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Milton Keynes and North Bucks Campaign for Real Ale

Rising Sun Beer Festival, Berkhamsted, Sunday 29th March

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Please join us on our Branch visit to the Beer Festival at the Rising Sun, Berkhamsted.  As well as the festival beers, the Rising Sun has 5 hand pumps, mainly serving Locale, and up to 15 real ciders.

The recommended train leaves Wolverton at 14.37, Milton Keynes Central at 14.41, Bletchley at 14.46, arriving in Berkhamsted at 15.05.  If you are joining the train at MKC, we will be meeting in the station foyer at 14.25.

For those travelling on a different train who have not been to the Rising Sun before, leave Berkamsted station via the ticket office, cross the road and turn left.  Just before the junction with Castle Street on your right, you can drop down onto the canal footpath, go under the bridge and continue along the canal to lock number 55, where the Rising Sun stands.  Alternatively, particularly after dark, cross Castle Street and continue along Station Road.  Turn right into Gravel Path, left into George Street and then right into the alley between the end of the Victorian terrace and the modern red brick building, where there is a large sign directing you to the pub.  Total walking time is under ten minutes.

Hope to see you there.

Public Transport Officer
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AGM 2015

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The Annual General Meeting of MKCAMRA will take place at 20:00 on the 29th January 2015 at The Barn Central Milton Keynes. Hope to see as many of you as can make it.

Another January Social - 31st Jan 2015

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On Saturday 31st January,  we are having a lunchtime social at the Two Brewers in Olney.  For more information on the pub, please visit

The recommended bus is the  number 21 from Central Rail Station at 11.35, CMK the Point at 11.41, Neath Hill at 11.49, Great Linford Marsh Drive at 11.53, Newport Pagnell at 11.59, Sherington at 12.04, Emberton 12.09, arriving in Olney at 12.13.

The number 21 is an hourly service. 


January Social - 10th January 2015

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On Saturday 10th January we are having a lunchtime social at the Nags Head in Great Linford village.  For more information on the pub, please visit

The following buses go to Great Linford. 

Number 7 from Wolverton at 12.05, New Bradwell at 12.09, Oakridge Park at 12.12, arriving Great Linford 12.22.

Number 7 from Bletchley Bus Station at 11.33, Furzton at 11.47, Shenley Church End at 11.57, Central Rail Station at 12.05, CMK the Point at 12.11, arriving Great Linford at 12.23.

The number 7 runs every 30 minutes from Bletchley and every 15 minutes from CMK and Wolverton.  From the Heathercroft bus stop, walk northwards along St Leger Drive, opposite Gibbwin follow the redway to the High Street, then turn left towards the Nags Head.  From the stop on Marlborough Street,  opposite Great Linford local centre,  take the redway or Malins Gate to St Leger Drive,  then as above. 

Number 21 from Lavendon at 11.33, Olney at 11.39, Emberton at  11.52, Sherrington at 11.59, Newport Pagnell at 12.04, arriving Great Linford Marsh Drive at 12.10.  

Number 21 from Central Rail Station at 11.35, CMK the Point at 11.41, Neath Hill at 11.49, arriving Great Linford Marsh Drive at 11.53.

Number 24 from Bletchley Bus Station at 11.35, Hospital at 11.42, Kingston at 11.53, Coachway at 12.02, Newport Pagnell at 12.14, arriving Great Linford Marsh Drive at 12. 20.

Number 25 from Emerson Valley at 11.25, Tattenhoe at 11.30, Westcroft at 11.34, Shenley Brook End at 11.39, Shenley Lodge at 11.44, Shenley Church End at 11.48, Loughton at 11.53, Central Rail Station at 11.59, CMK the Point at 12.05, Conniburrow at 12.12, arriving Great Linford Marsh Drive at 12.18.

Services 21, 24 and 25 are hourly.  There is a short walk from Marsh Drive through the park or along the High Street. 

I look forward to seeing you there. 


Last Updated on Monday, 01 December 2014 21:56

Concrete Pint 2014 – the Morning After!

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Concrete Pint 2014 
The last pints have been sunk, the last topers sent happily on their way, and the concrete cows staggered joyfully back to the shade of their old oak tree in Midsummer Place (or intu Milton Keynes or whatever it's called nowadays.) In other words the Milton Keynes Beer Festival is over for another year.
Over the four days of the festival, 1492 customers drank their way through 581 gallons, or 4646 pints of beer - an average of just over 3 pints per person. Not forgetting 900 odd pints of cider and perry, and a refrigerator-full of choice bottled beers from Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, and the USA.
Local products gained the most accolades. Customers voted Woughton Orchard “7”, produced right here in Milton Keynes, as Cider of the Festival. And for Beer of the Festival they chose ale from a brewery that is not only local but which started only three months ago - Leighton Buzzard brewery's Rebel Yell, described as 'a black IPA offering a fantastic juxtaposition between the initial smooth richness of the malt, quickly followed by sharp dry hops.' Just reading the description brings on a thirst!
All of us at Milton Keynes and North Bucks branch of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, thank our customers for their support and enjoyment, which makes the six months of work and planning that it takes to make the festival happen seem all worth while. We're already making plans for next year.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:34
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