Fifteenth Colchester Winter Ale Festival

Returning for the 15th time, Colchester and North East Essex CAMRA invite you to a fun, friendly festival in the City of Colchester.

This year our logo honours Jane and Ann Taylor, writers of the lyrics to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star while living Colchester’s Dutch Quarter – just off the high street, a few hundred yards from the festival.


  • Wednesday 31st January 2024. 12 noon-10:30pm
  • Thursday 1st February 2024. 12 noon-10:30pm
  • Friday 2nd February 2024. 12 noon-10:30pm
  • Saturday 3rd February 2024. 11am – 10:30pm


We’re at the festival’s usual home, the fascinating deconsecrated church that is the Colchester Arts Centre.


Real Ale – around 110 throughout the week with up to 75 available at a time, from all across the country.

Cider – 20+ Real Ciders and Perrys.

Belgian Beer – a wide selection of bottled Belgian Beers.

Soft Drinks – there will be soft drinks and no-lo beer available.

Entry and Glasses

Entry is free at all times to CAMRA members on production of a valid membership card.

Non-members: Entry is free until 3pm, £3 thereafter.

There is a refundable deposit on glasses.