REVELLERS were treated to four nights of fun as the popular Colchester Winter Beer Festival returned.

The event was staged at the Colchester Arts Centre and was hosted by the Colchester and North East Essex Camra.

Camra is dedicated to seeing traditional quality beers, ciders and British pubs thrive with the beer festival serving as a platform to show off some of the UK’s best.

Visitors to the festival got the chance to try a wide range, with 125 beers and 30 real ciders on offer over the course of the four days.

Also on offer were a selection of beers from Belgium bringing flavours from the continent to Colchester despite the country’s departure from the EU.

With tickets costing £3 after 3pm, the festival was also raising funds for the Stroke Association.

Traditional hand-made pastries and cheese were also for sale, as well as a food from fried chicken stall.

Paul Duffield, bar manager at the festival, said: “The attendance was really good this year and we had a selection of beers from all over the country which proved popular.

On Friday, we had to get rid of the tables just to fit everyone in.

“The food also went down well, the chicken stall sold out in 30 minutes. This year was bigger than 2019. We had upwards of 1,000 people come through our doors and we’ve had great feedback.”