Colchester: Castle is to become the oldest alehouse in town

Colchester Castle

Colchester Castle - Credit: Archant

HUNDREDS of real ale fans are expected to converge on Colchester’s 1,000-year-old Norman keep.

Colchester Castle Museum has been stripped of its display cabinets and closed to regular visitors in preparation for a £4.2million programme of redevelopment.

But before the builders move in, the museums service is encouraging the public to experience the architectural majesty of the empty castle with a series of special events.

One such event is the Colchester Castle Beer Festival where visitors can sample up to 41 ales from 11 different Essex and Suffolk breweries and a selection of ciders, perries and wines.

Tim Young, Colchester Borough Council’s portfolio holder for planning, community safety and culture, said: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy fine ale and good company in Colchester’s landmark Norman castle.

You may also want to watch:

“It’s a great way to support small and independent breweries while marvelling at the newly empty castle building.

“I can’t urge you strongly enough to go but please remember to drink responsibly.”

Most Read

The festival will run from tomorrow until Friday from 4pm to 10.30pm and is a collaboration between Colchester and Ipswich Museums and the Colchester and North East Essex branch of Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

Entry costs £6 and includes a special commemorative glass.

For Friends of Colchester Museums and CAMRA members, entry costs £3.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus