Ale be there!

The drinks are now being set up for Rotherham's epic real ale festival.

The drinks are now being set up for Rotherham's epic real ale festival.

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REAL ale fans are in for a treat next week... with the return of the annual Rotherham Real Ale and Music Festival.

The event will take place at the Magna Centre from March 2-5 and will feature more than 250 real ales, wines, ciders and foreign lagers.

It will also play host to the Yorkshire Beer Championships – and the winning ale will go on to the national final with a chance to be crowned Champion Beer of Britain.

Drinkers are also promised some top live entertainment with performances from a variety of folk, blues, jazz and rock artists.

The festival is being supported by Rotherham CAMRA and trustees have pledged to donate profits to Rotherham Hospice, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Weston Park Hospital and Safe@Last.

As excitement builds for the festival, organisers are still appealing for more volunteers to help work behind the bars.

Festival organiser Steve Burns said: “Year on year, the demand for the event keeps growing – one of the main factors that has influenced the move from Oakwood Comprehensive School to the Magna Centre – but we are entirely dependent on people supporting by giving up their free time.”

All volunteers who work at the festival receive free entry, a special commemorative T-Shirt, glass, as well as a meal during their shift. All volunteers must be over 18 and full training will be given.

Volunteers can sign up by visiting the beer festival website at www.magnarealale.co.uk and completing a short online form.

For tickets and more details, visit the website.