East Lancs Branch

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Branch Socials

Socials for the 2018/2019 year

In 2018 we went around the outer area pubs/clubs which are not easy to get to by bus ie Pendle, Burnley, Ribble Valley and Rossendale. All trips were well supported.

We visited 3 breweries during the last 12 months: Mini buses were fully booked up almost as soon as the trips were announced to Theakston in Masham and a Friday evening trip to Bank Top in Bolton. This followed in February where a grand total of 23 people made their own way to Hopstar in Darwen, probably thanks to the trains finally running again at the weekend. Yay! More brewery trips are lined up for 2019.

As well as an East Lancs Away Day trip which took us to Edinburgh on a scorching day in May, we had a fantastic trip in July to the CAMRA National Pub of the Year 2017, The Cricketers Arms in St. Helens, stopping off at several micropubs on the way there and back.

On a typically wet and rainy August Bank Holiday, we had a brilliant Sunday afternoon BBQ somewhere in the deepest Rossendale Valley at the Kimberley Club. I’d love to tell you where it is but it’s a secretive and wonderful establishment and you had to be there to experience it.

And last but not least the Annual Christmas Turkey Trot which took us to Hebden Bridge.

I think it’s fair to say we had a good year, and of course all the thanks must go to Pete Clegg, your Social Secretary, for all his hard work and dedication in providing us with great days out and great memories. Cheers Pete!

Below is an overview of the socials for 2019. Keep an eye in the Branch Diary and/or on Social Media for all up to date information.

Please always let Pete know as soon as possible if you’re interested in any off the socials, by email ku.gro.armac.scnaltsae@laicos, as he needs to have an idea of numbers, whether transport in being provided or not, and trips get booked up quickly and he can add you to a waiting list. Additionally, Pete is always looking for suggestions of where to visit, so just get in touch with him and let’s see where the future will take us.


Pendle area coach trip, Saturday 19th January
Hopstar Brewery trip, Saturday 16th February
Coach Trip to Chester, Saturday 23rd March
Ribble Valley area coach trip, Saturday 8th June
Coach Trip to Keighley & Saltaire, Saturday 13th July
Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway Beer Festival, Saturday 10th August
Blackburn with Darwen area coach trip, Saturday 20th September
Kimberley Club, Rossendale Valley, Sunday 24th November
Turkey Trot to Chorley, Monday 30th December


Ministry of Ale, Burnley, which will be closing down the same evening, Friday 3rd January
Evening pub crawl around Colne, Thursday 9th January
Pendle area coach trip, Saturday 18th January
Get together at the Fleetwood Beer Festival, Friday 7th February
Rossendale area coach trip, Saturday 14th March