• October 26th - 28th @ Ladies College
    October 26th - 28th @ Ladies College
  • Community Pubs Month
    Community Pubs Month
    April is CAMRAs Community Pubs Month see our community event guide.
  • CAMRA National Club of the Year
    CAMRA National Club of the Year
    Cheltenham Motor Club Wins National Club of the Year
  • CRAF2016
    Branch Photo Albums including pictures of CRAF2016
  • Beer Festivals
    Beer Festivals
    Branch Beer Festival Guide - Beer Festivals in Cheltenham, Gloucester, Tewkesbury and the Cotswolds.
  • Campaign
    Campaigns - Assets of Community Value and Local Planning

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

27th July to 30th July, 2017 - 41st Cotswold Beer Festival (Postlip)
27th July to 30th July, 2017 - Vinestock
29th July, 2017 - Charity fun day
29th July, 2017 - Beach party and family fun
30th July, 2017 - Suffolk Square Sunday Market @ The Retreat
Full Branch Diary

Cotswold Beer Festival – tickets available now!

In case you have not already heard, the 41st Cotswold Beer Festival will take place in and around the Tithe Barn at Postlip, near Winchcombe from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July 2017.

Make sure of getting your tickets by buying them in advance – you can buy them in local outlets in Cheltenham and Winchcombe (cash only), on-line (paying via Paypal or credit/debit card), or by post (paying by cheque).

Please note that on-line applications must be made by Friday 21st July to allow time for us to post your tickets. Applications by post must arrive by Friday 14th July to allow tome to clear your cheque and post your tickets. Tickets will be available at our local outlets right up to the days of the Festival, and any remaining tickets and camping permits will be available at the entrance. Bus tickets, however, must be bought in advance, as we are not allowed to sell them on the bus.

See the Festival website here for further details of all the methods for buying tickets, and other information about the Festival (including the Festival bus service and camping facilities).

What Pub Beer Scorer wins a prize

Did you know that by entering beer scores into What Pub when you visit our local pubs it not only helps us assess the quality of our pubs, and help in the decision process towards the Good Beer Guide entries and aslo our Branch Pub of The Year, it also gives you a chance to win a prize of a CAMRA book?

We are please to announce that one of the winners this month is our very own Clubs officer Dave “Middy” Midwinter.  Congratulations Middy.

To find out more about the National Beer Scoring visit the CAMRA website http://www.camra.org.uk/nbss

Worcester beer festival volunteer request

One of our neighbouring beer festivals is looking for more volunteers to help run the festival.

The Worcester CAMRA Beer, Cider and Perry festival takes place on Worcester racecourse from 17th to 19th August.

More details and how to volunteer can be found on their website.


Why not lend a hand, its good fun and also a good way to refresh you beer festival skills before our own festival in October

New pub coming soon?

A planning application has been submitted to Cheltenham Borough Council which could see the premises previously occupied by ‘Jamies’ in Regent Street converted into a pub. The application, by small pub company “Brunning & Price Ltd” can be seen at CBC Ref: 17/00187/FUL.
According to the companies website, “In the world of beers and lagers we always make sure there are some friendly familiar faces, but also something a little different. Our range of cask ales vary considerably from pub to pub but most will have 3 or 4 that don’t change very often, ideally supporting local brewers and 2 or 3 that rotate to encourage that niggling urge many of us have to try something new.”
No timescales are given.

Prescott wins an award

Congratulations to Prescott Ales, whose ‘Super-6 Number 2‘, a 4.5% ABV Session IPA, won a bronze award at the SIBA Wales and West beer competition. It uses hops such as Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe and Ekuanot to create a memorable and balanced craft ale.

SIBA, the Society of Independent Brewers, was established in 1980 to represent the interests of the growing number of independent breweries in Britain. SIBA currently represents more than 825 independent craft breweries and their vision is to deliver the future of British beer and become the voice of British brewing.

Pledge for Pubs

With the General Election looming, CAMRA has launched its “Pledge for Pubs” campaign. CAMRA is asking all election candidates to pledge their support for beer and pubs by committing to:

1. Beer: Celebrate and promote Britain’s 1,540 breweries
2. Pubs: Support action to help pubs thrive
3. Consumers: Represent the interests of pub goers, beer and cider drinkers

You can read more info here, which includes links to an auto generated form that can be sent to all of the candidates in our branch and another link to a spreadsheet to show which of our candidates have already signed up.

Post Election Update: Sadly, our elected MP never signed the pledge. Neither did the MP for Gloucester. The MPs for Stroud and Tewkesbury did sign up. We hope those branches follow-up on this pledge.

Community Event – Live at Your Local

From 1st June to 9th July, two Greene King pubs in our branch area, The National Hunt and The Hatherley, will be hosting a “Live at Your Local” event. Live at Your Local is Greene King’s search for the UK’s best music talent, and what better place to find the brightest up & coming acts than at the spiritual home of music – Britain’s pubs, where some of the UK’s biggest music artists were discovered! Full details are available here and the full terms and conditions available here.