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.

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April 2018

Maldon Beer Festival
Plume Academy, Fambridge Road, Maldon
Wednesday 11th April 2018 to Saturday 14th April 2018
“The festival will feature a selection of around 50 beers from the South-West of England (and we won’t be including Sharp’s Doom Bar!).”
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Beer Festival (with Arabian Racing)
Chelmsford City Racecourse
Friday 20th April 2018 and Saturday 21st April 2018
With live music on the Friday (a non-racing day), and with Arabian Racing on the Saturday.
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London Breweries Beer Festival
The Ale House, Chelmsford
Thursday 3rd May 2018 to Sunday 6th May 2018
Beers from over a dozen London breweries.
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The Viper May Bank Holiday Beer Festival
The Viper, Mill Green Rd, Ingatestone CM4 0PT
Thursday 3rd May 2018 to BH Monday 7th May 2018
Ales, food, music, gin, Pimms and Prosseco.

Harwich Ale Trail
Various locations in Harwich
Thursday 3rd May 2018 to BH Monday 7th May 2018
“Multiple locations to enjoy fine ale and cider in a Historic Port. No locations more than 2 mins from the next! Details of venues and ales to follow nearer the date!”

Oakham Ales Brewery Takeover
The New Inn, Colchester
Thursday 3rd May 2018 to BH Monday 7th May 2018
Similar format to previous takeovers at the Colchester CAMRA PoTY. 10+ Cask beers from Oakham Ales. More details when available.

Chequers Beer Festival
The Chequers, High Street, Billericay
Friday 4th May 2018 to BH Monday 7th May 2018
40 ales, marquee, hog roast and entertainment.

Filthy Keg Beer Festival
Victoria Inn, Colchester
Friday 4th May 2018 to BH Monday 7th May 2018 (although beer may run out before then!)
In conjunction with Two Brews, there will be 6 key kegs outside, 3 inside, and craft bottles in a fridge. And food from Hog-it.

Real Ale and Cider Festival
Black Buoy, Wivenhoe
Friday 4th May 2018 to BH Monday 7th May 2018
“40 ales, 8 ciders, 12 belgian beers, 9 craft lagers, 3 perrys, 4 wines, live music 12-5pm saturday and sunday, bbq 2-6pm saturday and sunday. Great weekend and now bigger than ever!! ”

Beer and Music Festival 2
The Blue Boar, Maldon
Friday 4th May 2018 to BH Monday 7th May 2018
Beer, cider, music, bbq (Sat) and marquee.
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The Hoop Beer Festival 2018
The Hoop, 21 High Street, Stock CM4 9BD
Friday 25th May 2018 to BH Monday 28th May 2018
Over 21s only, no children, no parking, festival restricted to pub and garden this year.
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33rd Colchester Real Ale and Cider Festival
Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street, Colchester. CO1 1NF
Tuesday 29th May 2018 to Saturday 2nd June 2018
The venerable Colchester festival hits 33..
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Thurrock Beer Festival
Thurrock Civic Hall
Tuesday 5th June 2018 to Saturday 9th June 2018
Over 120 different Real Ales, 30+ Ciders & Perrys, plus a selection of English Country Wines and Mead.
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Lancashire Beer Festival
Victoria Inn, 10 North Station Rd, CO1 1RB
Friday 8th June 2018 to Sunday 10th June 2018
‘Appen those reet gradely Yorkshire people at The Vic are having a festival featuring beers from Lancashire. It will be like the War of the Roses all over again. More dets when available.

Red Lion Real Ale and Cider Festival
Red Lion, 32 The Street, Kirby-le-Soken CO13 0EF
Thursday 7th June (evening) 2018 to Sunday 10th June (daytime)
Over 24 real ales from east Anglian and further afield. More than a dozen real ciders. Barbecue and stone baked pizza available throughout the festival. Live music Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Sunday lunchtime ( over 15 acts performing).
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Braintree Beer Festival
Bocking Arts Theatre
Thursday 14th June 2018 to Saturday 16th June 2018
More details when available.
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Gibberd Garden Beer Festival
The Gibberd Garden, Old Harlow
Saturday 16th June 2018 and Sunday 17th June 2018
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8th Billericay Beer Festival
Hannakins Farm Community Centre, Rosebay Avenue, Billericay, CM12 0SY
Friday 22nd June 2018 to Sunday 24th June 2018
After missing last year due to issues with the premises, the latest Billericay beer fest has found a new home.
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Sun Inn Beer Festival
Sun Inn, Feering
Wednesday 27th June 2018 to Sunday 1st July 2018
25 ales, 5 cides, and 5 craft beers!


Chelmsford Summer Beer & Cider Festival
Admirals Park, Chelmsford
Tuesday 10th July 2018 to Saturday 14th July 2018
More details soon.

Dark Beer Weekend
The New Inn, Colchester
Thursday 12th July 2018 to Sunday 15th July 2018
“Building on last year’s success we’re going to put on as many dark beers as possible through our hand pumps -hopefully more beers than last! More info to follow although we have a Bishop Nick ‘Witch Hunt’ & a Titanic Grand Reserve Plum Porter laid down already for it!”

White Hart Inn Summer Beer Festival
The White Hart Inn, Margaretting Tye
Thursday 19th July 2018 to Sunday 22nd July 2018
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Epping Ongar Railway Real Ale Festival
Epping Ongar Railway, Ongar Station, Ongar
Friday 20th July 2018 to Sunday 22nd July 2018
Bigger and better in 2018 they say.
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Beer and Sausage Festival
The Quay, Manningtree
Friday 20th July 2018 to Saturday 21st July 2018
Beer and sausages.
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Summer Beer Festival
The Bell Inn, Castle Hedingham, CO9 3EJ
Friday 20th July 2018 to Sunday 22nd July 2018
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Colchester Summer Beer and Cider Festival
Colchester Cricket Club, Lower Castle Park, Catchpool Road, Colchester, CO1 1XN
Thursday 26th July 2018 to Sunday 29th July 2018 – 11am til midnight each day
“Bigger and better than 2017 with over 40 real ales and over 20 ciders many from local breweries with cricket matches going on throughout the week. Free parking, a variety of pop-up food stalls and entertainment.”


The Compasses, Littley Green
Friday 17th August 2018 to Sunday 19th August 2018

Clacton-on-Sea Real Ale & Cider Festival
St. James’ Hall, Clacton-on-Sea
Wednesday 22nd August 2018 to Saturday 25th August 2018

Dark Star Brewery Tap Takeover
The New Inn, Colchester
Thursday 23rd August 2018 to BH Monday 27th August 2018
Similar format to previous events. Looking at 10+ Cask beers from Dark Star. More info to follow.

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