Cheltenham Real Ale Festival (CRAF) 2017 @ Cheltenham Ladies College
Oct 26 – Oct 28 all-day

CRAF 2017 will take place at the iconic Cheltenham  Ladies’ College on 26th, 27th and 28th October. Join us to sample over 100 beers and ciders throughout the festival. We start at 6pm on Thursday, with full day sessions on Friday and Saturday. Because of the dates, the event will have a Halloween theme.

Full details can be found on the main website page.

Feel free to download the festival poster from here: CRAF 2017 Poster

Ale Amble – October to Oxford
Oct 31 all-day

By bus to Oxford.

We are getting the 11 am bus (853 Swanbrook) from Royal Well.  Coming back, the bus is at 6 pm (this is the last one so don’t miss it!).

The journey is free if you have a bus pass.  £11 return if not.  However, there is a special  – 2 people for £16.50 so perhaps a couple of you could share if appropriate.

Please let Veronica know if you’re interested.

Black Country Trip with Tewkesbury CAMRA
Nov 4 @ 9:30 am

Visit to pubs of the Black Country with our friends from Tewksbury.

Coach will leave from Cheltenham at 9:30am.

Contact Bill Hunt for more details (and also let Veronica know)

(Amble) to London
Nov 7 all-day

London by coach. Please contact Veronica if you’re interested.

We plan to visit the Bree Louise which is due to close shortly after that as it is to be demolished to make way for the new rail link to Birmingham (for the High Speed Rail Link – HS2). You are welcome to join us.  The idea is to spend sometime at the Bree Louise and then visit a couple of pubs close by, such as the Euston Tap.

Note from website re the Bree Louise: The best in Cider, Real Ale and food with award winning pies. Our London CAMRA branch CIDER PUB OF THE YEAR 2014 AND PUB OF THE YEAR AGAIN (2009) in 2016!

National Express has a special on at the moment and you can go for £10 return (Funfare) or £14.40 (Amendable) plus £1 booking fee.  Veronica has booked the 9 am NX Coach from Royal Well to London Victoria Coach Station – coming back on the 6.30 pm.

For travel from Victoria to Euston you can now go on the tube and touch in/ out with any CONTACTLESS credit card – you don’t have to have an Oyster Card.

Skittles vs North Cotswold CAMRA and monthly social @ Charlton Kings Club
Nov 10 all-day

A social skittles match aginst our northern neighbours at The Charlton Kings Club. Full details to follow.

The emphasis is on ‘social skittles’ and skittlers of all abilities are welcome. If you are interested please contact us at community[AT]

This event is also our November monthly social so non skittlers are welcome to come along and support the branch team.

Ale Amble – November to Bath
Nov 29 all-day

Novembers amble will be to Bath by train.

Likely to be a joint trip with Swindon CAMRA and Bristol hopefully will join us too.

Full details to follow. Please contact Veronica for more details.

Christmas Charity Sing-a-long @ Brewhouse & Kitchen
Dec 4 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
I am pleased to confirm that, by popular request, we will be holding this event again.  this year we have a new venue, Brewhouse & Kitchen.
All money raised will go to National Star College.
Start time:  7.30 pm
Gren will be at the piano.
December Ale Amble – Cardiff @ Cardiff
Dec 13 all-day

Join the Ale Amblers for some early festive fun in Cardiff.

Contact Veronica for details of train times and how to obtain a reduced fare by using a legitimate ticket to an alternative destination.

Branch Business Meeting January
Jan 9 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Location TBA

CAMRA South West Regional Meeting
Feb 17 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

To be hosted by Exeter and East Devon.


More details to follow