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

WinterFest Art

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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Brightlingsea Regent Fitness Challenge

Join us in getting active and raising money for KMind & Brightlingsea WinterFest Brightlingsea Regent is challenging every single one of you to get up and get out through these challenging times and encouraging people to join its Strava exercise club (] and enter the league table for a chance to win a prize at […]

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Open Mic with Neil

Neil the Singing Cabby is back! Hosting an Open Mic night – the show where YOU can be the star playing music or spoken word (or you can just watch on Facebook Live).

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Body Conditioning with Lucy

Bodyweight or light weights to get you fit, strong & toned.

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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

September 15, 2021
Wellbeing Fund now open all year round

Brightlingsea WinterFest's Wellbeing Fund has announced the welcome news that the fund is now open all year round for grant applications. Families, individuals and organisations in the town are eligible for grants from the fund which distributes money raised by WinterFest, Brightlingsea's much-loved festival of music, arts and spoken word. The 2021 event, held throughout […]

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May 17, 2021
Wellbeing Fund opens for applications

Brightlingsea WinterFest is helping to provide light at the end of the tunnel as lockdown eases, by offering grants from its Wellbeing Fund, thanks to donations made at this year's festival. Almost £2,000 is to be distributed by the WinterFest Wellbeing Fund, following the success of the arts and music festival, which took place in […]

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February 24, 2021
Winterfest's grand finalé

Brightlingsea WinterFest's month-long run of events is to reach a relaxing and fun-filled finale with a yoga session, a comedy evening, a pop quiz and an afternoon of music and spoken word. The festival has already attracted thousands of views for its online attractions this year and will end on a high, having raised spirits […]

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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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