This years event takes place from 3rd to 5th April in York at the University of York West Campus, in Central Hall.
There are several strands to the event – the legally required AGM, the conference where members debate campaigning policy, workshops to share experience running branches and the social side with a members’ bar, brewery trips and pub crawls.
All CAMRA members are entitled to attend and can register online at camra.org.uk.
This year at the AGM there are four Special Resolutions that have been put forward by the National Executive for a vote, these are to approve changes to the organisation’s Articles of Association to strengthen the governance of the Campaign, following a review last year. There is also a National Executive election. More information can be found in Whats Brewing newspaper or online. If you are a member that cannot attend the AGM, you can register to vote for or against the special resolutions online.
In York, the event starts Friday evening with the members bar opening, this is basically a mini beer festival featuring session beers from local breweries and is open exclusively to members who are registered to attend the AGM & Conference. This is a great place to meet up with other members for a relaxed pint after conference or before going into York to visit the local pubs and bars.
There are also coach trips out to breweries on the Friday and Saturday nights, these need to be booked in advance online.
The AGM happens Saturday morning, which is then followed by the conference for the rest of Saturday daytime and Sunday morning. The fringe events, including workshops, take place Saturday late afternoon after close of conference.
The University of York is out of town, however a very good bus service shuttles from York City Centre to the campus and York is easy to reach by train from Sheffield.
Looking ahead to next year now, the 2021 event is being hosted by us in Sheffield at the City Hall and once the York event is over, we will be getting busy with our organising and will be putting a call out for volunteers to help!