Branch Diary

For social bookings email socialsecretary@chelmsford.camra.org.uk 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.


  • Chappel Winter Beer Festival Friday 2 – Saturday 3 March 2018 East Anglian Railway Museum

    11am - 11pm both days. After 5.30pm on Friday admission is by ticket only.
    Tickets go on sale 1st January 2018. 65+ beers, plus ciders and perries.
    Members are encouraged to attend and support this event.
    Make your own way there by public transport or join us on the minibus planned for Saturday evening.

  • Branch Cider POTY Judging Trip Saturday 3 March 2018 11:00 Mid-Essex

    Free minibus during the day to visit and judge the best pubs in our branch serving real cider and perry.
    Depart 11am opposite Chelmsford Station, dropping off home or Chelmsford Station.

    In the evening we are planning a trip to the Chappel Winter Beer Festival (if run out, will go to Colchester pubs).
    Minibus will depart from opposite Chelmsford Station at 7pm, with pick up in Witham on the way if required.
    Nominal charge of £5 will apply, members only.

  • Branch Committee Meeting Tuesday 6 March 2018 20:30 Orange Tree, Chelmsford

  • Branch Meeting Wednesday 14 March 2018 20:30 Eagle, Galleywood

    A chance for members to visit our Most Improved Pub of the Year and partake
    in our Branch Meeting. Free pint for any first time attendees.
    No minibus to this venue as ample bus services available from Chelmsford
    Numbers 41, 42, 51, 100, 13A (41 replacement if tjer is one).

  • All day trip to rural pubs Saturday 17 March 2018 11:00 Mid-Essex

    All day trip to some of the more rural pubs in the western and southern part of our Branch area.
    Minibus departs 11am opposite Chelmsford Station. Cost £10, members only.
    We plan to visit as many as possible of the pubs that are not accessible by public transport e.g. Roxwell,
    Blackmore, Mill Green, Fryerning, Margaretting Tye, West Hanningfield, Rettendon to name a few.
    Usual drop home afterwards.

  • Easter Beer Festival Preview Wednesday 28 March 2018 20:00 Woolpack, Chelmsford

    Card-carrying branch members are invited to this preview to sample some of the beers
    that will be on offer at the festival at a special reduced price of £2.50 per pint.

  • Annual Good Friday Pub Crawl Friday 30 March 2018 12:00 Writtle and Chelmsford

    This year from Writtle to Chelmsford.
    Public Bus no.45 from Chelmsford to Writtle for a start at the Chequers in Writtle at 12 midday
    then onto Wheatsheaf and Rose and Crown, then a walk or bus into Chelmsford
    where we continue along Lower Anchor Street, visiting the Queens Head, Orange Tree, United Brethren
    before ending the day at the Woolpack Easter beer festival.

  • Essex Cider Pub of the Year Judging Saturday 7 April 2018 Essex

    Free minibus opposite Chelmsford Station – 11am. The plan is to visit all the Cider POTYs
    for each branch of Essex in an effort to judge them for the Essex Cider Pub of the Year..
    Members from other branches are invited along if spaces are available.
    Book early to avoid disappointment.

  • Evening Trip to Harwich Tuesday 10 April 2018 Harwich

    By minibus from oppposite Chelmsford Station at 7pm with pick up available in Witham if demand.
    Cost £10, members only. Plan is to visit Harwich and its historic pubs, including The Alma,
    Hannover, New Bell and Stingray. Usual drop home afterwards.

  • Annual Walk from Chelmsford to the Maldon Beer Festival Saturday 14 April 2018 09:00 Chelmsford to Maldon

    Everyone is welcome to meet at 9am at The Railway Tavern, then walk along the canal to Maldon.
    We will stop at Papermill Lock for refreshments and a comfort break along the way and then
    a pint or two in the Carpenters Pub at Maldon before we progress to the Maldon Beer Festival.
    Cyclists, Dog Walkers or persons wanting to do part of the walk are most welcome

  • Branch Committee Meeting Wednesday 18 April 2018 20:30 Walnut Tree, Broads Green

    Open meeting for all members with the chance to observe and become actively involved in the Branch.

  • CAMRA AGM & Members' Weekend Friday 20 – Sunday 22 April 2018 Warwick University

    See CAMRA website. Make your own arrangements for travel and accommodation.

  • Essex Real Ale POTY Judging Saturday 28 April 2018 11:00 Essex

    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 Chelmsford

    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 Newton Abbot

    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 Dengie Peninsula

    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.

  • 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 Endeavour, Chelmsford

    Public bus no.54 from City Centre.
    Chance to meet and share a few drinks with other members. Please make your own way there.

  • East Anglia Region POTY Judging Trip Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 July 2018 East Anglia

    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 Bristol

    Details to follow.