For social bookings email email@example.com or contact Martin Joy on 07878 624443. Last minute arrivals may be accepted at some events but for most pre-booking is suggested or compulsory.
Please be advised that the Social team have decided to use self-drive Minibuses driven by CME members and volunteers where possible. With Minibus hire we are unfortunately only allowed to take CAMRA members on these trips. Spaces are limited to 16 per Minibus.
Non-members who wish to attend members only trips are encouraged to consider joining CAMRA, especially at this year’s winter and summer Beer Festivals where there are often special offers.
On all Minibus trips you will be dropped off in reasonable walking distance to your home. Other coach trips will include the Chelmsford Circuit drop off around this circuit on return to Chelmsford.
We will still continue to use Coach Companies for our all day trips and also runabouts that are a little further afield and where we know demand for places will be high.
Please note that for over-subscribed events we reserve the right to give priority to CME Branch members over members of other Branches or non-members.
- Visit to Bruges in Belgium
Friday 1 February 2019
By Minibus and via Eurotunnel. Proposed Cost of travel will be approx £50.00 per person.
You must book your own accommodation in Bruges and have valid passport.
(Ibis centrum is approx £146 for 2 nights per room).
It is the Bruges Beer festival whilst we are there. Check website https://10times.com/bruges-beer-festival.
This trip is now fully booked but you can go on the reserve list or
make your own way there and meet up with us in Bruges.
- Branch Committee Meeting
Wednesday 13 February 2019
Make your own way, all branch members invited.
- CHELMSFORD WINTER BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL
Tuesday 19 – Saturday 23 February 2019
King Edward VI Grammar School
More details to follow but all members are encouraged to volunteer and attend this event.
- Daytime Branch Cider POTY Judging Trip
Saturday 2 March 2019 11:00
Chelmsford & Mid-Essex
From -11am to 7pm
Free Campaigning minibus from opposite Chelmsford Railway Station.
Judging trip, so you will be expected to score each establishment visited.
- Evening Visit to the Chappel Winter Beer Festival
Saturday 2 March 2019 19:00
East Anglian Railway Museum
7pm by minibus from opposite Chelmsford Railway Station, also pick up in Witham.
Nominal charge to cover costs for fuel.
NB- If beer at festival is sold out we will visit Colchester instead.
- Branch Committee Meeting
Wednesday 13 March 2019 20:30
Cross Keys, Hatfield Peverel
8pm for 8.30pm start. Make you own way, all branch members invited.
If you would like a lift, please contact social secretary, who may be able
to reserve a seat for you in one of the various cars attending the meeting.
- Branch Visit to Nethergate Brewery
Saturday 16 March 2019 11:00
Coach from opposite Chelmsford Railway Station depart at 11am. Approx £20 per person.
Open to members of other branches and non-members but CME members have priority.
Includes free brewery tour, beer tastings, followed by a free pint & sausage in a roll
(or veggie option), then it’s a pay bar at £2.50/pint.
- Branch Meeting
Wednesday 20 March 2019 20:30
Compasses, Littley Green
8pm for 8.30pm start in the Green Room. Minibus for members 7.30pm
from opposite Chelmsford Railway Station, £7.50 with drop home afterwards.
Free pint to first time attendees. Everyone is welcome.
- Essex Cider POTY Judging Trip
Saturday 30 March 2019 11:00
Minibus departs 11am opposite Chelmsford Railway Station.
Open to members of all Essex CAMRA Branches, so please book early.
Judging the Cider Pub of the Year of each branch in an effort to judge and
score them all for the Essex Cider Pub of the Year Competition.
You will be expected to compete scores sheets for each establishment visited.
This is a free minibus for campaigning purposes to those attending, but other branches
will be asked to contribute to costs of hire and fuel for the day if their members attend.
- CAMRA Members' Weekend, AGM & Conference 2019
Friday 5 – Sunday 7 April 2019
Caird Hall, Dundee
All members are encouraged to attend and support this event.
NB- Logan Airlines currently offering discounted direct flights from London Stansted.
Alternative lower price flights to Edinburgh from London.
National Express also offering discounted rates by Coach.
- Maldon Beer and Cider Festival 2019
Wednesday 10 – Saturday 13 April 2019
Plume School, Maldon
All Members encouraged to attend and support this event.
Regular public buses available from Chelmsford and Witham
- Annual Walk from Chelmsford to Maldon
Saturday 13 April 2019 09:00
Chelmsford to Maldon
Departing 9am from Railway Tavern, CM1 1LW
Walk along the canal to Maldon, stop off at Papermill Lock 12ish,
on to the Carpenters Arms, Maldon / Beer Festival / other great pubs,
tap rooms in the Town.
- Branch Committee Meeting
Monday 15 April 2019 20:30
Hop Beer Shop, Chelmsford
8pm for 8.30pm start. Open to all members.
- Pre festival drinks Invitation
Wednesday 17 April 2019 19:00
From 7pm onwards for branch members showing valid membership cards.
Special Invitation from Will and the team at the Woolpack for branch members
to sample some of the beers on offer at the forthcoming Beer and Cider Festival
at £2.50 per pint.
- Good Friday Easter Amble
Friday 19 April 2019
Galleywood and Chelmsford
Visiting Galleywood Social Club, Running Mare, Horse & Groom, then a short walk
to the Clay Pigeon and Fox & Hounds, Tile Kiln, before catching bus (or walk)
into Chelmsford to end the day at the Woolpack Beer and Cider Festival.