Beer Festivals in Essex

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If you are looking for an Essex beer festival, you’ve come to the right place. This is a list of beer festivals in Essex and within easy reach of Essex, both major CAMRA beer festivals and those held in pubs. We’ll also feature the odd cider festival and other beer-related activities.

If you know of a festival that you think should feature here, use the contact form or email me.

For some reviews of previous beer festivals – click here. And there is also our Essex Real Ale Map – googlemap your way around the county’s real ale!


Coggeshall Cricket and Beer Festival
Coggeshall Cricket Club, Kelvedon Road, Coggeshall CO6 1RQ
Tuesday 1st August 2017 to Sunday 6th August 2017
“Essex 2s host Middlesex 2s in 3 day league match and T20 cup match too, on the Sunday we welcome the Lashings All Stars v Coggeshall in a T20. Beer festival runs all week long. In the evenings we have on wednesday the demon barber charity quiz, karoke on the thursday and friday night we welcome Main Street to dance the night away.”

Great Yorkshire Beer Festival
Victoria Inn, 10 North Station Rd, Colchester CO1 1RB
Friday 4th August 2017 to Sunday 6th August 2017
Breweries so far : Imperial, Steel City, Lost Industry, BAD Co, Turning Point, Revolutions
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Leigh on Sea Beer Festival
Leigh Community Centre, Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea
Friday 11th August 2016 to Sunday 13th August 2016
“Our third annual Beer Festival at Leigh Community Centre, which will include reals ales and ciders, many of which are locally sourced, as well as live music. Funds raised from the event will be used to support the work of Southend Carnival which furthers to aims of charities working to support people in Southend.”
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Anchor Inn Beer Festival
Anchor Inn, Nayland CO6 4J
Friday 11th August 2016 to Sunday 13th August 2016
Beer live music, alfresco dining, BBQ and much more. They are in Suffolk but about 100m from the border with Essex, so we forgive them.
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The Rodney Beer Festival
The Rodney Inn, North Hill, Little Baddow CM3 4TQ
Friday 11th August 2017 to Sunday 13th August 2017

Hopstock VIII
The Compasses, Littley Green
Friday 18th August 2017 to Sunday 20th August 2017
“Our charity beer festival will take place again this summer! 50+ Real Ales and 20+ Real Ciders on offer. It’s a great weekend for all ages. Farleigh will be onsite raising much needed money for the hospice and all the money raised from the beer festival glasses goes to charity, plus you get to keep the glass as a souvenir.
Lots of live music too!!”

Witham Beer Festival
Witham Hockey & Cricket Clubs, Maldon Road Park, CM8 1HN.
Thursday 24th August 2017 – Saturday 26th August 2017
Their 7th beer festival – about time I got my ass into gear and paid them a visit!
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22nd Clacton-on-Sea Real Ale and Cider Festival 2017
St. James’ Hall, Tower Road, Clacton CO15 1LE
Thursday 24th August 2017 to Saturday 26th August 2017
“65+ real ales ciders, perries, Essex wines, and Belgian and other International beers + free soft drinks for designated drivers”
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Queens Head Summer Beer Festival
The Queens Head, Church Road, Boreham, Chelmsford CM3 3EG
Thursday 24th August 2017 to BH Monday 28th August 2017
25 ales 10 ciders + entertainment and food.

Cock Tavern Beer Festival
Cock Tavern, Ongar
Friday 25th August 2017 to BH Monday 28th August 2017
More details when available.

Swan Inn Beer Festival
The Swan Inn, The Street, Chappel CO6 2DD
Friday 25th August 2017 to BH Monday 28th August 2017.
“Join us for our 4th annual summer beer festival, proudly serving the finest local ales, craft lagers & new our new ciders. A fun packed weekend for all the family with live music, crazy golf, freshly baked pizza and Friday Hog Roast!!!”
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Viper August Beer Festival
The Viper, Mill Green, Ingatestone
Friday 25th August 2017 to BH Monday 28th August 2017.
More details when available.

