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2023 – CAMRA publishes the results of its Inclusion, Diversity and Equality Review

2022 – The Great British Beer Festival returns to Olympia London after a two year hiatus due to the Coronavirus pandemic

2018 – CAMRA undertakes a revitalisation project to decide its future

2017 – Planning protection for all pubs in England is secured

2015 – Planning protection extended to Assets of Community Value (ACV) listed pubs

2014 – The Government announces a statutory code of practice and adjudicator to regulate pub companies

2009 – CAMRA membership reaches 100,000

2004 – Paula Waters becomes the first female national chairman

2002 – CAMRA membership tops 64,000

1992 – Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) is held at Olympia London for the first time

1992 – CAMRA helps found the European Beer Consumer Union (EBCU)

1991 – CAMRA membership reaches 30,000

1988 – APPLE committee, representing real cider and perry is formed

1989 – The Beer Orders reform forced the big six brewers to sell or free from tie over 11,000 pubs

1980 – CAMRA successfully campaigns against the big brewers stranglehold on pubs

1977 – First Great British Beer Festival is held at Alexandra Palace

1976 – CAMRA becomes a limited company

1975 – First national beer festival held at Covent Garden, London

1974 – First edition of the Good Beer Guide is published

1972 – The first issue of the What’s Brewing newspaper is published

1971 – The Campaign for the Revitalisation of Real Ale is formed