37th Colchester Real Ale and Cider Festival

Returning for the 37th time, Colchester and North East Essex CAMRA invite you to a fun, friendly festival in the City of Colchester.


  • Wednesday 29th May 2024. 12 noon-10:30pm
  • Thursday 30th May 2024. 12 noon-10:30pm
  • Friday 31st May 2024. 12 noon-10:30pm
  • Saturday 1st June 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.

Craft Key Keg – a selection of craft beers.

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, cider & wine 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.

What’s the logo?

Our friendly elephant has been with us since 2019 and this year wears some of the chemical compounds found in hops that that gives your beer its flavour and aroma.

Humulone contributes bitterness

Lupalone contributes bitterness

Humulene contributes flavour and aroma

Mycrene contributes flavour and aroma

Water, contributes runniness to beer!