May 15

Conwy’s first bus based Ale Festival was a roaring success with Festival goers.

Conwy is probably least known for its pubs or its centuries old brewing history. That’s was all set to change this Saturday May 6th when 800 Ale lovers flocked to Conwy this weekend to ride on a bus and experience over 50 unique real ales in 7 of the Counties quirkiest pubs including one micro brewery, and all with absolutely no worries about who is driving.



What a brilliant day. Never been on an ale trail before but will definitely be an annual event for us and our friends! Majority of the pubs really went to great effort with ales, music/bands/DJs and food etc. Well done to all involved in making this event so fantastic! Ann Egan, Festival goer


The buses take festival goers from a traditional seaside location to rural countryside pubs to reach carefully selected pubs known for their style and ambience and their support of local dynamic micro breweries. All that’s expected of people is to sit back enjoy the hospitality, entertainment and sample the local ales and food with good friends in new places.

We were a group of 4 married couples in our 50’s. It was such a fun day out and catch up together. All of the pubs made an effort and each one was warm and welcoming. Everyone entered into the spirit of the day and there was laughter on every bus trip. Roll on the next one …….  Susi Williams, Festival goer


There was a great friendly atmosphere on the day with festival goers singing and laughing on the buses. The crowd was so good a girl was reunited with her phone after leaving it on the bus, someone handed it in to a pub on the Trail, where she collected it the next day.




We had a great day, really good to see new faces, role on Septembers event! Said Andy, Manager at Pen y Bryn




Pubs on the Trail went to a great effort to make the day special…


The Bank of Conwy had exclusive Real Ale brewed by Wild Horse Brewery only available at the Bank of Conwy for the Ale Trail Festival called Pop Up Pale Ale.


The Station, Colwyn Bay. As well as offering excellent ales and welcoming atmosphere had a carvery for festival goers.


The Pen-y-Bryn, Upper Colwyn Bay had the Dirty Old Town Band, an Irish band playing between 3pm – 5pm creating a buzzing atmosphere.


Wild horse brewery transformed its microbrewery into a pop up pub, joined by the Welsh Oven serving delicious wood fired pizzas.


Rhos Fynach, Rhos-on-Sea had live entertainment and pub games.


The Mountain View, Mochdre a traditional style pub is under new ownership had a special Real Ale Trail Menu, which adapted traditional classics such as Welsh Rarebit using Real Ale.



The next Conwy Real Ale Trail is planned for September.


Bottoms Up!