London Drinker Festival by coach
Mar 14 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

In addition to the March ale amble Veronica is organising another outing to London on Wednesday 14th March . The destination this time is the last ever London Drinker Beer Festival.

She will be getting the 9.00 am National Express coach and returning on the 6.30 pm.

Contact Veronica if interested

Ale Amble – June
Jun 27 @ 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

The June Ale Amble will head to the seaside – destination Dawlish!

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This will be a trip by train, and it is recommended that you go for the split ticket option – which works out cheaper than a direct return fare. You’ll need to book from Cheltenham to Bristol TM, Bristol TM to Exeter and Exeter to Dawlish. If you’ve not done this before, then please contact Veronica for further details and to express your interest. The departure from Cheltenham will be at 10:46am and is a direct train. The return is scheduled for 5:56pm, changing at Exeter.

Ale Amble – July @ Weston Super Mare
Jul 31 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

July’s Amble, on the 31st, will be a trip to Weston-Super-Mare, by train. Departing Cheltenham at 10:26am. Return time TBC.

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Please contact Veronica for more details, or to express your interest.

Ale Amble – August @ Birmingham
Aug 22 @ 10:30 am – 7:30 pm

This month’s ale amble heads to Birmingham to visit the canal side pubs.

We will depart cheltenham on the 10.01 am train to Birmingham New Street
Return to Cheltenham is on the 18.30 from Birmingham New Street

Note CrossCountry trains website is offering a 15% discount until 23 July.

Please contact Veronica for further details.

Visit to the Great Welsh Beer Festival @ Cardiff
Sep 28 @ 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 Depot”.

An all-day ticket costs £7, with a £1 beer token for card carrying CAMRA members. See their website (above) for full details.

Please contact Veronica for further details. We’ll be catching the 10:10 train from Cheltenham, returning at 18:06.

For anyone going by train, then it is advised that due to the location of the event, you use the south exit at Cardiff station (near platform 8).

National Cider & Perry Trip @ Worcester Shrub Hill station
Oct 13 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

CAMRA is again offering you the opportunity to visit cider producers. During the trip you will have the chance to visit orchards, spend time with experienced producers and find out how they make their cider.

The trip takes place on 13th October 2018 and the itinerary is as follows: The bus will depart from Worcester Shrub Hill Railway Station at 11:00am and then visit Tardebigge Cider, Tutnall (where lunch is available) and Barbourne Cider, Worcester. We will then return to Worcester Shrub Hill Station for 6pm.

Please have appropriate footwear with you for cider farms and orchards. There may also be short walks during the trip.

The price for this trip (including lunch) is:- CAMRA Members £22.00; Non Members £24.00

The cost of the trip is to be paid in full when booking. Booking can ONLY be made via Eventbrite at Trip bookings can ONLY be made from 9am on Monday 6th August 2018. Those without internet can contact Liz Wickham on 01727 798459 with your card details. PLEASE NOTE: NO REFUNDS ARE AVAILABLE. If you have any queries please contact Andrea Briers on 07732 754888.

For Cheltenham members interested in this trip there are direct trains to Worcester Shrub Hill from Cheltenham. Train times to follow (there is a timetable change due before the event but currently 09:46 from Cheltenham arrives Worcester at 10:19 with return possible on the 19:08 arriving Cheltenham 19:34)

Ale Amble extra! @ Broadway
Oct 24 all-day

By popular request, Chris Coleman is organising another trip on the Gloucester and Warwickshire Steam Railway train. The destination is the recently opened extension to Broadway on Wed 24 October. He will be getting the 10.55 train from the racecourse. Coming back, you have the choice of getting the 15.10 train or the 606 bus. If you wish to go both ways on the bus the times are – 11.15 from Royal Well and returning from Broadway at 16.48. Do let Chris know if you wish to go. Chris’s contact details are above.

For details of the trains, please see the GWSR website

Visit to the Swindon Beer Festival @ Swindon
Oct 26 all-day

A visit to the 32nd Swindon Beer Festival, held in the Steam Museum. The venue is a short 15 minute walk from the railway station. The Friday lunchtime session is pay on the door, from 11:00 to 15:30. Card carrying CAMRA members will get a £2 beer token on entry.

Full festival details on the Swindon CAMRA website (see above). Please contact Veronica for further details.

Ale Amble – October @ Cardiff
Oct 30 @ 10:10 am – 6:08 pm

Ale Amble returns to the Welsh capital.

Please note that this trip will be on a Tuesday. Led by our good friend from Cardiff CAMRA, Brian. Please contact Veronica for more details. We’ll be getting the 10:10 train, returning on the 18:08 service.

Ale Amble – November @ Bristol (Gloucester Rd)
Nov 21 @ 10:26 am – 4:00 pm

Taking the 10:26 train to Bristol Temple Meads and then the bus to Gloucester Road. Return time TBC. The trip will be led by our good friend Norman, from Bristol CAMRA. Please contact Veronica for further details.