The Loughton Festival - 2014 Programme
The Loughton Festival - Heritage, Literature, Arts & Culture

2014 Programme

Traditional Tudor and Stuart Houses in Essex. 
Tutors: Anne Padfield and Alan Bayford. 
£36 for the course.

Tuesday 22 April - 27 May 
10am - 12 noon. 
Loughton Bowling Club, Eleven Acre Rise, Loughton. There is some parking on site and the venue is near to Loughton Library, off Traps Hill. 

Anne leading a visit to Hill Hall. 
The class has been organised by HEARS and the Loughton Festival. 

Please note that there are two steps up from the car park into the hall and the toilets are down a flight of stairs, into the basement. 
Loughton War Memorial

Friday 25 April, 8pm. 
Essex War Memorials, 
Paul Rusiecki, author and Essex historian.  

St Michael and All Angels Church, Roding Road, Loughton IG10 3EJ.In association with HEARS.

Fully accessible venue.


Creative Expressions Community Day

*Friday 9 May, 10.30 to 3pm. Drop in event
Loughton Methodist Church, Loughton High Road
 Art Exhibition, arts & craft stalls, health and well being, advice stalls for older people and people with disabilities, crafts events for children, poetry readings, raffle.

 Organisers: Life Works and the Chigwell Disabled Group. 

Fully accessible venue.


*Saturday 10 May (adult event) drop in from 10.00am – 4.00pm. Evening talk and refreshments 4.00pm – 5.00pm
*BPMA Museum Store Unit 7, Imprimo Park, Debden Industrial Estate, Lenthall Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 3UF (see also 11 May for a children's event)
Changes in the British postal system encouraged a culture of letter writing in 19 and 20 century Britain. From cross written notes, to curious addresses depicted through symbols and pictures, these remarkable letters made it on their journey through the post. Join us for an artist led workshop and a highlights tour with our curators to find out more, followed by a fascinating talk on the subject with drinks and nibbles.
Visit our website nearer the time for further details of this free event and how to book - Visit the website to book -  for the talk. You do not need to book the drop in. 

Accessible venue.


Saturday 10 May
10.30am Meet outside Epping Station.
* A circular walk of approximately 5 miles. £5 No need to book.
Led by John and Pat Juchau of the West Essex Ramblers and David Stevenson from the Loughton Festival.
A walk around Epping, hearing about some of Epping's history, buildings and characters, allowing time for you to buy lunch in a local pub or cafe, or you may wish to bring a picnic and eat on the Green. In the afternoon there will be an easy ramble which will take us through Epping Forest and the Gernon Bushes Nature Reserve. There will be no stiles but appropriate footwear is advised as the ground may be uneven and muddy. No dogs or unaccompanied children under 14 please.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL WALKERS WALK AT THEIR OWN RISK, and the Loughton Festival cannot be held responsible for any accidents while in town or in open countryside. 


CLESO Organ Concert 

Saturday 10 May  7.30pm St John's the Evangelist Church, Church Lane, Loughton. 

The City of London and Eastern Society of Organists (CLESO) are pleased to support the Loughton Festival with an organ recital.  CLESO is a society for professional, amateur and prospective organists, and anyone with an interest in the organ and its repertoire. 

Tickets will be £5, available on the door.
There is  a step into the Church. There is a small car park, but it is usually full early on, so please arrive as soon as you can. 
*Sunday 11 May (family event), a drop in from 10.00pm – 4.00pm.  *BPMA Postal Museum Store Unit 7, Imprimo Park, Debden Industrial Estate, Lenthall Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 3UF
From writing a letter, posting it through the letter box, and it dropping on the door mat of the recipient – your post experiences an extraordinary journey. Drop in to the museum store for a range of activities, especially for our family visitors, to discover this curious voyage!
No need to book for the drop in!
Accessible venue.


Green Fair and Bake Off Competition

St Mary's Church, Loughton High Road. 

Saturday 17 May  11am for the Bake Off Competition

11am - 3pm for the Green Fair
Free event.

Set up times for stall holders is between 9am and 10am. Cakes in by 10.30 please.

For more details about this event, please use the tabs on the left hand side of the page. Cakes will be sold at 11am.

Stalls including the RSPB, Friends of the Earth,  Epping Forest ReUse and many others, all showing you ways of saving money and keeping the planet green.
There will also be a Baking Competition judged by top Chef Ade Adeshina. Details about how to enter will appear on this website in spring, and after judging the cakes will be auctioned off for the Loughton Foodbank. Details are to the left of this page.

Time to get creative..... and if you can use locally sourced or fairtrade ingredients, that would be great.
Fully accessible venue.


*Saturday 17 May, Loughton High Road Fashion Show. Details will be posted on this page as soon as we receive them. For more information, please pop into Bababoom, Loughton High Road.


