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Chappel Beer Festival

September is the month of Harvest. Food + drink festivals dominate weekend plans and none are more enjoyable than those centred around the harvest of hops [🍻]. Chappel Beer Festival is renowned in these parts for it’s quirky setting and superb selection of local beers.

Railway Museum

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Set in the East Anglian Railway Museum the venue allows for some of the oddest places we’ve ever enjoyed a pint. We may have been a bit merry but there really was a replica Thomas the Tank Engine!! 🚂

Accessible via connecting train from Marks Tey, the single carriage got us from A to Chappel and Wakes Colne in about 10 minutes. Using a token system, you can exchange your 10p points for third, half or full pints. We like to sample as much as we can so £30 of token got us entry, two commemorative glasses and £20 in the kitty. This  equated to about seven 1/3 pints each.

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30 Years Young

In it’s 30th year we sampled some of the best cider, ale, stout and beer this region has on offer. As well as survived the scorpion (a seriously HOT chilli chocolate!!). The entertainment was questionable on the day we went but luckily the quest for beer distracted us enough to miss it altogether. There also plenty of local food on offer too as well as samples to enjoy.

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he festival runs for 5 days and this year went from Tuesday 6th September-Saturday 10th September. With Friday night being the main event and you need to book tickets in advance! We went on the last day, Saturday and a lot of the beer we wanted had already gone.

It’s a great laugh and opportunity to wander around the museum grounds. Definitely somewhere we’ll want to come back with without that much alcohol in our system 😉

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The 31st Festival hasn’t been confirmed date wise yet. But if drinking beer on a disused vintage train carriage sounds like your thing then why not pop the Winter Beer Festival in your diary on 3rd and 4th March 2017.

Andrea & Dan

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