In conjunction with CAMRA, Tewkesbury Museum are putting on some special events to help commemorate the twenty-first Winter Ales Festival, on 4th to 6th February. These events are remembering the lost pubs and breweries of Tewkesbury.
On Tuesday 2nd February, Steve Goodchild will be giving a presentation on ‘Lost and Forgotten Pubs of Tewkesbury’ at 7.00pm in the Trinity Church Hall. This is a Museum fund-raising event. Long-forgotten breweries, pubs, landlords and customers will be remembered through anecdotes both funny and tragic.
On Thursday 4th February, to coincide with first day of the Beer Festival, an exhibition of Lost Pubs and Breweries will open in the Museum. It will run through February and March, during Museum opening times.
To add a town dimension to the Festival, an ‘I was once a pub’ walk will be set up for the weekend; Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th February. A leaflet listing places which used to be pubs, and their names, will be available from the Festival, Museum, Tourist Office, Town Hall and pubs (that’s the ones still trading), and places which were once pubs will be encouraged to display a ‘I was once a pub’ posters, which give the name they traded under and when and why they closed. We’ve got sixty one on the list, but there are more yet to be found! There’s no prize. It’s about getting a bit of exercise and finding out something new.