Welcome to Amber Valley CAMRA


A big warm CAMRA welcome 

We are one of many regional branches that form part of the national organisation, CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale). We focus on promoting real ale, cider and perry in our area.

Contrary to certain myths, we are not paid staff, but a group of enthusiastic volunteers who do this in our spare time.

We became a full branch in our own right in December 2012 having previously been a sub-branch of Derby. We cover a wide area of villages and rural communities within Amber Valley and incorporate the three main towns of Belper, Ripley and Alfreton.

We undertake various functions and activities from pub campaigning and beer surveys to organising and running our own annual beer festival and helping other branches with theirs.

One of the regular social activities is a monthly survey trip by minibus which enables members to visit some of the more remote pubs in our area. The purpose of the trips is for members to meet up and enjoy social drinking with a group of like-minded people and also to collect scores for the National Beer Scoring Survey (which helps decide which pubs are entered into the Good Beer Guide). We also encourage members to input their own scores for beers at any time via the What Pub website or phone app.

For those who prefer the outdoors, we have regular Sunday afternoon “Amber Rambles” around the local countryside, obviously calling at a few real ale pubs along the way, and also Saturday afternoon pub crawls around towns and cities such as Derby, Nottingham, Chesterfield, Burton and Sheffield.

We hold monthly branch meetings at different pubs where we discuss pub news, what's happening in our area and things we can do to help promote real ale locally. All members are welcome to attend these meetings.

We organise an annual competition to choose the Amber Valley Pub of the Year which all members are encouraged to participate in by nominating their favourite pubs and also to take part in the judging if they wish to do so.

In line with national CAMRA promotions, we also encourage the pubs in our area, and our members, to take part in competitions and trails to promote specific drinks at specific times of the year, such as our Cider Trails, Mild Trails in May and our Winter Ales Competitions..

The main event of our year is always the Amber Valley Real Ale and Cider Festival and our eight one took place in September 2017 at Strutts in Belper. It was a great success and our monthly planning meetings for this year's event are well underway.  We encourage you to get involved in whatever capacity you are able to as we run it as volunteers and always appreciate your input or an extra pair of hands to share the workload.

All members are welcome to attend any of the meetings or events outlined above. As social surveys are done via minibus trip and places are limited you need to book your place in advance by contacting our social secretary, Jane Wallis - details can be found on the “contact us” page.

If you have any feedback on our website then please contact our Webmaster, Sean McKeown at webmaster@ambervalley.camra.org.uk.

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Socials & Survey Trips

For details of the previous survey trips please read the various posts on our blog. December proved to be a good month for socials, with the pub crawls around Sheffield and Nottingham being very well attended and a good turn out for the Xmas Party at the Strutt Club.   We are proposing the following dates for free minibus beer survey trips in 2018 – all Friday nights […]

Belper Goes Green

Belper goes Green 2017 Beer & Cider Festival Belper Rugby Club, Derby Road, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 1UU Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th June 2017 The fifth Belper Goes Green Beer & Cider Festival is to be held at the Belper Rugby Club, Derby Rd, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 1UU this year. The festival will again be supported, staffed, and organised by the Amber Valley Branch of […]

Pub of the Year

Amber Valley – Pub Of The Year 2018 Winners – White Hart, Bargate Amber Valley Branch have completed their pub of the year judging and are pleased to announce the results:- 1st White Hart, Bargate 2nd Talbot, Ripley 3rd Old Oak, Horsley Woodhouse   Congratulations to those pubs for their success in a very tough competition. The full results and scores from the judging will be […]

Beer Festivals

  Amber Valley CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival 2017 Visit the 2017 Beer Festival mini-site here The 8th Amber Valley CAMRA festival will be held at Strutts on Derby Road, Belper from Thursday 28th September to Sunday 1st October 2017. The former Herbert Strutt Grammar School is situated on the A6 just outside the town centre and has its own car park, with the railway […]

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Social Secretary Report – January 2018

Social Secretary Report – January 2018

Phil Marshall organised a pub walk around Sheffield on Saturday 9th December which 12 members attended. They were joined by Andy Cullen from Sheffield CAMRA who recommended a few different pubs to visit. 18 members joined the Nottingham pub crawl on Friday 29th December and enjoyed a good day out, starting at the Organ Grinder and John Borlaise Warren on Canning Circus, the Room with […]

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Social Secretary Report – November 2017

Social Secretary Report – November 2017

The October survey trip was cancelled.   15 members from Alfreton, Swanwick, Ripley, Heage, Milford and Belper joined the free minibus beer survey trip on Friday 3rd November.  We met in Arkwrights in Belper then went to the Beehive/Honeypot in Ripley, the Holly Bush at Marehay, Thorn Tree at Waingroves and finally the Cross Keys, Swanwick which has recently reopened under new management.  We had […]

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Social Secretary Report – September 2017

Social Secretary Report – September 2017

11 members joined the free minibus beer survey trip on Friday 11th September when we visited the Boot & Slipper, Swanwick, the Dog Inn at Pentrich, White Hart at Moorwood Moor, the Social Club and Old Yew Tree at South Wingfield and the Amber Hotel at Oakerthorpe.  The landlord and landlady at the Boot & Slipper advised us that they would be taking over the […]

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