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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.



Saturday 29th June 2019

RAIL ALE RAMBLE 189 - A Cambridgeshire Caper


Firstly visiting Turpin’s Brewery, where we will have generous samples from two of their cask ales including their double-gold winning Black Stout. Our next stop is a gem of a pub, the historic and unspoilt Queen’s Head at Newton, that has appeared in every edition of the Good Beer Guide. Click on the link on the right to read more about this excellent pub. Next we visit Lord Conrad’s Brewery. They brew an interesting range of beers and we will be trying at least two of them in cask form. After this we’ll visit the Black Horse at Rampton (GBG), a two bar village pub which was bought from Greene King several years ago and has earned a reputation for its ales and food. They serve a changing range of at least three ales, served on gravity from behind the bar. Our final brewery visit will be to the Milton Brewery in Waterbeach. We’ll be enjoying generous samples from their huge range of cask ales. We then arrive in Cambridge (near the best real ale pubs) for a break of about 2 hours. The coach will take you back to the station to avoid the long walk, although with your own ticket you can stay as long as you wish and make your own way to the station.


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Friday 3rd October to Monday 7th October 2019

The Green Hop Festival & MALVERNS EXPLORER

Staying in Worcester to visit TEN breweries, some Good Beer Guide pubs, the Severn Valley Railway and the Green Hop beer festival at Knightwick.


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Thursday 5th to Monday 9th December 2019



Our annual visit to the continent for beer and markets. To Belgium this time, staying at the Century Hotel (just outside the station) for four nights. We will include a tram tour on their lovely metre gauge vehicles and a couple of nice breweries, one of which is outside Mechelen and recommended. Plenty of free time is planned as there are so many great bars and restaurants to visit, as well as the city sights themselves, which has changed markedly in recent years. Most of the areas around the fine station are pedestrian zones now. We shall travel by Eurostar, probably at 1058 from London. The now enlarged Xmas Market opens on the Saturday with some special events attached.

Further details later but please email us to express your interest:




Early spring tbc

South Cheshire including the unique Anderton Boat Lift with short cruise.

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Late May tbc

Scotland’s Dumfries and Galloway region plus a couple of islands in the River Clyde. Great scenery and new breweries have persuaded us to offer this attractive Explorer tour

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Date to be confirmed

West Kent to include a visit to the beautifully restored pumping station near Abbey Wood and its narrow gauge railway currently under construction.

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