Beer Festivals in Essex

Beer fests across Essex. If you know about one that isn’t here – let me know! Email me at or ping me a message on facebook or twitter.

March 2023

Chappel Winter Beer Festival
East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel
Thursday 2nd March 2023 to Saturday 4th March 2023, 11.00am to 11.00pm
How very nice of them to arrange their splendid winter beer festival over my birthday. Admission will be by pre-bought tickets only for all sessions. Provisionally tickets for Chappel Winter 2023 will go on sale from midnight on 10 January 2023.
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Spring Beer Festival
Billericay Brewing Co., Chapel Street, Billericay
Wednesday 22nd March 2023 to Sunday 26th March 2023
20+ beers from Billericay Brewing Co., and from the North East. 11am to 9pm except Sunday 11am to 5pm
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Beer and Sausage Festival
The Live and Let Live, Millers Lane, Stanway
Friday 24th March 2023 to Sunday 26th March 2023
Beer and sausages, what’s not to like! I’ve missed the last couple of these, must make amends!
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Little Bentley Beer Festival
St Mary’s Church, Church Road, Little Bentley CO7 8SE
Friday 24th March 2023 to Sunday 26th March 2023
Their first ever beer festival. Gin and food also to be had.
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The Queens Head, Boreham
Thursday 6th April 2023 to Easter Monday 10th April 2023
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Easter Beer, Sausage and Cider Festival
The Woolpack, 23 Mildmay Road, Chelmsford
Thursday 6th April 2023 to Sunday 9th April 2023
“We’ll be featuring a wide variety of local and regional beers, ciders and sausages for you to try. With live music, delicious food and great company.”
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Easter Beer Festival
The Alehouse, Chelmsford
Thursday 6th April 2023 to Sunday 9th April 2023
Cask and kegs oh my.
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Easter Beer Festival
Mersea Island Brewery
Good Friday 7th April 2023 to Easter Monday 10th April 2023
35 Real Ales all from Essex. Music and hog roasts and more.
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Maldon Beer Festival
Swan Hotel Bar and Grill, Cygnet Room, High Street, Maldon
Tuesday 25th April 2023 to Saturday 29th April 2023, 12.00 – 11.00pm all days.
60 beers and 15 ciders from around the country. Free admission to camra members at all times. More details closer to the event.

Beer Festival
The Green Man, Little Braxted
Friday 28th April 2023 midday to 11pm, Saturday 29th April 2023 midday to 11pm, Sunday 30th April 2023, midday to 8pm.
Outside in garden, live music Fri eve, DJ Saturday eve, Sunday Roast and afternoon music.
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Coronation Weekend Ale Festival
The Chequers, Billericay
Thursday 4th May 2023 to Sunday 7th May 2023
Live music and beer.

36th Colchester Beer and Cider Festival
Colchester Arts Centre
Wednesday 31st May to Saturday 3rd June 2023, 12 noon – 10:30pm each day.
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Chelmsford Summer Beer Festival
Admirals Park, Chelmsford
Tuesday 11th July 2022 to Saturday 15th July 2022
100+ people responsed to their call for volunteers, and the festival is going ahead after a 4 year absence, albeit on a smaller scale. More details when available.
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Harwich Redoubt Beer Festival
Redoubt Fort, Harwich
Thursday 27th July 2023 to Sunday 30th July 2023.
One of the most remarkable settings for a beer festival in Essex. Paul from Harwich Town Brewery and team putting a lot of effort in to getting this festival up and running each year.
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Music and Beer Festival at the Vulcan
Vulcan Restoration Trust, Hangar 5 South Road, London Southend Airport SS2 6YU
Friday 4th August 2023 to Saturday 5th August 2023
“Raise a glass to Vulcan XL426 at this new event for 2023! Music and Beer Festival at the Vulcan combines the very best in local live music, street food and locally brewed beers – all against the stunning backdrop of the Southend Vulcan. Confirmed breweries attending so far are: Black Box Brewery, Datum Attitude Brewing Co and Tipsy Bubbles.
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Wibblers Beer Festival 2023
Goldsands Road, Southminster
Friday 25th August 2023 to Sunday 27th August 2023
Beers, ales, cider, food, live music.
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Witham Real Ale and Gin Festival
Witham Public Hall, CM8 2DY
Thursday 28th September 2023 to Saturday 30th of September 2023. An interesting mix of ales from across the UK and a cornucopia of rarely seen gins. Free souvenir glass included with admission fee. Food served on all three days. Free entertainment on the Saturday evening.