Branch Diary

For social bookings email socialsecretary@chelmsford.camra.org.uk or contact Martin Joy on 07878 624443. Last minute arrivals may be accepted at some events but for most pre-booking is suggested or compulsory.

Please be advised that the Social team have decided to use self-drive Minibuses driven by CME members and volunteers where possible. With Minibus hire we are unfortunately only allowed to take CAMRA members on these trips. Spaces are limited to 16 per Minibus.
Non-members who wish to attend members only trips are encouraged to consider joining CAMRA, especially at this year’s winter and summer Beer Festivals where there are often special offers.
On all Minibus trips you will be dropped off in reasonable walking distance to your home. Other coach trips will include the Chelmsford Circuit drop off around this circuit on return to Chelmsford.
We will still continue to use Coach Companies for our all day trips and also runabouts that are a little further afield and where we know demand for places will be high.
Please note that for over-subscribed events we reserve the right to give priority to CME Branch members over members of other Branches or non-members.


  • Good Friday Easter Amble Friday 19 April 2019 Galleywood and Chelmsford

    Start at Eagle Pub 12 noon. Visiting Galleywood Social Club, Running Mare, Horse & Groom, then a short walk
    to the Clay Pigeon and Fox & Hounds, Tile Kiln, before catching bus (or walk)
    into Chelmsford to end the day at the Woolpack Beer and Cider Festival.

  • Cider Pub Of The Year Presentation Friday 19 April 2019 19:00 Hop Beer Shop, Chelmsford

    The Hop Beer Shop will be presented with their award for the CME Cider Pub Of The Year 2019 at around 7pm(ish)

  • CME POTY & CPOTY Runner-Up Presentation Saturday 20 April 2019 18:00 Compasses, Littley Green

    A presentation to The Compasses for runners-up in both the Pub Of The Year and Cider Pub Of The Year 2019 will be made at around 6pm.

  • Volunteer Thank you Party Saturday 27 April 2019 18:00 Leaman Scout Hall

    Open to Volunteers who have worked at the Summer and Winter Beer and Cider Festival.
    6pm at the Leaman Scout Hall, Meteor Way, Waterhouse Lane, Chelmsford, CM2 2RL, (short walk across the park from the bus and railway stations)
    Food and drink will be provided. RSVP by closing date 20th April to ofni.fcbc@reetnulov or text Luke 07779 626109 stating any dietary requirements e.g. vegetarian

  • Essex Beer Pub of the Year Judging Trip Saturday 11 May 2019 11:00 Essex

    Free Minibus departs opposite Chelmsford Railway Station 11am.

    Route, Pick-ups and Drop off s TBC once all Beer Pubs of the Year have been declared.

  • Branch Committee Meeting Tuesday 14 May 2019 20:30 Walnut Tree, Broads Green

    8pm for 8.30pm start. Open to all members.

  • Mild May Amble of Chelmsford. Saturday 18 May 2019 12:00 Chelmsford

    Pubs and route TBC (See Web site for future updates)

  • Branch Meeting Wednesday 22 May 2019 20:30 Woolpack, Chelmsford

    8pm for 8.30pm start. Free pint to first time attendees. Everyone is welcome.

  • Branch Committee Meeting Tuesday 18 June 2019 20:30 Horse & Groom, Galleywood

    8pm for 8.30pm start. Open to all members.
    Still to be booked and confirmed.

  • Summer Beer & Cider Festival Tuesday 2 – Saturday 6 July 2019 Admiral's Park

    Summer Beer & Cider Festival 2019

  • SW Essex branch trip to Bamburg Wednesday 10 – Monday 15 July 2019 Bamburg

    We have received an email from Chris West of SW Essex CAMRA branch. They are planning a trip to Bamburg in July (the week after our summer festival). I'm assuming it's an open invitation to our branch members for anyone who might be interested in joining them.

    From Chris: We plan to be in Bamberg from Wednesday 10 July(evening) until Monday 15 July.

    As an indication of costs :

    Thursday 11 July from Stansted(Ryanair) 7.35 am eta Nuremberg 10.15 am
    return Sunday 14 July from Nuremberg 22.50 eta Stansted 23.40
    Return fare about £ 49.

    Or:

    Thursday 11 July from Stansted(Ryanair) 19.30 eta Nuremberg 22.50
    return Sunday 14 July from Nuremberg 22.50 eta Stansted 23.40

    Return fare about £68.

    Rail Fare Nuremberg airport to Nuremberg Bahnhof and to Bamberg aprox. 16 Euro each way. There are 2 trains an hour Nuremberg Bahnhof to Bamberg( I will provide exact details if/when needed)

    IBIS Hotel near Bamberg station (3-4 minutes walk)

    Wed. 10 July to Sunday 14 July Twin room 5 nights £ 290. approx.
    Thurs 11 July to Saturday 13 July " 4 nights £ 196 "
    Friday 12 July to Saturday 13 July " 3 nights £146 "



    Travel tickets(VBN Ticket) for rail and bus travel will cost no more than 16 Euro per day for 2 adults., also the weekend ticket Sat/Sun is valid for 2 days.

    I will organise breakfast (cereal etc, tea and coffee ) no cost for this.

    If anyone is interested ,please let me know as I w can forward more details of local travel between Nuremberg and Bamberg (and return to airport). I will also arrange to meet anyone joining us, on arrival at Bamberg station.

    A full itinerary will be prepared nearer the time.

    As an alternative to flying, I shall be travelling by car with my son, to Bamberg on Wednesday very early morning from Rainham, Essex via Dover /Calais ferry.. This is a road journey of about 750 miles.. We have 2 spare seats, and the only cost would be a small contribution to the ferry fare.

    best regards Chris West

  • Branch Committee Meeting Tuesday 16 July 2019 20:30 Square & Compasses, Fuller Street

    8pm for 8.30pm start. Open to all members.
    Still to be booked and confirmed.

  • Branch Meeting Wednesday 24 July 2019 20:00 Cross Keys, White Notley

    Free pint to first time attendees. Everyone is welcome.
    To be booked and confirmed.

  • Branch Committee Meeting Wednesday 11 September 2019 20:30 Queen's Head, Chelmsford

    8pm for 8.30pm start. Open to all members. Still to be booked and confirmed.

  • Branch Meeting Wednesday 18 September 2019 20:00 Ship, Chelmsford

    Free pint to first time attendees. Everyone is welcome. Still to be booked and confirmed.

  • Proposed trip to Troon - Ayrshire Real Ale Festival 2019 Friday 4 – Sunday 6 October 2019 Ayrshire Real Ale Festival
  • Branch Committee Meeting Tuesday 15 October 2019 20:30 TBC
  • Branch Meeting Wednesday 23 October 2019 20:00 TBC
  • Branch Committee Meeting Tuesday 12 November 2019 20:30 TBC
  • Annual General Meeting Wednesday 20 November 2019 20:00 White Hart Hotel, Witham

    The White Hart, Witham has been suggested.