Hinckley and Bosworth

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Welcome to the Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA website

CAMRA's response to COVID-19

It is with a heavy heart that the National Executive has decided to cancel all festivals and events from now until the end of June, following Government guidance to limit mass gathering. This includes – but is not limited to - the Great Welsh Beer Festival and the Members’ Weekend, AGM & Conference, branch festivals, meetings and socials. We will continue to review the likelihood of the Great British Beer Festival going ahead in August and will notify members in due course.

Nik Antona
National Chairman


Pulling Together

To support the beer and pubs industry during this difficult time, National CAMRA has decided to partner with the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) and Crowdfunder to try and help pubs, clubs, breweries, tap rooms and cider producers during these difficult times.

The Pulling Together campaign encourages pubs, brewers and cider makers to come up with innovative ways to keep their business afloat during this crisis – whether that be launching a new online shop, offering beer or cider takeaways or providing redeemable gift vouchers for locals.

The campaign aims to amplify the voices of those pubs, brewers and cider producers while connecting the public with their favourite local businesses. With the help of Crowdfunder, the campaign will also encourage pubs and breweries to tap into their community to help weather the crisis.

Local Initiatives

This is where any initiatives within the Branch will be published along with all available details. Please contact the brewers or pubs directly if you wish to avail yourself of their services. The Hinckley & Bosworth Branch will promote the details of any other initiatives that comply with Government COVID-19 guidelines prevalent at the time.

Golden Duck Brewery
Church End Brewery
Framework Brewery

Introduction to the Branch

Formed in 2005, we were initially a sub-branch of Leicester CAMRA, and susbsequently went on to achieve full Branch status in September 2008.

Using either the blue links in the text or the menu bar either on the left side or top of each page to navigate our website. From here, you can locate information regarding our upcoming beer festival (Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival 2020) and reports of previous years events (Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival 2019). You can also find details of other beer festivals within reasonable travelling distance from the branch at (Local Beer Festivals).

Find out details in our (Branch Diary) of meetings and social events, including regular mystery mini-bus trips, Black Country pub tours and visits to other beer festivals. There are also details of all the pubs and clubs in the area (Local Pub/Club Guide) and of (LocAle Pubs ). The branch holds a very successful annual Quiz Night and the Norman Hall Pub Games trophy competition between Hinckley & Bosworth and Nuneaton & Bedworth branches.

2017 marked the 300th anniversary of the birth of William Bass, one of Hinckley's great brewers. In addition to William Bass, William Butler of Mitchells and Butler, was also born in Hinckley, whilst the equally famous William Worthington was born in nearby Orton-on-the-Hill, There were a series of events in the branch throughout the year, celebrating (The Three Brewers) and the especially unique association between Hinckley and some of the most famous brewers in the world. <\div>

The (Branch Area Beer History) details the pub and club awards, information on historic pub interiors and lost pubs in Hinckley and Bosworth, and keep up to date with the (Latest Branch News).

The quarterly Half Pint magazine is distributed to around 4,000 premises and is an ideal platform for advertising local businesses as well as providing the latest news from around the branch and National CAMRA.

Please also find time to follow the (Hinckley Ale Trail) as there are great number of really good pubs in the town which are well worth a visit and will provide a rewarding experience.

Local Beer Festivals

Traditionally the branch runs two festivals each year. The first at the end of July is the Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival operated as a CAMRA event in conjunction with the Battlefield Line Railway. The second is the Hinckley Beer Festival which is normally held in September at the Atkins Building in the centre of Hinckley.

The Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival for 2019 was held on Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July. See Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival 2019

The 20219 Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival Organiser was Jackie Wallis Festival Organiser - Market Bosworth Rail Ale

Unfortunately, again there will be no Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA Beer Festival this year, whilst the 2020 Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival scheduled for the 24th to 26th July is under review with respect to the Government restrictions concerning COVID-19.

See   and also for our chitchat and reports of trips and socials...

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The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is an independent consumer organisation whose major objectives are to maintain consumer rights and choice with regard to UK beer and pubs. We are a voluntary organisation with over 180,000 members and have been described as the most successful consumer group in Europe. CAMRA promotes good-quality real ale and pubs, as well as acting as the consumer's champion in relation to the UK and European beer and drinks industry. CAMRA HQ - 230 Hatfield Rd, St Albans, AL1 4LW. Tel:01727 867 201 CAMRA HQ email.

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