After *many* late-summer trips to their summer festival, last Friday we went to the Chappel & Wakes Colne 1st Winter Ale Festival – a much, much colder affair! Unlike other real ale festivals, it was admittance by ticket, which had to be bought in advance. Clearly you wouldn’t want to turn away people arriving by one of the rare trains, which would be a risk without ticketing.
The ale was served in just one of the sheds, but there was a good range of beers. Whilst the festival in September sees people spread over the East Anglian Railway Museum grounds, here everyone was packed inside, and instead of there being lots of families about, the demographic was quite noticeable :
It was only a flying visit, with limited drinking time, the most noteworthy drink being a very treacly Buntingford’s Porter. Here’s hoping for a 2nd Winter Ale festival next year. And for warmer weather. Much warmer weather.
Here’s a pictorial record of the visit: