Chelmsford and Mid-Essex

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Branch Diary

Branch and Committee meetings have been cancelled up to 30th June.
Social events have been cancelled up to 2nd May 2020.
The Summer Beer and Cider Festival has been cancelled.
Further cancellations will be reviewed based on new information from the Government.

For social bookings email 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.

  • Branch Committee Meeting Tuesday 7 April 2020 Queen's Head, Boreham


  • Good Friday Amble Friday 10 April 2020 Chelmsford


  • Annual Walk to Maldon from Chelmsford. Saturday 18 April 2020 Chelmsford & Mid-Essex


  • Essex Pub POTY Judging Trip Saturday 2 May 2020 Essex

    Visiting the Pubs chosen by each Essex CAMRA Branch as their pubs of the year.

    Open to all - Members Only.

    Minibus depart 11am from Opposite Chelmsford Railway Station.

    This is a free Bus you will be required to judge and mark each pub on various merits.
    Open to all Essex CAMRA members with priority given to CME members.

  • Branch Committee Meeting Tuesday 5 May 2020 Square & Compasses, Fuller Street


  • MILD MAY DAY AND CIDER SAFARI Saturday 9 May 2020 Chelmsford

    Visiting the pubs in Chelmsford who will be serving Mild and Real Ciders as part of CAMRA’s Campaign for these beverages.
    Further details to follow, check branch website and social media.

  • Proposed trip to Colchester Brewery Saturday 16 May 2020 Colchester Brewery, Wakes Colne

    Details to follow.

  • Branch Meeting and Social Wednesday 20 May 2020 Queen's Head, Chelmsford


  • Branch Visit to Edinburgh Friday 29 – Sunday 31 May 2020 Edinburgh

    Everyone is welcome to join us for a long weekend away in this wonderful City.

    Please book own transportation (flights or train) and Accommodation.
    Itineraries and a possible Brewery Visit details to follow.

  • Branch Committee Meeting Tuesday 2 June 2020 Endeavour, Chelmsford


  • Rural Pubs Runabout and Visit to Braintree Beer Festival Saturday 13 June 2020 Chelmsford & Mid-Essex

    By Minibus. Members Only - Cost just £10.
    Pick up 11am opposite Chelmsford railway station.
    We will be visiting some of our branches more rural pubs ending the day at the Braintree Beer Festival.

  • Revelry Day at Bishop Nick Brewery Sunday 21 June 2020 Bishop Nick Brewery

    Subject to confirmation of this event which is usually held annually each Fathers Day.

    From 12pm to 4pm.
    Members are encouraged to attend and support one of our local Breweries.
    By public Bus to Braintree from Chelmsford and Witham.

  • Branch Committee Meeting Wednesday 1 July 2020 Woolpack Inn, Witham

    At the Woolpack Pub, 7 Church Road, Witham. CM2 2JP.
    8 for 8.30pm Start.
    All Members Welcome

  • CHELMSFORD AND MID ESSEX CAMRA SUMMER BEER AND CIDER FESTIVAL Tuesday 7 – Saturday 11 July 2020 Admiral's Park


  • Branch Meeting and Social Wednesday 22 July 2020 Cross Keys, Hatfield Peverel

    At The Cross Keys, Hatfield Peverel, CM3 2JQ
    8 for 8.30pm Start.
    All Welcome, free pint for first time attendees

  • Visit to Hackney and East London Saturday 25 July 2020 London

    Hackney now boasts numerous micro breweries and some great pubs, so its about time we went to see what all the fuss is about!

    By Train from Chelmsford Station. 11am meet.

  • East Anglia POTY Judging Trip Saturday 8 – Sunday 9 August 2020 East Anglia

    Visiting 6 counties over 2 days and each of those Counties' Pub of the Year.
    With overnight stop in Norwich.

    Open to Members Only.
    Minibus depart 11am from Opposite Chelmsford Railway Station.
    You will be required to judge and mark each pub on various merits in an effort to vote for the best Pub in East Anglia for 2020.
    1st Day is Free but we will require contribution for the 2nd Day for hire and Fuel costs.
    Please book own accommodation in Norwich.