Wooden Fender Beer Festival
The Wooden Fender, Colchester Road, Ardleigh CO7 7PA
Friday 25th August 2017 to BH Monday 28th August 2017.
The first Wooden Fender Beer Festival, a four day outside event with a large beer tent and marquee. Up to 20 cask real ales & Ciders. With live music on the Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 7pm.

The Pointer Beer Festival
The Pointer, Alresford
Saturday 26th August 2017 to BH Monday 28th August
Beer, BBQ, music and ‘The Octopus’ children’s ride.

Coggeshall Beer Festival
Abbey Lane, Coggeshall
Thursday 31st August 2017 to Saturday 2nd September 2017
The National Trust are no longer running this at Coggeshall Grange Barn, so it’s being moved to an
adjacent field. More details when available.

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Black Buoy Real Ale & Cider Festival
Black Buoy Hill, Wivenhoe CO7 9BS
Friday 1st September 2017 (3pm) to Sunday 3rd September 2017
“30 Real Ales, 8 Ciders, 3 Perrys, Live Music, BBQ and Lots of fun!!”
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Chappel Beer Festival
East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel
Tuesday 5th September 2017 to Saturday 9th September 2017
Huge, family-friendly beer festival that is a fixture in our calendar.
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Desert Island Barrels Beer Festival
Purleigh Bell, The Street, Purleigh CM3 6QJ
Friday 15th September 2017 to Sunday 17th September 2017
Woodefordes Wherry, Jennings Sneck Lifter, St Austells Proper Job, Nethergate Old Growler, Oakhams JHB Elgoods BlackDog, Mighty Oaks Oscar Wilde, Harviestouns Bitter and Twisted to name but a few. + music.
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Oktoberfest at Brentwood Brewery
Brentwood Brewery, Calcott Hall Farm, Brentwood CM15 9HZ
Saturday 23rd September 2017, 10:30am to 5:30pm
“..a wide range of your favourite Elephant School Beers as well as our take on a few classic German styles. As for food and snacks, the theme continues with Currywurst and other German snacks. Plus there will be live music. Entrance is free. Dressing up Bavarian style is of course optional but there’s a free pint in it for anyone wearing Dirndl or Lederhosen.”
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Golden Lion Beer Festival
Golden Lion, 35 North Street, Rochford. SS4 1AB
Tuesday 26th September to Monday 2nd October 2017
30+ Real Ales, 7 Real Ciders (2 local), Food served until 10pm every day, live Music late Sunday afternoon/early evening
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Peterboat Beer Festival
The Peterboat, Old Leigh
Thursday 28th September 2017 to Sunday 1st October 2017
More details when available.

Billericay Brewing Beer Festival
Billericay Brewing, Chapel Street, Billericay
Thursday 28th September 2017 to Sunday 1st October 2017
20+ beers, and ciders.

Witham Public Hall Real Ale Festival
Witham Public Hall, Collingwood Road, Witham, CM8 2DY
Friday 29th September 2017 and Saturday 30th September 2017, midday to 11pm
Over 30 Real Ales, Ciders & Perries, Food Available, Live Entertainment (Saturday only), Convivial Atmosphere
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South Woodham Ferrers Beer Festival
South Woodham Ferrers Village Hall
Thursday 5th October 2017 to Saturday 7th October 2017

Autumn Beer Festival
Sun Inn, Feering, CO5 9NH
Generally held in October, more details when available.


Grenfest XIV
The British Grenadier, 67 Military Road, Colchester CO1 2AP
mid-November, date tba.

Harwich & Parkeston Winter Ale Festival
Parkeston Railway Club, Hamilton Street, Parkeston. CO12 4PQ
Wednesday 22nd November 2017 to Saturday 25th November 2017, 11.00 to 23.00
50+ different real ales, cider and bottled continental beers. Live music Fri and Sat evening.
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Rochford Beer and Cider Festival
Freight House, Bradley Way, Rochford, Essex. SS4 1BU
November 2016
More details when available.
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South Benfleet SSC Ale and Cider Festival
South Benfleet Sports and Social Club, 8 Vicarage Hill, SS7 1PB
Their winter beer fest is generally the first week of December. More details when available.

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