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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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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Easter Beer Festival
Mersea Island Brewery
Good Friday 7th Apri 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.


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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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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Chelmsford Summer Beer Festival
July 2023
Chelmsford & Mid-Essex CAMRA have appointed a Festival Organiser, and work is underway to plan a festival this summer. What we know so far is that it will be smaller than previous years, and there appears to be an issue with getting enough volunteers, so there’s no guarantee it will happen. (Obvs CAMRA members who’ve been to the festival over the past years should respond to the request for volunteers!)


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.