REAL ale lovers will be raising a glass once again as a winter beer festival makes its return.

The Chappel Winter Beer Festival is set to steam back into the East Anglian Railway Museum for its 2024 return.

There will be more than 70 cask ales and ciders and perry for festival-goers, held in the Victorian Goods Shed.

This year, the event is once again running for three days from today, February 29, to Saturday, March 2.

There will be two sessions per day.

The morning sessions run from 11am to 5.30pm, with evening sessions taking place from 5.30pm to 11pm.

Guests cannot gain admission before their allotted session start time however can stay as long as they want once inside the event.

Admission is by ticket which must be purchased in advance, as there will not be any tickets on sale on the door.

The admission package is £20 which includes entry to the event, a festival glass and £10 worth of beer tokens.

Any unused beer tokens can be refunded at the event or donated to charity.

Extra tokens are available for purchase at the event.

There are discounted tickets available for CAMRA and museum members, Greater Anglia season ticket holders valid to Chappel, Bures or Sudbury, and residents in postcodes CO6 2DS, CO6 2DD, CO6 2DN, CO6 2DP, CO6 2DW, CO6 2DR and CO6 2DP.

Bosses have also said following feedback from previous years, where people are attending more than one session and ending up with too many glasses, if visitors arrive with a Chappel Beer Festival glass and intend to use that glass, they can receive an extra £3 worth of beer tokens instead of a glass.

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