Supporting pubs through the recovery period

Pubs and clubs in NW Wiltshire have made it through the lock-down, but 42% of pub-goers say they are visiting the pub less frequently than formerly

So many pubs and clubs have supported their communities through lock-down, by running shops for essentials, delivering meals to vulnerable members of the community, moving the pub online to help fight loneliness and social isolation, or simply by making sure that their regulars can still pick up fresh ale and cider

Now they need our support more than ever

If you can go back to the pub please do so. Remember that if your local is under threat as a result of the CoVID-19 crisis, CAMRA has a number of resources to help you save it. You can find them here

If you’re not ready to go back to the pub, you can find takeaway and delivery services on WhatPub. This will help support pubs that aren’t open yet, so please think about using them here

Cancellation of the 2020 Festival

The inevitable cancellation of the 2020 Beer & Cider Festival owing to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic (and consequent CoVID-19 illness, with mitigation against spread) was a real disappointment to us all.

Many would-be visitors bought tickets, both online and paper tickets, from the Three Crowns or the Prince of Wales.

Those buying online have had their tickets automatically refunded by See Tickets, minus the admin charge.

Those buying paper tickets were faced with the problem of the venues from which they had bought tickets having been closed by the "lock down", though some succeeded in doing so before the shutters came down. Those who still hold paper tickets have three options:

  1. Keep them for now and exchange them on a 1 for 1 basis when the 2021 tickets go on sale
  2. When we can do so in a Covid-safe way, we will publish dates here and on our Facebook page, when a committee member will be available to provide cash refunds the Three Crowns or the Prince of Wales
  3. Donate the money to CAMRA by tearing up the tickets. These funds will go towards some of the sunk Branch costs that have been written off due to the cancellation

Campaigning to save traditional real ale, ciders, perries, and pubs in North West Wiltshire.

2021 Festival

The Olympiad has been booked for next year, for the period, Friday, 23rd - Saturday, 24th April, 2021.
Put the event in your diary now!

Our Branch was founded by a couple of real ale enthusiasts in July, 1980, some of whom are still active members to this day. Just 14 months later, on the 16th September, 1981, the North West Wiltshire branch of CAMRA was born and we became a Branch in our own right.

North West Wilts CAMRA covers an area stretching from Crudwell in the north to Seend in the south, and from Kingsdown in the west to Minety to the east. We have some 136 establishments that sell real ale in our Branch area. From rural country inns to town centre pubs, we have them all.

In 1992, we held our first beer festival, in the Neeld Hall Chippenham, and, 28 years later, those organisers are still the driving force behind this highly popular and successful event.

We are an eclectic mix of men and women of all ages who enjoy real ale or cider, support real ale pubs, and have varied social events. We have a strong group of ‘active’ members who regularly turn up at our Branch meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of the month which are held throughout our area.

There are also a number of socials, brewery trips, and other events held throughout the year.

Why not consider joining us? See the How to Join link for more information.

North West Wilts Branch Committee membership can be seen here: Committee.


CAMRA membership

Over 190,000 members nationwide;
679 in our branch

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