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Welcome to the Heart of Warwickshire Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). This site has information about our branch, including our planned events, contact details, downloadable copies of the branch magazine, the “Beer and Ragged Staff“, our local pubs and breweries and our annual beer & cider festival.

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Branch News

Stratford Beer & Cider Festival

The 16th Stratford-upon-Avon Beer & Cider Festival is taking place on 21 & 22 June 2024 at Stratford-upon-Avon Racecourse, Luddington Road, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 9SE.

A message from the organisers: “We currently have 60 beers on order along with over 25 ciders and perries. We have sourced the beers from all across the country including two from the Channel Isles, which are making a rare appearance on the mainland. Also from Cheshire, Yorkshire, Lancashire and the West Country along with a number of ales local to the branch area. Perhaps some of the beers to look out for include Snow Leopard from Nuttycombe Brewery, which is sold as being a very smooth white mild, Hung Drawn and Double Port from our very own North Cotswold Brewery (which has four bottles of port added to every barrel) and dark beers which include Timothy Taylors Landlord Dark and Woodforde’s Norfolk Nog.

There will be beers and ciders for all tastes available over the weekend. A current full list can be seen on https://www.facebook.com/SoABeerFest.

With increased costs we’ve done our very best to keep things as low as possible. Prices are held the same as 2023, together with all beers being sold at £4.50 per pint (thirds and halves also available).”

Festival entrance is £11 advance or £12 on the door, including a souvenir glass to take home, 2 half pint tokens and a programme detailing the beers and ciders. CAMRA members receive 1 additional half pint voucher (valid membership card to be shown at entry).

Full details, including travel information, are here.


2024 Branch Annual General Meeting

The Heart of Warwickshire Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Tuesday 9 July 2024, 7:30pm, at The Wild Boar, 27 Lakin Road, Warwick, CV34 5BU. Anyone is welcome to attend, but only branch members can vote.

The first thing we do at the AGM is to form a new Branch Committee and any branch member can stand for any of the positions listed below.  If you would like to volunteer yourself or nominate another branch member, please email admin@how.camra.org.uk by midnight on 22 June 2024.

Committee positionCurrentNominations
ChairJulie GriffithsJulie Griffiths
TreasurerIan ChapmanIan Chapman
SecretarySally-Jane DownesSally-Jane Downes
Membership SecretaryJulie Griffiths 
Magazine EditorJulie Griffiths 
Press OfficerJohn Crossling 
Pubs Officer and Pub NewsPete Webb 
WebmasterIan ChapmanIan Chapman
Cider OfficerVacant 
Social SecretaryJulie Griffiths 
Committee members without portfolioTony Cragg
David Griffiths
Adrian Lee
Tony Cragg
David Griffiths
Adrian Lee

No experience is necessary and role summaries are available on the CAMRA Members’ Area of the website. Please feel tree to drop a line to any of the existing committee if you have any questions.

For any position where there is more than one nominee, voting will take place via the website between 24 June – 7 July (a link will be posted here) or you can vote in person at the meeting on 9 July.

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM.


Warwick Pub Walk

The landlords of the five Warwick pubs featured in the 2024 Good Beer guide have produced a leaflet describing a walk around the pubs. Full details are here.


2024 Pub of the Year

The results are now available for the 2024 Pub Of The Year.


2024 Harbury Beer & Cider Festival

Planning is well underway for the 2024 Harbury Beer Festival, with 31 beers, mostly from Northamptonshire plus a few from local breweries. Click on the image to go to our Festival Page for full details including beer and cider lists, admission charges and your chance to save by buying advance tickets.

Tickets are now on sale

Early Beer & Cider lists have been posted


News Archive

CAMRA Good Beer Guide

CAMRA’s flagship publication is the Good Beer Guide, which lists all of the pubs serving the best real ale in the country. It is available as a book and as an app for your phone. The app also includes all of the data from CAMRA’s WhatPub guide, which lists virtually all the pubs in the UK, even if they do not sell real ale and is invaluable when you’re out and about.

Click above for the 2024 Good Beer Guide book
Click above for the app
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