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Welcome to Cheltenham CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale. We are a voluntary organisation campaigning for real ale, community pubs and consumer rights.The Cheltenham Branch has around 1,000 members in the GL50, GL51, GL52 and GL53 postcode areas.

Next 5 Diary Events

25th August to 28th August, 2016 - Cheltenham Real Ale Festival 2016
2nd September, 2016 - Farewell to Cathy, Plough Prestbury
6th September to 7th September, 2016 - Ale Amble to Digbeth, Birmingham
8th September, 2016 - Monthly Social - September
8th September to 10th September, 2016 - 9th Moreton Beer Festival
Full Branch Diary

Good Beer Guide 2017

As usual the branch will be obtaining a stock of 2017 Good beer guides for sale to members at a reduced rate.  The price to members is £10 as opposed to the cover price of £15.99. You must be a member of Cheltenham branch to obtain copies from us.

If you are interested in obtaining a copy please let me know at chair@cheltenhamcamra.org.uk

A launch event will be held in September to distribute the books (Basically I will be in a local pub with the books which will be handed over in return for cash).

Revitalisation Project

CAMRA’s Revitalisation Project needs members’ help again as the steering committee refines proposals about the future direction of the Campaign.

Initial consultations so far have told us that members see support for real ale and consumer representation as central to what we do. We are listening to members and, whatever happens, support for real ale and acting as the voice of consumers will remain at the core of CAMRA’s purpose. But we need to know where CAMRA should position itself in relation to the type of drink it advocates and the places it encourages people to drink.

Throughout this process the views of members have been of great value and they will continue to be. The information you give here will help the committee construct detailed proposals to present to the National Executive, with the membership having the final say on the proposals at the CAMRA Members’ Weekend in Bournemouth in April 2017.

More information and the new survey follow the attached link


Thank you for your time in completing this relatively short survey and making your views known.

August 2016 issue of the Cheltenham Cheers is now available

The August 2016 issue of the Cheltenham Cheers is now available to download on the branch website.

Please follow the link to download:


The big feature this month is of course the 2nd Cheltenham Real Ale Festival which takes place at the Town Hall over the bank holiday weekend.  Don’t forget that if you haven’t already volunteered to help there is still time.  We are still in need of more people for both the Saturday and Sunday sessions so if you are free, even if it’s only for a few hours, please do sign up at our website.   We are a friendly bunch who won’t bite and you’ll get all the training required plus free food!

A reminder that due to a packed calendar this month there is no social on Wednesday 10th August instead there are two day time events that week.  The regular ale amble on Tuesday 9th and a coach trip to the GBBBF on Thursday 11th.  More details for both can be found on the website.

Along with our Branch newsletter we also contribute to The Tippler which includes news from our branch together with Gloucestershire and North Cotswold CAMRAs.  The editor is always looking for more stories and also welcome photographs for the front cover so if you’d like to see something in print please send it to me and I’ll forward it on.  The deadline for the next issue is Friday August 19th.

COMPETITON TIME – Like, Share and Win !!!

We have three pairs of tickets to give away fo the Cheltenham Real Ale Festival. The festival takes place over the August Bank Holiday where over 100 Beers and Ciders will be featured across the weekend.

To win simply Like and Share our Facebook Posts or Tweet.

CRAF2016 Flyer_300dpi_editedCompetition closes Midnight July 17h. The winners will be announced and contacted on Monday July 18th.

This competition is running on Our Facebook page, our Facebook Event and on Twitter. To maximise your chances of winning why not find, like, share the post on all three.

(Please ensure you follow us on Twitter so we can PM you if you win)


Cheltenham Beer Tour Company Launches

Brewerism Logo Straight Black_croppedFans of the finest malty, crisp and fruity tipples will be sampling their way across Cheltenham and learning about beer in the process with the help of Brewerism, a newly launched business promoting the concept of beer tourism.

The idea is the brainchild of Shandin Rickard-Hughes, whose expertise stems from her US roots in Oregon, a place known for its craft beer industry, and fuses passion, exploration and local collaboration to create a memorable experience for beer lovers.

Shandin said: ‘As a beer lover, I believe the local beer scene says a lot about a place culturally – just like food. Cheltenham is rapidly becoming known for its great beers and pubs and has an awesome brewing heritage to be shared as well.’

The company’s unique tours of local breweries, alehouses and businesses provide a wealth of knowledge and experience equally suited to established enthusiasts and amateur tasters.

‘Even people who start out believing that they don’t like beer will hopefully walk away from my tours with a new favourite brew – as well as great memories and souvenirs to take home with them and new knowledge to show off to their friends in the pub,’ added Shandin.

Those hoping to get a taste of Cheltenham’s beer industry can book a tour, which includes an expert lesson on the art of production, a wide variety of samples, snacks, transport and exclusive behind-the-scenes access to breweries and venues.