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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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The Sou’west Wales Explorer

Friday 24th to Monday 27th March 2017


Visiting the following breweries: Gower, Gwan, Bluestone, Seren, Cafflee, Pembrokeshire, Harbwr, Tenby, Neath; and two brewpubs - Cerddin and Friends Arms

Provisional visits to the Gwili Railway and Caldey Island (subject to confirmation)


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Looking south towards Tenby from the cliffs

Photo: Mike Andrew

Looking north towards our hotel

Photo: Mike Andrew


Pembrokeshire has often been called “Little England beyond Wales”. You will be able to confirm or denounce that statement from your luxury coach during two days’ travel from the southern coast to the Preseli Hills. What is certain is that our hosts are all very friendly and their breweries are very different and certainly not in the usual business unit. They range from old schools via farm buildings to a purpose-built Visitor Centre. The scenery in both The Gower (Britain’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, now 60 years old) and the Preseli Hills are both different and beautiful.


FRIDAY 24th MARCH 2017

We shall travel direct from London Paddington to Port Talbot Parkway by the 09:45 train, due to arrive at 12:22, when we join our private coach for the first of three days with the same vehicle and driver. The new-ish direct road west skirts the centre of Swansea and will take you to our first stop on the Gower Peninsula at the coastal village of Port Eynon, where we plan to take lunch in one of the pubs in the tiny village by the sea. The next stop will be at the brewery of the area’s name – the Gower at Crofty. Then we head back to the main road and avoiding Carmarthen arrive at the Friends Arms pub and micro-brewery. The final leg of our journey today will end about 18:30 at our base for the weekend, The Park Hotel, overlooking one of Tenby’s fine sandy bays. Dinner is included here most evenings.




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We shall depart the hotel at 09:30 and drive direct into “them thar Preseli hills” to arrive at the Gwaun Valley brewery. Here you will enjoy your first pint of the day in their attractive building and take in the wonderful views around. Our next stop is just a few miles down the lanes to the Bluestone Brewery which is located on an organic farm. A 10-minute video is included in the tour. Our lunch stop today is at the small village of Rosebush and the unique Tafarn Sinc Victorian hostelry (photo on left). A hearty ploughman’s lunch will be served along with a pint from the nearby Seren Brewery which is our first call after lunch. The final planned call of the day will take you back to school in order to meet the brewer of the Cafflee Brewery which is, not surprisingly, located in a former school at Llawhaden. Arrival back in Tenby will be about 17:40 giving you the evening free in the town.

Tafarn Sinc (Zinc Tavern)

Photo: Mike Andrew


A surprising discovery (for Wales at least,) is that The Hope and Anchor inn opens at 11:00 today! It is very close to the Harbwr Brewery both of whom are willing to see us before lunchtime. The ‘provisional’ reference to the boat service to Caldey Island is because they will take advantage of good weather before their normal operating season (Easter to October) if there is demand. There are other opportunities if that route cannot be taken. A free afternoon will allow you to ride the branch line to Pembroke and its Dock where at least two GBG pubs lie. Tenby itself has many interesting, narrow streets and two lovely sandy bays which offer scenic walks. Dinner in hotel for those staying in town.


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The Monastery and post office, Caldey Island

Photo: Mike Andrew


2015-07-30-1544-09 Wales - Tenby House Hotel, Tenby 20150730_154409.jpgMONDAY 27th MARCH

As is our norm on the last day of an Explorer, we shall wend our way back to a railhead to eventually reach London, but making some stops en route. Leaving the hotel at 09:00 our first call is in the village, Saundersfoot where the Pembrokeshire Brewery is located. Next we shall head east and hopefully get a ride on the Gwili Railway. They are very difficult to get hold of outside the operating season. I tried – and failed – for our last tour in this area. Our lunch stop will be in the village of Ynystawe, at The Millers Arms (GBG) where we shall enjoy a carvery meal. There are two more stops planned before reaching Bridgend for the train home. One is at Neath Ales if contact can be made and the final one, in the Ogmore Valley, at

The Cross Inn, home to the Cerddin Brewery in the village of Cwmfelin. The visit here is already confirmed. Our coach will then take you to Bridgend station for the 18:01 to London Paddington due 20:27 where the tour terminates.




It is suspected (as usual, but true) that this tour will fill quickly so early booking is advisable. Please complete the booking form and send it with your deposit of £100 per person, payable to Crookham Travel, or send it by bank transfer to a/c No. 87825884 sort code 09-01-27 at Santander using reference WAL. Bookings should be made please as soon as convenient. The balance will be required about six weeks before departure. If you choose to book your own advance rail tickets – it is often cheaper if you book across London to Paddington – they should be available after the New Year holiday. Current return fare with railcard is about £33.00.



The cost of this 4-day 3-night tour is not expected to exceed £390 per person twin/double and £420 single occupancy based on 30 members:-.


· Three nights Dinner B&B at the Park Hotel

· Three days coaching

· Up to eleven brewery and brewpub visits

· First pints in pubs in GBG

· Lunches on Friday, Saturday and Monday (NOT sandwiches)

· Return rail fares from London to South Wales if requested

· Gwili Railway visit – if open

· Service and VAT at current rate

· Personal copy of the tour AVB

· IPP financial failure insurance cover

· Crookham Travel courier throughout





North Cliff, Tenby SA70 8AT

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Hotel quote: “A warm welcome awaits you at our family owned and managed hotel. We endeavour to help you relax and unwind and to make your stay one that is filled with happy memories. From our grounds and cliff top terraces, enjoy a breathtaking view overlooking Tenby’s North Bay, the harbour with its backdrop of quaint multi-coloured houses in the old town – and Caldey Island just beyond blending together to give a panorama of unsurpassed beauty


Each bedroom has the following amenities:

En-suite facilities with bath and overhead shower, flat-screen television with Freeview, wi-fi, direct dial telephone, tea and coffee tray, individual and centrally controlled heating, hairdryer, radio. All rooms are non-smoking. Laundry and dry-cleaning service, iron and ironing board available upon request.


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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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