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Real Ale Trails 2017

Explore the Real Ale Trails to discover some of Stratford's most beautiful locations and exceptional pubs. Stratford is a real ale lovers’ paradise full of pubs rich in charm and tradition. Come and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and character by the barrelful! 

The trails are running on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September between 2pm and 8pm.

Visit up to ten town centre hostelries such as Cox's Yard, Swans Café at Swan Theatre, Stratford Alehouse, The Bear Freehouse, The Dirty Duck, The Garrick Inn, The Golden Bee, The Lamplighter,The Old Thatch Tavern, The One Elm, Townhouse and Union Bar. Trails are slightly different on each day.

How much?
£5 per ticket.  Reserve your ticket be completing the short form below.  You will receive a confirmation email. Cash only on collection please

What’s involved?
You will receive a souvenir Festival Ale Trail glass (1/3 pint), and a map of the Real Ale Trail with a list of ales and descriptions.  

Vote for your People's Choice Festival Ale of the Year and you could be a winner too!

All Saturday ale trail advance tickets are now reserved. Alimited number are still available for Sunday's trail.  

However on the festival days, there will be 30 tickets released at 9am. Go to the Site Office on Waterside. It will be  cash only on collection please.  

Also any uncollected ale trail tickets will be released at midday. So there will be chances on the day to purchase ale trail tickets. They will be on a first come first served basis.

When to collect?
Your £5 Ale Trail tickets will be available for collection on a CASH ONLY basis.  

Before the Festival: between 10am and 3pm on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd.  At the Stratforward Office, 10-11 Sheep Street (above the Wildwood Restaurant), CV37 6EF


At the Festival on 23rd or 24th September: between 9am and 2pm from the Stratforward Event Office on Waterside

Please note: Over 18's only. Do not drink and drive.

To reserve your ticket enter your details 

What is Real Ale?

Real Ale is cask conditioned or bottle conditioned beer - after the beer has been brewed and conditioned at the brewery it is loaded into casks and sent straight to the pub. It is not filtered or pasteurised like most lagers and keg beers.  

But does it make any difference?  Yes!  Filtering removes half the flavour and taste, and pasteurising removes the other half, so lagers and keg beers have taste removed unlike real ale which is packed full.