Welcome to the Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA website


Formed in 2005, we were initially a sub-branch of the Leicester Branch of CAMRA, and susbsequently went on to achieve full Branch status in September 2008.

Using either the blue links in the text or the vertical grey menu bar on the left side of each page to navigate our website. From here, you can locate information regarding our upcoming beer festivals (Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival 2018) and reports of previous years events (Hinckley Beer Festival 2017) and (Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival Report 2017). You can also find details of other beer festivals within reasonable travelling distance from the branch at (Local Beer Festivals).

Find out details in our (Branch Diary) of meetings and social events, including regular mystery mini-bus trips, Black Country pub tours and visits to other beer festivals. There are also details of all the pubs and clubs in the area (Local Pub/Club Guide) and of (LocAle Pubs and Discounts).

2017 marked the 300th anniversary of the birth of William Bass, one of Hinckley's great brewers. In addition to William Bass, William Butler of Mitchells and Butler, was also born in Hinckley, whilst the equally famous William Worthington was born in nearby Orton-on-the-Hill, There were a series of events in the branch throughout the year, celebrating (The Three Brewers) and the unique association between Hinckley and some of the most famous brewers in the world.

The (Branch Area Beer History) details the pub and club awards, information on historic pub interiors and lost pubs in Hinckley and Bosworth, and keep up to date with the (Latest Branch News).

Please also find time to follow the (Hinckley Ale Trail) as there are great number of really good pubs in the town which are well worth a visit and will provide a rewarding experience.

STOP PRESS: BLACK COUNTRY RAIL TRIP - 16TH AUGUST. See Black Country Rail Trip for details .

Local Beer Festivals

Traditionally the branch runs two festivals each year. The first at the end of July is the Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival operated as a CAMRA event in conjunction with the Battlefield Line Railway. The second is the Hinckley Beer Festival which is normally held in September at the Atkins Building in the centre of Hinckley.

The Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival was held on Friday 27th, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th. There were 80 real ales, 30 ciders and Perries along with Pimms and Prosecco bars.

Go to Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival 2018 where the list of sponsors and advertisers appear, and where the report will be published in due course.

This year's Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival Organiser is Jackie Wallis Festival Organiser - Market Bosworth Rail Ale

Unfortunately for 2018, the Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA Beer Festival will not go ahead despite every effort being made to save this event, as Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council were unable to guarantee the use of the Atkins Building. Alternative locations have been investigated, but because of timing issues and subsequent non availability of key festival organisation staff, it was decided that there will be no Hinckley Beer Festival this year.

However, in the absence of a CAMRA Hinckley & Bosworth Beer Festival this year, five town pubs are collaborating to organise a HEART of HINCKLEY BEER FESTIVAL for Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th September 2018. This festival involving The Pestle and Mortar, The Greyhound, The New Plough Inn, The Elbow Room Alehouse and The Railway Steamin' Billy, is occupying the dates normally associated with the Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA Beer Festival. See Hinckley Ale Trail for details of the pub locations and directions.

Social Activities

  • As there is not to be a CAMRA Hinckley Beer Festival this year, Alan Cooke has suggested there might be an opportunity to visit Jersey again. They did not have a CAMRA festival last year and this year a new set of organisers has come forward, unrelated to CAMRA, and are promoting a beer and cider festival on 14th to 16th September.

    Have a look at the attached document and its associated links and see if you fancy coming along. Anyone interested will have to organise flights and hotels themselves, but let Alan know if you are interested and he can keep everyone informed as to who is doing what……

    This not a CAMRA trip, you don’t have to be a member to come on it, you can bring any family and friends you wish.

    See Possible trip to Jersey for further details and Alan can be contacted on 07767 362502

  • There is to be a "Quiz Night" in October. Please watch this space for further details.


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