Nuneaton & Bedworth

Campaign for Real Ale


Key Dates in the History of CAMRA

1971 16th March - Campaign for the Revitalisation of Ale (CAMRA) founded in Kruge Kavanagh's Bar, Dunquin, on the Dingle Peninsula, Ireland.
1972 26th March - First AGM held at the Rose Inn, Coton Road, Nuneaton. A subsequent Special General Meeting was held in Nuneaton on 28th October at which a National Executive was elelcted.
1972 June - The first issue of CAMRA's Newsletter What's Brewing published.
1973 17th March - The second AGM was held at the London Press Club when the name of the organisation was changed to the Campaign for Real Ale (the acronym remaining unchanged). The first branches were formed.
1974 The first edition of the Good Beer Guide was published and a permanent HQ was established in St. Albans.
1975 9th-13th September - First National Beer Festival held at Covent Garden, London. CAMRA subscription raised to £2.00.
1976 CAMRA registered as a limited company.
1977 Great British Beer Festival moved to the Alexandra Palace.
1980 Due to a fire at the Alexandra Palace, the Great British Beer Festival was held in a number of large marquees. CAMRA subscription rates increased to £4.00.
1981 Great British Beer Festival held outside London for the first time - at the Queen's Hall in Leeds.
1982 September - Nuneaton & Bedworth CAMRA formed as a sub-branch of Coventry.
1983 Great British Beer Festival moved to Bingley Hall, Birmingham.
1984 Fire at the Bingley Hall, Birmingham forces cancellation of Great British Beer Festival.
1985 Great British Beer Festival held at the Metropole in Brighton.
1988 All day pub opening achieved in England and Wales. Great British Beer Festival returned to the Queen's Hall, Leeds.
1990 CAMRA subscription raised to £10.00 after a 4 year price freeze.
1991 Membership reaches 30,000.
1992 26th May - CAMRA becomes one of the three founding members of the European Beer Consumers Union (EBCU). Great British Beer Festival held at London Olympia for the first time. CAMRA’s first overseas beer guide published - The Good Beer Guide to Belgium and Holland.
1993 Subscriptions increased to £12.00.
1995 CAMRA HQ moved to current location at 230 Hatfield Road, St. Albans.
2002 Membership reaches 64,000.
2004 CAMRA elects its first female National Chairman, Paula Waters.
2006 Great British Beer Festival moves to its new home in Earls Court, London.
2009 CAMRA membership passes 100,000.
2011 Membership reached 130,000 as CAMRA celebrates its 40th anniversary.
2014 May - Nuneaton & Bedworth CAMRA granted full branch status.
2021 Final issue of CAMRA's Newsletter What's Brewing published.
2021 16th March - CAMRA celebrates its 50th anniversary.
2022 26th March - 50th Anniversary of CAMRA's first AGM at the Rose Inn, Coton Road, Nuneaton.