Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Festival Details


Sat 10 - Sun 25 October 2020

Download the St Ives Booze on the Ouse 2020 Ale Trail Map & Info

The Booze on the Ouse 2020 St Ives Ale Trail has been arranged in place of the Autumn St Ives Beer and Cider festival. Our local pubs need our support and patronage especially so in these unprecedented times, and the BOTO Ale Trail is a way to support the pubs in and around St Ives, as well as to give Beer and Cider enthusiasts an alternative to the popular festival that we organise.

The Ale Trail consists of 13 venues that were happy to be included on the trail. We have suggested 4 trails, one of which covers all 13 venues, but you can follow any combination or variation you wish. The important thing is that you enjoy your visits to the pubs, and in doing so support them through these unprecedented times.

Please safeguard our pubs and other pub goers, enjoy the ale trail in a responsible manner within the current COVID-19 Guidelines.

The Booze on the Ouse 2020 Theme

As you will see from the logo, our theme for this year is the opening of the new section of the A14 running through Huntingdonshire. Several exciting finds were unearthed prior to and during the construction of the new road. These included the bones of a woolly mammoth and a woolly rhinoceros excavated near Fenstanton. Experts believe the remains, found in what was once an ancient river, could be at least 130,000 years old. The woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) was one species of mammoth which became extinct around 10,000 years ago. They could reach up to 3.5 m in height and weighed six to eight tonnes.

More relevant to us beer and cider enthusiasts, road workers also uncovered what is thought to be the earliest evidence of beer being brewed in Britain, that could date back to 400BC. The find was uncovered in fragments of charred residue from the beer-making process. The fragments were similar to bread but showed evidence of fermentation and contained larger pieces of cracked grains and bran, rather than fine flour. Ancient populations used the beer-making process to purify water and create a safe source of hydration.

Booze on the Ouse 2020 Glass

Souvenir BOTO glasses are available from 10 of the venues on the trail. Identify those venues on the map with purple numbers. The cost of the glass is £2, part of which goes to the pub.

The glass features the Booze on the Ouse 2020 theme logo and have been proudly sponsored by the newest brewery in our branch, the IVO Brewery.

Ale Trail Photo Competition

We'd love to see some of your photos of your trail experiences, and share them with others on our Branch website. If nothing else, they will raise the spirits of all who look at them. As an extra incentive to share your photos, we are offering a prize to the photo deemed by the Branch committee to raise the biggest smile. But please keep the photos clean! Your photos can be of yourselves, maybe an accompanying K9 companion (where venues allow), a scene on route, or anything that occurs whilst you are on the trail.

The prize is a case of 6 bottled beers, which will consist of a mix of beers from the two BOTO sponsors: Papworth Brewery and IVO Brewery.

To share your photos with us and enter them into the competition, please email them to the BOTO Organiser: ku.gro.armac.stnuh@lavitsef

Last entries guaranteed to be considered for the competition need to be received by the last day of the Ale Trail - 25th October. Any photos sent after will still be welcome for sharing on our website, but may not make the cut for the competition judging.

We will endeavour to share a selection of everyones submissions on to the branch website. Please ensure that you have sort the permission of everyone featured in the photo before sending them in to us.

Venue Information

Please refer to the Ale Trail Map and Information leaflet for a short intro to each venue on the trail and opening times. We have done our best to ensure that the opening times information is correct, but they may be altered by the venues so please check if necessary.

The venues on this BOTO Ale Trail are as follows, with links to their Pub Information. Note that the opening times in their information may not have been updated since restrictions were introduced:

1. Three Jolly Butchers
2. Three Horseshoes
3. Axe & Compass
4. Cock
5. Oliver Cromwell
6. White Hart
7. Swan & Angel (Wetherspoons), St. Ives
8. Golden Lion Hotel
9. Nelsons Head
10. Royal Oak
11. Slepe Hall Hotel
12. Seven Wives
13. Marsh Harrier

Spread the Word

Please tell your friends about the Ale Trail, you may not all be able to go together but hopefully you can enjoy it individually and in small groups, safely of course. Please download and distribute our St Ives Booze on the Ouse 2020 Ale Trail Poster where it is appropriate to do so.

We thank you for your support. Enjoy the Trail!