The Loughton Festival 2016 - Programme 2016
The Loughton Festival 2016 - Heritage, Literature, Arts & Culture

Loughton Festival programme 2016

Follow us on twitter: @LoughtonFest 

Raising money for charities including CDG, a charity that cares for carers and the people they care for. Also Haven House Children's Hospice and the Gorilla Organisation.

Poster courtesy of the Loughton Youth Project, The Space, Loughton Library, Traps Hill, IG10 1HD

* Please note that events marked with * are organised by associated groups who will be helping us raise money for our charity, this year the CDG Charity. Any questions? Please contact them directly. 

Talk Series / 6-week class
London Architecture Old and New
The Jazz Archive, Loughton Library, Traps Hill
No need to book, pay on the day.

Led by Anne-Marie Craven. 10.00am – 12.00pm. 

Thursday 28 April Worshipping God – London churches before and after Wren
Thursday 5 May Legal and illegal London: the Inns of Court 
Thursday 19 May Public art: from the Victorian age to today 
Thursday 26 May 21st Century Architecture
Thursday 2 June North to Hampstead
Thursday 9 June St John’s Wood and Primrose Hill

Tickets: You can either pay £36 for the talk series in advance, payable on 28 April or you can email for a booking form.

You may also  attend individual talks £7, payable on the door but please come at 9.45 so we can start on time; the correct money will be appreciated.

Loughton Farmers' Market stall 

Sunday 1 May, 9.00am – 12.30pm
You will find us o
utside Robert Dyas, 228 Loughton High Road IG10 1ET and you can pick up your festival programme and find out more about the festival and volunteering opportunities.

*Chigwell Fete stall

Monday 2 May, 12.00-5.00pm on 
Station Green opposite Brook Parade in Chigwell. 

This event is Organised by the Rotary Club of Loughton, Buckhurst Hill & Chigwell and by the Rotary Club of Roding.

*Postal Museum Store Tours

Date: Wednesday 4 May, at 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm. 

Venue: Postal Museum Store, 3 Imprimo Park, Lenthall Rd, Loughton, Essex, IG10 3UF

Details:  Join us on a curator-led behind the scenes tour for a walk through hundreds of years of British social history, and get up close to some of our most iconic objects. Visits include two 30-minute curator-led tours, complimentary refreshments and an opportunity to explore the collection at your leisure. Please note that you will be required to stand for the duration of each 30 minute tour.

Tickets: £3.00; £2.50 for concessions (60+); Free for accompanied children under 12 years old.
Bookings required, please visit:, or phone 020 7239 2570 or email:

The Matchgirls
4th - 7th May at LOPPING HALL189 High Road, Loughton. IG10 4LF Loughton Operatic Society. 
Evening Performances at 19:45hrs & Sat Mat at 14:30hrsTicket Prices - £12 for each evening performance & £10 for the Sat Mat
TICKETS or ring 0208 505 2033 

PICTURING LOUGHTON on Saturday 7 May. 

The Photography Workshop led by John Price (2015)

Pick up your Picturing Loughton programme at the Arts Centre, Lopping Hall, Loughton High Road.

 10.00am – 5.00pm May High Beach Church Art Day Light refreshments available all day.  Big draw for adults and children

- 10.30am – 11.30am Loughton Library, Art Workshop and Art Competitions for 3 - 7 year olds. Free, all materials provided. Donations to the Chigwell Disabled Group welcome! 

- 2.00pm to 5.00pm Sketching and photography in Loughton, based at Lopping Hall (downstairs). The sketching workshop will be led by Ray Harris and John Price (photography) will lead his group outside into the High Road and possibly into the forest. 

- 1.30pm Art for All Creative Arts Workshop at LifeWorks, to the rear of Loughton Methodist Church. 

- The Loughton Arts Centre (next to Lopping Hall in Loughton High Road) will be open all day with a unique exhibition called “Hats - Weird and Wonderful”


Loughton Mums’ Tea-Party and Junior Radio Show 

Date: Saturday 7 May 2016, 11.30-2.00pm 

Venue: The Space, Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton IG10 1HD 

A chance for Loughton Mums to meet one and other over a cup of tea / coffee and slice of cake. Children aged 5-11 can participate in a kids radio show broadcast and make use of an arts activity corner and face-painting service and teens might want to learn more about what the Space's youth activities can offer them. 
Free entry and refreshments. Children’s face-painting and other activities. Donations to our charity welcomed.  

