One thing we know for certain is that nothing gets the nation’s hearts singing quite like a pint in a traditional pub with your friends.
And with over 40 breweries in Nottinghamshire and nearly 50 pubs serving cask ale in the city centre, traditional ales remain central to Nottingham’s pub scene.
To celebrate the city’s real ale pub tradition, The Nottingham Ale Trail is launching and will be a month-long celebration of local pubs, breweries and cask ale.
The trails have been set up by It’s in Nottingham and will take place from Friday, September 3 until Sunday, October 3.
The Notts-based organisation has put together a number of brand new themed trails to explore, with collectable memorabilia for participants who triumphant and completed the trails!
How Does it Work?
Taking part is easy! Simply choose one of the trails to follow, buy a half or a pint of cask ale and collect a sticker from the pub at each stop.
Trail cards and maps can be collected from any participating venues and the Nottingham Tourism Centre from August onwards.
The event is completely free to take part in and everything you need to get started is supplied. The only thing you need to get is the ale (sorry!)
New to the world of Cask Ale?
Today cask ale is extremely popular around the entirety of the U.K. The number of independent brewers in the country is at a record high and they’re constantly creating new and exciting ales.
This style guide is a great way to get yourself acquainted with the different flavours and tastes, ready for you to take on the trails.
Ready to hit the town?
There are six trails for you to choose from and they are all themed around Robin Hood (of course)! Pick from the King John trail, the Sheriff trail, the Friar Tuck trail, the Will Scarlett trail, the Maid Marion trail and the Little John trail.
If you’re the type of person that always has your four-legged friend in tow, a Canine Trail has been created just for you! It’s dog friendly from start to finish and works in the exact same fashion as every other trail but you get to choose which venues to visit. Just remember to keep an eye on your pooch.
Once you’ve filled up a Trail Card with stamps you can trade it in at The Nottingham Tourism for a limited-edition pin badge. There are six badges to collect in total as well as a special badge for those taking part in the Canine Trail this year. Anyone that completes all six trails also gets a free commemorative t-shirt, so there’s plenty of reason to get out there and enjoy some of Britain’s finest brews.
Whilst this is a time to have fun and celebrate, organisers politely ask that anyone taking part drink responsibly and to remember that you have an entire month to complete the trails; so don’t feel like you need to complete a full trail all at once and take it at your own pace.
If you are looking for any information or inspiration on how to support Nottingham’s businesses or recommendations on the best bars, restaurants, shops, or anything in between be sure to head to It’s In Nottingham today.