Real Ale Trail Events in 2018

Fancy a pint with friends, but don’t want to drive? We got you covered with bus based Real Ale festivals across Wales and the North West. We take you hand-picked rural pubs known for their quirkiness, hospitality and of course serving cracking local Real Ale by bus, so there’s no need for a designated driver. Bus arrive every 30-45 minutes at each venue, so hop on and off the bus throughout the day, taking in the beautiful countryside views and sample the delicious local ales and home cooked meals.

We have another busy year of Trails including some new locations, so jot them down in your diary now!


Arfon (Bangor & Caernarfon) | 14th April

First stop is Arfon Real Ale Trail NEW in 2018. Arfon Real Ale Trail is on 14th April 2018, 11am to 11pm, taking you to the best rural pubs along the Menai Straits serving locally brewed real ales, stopping off at Bangor, Bethesda and Caernarfon as well as pubs in more rural Gwynedd. Participating pubs will be soon and tickets will be on sale in March. Keep up to date with latest news on Facebook and Twitter.


Arfon Real Ale Trail


Cardiff and the Vale | 21st April

Also NEW in 2018 is the Cardiff and the Vale Real Ale Trail hitting the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff on 21st of April, 11am to 11pm. We take you from the city out into the Vale via some of the best real ale pubs. Participating pubs include The Hopbunker in Cardiff, The Three Horseshose in Moulton, Red Lion in Pendolyn, Fontygary Inn in Rhoose with more to be announce soon! Tickets will be available in March. Get the latest news on Twitter and Facebook.

Cardiff & The Vale Real Ale Trail

Flintshire | TCB

Flintshire Real Ale is the original Ale Trail started 7 years ago to support rural village pubs and even if we do say ourselves it’s been quite successful. We’re excited to announce there will be new pubs unveil for this years route! Tickets available from April. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest.


Ale Trailers enjoying a pint at Deva microbrewery in Sept 2017.

Wrexham | 28th April

After a hugely successful return in October 2017, the Wrexham Real ale Trail is back on 28th April visiting pubs in Wrexham, Bwlchgwyn, Marfod, Lavister, Bangor-on-dee alongside new locations.

White Horse, Overton

Ale Trailers in White Horse, Overton, on Oct 21st 2017.

Conwy |12th May

Conwy is known for it’s great Real Ale with breweries like Conwy Brewery, Wild Horse Brewery and Great Orme Brewery all making Conwy their home. Great breweries also means there’s great pubs!  We take you by bus along the coast to pubs in Llandudno, Rhos-on-Sea, Colwyn Bay and the historic town of Conwy, all hand-picked for their Real Ales and hospitality. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Brewer at Conwy Brewery

Gwynne from Conwy Brewery with exclusive ale “Sod the Bus” only available on the Conwy Real Ale Trail in Sept 2017.

Snowdonia | 2nd June

Snowdonia Real Ale Trail is on 2nd June 2018, some say our most beautiful Trail taking from the coast to through the Snowdonia National Park, stopping of at some of the best watering holes along the way. NEW pub to added to route this June! Tickets on sale from May.

Wirral | 9th June

Visiting 10 pubs around the Wirral peninsular from the coast to the countryside, serving locally brewed Real Ale. If you’re coming on the Wirral Real Ale Trail you better brush up on your Beatle classics as they will be sung, very loudly, on the buses between pubs. Tickets on sale from May.

Wirral RAT

Cheshire | Date TBC

The award-winning Real Ale Trail is coming to Cheshire, visiting great rural pubs that are off the beaten track. Enjoy quintessential English pubs across Cheshire, without worry who’s driving! More details to be revealed about the new  Cheshire Real Ale Trail soon.



Arfon Real Ale Trail

Anglesey Arms, Caernarfon, United Kingdom

Visit rural Real Ale pubs along the coast of the Menai Straits.

Flintshire Real Ale Trail

The Gold Cape, Wrexham Street, Mold, United Kingdom

The Original Real Ale Trail visiting rural pubs in Flintshire.

Vale Real Ale Trail

Hopbunker, Queen Street, Cardiff, United Kingdom

Taking you out of the city into the Vale of Glamorgan visiting the finest waterholes in the Vale along the way.

Wrexham Real Ale Trail

Saith Seren, Chester Street, Wrexham, United Kingdom

Taking you out of the city centre through the beautiful Wrexham countryside to pubs off the beaten track, serving locally brewed Real Ale.

Conwy Real Ale Trail

The Albert, Madoc Street, Llandudno, United Kingdom

Visiting great Real Ale pubs around the borough of Conwy.

Snowdonia Real Ale Trail

14 Lombard St, Porthmadog LL49 9AP

Taking you from the coast to the mountains, stopping of at rural pubs along the way.

Wirral Real Ale Trail

Irby Mill, Mill Lane, Greasby, United Kingdom

Visiting pubs around the Wirral peninsular from the coast to the countryside, serving locally brewed Real Ale.

Cheshire Real Ale Trail

Fox & Barrel, Tarporley, United Kingdom

Visiting quintessential English pubs across Cheshire, serving local Real Ale.