The next branch meeting will be on Thursday 1st February at the Millstone, Crown Street – 8pm start.

All welcome, more details below.







Thursday 1st February – Branch meeting and voting for Bolton’s entries in the Good Beer Guide. The meeting will be at the Millstone, Crown Street, starting at 8pm.


Bolton CAMRA Bury Trip
13 January 2018
As there are no trains from Bolton at weekends at the moment we have decided to have our January social trip to Bury.
For those travelling from Bolton we meet at Great Ale at the market at 11.30 and after a beer catch the 471 bus to Bury from the new Bus Stations aiming to be in Bury for 1pm.
For those who want to go directly to Bury we will meet in Trackside, Bolton Street Station, BL9 0EY at 1pm.
If you need more information please contact Gill Smart, or call 07967 585670
February trip will be on 10 February 2018 to Leigh. Details will follow

Congratulations are due to The Beer School for winning the vote for the Bolton CAMRA Autumn 2017 Pub of the Season. More details here.




Have you ever wondered about how pubs get into CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide (GBG)? Unlike guides where paid individuals submit reviews, the GBG is an independent selection of pubs judged by local CAMRA members to consistently serve quality real ale. Read more about beer scoring and the GBG here




The Spring edition of the branch magazine is now available in pubs across Bolton. Click here to download a copy.






Download the Autumn edition here.





Bolton CAMRA is 40 years old this year!

Please see above for events celebrating the anniversary.






CAMRA’s UK Pub Directory and Beer Scoring

Our Whatpub videos are here, and the Whatpub website is here.




CAMRA members have chosen 4 main campaigns to concentrate over the next year to 18 months.

1) Stop tax killing beer and pubs

2) Secure an effective government support package for pubs

3) Encourage more people to try a range of real ales, cider and perries

4) To raise the profile of pub-going and increase the number of people using pubs regularly

Full details are on the CAMRA website campaigns pages



CAMRA campaigns for real ale, real pubs and consumer rights. We are an independent, voluntary organisation with over 100,000 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. We aim to:

  • Protect and improve consumer rights
  • Promote quality, choice and value for money
  • Support the public house as a focus of community life
  • Campaign for greater appreciation of traditional beers, ciders and perries as part of our national heritage and culture
  • Seek improvements in all licensed premises and throughout the brewing industry

Why not join us today if you care about great quality real ale and pubs?



National CAMRA Website – Click Here

Bolton Trading Standards – If you have concerns about short measures, top-ups refused – in short, if you are being ripped off, contact Trading Standards. Click Here or phone 01204 336586

Public Transport – Bus and Train timetables and route planners for Greater Manchester are available via Transport for Greater Manchester. Click here to visit their website, or phone 0871 200 2233 (7am to 8pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am to 8pm at weekends and bank holidays)

Not From Bolton? Details of other Greater Manchester branches are available by clicking here, and for further afield at the CAMRA national website – click here.



PUBLICANS: let us know what beers you are currently serving and if you are hosting any ale-related events – click here.

PUB-GOERS and FESTIVAL ORGANISERS – what’s happening with your local pubs? Are you organising a beer festival?  If you have any news to share, click here .

NEWS AND RESOURCES – Have you been on a pub crawl or had an excellent pub experience?  Have you seen a great ale-related website that you think we should link to? Or is there anything at all that you have come across that will be of interest to visitors to this site?  Tell us about it – click here.



Click here to join online

Benefits include £20 worth of JD Wetherspoon vouchers, holiday discounts, plus:

Exclusive members newspaper – ‘What’s Brewing’
A monthly colour newspaper informing you of beer and pub news and detailing events and beer festivals from around the country.

Exclusive members magazine – ‘BEER’
A quarterly copy of the magazine ‘BEER’ which is packed with superb features on pubs, beers and breweries.

Free / Discounted entry to over 160 beer festivals
Free or discounted admission to the 160 + beer festival that CAMRA organise, including the Great British Beer Festival.

Branch Social Activities
CAMRA is organised into 200 branches that cover the UK. Each branch runs a variety of socials events for their members.

Active Campaigning
Have the chance to campaign to save pubs and breweries under threat of closure, for the right to receive a Full Pint and a reduction in beer duty that will help Britain’s brewing industry survive.

Discounted Membership of the CAMRA Beer Club
The CAMRA Beer Club has been set up to provide a home delivery service to enthusiasts. All CAMRA members receive a £5 discount on each mixed case of 20 beers.

Book Discounts
CAMRA produce a variety of books every year and as a member you are entitled to discounts on all of the books we produce including CAMRA’s best-selling, annual Good Beer Guide.