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.


  • Wetherspoon Beer & Cider Festival Preview Monday 25 March 2019 18:00 Battesford Court, Witham
  • Wetherspoon Beer & Cider Festival Preview Tuesday 26 March 2019 18:00 Picture Palace, Braintree
  • Essex Cider POTY Judging Trip Saturday 30 March 2019 11:00 Essex

    Free Minibus departs opposite Chelmsford Railway Station 11am.

    Open to members of all 8 Essex branches of CAMRA judging the Cider Pub of the Year as nominated by the branches.

    Other branches will be expected to pay towards the cost of hiring the minibus and fuel pro rata to the number of their members attending.

    Route, Pick-ups and Drop off s TBC once all CPOTY have been declared.

  • CAMRA Members' Weekend, AGM & Conference 2019 Friday 5 – Sunday 7 April 2019 Caird Hall, Dundee

    All members are encouraged to attend and support this event.
    NB- Logan Airlines currently offering discounted direct flights from London Stansted.
    Alternative lower price flights to Edinburgh from London.
    National Express also offering discounted rates by Coach.

  • Maldon Beer and Cider Festival 2019 Wednesday 10 – Saturday 13 April 2019 Plume School, Maldon

    All Members encouraged to attend and support this event.
    Regular public buses available from Chelmsford and Witham

  • Annual Walk from Chelmsford to Maldon Saturday 13 April 2019 09:00 Chelmsford to Maldon

    Departing 9am from Railway Tavern, CM1 1LW
    Walk along the canal to Maldon, stop off at Papermill Lock 12ish,
    on to the Carpenters Arms, Maldon / Beer Festival / other great pubs,
    tap rooms in the Town.

  • Branch Committee Meeting Monday 15 April 2019 20:30 Hop Beer Shop, Chelmsford

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

  • Pre festival drinks Invitation Wednesday 17 April 2019 19:00 Woolpack, Chelmsford

    From 7pm onwards for branch members showing valid membership cards.
    Special Invitation from Will and the team at the Woolpack for branch members
    to sample some of the beers on offer at the forthcoming Beer and Cider Festival
    at £2.50 per pint.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.