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Quality Tours with Taste since 1977

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REAL ALE RAMBLES

RAIL ALE RAMBLES

EXPLORER TOURS

BEER TOURS

BREWERY VISITS

GOOD BEER GUIDE

PUBS & INNS

STEAM & DIESEL

CRAFT BEER

 

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TRADITIONAL BREWERIES

HERITAGE RAILWAYS

GREAT PUBS & INNS

MODERN RAIL TRACTION

INLAND CRUISING

HISTORIC TRAMWAYS

COASTAL CRUISING

MICRO-BREWERIES

FUNICULAR RAILWAYS

 

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CLASSIC VEHICLES

NARROW-GAUGE TRAINS

INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE

REAL CASK ALES

MINIATURE RAILWAYS

MONORAILS

LOVELY SCENERY

CITIES AND TOWNS

MODERN TRAMS

 

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Crookham Travel provides day tours and longer holidays with Brewery Visits, Pub Tours, Preserved Railways, Tram Systems, Christmas Markets, River Trips, Coastal Cruises, City and Country Breaks in the UK and abroad. See the pictures above for some of our past activities. Established since 1977, we have, so far, organised more than 440 trips for over 38,000 participants! Please check our "Tours" link above. All tours start from London (unless stated otherwise) but some may be joined en-route. We are a Supplier Associate Member of SIBA – The Society of Independent Brewers - and were selected as Supplier Associate of the Year in 2017.

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Our 2018 christmas markets tour

now booking

 

XMAS MARKETS EXPLORER 2018

FREIBURG im BREISGAU

& BLACK FOREST

 

Thursday 29th November to Monday 3rd December 2018

 

    Chartered Tram in Freiburg

    Visit to Breisach Historic Town

    Wine Cellar Tour

    Rail ride to Titisee and Seebrug (Black Forest)

    Martin’s Brau & pub, Feierling Brau & Pub,

    Kleines Freiburger Brauhaus

    Optional visit to Mulhouse (Fr)

    Xmas Market

 

BACK TO GERMANY – DEEP IN THE FOREST

Freiburg im Breisgau is a smallish city nestled in the heart of the Black Forest, set against forested mountains and filled with cobbled streets and gabled beer houses. With its tilting town – and beer – houses, Freiburg feels wonderfully historic but a large student population certainly gives the town a buzz. They attend a gothic university founded in 1457, now located at the edge of the town. In the main square is the Minster, a beautiful cathedral with the most wonderful stained glass. During the last war the glass was removed and safely stored before being refitted at the end of hostilities. Freiburg has a five route metre-gauge tram system to get you around easily with your hotel-supplied free city ticket.

 

Check the full itinerary by clicking the TOURS tab above.

 

 

Announcing...

RAR 186

"Beer in the Community"

Saturday 28th July 2018

 

To Oxfordshire, visiting a number of mainly community-owned pubs in the county. The five pubs we’re visiting are all attractive in their own right but are particularly interesting and worth supporting because they all have been bought from their original owners and are now the centre of their community – virtually all would have otherwise been closed.

 

We have three pick-up points – Feltham (SWR station), Hatton Cross (LT station) and Didcot Parkway (GWR station). From these we’ll pick up our private to:

 

Plough, West Hanney. This picturesque, friendly, 16th Century thatched pub is located opposite the church. It was sold in 2015 by Punch Taverns to a local community group and has been refurbished and serves four changing beers, often from local breweries.

 

 

Red Lion, Northmoor. A traditional village inn with whitewashed stone walls, heavy oak beams and a large garden. In 2014 it was bought by the local community from Greene King and since then has gone from strength to strength. You will be able to select from a well chosen selection of four local beers served from their small bar.

 

 

Plough, Long Wittenham. A very traditional and friendly 17th Century Grade II-listed pub. Their large garden stretches down to the River Thames and has ample seating. This is where we’re having our included lunch which will not just consist of a round of sandwiches but also includes a portion of quiche and a home-made sausage roll (vegetarian options available – please indicate on the booking form). They have a range of three real ales.

 

Pendon Museum. Through the medium of railway modelling, it provides a unique glimpse of English rural life around 1930 through extraordinary dioramas featuring railways, villages and landscapes. It has a number of permanent exhibitions including the Vale Scene (an ambitious model of the countryside of the Vale of White Horse as it was in the 1930s), the Dartmoor Scene (part of an imaginary Great Western branch line meandering from South Devon into Cornwall), the Seawall (a representation of the famous stretch of Great Western Railway main line running from Dawlish to Teignmouth) and the Madder Valley Railway (a famous, pioneering layout built in the 1930s on permanent display).

 

Seven Stars, Marsh Baldon. A 400-year-old coaching inn that has been rescued from closure and possible redevelopment by the local community. Closed in November 2012 (the fourth time in 10 years), a committee was rapidly formed, shares bought, locals engaged and the pub re-opened in March 2013. Since re-opening the facilities at the pub have been improved and it is now at the heart of the local community. Four cask ales, a couple of which will be local, will be available to enjoy.

 

Plum Pudding, Milton. The name comes from the Oxford Sandy & Black pig, a local breed affectionately known as the Plum Pudding Pig. The pub was previously a Greene King tenancy called The Admiral Benbow but has now been purchased as a freehouse and the facilities will be improved over the next couple of years. This pub with four real ales, mainly local, is a fine place to finish a splendid day out!

CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS AND BOOKING FORM

 

 

now open for bookings...

 

THE

HOLME VALLEY & CALDERDALE

EXPLORER

 

THURSDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER

TO

MONDAY 1ST OCTOBER 2018

 

 

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Eight Breweries:

Two Roses

Small World

Summer Wine,

Hogs Head

Magic Rock

Nightjar,

Landlord’s Friend

Stod Fold

 

Calderdale Industrial Museum

 

Kirklees Light Railway

 

GBG pubs

 

Free time in Halifax, Huddersfield, Sowerby Bridge

 

Check the full DETAILS

 

 

 

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We were very pleased to see an excellent and informative article in the April 2018 edition of the Railway Magazine, “40 Years of Rail Ale Rambles” by Dave Richardson. The Railway Magazine has been published in London since July 1897. As of 2010 it has been, for three years running, the railway magazine with the largest circulation in the U.K.

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