*Classic Bikes in Epping Forest

Date: Saturday 7 &  Sunday 8 May 10.00am – 3.00pm 

Venue: Brad's tea hut, High Beach. Near to the Robin Hood roundabout

Details: Classic bike festival:  an informal meet for bikers and bike fans. Organised by Epping Forest Forum.   

Don't Dilly Dally!

Date: 8 May, 3.00pm 

Venue: Loughton Baptist Church, 92 High Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 4QU

Details: A tribute to the ENSA Variety and Music Hall Shows of the WW2 era, performed by Tit4Tat Productions.

Please note there is no parking at this venue

Tickets: £7; Concessions £5 Available on the door from 2.30. No reserved seats.

*Creative Expressions Awareness Day

Date: 13 May, 10.30 - 3.30

Venue: Lifeworks, to the rear of the Loughton Methodist Church, High Road, Loughton.

Stalls, entertainment, music, dance, poetry, drama, and art exhibition. Teas and refreshments available.  

This event is for people of all abilities and ages. 

Tickets: Free, but donations welcomed.

Talking Local: Debden and Epping Forest

Date: Saturday 14 May, 10.00am

Venue: Debden Library, Epping Forest College, Borders Lane,  IG10 3SA

Details: An interview with Maurice Day, who will be speaking about his research into the natural history of Epping Forest and Lost History under Debden estate. 

Tickets: Free, but there will be a collection for the CDG charity. 

Please book online to ensure there are enough seats put out in the library. Click on the ticket to book. 

*Teen Laser-Tag Tournament 

Date: Saturday 14 May, 2.00-4.30pm  

Meet: the Stubbles car park, Nursery Road, Loughton. Please book in advance, details below.

Details: Loughton Youth Project (LYP) and Silver Wheels Roller Disco bring the ultimate new laser combat game to Epping Forest and the Loughton Festival programme. Teams of five will compete with the latest laser weapon technology in a round-robin tournament. Will your team be crowned Loughton Festival Laser Tag Champions?

Tickets: £30 per team of 5. Teams to book in advance and pay on the day. Ages 11-19! Bookings / further info:  


Saturday 14 May, 1.00pm – 5.00pm

Venue: St Michael's Church, Roding Road, Loughton. IG10 3EJ

See the full programme on the Gorilla tab, to the left of this page.  

Tickets: £1, children free.

Loughton Showcase and Children’s Disco

Date: Saturday 14 May, 6.00pm.

Venue: Lopping Hall, 189 High Road, Loughton, IG10 4LF

Details: dance and performance by children, and then a children’s disco under-12s, and their mums and dads! There will be a raffle and collection for the CDG charity and tea will be served by the Voluntary Service.

Tickets: £5, accompanied children under 12 free

Music in the Forest

Date: Saturday 14 May, 7.00pm  

Venue: The Church of the Holy Innocents.  Church Lane, High Beach, Loughton, Essex IG10 4BF

Details: Music in the Forest, arranged by Fru Chivers.

Tickets: £10.00 each including light buffet, glass wine/soft drink. / 07572 111387 or on the door.

*National Jazz Archive Inter-generational project launch: – live music!  

Date: Sunday 15 May 2.00-5.00pm

Venue: The Space, Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton IG10 1HD

Details: Loughton Youth Project (LYP) and the National Jazz Archive host an afternoon of live jazz music; as well as a mini social history exhibition and a participative blog workshop to locally launch an 18-month inter-generational project looking at the social history of jazz music in Essex and London. Musical, historical and interactive media. Fun and interest for all ages accompanied by free refreshments.   

Tickets: Free entry. Donations gratefully accepted, split equally between Chigwell Disabled Group and The National Jazz Archive

*Discovering the High Beach Easy Access Trail 

Date: Tuesday 17 – Friday 20 May.

Venue: Epping Forest Visitor Centre, Nursery Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 4AF (behind the Kings Oak car park).

Details: The Easy Access Trail provides a great way to get into the Forest, particularly for those with mobility difficulties. During each day, you will either be able to take part in activities or participate in helping with the conservation of the trail.

For a full programme, contact or 020 8508 9061 Run jointly by the Friends of Epping Forest who run the Visitor Centre and the Epping Forest Centenary Trust.
Tickets: free, drop in. 

Epping Forest and the First World War: all-day walk.

Saturday 21 May

Meet: Loughton Tube Station, 10.30am, Return to Loughton approx. 4pm, depending on how quickly people want to walk. 

Details; Guided circular walk through Epping Forest with commentary, led by David Stevenson (author of many books about the First World War) and John and Pat Juchau, West Essex Ramblers.  

Distance approximately seven miles. The theme will be the forest and its district during the First World War, including associations with Lawrence of Arabia and Edward Thomas. 

