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Pub of the Season

The winner of the Pub of the Season award for Summer 2015 was the CROWN HOTEL in New Springs.

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CAMRA Membership

At 1st September 2015
CAMRA has 174,752 members
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Our pubs & clubs

With over 130 real ale pubs and clubs in our branch area, we have a pub for everyone.

Check them out on our 'A-Z of Pubs'.

Alternatively, check them out our detailed and informative 'Pubs Database'.

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To keep updated with the latest news in our branch area, follow us on Twitter and join 2315 other followers. (as at 1st September 2015)

SOCIAL TRIP (by train)

With our social trips by coach selling up fast (see below), why not join us on for a social trip by train to Lancaster for the 'Lancaster Pub Fest' on Saturday, 12th September.

Lancaster Pub Fest is a 5-day festival with 29 pubs &177 handpumps, celebrating the amazing variety and quality of cask ale pubs Lancaster has to offer.  All pubs within a half-mile of the city centre.

Suggested train - Depart Wigan North Western 11.43 (arrive Lancaster 12.14)
Suggested train – Depart Lancaster 19.25 (arrive Wigan North Western 19.58)
Advance fares from £12.20 return. Railcard fares from £8.10 return.

SOCIAL TRIPS (by coach)

The remaining social trips for 2015 have now been organised, as follows :-

Saturday, 26th September : SHREWSBURY
Saturday, 24th October : SHEFFIELD
Saturday, 14th November : HEBDEN BRIDGE & HALIFAX
The Shrewsbury & Hebden Bridge trips are now fully booked, subject to payment of deposits. There are just a few places left on the trip to Sheffield but you'll have to be quick!!  
For more info or to reserve your place, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  

All trips will follow a similar pattern :-
  • return transport by 29-seater executive coach from Wigan town centre
  • visit to a brewery on outward journey
  • visit a town/city with a good selection of real ale pubs AND hosting a CAMRA Beer Festival
  • time-permitting, call at real ale pub on return journey
The transportation costs for each trip will be £12, which includes a tip for the driver. A £5 non-refundable deposit (per person) is required to reserve your place on each trip.

Next Branch Meetings

Our next Branch Meeting will take place on Tuesday, 15th September 2015 starting at 8pm. The venue is Tap 'n' Barrel in Wigan. All branch members are welcomed.

Dates for the remaining meetings in 2015 have also been set but the venues have not yet been confirmed. The meetings are :- 

  • Tuesday, October 13th at Eagle & Child, Bispham Green (courtesy bus provided from Wigan town centre)
  • Thursday, November 19th (nominations for Pub of the Season)
  • Tuesday, December 8th (voting for Pub of the Season - Winter)

LocAle Accreditation Scheme [2015]

CAMRA's Locale Accreditation Scheme is simply about local people enjoying local beers in local pubs. We feel that publicans rightfully deserve to be acknowledged for serving beers from local breweries in their pubs and clubs. 

Rather than having to be nominated by CAMRA members, we feel it is fairer and more transparent that publicans should be able to nominate their own pubs, subject to scrutiny of course. After all, it is the publicans that are making the commitment of stocking and serving local ales to an acceptable level of quality.

Using pre-defined criteria, Wigan CAMRA have agreed upon 27 breweries (see below) that satisfy LocAle requirements. We feel that this provides publicans with plenty of scope in choosing their LocAle beers.

If you are a publican and want to know more about the LocAle Scheme or wish to nominate your pub or club for this prestigious award, please contact our LocAle Co-ordinator (Carol Worthington) via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

[LocAle Breweries]  [LocAle Pubs]

Annual Branch Awards

At the AGM on January 14th 2015, voting took place for our annual pub/club awards. The winners are as follows :-

Congratulations to all concerned. 

Click here to view all previous award winners. 

Wigan CAMRA visit the Swan with Two Necks at Pendleton on 30th May, 2014

Swan with Two Necks

For more photos of the social trip to the Swan with Two Necks, Skipton and Saltaire Beer Club on May 30th, click here

Wigan CAMRA visit the Bridge End Inn at Ruabon on 9th May 2015

Bridge End Inn, Ruabon












Wigan CAMRA visit the Bridge End Inn at Ruabon on 9th May 2015

In the local papers .....

Click on links below to view recent beer-related stories in the local newspapers :-   

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