Tendring CAMRA - Harwich & Dovercourt Bay Winter Ale Festival 2023

It is with regret that we are announcing that the Harwich & Dovercourt Bay Winter Ale Festival will not be going ahead in 2023.

This has been a difficult decision, but the festival has been facing mounting organisational challenges in the last few years.

We like to think that as one door closes, another one opens so watch this space for news of a new event coming in 2024 – something different but with the emphasis on dark and seasonal beer.

Like our Festival Facebook Page for additional news


Our little beer festival started in 2002 with a bang - we were literally drunk dry on the Friday night and we even ran out of glasses. The festival continued in the same venue in Dovercourt Town Centre for a further twelve years and we like to think that in that time we built up a reputation as a small but perfectly formed Winter Ale Festival - with a really interesting selection of beers and a nice atmosphere in which to enjoy them.

It was in 2015 that the then Harwich & Dovercourt Bay Winter Ale Festival had to be cancelled at short notice because our venue suddenly became unavailable.

Fortunately the Parkeston Railway Club came to our rescue and in 2016 we were delighted to be able to continue in a new home - we tweaked the festival name slightly to reflect our new location.

2019 saw us return to the Kingsway Hall in Dovercourt, until 2022.

2022's Festival

The 2022 festival page is available here.