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Chelmsford Beer Festival Celebrates 40th Year

Beer and Cider Festival Celebrating 40th Anniversary in Style

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From Tuesday 7th until Saturday the 11th of July, Chelmsford Summer Beer and Cider Festival will be celebrating it’s 40th year. Admiral’s Park will play host to Essex’s biggest beer garden for a Ruby Anniversary not to be missed.

Something for everyone

Whether you’re a beer and cider enthusiast or just looking for a fun day or evening out, with a wide range of food, drink and entertainment it will be sure to cater for everyone.

The festival will be open in the day time to families and children accompanied by adults; the evenings will be for adults only to come down and enjoy some music and have a few drinks.

Saturday will be a family day, which will be offering children’s entertainment so it will be the perfect day out for you and your loved ones.

The festival boasts a massive selection of over 300 real ales, 80 real ciders, perries, pyders, as well as a range of international beers and local wines. With such a large variety of drinks there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.

The wide selection of food available will be perfect to keep you going well into the evening for some music and entertainment. Be sure to check out the full list of beers and ciders, as well as some more information on the brewery bars involved with this year’s event.


There is a huge selection of food on offer, including jacket potatoes, burgers, giant hotdogs, curry, pasties, fish and chip, fresh doughnuts and bar snacks.

A great location

It will cover around 5 acres of Admiral’s Park, turning the popular town centre park into a brilliant summer beer and cider festival.

The large open space is perfect to accommodate all of the marquees comfortably, each with plenty of room to check out all of different bars and stalls, as well as a separate tent for the music.

The large fenced off area of the park will have marquees around the outside in a circle leaving a centre space for people to get to and from each tent, as well as being a perfect space to socialise and have a few drinks.

The organisers recognise the importance of maintaining Admiral’s Park throughout the event, so that when it’s over the park isn’t left in a bad state or damaged in anyway. The park has lots of landscaped gardening and natural areas so keeping that in good condition is a priority. A track way has been installed, supplied by All Weather Access, to protect the grass from damage caused by the heavy vehicles needed to set up the event.

The entire venue is also kept illuminated by floodlights (supplied by Essex-based Templant, who supply all the power to the festival), to allow drinkers to relax in the park until late in the evening. This year there is also dedicated cycle parking, which is also well illuminated – great news if you are cycling to the event.

In its 40th year, the Summer Beer and Cider Festival is set to be 5 days of good food, great music and of course plenty of drinks. The layout is the same as previous years, with ciders and perries first, some local wines, lagers, Essex breweries and then beers from the rest of the UK. Orkney Skullspitter is back too – best to have just a half though!

There is something to suit everyone you will be sure to have a nice day out with the family, or an evening of music and drinks with friends. To catch up on what has been going on with the event or to check for updates you can go to their Facebook page, or for some more details about the event and it’s history you can visit their website.

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