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CT@40.jpgSIBA1.jpgCrookham 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 360 trips for over 35,000 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

 

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CROOKHAM TRAVEL @ FORTY CELEBRATIONS KICK-OFF IN STYLE!

CT@40.jpg2016-10-01-11-06-44 RAR Elgood's Brewery IMG_6344.JPGThe first weekend of October saw 79 Crookham Travellers join “Looking Forward to Forty”, a 2 day tour to some of our favourite traditional breweries first visited in our early years, together with a couple of recent additions to the brewing scene. After swapping from rail to road on the Saturday morning we were welcomed at Elgood’s in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire to sample their beers and some other rare brews at the beer festival they were holding on 2016-10-01-14-28-02 RAR Batemans Brewery IMG_6384.JPGtheir premises. A tour of their very traditional brewhouse followed before we travelled further north to Batemans at Wainfleet on the Lincolnshire coast, where we were made very welcome and heard a fascinating talk by Stuart Bateman (who, with his sister Jaclyn are the 4th generation to run the family brewery) whilst we enjoyed a sumptuous ploughmans lunch and unlimited jugs of beer. After perusing the brewery and its museum our third stop of the day was Belvoir Alehouse at Old Dalby in Leicestershire where the brewery 2016-10-02-11-21-26 RAR North Gloucestershire Railway Toddington IMG_6446.JPGcould be viewed through the windows during a steak pie supper followed by traditional puddings. On Sunday a visit to the North Gloucestershire Railway was followed by Hook Norton Brewery in Oxfordshire where we were once again treated like royalty with a buffet of pork pie, sandwiches and cakes, together with plenty of ale. Many staff had given up their Sunday to be with us. The steam engine was demonstrated and we were able to tour the brewery 2016-10-02-14-34-25 RAR Hook Norton Brewery 20161002_143425.jpgand museum unaccompanied, with a brewery staff member on each floor available to answer questions. Finally we made 2016-10-02-17-47-54 RAR Clouded Minds Brewery, Lower Brailes 20161002_174754.jpgour way to the Clouded Minds Brewery (with its current resident “cuckoo brewer”, Oddly Brewery) at nearby Lower Brailes where we were entertained by the excellent Hook Norton Brass Band. Plenty of festivities were conducted at various stages of our journey, for example a prize tasting of a recently discovered bottle of 60 years old strong ale at Batemans and a specially blended ale on handpump exclusively for us there, too; presentations to some of the regular customers at the end of the tour; and 2016-10-01-18-50-04 RAR Belvoir Brewery IMG_6417.JPGeach Traveller received bottles of specially brewed or bottled beers from Elgood’s, Batemans, Belvoir, Hook Norton and Oddly breweries. Many thanks are due to all of these breweries and their staff for making this a weekend to remember. More photos of the event can be found in our galleries.  [MA]

 

 

 

 

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