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CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) in the Erewash Valley started in 1996, when a small group of like-minded real ale enthusiasts met at the Good Beer Guide listed pub The Dewdrop in Ilkeston. Their aim was to form the Erewash Valley branch of CAMRA in a real ale area that was largely neglected by the neighbouring branches of Nottingham and Derby.

We began life as a Nottingham sub-branch until May 2000 when we branched out independently, growing from strength to strength until we can now boast a branch membership of over 900 members, a steady rise year on year.

Now - I can hear a number of you asking "Where is the Erewash Valley?" - well, if you are a canal enthusiast you would probably know but for those of you who are not, then the easiest explanation would be that the area covered by our branch is approx. 11 miles from North to South and 4 miles from East to West lying along the valley of the Erewash Canal. This is between Nottingham and Derby in the County of Derbyshire with the M1 running up the middle of it and includes Long Eaton, Ilkeston and Heanor.

Further details of all our branch meetings and social events can be found on the MEETINGS "N" SOCIALS page of this website.



Click on relevant logo above for branch pubs participating in the LocAle and Discount Schemes.

Click on logo to go to What Pub site. To list all real ale pubs in the branch area please type Erewash Valley (CAMRA) in the search bar


Latest update 28/1/15. Pages updated - Home - LocAle - Pub News.

Volunteers are needed to staff the National Winter Ales festival to be held at the Roundhouse Derby on Wednesday 11th February - Saturday 14th February and in particular Wednesday, Thursday and every evening. Follow this link to go to the NWAF volunteers page  NWAF VOLUNTEERS

The nominations for winter pub of the season are Dewdrop, Ilkeston - Marlpool Ale House, Marlpool - Butchers Arms, Langley and Queens Head, Marlpool. Anyone wishing to vote must visit all 4 pubs prior to the branch meeting at the Queens Head, Marlpool on Wednesday 4th February where a vote will be taken. Meeting starts at 8.00pm.


On Saturday 18th October the branch organised a survey trip by mini bus to the Stanton by Dale area. Pitured above are 2 of the pubs visited. The Black Horse, Mapperley village and the Carpenters Arms, Dale Abbey






On Saturday 18th October the branch organised a visit to Dancing Duck Brewery in Derby. After a most enjoyable and informative visit we moved on to the Dancing Ducks New Zealand Arms for food and refreshments. We then went on to the recently opened micro pub The Last Post.


Wednesday 17th September saw the presentation of the "Summer Pub of the Season" to the Spanish Bar, Picture shows Hannah accepting the award from branch chairman Kevin Thompson.


On Saturday 30th August the branch held a well attended social to the Sneinton area of Nottingham. Pictures above are at The Old Angel, Stoney Street.


Saturday 26th April saw a well supported branch social to Derby. Pictures above are from Furnace Inn and inside the Peacock.

FOR THE ATTENTION OF PUB LANDLORDS AND MANAGERS IN THE EREWASH VALLEY CAMRA BRANCH AREA. To update our contact database it would be appreciated if you could email: with a current contact email address for your premises. Thanks in advance.


What is Beer Surveying? What is involved? How do Pubs get into the Good Beer Guide? How do I vote and rate by Ales?  The following two articles will give you more details n both these subjects:- Beer Surveying information / CAMRA Branch Awards

Please submit your Beer scores using the National Beer Scoring Website or by emailing with your Name, CAMRA Membership Number, Pub Name, Name of drink and score to




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