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TRADITIONAL BREWERIES

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Crookham Travel provides day tours and longer holidays with Brewery Visits, Pub Tours, Preserved Railways, Tram Systems, Christmas Markets, River Trips, Coastal Cruises, City and Country Breaks in the UK and abroad. See the pictures above for some of our past activities. Established since 1977, we have, so far, organised more than 360 trips for over 35,000 participants! Please check our "Tours" link above. All tours start from London (unless stated otherwise) but some may be joined en-route

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RAIL ALE RAMBLE 170

THE 3Fs RAMBLER

Saturday 6th June 2015

 

Why “The 3Fs Rambler”?  Ah, well – you’ll have to look at the booking form to find out!  During this interesting day, you will visit two new breweries, have lunch in one of Surrey’s best pubs (where they serve most of their beer by gravity), enjoy a wander around a fine museum of rural life, travel on a miniature railway, drink at a local pub’s beer festival and spend some time in one of Surrey’s most attractive towns!  And all of this with change from a £50 note (not that I ever have such a thing . . . ).

 

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The Xmas Markets Explorer 12 – Prague

THURSDAY 3rd TO MONDAY 7th DECEMBER 2015

Brewpubs, Tram Tour, Xmas Markets and plenty of free time for city sightseeing

 

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Although our trips to Xmas Markets in their country of origin have been very popular, we have visited almost all those German cities which have tram systems and markets worth seeing, so we are venturing a little farther away, to the beautiful capital of the Czech Republic. Prague is currently considered to be the best value city at this popular time of year. Markets aside, the city is very attractive, with its castle atop a hill, the famous Charles’ bridge and the iconic Wenceslas Square with all its history. The journey by rail may well be a ride too far for most of you but it is certainly not difficult for the hardened rail enthusiast. The main tour group will, though, be flying to Prague.

 

GETTING TO PRAGUE

The style of air flight pricing now in use really means that to obtain the best value fares early booking is desirable. For this reason this Prospectus is published now to enable you to do just that. Fares currently seem to range between £120 and £180 return from London airports by EasyJet and BA. With some early a.m. departures and others at a more reasonable hour it may not be viable to have a group transfer per se. The research trip is planned for early August or late September. Following that the programme will be “fleshed out” with our normal tour ingredients.

 

THURSDAY 3rd DECEMBER 2015

Our ground tour begins at Prague airport. The transfer by bus and Metro is very simple with a dedicated bus (119) to the terminus of the newly-extended metro, which is edging (rather slowly) towards the airport. A welcome dinner will be held in the hotel or a beer restaurant.

 

FRIDAY 4th DECEMBER

A visit is planned to a brewery (or two) in the city. There are now many brewpubs in the city, so it will be a matter of which welcomes visitors inside the brewery.

 

SATURDAY 5th DECEMBER

Today will be free for you to do your own exploring. There are now a lot of brewpubs around the city, certainly sufficient to keep the keen ones busy! For sightseeing, there is a wealth of places to enjoy.

 

SUNDAY 6th DECEMBER

As has now become a tradition, there will be a tour by heritage tram around the city passing many of the famous sites. The Tramway museum will also be visited at the beginning or end of the tour. Afternoon and evening free.

 

MONDAY 7th DECEMBER

Whilst this is going-home day you will have the morning and early afternoon free to pick up those bargains which may have previously escaped you – and yes, time for a last few pints too. Transfer to the airport is again very simple by Metro and bus.

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

The final programme cost for this ground tour should not exceed £258 per person twin/double and £280 single occupancy, based on 30 members. Exchange rates used will be £1.00 = €1. 25, £1=35Kc.

 

Items included are:

 

·        Airport transfers if practicable

·        Four nights B&B at the four star Penta Hotel, Prague city

·        Hotel evening meal on Thursday

·        3 day City transport ticket

·        Prague Tram tour with glühwein

·        Up to £23 for beer –related activities

·        Service and VAT at current rate

·        Crookham Travel courier throughout.

 

NOT included: fares from UK to Prague

 

HOW TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE

Please complete the booking form and send it with your deposit of £80 per person, payable to Crookham Travel, or send it by bank transfer to a/c No. 87825884 sort code 09-01-27 at Santander using reference Xmas. The balance will be required about six weeks before departure.

 

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Sokolovska 112, Karlin, Prague 8

Tel: +420 222 332 800

 

Situated very close to the Metro and trams, each room has a desk, telephone, 42-inch flat screen TV, rainfall shower, iPod connection, safe, air conditioning, hair dryer and bath. WIFI internet access in the lobby, restaurant and every room. Free late check out until 3 pm

 

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RAIL ALE RAMBLE 169

The Warwick Wanderer

SATURDAY 2ND MAY 2015

Here are the details of our next Rail Ale Ramble – this time to Warwickshire! We had planned a visit to the Long Itchington village beer festival for some time. Unfortunately this is now likely to be cancelled due to ‘political issues’ so we’ve arranged an alternative itinerary that hopefully you will find equally engaging!

We shall travel from London Marylebone to Warwick Parkway where our coach will take you to Church Farm Brewery, They are a family run brewery located at Church Farm, Church Lane, Budbrooke on a farm on the outskirts of Warwick. In November 2012 they sold their herd of dairy cattle and converted the milking equipment into a microbrewery. They brew four regular cask ales and several stronger craft keg beers as well.

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Then we’ll proceed to the village of Cubbington and the former village bakery that is now home to the Warwickshire Beer Company’s brewery. They brew six core beers, mostly themed around the history of the area. In fact, you are getting two breweries for the price of one here as they market their core range under the Warwickshire Beer Co name and some more experimental and one-off brews under the Bakehouse Brewery brand!

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Lunch will be taken at the Good Beer Guide listed White Hart at Ufton. This is an isolated 16th Century coaching inn situated high on a hill with magnificent and far reaching views over the Warwickshire countryside. Inside, it is an interesting mixture of modern and traditional styles. If the weather in May is good, they have a very attractive garden where you can enjoy the view!

If it is still on, the afternoon period will be spent at the Long Itchington beer festival (six pubs, four hours there) – however, this is unlikely to be running so we’re probably visiting the preserved “Battlefield Line”. This is the last remaining part of the former Ashby and Nuneaton Joint Railway which was opened in 1873 and It runs from Shackerstone via Market Bosworth to Shenton in Leicestershire, operated by the Shackerstone Railway Society. They have a fine collection of interesting steam locos and we will be travelling the whole length of the line.

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Photo: Reece Mathieson via Facebook

The coach will then take you to Royal Leamington Spa to allow you more than one hour or so to “do” some (or all!) of the GBG pubs in the town. We’ll return from Leamington Spa, due at Marylebone by 20:40

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