6th Colchester Winter Real Ale Festival

11 years 3 months 23 hours ago



Opening Times

Wednesday 23rd January to Saturday 26th January 2012. Four full days in 2013!

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

Festival Programme

Download a copy of the festival programme (PDF, 5MB)

Working at the Festival

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


The festival will offer 100+ beers from around East Anglia, 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).

The Beer List

The Cider List


Food available all sessions. Confirmed: Ken the Curry Man (www.thechickpea.co.uk) and Porkys Hog Roast will be back.

Live Music

Live on Saturday night - Navacross www.navacross.co.uk


In 2013 we are supporting Colchester's SOS Bus via Open Road and Colchester Community Voluntary Services


If you could display a poster somewhere, that would be marvellous... 

Colchester Winter Ale Festival Poster.pdf

Getting Your First Drink

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