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CAMRA Summer of Pub 2023

CAMRA’s ‘Summer of Pub’ campaign is back this year to get as many people as possible enjoying the season of good – or at least better – weather by heading down to their local for a pint. Summer of Pub is a summer-long campaign to promote pub-going and to highlight the social and cultural importance of the UK’s pubs. We will be celebrating how our nation’s pubs offer numerous benefits to people’s mental and social well-being and play an instrumental role in the communities they serve.

Campaigning to support Britain’s pubs is something anyone can get involved in and can be as simple as stepping out the door and taking a stroll to a local. If you can encourage some friends or family to join you, then all the better. Everyone is urged to make the most of this summer by joining in with Summer of Pub however they can. This is a difficult time for the trade and it is vital we give them all the support we can, so that we can continue to enjoy everything that makes our nation’s pubs so special for many summers to come.

The Bristol & District branch has the following “Summer of Pub” events arranged – please join us for as many as you can!

Tuesday 6th June: Redland area pub walk

Starting at approximately 6:30pm at Westbury Park, Northumbria Drive, Henleaze, BS9 4HP (buses 2 and 2A from centre), then walking towards Cotham /Clifton Down via a few pubs in Redland. Regular bus service from Whiteladies Road back towards centre.

Saturday 10th June: BAD Ladies Harbourside trip 

Meet at 2:00pm at the Kings Head, 60 Victoria Street, BS1 6DE, then walk to Castle Park ferry stop taking the ferry to the Cottage. Walk to the historic Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Place, BS1 6XJ. Return using the ferry to the Centre and end at The Shakespeare, 68 Princes Street, BS1 4QD.

Saturday 17th June: Cotham and Kingsdown pub walk 

Starting at 12:30pm at Highbury Vaults, 164 St Michael's Hill, Bristol BS2 8DE, then visit other pubs such as the Robin Hood, Hillgrove Porter Stores and the Hare on the Hill. All the pubs on this walk should be putting on a BAGRAG style beer. The 72 bus from Temple Meads to UWE, Frenchay, via the centre and Gloucester Road stops near the Highbury Vaults.

Wednesday 28th June: Branch “meet and greet” event in Westbury-on-Trym

Meet at the Mouse, Waters Lane, BS9 4AA from 7:30pm then the Post Office Tavern, 17 Westbury Hill, BS9 3AG from about 8:45pm. The Number 1 bus runs from Temple Meads and the Centre to Cribbs Causeway via Westbury-on-Trym.

Saturday 1st July: Laurie Gibney’s retirement event in Nailsea 

To mark Laurie’s retirement from BADRAG duties you are welcome to join Laurie at Nailsea MicroPub, Ivy Court, High St, Nailsea, Bristol BS48 1A, from 5.00pm where there will hopefully be two BADRAG ales from breweries not often seen in the branch area, and some nibbles will be provided on tables, inside and outside. Buses from Bristol are the X7, X8 and X9.

Thursday 6th July: Harbourside pub walk 

A circular anti-clockwise walk around the Harbourside starting at approximately 6:45pm at the Merchants Arms, Merchants Road, Hotwells, BS8 4PZ and ending at the newly re-opened Junction in Wapping Wharf, taking in a few harbourside pubs along the way. For those wishing to start a little earlier, say 6:00pm, and who may want the option to eat, the Grain Barge, Hotwell Road, BS8 4RU, is 5 minutes walk from the Merchants Arms. Buses from the centre that stop very close to the Merchants Arms and the Grain Barge are the X1,X4,X6,X7 and X9.

Saturday 8th July: Weston-super-Mare sub-branch Taunton pub walk

Train from WSM at 11:24am (Worle at 11:16) arriving in Taunton at 11:53. Visiting up to six pubs in Taunton and returning by train to WSM by 7:00pm.

Saturday 15th July: BADRAG pub trail in Cardiff

A walking tour of some pubs in Cardiff led by Norman Spalding (contact number 07790 237562). Suggested train leaves Temple Meads at 10.30am (WSM at 9.47).

Saturday 22nd July: City Centre pub walk 

Starting at 12:30pm at No. 1 Harbourside, 1 Canons Road, BS1 5UH and visiting a few other pubs with outdoor drinking spaces.

Saturday 19th August: Severn Beach Line Rail Trail

Meet at Temple Meads 11:30am for 11.46 Avonmouth train. (11:10 from Weston Super Mare then all stations to Avonmouth). First stop Shirehampton, then working back towards Temple Meads, stopping at stations with good real ale pubs nearby. Day return £3 (£1.95 with railcard).

Wednesday 23rd August: Branch “meet and greet event” in Fishponds

Meet from 7:30pm at Snuffy Jacks and then from 8:45pm at the All Inn (formerly the Cross Hands).

Thursday 31st August: Bedminster pub walk

Starting at approximately 6:30pm at Bristol Beer Factory Taproom, 291 North Street, BS3 1JP (Number 24 bus), then walking back towards the city centre via a few pubs on North Street and nearby.