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Ballards Walk

Dec 2, 2018

Obviously, there’s no actual Ballards Brewery any more, with the beers now being brewed at Greyhound — but that hasn’t stopped ex-Ballards brewer Fran from keeping the walk going!

As the walk can’t start at the old brewery site, the plan is to start at the Three Moles, Selham, at 10:00, with the Scouts making bacon sandwiches and the Prize Old Mummers larking about as per. Other participating pubs should be the Foresters and the White Horse in Graffham, and the Unicorn in Heyshott. There are cross-country routes available for those who feel that the Walk isn’t complete without mud (and watching people fall over in it!)

There’s no word of an Old Bounder beer this year, but the Swan in Midhurst will be trying to get a cask of Harveys Christmas Ale in time for the event.

We’re not sure whether we’ll be organising a bus yet, but the Moles can be reached by catching a Stagecoach route 1 to the Halfway Bridge and walking down the road opposite for about 20 minutes.

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Beer of the Festival presentation: Downlands Brewery, Small Dole

Aug 29, 2015

The LocAle of the Festival presentation for Yapton 2015 will take place at 13:30 at Downlands Brewery, Unit Z (2a), Mackley Industrial Estate, Henfield Road, Small Dole, BN5 9XE.

We’re aiming to arrive at 12:30, with trains to Shoreham-by-Sea departing Chichester 11:00 / Barnham 11:08 / Bognor 10:56, followed by the Brighton & Hove number 2 bus to Upper Beeding at 11:48 and then the Compass number 100 bus to Small Dole at 12:18. Alternatively, travellers from Pulborough can spend a lot longer on the 100 and come in from the other side — useful if you have a bus pass!

All welcome!

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LocAle of the Festival presentation: Vibrant Forest brewery, Lymington

Aug 15, 2015

The LocAle of the Festival presentation for Yapton 2015 will take place at 13:30 at Vibrant Forest Brewery, Unit 3, Gordleton Business Park, Hannah Way, Lymington, SO41 8JD.

We’re aiming to arrive at 12:30, with trains to Lymington departing Bognor 10:07 / Barnham 10:17 / Chichester 10:25, changing at Southampton Central and Brockenhurst, followed by the X2 bus and a 3 minute walk. (Alternatively, there’s a 2 mile walk from Swaythling if you really fancy it!)

All welcome! Southern Hampshire and East Dorset CAMRA branches will be visiting on the same day, so it promises to be a good time for all…

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Gribble Brewery tour

Dec 7, 2013

We have an opportunity to see around the Gribble Brewery on December 7 (please note that the start time is subject to confirmation!)

As numbers are limited, this trip is for active branch members only; please come to a social (or the formal meeting, for that matter) if you’d like more details.

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Ballards Walk

Dec 5, 2010

This year’s Ballards Brewery Walk will take place on Sunday December 5. A vintage bus will take us to the brewery and back home again. Ring Pete Brown on 01243 552908 for details.

More details here when I get them.

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Ballards Walk

Dec 6, 2009

The annual Ballards Walk will be on Sunday December 6 this year; once again, we’re organising a bus to get you there.

We’ll start at the brewery, where the full range of beers should be on sale, including the new Old Bounder ale which weighs in at around 9%! (Drink responsibly: if you fall in a ditch someone’s bound to take a photo and send it to the Sussex Drinker…)

Afterwards, you’re free to walk across fields or roads to the local pubs, where more beer will be available. The bus will be picking up from some of these at around 3, and will probably be stopping at a couple more on the way home.

Pickup locations and times are yet to be confirmed, but should be Worthing, Littlehampton, Yapton, Barnham and Chichester; the ticket price is £8 and you can book by contacting Pete Brown on (01243) 552908.

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Summer Bus Cruise

Jun 20, 2009

The summer Bus Cruise will include an early visit to the Duke of Cumberland Arms, Henley, where we will be presenting the certificate for Branch Pub of the Year.

Later on, we’ll head to Langham Brewery, followed by a walk up the road to the Hollist Arms, Lodsworth. The rest of the afternoon will be spent at the White Horse, Graffham, for their midsummer beer festival.

Most of the stops have been stretched to 90 minutes to make a nice relaxing day out.

Once again, our transport will be old 199, the lovely 1968 Southdown “one-man operated” Leyland Leopard. Pick ups are at Worthing station (09:00); Littlehampton station (09:30); Maypole Lane, Yapton (09:45); Chichester station, south side (10:15). We should be back at Chichester by 18:30, dropping off in the reverse order.

Tickets are limited to 45 seats, and are now on sale at £15 a head, including the brewery visit.

Please send an SAE to

Bus Cruise
2 Elm Grove South
PO22 0EL

(cheques payable to P Brown, please)

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Ballards Brewery Walk

Dec 7, 2008

Once again it’s time for the annual Ballards Brewery Walk, and we have a classic bus running to get you there.

Cost should be around £8, but due to a number of no-shows pushing up the cost for everyone else in previous years, there’s a non-refundable £5 deposit to pay this year.

Pickups should be Littlehampton, Ford, Yapton, Barnham and Chichester, as in previous years. We’ll be starting at Ballards Brewery, then walking to participating pubs: the Ship, South Harting, the Three Horseshoes and the Elsted Inn, Elsted, and the Southdowns Hotel and Keepers Arms, Trotton. The bus will then take us home via the White Horse, Rogate and the Country Inn, Bepton.

For more details (including pickup times!) and to book, call Pete Brown on 01243 552908 (evenings)

UPDATE: pickup times are 0810 Worthing station, 0845 Littlehampton station, 0900 Maypole Lane, Yapton, 0905 Barnham station, 0925 Chichester station. Seats are almost sold out, so book soon!

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Beer/Brewery of the Festival presentation, Langham Brewery

Nov 8, 2008

We’ll be presenting Langham Brewery with the Beer of the Festival / Brewery of the Festival awards from Yapton Beerex 2008 on Saturday at 1pm. Meet at the brewery from 12pm onwards (catch a no 1 bus to Halfway Bridge: it’s about a 15 minute walk to the brewery).

Sorry about the late notice on this one…

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Bus Cruise

Jun 14, 2008

Time for another Bus Cruise. Locations to be determined, but the Royal Oak at Friday Street is possible…

For more details, ring Pete Brown on 01243 552908.

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