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An entire month dedicated to the celebration of cask ale in Nottingham.


There is a huge amount of love on both sides of the bar for cask ale. With over 40 breweries in Nottinghamshire and nearly 50 pubs serving cask ale in the city centre, it remains central to Nottingham’s pub scene. This has inspired us to bring you the Nottingham Ale Trails. 

The Nottingham Ale Trails are a month long celebration of local pubs, breweries and cask ale, taking place from the 19th April to the 19th May. There are 6 themed ale trails to complete, with collectable pin badges available for completed trails, as well as a commemorative T-shirt for the triumphant souls who complete all 6.

How does it work, we hear you ask? We have 6 themed trails, choose one to follow, buy a half or a pint of cask ale and collect a sticker from the pub at each stop. The pubs are all located within the city centre and are within walking distance of each other. Hand your map or card in at the Nottingham Tourism Centre to receive a limited edition pin badge for that trail. For those that manage to complete all 6 trails, a free special edition T-shirt will be waiting for you at the end of your journey. It’s completely free to take part and claim your prizes (although we can’t stretch to buying your drinks we're afraid!). 

Pick up your map or trail cards from the Nottingham Tourism Centre or any participating pub to get started on your discovery of some of Nottingham’s best pubs and cask ales. 

Enjoy the trails but please drink responsibly!

For terms and conditions click here. 

* Please note that The Malt Cross and Nottingham Playhouse will not be open over the bank holiday weekend. Take a picture of the venue and show it at the Nottingham Tourism Centre to receive the stickers for these venues *


The Trails

Find out which of Nottingham's pubs and bars are on each of the themed Ale Trails.

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Step By Step Guide

Want to know how it all works? Take a look at our handy step by step trail guide. 



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Ale Trail Map

Find your way around the trails with this handy map.

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Cask Ale Style Guide

New to the world of cask ale? This beer style guide by Magpie Brewery is a great way to get acquainted.  

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Events And Offers

Take a peek at all the offers and events on throughout the Nottingham Ale Trail 

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The History Of Cask Ale

Here's a brief look at the history of cask ale.

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