffield’s 4 Eyes Patisserie signed up, while charcuterie boards picked to complement prosecco are on offer. The event takes place at the Interval Cafe in the union on Western Bank, and you don’t have to be a student to come along.

Visit: Putting the fizz into festival with Prosecco celebration in Sheffield