33rd Colchester Real Ale and Cider Festival

3 months 1 week 1 day hence

Opening Times

Tuesday 29th May to Saturday 2rd June 2018.

Open: 12 noon – 11pm every day

Entry FREE to card-carrying CAMRA Members, others Free 12 noon-3pm, £3.00 thereafter.

Accompanied children welcome until 6.30pm. Full wheelchair access available.

Finding the Festival

The festival is at Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street, Colchester. CO1 1NF. More information on Finding the Festival

Working at the Festival

The festival is run entirely by volunteers. Find out how to get involved.


We'll have a range of real ales from all over the country - golden ales, bitters, stouts, milds, porters and more. Up to 75 beers available at any one time and an ever-changing range across the week of the festival. Check our live beer lists to see what is on in each session. Beer lists will follow closer to the fesitval.

We'll have around 30 real ciders or perrys from producers across the country.

Our Belgian bar will offer draught and bottled Belgian Beers alongside English wines from Mersea Island Vineyard will also be available.

Soft drinks will be available, free to designated drivers.

Commemorative Festival Glass £3 (refundable).


Food available all sessions.

Live Music

Will be confirmed nearer to the festival.

Getting Your First Drink

We will again be using beer cards for all purchases at the bars. More information.