Welcome to WinterFest

We're banishing the winter blues in Brightlingsea, Essex with 22 events to boost your mental and physical wellbeing.
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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 taking place in February.
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

Wivenhoe Funny Farm

Wivenhoe Funny Farm is back for WinterFest in the face of all adversity! Top of the bill will be Peter Buckley Hill, founder of the ‘Free Fringe’ at the Edinburgh Festival for which he won the Panel Prize in the Edinburgh Comedy Awards in 2009. Other performers include Ben Harrington and Dean Burnett – with […]

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Adults' Yoga with Hannah

Guiding you through some basic yoga principles

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Emotional Self Care with Neal

A talk on emotional self care & ways to maintain your wellbeing

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Kids Yoga with Hannah

Come on a yogi adventure, a fun session for kids to give yoga a try.

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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

January 26, 2021
Create some light and optimism

A call is going out to artists of all ages to take part in Brightlingsea's 2021 WinterFest and let their work be part of the festival's drive to create some light and optimism in dark times. An on-line art gallery is being planned as part of this year's WinterFest which aims to bring the community […]

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January 26, 2021
WinterFest Wellbeing Day

A Wellbeing Day being held by the Fresh Fitness gym in Brightlingsea on Saturday February 6 will be an action-packed launch for WinterFest, with a whole range of free classes for all ages, accessible through Zoom. The event is being organised by Lucy Reid who runs Fresh Fitness and she has put together an exciting […]

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January 19, 2021
Shining a beacon of hope

Brightlingsea's 2021 WinterFest is to shine a beacon of hope for the town following one of the most difficult years in living memory.
The much-loved festival is to return in February, in a different from usual form, but with its enduring focus on celebrating and promoting community spirit, creativity and wellbeing.

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What you think of WinterFest

  • "We used to always go out and do stuff as kids - this is an amazing chance to have a winter day out as a family as February is rubbish weather"
  • "The foodbank vouchers meant my daughter and I had a day out - the first since I was made redundant before Christmas "
  • "I have been sober for 18 months and this is the first time I have played guitar in public. My first gig. I loved it and have since been playing in numerous venues. WinterFest gave me the stage and confidence to do this."
  • "I have suffered with bi polar for many years and find socialising difficult. I wanted to support WinterFest but could not attend the other events because of my anxiety. But the dog walk was amazing and I met several new friends. As a result we set up the Brightlingsea Dog Walking club and this is still meeting every week."
  • "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!"
  • "Having a go at a new hobby - maybe I will now join a group and not be so lonely"
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