Branch Social Trips



Saturday, 29th September 2018 : Broughton Festival of Beer
A beer festival with a difference – many of the pubs around Broughton-in-Furness all hold beer festivals on the same weekend and will be serving around 90 real ales over the weekend. We’ll be visiting most of pubs using the comfort of our executive coach. Furthermore, Stuart and Lynda from the Prince of Wales brewpub in Foxfield are retiring in 2019 so it may be your last chance to visit this iconic brewpub which has been under their ownership since 1996.

Saturday, 3rd November 2018 : Sheffield
Sheffield is the self-proclaimed real ale capital of the world, according to a report produced by the University of Sheffield (no bias there then). It’s a bold claim but not without some justification. If you need convincing, take a look at some of the Sheffield pubs that you could visit. 

Contact to reserve your places on the these trips. Also, check out where we went on some of our past social trips.

An introduction to Social Trips
We normally run around 5 or 6 branch social trips each year. To make the trips varied and interesting, most trips visit a pub or a brewery on the outward journey, and the destination will be a town/city with a good selection of real ale pubs and/or a beer festival.

The cost of social trips can vary but will normally be in the region of £12 to £15 per person – travel cost only but including driver’s tip. Additional costs may be incurred for any brewery tours, beer festival entry, etc.

How to book (and the small print)
Please note that reservation of places on a trip operate on a first-come, first served basis. To reserve your place, in the first instance please contact our Social Secretary, by e-mail, to ensure that space is available. If space is available, you will be informed and your place will be reserved but it will not be confirmed until a non-returnable deposit of £5 per person per trip has been paid. Once a trip is fully booked, a ‘waiting list’ will become operational.

Most trips will visit multiple venues and will have been timetabled in advance. As such, it is important to abide by any timings for each trip, in particular the initial departure time from Wigan. All trips will depart from the bus stop outside of Wigan North Western railway station. We will endeavour to ensure that nearby Wigan Central is open at least 30 minutes prior to the departure of any trip to provide adequate comfort and shelter (hot drinks only).

Out of courtesy for the coach company, consumption of alcohol and/or hot food (e.g. take-aways) is not permitted on the coach at any time. There should be plenty opportunities to eat and drink throughout the day. Smoking and vaping is also not allowed on the coach.

Contact : Social Secretary via e-mail for more information if required.