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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: Our RARs (primarily day trips by train, sometimes with an overnight option), to interesting real ale breweries and pubs, remain our mainstay and we have now organised over 200 of them since 1977. 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, boat travel or museums.

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

 

2024

Since the pandemic, we have successfully run twelve full RARs and small-scale day trips, two Weekend Explorers and one full Explorer Holiday. In 2023 we ran a number of Real Ale Rambles (including the major milestone of our 200th RAR!) and an extended holiday to South West Scotland. We are in the final planning stages for RAR 202 to Buckinghamshire and Buckinghamshire, as well as publishing our full holiday to Devon for the spring. Other RARs will be run this year – make sure you are on our mailing list (contact us on crookhamtravel@gmail.com to be the first to hear of these and future tours!).

RAIL ALE SOCIAL

Saturday 13th January

We had planned this social event to visit the Perseverance (2024 GBG) in Wraysbury’s renown Pie ‘n Porter Festival followed by a visit to no less than TWO new breweries in Windsor.  Unfortunately, Network Rail have announced engineering works that weekend with a bus replacement service from Staines to Wraysbury which makes it impossible for us to take a group by train.  However, may we suggest you make your own way to this wonderful little festival (at Tony’s local) with an interesting range of unusual dark delights (including one ‘from the wood’) and their magnificent hand-made pies.  Individual travel on the Friday (normal train service) or Saturday (bus replacement) will be fine though.  If you want any further details of this festival, contact Tony       (tony.foxgriffith@btinternet.com).

RAIL ALE RAMBLE 202

TBC

RAR 202 to Buckinghamshire and Berkshire is in the planning stage and we will publish detail as soon as they are available.  It is likely to be in the second half of February but we are currently awaiting final confirmation of the date from the brewery we’re visiting.

Details later

EXPLORER HOLIDAY

Wednesday 20th to Monday 25th March

An Explorer visit to East Devon.  The programme is finalised and will include:

·         Several brewery visits and scenery via four days coaching, door-to door;

·         One way River Exe cruise to Topsham with real ale on board - see the trains from the river!

·         Seaton Tramway and depot;

·         Pecorama with its hugely expanded narrow gauge railway;

·         Five nights stay in Exmouth at the 3* Royal Beacon Hotel with two brewpubs and a 'Spoons in town. The Meeting Point will be at Exeter St. David’s station.

Please contact us at crookhamtravel@gmail.com
for the booking form

OTHERS

April 2024

In April 2024 the Brewery History Society (BHS) are running a trip to Belgium based in Antwerp and we are assisting them in planning the itinerary. They are likely to be visiting Brouwerij Het Anker, Brouwerij Malheur, Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat, Brouwerij De Koninck, Antwerpse Brouw Compagnie and the Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan amongst others. They should be able to accommodate some of us too if spaces allows – if you are interested in joining this trip which is likely to be running in the week commencing Monday 15th April 2024, please contact Tony Fox-Griffith to register your interest.

If you are considering joining the BHS in this tour, please contact Tony Fox-Griffith at tony.foxgriffith@btinternet.com to register your interest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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