Free tour of co-operative pubs in Northern England

Plunkett Foundation, our lead partner in the £3.62m programme for community pubs announced in March, is inviting community groups in Nothern England to a free, two-day tour of local pubs that have been saved successfully as co-operatives.

Plunkett Foundation is offering places to groups at the early stages of considering community ownership as an option for saving their local pub. The two-day tour will take in three thriving examples of co-operative pubs – The George and Dragon in Hudswell, The Foresters Arms in Carlton (both North Yorkshire) and The Dog Inn in Belthorn, Lancashire.

The tour offers people a unique opportunity to hear first-hand from communities who have already saved their pub as a co-operative, as well as the chance to speak one-to-one with the advisers responsible for supporting a large number of communities to save their pub – and other assets and services – using community ownership. It will also be a chance to network with others in a similar situation, to share experiences and support each other.


Day One: 21 July

10:00 Arrive, and tour of the George & Dragon
11:30 Expert workshop: Social Impact
12:30 Lunch
Travel to hotel (Scotch Corner)
17:00 Travel to Foresters Arms
18:00 Arrive at Foresters Arms; networking
19:30 Dinner
Return to hotel
Day Two: 22 July

09:00 Meet at hotel to travel to The Dog Inn
11:00 Welcome talk and short tour of The Dog Inn
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Expert workshop: Finance & Community Shares
14:00 Return to hotel. Close.
Included in the tour is:

One night’s accomodation at TravelLodge, Scotch Corner, Skeeby
All travel between the hotel and the three co-operative pubs
Lunch on Day 1 at the George & Dragon
Dinner on Day 1 at the Foresters Arms
Lunch on Day 2 at The Dog Inn
Two expert workshops: Social Impact and Finance & Community Shares

*Please note that soft drinks and alcoholic drinks are not included.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. This tour is aimed at community groups in the early stages of trying to save their pub. It is kindly funded by the More Than A Pub programme with support from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.
Booking must be made in advance, and we cannot accommodate anyone who hasn’t already reserved a place due to the nature of the tour. To book, or to find out more, please email our Events Manager Sarah Horth on or call 01993 810730.