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Forthcoming Tours & Events

All tours start from London unless stated otherwise, but may sometimes be joined en-route

RAIL ALE RAMBLES: Day trips by train, sometimes with an overnight option, to interesting real ale breweries and pubs. These tours may be arranged at quite short notice, so check back often.

WEEKEND EXPLORERS: Long weekend trips, in the UK and Europe, visiting interesting breweries and pubs with added rail or cultural interest such as steam railways, narrow gauge lines, tram systems, funiculars or museums.

EXPLORER HOLIDAYS: 1 or 2 weeks or perhaps longer, to destinations in Britain, Europe and beyond, usually with brewery visits and rail interest.



Friday 28th September to Monday 1st October 2018


Eight Breweries:

Two Roses

Small World

Summer Wine,

Hogs Head

Magic Rock


Landlord’s Friend

Stod Fold


Calderdale Industrial Museum


Kirklees Light Railway


GBG pubs


Free time in Halifax, Huddersfield, Sowerby Bridge


Check the full details by clicking on the link in the next column!


n.b. THE GREEN HOP EXPLORER IN HEREFORD & WORCESTER ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND has been postponed to 2019 DUE to a lack of SUITABLE available accommodation.

Details & Booking Form


Thursday 29th November to Monday 3nd December 2018



Our 2018 Christmas Market, this time deep in the Black Forest at Freiburg-im-Breisgau, an hour north of Basel and close to the French border. Our 4 nights visit includes a (of course) a Christmas Market, a chartered tram tour, a visit to historic Breisach Historic, a wine cellar tour, a rail ride to Titisee and Seebrug (Black Forest), 2 brewpubs (Martin’s and Feierling) and a brewery Kleines Freiburger Brauhaus;

Optional visit to Mulhouse.


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Thursday 7th March to Monday 11th March 2019



This tour has been arranged in response for one to include Adnams and St. Peters breweries. This is the only suitable date in our and the hotel’s calendar. The Orwell Hotel, almost opposite Felixstowe Town station, is a very comfortable and warm hotel and will be the base. Apart from breweries and Munton’s Maltings, we shall also visit the tide mill at Woodbridge, one of the two tide mills still in use in the UK, Southwold, Aldeburgh and other towns.

Details later


Tuesday 9th April to Tuesday 16th April 2019

Bordeaux and Montpellier EXPLORER


To a very similar itinerary as the one postponed. Modern hotels have been booked in Bordeaux for the faithful, close to station. Price reduction! If you wish to book do

so quickly as the rooms are going fast and can now only be booked upon receipt of applications.

Details & Booking Form


Fri 10th to Monday 13th May 2019



Based in Paignton. Plenty of breweries that we haven’t previously visited including Bays and Teignworthy, GBG pubs, South Devon and Kingswear & Dartmouth heritage railways and other attractions amidst the scenery of the “English Riviera”. Options for Babbacombe model village, cliff lift, Kent’s Caverns.

Details later


Thursday 6th June to Wednesday 12th June 2019

Wrocław Beer Festival & KRAKÓW

Both cities with great interest and history, Wroclaw’s huge Beerfest, Krakow for those have still to go – or wish a repeat visit after many years. Trams in both cities (of course). Possible add-on to the Elblag river boat lifts – if fully working by then. 3* hotel in Wroclaw booked.

Flights by Wizz will be guaranteed – they have set up a GB base to beat any Brexit woes.


From the Beer Festival website:

Centrum Kultury Zamek in Wrocław invites you to take part in this Festival of Good Beer, the largest and the oldest craft beer festival in Poland.

Hundreds of bottled and draught beers from top Polish and foreign breweries
Premiere of the Festival Beer, brewed by Browar Nepomucen
Breweries of Wrocław and surrounding area
New beer premieres
Wroclaw Brewery Workshops
Home brewing shows
Beer tastings & other seminars
Beer bloggers zone

Cooking with beer shows
Workshops and tastings
Best food tracks

Details later


Friday 3rd October to Monday 7th October 2019

The Green Hop Festival & MALVERNS EXPLORER

Staying in Worcester and including a visit to the biggest Green Hop festival in the UK, based at the Talbot (Teme Valley Brewery) at Knightwick

The festival itself is expected to include thirty plus beers from various local breweries, many showcasing the use of green hops in the brew. Teme Valley Brewery will once again be leading the charge, with many other Hop Shire based breweries getting involved as well.Live music, great beer, and delicious food. Of course, we shall be visiting many other attractions too including up to 8 small breweries from Pershore to the Malvern Hills, country pubs, the Severn Valley Railway, free time in the city of Worcester. The Fownes Hotel - a former glove factory - will be our base.  All booked and planned.

Details later


Thursday 6th December to Monday 9th December 2019


Our annual visit to the continent for beer and markets. Venue to be decided.











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