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Cheese Sharing & Tasting Evening Venue: The Wellington Pub, 37 Bennetts Hill., Central Birmingham, B2 5SN Free Event. The famous Wellington pub hosts evenings, usually on a wednesday each month, where everyone is required to bring some cheese. The cheese is pooled among all their customers for a cheese tasting evening, where you get to sample a lot of cheeses. The venue will provide some bread, biscuits and pickles for accompaniment. The Wellington pub always allows you to bring your own food to eat on the premises, and provides cutlery and plates for you to use To lubricate the taste buds, there are usually around 16 traditional hand pull ales available which can be sampled in half-size glasses, and a few traditional ciders. We have done this event a couple of times before, and it was well enjoyed by all! To make this work well for our group, we need to get there early to secure a few adjacent tables, so please arrive for 7pm if you can, to optimize your chances of finding a seat, though we will look out for people until 7.30pm. Shhh.... but it is also worth bringing one cheese for the pub supply and one cheese to eat among ourselves, so that we keep some good stuff for ourselves. Also possibly some biscuits, though the pub will usually also provide some extra snacks as mentioned above.
Venue:- Bartons Arms, A34, Aston, B6 4UP We are joining up with GO:Heart Of England for one of their popular Thai nights at the Bartons Arms. We will meet in the bar area anytime prior to 8pm. At 8pm we will move into the restaurant. They have a varied and acclaimed but relatively inexpensive menu of Thai food. They also stock an extensive range of real ales which can be enjoyed at the same time. The Bartons is a historic grade 2 listed building, very authentic in appearance as a colonial tavern. Neither the food or the drinking is obligatory if you just want to come for casual socializing and a relaxing evening, but do at least one to keep the publican happy! Having said that, most of us will be eating. The pub is on the 51 and 33 bus routes out of the city centre. It also has a small car park, which is only accessible when driving south along the A34 which involves drving 600 metres north to a roundabout where a U Turn is possible if approaching from the City Centre. There is also a car park in the A34 cental reservation on the southbound carriageway Please Note: Minimum Attendance 10, Maximum Attendance 30. NB: These numbers are already guaranteed. Emergency Contact[masked].3
Coton & Hopwas Beer Festival 2019 We have been to this excellent festival twice before and will go again this year! The Marquee and Beer Garden are adjacent to a quintessentially English canalside and woodland setting, what better setting for sampling what is always an excellent range of unusual cask ales and ciders? Entry is FREE on Sunday Meet at Tamworth train station at 11:00am. We will walk mainly along picturesque riverbank and canal towpaths to the Hopwas & Coton beer festival and back again, spending some time at the festival for lunch and ale samples. They serve various lunch snacks such as cobs so you won't go hungry. They also have live music at various times throughout the day, which we may get to hear depending on timing. Here are links to the festival site for previous year, and the advance notice for the next event, for more information http://cotonandhopwassocialclub.co.uk/events2.htm http://cotonandhopwassocialclub.co.uk/beerfestival.htm There will probably be about 7 miles or 2.75 hours of walking involved For anyone travelling from Birmingham, there are both trains and 110 bus available. Both run hourly on a Sunday. The 110 bus goes from Birmingham via Erdington and Sutton Coldfield to Tamworth within 8 minutes walk of the train station. There is also a bus service between Hopwas and Tamworth for anyone who is in no fit state to walk back. Obviously you can't meet us later and still join the walk, as we'll have set off! If you are coming for the walk and only, intending to have soft drinks or a very moderate drink which you will walk off on the walk back, then there is a P&D car park at Tamworth Train Station. Whilst others are visiting the beer festival, non-drinkers can laze in the sun (we hope) or just look around the festival. Finding Us --> We will stand directly outside Tamworth Station in a group, and our outdoorsy shoes should be a give away! We will have started walking to the festival between 11:00 and 11:10, so please bear this in mind if you arrive and can't see anyone. You may call[masked].3 as an emergency contact or let us know if just meeting us at the festival instead, where we will probably arrive at around 12:15. We are unlikely to use internet access, so best not leave messages on here after 9am.
Vineyard Tour & Wine Tasting An idyllic way to spend a summer afternoon.... Highly recommended, we have been a couple of times before. We will meet at a local vineyard with a wide range of quality local produce, to while away a summer saturday afternoon. We will relax in their conservatoire (or al fresco seating if sunny) and taste samples of a variety of their delicious wines. Food is available, snacks or meals, from the Bistro. We will also look around their vineyards and hopefully will have an expert wine producer on hand to explain about how things work. We can also stroll around the quiet surroundings to walk off any excesses. Any walking should be ok in trainers, comfortable clothes, which will also allow us to enter bar/restaurant without feeling like ramblers. Purchasing a bottle or two is not obligatory, but assuming there is interest, bring a bag so that it reaches home safely. We are assuming half-decent weather for this trip, needless to say. Location & Travel The vineyard has a peaceful rural setting and is around 10 miles from Birmingham Centre and is an easy bus ride from there - so no need to drive!! The event will probably last around 3 hours (when public transport will still be running) so afterwards those who need to leave could co-travel, or we could easily all re-convene somewhere in the city centre. In fact it would be very cheap to collectively pre-book a minibus back from the venue to Birmingham. The 110 Bus route between Birmingham, Erdington, Sutton Coldfield and Tamworth is the way forward. This stops outside the venue on the A453 just north of Bassetts Pole roundabout, and runs every 20 minutes. Return 110 buses are also every 15 to 20 minutes so no fears about getting home safely. PLEASE DON'T DRIVE AND DRINK TO THIS EVENT. The Venue address is: Buzzards Valley Vineyard & Fisheries, 37 Shirrall Drive, Drayton Bassett, Staffs, B78 3EQ http://www.buzzards-valley.co.uk (http://www.buzzards-valley.co.uk/) There is no entry fee, just pay for what you consume or buy on the day. Emergency contact[masked].3 See you there!