I can’t quite believe it’s early February and we haven’t even wished you all a Happy New Year yet! We hope you have made your New Year’s resolution to visit us here in the Cotswolds this year!

We’re currently on our winter break (I’ll fill you in about what we’ve been up to at a later date!), but now that we’re back in the office, we have a few weeks before our tours resume to make a head start on preparations for the year ahead. We have lots of exciting new developments planned, but the first of these I would like to share with you is our new and improved Brewery & Pub Tour!

Brewery & Pub Tours – now weekly!

We used to operate our Brewery & Pub Tours on a monthly basis, but in partnership with the fantastic Purity Brewing Co., we are pleased to announce that, from March 2020, we will be offering this tour EVERY SATURDAY (March to December)! 

We know that when this tour only took place once a month, people found it difficult to pin down a date to join us. With these tours now being weekly, there’s no excuse to miss out! 

New pick-up locations!

Based on customer feedback and patterns in our ticket sales, we have revamped the route for this tour. Now, as well as offering a pick-up from Stratford-upon-Avon rail station, we are also going to offer a pick-up from Moreton-in-Marsh station too! 

A pick-up from Moreton-in-Marsh is already a very popular option for our Cotswolds Day Tours. So, we thought, why don’t we open the Brewery & Pub Tour up to folks staying in Moreton-in-Marsh too? With direct rail links to Moreton-in-Marsh from London, Oxford and Worcester, now even more visitors to our area can easily join this brilliant tour. 

Purity Brewery tour and tasting

After your pick up, we’ll drive you through the pretty Warwickshire countryside to our first – and arguably most important – stop!

Courtesy of our friends at Purity Brewing Co., you’ll enjoy a 90-minute brewery tour, learning all about this award-winning craft beer producer and their “pure” eco-conscious approach. The tour ends with a generous open bar tasting session, where you’ll be able to try at least a pint of ale, and time to stock up in the Purity shop.

New lunch spot!

After the brewery tour, we’ll take you to the pretty Worcestershire village of Bretforton, located on the edge of the Cotswolds, which is home to the wonderfully historic and atmospheric Fleece Inn. Originally built in the early 15th Century, this building is of such historical importance that it is now owned by the National Trust, an organisation (and a British institution!) that preserves historic buildings. 

The Fleece Inn has many stories to tell! As part of our new and improved tour, as well as enjoying a delicious lunch and a drink at The Fleece, you’ll also be treated to a lively and fascinating talk by the pub’s brilliant landlord Nigel (or a member of his team). 

Cotswolds pubs and more

After your lunch at The Fleece Inn, we’ll whisk you off to the charming Cotswolds “wool town” of Chipping Campden. Already a hit with customers on our Cotswolds Day Tour, beer lovers can continue their ale trail by exploring some or all of Chipping Campden’s five wonderful pubs!

Alternatively, you might prefer to explore the town’s independent boutiques, grab a coffee in one of many cafés, or admire the historic Cotswolds stone buildings and thatched cottages. We’ll provide you with a map pointing out some of our favourite places!

The final stop of the day is the village of Ebrington, home to the Ebrington Arms, which has been voted the “Best Pub in the UK”! According to the weather, you can either cosy up in front of their wonderful fireplace, or soak up the sun in their lovely beer garden. Either way, you must try a pint of their very own locally brewed “Yubby” ale! 

Tickets on sale now!

For full details of our Brewery & Pub Tour, please visit our webpage here: https://www.gocotswolds.co.uk/ale/

Tickets can be purchased online here: https://www.gocotswolds.co.uk/product/purity-brewery-and-pub-tour/

We also sell gift vouchers for this tour, so if you’d like to treat a friend, click here: https://www.gocotswolds.co.uk/product/purity-brewery-pub-tour-voucher/