PREPARATIONS are in full swing for the tenth Manningtree Beer Festival.

A wide selection of real ales, ciders and wines as well as barbecue food will be available including a special brew to mark a decade of the show.

The festival lasts for three days, starting on Friday July 18 at the Stour Sailing Club’s marquee in Quay Street.

Opening hours are 6pm until 9pm on Friday, noon until 9pm on the Saturday and noon until 4pm on the Sunday depending on the supplies left over.

Admission is £1 per day and guests are invited to bring guitars and jam amongst friends to give the nights a special atmosphere.