The Rail Ale Ramble
Quality Tours with
Taste since 1977
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
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.
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 email@example.com to be the
first to hear of these and future tours!).
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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
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.
Please contact us at email@example.com
for the booking form
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest
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