Ale Amble – January @ Burton
Jan 16 @ 10:00 am – 6:20 pm

We are going to Burton-on-Trent on Wednesday 16 January. As most of you will know, this is the home of the National Brewery Centre. We have heard from some CAMRA members that this museum is excellent and that there are several good pubs nearby as well. Entrance cost £11.95 adults, £9.95 concessions. Ticket prices include a guided tour and 3 beer tasting vouchers (equivalent to one pint) per adult.

We will be getting the 10.01 from Cheltenham, coming back on the 18.27. You can get a deal if you split the ticket at Birmingham or, alternatively, Tamworth. We’ll leave it to you to select the best ticket for you.

Contact Veronica (vemary[AT] for more information

Visit to CAMRA Winter Ale Festival @ Derby
Feb 21 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Tewkesbury CAMRA are running a bus to the 15th Derby Winter Ale Festival, which features over 400 cask ales ciders and perries.

The bus will leave the Black Bear at 10:00am, so you’ll need to make your own way there (bus 41 from Cheltenham). Expected to be back in Tewkesbury for 7:00pm.

Cost of the bus is circa £15. You can check the entry cost on the Derby CAMRA website.

To book a place, please contact Bill at directly.

Visit To Stroud Brewery @ Stroud Brewery
Mar 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

All local CAMRA branches have been invited  for a tour round the new Stroud Brewery, on Saturday 16th March provisionally at 11:00am. North Cotswold CAMRA are organising a minibus which may have spaces available or alternatively, Stroud can be reached by bus (Stagecoach service 66), from Cheltenham.

Please contact John Crossley ( if interested.

Coach trip to The Black Country
Apr 13 @ 9:30 am – 7:30 pm

Join us on Saturday 13th April for a coach trip to the Black Country. The coach will leave Royal Well bus station at 09:30 and return at about 19:30. If there is demand, we can also pick up and drop at the Railway Station.

We hope to visit seven classic Black Country pubs:

    Great Western, Corn Hill, Wolverhampton WV10 0DG (Bathams, Holdens)
    Beacon Hotel, Bilston Street, Sedgley, DY3 1JE (Sarah Hughes)
    Park Inn, George Street, DY1 4LW (Holdens)
    Britannia, Kent Street, DY3 1UX (Bathams)
    Old Swan, Halesowen Rd, DY2 9PY (Ma Pardoes)
    The Vine, Delph Road, DY5 2TN (Bathams)
    Waggon and Horses, Stourbridge Road, Halesowen, B63 3TU (Various – Free House)

The cost is £15 per head by end of March for CAMRA members, £16 for non-members.

Sign up at the Sandford Park Alehouse or send a cheque made to Campaign for Real Ale (Cheltenham) to the SPA, 20 High Street, GL50 1DZ. Membership numbers and names on back of cheque for reduced rate also give a contact phone number and preferred pick up point.

Ale Amble – April @ Bath
Apr 16 @ 10:26 am

April’s Amble will take us to the beautiful city of Bath.

The plan is to get the 10:26 train, arriving at 11:34.

Please contact Veronica ( for further details.

June Ale Amble @ Weston Super Mare
Jun 25 @ 10:26 am

We are going to Weston Super Mare on Tuesday 25th June. We will be getting the 10.26 train (direct), arriving at 11.21. We shall be meeting others coming from out of the area in the Duke of Oxford, Oxford Street (which opens at 09:00). A fish & chip dinner (avoiding those pesky seagulls!) will be the order of the day. The return journey will be left up to you as there are plenty of trains (changing at Bristol TM). As a guideline, we will probably get the 18:40.

Ale Amble – July @ Exeter
Jul 23 @ 10:03 am – 8:10 pm

The July Ale amble will visit the pubs of Exeter.

We will depart from Cheltenham at 10:03. For booking purposes, please book your return ticket to Exeter Central (changing at Exeter St. Davids). We’ll be returning on the 17:52.

The amble starts in the Old Firehouse (New North Road) from 12:00 and will visit several pubs en-route to Exeter St Davids. The approximate distance for this amble is 2 miles, so you can get the train from Central to St Davids (for the Great Western Hotel) if you wish.

Visit to the Great Welsh Beer Festival @ Cardiff
Oct 17 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

A visit to the Great Welsh Beer Festival in Cardiff. Over 120 beers and 60 ciders will be available at The National Cricket Training Centre, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.

An all-day ticket costs £7 for card carrying CAMRA members. See their website (HERE) for full details.

Please contact Veronica for further details.

Ale Extra – Tewkesbury CAMRA’s 19th Black Country trip
Oct 26 @ 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Bill Hunt, from Tewkesbury CAMRA, has now opened up bookings for this annual trip to the Black Country and he is hiring a Swanbrook coach which will leave from Royal Well, Cheltenham.  These trips are very interesting and fun.  Bill chooses places and pubs which are not easily accessable via public transport from Cheltenham.

The time is still to be arranged and also the price (which is normally very reasonable).

Contact Bill Hunt directly if you wish to go:

Ale Amble – December @ Birmingham
Dec 17 @ 10:40 am – 6:30 pm

In a repeat of last year’s festive trip, the Ale Amble for December will be visiting Birmingham. It will include a visit to The Christmas Market and a warming Gluhwein, before heading to our usual favourite pubs. Beerwise, we’ll start in Purecraft (30 Waterloo Street), followed by the Wellington where we will meet Keith from Birmingham CAMRA who will show us a new place.

We will be getting the 10.40 train (arriving at New Street at 11.25) and the 6.30 pm back. We can meet you in Birmingham if you choose another train. Note advance tickets are cheaper than day returns so savings can be made by buying in advance. Please contact Veronica for further details.