THE 22nd Clacton Real Ale Festival kicks off next week.

More than 70 real ales, 40 ciders, perries, English wines and overseas beers will be on offer at St James' Hall, Tower Road, from August 23-26.

There is live music from Blue Print on Thursday and by The Blackwater Jazz Band and All Revved Up on the Saturday.

Doors open from 6pm-11pm on Wednesday and from 11am to 11pm for the rest of the festival.