The Loughton Festival 2018 - 2018 Programme draft
The Loughton Festival 2018 - Heritage, Literature, Arts & Culture

This year we will be raising money at all of our events for the Chigwell Disabled Riding Trust.

All of the events included in our programme will  support this  fabulous charity.

As new events are confirmed they will be placed on this page. This page was updated on 19 January 2018. 

Associated events may be included, by agreement, as long as the organisers agree to raise money for our charity.  They are marked on our programme with *

Ideas for Associated Events over the two Bank Holidays are invited. 
The Bank Holiday dates are 7 & 28 May. 

8 May, 9am - 12pm Loughton Farmers' Market, Loughton High Road. Our stall will be out and you will be able to collect your programmes from our volunteers. 

Saturday 28 April 7pm The Detectives of Arthur Morrison read by Robert Crighton, who will be reading two of Morrison's detective stories. Robert is a professional award winning actor and playwright. You can find out more about him here:  £6, £5 concessions.

Saturday 5 May Come and Craft for all ages and abilities. Drop in, craft stalls where you can have a go and buy. There is a small cost per activity to cover the cost of materials.

Sunday 6 May Get to know High Beach: walk in the forest led by the Sunflower group, stalls at the Kings Oak and drop in at the High Beach Visitor Centre. Young people and those with Special Needs are very welcome at this event as the route taken by the walkers is wheelchair accessible. 

Saturday 11 May,  10.00 - 12.00pm Rotary Memory Cafe, Loughton Club, Loughton  Everyone welcome 

*Friday 11 May, Creative Expressions Day Loughton Methodist Church. Art Exhibition, party for people with disabilities and their friends. Open to the public.

Friday 11 May, 8.00. pm
Venue: St. John’s Church, Church Lane, Loughton, IG10 1PD 

Organ Recital, performed by the City of London and Eastern Society of Organists

Tickets: £8, £7 concessions. Available on the door, no need to book.

* Saturday 12 May, 12-4pm at Loughton Baptist Church. Its going to be “Embers Comes to Loughton - National Children’s Day Celebration” including a wide variety of different activities suitable for 3-11’s and their families- inflatables, games, art and craft, face painting - all with an emotional health and well being theme to link in with our mental health awareness programme that by May will have visited all the schools in Loughton.

Embers is Red Balloon's 7’ high mascot that hopefully all the children will recognise from when he visited their school so we hoped by making him front and centre on the publicity it will spark the kids off to pester their parents to come along!

12 May  Grow Community picnic 

12 May 2pm - 4pm  Neighbourhood Watch and Essex Police Safety Session: this session is free and will be a drop in event for anyone wanting to know more about avoiding being a victim of crime. Young people are often victims of crime and this session will be particularly relevant for them, however anyone of any age wishing to to know more about how to avoid becoming a victim of crime will be extremely welcome. Topics covered will include street robbery, theft from and of vehicles, burglary, scams and any topic you wish to raise. There will also be lots of free booklets and safety items to take away with you.  FREE

*12th May, at 7.00 pm. The Church of the Holy Innocents, High Beach.    “Music for a Summer’s Evening”   Tickets £10.00 to include light buffet from or 07572 111387

*12 May - 2 June  Loughton Art Trail, in association with the Loughton Festival. Programmes available from the Loughton Art Centre and Loughton Methodist Church. 

Sunday 13 May, HOWZAT at Loughton Cricket Club, featuring Gina Morris and her Insanity workout and Women's Softball tournament. Stalls, food, live music, and children's activities. FREE

Sunday 13 May High Beach Visitor drop in day, visit the accessible walking route and also stalls at the Kings Oak. 

Sunday 13 May, the Loughton Festival walk in Epping Forest, led by David Stevenson

Wednesday 16 May, Talk by the author Nicholas Hagger 

Friday 18 May, a Russian evening with LADS and Russian Music.

Saturday 19 May, 7.30 Celebrate the Royal Wedding with the Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra (EYJO) at the Loughton Methodist Church.  Under the direction of Martin Hathaway has directed the EYJO since 1991 and is one of the country’s leading jazz musicians. £8; Concessions £6

Saturday 20  May, 3pm Loughton Showcase music and dance from Loughton's Performance Schools at the Lopping Hall.  £5; £2 for under-12s. 

*Sunday 20 May, The Chigwell Fair, on Chigwell Green (opposite the shops) organised by The Rotary Club of Loughton, Buckhurst Hill & Chigwell. FREE 

Tuesday 22 May,  7pm - 9pm  Danny Hyde's First Aid course. It will cover basic life support but also multiple casualties. Great for commuters and obviously parents and volunteers with organisations. You never know when you will be called on to save a life.  Accompanied teenagers are free. 

*Friday 25 May, 8pm, St Michael's, Roding Road, Loughton IG10 3EJ A Cinque Port: Sandwich  by David Stevenson (HEARS).  

*Saturday 26 May, Epping Forest College. Displays and entertainment including drama, music, dance, hair and beauty, face painting, photography. 

Tuesday 29 May, 11.00am - 3.00pm Family Fun Day at Loughton Brook Storage Pond, off Staples Road. Run by the FSC  

Thursday 31 May. Tea Dance at St Michael's Church, Roding Road, L

Cockney sing along

First Aid Session: gain an emergency first aid safety certificate with Danny Hyde. 

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