How The Real Ale Trail Works…

It’s fairly simple. A bus chauffeurs you all day through spectacular countryside to rural pubs. Every half an hour or so, a bus will appear at each pub on the trail to ferry you to the next pub. You can visit as many or as few pubs as you want and stay at each one for as long as you want. It’s that simple.

We make a beeline for quirky, off the beaten track and hidden pubs – you may well never have heard or visited them before – where real ale and great hospitality is their passion.

The Real Ale Trail is a story about friendship, and how a pint of ale can bring friends together to share in a good old belly laughter whilst exploring pubs and ales you’ve never tried before……. without the worry of organising the driving.

THIS EVENT IS PERFECT FOR PEOPLE THAT TRULY ENJOY REAL ALE, GOOD PUB FOOD AND ENJOY SPENDING QUALITY TIME WITH GREAT FRIENDS.

how the real ale trail works
All Aboard!

Who is it for? Everybody over 24 who enjoys a good day out with good friends who enjoy great Real Ale. For real ale enthusiasts, there’s a minimum of three Ales in each pub (at least 50 ales always on each trail), micro breweries creating speciality Ales just for the day as well as small batch ales, never to be experienced again.

If ale isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other drinks available and sometimes we invite boutique gin makers to join us too.

The idea of the trail is not to get drunk but to enjoy ale and food responsibly. Pubs will not serve you if you have a few too many, so do remember to eat and drink water between stops.

Click here for Alcohol advice Drink Aware.

Frequently asked questions

What time does it start & finish?
When do I need to catch the bus?
Where do I catch the bus?
What do I do when I want to go home?
Can I buy a ticket on the day?
Can I drink on the bus?
Can I bring my dog on the Trail?
Can I buy a ticket on the bus?
I don’t drink Ale are there other drinks?
I’m under 24 can I still come?
When do I need to catch the bus?

Whenever you want between 11am and 10pm.  A timetable will be available and you can download the ‘Wheres My Bus App’ but usually every 30 to 45 minutes a bus will appear at every pub. If you want to miss it and get the next one, you can do. Just leave enough time to get to all the pubs you want to visit (the event finishes at 10pm its best you leave well before 10pm to catch the your last destination).

Where do I catch the bus?

From all participating pubs.

What do I do when I want to go home?

No problem. Jump on the bus to take you back to where you started (obviously well before 10pm).

Can I buy a ticket on the day?

Possibly…if there are tickets left, we advice get them before just in case.

Can I drink on the bus?

Jee No Way. The bus is just for transport and singing not for drinking.

Can I bring my dog on the Trail?

Unfortunately dogs are not allowed on Ale Trail buses, its a little overwhelming for them.

Can I buy a ticket on the bus?

Naw….buy them online here.

I don’t drink Ale are there other drinks?

Yes all the pubs are stocked as normal behind the bar but they celebrate in special ales.

I’m under 24 can I still come?

Heck No! This event is strictly for people who remember when flares were cool the first time round.

What do I do next?

First, buy a ticket here or at any of the participating pubs on the trail you fancy. Grab some friends who are great company and make you laugh, board the bus with your ticket (singing is not compulsory but we encourage it) and prepare to enjoy a day of quaffing local ales, sampling the food and entertainment and joining in with the singing on the bus, discussing the merits of fine ale and going home happy. Don’t forget to take some pictures too!

A ticket gets you unlimited travel all day long, and if you are brave you can go around the route as many times as you like. From experience we might add that this is unlikely!

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