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This weekend sees the start of a serious season of beer festivals round and about. I have selected a few within a reasonable distance should you be at a loose end and fancy something different.

This weekend also sees Camra's National conference being held in Sheffield, so many of the pubs there have made an effort and are providing extra beers, or in some cases small festivals to complement this. No doubt plenty of interest there but expect it to be busy.

The Doncaster Beer festival is also on over the weekend, promising 80 or so new beers and some fairly interesting looking breweries that I have not come across.

However, should you not fancy a trip into South Yorkshire there is a local one at The Nook,at Holmfirth that may whet your appetite. Running from Thursday 14th through till Sunday it promises 40 plus ales, with live music.

The following weekend from Friday 22nd until Sunday, the Sportsman at Huddersfield is having its 2nd festival, and from Friday 29th onwards the Rat & Ratchet is holding its mild and cider festival with a promise of plenty of light milds to supplement the more usual darker fayre.
If you are over in the Wakefield area that weekend, (rather than glued to the telly watching the Royal nuputials ) then there are festivals promised at The Reindeer at Overton and the Cricketers at Horbury, both easily accessed by bus from Huddersfield.

So there you are, more festivals than ever. Just hope the weather holds and we can get around a few, will keep you posted.