Our branch is one of the most socially active in the country. In addition to the monthly area socials, we have regular full branch get togethers, bus trips and meet ups at beer festivals in other parts of Scotland and further afield. Formal campaigning does not occur during our social events but we would encourage all members to score the beer at some point of the event.
As our branch covers such a wide area, we have four different area social groups. The North Ayrshire group meet on the third Thursday of each month starting at 20:00 and East Ayrshire on the last Wednesday starting at 1930. The South Ayrshire and Wigtownshire social groups tend to meet on a less regular basis. Please note that you are welcome to attend an event hosted by any of our social groups.
All events are listed on our branch calendar, in Full Pints and in our monthly events email.
The main aim at any social event is for everyone to enjoy themselves. If you’ve never been, you don’t know what your missing. Partners and friends are welcome to join in.
We don’t bite … honest!
East Ayrshire Annual Dinner
On Saturday 11th January, a 30 strong group of CAMRA members and family members met in The Weston Tavern, Kilmaurs. We had a choice of two ales to accompany a lovely three course meal.
Festive Crawl 2019
Our Festive Crawl 2019 visited some of our outlets in North Ayrshire. The day started at 12:30 in the Ayrshire & Wigtownshire Pub of the Year, The Twa Dugs in West Kilbride. A short bus ride took us to Fairlie and The Village Inn. Another bus ride took us into Largs where we visited The Paddle Steamer, The Three Reasons, The Waterside and J G Sharps.
A good turnout and great day was had by all in attendance.
South Ayrshire Christmas Lunch 2019
The South Ayrshire Christmas Lunch was held in The Glen Park Hotel, Ayr on Sunday 8th December.
The event was fully subscribed and an excellent meal enjoyed by all washed down with choice four ales from Ayr Brewing Company.
Festival Volunteers Trip to Alloa October 2019
Forty-eight of our festival volunteers enjoyed their visit to Alloa Real & Cider Festival on Saturday, 26th October.
Our coach arrived at the venue bang on 1 pm and we were able to sample the ales for about 3.5 hours before we made the short journey to make a quick stop at the Station Hotel in Larbert.
Many thanks to our hosts at Forth Valley CAMRA for their hospitality.
East Ayrshire Annual Dinner January 2019
East Ayrshire members met up in the Brass & Granite in Kilmarnock on Saturday, 12th January to enjoy their annual dinner.
The ales on offer were Bellhaven Robert Burns Brown Ale, Morland Original Bitter and Brass & Granite Best Bitter.
Machars Trip June 2018
Ayrshire members travelled by coach on Saturday 9th June and were joined by their Wigtownshire counterparts at the first port of call, the renowned Steam Packet Inn in the Isle of Whithorn. On arrival, we were invited to enjoy a welcoming meal before presentations were made to Alastair Scoular, owner of the pub and the nearby Five Kingdoms Brewery.
The Steam Packet Inn was voted our Branch Cider Pub of the Year and was awarded bronze in the Scottish Cider Pub of the Year competition. Five Kingdoms Brewery was awarded our Beer of the Year certificate for its excellent Dark Storm Stout.
East Ayrshire Lancaster Trip 2018
A few images of the trip as our happy band visited a few pubs in the northwest of England.
South Ayrshire Christmas Lunch 2017
Festival Volunteers Trip to Alloa
Beer of the Festival 2016 Presentation
Our Beer of the Festival at Troon in 2016 was Gates of Valhalla, a brew from Black Metal Brewery in Loanhead with an ABV of 7.9%. Our day out also included a visit to Knops Brewery, at Dirleton and The Blacksmith’s Forge, Dalkeith, a JD Wetherspoon outlet.
Let’s just say that the hospitality, shown by both breweries, was outstanding and leave it at that.
What a day that was!