Chelmsford and Mid-Essex

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

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.


  • Annual General Meeting Wednesday 20 November 2019 20:30 White Hart Hotel, Witham

    8 for 8.30pm start.
    All members encouraged to attend, vote for new committee members and hear about what the branch has been doing over the past year.

    The minibus for the AGM will depart at 7.30pm from opposite Chelmsford railway station. Members only, cost £7.50 per person.

    Members wishing to attend the AGM by minibus, PLEASE BOOK A PLACE with Martin ASAP.

  • Visit to Harwich & Dovercourt Bay Winter Ale Festival and Harwich Pubs Saturday 23 November 2019 11:00 Harwich

    Meet at 11am at Chelmsford Railway Station to arrange GroupSave tickets.
    Stop off at Dovercourt and visit the beer festival at the Kingsway Hall, Kingsway, Dovercourt CO12 3AB.
    Evening tour of the best pubs in Harwich.

  • Branch Committee Meeting Wednesday 27 November 2019 20:30 Queen's Head, Chelmsford

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

  • Colchester Brewery Open Day Saturday 30 November 2019 Colchester Brewery, Wakes Colne

    A visit to the Colchester Brewery for their open day.

    By train.
    Meeting at Chelmsford Railway Station at 10:45.

  • Visit to Pigs Ear Beer Festival Tuesday 3 December 2019 19:00 London

    By minibus for members only departing 7pm opposite Chelmsford Railway Station.
    Cost just £10 which includes drop off home.

    SOLD OUT - accepting names in case of any withdrawls.

  • Christmas Lunch Sunday 8 December 2019 12:00 Woolpack, Chelmsford

    Meet from noon to eat at 1pm.
    3 course festive meal for just £12pp.
    Menu and options to be advised. Please pay £5 deposit each to Claire Irons 07773 093399 by 23rd November.

  • Branch Meeting and Christmas Party Thursday 19 December 2019 20:00 Orange Tree, Chelmsford

    Short branch meeting followed by Christmas Party with optional Christmas Jumper/ Fancy Dress.
    NB No food at the party.
    All branch members welcome.

  • Yuletide Pub Crawl Saturday 28 December 2019 11:00 Maldon

    This year it’s Maldon!
    Meet at Chelmsford Bus Station at 11am to catch public bus to Maldon (or make your own way there).
    In Maldon we plan to visit the best pubs, taprooms and micro pubs with options for Lunch at the “retro” Wimpy restaurant or Wetherspoons or indeed anywhere else you choose.
    Open invitation, everyone welcome.

  • Branch Committee Meeting Wednesday 8 January 2020 20:30 Walnut Tree, Broads Green

    8 for 8.30pm
    All members welcome so make your own way there to meet the new branch committee and bring ideas for 2020.

  • Branch Meeting Wednesday 15 January 2020 20:30 Battesford Court, Witham

    8 for 8.30pm start
    All members welcome, first time attendees get a free pint.

  • Trip to Ghent in Belgium Friday 24 – Sunday 26 January 2020 Ghent

    SOLD OUT - accepting names in case of any withdrawls.