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 Magi 4 Afrika Christmas Walk - Sunday 7 December 2014
THIS WEEKEND ... welcome to The Magi 4 Afrika Christmas Walk, a ten mile walk around some of Birmingham's most iconic pubs as we seek to raise £25,000 to help fund the construction of water wells in disadvantaged rural communities of Ethiopia.  The walk will take place on Sunday 7 December 2014.     
The Magi 4 Afrika Christmas Walk will be managed responsibly and will leave from The Bartons Arms in Aston on Sunday 7 December 2014 at 11:00 hrs.  The walk will conclude in the early evening at The Wellington in Birmingham City Centre giving time to visit the nearby Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market.  Our route plan is: 

There is a Registration Fee of £10:00 to join the walk that covers the cost of bacon and sausage butties at The Bartons Arms (£5:00) and a donation to WaterAid (£5:00).  The Registration Fee can be paid by clicking on the JustGiving icon below; please also complete the form at Contact Us to register.  



The Magi 4 Afrika Birmingham Christmas Walk will depart The Bartons Arms in Aston
at 11:00 hrs on Sunday 7 September 2014; there is a £10:00 Registration Fee to join

Our route will take us through historic quarters of our great city and along canalside pathways and woodland walkways, as follows:  
The Bartons Arms 

The Bartons Arms, High Street, Aston, B6 4UP was purchased by Oakham Ales in 2002 and is one of the finest examples of Victorian pub architecture in the country; the interior is the epitome of Victorian decorative grandeur, best known for its wall to wall Minton-Hollins tiles. 

The Bartons Arms is famed for its long association with the Aston Hippodrome, and the most famous double act in film history.  Amongst its thousands of customers, The Bartons Arms has quenched the thirst of Laurel & Hardy, Marie Lloyd, Sid Field, Enrico Caruso and the immortal Charlie Chaplin.  More recent visitors include Nigel Kennedy and Ozzy Osbourne.

The Bartons Arms to The Lord Clifden ... approximately 1.1 miles ... 
The Lord Clifden The Lord Clifden, Great Hampton Street, Hockley, B18 6AA is situated in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and highlighted in CAMRA's Good Beer Guide and The Good Pub Guide.  In 2012, the pub was national runners-up in the Observer Monthly food awards and regional winner for the Midlands and, in 2013, repeated the success with another two runners-up awards as Best Place to Drink and Best Sunday lunch.

The Lord Clifden is known for its collection of Urban Street Art and prides itself on quality produce, imported premium lagers and excellent service with an artistic imprint, offering seven continental lagers on tap.

The Lord Clifden to The Midland ... approximately 3.3 miles ...      
The Midland, Bearwood

The Midland, Bearwood Road, Bearwood, B66 4BE opened in July 2014 is a former Midland Bank, acquired and tastefully re-furbished by Black Country Ales.   A single roomed pub prominently situated on the high street and serving up to fifteen real ales and a trad cider.  Cobs available at bar.

A particular feature is the open plan cellar where customers can view casks on the auto tilt stillage.  The refurbishment is a credit to Black Country Ales and is a fine addition to the area; already well supported by the locals.  An excellent development with a great range of cask ales with regulars including Bradley's Finest Golden, Pig on the Wall and Fireside; well worth a visit.

The Midland to The Junction ... approximately 1.8 miles ...  
The Junction The Junction, High Street, Harborne, B17 9PT may look imposing but, step inside and it couldn't be more comfortable or relaxing. Comfy booth seating, open fireplaces and chequerboard tiles make for a sophisticated pub feel.

At The Junction in Harborne, you'll find a carefully curated range on tap and in bottle - from real ales made by small local brewers to innovative craft beers from the masters and well-known lagers and pilsners from around the globe.  The Junction is renowned for Great British pub-food; modern classics made with carefully sourced ingredients, cooked to order and served simply – delicious with a pint of craft beer or a bottle of carefully chosen wine.

The Junction to A. N. Other (to be confirmed) ... x.x miles approximately ...
A. N. Other to The Wellington ... x.x miles approximately ...
The Wellington The Wellington, Bennetts Hill, Birmingham, B2 5SN is perhaps Birmingham’s most renowned specialist real ale pub.  The pub has sixteen hand pulls featuring regular beers alongside constantly changing guest beers from independent and micro breweries.  The pub also has three traditional ciders which change on a regular basis.

In 2005, The Wellington sold 2,610 different real ales which they believe is more than any other pub in the UK.  The pub has won Birmingham CAMRA's Pub of the Year award five times as well as a finalist in CAMRA's National Cider Pub of the Year award.

After completing the walk, there will be time to enjoy a visit to Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market.

Once again, we are grateful for the support that our pubs have given to The Magi 4 Afrika Christmas Walk; without them it would not be possible to showcase a day that will overflow with the traditions, cultures and flavours of the area in which we live.  Special thanks also to Tim at The Bartons Arms, Holly at The Lord Clifden, Ben at The Midland, Miles at The Junction and Mike at The Wellington for their patience, understanding and help in organising The Magi 4 Afrika Christmas Walk.

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