Donnington Brewery


We are delighted to announce that the Society Spring Meeting will take place on Saturday April 13th in the Cotswolds.


The first part of the meeting will comprise a tour of Donnington Brewery probably regarded as the most picturesque brewery setting in the UK. After the tour (conducted by Mr Johnny Arkell) there will be a chance for some hospitality there before we move onto the Snowshill Arms at Snowshill for the second part of the meeting where we will have use of the skittle alley as a private function room!


Donnington Brewery has 17 beautiful Cotswold pubs (including the Snowshill Arms) and also supplies a number of free houses close by. So, a good place to visit! A Donnington Brewery pub is easily identified by the distinctive black and white signs outside, introduced by Claude Arkell, and the tradition has survived.


Close to the historic Snowshill Manor, which is open to the public, the Snowshill Arms lies in this very pretty village. This is a family-friendly, locals pub which also welcomes animals – they’re part of the family too. A large play area for the children and a lovely log fire in the winter offer enticements to visit all year round. Here locals mix comfortably with the many tourists visiting Snowshill Manor.


As there is a train from London arriving at Moreton in Marsh around 11am, we will start the tour of the brewery at 11.30, finish at 12.30pm and after some hospitality comprising a beer or two at the brewery, we leave for Snowshill at about 1pm. We would arrive at the Snowshill Arms before 1.30pm and leave about 4pm in time for those travelling by train to make their way back to Moreton for the London train at around 4.40pm (by the way, at the time of writing the train fare from London is just £6 each way before any discounts)


We anticipate that there will be an auction of older beer labels during the afternoon (auctions are open to Society members only) and other label sales. The bar at the Snowshill Arms will stay open until 4pm. Please order (and pay for) food and drinks individually. Donnington beers will of course be available there.


There is a limit of 25 persons taking the brewery tour and therefore we are asking members to book a place as soon as possible please. A booking form is below.  Please print out, fill in the detail and send to Eric. We have negotiated a reduced price for the tour of £10 per person payable on booking please. Members can book for a maximum of one guest. We will deal with bookings in the order in which they arrive and if places are fully booked we will not cash cheques for those who are not successful. Everyone would of course be welcome at the Snowshill Arms. If we do not fill up the places on the brewery tour by Monday February 4th we will open the list to members of other brewery-related societies

This is not a cut-off date for members of the Society but it is anticipated that this tour will attract interest from a wider group of people.

As you will see from the booking form, for those who are travelling to the meeting by train we are arranging a “taxi ticket” to include all three journeys involved. Again, first come first served so early bookings are advised please “to avoid disappointment” – and, as we always say, please do not drink and drive.


See you there!





I wish to book ____ places on the tour of Donnington Brewery on Saturday April 13th at £10 each (tour price)


I wish to book ____ taxi tickets for the journeys from Moreton railway station to Donnington Brewery, from there to the Snowshill Arms, and from there back to Moreton. Cost £12 each (limited availability)


I enclose a cheque, made payable to the Labologists Society, for £ ____


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Please send to Eric Doré

Secretary, The Labologists Society,

86a Southwold Road

Wrentham, Beccles

NR34 7JF


Email address for enquiries


If you wish to speak to someone about the arrangements before booking, please send an email adding your contact telephone number. Thanks.



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