Bath CAMRA Winter Ales Festival 2020


Friday 7th February 2020, 5 pm to 11 pm, Saturday 8th February 2020, 11 am to 7 pm

Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath, BA2 6AA


Bath and Borders CAMRA held their 4th Winter Ales Festival over the weekend of 7-8 Feb 2020, once again in the Widcombe Social Club just a few minutes from Bath Spa station.

 The festival was Bath and Borders 41st festival and visitors were presented with 29 beers in a range of styles from 25 breweries.  As has become tradition about half of the beers came from breweries in the Bath and Borders region with the balance from more distant English, Scottish and Welsh breweries.


  This year’s event started a little earlier than normal at 5pm on Friday evening (through to 11 pm).  The all-day session on Saturday (from 11.00 am to 7 pm) attracted the largest crowd since we moved to this venue in 2016 ( maybe influenced by the  Six Nations games on TV).


 At the end of the event we still had 28 beers on with Mad Dog 4.5% Marmalade IPA being the only one to sell out though Wessex 9.5% Russian Stoat, Fyne 3.8% Jarl and Wylam 4.1% Cascade were hard on its heels.


  The Widcombe Social Club hosts a wide range of exciting events throughout the year and we are very grateful to Jake and his team for supporting the festival and providing delicious pies and to our main sponsor Electric Bear who sponsored the festival glasses. Ralph’s Ruin sponsored the programmes, Kettlesmith the tokens and Abbey Ales the banner on the social club wall.


 Andy Murray, owner of Twisted Brewery, once again kindly provided crucial logistical support and Steve (multi award winning) Plumridge did the clever stuff with the graphic design of the programme. On their way out customers made generous donations for the Dorothy House hospice who received a cheque for £300 at a presentation at the Royal Oak, Twerton on 26 Feb.


 Sadly, due to the uncertain circumstances, we could not plan for a festival in the first half of 2022, but we are actively looking into holding one when the future is more certain.