    NB-This may be open to other branch members as well if there is space available.

  • Hertfordshire Visit Saturday 22 August 2020 Hertfordshire

    By Minibus – Members Only, Cost £15.00
    Depart 11am opposite Chelmsford Railway Station.
    We plan to visit Hitchin and surrounding areas including The 2019 East Anglian Pub of the Year. The Red Lion in the village of Preston.

  • Branch Committee Meeting Tuesday 1 September 2020 Three Compasses, West Hanningfield

    At The Three Compasses West Hanningfield, CM2 8UQ.
    8 for 8.30pm Start – All members Welcome.

  • Branch Meeting and Social Wednesday 16 September 2020 Compasses, Littley Green

    At The Compasses- Littley Green, CM3 1BU
    8pm to start 8.30pm.
    All Welcome, free pint for first time attendees.

  • Titanic Brewery with Overnight Stay in Leek. Saturday 26 – Sunday 27 September 2020 Titanic Brewery

    SOLD OUT - Taking names for a reserve list in case of cancellations.

    Titanic Brewery Tour with meal and beers. Members only.

    The minibus proposed cost is £25 per head and departs Chelmsford at 9am on Saturday with an approximate arrival time of 1pm.
    The cost of the tour includes 3 tokens for 3 pints of beer plus a meal and is £15 per head.
    We are planning to stay overnight in Leek which is about 10 miles from the Brewery and boasts some good pubs.

    If you intend to come along, please book your accommodation for one night.

  • Branch Committee Meeting Tuesday 6 October 2020 Leather Bottle, Pleshey

    At The Leather Bottle, Pleshey, CM3 1HG.
    8pm for 8.30pm start. All members welcome.

  • Crouch Valley Rail Ale Trail Saturday 17 October 2020 Essex

    By Train from Chelmsford Station.
    Visiting Wickford, Battlesbridge, South Woodham Ferrers, Burnham and Southminster.
    More details to Follow

  • Branch Meeting and Social Wednesday 21 October 2020 Horse & Groom, Galleywood

    At Horse and Groom, Galleywood. CM2 8PL.
    8 for 8.30pm Start
    All Welcome, free pint for first time attendees.

  • Visit to Stowmarket and the Cider Festival at the Museum of Rural Life Saturday 24 October 2020 Stowmarket

    Further details to Follow.
    Probably by Train from Chelmsford to Stowmarket if normal trains service is running.

  • Beer Cuisine Evening Monday 2 November 2020 TBC

    Might be Saturday 9th - More details to Follow.

  • Branch Committee Meeting Tuesday 3 November 2020 Eagle, Galleywood

    At The Eagle, Galleywood. CM2 8PS
    8pm to start at 8.30pm All members welcome

  • Rural Runabout- MAD/CME Borders Saturday 14 November 2020 11:00 Essex

    By Minibus – Members only – Cost £12, depart 11:00 opposite Chelmsford Station (Railway Tavern).
    Day trip visiting rural pubs in and around Danbury, The Woodhams, Purleigh, Bicknacre, and the Hanningfields.

  • AGM Wednesday 18 November 2020 Orange Tree, Chelmsford

    At The Orange Tree, Lower Anchor Street, Chelmsford. CM2 0AS.
    8pm for 8.30pm Start – All Members welcome and encouraged to attend.

  • Proposed Annual visit to the Pigs Ear Beer Festival at the Round Chapel in Hackney. Tuesday 1 December 2020 Round Chapel, Hackney

    Dates and festival to be confirmed.
    By Minibus, so members only.
    Cost to be confirmed.

  • Proposed Branch Christmas Meal Sunday 6 December 2020 TBC

    Venue, times, costs and menu to be confirmed.

  • Branch Committee Meeting Tuesday 8 December 2020 Oddfellows Arms Smokehouse, Chelmsford

    The Oddfellows, Chelmsford. CM2 6JP.
    8pm for 8.30pm Start - All Members welcome.

  • Branch Christmas Party Thursday 17 December 2020 Queen's Head, Chelmsford

    Proposed Venue is The Queens Head, Lower Anchor Street, Chelmsford. CM2 0AS.
    From 8pm, everyone welcome!