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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.



Thursday 5th to Monday 9th December 2019



Our annual visit to the continent for beer and markets. To Belgium this time, staying at the Century Hotel (just outside the station) for four nights. We will include a tram tour on their lovely metre gauge vehicles and SIX nice breweries. Plenty of free time is planned as there are so many great bars and restaurants to visit, as well as the city sights themselves, which has changed markedly in recent years. Most of the areas around the fine station are pedestrian zones now. We shall travel by Eurostar, probably at 1058 from London. The now enlarged Xmas Market opens on the Saturday with some special events attached.

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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


Wednesday 27th May to Monday 1st June 2020

Rīga, Latvia


I confirm that we have rooms at the 4* Belle Vue Park Hotel in Latvia from 27th May to check-out on 1st June but you may stay another day or so should you wish and advise me when replying to this. The Air Baltic flights  by Airbus 220 are from Gatwick at 0925 and 1725; we shall use the latter and there may be other flights by Wizz from regional airports. Return from Latvia is at 1550 due Gatwick at 1640, so very good times. The group return date will be 1st of June. 


Our tour will definitely include some craft beer breweries, a river cruise to the seaside region with return by "heritage electric train", a charter by historic tram, and a craft beer guided walk. The city has many other attractions too.


If you are now deciding to join us I recommend you buy your flights as soon as possible.  They are currently priced at around €84 return plus a seat and baggage. Note that the included cabin allowance is 8kg; for a small supplement you can carry on 12kg which should be sufficient for summer, BUT IT MUST be booked at time of booking flights otherwise it will cost a lot more. Baggage can also be placed in the hold for a further supplement. The Air Baltic  site is easy to use. If you are unable to purchase things on-line I am able to do this for you at a fee of £3.00.   


The normal prospectus will appear during late September but the tour is now confirmed, ideally it will have at least 15 members to guarantee hotel rates obtained 


Kind regards

Gerald Daniels


To register your interest or confirm your intent to join this tour please email as soon as possible:

Further details later


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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