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CAMRA Durham


As we face an uncertain number of weeks or possibly even months we want to continue to do all we can to support our local pubs and breweries as best we can to ensure our thriving real ale scene makes it through this. Nationally, CAMRA have forced us to suspend all in-person group activities until June, although this is subject to weekly review and may be extended. This means that we are unable to hold our monthly Branch meetings, and also that our AGM has had to be postponed. The Committee has recently met via online tools and we may look to expand this to other meetings. As yet, no decision has been taken over the viability of the 40th Durham Beer Festival. We are monitoring the situation and hope to make a decision mid-April.

As the UK Government has decided that Off Licenses are an essential retail outlet, a number of our pubs and breweries are continuing to operate by providing takeaway, delivery services, virtual pubs, online quizes, special offers for NHS staff and key or vulnerable folk, and so on. Keeping on top of this is going to be a mammoth task, so we would really appreciate it if you could let us know of any information regarding these activities. We have put together a page which links to CAMRA's WhatPub site showing which outlets are providing these services and also details on our local breweries and their activities. We urge you to visit this page at on a regular basis to see what is going on. There are also links on that page to email the Branch to update us on any missing or inaccurate information. We really need your help; but please only find this information while keeping in-line with current UK Government guidance.

You may also wish to engage with CAMRA's national campaign, #pullingtogether, through the national website at or over on Facebook at

Above all, please remain safe at this time. Remember there are ways to continue to enjoy and support real ale and local businesses without putting yourself or others at risk. We look forward to seeing you all in the, hopefully, not too distant future.

Welcome to the official website for the Durham Branch of CAMRA.

CAMRA Durham represent CAMRA across most of County Durham leading local campaigns to save our real ale pubs, clubs and breweries, and campaigning for a fair deal for real ale drinkers. We are also responsible for organising the annual CAMRA Durham Beer Festival. This is usually held after the August Bank Holiday in Durham City and showcases real ales from both local and national brewers along with a number of real ciders and perries. More information on the Beer Festival can be found on our sister site Run by a committee of volunteers, we meet on a monthly basis in pubs around the Branch area to discuss local and national matters as well as general Branch business. These meetings are open to all CAMRA members. We also hold regular social gatherings where members can get together without the formal business of the monthly meeting. More information on the Branch, committee and our activities can be found here on our website. Please note that we are in the process of making major alterations to our website so we apologise if things go a little wrong over the next few weeks. If you experience any problems, please email the webmaster.