Thursday, April 28, 2011

Springtime is festival time !!

They are a bit like buses, you wait ages for one and then 4 appear together ! This weekend sees 4 beer festivals within a few miles of Huddersfield, all easily accessible (depending on public transport) and all having interesting selections of beer.

I have already posted the Rat & Ratchet mild and cider festival, but if you want to travel further out of town then the 232 bus route gives access to two others. The 'Reindeer' at Overton is having a festival starting at 1200 noon on Friday and promising about 15 beers themed around some sort of event also being held on that day, but more of that later. The 'Cricketers' at Horbury also promises a festival, again from noon with around 20 beers served on an inside and outside bar. Plenty of the beers here are old favourites but there are a few specials thrown in for the 'tickers' amongst us.

Should you still want more, then the Barnsley Beer Festival, at Elsecar, on the Penistone rail line from Huddersfield has a massive selection of beers, both local and from further afield, to whet your appetite. If beer from the North East is your thing, then this could be worth a visit.

The only problem is that Friday has been designated as a Bank Holiday, and therefore bus times may be a little tricky. An hourly service at 1159 etc, operates from Huddersfield to both Overton and Horbury, on the 232 route. It returns from Horbury at 5 past the hour, until 5pm then 10 past. Overton is a little more complicated, having a return at 13 mins past the hour till 1713 then 2 hourly thereafter. Saturdays are normal service, basically hourly but with different times but Sundays revert to the formula above.
Elsecar is a different problem. On the Penistone line, but not all trains stop there, and at festival times will involve a change of trains, according to the rail website, at Chapeltown.

Anyway, should festivals be your thing, there are plenty to choose from, both in and out of town. The problem is knowing where to start !
And in case you are at a loose end next weekend, Halifax Mayfest is on. More details later.

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