Welcome to WinterFest

We're banishing the winter blues in Brightlingsea, Essex with events to boost your mental and physical wellbeing.
New events are being added all the time for WinterFest 2022.
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Winterfest events

WinterFest helps to fight depression by raising spirits and developing a sense of community during the darkest time of the year.
It’s a serious subject, but we have a lot of fun with a host of music, arts and other events.
We support North and Mid Essex Mind and our own Wellbeing Fund.
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Our aims are simple...


To bring people of all ages and cultures together to build community cohesion and resilience...


To promote the arts as a pathway to better mental wellbeing and raise awareness of mental health issues


To showcase local talent, encourage more people to take up a new hobby and join the local clubs and music groups


To support local businesses, especially in the tourism and hospitality industry, helping to boost income

WinterFest Events

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Helping the people of Brightlingsea

The WinterFest Wellbeing Fund provides grants of up to £100 to help Brightlingsea residents improve their mental, physical and social wellbeing. To apply or find out more about the Fund click the button below.

WinterFest News

March 25, 2022
The show will go on as musicians rally round

Brightlingsea WinterFest's final weekend is coming up and organisers have been working behind the scenes to ensure that the festival ends on a high note, despite the fact that some performers and volunteers have been hit by Covid. The virus has forced a few acts and a key volunteer to pull out of WinterFest's “Great […]

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March 23, 2022
Photographer Paul offers special deal for WinterFest

A Brightlingsea-based photographer whose career has included taking portraits of royalty, prime ministers and a US president, is offering quick fire shoots at a special price, in support of Brightlingsea WinterFest. The offer is being made by Paul Hammond, who runs his photography business at Studio 6 in Brightlingsea High Street. “I am very pleased […]

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March 15, 2022
Poetry and punk make for a WinterFest highlight

Poetry and punk music will be coming to The Railway Tavern in Brightlingsea on Saturday, March 19, in one of the highlights of the town's WinterFest. Legendary Essex-based poet, singer-songwriter and author Martin Newell, supported by upcoming poet Leon Helsby, will be providing an afternoon of unique entertainment, from 2pm to 4pm. Popular local punk […]

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What you think of WinterFest

  • "It's a great initiative and it's important that we help each other as a community."
  • "Thank you for the brilliant classes on Wellbeing Day."
  • “ Wow, I didn’t think you guys would be able to do anything this year.”
  • “What lovely ideas, my daughter will love the arts and wellbeing activities.”
  • "Keep going. I think music is a good medium because it talks the language of happiness, and perhaps more so, sadness and mixed feelings. KEEP GOING!"
  • " We really appreciate the support from WinterFest's Wellbeing Fund."
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