As the weather hots up, so do the beer gardens of the pubs on the Wirral Real Ale Trial. 2017 is the second year and 3rd bus based Real Ale Trail for the Wirral – a rather unique event that takes place Saturday June 10th and we are rather proud to reveal a new route that includes the glorious Heswall and Thornton Hough for the first time (Whoops in the background).
It is a rather good way to spend a Saturday with friends, firstly because we will be doing all the driving – and thats always a bonus. We plan to transport hundreds of ale loving friends by bus from the coast, country to the city all in one day.
Short Video of what you do on a Real Ale Trail.
Why join in? You can potentially experience over 50 ales on the Bus Based Ale Festival because the route is made up of 10 unique bars carefully chosen for their selection of real ales, quirkiness and their approach to good hospitality. But the event is totally created for meeting up with friends and sharing good times. It’s all about making great memories with good friends supported by great ale.
Basing a festival on a bus is a little quirky to say the least and the fact that most grown men sing on the bus between stops is something different too. The ale trail is a winner in most people’s eyes as you travel and reach new pubs with a designated driver for the trails. A £12 ticket gets you unlimited travel all day to each pub every 45 minutes, from 11am to 11pm, and you can start and stop at any pub at any time
Every trail means new and changed routes and this year we will showcase a few new entries such as Heswall’s Harvest Mouse and its crazy Windmill, the beautifully thatched Devon Doorway, The Good Beer Guide and Good Pub Guide 2017 Winner, Thornton Hough’s Red Fox, is also a new pub added to the route this year.
So which pubs can you visit on the day…
Queens Royal • New Brighton, Ship Inn • Hoylake, The Irby Mill• Irby, The Anchor Inn• Irby, Harvest Mouse • Heswall, The Devon Doorway • Heswall, Red Fox • Thornton Hough, The Mississippi Bar • Spital, The Cock & Pullet• Oxton, Gallagher’s • Birkenhead
Tickets are £12 in advance, available from every pub on the Trail or online. Tickets allow you to start at any pub on the Trail and hop on and off the buses as many times as you like between 11am and 11pm, with buses aiming to arrive at each pub every 45 minutes. Following the success of the first year of Ale Trails, Wirral Real Ale Trail was shortlisted for ‘Event of the Year’ by Wirral Tourism Awards ’17.
Ale Trail Maker Shelly Barratt says “its going to be the best trail to date as we have included a diverse range of pubs and probably ones that people have never visited before. But to get the most of the event it must be spent with good friends as this is what the trail is all about, giving people the reason to make a date to spend time with buddies without worrying who is driving.”
She goes on to say (she goes on a lot don’t tell her I said that) .. ‘It’s a friendly day with people often socialising with other fellow passengers. It seems the people of Wirral really love a good old sing song whilst traveling on the bus together. It’s a great fun day, everyone is always in good spirits.’ Bottoms up!