Welcome to the Wigan branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). Our mission is quite simple …. to preserve, promote, support and drink real ale and, most importantly, have a good time whilst doing it!!
There are over 200 CAMRA branches nationwide with around 200,000 members in total. We are a relatively small branch with just over 700 members registered in our branch area.
We may be small but we are fortunate to have no less than 9 real ale breweries and 131 real ale pubs and clubs in our branch area. Check the map of our branch area showing all our local breweries and real ale pubs/clubs.
If you’re new to the area or just visiting our town, you’ll be greeted with typical ‘northern’ hospitality wherever you go. We’ve provided you with some details about our town and how to get here by bus, road or train. We’ve also listed some ale trails and pub crawls that you may find useful.
We organise the annual Wigan CAMRA Beer Festival which is widely recognised as one of the best in North-West England.
Our members like to socialise … a lot!! We organise a varied events programme throughout the year – bus trips to local hard-to-reach pubs; coach trips to places further afield; brewery visits; pub crawls. [see Branch Social Trips and Branch Diary]
We aim to keep both our members and the general public well informed about real ale ‘happenings’ in our area and further afield. We provide regular updates from local pubs, clubs and breweries. We also provide you with links to beer-related articles in the local press.
We produce a quarterly magazine, entitled ‘Swiggin in Wiggin’. 4000 copies are circulated to every local real ale pub/club, at beer festivals across the region. [see Publications]. We also produce a monthly mailshot which is distributed via e-mail to all branch members that have provided us with their e-mail addresses.
We also maintain a fairly comprehensive list of other beer-related events happening in and around our region.
If you’re a CAMRA member living in our branch area and would like to get involved in what we do, we’d be very pleased to have you onboard. Please get in touch or simply turn up at the next Branch Meeting.
We meet formally once a month at a Branch Meeting where we conduct our ‘business’ – including voting on seasonal and annual pub/club awards; voting upon entries for the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Anyone is welcome to attend, but only CAMRA members can vote. Come along, you may even enjoy it!!
Of course, you do not have to attend a Branch Meeting to become actively involved in CAMRA. Check out other ways that you could ‘get involved‘.