Welcome to WinterFest

We're banishing the winter blues in Brightlingsea, Essex

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

Wellbeing & Fun Day

A weekend of things that are good for the mind, body and soul at Fresh Fitness. Saturday is Fitness Day. Come and take part in as many of the classes as your body can stand – or just come and take a look! You'll be very welcome!

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Spoken Word in the Library

Recitals of poetry and prose from our local writers' group, who'll be signing copies of their new book.

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Shanties with the Motley Crew

Dig out your stripey shirt and yellow wellies and join The Motley Crew for a boisterous evening of sea shanties, nautical songs and more in Ye Olde Swan. It's the group's fourth year at WinterFest - so come and make it the best yet! Will there be drunken sailors? Very possibly!

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Music in the Library

A gentle mix of music for a Saturday morning.

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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

February 13, 2020
Wellbeing Weekend to bring calm after the storm

WinterFest's wellbeing weekend will bring some brightness after a stormy week in Brightlingsea.

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February 6, 2020
Rising stars appear at our candle-lit concert

Home-grown rising stars When Rivers Meet are riding on the crest of a wave as they prepare to top the bill at Brightlingsea WinterFest's Music by Candlelight concert on Saturday February 8.

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February 5, 2020
Host a pancake party for WinterFest

Brightlingsea people are being asked to pick up their frying pans and stage pancake parties in support of the town’s WinterFest.

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February 5, 2020
WinterFest on the Airwaves!

WinterFest's aims and attractions were promoted to a wide audience on BBC Essex today.

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What you think of WinterFest

  • "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!"
    Jane Doe
    Jarvis Web Solutions Ltd.
  • "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."
    Jane Doe
    Jarvis Web Solutions Ltd.
  • "We were surprised at how many people approached us with stories about how mental health has affected their loved-ones and, in turn, affected them"
    Jane Doe
    Jarvis Web Solutions Ltd.
  • "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."
    Jane Doe
    Jarvis Web Solutions Ltd.
  • "We had only just moved to Brightlingsea and my 19 year old daughter suffers from extreme anxiety and phobias. Getting involved with the WinterFest planning helped us to make new friends and my daughter both produced and exhibited artwork- something she had not been able to do for several years."
    Jane Doe
    Jarvis Web Solutions Ltd.
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Thanks to them all.
• An Ethical Life • Togs • Spirals • Osborns • 
• Smiths • 
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