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The famous Chappel Beer Festival returns in 2018 from the 4th to 8th September, jointly organised by the East Anglian Railway Museum and our friends from the Campaign for Real Ale.

Over 450 beers will be available, with beers from small local breweries and rare beers not normally available in Essex as well as over 100 real ciders and perrys. Local Essex wines, soft drinks and a range of hot and cold food will also be available.



Tues 4th to Sat 8th Sept


Tuesday: 17:00 – 23:00
Wednesday: 11:00 – 23:00
Thursday: 11:00 – 23:00
Friday: 11:00 – 23:00 (entry after 5:30pm by pre-purchase ticket only)
Saturday: 11:00 – 23:00


Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (before 5:30pm), Friday (before 5:30pm): £3.00
Thursday evening (after 5:30pm): £4.00
Friday evening (after 5:30pm): £7.00 –  pre-purchase ticket only

All day Saturday: £4.00

All admission is pay on the door with the exception of Friday night.

Please be aware that most of the museum, including the visitor reception, will be closed during the Beer Festival.


Tickets for Friday night must be purchased in advance. No entry after 5:30pm will be allowed without a pre-purchased ticket, although those that arrive before 5:30pm can stay until the end of the evening.

All pre-purchase tickets can be used to enter the festival from 11:00am onwards.

Any under 18s attending on Friday night must have a ticket for number control reasons. These can be booked free of charge when you order your other Friday night tickets.


Admission is free for EARM or CAMRA members on production of their current membership card apart from on Friday night, where members can pre-purchase a ticket.

Children are admitted free, but anybody under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a adult. We operate a strict policy of no sales to or consumption of alcohol by persons under 18.


Camping is available for the duration of the festival. Please see the contact us for full details.


Why not leave the car at home and come to Chappel by Train?

The Festival is held at the museum which is located on the Marks Tey to Sudbury Line which operates a regular service, 7 days per week. For the Beer Festival additional late night trains will operate back to Sudbury, Marks Tey, Colchester and Ipswich (with connections to Chelmsford and London).

There will also be special buses operating to/from Marks Tey on certain nights, please see timetable for details. Please purchase your train tickets before you travel. Use of the bus will be for those with valid rail tickets only.

For more details on the train service please see the National Rail website.


There is no pre-booking facility for this event for individuals (with the exception of Friday night where it is required), however if you are bringing a coach party, it is possible to use our express Admission service. Please get in touch with the Museum to find out more by using our contact form.


For information on ticket discounts and other offers please get in touch