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.