join the original

Flintshire Real Ale Trail

Our very first trail over 8 years ago, Flintshire Real Ale Trail will be back by popular demand in September 14th 2019 after a year away. Like Glasto we took a year off to allow the wheels on the bus to rest. We intend to come back in September for another jolly trail around the our beautiful Flintshire countryside.

Tickets to ride the coach of beer destiny are £20 before or £22 on the day and will be announced on facebook when they are available. You can get tickets from the pub or online here too.

For the Real Ale enthusiasts, there will be a minimum of three real ales in each pub (50 ales on the whole trail) but don’t worry if ale isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other drinks available (and lots of atmospheres to soak up as well!)


pssst…you’ve got to be 25 years and over to join this event

Taking the scenic route to great Pubs & Real Ale

Great real ale, good food, loads of great rural pubs, entertainment, Welsh microbreweries and friends……..this is what the Flintshire Real Ale Trail is all about! So grab a ticket from the pubs and a gaggle of your friends and we will provide the rest! On the day you will discover some of the best pubs nestled in the Flintshire villages and towns, they will all serve delicious Real Ale ands and a warm welcome to boot.

Whilst real ale enthusiasts have always visited Flintshire’s pubs with quality ales and foods… the problem always is the designated driver, they can never join in…

Our pubs put on fantastic guest ales, home-cooked food and entertainment. What more do you want out of a day? There is a minimum of 3 ales in each pub and over 50 ales on the whole trail.



Exclusive Real Ale Trail ale “RAT” brewed by Facers, a small Flintshire based microbrewery.

Ticket holders can start at any pub on route, hop on and off at any pub as many times as your heart desires between 11am and 10pm, so what are you waiting for? We got the pubs, Real Ales and entertainment ready, now all we need is you and your friends for a great day out!

Breathing life into rural businesses & their communities


Ale enthusiast enjoying a pint of Real Ale outside The Gold Cape, Mold.

The Original Flintshire Real Ale Trail was our very first trail back in 2009, set up to support small welsh pubs within the Flintshire Tourism Association to attract more customers. The idea to help rural pubs promote their rural location by taking people right to the doorstep of the pub (sometimes pubs are in a middle of field in places people have never visited) hoping people will visit again in their own time, worked. Pubs became known more popular and the trail became a sell out event that people looked forward to each year.

Pubs are an important feature for the small Welsh rural communities. Nine years ago these small businesses faced hard times due to the smoking ban, reduction in drink driving limits and the change in drinking habits.  Hundreds of pubs closed down never to reopen and this trend continues.  It was for this reason the Flintshire Real Ale Trail was born, to literally drive people to pubs often found in the middle of nowhere in a field and introduce people to them without the worry of driving.  The Flintshire Real Ale Trail introduced hundreds of people to small Welsh pubs and what a blast it has been ever since!

The events are a great success with locals supporting the Flintshire Trail twice a year.  Due to the popularity of the event we needed “a bigger boat” to coin a phrase. We have more buses, change the route each time and include lots of interesting pubs. The rest, as they say, is history. All aboard!

If you like our ethos you certainly will like CAMRA = ‘Campaigning for Real Ale’ you can find more information about them here.

We have a great selection of Real Ales, but if Real Ales ain’t your thing, you can still join the fun! There’s plenty of other drinks (including Gin) to wet your whistle!
Check out the pubs on the

 Flintshire Real Ale Trail

 Start where you like, when you like, but make sure you do it with great friend. Pubs to be announced soon!


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