Please wear suitable shoes as it could be muddy or hilly. Walk at your own risk. This walk is unsuitable for children. There will be refreshment stops at Chingford and High Beach where you can buy lunch or eat your own. 

Tickets: £5, payable on the day.

*The Great American Songbook including Duke, Fats and Hoagy  

Date: Saturday 21 May, 2.00pm

Venue:  National Jazz Archive, Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton,   IG10 1HD.

Details: Talk (including some recordings) by jazz musician, writer and broadcaster Chris Walker

Tickets: £5 available from the National Jazz Archive or email

Loughton Loves Musicals: the Golden Oldies 

Date: Saturday 21 May, 8pm

Venue: Lopping Hall

Details: The Forest Musical Theatre Company make a return visit to the Loughton Festival, this year focusing on the golden years of musical theatre.   Enjoy an evening of music that is designed to set your foot tapping.

Tickets: £8 On the door or via this website

Organ Recital

Date: Saturday 21st May, 7.30pm 

Venue: St Michael and All Angels Church, Roding Road, Loughton IG10 3EJ. 

Details: Organ Recital by Philip Horley (Director of Music at Sutton Valence School). 

Tickets £8 adults, £5 16 and under, available from St Michael's Church office:  020 8418 7944 or, or on the door.

*Interpreting Loughton’s Forest 

Date: Thursday 26 May  10:30 am– 12:30 pm.

Venue: Meet: Baldwin’s Hill, Loughton.  Opposite the Foresters Arms public house. Nearby postcode IG10 1SF. Grid Ref: TQ 427975

Details: Come and join local historian, Georgina Green, to discover parts of Loughton’s Forest; Loughton Camp, Lost Pond, Baldwin’s Hill Pond and more. What parts were arable ground? Organised by the Friends of Epping Forest. 

Talk: Life on the Edge

Date: Friday 27 May, 8pm

Venue: St Michael's and All Angels Church, Roding Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 3EJ.

Details: In this illustrated talk David Stevenson will discuss the buildings of two marginal areas of medieval England; the Cambridgeshire Fenland and the North Downs. Sites covered include Denney Abbey, Isleham Priory, Burwell, Ightham Mote, and Chidingston Village. The talk will be followed by tea and then a short AGM meeting for members. 

Tickets: HEARS members free, visitors £2.50.

*Fabulicious Baking School Cupcake Class 
Saturday 28 May, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Venue: 251a High Road, Loughton, IG10 1AD, entrance to the rear of the building. 

Details: a 3 hour workshop, making 6 vanilla cupcakes from scratch and then decorating them with vanilla butter cream and fondant. Bring an apron and container to take their cupcakes home in. 

For 9-years and older. For more details and to book:  020 3129 5451,
Tickets:  £15 per person all ingredients supplied. 


Three Events In One! 

Baking Competition 
Photography and Sketching Competition Awards 
Cake Auction

Date:  Sunday 29 May 2016 4.30-6.30pm 

Venue: The Space, Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton IG10 1HD

Fabulicious Baking Competition:

Cakes must be brought in between 4.00-5.30pm and judging will take place at 5.30pm The cakes will be judged by Latifa Hassanali, Chef d’Enterprise, Fabulicious Baking School, Loughton High Road. The winner will be announced at 6.00pm and then cakes will be auctioned off for our charity. See the Loughton Festival website for more details visit, Tel 0208 508 2512.

Please note: our competition is just for fun, and it has absolutely nothing to do with the TV programme. No baking will take place, and this event will raise funds for the CDG charity. 

Photography and Sketching Competition: Results and Exhibition

Doors open at 4.30pm for viewing the photography and sketching exhibition. Competition will be judged by Festival Photography workshop facilitator, John Price and Festival Sketching workshop facilitator, Ray Harris. 

Tickets: Free entry. Remember cakes will be auctioned for Chigwell Disabled Group and a charity collection will take place.  

Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest: 

STUDY DAY with Mark Felton.

Date: 4 June 10.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: The Jazz Archive, Loughton Library, Traps Hill

Details: The Study Day will be about Hitler, his houses, his HQs, his personal security and his private life.  A prolific writer, Mark Felton has written many books about the Second World War that are relevant to the Study Day, including  Guarding Hitler: The Secret World of the Führer. You can read more about Mark Felton on his website:

Tickets:  £15 including teas. Please bring your own lunch or you can purchase a sandwich nearby. 

Booking is now open, please email or complete the form on the contact page via this website. 

Website Builder provided by  Vistaprint