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 occasional 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 tenth one took place in September 2019 at Strutts in Belper. It was a success thanks to the volunteers  and we 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, details can be found on the “contact us” page.

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

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Socials & Survey Trips

Survey Trips With around 106 Real Ale pubs, and the possibility of that number being added to, the Amber Valley Branch of CAMRA encompasses a wide area with three main towns – Alfreton, Belper and Ripley – and many villages. It’s important to note that the Amber Valley Borough Council’s area and Amber Valley CAMRA’s area are not the same – the Erewash Valley Branch […]

Belper Goes Green

BELPER GOES GREEN 2020 It is with sadness that the Belper Goes Green organising committee have made the decision to cancel the 2020 festival. See www.transitionbelper.org for more details.

Pub of the Year

AMBER VALLEY CAMRA PUB OF THE YEAR 2022 NOMINATIONS AND JUDGES WELCOME Please help us to choose the 2022 Amber Valley CAMRA Pub of the Year by sending in your nominations.  You have from Monday 1st November until Tuesday 30th November to submit between 2 and 5 Amber Valley pubs which you think deserve consideration.  The rules have changed slightly in that we can no […]

Beer Festival

AMBER VALLEY 11TH BEER FESTIVAL 2022 10th Amber Valley CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival 2019 Our festival programme is now available online using the link below. It includes full details of the entertainment lineup, tasting notes for all the beers, a list of the ciders, details of the gins and mixers and a pub map of the town centre real ale pubs in Belper. Printed […]

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Winter Festival Outing

As a celebration of that rare event where none of us were actually working at a festival, six members of the branch took the opportunity to take a day trip to Leicester CAMRA Beer Festival. 

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Social Secretary Report – Autumn 2019

September – November Survey Trips For the September trip we started at the Devonshire in Belper, where we found a varied selection of 5 beers, 3 regulars and a couple of guests, the regulars sourced both locally from Dancing Duck and nationally from St Austell and Sharps. From there we moved on to the Canal Inn at Bullbridge, just one beer here, which changes regularly. […]

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