Welcome to the website of the Bath & Borders branch of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale.
CAMRA is a national, independent, voluntary organisation campaigning for real ale, community pubs and consumer rights. Bath and Borders branch is just one of many throughout the UK with a total membership of over 185,000. Between us we put on dozens of beer festivals every year, campaign for all things beery, including fighting the closure of breweries and pubs, and, after selflessly visiting many hundreds of pubs and drinking thousands of pints (‘surveying’ is what we call it), we all contribute towards the annual Good Beer Guide.
Our branch covers a wide area, which encompasses not only Bath but also towns and villages in Wiltshire and Somerset. In Wiltshire these include Bradford-on-Avon, Trowbridge, Westbury, and Warminster, and, in Somerset, the City of Wells, Frome, Shepton Mallet, Midsomer Norton, and Radstock. The City of Bath, one of the finest cities in the country for real ale, is the jewel in our crown and the Bath Beer Festival is one of the longest running CAMRA events in the region. The whole branch area is a rich haven of real ale and splendid pubs, and it contains no less than sixteen excellent breweries / brewpubs.
For a link to a crawl of some Bath pubs click here: Pub & Beer Trails – Bath. Note that this is not an official CAMRA site, or created by a local member.
The 2020 CAMRA Bath Beer Festival, our fourth Winter Ales Fest, will be held on Friday the 7th and Saturday the 8th of February at the Widcombe Social Club.
You can read an article by Trevor Cromie on the 2018 festival on our News and Articles page here, while full details of the 2020 festival will be found on our Beer Festival page when available.
We have well over 300 pubs and bars in our branch area. The best way to find a pub in the area you are in, or are planning to visit, is via our national CAMRA pub guide WhatPub. Just enter the name of the place, be it a city such as Bath or Wells, or one of the many towns or villages we cover, some listed above. You can see the area we cover on our Branch map.
Please note that, while we try to make these entries as accurate and comprehensive as possible, some mistakes and/or omissions may well occur as pubs close, open, and change in some way, so please let us know of any changes or updates.
Alongside the Bath Beer Festival the branch runs events on a more-or-less weekly basis. These include socials and meetings, brewery visits, minibus trips to outlying pubs, joint events with neighbouring branches, and even an annual weekend away. If you’re a CAMRA member in the area, or even just somebody interested in beer, please feel free to come to any of our events. Click on the Branch Diary link for full details. You can also email us via our contacts page.