Next stop… Shropshire!

The award-winning bus-based Real Ale Trail festival is coming to Shropshire’s rural pubs in Spring 2020! Spend a day with friends rediscovering the charm of quintessential English pubs and unique real ales, without having to worry about who’s driving! The Shropshire bus based real ale trail takes you off the beaten track to some of the best pubs, found in the villages and towns dotted around Shropshire County.

Shropshire has a long tradition of brewing, and today has 19 microbreweries brewing a range of styles. The Shropshire Real Ale Trail is a great way to sample these local ales, which often can only be found in pubs local to the brewery.

Taking the scenic route to Real Ale.

Enjoy a day out with friends without needing a designated driver! Our dedicated buses arrive every 45 minutes at each pub to pick you up and drop you off between 11 am and 10 pm, giving you the freedom to stay as long or as little in each pub.

Each pub is chosen for its hospitality, atmosphere and of course selection of Real Ale, usually brewed by local microbreweries such as Salopian, Battlefield, Woods Brewery and Three Tons Brewery!  Each pub has a minimum of 3 Real Ales to try, with up to 50 Real Ales to sample on the day.

The trail is designed for the more mature person who is wanting a jolly day with friends, we don’t advise trying to reach every pub on the trail, that’s rather a full day on the bus, but rather selecting a few pubs that take your fancy.

Bottoms Up!

Frequently asked questions

How much are tickets online? £20.75 pp (online), £20pp (in the pub)

What time does it start & finish? 11 am to 10pm.

Where do I buy a  ticket from? Here or at your local pub.

When do I need to catch the bus? Whenever you want between 11 am and 10pm. A timetable will be available, but usually every  45 minutes a bus will appear at a 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.

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.

Can I drink on the bus too? Nope. The bus is just for transport and singing not for drinking.

Can I go back the way I came? Err no. The bus travels in one direction only.

Shall I visit all of the pubs? We recommend picking a few pubs that strike your fancy. The trail isn’t about getting to every pub – it isn’t a pub crawl! The trail is designed for you to spend quality time in 3 or 4 pubs you may never have visited before.

What happens if a bus doesn’t come? There is always lots of buses on route, there is never not a bus. One will always turn up.

Is there a timetable? Yes on Facebook, Twitter and at each venue 1 week before the trail.

Can my dog come too? Umm its not a great place for pooches, they are best left at home due to the amount of people on the events, it can be a tad overwhelming for them.

Can my child come on the trail? No!

Have a different question? Email us cheers@realaletrail.co.uk

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Shropshire Real Ale Trail was held in September 2019!

If you missed it, our next trail will be in May 2020! Start where you like, when you like, but make sure you do it with great friends.

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