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.


  • Branch Meeting and Christmas Party Wednesday 20 December 2017 Orange Tree, Chelmsford

    8pm onwards. Plan is to have a short low key Branch Meeting followed by a Christmas Party.
    Cost £5 per person for buffet and nibbles. Please make own arrangements to attend as no minibus to this event.

  • Tour of pubs in Colchester Saturday 30 December 2017 11:00 Colchester

    Meet at Chelmsford Station 11am to catch train to Colchester Town,
    where we will visit some of the best and most recommended pubs.

  • Branch Committee Meeting Tuesday 9 January 2018 20:30 Square & Compasses, Fuller Street

  • Branch Meeting Wednesday 17 January 2018 20:30 Battesford Court, Witham

    Minibus available from opposite Chelmsford Station at 7.30pm. Cost £7.50.
    Drop home afterwards. 1st time attendees receive a FREE pint.

  • All Day trip to the Dengie Peninsular Saturday 27 January 2018 11:00 Dengie Peninsula

    By Minibus 11am departure from opposite Chelmsford Station. Cost £10 Members only.
    Plan to visit the best and recommended pubs and micropubs situated on the Dengie Peninsular,
    including visits to Crouch Vale and Wibblers brewery taps. End the evening in Maldon before drop off home later.

  • Branch Committee Meeting Monday 5 February 2018 20:30 Compasses, Littley Green

  • Winter Festival Preview Evening Tuesday 13 February 2018 19:00 King Edward VI Grammar School

    Branch members, invited guests and volunteers welcome to attend
    our Winter Festival Preview, where the Branch Pub of the Year wil also be announced.
    £2.50 per pint with valid CAMRA membership card.

  • Chelmsford & Mid-Essex Winter Festival Wednesday 14 – Saturday 17 February 2018 King Edward VI Grammar School

  • 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 (41, 42, 51, 100, 13A).

  • 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 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, etc.
    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.
    Start at The Chequers in Writtle at 12 noon then onto The Wheatsheaf and The Rose and Crown.
    Then a walk or bus into Chelmsford where we continue along Lower Anchor Street,
    visiting The Queens Head, Orange Tree and United Brethren before ending the day at The Woolpack 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

    Meet at 9am at The Railway Tavern, then walk along the canal to Maldon.
    Stop at Papermill Lock for refreshments and break along the way. Cyclists or persons wanting
    to do part of the walk are most welcome. Contact Martin 07878 624 443 or Doug 07743 950 382.

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

  • 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.