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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 1,000 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.



Last updated 22/11/16. Pages updated - Home - Meetings 'n' Socials


Details for Christmas branch social are now available please CLICK HERE


The branch will be presenting the Most Improved Pub award to the Three Horse Shoes, Ilkeston on Wednesday 7th December at 8.00pm.


Saturday 29th October saw a branch social trip to visit the micro pubs in Langley Mill, Heanor, Marlpool and Ilkeston. First port of call was the Bunny Hop in Langley Mill before catching the bus to Heanor where we visited the Redemption Alehouse and Angry Bee. The more energetic members of the group then took a walk to Marlpool Alehouse whilst the rest followed on by bus. Final micro pub visited was the Burnt Pig, Ilkeston. Thanks to Carole and Michael Golds for organising this social.


Barry has some A4 holders for the drinkers. If any branch members require any please contact Barry.


Saturday 14th May saw a mini bus survey trip to visit all 6 finalists in the South Derbyshire area. Pictured above is the first port of call "Old Dog" at Thorne near Ashbourne. Thanks to new chairman Martin Williams for organising the bus and also volunteering to drive for the day. He missed some great beers!


Monday 9th May heralded the award for Branch pub of the year to the Dewdrop, Ilkeston. The picture above shows the award and excellent range of beers. Pictured far right is new chairman Martin Williams who made the presentation. The occasion also marked the 20th anniversary of the branch which was formed at the Dewdrop.


On Saturday 26th March the branch paid a memorable visit to Lichfield. Pictured above are 2 of the pubs visited namely Horse & Jockey and Duke of Wellington. Centre picture is the branch member that avoids all the photographs!



Saturday 5th December saw the branch Christmas social to Leeds on a mainly dry but very windy day. Pictures above show 3 of the pubs visited namely Duck & Drake, Lamb & Flag (Leeds Brewery Tap) and Whitelocks.



Saturday 14th November. The branch made a social trip to the Ruddington area  after first meeting at the Dragon in Nottingham. Picture above shows the interior of the popular Frame Breakers which is owned by Nottingham Brewery.



Saturday 5th September saw a group of branch members visit Chesterfield by both bus and train. After meeting at the Portland Hotel and then visiting a couple of town centre pubs one group caught the bus to Whittington whilst some took the opportunity to visit the beer festival at the Chesterfield Arms. Picture above shows the Red Lion, Whittington Moor.

FACEBOOK. The new Facebook page is now operating.

Please use the link at the bottom of the page. Could I please ask all members to like the new page to give us maximum publicity. Thanks.


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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