East Lancs Branch

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

About the branch

Who are East Lancs CAMRA?

East Lancs CAMRA is the local organisation of the Campaign for Real Ale. The branch was set up in 1974 to pursue CAMRA's objectives at local level. This involves the promotion of real ale, real cider & perry and publicising where it may be enjoyed. We are also interested in preserving the character of the traditional British pub with all of its cultural, historical and architectural aspects.

The branch covers quite a large region encompassing all of the local authority areas of Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, the Ribble Valley and Rossendale, although there is a degree of overlap on the western side of the Blackburn and Ribble Valley areas with the Central Lancs CAMRA branch.

The branch is part of the West Pennines Region which covers the Cumbria, Isle of Man and Lancashire. (Click here to visit the WP website)

Where and when are the meetings?

Branch meetings are held on alternate “even” months (April, June, August, October, December) on Thursday’s or Sundays with start times of 7:30pm and 2pm respectively with the Branch AGM taking place in February.

Committee meetings are held on the “odd” months (March, May, July, September, October) and are more formal events where CAMRA business is addressed. and all are open for any CAMRA member to attend.

Meetings are held in town centre locations in Accrington, Blackburn and Burnley as these have been agreed as the easiest locations to get to with public transport.

Do you hold a beer festival?

Yes! However we hold not one but two beer festivals a year.

Pendle Beer Festival is into it’s 16th year, and is held at the Muni in Colne on the last weekend of January/first weekend of February.

Clitheroe Beer Festival takes place usually the 2nd or 3rd weekend in May, at the Assembly Hall of St. Michael & St. John's, Clitheroe. This year (2020) was due to be its 13th festival, however owing to the Covid-19 Outbreak this has been delayed until May 2020.

See the Beer Festival page for more information

Who are CAMRA?

The Campaign for Real Ale is a voluntary organisation consisting of over 190,000 ordinary people, run by an unpaid, elected national executive and backed by a small core of professional executives. It speaks for people everywhere by fighting to save pubs and breweries from closure, attempting to improve quality and choice, and trying to ensure pub standards are raised.

As a member you can have your say about the issues which affect you. You can stand for election to office, attend the annual conference to speak and vote, and help organise local campaigns. You can help select pubs for the Good Beer Guide, help out at beer festivals and, above all, enjoy many excellent regular social activities.

You can receive big discounts on the Good Beer Guide and other CAMRA books and products, free or reduced price admission to CAMRA beer festivals, plus the What's Brewing newspaper, delivered to your door each month. All new members receive the Member's Handbook as soon as they are registered.

Click the link in the main menu to visit the CAMRA website for more information.