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Forthcoming Tours & Events

All tours start from London unless stated otherwise, but may sometimes be joined en-route

RAIL ALE RAMBLES: Day trips by train, sometimes with an overnight option, to interesting real ale breweries and pubs. These tours may be arranged at quite short notice, so check back often.

WEEKEND EXPLORERS: Long weekend trips, in the UK and Europe, visiting interesting breweries and pubs with added rail or cultural interest such as steam railways, narrow gauge lines, tram systems, funiculars or museums.

EXPLORER HOLIDAYS: 1 or 2 weeks or perhaps longer, to destinations in Britain, Europe and beyond, usually with brewery visits and rail interest.




Wednesday 25th July 2018

A Visit To Harvey’s and the Seaside


Firstly the North Laine Brewhouse in Brighton, then an evening visit to the East Sussex county town of Lewes, for the famous and staunchly traditional Harvey’s brewery. Very limited number of places, check the details and book immediately!

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Saturday 28th July 2018

Beer in the Community


To Oxfordshire, visiting a number of mainly community-owned pubs in the county. The five pubs we’re visiting are all attractive in their own right but are particularly interesting and worth supporting because they all have been bought from their original owners and are now the centre of their community – virtually all would have otherwise been closed.


We have three pick-up points – Feltham (SWR station), Hatton Cross (LT station) and Didcot Parkway (GWR station). From these we’ll pick up our private to:


Plough, West Hanney. This picturesque, friendly, 16th Century thatched pub is located opposite the church. It was sold in 2015 by Punch Taverns to a local community group and has been refurbished and serves four changing beers, often from local breweries.



Red Lion, Northmoor. A traditional village inn with whitewashed stone walls, heavy oak beams and a large garden. In 2014 it was bought by the local community from Greene King and since then has gone from strength to strength. You will be able to select from a well chosen selection of four local beers served from their small bar.



Plough, Long Wittenham. A very traditional and friendly 17th Century Grade II-listed pub. Their large garden stretches down to the River Thames and has ample seating. This is where we’re having our included lunch which will not just consist of a round of sandwiches but also includes a portion of quiche and a home-made sausage roll (vegetarian options available – please indicate on the booking form). They have a range of three real ales.


Pendon Museum. Through the medium of railway modelling, it provides a unique glimpse of English rural life around 1930 through extraordinary dioramas featuring railways, villages and landscapes. It has a number of permanent exhibitions including the Vale Scene (an ambitious model of the countryside of the Vale of White Horse as it was in the 1930s), the Dartmoor Scene (part of an imaginary Great Western branch line meandering from South Devon into Cornwall), the Seawall (a representation of the famous stretch of Great Western Railway main line running from Dawlish to Teignmouth) and the Madder Valley Railway (a famous, pioneering layout built in the 1930s on permanent display).


Seven Stars, Marsh Baldon. A 400-year-old coaching inn that has been rescued from closure and possible redevelopment by the local community. Closed in November 2012 (the fourth time in 10 years), a committee was rapidly formed, shares bought, locals engaged and the pub re-opened in March 2013. Since re-opening the facilities at the pub have been improved and it is now at the heart of the local community. Four cask ales, a couple of which will be local, will be available to enjoy.


Plum Pudding, Milton. The name comes from the Oxford Sandy & Black pig, a local breed affectionately known as the Plum Pudding Pig. The pub was previously a Greene King tenancy called The Admiral Benbow but has now been purchased as a freehouse and the facilities will be improved over the next couple of years. This pub with four real ales, mainly local, is a fine place to finish a splendid day out!


Our coach will then return you to your departure point

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Thursday 16th to Monday 20thAugust 2018


Bofferding, Beierhaascht and Mousel Breweries; new tram and funicular Lines; Minett NarrowGauge Railway and free time in the city

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Friday 28th September to Monday 1st October 2018


Eight Breweries:

Two Roses

Small World

Summer Wine,

Hogs Head

Magic Rock


Landlord’s Friend

Stod Fold


Calderdale Industrial Museum


Kirklees Light Railway


GBG pubs


Free time in Halifax, Huddersfield, Sowerby Bridge


Check the full details by clicking on the link in the next column!


n.b. THE GREEN HOP EXPLORER IN HEREFORD & WORCESTER ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND has been postponed to 2019 DUE to a lack of SUITABLE available accommodation.

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Thursday 29th November to Monday 3nd December 2018



Our 2018 Christmas Market, this time deep in the Black Forest at Freiburg-im-Breisgau, an hour north of Basel and close to the French border. Our 4 nights visit includes a (of course) a Christmas Market, a chartered tram tour, a visit to historic Breisach Historic, a wine cellar tour, a rail ride to Titisee and Seebrug (Black Forest), 2 brewpubs (Martin’s and Feierling) and a brewery Kleines Freiburger Brauhaus;

Optional visit to Mulhouse.


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Tuesday 9th April to Tuesday 16th April 2019

Bordeaux and Montpellier EXPLORER

For trams and wine - and some warmth. Eurostar and TGV travel. Just 4h15m London to Bordeaux. Max 20 passengers.

Details later


Fri 10th to Tuesday 14th May 2019

The South Devon Explorer

Based in Paignton. Plenty of breweries that we haven’t previously visited, GBG pubs, heritage railways and other attractions amidst the scenery of the “English Riviera”.

Details later


June 2019 Dates to be confirmed, probably departing 8th or 15th June

Wrocław Good Beer Festival

Centrum Kultury Zamek in Wrocław invites you to take part in this Festival of Good Beer, the largest and the oldest craft beer festival in Poland.

Hundreds of bottled and draught beers from top Polish and foreign breweries
Premiere of the Festival Beer, brewed by Browar Nepomucen
Breweries of Wrocław and surroundings Zone
New beer premieres
Wroclaw Brewery Workshops
Home brewing shows
Beer tastings & other seminars
Beer bloggers zone

Cooking with beer shows
Workshops and tastings
Best food tracks

There is likely to be an option to add Kraków to the itinerary

Details later


Friday 4th – Monday 7th October 2019

The Green Hop Festival EXPLORER

Staying in Worcester and including a visit to the biggest Green Hop festival in the UK, based at the Talbot at Knightwick

The festival itself is expected to include thirty plus beers from various local breweries, many showcasing the use of green hops in the brew! Teme Valley Brewery will once again be leading the charge, with many other Hop Shire based breweries getting involved as well.Live music, great beer, and delicious food. Of course, we shall be visiting many other attractions too.

Details later











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