A brief history

The Chelmsford CAMRA Beer Festival has always been a highpoint in the year for real ale enthusiasts, but when it was first held back in July 1977, and for some years afterwards, it was very different to the festival you know and love today...

Why Volunteer?

The Experience
The Atmosphere
The Great Beer and Cider
The Volunteer Perks

CAMRA Members FREE entry all week

Festival Membership Offer

Single membership from as little as £16.50 per year (Ask about Full (£24) and Joint (£29.50) Membership Offers.

Join CAMRA at the festival and you will get:

15 months for the price of 12 (paying by DD)

Refunded admission fee (if applicable)

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What's On

Brewery Bars



Beer ABV Style
Betty Stogs 4% Bitter
Cornish Knocker 4.5% Bitter
Cornish Trawler 3.8% Bitter
GTA 3.8% Fruit/Spice
Hops 'n' Honey 4% Fruit/Spice
Lushingtons 4.2% Golden
Porthleven 4.8% Golden
River Cottage EPA 4% Golden
Sennen 3.8% Golden


Beer ABV Style
Apprentice 3.9% Bitter
Be The Brewer Caramayel 5% Bitter
Copperhouse 4.3% Golden
Crafty Stoat 5.3% Stout/Porter
Dengie Gold 4% Golden
Dengie IPA 3.6% Bitter
Dragon's Revenge 4.3% Golden
Galaxy 4.2% Golden
Hop Black 4% Dark/Old Ale
Nefarious Vermin 5.5% Golden
Wobbly Otter 14% Barley Wine
Felstar Brewery

Felstar Brewery

Beer ABV Style
Dark Essex 3.6% Dark Mild
Dark Lager 5% Cask Lager
Lightburst 4% Golden
Peckin' Order 6% Cask Lager
Bishop Nick


Beer ABV Style
1555 4.3% Bitter
Devout 5.3% Stout/Porter
Fete 4% Golden
Heresy 4% Golden
Ridleys Rite 3.6% Bitter


Beer ABV Style
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Beer ABV Style
Augustinian 4.5% Bitter
CAMRA's Remedy 6.6% Dark/Old Ale
GB 3.9% Bitter
Lemonhead 4% Fruit/Spice
Mad Bob 3.8% Bitter
Stour Valley Gold 4.2% Golden
Round Tower

Round Tower

Beer ABV Style
Boreham Bitter 3.9% Bitter
Braxted Bitter 3.9% Bitter
Exp1 7.6% Stout/Porter
Exp2 8.8% Stout/Porter
Gold 3.8% Golden
North Hill 4.4% Golden
Slipstream 5.4% Dark/Old Ale
Beer ABV Style
Stout 4.3% Stout/Porter
The Architect 4.7% Golden
The Dude of Terling 4% Golden
The Monk of Terling 3.9% Golden
The Sheriff of Terling 4.2% Golden
Vernal Gold 4.7% Golden
Yardarm 4.5% Golden

Full Beer & Cider Listings

Stage Tent 14:30

Brewers Question Time

in Association with Chelmsford Community Radio

Stage Tent 17:00

James Burrage

A 19 year old Singer/Songwriter performing a mix of his own music and acoustic covers.

Tasting Arena 19:00

Tutored Tasting
Melissa Cole

Award winning beer & food writer and author of Let Me Tell You About Beer Melissa Cole is living the beer dream. Not only does she write extensively about the world's favourite drink, she also works with chefs to create beer and food extravaganzas in venues as diverse as Michelin-starred restaurants to local pubs, and is invited to judge at beer competitions from London to Brussels and Amsterdam to America. Her reputation for having a fine palate and fun approach to all things brewed, also translates to actually making beer, and some of her collaborative beers have gone on to become huge successes for the breweries Melissa made them with, never profiting herself. Melissa is a Certified Cicerone & was also identified as one of the Most Powerful Women in the Drinks Industry by Channel4 Food and won the acclaim of her industry peers when named Educator of the Year by Imbibe magazine in 2013.

Stage Tent 20:30

Colin Davies

Colin Davies has been an active singer/songwriter and performer since the mid-1970's, never losing his love of guitar and song. As well as his extensive range of original songs, his clean, finger-picking guitar style and fine vocals are also put to good use delivering strong cover material from artists as diverse as Paul Simon, David Gray, Johnny Nash, Oasis, Van Morrison, Green Day and Ed Sheeran, plus many others.

Stage Tent 14:30

Afternoon Talk
Siobhan McGinn

Beer in WW1

Historian, Tour guide on Podge's Belgian Beer Tours and writer on Belgian Beer. Siobhan is co-author of LambicLand (2004 & 2010), Around London in 80 Beers (2008) and Around Bruges in 80 Beers (2006, 2009 and 2013) . She is a specialist in British and Belgian Beer in the First World War and was awarded a distinction for her Masters Degree in British First World War Studies from Birmingham University in 2014. Her dissertation and special research subject for a PhD is alcohol in the First World War, focussing on beer on the Western Front and its effects on morale and discipline in the British Expeditionary Force.

