National Winter Ales Festival & More

National Winter Ales Festival & More

In February the Campaign for Real Ale meets to judge its 'Champion Winter Ale' in Norwich, which is then followed by a festival dedicated to Winter Ales. We include two evenings at the festival, plus visits to two renowned Norfolk breweries, Norwich Aviation Museum and a specially chartered trip on the Bure Valley Steam Railway.

4 days from £385



Thursday 22 February 2018 (4 days)



  • Two evenings included at the National Winter Ales Festival

  • Tour & Tasting at Norwich’s Chalk Hill Brewery

  • Steam charter along the scenic Bure Valley line for nine miles

  • Tour & Tasting at Woodforde’s Brewery

  • Visit to the City of Norwich Aviation Museum

  • Dinner included each evening


We arrive in Norwich, the most complete medieval city in England. After registering at our hotel, we walk the short distance to the Chalk Hill Brewery for a tour and tasting. They have been brewing ale here at the Coach & Horses since 1993. Now a 15 barrel plant, they produce six ales, supplying local pubs and festivals, and have won several awards for their ales. We then return to our hotel for our evening meal.



Today we commence with a journey through the Norfolk countryside to Hoveton & Wroxham, where we have organized a special steam charter along the Bure Valley Railway from Wroxham to the historic market town of Aylsham, meandering along the River Bure along ancient pastures and Broadland villages. We then board our coach to Woodforde's Brewery, where we enjoy another tour and tasting. Woodforde's have been producing real ale for over 30 years and boast two 'Champion Beer of Britain' awards. After our visit we return by coach to Norwich for dinner, followed by included entry into Norwich's 'National Winter Ales Festival'.

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Our morning excursion features a visit to the City of Norwich Aviation Museum, which includes a guided tour inside two of their aircraft, usually a Nimrod maritime patrol aircraft and a Vulcan Cold War Bomber. Returning to the city centre, we enjoy a little free time, an early dinner at the hotel, followed by a final evening at the 'National Winter Ales Festival', with entrance included and your chance to sample this year's 'Champion Winter Beer'.

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After breakfast we have free-time in Norwich before our farewells.


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner



Holiday Inn Norwich City

This comfortable, modern hotel is located just a 10 minute level walk away from the station and city centre. All bedrooms are en-suite with satellite TV, internet access, telephone, iron & ironing board, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel also benefits from a health and fitness center.



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Tour Base Fare £385 (Join and leave at Hotel)


Single Room Supplement £75


3 nights’ evening meal, bed & breakfast accommodation

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