Our most recent great event was an ALE TRAIL!

“What’s a CAMRA Ale Trail”, you may ask, “Isn’t it a beer festival?”

Well there’s one commonality – great real ales and ciders! The main difference is we, CAMRA branches, didn’t source and serve the beverages in a marquee or large hall – we couldn’t anyway at the moment, national CAMRA sensibly cancelled all face-to-face events before the lockdown and have maintained a rolling 3-month hold until further notice.

So we in North Herts, like a number of branches, e.g. Peterborough at the end of August, and St Ives in October, invited pubs and bars to offer you guest ales and ciders over and above their normal offering.

Well, what a response here! ALL, repeat ALL the pubs, bars and hotels that serve real ale normally took part and put on extra – The Whole Town reaching up to Wilbury Hills and Norton and the village of Willian to the south. What stars! LUCKY LETCHWORTH!

AND NOW…The hub for the activity was Love Letchworth‘s pop-up shop at 5, The Arcade, SG6 3ET. It was the main source of the guides, information, CAMRA membership joining opportunities, souvenir fanwear and festival glasses. AND IT STAYED THERE UNTIL OCTOBER 31ST, so pleased were they with the response from the public.

Ale Tasting of Kelchner Brewery bottled beers, PLUS shirts to buy.

It had a display of CAMRA books that could be ordered, especially featuring the great beer writer Roger Protz, who has a new book just out about Britain’s Family Brewers. Hear about that on CAMRA’s podcast Pubs Pints People – also the theme of our weekend. The interviewer was CAMRA North Herts’ own Publicity Officer, Dean Barrett, who’s also the co-organiser of the weekend’s Ale Trail Treasure Hunt Quiz that supported Love Letchworth‘s World Food Fayre.

The Arcade’s a covered shopping parade next to The Three Magnets and close to Garden City Brewery and Crafty’s Beer Shop. We’re a relatively small town, but with great variety.

Not least our MAIN EVENT SPONSORS KHOI KHOI BAR + BRAAI, the newest ale and drinks venue in town, just celebrating its first anniversary. Pop-in and say congrats to Herbie and his enthusiastic young team, to enjoy Letchworth with a Rhodesian flavour!

The Ale Trail and accompanying Treasure Hunt quiz was enjoyed over at least the 3 days of the World Food Fayre, Friday 25th at noon until Sunday 27th and then until the 4th of October to submit Treasure Hunt quiz answers. 22 participants won prizes!

National Cask Ale Week ran from Thursday 24th September until Sunday 4th October, so we ran the Treasure Hunt over that whole period.

Thanks for visiting!

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