Stage Tent 18:00

Big Sing

The BIG Sing Community Choir are working hard to show community singing at its best! The members are people from the local community who have a desire to sing. The BIG Sing gives them the opportunity to be taught by expert tutors, turning the choir into an amazing sound and giving them unique performance opportunities. The BIG Sing have performed alongside some BIG names already including Ellie Goulding, Leah McFall (from BBC The Voice) Blake, London Community Gospel Choir, sung for Jamie Oliver and are about to go on tour with Leona Lewis. Come and hear their pop, motown, soul and inspirational songs that will leaving you feeling happy and uplifted – you can even sing along!

Tasting Arena 19:00

Tutored Tasting
Jane Peyton

Jane Peyton is founder of the School of Booze, beer sommelier, author, and instigator of Beer Day Britain on June 15th - annual national beer day. Jane is a highly regarded beer tasting, beer and food matching presenter, radio and TV guest. She is author of several non-fiction books including Beer o’ Clock and Drink: A Tippler’s Miscellany. Jane was Britain’s first Beer Sommelier of the Year (2014). She is a current Guinness World Record breaker for hosting the world’s largest beer tasting session.

Stage Tent 20:00

Dale Bennett & the Incidentals

Dale Bennett and the Incidentals are a pop/indie band based in Suffolk (UK). The group is comprised of five members: Dale Bennett (Front/Acoustic), Luke Andrews (Drums/Cajon), Eddie Pocock (Lead Guitar), Ashley Nayler (Keys) and Ronnie Hatt (Bass Guitar). Formed in 2015, the band performed at the Apex last November, supporting Dancing on Ice and X-Factor star Ray Quinn. The band will be entering the studio in March 2016 to record their debut album, due for release later this year.

Stage Tent 14:30

Afternoon Talk

Frances Brace

Stage Tent 17:00

Electronic 80s

Electronic 80’s are an authentic and energetic 5 piece band paying tribute to the best music of the 1980’s. Our dynamic and exciting show delivers the best in New Romantic and classic pop hits from the greatest decade of music.

Tasting Arena 19:00

Tutored Tasting
Sophie deRonde

Sophie de Ronde is the brewing Technologist for Muntons Malt, where she runs a 100L pilot plant for product development. As part of her role she helps customers troubleshoot and develop recipes, along with product development of brewing ingredients and homebrew products. Her brewing career started out with Brentwood Brewing Company back in 2007, where she developed her skills and knowledge. Sophie is also currently working towards the Beer Sommelier award with the Beer Academy. TASTING SESSION: I will be bringing an array of different pale malts and roasted malts but concentrating on the roasted malt characteristics. For the beer tasting we will be tasting Strong Milds, Old Ales and Porters to give a variety of characteristics that malt carries forward in beers.

Stage Tent 20:15


Popgun Ultimate 80s Party Band!

Stage Tent 16:00

Counterfeit Joy

Counterfeit Joy are an Essex/East London based five piece indie and alternative rock covers band. We play indie, britpop and alternative rock hits from the late 80s, the 90s and through to present day!

Stage Tent 20:00

Break for Cover

Have you ever wanted to go out of an evening and hear great live music played with skill, commitment, and loads of laughs thrown in? Breakforcover are a hard rockin' 5-piece band that have been together for over 20 years so really know how to give an audience a good time! Playing the very best in Classic Rock, Indie, R & B, Blues and Pop classics from the last 5 decades. Seeing is believing…

Beer Garden ALL DAY

Family Fun Day

Fairground, Facepainting, Ice cream, Candy Floss, Coconut Shy, Favourite Characters

Bring the whole family to the Fun Day on Saturday, opening at noon. There’ll be a funfair, children’s entertainer, face painting, doughnuts, ice cream and free soft drinks. Family Funday will finish at 1800hrs.

Beer Garden 13:00

Steve Kliskey

Magician and Childrens Entertainment

Stage Tent 15:30

Solar 9

Solar9 are a five piece Essex rock covers band established by Paul on bass 5 years ago with its main mission to inspire people to love music as much as they enjoy playing it. They are often regarded as one of the hardest working bands in Essex and have a reputation for fast paced and exciting shows.

Stage Tent 19:00


These globe-trotting legends will *easily* be the best band you’ve ever seen, so miss them at your peril! If you haven’t already got your deckchair set up in front of the stage, come and let the Indietones’ unrivalled rock genius wash over your face and neck. Please note: If you want to show your appreciation for their performance, the band all like Extra Strong Mints.

Food List





Beef Roast







Jacket Potatoes

Fish n Chips


Hog roast








Scotch Eggs

Pork Scratchings

All traders are committed to providing vegetarian and gluten free foods.

Admirals Park, Rainsford Road, CM1 2PL

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Duty Festival Manager | 07746 339 340
Duty Operations Manager | 07746 326 996
Volunteer Office | 07746 529 991
Press Office | 07935 760 429
Email | hi@cbcf.info

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