A campaign group in Cornwall has launched a 'Real Ale Trail' in order to give something back to local pubs after an uncertain 18 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

CAMRA Kernow, the Cornish branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, have planned and organised several short ale trails which cover the pubs and bars in Falmouth as part of CAMRA’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

The group have produced a double-sided leaflet which will be freely available in the participating pubs and it will also be available to download from its website in advance of the two-week event which takes place between October 11- 24.

The aim of this pubs-based festival is to promote and support pubs and bars in the town which sell real ale and real cider in the post lockdown period.

After months of enforced closures and the implementation of social distancing measures, resulting in reduced footfall and economic concerns for the hospitality industry in general, the group wanted to put on an event to help get local venues back on their feet.

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The routes mostly radiate out from ‘The Moor’ in Falmouth and encompass central, well known pubs, those in the main street and those in the quieter back streets which may be less familiar to visitors to the town.

CAMRA Kernow committee members also say they have canvassed all possible venues in the town to get involved.

Twenty-four venues have agreed to participate in this launch event and have been formed into four ‘trails’ of six venues.

There are no ‘rules’ or ‘rewards’ for this launch event; a trail can be followed or venues from different trails can be ‘mixed and matched.'

Each venue has been invited to organise and promote pub-based events of their own during the festival fortnight.

Those on the trails can also vote for their ‘beer/cider of the festival’ at some of the venues.

The organisers have also said they have plans to make this an annual event if support is there.