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23rd Clacton-on-Sea Real Ale
and Cider Festival 2018

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At St. James' Hall, Tower Road, Clacton-on-Sea. CO15 1LE

From Wednesday 22nd to Saturday 25th August
18.00 to 23.00 Wednesday
11.00 to 23.00 Thursday, Friday, Saturday

70+ real ales, ciders, perries, Essex wines, and Belgian and other International beers + free soft drinks for designated drivers

Clacton Beer Festival 2018 Logo

Food from 'Tasteful Catering' will be available.

The festival glasses are, this year, being sponsored by Valley Farm Holiday Park (Facebook).

Free entry to card carrying CAMRA members at ALL times - Non-members £2.50 entry at non-music sessions and £3.50 for music sessions

Live on Thursday evening: Indigo 90

Live Jazz from the Blackwater Jazz band on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday evening live music: The Onion Band

This year we will be fundraising for St. James' Church.

Information for Travellers

The festival is located in the St. James' Church Hall, in Tower Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1LE. It is between St. James' Church and the Westcliff Theatre which is well signposted. It is about 15 minutes walk from Clacton-on-Sea railway station.

The bus stop opposite the hall is called "Clacton (on-Sea), Westcliffe Theatre (stop)" in the Traveline Journey Planner. Because so many otherwise useful routes start and finish at Pier Avenue (at the time of updating this page) there are very few buses each day that can get you directly from the station to the hall quicker than walking, but there are a few so it is worth checking your route.

Click here to download helpful directions to the festival from Clacton station.

Click here to find the venue on OpenStreetMap.

Click here to see the route to the venue when walking from the station.

Click here for train timetables from Greater Anglia (valid from 20 May 2018).

NB: Planned maintenance work is detailed here.



Facebook event page - why not invite your friends?

The STAFFING FORM is available in the members area of our website - PLEASE HELP ORGANISE AND RUN THE FESTIVAL!

Thinking of camping or caravanning? Sites we know about are listed in this document.

Last Year's Festival

The 2017 festival page is available here.

Photos taken by Jane during the 2017 festival have been uploaded to our Facebook Group.

Danny Sloggett also uploaded some videos to YouTube (some have audio issues in places)