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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

Saturday 18th January 2020

RAIL ALE RAMBLE No. 190 - An East Surrey Saunter


Our next Rail Ale Ramble is a visit to some of the lesser-known parts of the attractive Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and takes us to some interesting breweries and delightful pubs. We are starting within the London Travel Card area (you can travel from Victoria to Upper Warlingham (via Clapham Junction and East Croydon) or London Bridge to Whyteleafe (via East Croydon)) so the travel costs will be minimised.


We’ll be starting in a particularly fine micropub in the outer-London suburb of Whyteleafe – the Radius Arms. They do not open normally at the time we are visiting (they are opening early especially for us) so there will be plenty of space to relax over an extended stay before joining our private coach. Our first brewery visit will be to Godstone Brewers located at Flower Farm in Godstone. We will be hosted in the farm’s historic Shepherd’s Barn with a log fire although it should be possible to see the brewery kit as well. Our coach will take us next to the Crown Inn in Old Oxted – an attractive pub which dates back to the 17th Century in parts. The pub serves four cask ales, three of which are normally LocAles. This is also where we’re stopping for a jacket potato lunch – you will be able to choose from a variety of fillings detailed in the enclosed booking form) We’ll re-join our coach for the journey to the nearby village of Limpsfield Chart and the Westerham Brewery-owned Carpenter's Arms (GBG). Five Westerham beers are normally on tap. Our coach will take us to the Titsey Brewing Co which has a five barrel plant provided through crowdfunding. Our extended stay will be in their comfortable and well-heated barn. After this, our coach will take us back to Upper Warlingham and Whyteleafe and you can return to the Radius Arms if you wish – alternatively, there is another pub opposite, albeit with a much more limited range of beer. There is a frequent service back to London. Interested in brightening up a dull January for a mere £53?

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Open for bookings

Friday 27th to Monday 30th March 2020



We shall be staying in the grand city of Chester at one of its oldest and finest hotels of the “railway era”, The Queen, which is located right opposite the rail station. It is a very comfortable place with local real ale and is a good base for our activities. On this tour we are pleased to be able to include not one but two very interesting transport visits, namely the Anderton boat lift and the Birkenhead the transport museum plus a ride on its tracks to the ferry. Of course there will be brewery visits (Brimstage, Peerless, Oaks and Chapter; plus the taps of Pied Bull and Red Willow breweries. Added to that are some fine Good Beer Guide pubs and free time in Chester.


After feedback and recent initiatives in recent programmes this tour has more time in nice pubs, as well as some usual brewery visits with ample time to properly “do things” in our base city.

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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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