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.


  • Real Ale Runabout to Micropubs Thursday 29th June 2017 7:00 pm Blackfen, Crayford, Eltham and Welling

    By Minibus opposite Chelmsford Station departs 7pm. Cost £12 members only.
    Plan to visit Penny Farthing, Door Hinge Ale House, Broken Drum and the Long Pond.
    Drop home Chelmsford Circuit afterwards.

  • Chelmsford and Mid-Essex Summer Beer and Cider Festival Tuesday 4th—Saturday 8th July 2017 Admiral's Park

    All members encouraged to attend and volunteer for this prestigious event.

  • East Anglia Region POTY Judging Trip Saturday 22nd—Sunday 23rd July 2017 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.
    By Minibus opposite Chelmsford Station 10.30am departure.
    Free for Saturday but contribution towards hire of bus for Sunday. Limited to 16 places and members only.
    Please contact social secretary to book place and you will need to also book a hotel room in Norwich.

  • Visit to Epping and Ongar Beer Festival Saturday 29th July 2017 11:00 am North Weald station

    If same set up as last year, train from Chelmsford to Shenfield, where we collect the Vintage Bus to the Festival.

  • Branch Meeting Monday 31st July 2017 Hop Beer Shop, Chelmsford

    John has kindly offered to open, as a private function for us to hold our meeting.
    8pm for 8.30pm start. Please make own arrangements to attend. Free Pint for first time attendees.
    NB: Last Branch Meeting until September due to holidays.

  • Great British Beer Festival Tuesday 8th—Saturday 12th August 2017 Olympia

    Members encouraged to attend and volunteer at this showpiece extravaganza.

  • Social Visit to The Three Elms Beer & Cider Festival Saturday 12th August 2017 8:00 pm Three Elms, Chignal St James

    Please make own arrangements to attend and support this event.

  • Visit to the Hopstock Beer Festival Friday 18th August 2017 7:00 pm Compasses, Littley Green

    Minibus opposite Chelmsford Station at 7pm. Cost £8 members only. Drop home afterwards.

  • Margate and Micropub Tour Saturday 26th August 2017 10:00 am Margate

    Chance to go to Margate and surrounding areas of North Thanet and visit some of its many Micropubs.
    By Minibus opposite Chelmsford Station 10am departure. Cost £15 members only.
    Drop home Chelmsford afterwards.

  • Chappel Beer Festival Wednesday 6th—Saturday 9th September 2017 East Anglian Railway Museum

    All members encouraged to attend and volunteer at this Special end of the Summer Festival.

  • Branch Meeting Wednesday 20th September 2017 8:30 pm Ale House, Chelmsford

    Please make own arrangement to attend as there will not be a minibus running to this event. Free pint for first time attendees.

  • Trip to Ghent, Belgium Friday 29th September—Sunday 1st October 2017 Ghent

    Depart 9am Chelmsford on Friday, return late evening Sunday 1st October.
    By Minibus via Eurotunnel to Ghent. Cost £45 per person – Members and Passport Holders only.
    A two-night stay in Ghent to sample the delights of this historic and beautiful City.
    Persons need to make arrangements for their own accommodation in Ghent and any travel and medical insurance.
    THIS IS NOW FULLY BOOKED but members are quite welcome to make own arrangements and meet us in Ghent.

  • Branch Meeting Tuesday 17th October 2017 8:30 pm Square & Compasses, Fuller Street

    8pm for 8.30pm start. Minibus from opposite Chelmsford Station departing 7.30pm.
    Cost £7.50 for members and drop off home afterwards.
    Or please make your own arrangement to attend. Free pint for first time attendees.

  • All day trip to the Best Pubs in NW Essex Saturday 28th October 2017 11:00 am N W Essex

    By Minibus opposite Chelmsford Station. 11am departure. Cost £10 each, members only.
    Neil Hill, former Chairman of NW Essex, has invited us along and take us on a tour of the best pubs in the region
    that we probably don’t know about. Proposed visits to Dunmow, Andrewsfield Flying Club,
    Langley Lower Green, Birdbrook, Broxted, Finchingfield and Great Bardfield. Usual drop home afterwards.