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Real Ale runabouts 2016

This year Ipswich Buses have once again arranged a series of Real Ale Runabout trips in conjunction with the Ipswich & ES branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). This will be our 33rd season of these social bus trips, designed as a means for people to enjoy visits to some of our best country pubs without having to take their cars - they continue to be popular and have remained popular since 1983.

Participants have to be 18 years of age BUT do not have to be CAMRA members to book tickets for these events.All of these bus journeys will start at Tower Ramparts bus station in Ipswich and finish in the Ipswich area with a circular route around Town to drop passengers off - details of the route will be agreed on the night and depend upon participants.

List of dates and venues for 2016 are:

Sat 20 Feb = Chelmsford (inc Beer Fest) (depart 11.30am)
Sat 19 Mar = Norwich & Brome (depart 11.30am)
Wed 30 Mar = Manningtree, Bradfield & Harwich (depart 11.30am)
Fri 08 Apr = Knodishall, Alderton & Aldeburgh (depart 7pm)
Sat 16 Apr = Homersfield, Flixton & Bungay (depart 11.30am)
Fri 22 Apr = Beyton & Bury St Edmunds (inc Beer Fest) (depart 7pm)
Sat 14 May = Yaxley & Sproughton (inc Beer Fest) (depart 11.30am)
Fri 27 May = Bramfield, Darsham & Sibton (depart 7pm)
Fri 10 Jun = Risby, Gazelel & Dalham
Fri 24 Jun = Stanningfield, Lawshall & Cockfield (depart 7pm)
Fri 08 Jul = Yoxford & Southwold (depart 7pm)
Wed 20 Jul = Little Totham & Maldon (depart 11.30am)
Fri 29 Jul = Stowupland, Finningham & Walsham le Willows (depart 7pm)
Fri 12 Aug = Eastbridge, Theberton & Middleton (depart 7pm)
Wed 24 Aug = Toppesfield, Belchamp St Paul & Clare (depart 11.30am)
Thur 8 Sept = Chapell (inc Beer Fest) (depart 7pm)
Sat 15 Oct = Hopton & Thetford (depart 11.30am)
Fri 18 Nov = Polstead, Nayland & Leavenheath (depart 7pm)
Fri 09 Dec = Mystery trip (depart 7pm)

Some of the journeys may have limited seating (as indicated) so you are advised to get your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

Please note the following:

  1. Reduced fares apply to holders of Elderly Concession travel permits IB Smart rider ticket holders and members of Camra who should show their Membership Card when booking their ticket.
  2. Tickets should be purchased in advance from the bus company Enquiry Office.
  3. Tickets may be bought on the bus (on the night of the trip) but only if seats are still available.
  4. The minimum age for any participant on these trips is 18 years.