Getting set for the big pub tour

The Admiral Holland pub in Banbury
The Admiral Holland pub in Banbury

Britain’s biggest pub tour (BBPT) which is raising money for a children’s charity, is arriving at the Admiral Holland pub, Woodgreen Avenue at 3pm on Saturday.

As the first and largest pub tour ever attempted in the UK by a national pub operator, all 620 pubs and 12,000 employees are engaged with raising funds for Variety, the children’s charity.

The Stonegate pub company smashed its fundraising target of £100,000 in just six weeks of the 19-week tour, putting it on track to be the biggest single fundraising event in aid of Variety with more than £160,000 raised so far.

The pub will be hosting a garden party from 11am on the Saturday along with a carboot sale.

All proceeds from the sale will be donated to Variety.

With this, 50p from certain drinks sold at the garden party, incluing sweet summer Pimm’s and specially brewed real ale The Crawler will also be donated to the charity.

Crowds of customers are expected to attend the charity event as excitement and anticipation for the event in the Banbury area is already high.

To further boost donations, Stonegate have teamed up with Pop Idol finalist, soap star Jo Birchall, who is launching the single All About Love, in aid of charity. It officially launches on August 31 and is available to pre-order now on iTunes.

From the Isle of Wight to Inverness, a giant BBPT passport will journey 5,555 miles througout the UK visiting each Stonegate business by an assortment of unique and entertaining methods of transport.

After the day of fun and fundraising in Banbury, it is heading to The Slug and Lettuce, Oxford Castle. General Manager of the Admiral Holland, Frank Gibbon, said: “I have organised for someone to transport the passport by quad bike onto the next stop on the tour.”

The passport will continue its tour around the country culminating with a spectacular party at Slug and Lettuce, Tower Bridge on Friday, 26 September.