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.


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“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.”

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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.

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