32nd Colchester Real Ale and Cider Festival

6 years 11 months 15 hours ago

Opening Times

Tuesday 30th May to to Saturday 3rd June 2017.

Open: 12 noon – 11pm every day

Entry FREE to card-carrying CAMRA Members, others Free 12 noon-3pm, £3.00 thereafter.

Accompanied children welcome until 6.30pm. Full wheelchair access available.

Finding the Festival

The festival is at Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street, Colchester. CO1 1NF. More information on Finding the Festival

Working at the Festival

The festival is run entirely by volunteers. Find out how to get involved.


The festival programme will be available nearer to the festival.


The festival will offer 140+ real ales from all over the country plus real cider and perry. There will also be a Belgian bar offering draught and bottled Belgian Beers. English wines from Mersea Island Vineyard will also be available. Soft drinks will be available, free to designated drivers.

Commemorative Festival Glass £3 (refundable).

Cider and Beer lists will be available closer to the festival.


Food available all sessions.

Live Music

Live music on Saturday night will be confirmed closer to the festival.

Getting Your First Drink

We will again be using beer cards for all purchases at the bars. More information.