Hinckley and Bosworth

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

About Us

Formed in 2005, we were initially a sub-branch of Leicester CAMRA, and susbsequently went on to achieve full Branch status in September 2008. The branch covers the West Leicestershire area bordered by Derbyshire and Warwickshire, with Hinckley being the largest town. The adjacent branches are: Nuneaton & Bedworth CAMRA, Tamworth, Lichfield and Sutton CAMRA, Leicester CAMRA, Loughborough CAMRA

Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA is a very well supported Branch with around 400 members. Meetings take place monthly with attendance set to around 30. The meetings are held at as many different pubs and clubs as possible, including outlying venues such as Newton Burgoland and Shackerstone.

There are regular mini bus trips to pubs and clubs, within the local and adjacent branches, and train trips to the Black Country. Each year, a group from the Branch visit the Isle of Man Beer Festival, offering assistance to local CAMRA members, following a strong association with the formation of the Hinckley & Bosworth Branch.

Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA also organise the Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival in conjunction with the Battlefield Steam line. This is a key event in the year for the Branch and involves a large number of volunteers. A thankyou trip is always organised for the benefit of the Beer Festival volunteers, which this year, involved visiting Hook Norton and Banbury.

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There are a number of walkabouts throughout the year, including the Christmas event scheduled for 12th December this year.

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 latest beer festival (Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival 2023) 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.

This year, we are using online nominations in addition to email votes for the Good Beer Guide 2024 entries. These nominations will be used to select around 12 pubs and clubs to be visited by sub-committee members for assessment against the CAMRA guidelines. From this assessment, 8 pubs or clubs will be nominated for entry to the guide. At least 2 of these pubs or clubs will be classed as rural. It is intended that the Pub of the Year, Cider Pub of the Year and the Club of the Year will follow similar processes, but be based on visits by the general membership.

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.

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-Old Version).

The Hinckley and Bosworth branch is a contributor to the Leicestershire Drinker magazine which is distributed to around 4,000 premises around our branch along with Leicester, Loughborough and Melton branches 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.


Tracy Ellis: ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@riahc
Gary Spence: ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@pihsrebmem

The branch currently has around 400 members