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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.




Open for bookings

Friday 20th December (optionally Thursday 19th) to Monday 23rd December 2019

the greater manchester explorer


Three nights B&B at the Best Western Hotel in Altrincham with a dinner on arrival Friday if required. Altrincham is quite attractive as an affluent suburb of Manchester with several GBG pubs to enjoy as well as the market. The town is at the western end of the Metrolink tram system and has a direct, fast train service hourly to Stockport, just 16 minutes away. That town also has great drinking possibilities too. We plan to make a few brewery visits but most of the time will allow you to find your own enjoyment in either or both cities as well as more locally around Altrincham. 


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Early spring tbc

South Cheshire including the unique Anderton Boat Lift with short cruise.

Details later


Open for bookings

Wednesday 27th May to Monday 1st June 2020

Rīga, Latvia


Includes a City of Riga retro tram tour, river cruise to Jūrmala, coach tour to Sigulda, guided pub walking tour, breweries and craft beer, and historic architecture.


In 2001 we made one of our early “beyond the wall” tours to Latvia. Then we were lucky to find three breweries to visit; now there are several more than this plus a host of craft beer pubs in a area now designated as the Riga Beer District. The still very-good-value of drinks and other items will not burn a large hole in one’s pockets during this early summer long weekend. Some final information is still awaited but bookings have opened now as Air Baltic has a seat sale on until 12th November where some good prices are available on our dates and some around them. Please click on the “Details and Booking Form” link.


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Date to be confirmed

West Kent to include a visit to the beautifully restored pumping station near Abbey Wood and its narrow gauge railway currently under construction.

Details later



1st June 2021 for approx 9 days

Scotland’s Dumfries and Galloway region plus a couple of islands in the River Clyde. Great scenery and new breweries have persuaded us to offer this attractive Explorer tour

Details later











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