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!

June 2017

Thurrock Beer Festival
Civic Hall, Blackshots Lane, Grays, RM16 2JU
Tuesday 6th June 2017 to Saturday 10th June 2017
120 beers, 30 ciders, music and food.
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London Calling Beer Festival
Victoria Inn, 10th North Station Road, Colchester
Friday 9th June 2017 to Sunday 11th June 2017
17 beers from some of the finest brewers in London. Food on Sat/Sun, live music Sunday eve.

The Swan Summer Beer Festival
The Swan, Little Totham
Friday 9th June 2017 to Sunday 18th June 2017
70+ Real Ales, Craft Beer & Ciders, Live Music, BBQ, Tandoori, Hog Roast, Pizza

Beer & Gin Festival
Brentwood Brewery, Calcott Hall Farm, off Ongar Road, Brentwood
Saturday 10th June 2016, 10.30am to 5pm
Entrance is free. There will be hot and cold food served from the brewery’s Beer Grylls snack van. Also live musical entertainment by two local Essex ukulele bands.

Sun Inn Feering Summer Beer Festival
The Sun Inn, Feering Hill, CO5 9NH Feering
Wednesday 14th June 2017 to Sunday 18th June 2017 (Father’s Day!)

Braintree Real Ale Festival
Bocking Arts Theatre (formally Braintree Institute), Bocking End, Braintree, Essex, CM7 9AE.
Thursday 15th June 2017 to Saturday 17th June 2017
The 13th festival with about 50 ales, 10 ciders, hot and cold food.
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Fathers Day Beer Festival & Tours
Billericay Brewing Company, 52 Chapel Street, Billericay CM12 9LS
Friday 16th June 2017 11:00am to Sunday 18th June 2017 at 7pm

Sun Inn Dedham Beer Festival
Sun Inn, Dedham
Saturday 17th June 2017, 12midday to 7pm
15 beers from local breweries.
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Gibberd Garden Beer Festival
Gibberd Garden, Harlow
Saturday 17th June 2017 and Sunday 18th June 2017
“This is the 10th Gibberd Garden Beer Festival. Over 50 real ale, plus a selection of local ciders & perrys. We source all the beer and cider from East Anglia and North London to give this festival a local feel.”
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Three Wise Monkeys Real Ale & Craft Beer Festival
Three Wise Monkeys, 60 High Street, Colchester CO1 1DN
Thursday 22nd June 2017 at 11:00 to Sunday 25th June 2017 at 22:30
“We are going all out with 40 beers in cask and craft keg with a range of old favourites and new beers from up and coming breweries across the UK and locally, including our very own Other Monkey Brewing Co.”

St Peter’s Brewery Takeover
The Old New Inn Pub, 36 Chapel St. South, Colchester CO2 7AX
Thursday 22nd June 2017 to Sunday 25th June 2017
15+ St Peters Beers, Meet The Brewer, Sat BBQ & Live Music, Charity Quiz..

Billericay Lions Beer Festival
Billericay Football Club, Blunts Wall Road, Billericay CM12 9SA
Friday 23rd June 2017 to Sunday 25th June 2017
Cancelled as building works at the stadium won’t be finished in time to provide a safe venue.

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Braintree Town Football Club Beer Festival
Braintree Town FC, CM7 3AL.
Saturday 24th June 2017, 11am to 11pm.
£3 entry. Cask ales from Silks Brewery, Colchester Brewery, Mersea Island Brewery, Tombstone Brewery.

Ales by Mail Summer Craft Beer Festival
Ales by Mail, Billericay
Saturday 24th June 2017 midday to midnight
“Join us on a sunny June afternoon and evening – drink some awesome beers, eat great street food and be entertained. Featuring beers from the best UK and international breweries, this inaugural event will hopefully be the first of many great festivals of craft beer.” Note : they have an Eventbrite page to register (those crazy craft beer hipsters!)

Hurdlemakers Arms Beer Festival
The Hurdlemakers Arms, Post Office Road, Woodham Mortimer, nr Maldon CM9 6ST
Friday 30th June 2017 4pm to Sunday 2nd July 10pm
Ignore their website, they’ve got last year’s dates on! BBQ every session, marquee, entertainment Fri and Sat eve. Oh and 25+ real ales.


The Colchester Beerathon
The Live and Let Live, Stanway, Colchester
Sunday 2nd July 2017
5x1mile laps, each lap finishes with a pint and some food! All proceeds are divided between these three charities :
Street Child, The Stroke Association, The Finish Line Fund.
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Chelmsford Summer Beer & Cider Festival
Admirals Park, Rainsford Road, CM1 2PL
Tuesday 4th July 2017 to Saturday 8th July 2017
More details when available.
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Brentwood Festival
Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood CM15 9NN
Friday 14th July 2017 to Sunday 16th July 2017
Lots of music, and lots of beer.
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Summer Dark Beer Weekend
The Old New Inn Pub, 36 Chapel St South, CO2 7AX Colchester, Essex
14th July 2017 to 16th July 2017
5 Dark Beers on tap at all times (plus the regular session beers)

Beer Festival at the Redboubt
Redoubt Fort, Harwich
Thursday 27th July 2017 to Saturday 29th July 2017, 11am to 11pm
A unique setting for a beerfest!
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Colchester Outdoor Summer Beer and Cider Festival
Colchester Cricket Club, Lower Castle Park, Colchester
Thursday 27th July 2017 to Sunday 30th July 2017 – 11am to midnight each day.
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Real Ale Weekend at Epping Ongar Railway
Epping Ongar Railway, Station Road, off High Street, Ongar Parking : CM5 9AB
Friday 28th July 2017 to Sunday 30th July 2017
“The Real Ale Weekend returns to its usual slot. The event has grown over the years and we expect this trend to continue – expect more beers, more trains and more fun in 2017! More details on our dedicated Real Ale Page as our plans emerge.”
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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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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!!”
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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
Thursday 24th August 2017 to Saturday 26th August 2017
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Wooden Fender Beer Festival
The Wooden Fender, Colchester Road, Ardleigh CO7 7PA
BH 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.


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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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 2nd October 2017
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South Woodham Ferrers Beer Festival
South Woodham Ferrers Village Hall
Thursday 5th October 2017 to Saturday 7th October 2017


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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