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.
- CAMRA AGM & Members' Weekend
Friday 20 – Sunday 22 April 2018
See CAMRA website. Make your own arrangements for travel and accommodation.
- Meet The Brewer
Thursday 26 April 2018 19:00
Green Man, Howe Street
Meet The Brewer - Nethergate.
CAMRA members now receiving 15% discount per pint at this pub.
- Essex Real Ale POTY Judging
Saturday 28 April 2018 11:00
All Day minibus trip to visit all the pubs judged to be their best for each branch in Essex.
Free trip but you must be prepared to vote and judge each pub we visit.
Depart 11am from opposite Chelmsford Station. Usual drop home afterwards.
Book early to avoid disappointment.
- Mild May and Cider Safari
Saturday 12 May 2018 12:00
12 Midday meet at the Endeavour Pub, Springfield Green, Chelmsford CM2 6AW. (public bus no.54 from City Centre)
As part of CAMRA’s initiative for people to try Mild and Cider during the Month of May, all are welcome to join us
for our annual hunt for those pubs serving Mild and Real Cider in the City.
Check website and Facebook for itinerary and planned route nearer to date.
- Branch Committee Meeting
Wednesday 16 May 2018 20:30
Queen's Head, Chelmsford
Open meeting for all members with the chance to observe and become actively involved in the Branch.
- Branch Meeting and Social
Thursday 24 May 2018
White Hart Hotel, Witham
Minibus opposite Chelmsford Station 7.30pm depart. £7.50 members only with drop home afterwards (please book your place).
Free pint for first time attendees.
- Weekend Visit to Newton Abbot
Friday 25 – Sunday 27 May 2018
Planned minibus trip down to Devon to visit Newton Abbot. Limited to members only due to insurance restrictions.
Estimated cost for travel and fuel will be £35 per person. Hotel accommodation at the Premier Inn, Newton Abbot
for 2 nights is approx £140.00 for a double room. (We advise you book as early as possible).
Initially we had planned a visit to the Tuckers Maltings in Newton Abbot, but they no longer hold guided tours.
However, we still have the opportunity to visit a traditional maltings in Warminster on our way down to South Devon.
There are only 4 left in the country and this is a real chance to see one before it's too late.
Cost of tour, visit to museum, buffet lunch and beer at the Maltings is £17.50 per person, but we will only visit this
if there is demand. There are plenty of great pubs in Newton Abbot, including the legendary Cider Bar.
There are also regular buses down to Torquay, Brixham and Paignton if you fancy some time on the English Riviera
and also a bus to Exeter where there is a host of good pubs and plenty of history.
We are also going to visit Exe Valley Brewery and we will have a stop at Sheppey’s Cider
on the way home where there’s the opportunity for a spot of lunch and a tour.
Minibus will pick up those people attending the trip early on Friday morning and also drop home afterwards.
Places are limited so please book early.
- Visit to the Dengie Peninsular (The Return)
Saturday 9 June 2018 11:00
Following the success of our trip in January, we have decided to re-visit this region with its great pubs and breweries.
It also gives those who missed out, the chance to come along this time. So please book early to avoid disappointment.
Minibus departs 11am from opposite Chelmsford Railway Station. Cost £10 per person with drop home afterwards.
Members only. Trip will include visit to Wibblers Brewery and the Crouch Vale Tap
with the evening in Maldon where’s there’s a chance to visit the Mighty Oak Tap and Farmers Yard Micropub.
Now fully booked. Only taking names for reserve list.
- Branch Committee Meeting
Tuesday 12 June 2018
United Brethren, Chelmsford
Open meeting for all branch members who wish to observe the committees reports and planned actions and
perhaps become involved in the Branch.
- Branch Social
Wednesday 20 June 2018 20:00
Public bus no.54 from City Centre.
Chance to meet and share a few drinks with other members. Please make your own way there.
- Chelmsford Summer Beer & Cider Festival
Tuesday 10 – Saturday 14 July 2018
- East Anglia Region POTY Judging Trip
Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 July 2018
With an overnight stay in Norwich.
Visit the six regional pubs of the year in East Anglia, (Beds, Cambs, Essex, Herts, Norfolk and Suffolk)
to score and judge each one. Details to follow.
- Micropubs Trip to Broadstairs and Ramsgate
Saturday 11 August 2018
Broadstairs and Ramsgate
Details to follow.
- Weekend Trip to Bristol
Friday 21 – Sunday 23 September 2018
Details to follow.