Epping Forest Band

Saturday 17 May,  8.00pm

Epping Forest Band

St Mary's Church, Loughton High Road:   

Concert, including a raffle and collection for the Loughton Food Bank. 

Epping has had a town band since 1894, and today's players take part in many local events, including an annual concert each Christmas as well as our popular Proms, held on the green each August. As well as entertaining the public, the band also enter local and national contests throughout the year, competing against other bands in the area under the direction of our MD, Keith Schroeter.

Our concert will be a mixture of popular and well known music as well as some newer brass band arrangements.  Tickets are £8, on the door. Seats are unreserved. Accompanied under 16s are admitted free. Proof of age may be required.  

Listen to the band:

Fully accessible venue.


*Saturday 17 May, Riding Lights Roughshod performance at the Wesley Hall, Loughton Methodist Church, Loughton. 
Riding Lights Roughshod Theatre Company presents Incredible.
Saturday 17th May 2014 at Loughton Methodist Church, Wesley Hall, 7.30pm
‘Buckle up’ and join critically acclaimed Roughshod Theatre Company on the strangest road trip ever.
Four travellers tear through the bends and breaks of modern life, heading for a horizon of chaos and credibility. Unexpected detours into the past and unhelpful directions from unusual characters all collide on this ‘journey of a lifetime’. Take in the surprising view as questions of faith, forgiveness and hope are taken out for a spectacular spin! But when the road gets bumpy, what’s holding these passengers together?
Touring to communities across the UK from 23rd Feb to 20th July, Roughshod is designed to transport audiences with its Incredible blend of comedy, drama and powerful storytelling. So, step off the beaten track and join us for a theatrical ‘road’ show that takes you for an incredible evening full of credible questions.

Tickets only obtainable from 020 8502 3071 or please email  £7 Adult, £5 Concession 
Fully accessible venue.



The Loughton Club, Station Road, Loughton 
Sunday 18 May 7pm Loughton Festival Variety Evening  live music and a raffle for the Loughton Food Bank. 

Photo: David Wells. "Courtesy of Loughton Camera Club"


1. Richard Clark (singer, guitarist)    
2. Thomas Hanava (keyboard)     
 3. Paul jeffries (singer)
4. Jennie Hart (Lindy Hop) 
5. Trevor Attwater (singer guitarist)
6. Mathew Shepherd (singer guitarist) 
7. Avalanche   Band  (classic rock)   

We are grateful to the Loughton Club for supporting this event again this year.  £3

Fully accessible venue.


*Exhibition: History of the London City Mission
Tuesday 20 May - Thursday 22 May
Open 10am - 4pm 
Forest Hall Church, 2 High Beech Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 4BL.
(opposite Marks & Spencer)

3 day exhibition showing many historical scenes, events and literature collected from the LONDON CITY MISSION, which has been in existence for 180 years.

Tuesday 20 May, 8pm

Terry Puttick from London City Mission will present an exciting journey of the mission's 180 year history, including its involvement with Loughton. Followed by a chance to speak to Terry after the presentation within a relaxed informal atmosphere.

Stairs up to the front door.


Saturday 24 May,  11am
Sponsored football match 

Proceeds for the Loughton Foodbank.
 Free to spectators.
Kick off 11am 

Epping Forest Chamber of Commerce FC v Restore

Supported by Higgins and Tesco, Waltham Abbey

 Debden Sports Club, Chigwell Lane, Loughton,
 Essex, IG10 3TP

Music and Magic Show
Saturday 24 May  7.30 

Concert at LOPPING HALL, for the Loughton Food Bank.

We wish to thank the Trustees of the Lopping Endowment for making the change of venue possible. 


1. Cameron Davies (Voice);
2. Danielle Mac (Violin)
3. Professor Whizzo (Magic Circle Magician);
4. The Crofton Singers.
5. Barbershop Group.
Accompanied by Cathy Davies:

This is an evening not to be missed. Light classics, popular music and magic! Suitable for older accompanied children and adults of all ages. 

Fully accessible venue.


Sunday 25 May, 10.30am meeting at Homebase, Church Hill, Loughton. A walk led by Maurice Day. 
starting at the old bus garage (now Homebase). A walk and talk. 

Maurice is an experienced walk leader for Lifewalks and he is also a local historian. Just turn up. The walk will last approximately 2 hours. 

PLEASE NOTE: ALL WALKERS WALK AT THEIR OWN RISK, and the Loughton Festival cannot be held responsible for any accidents while in town or in open countryside. 

"The Final Frontier" - Holiday Club for Primary Aged Children
Tuesday 27th to Friday 30th May 2014, 9-3pm Each Day     
St. Michael & All Angels Church, Roding Road, Loughton (IG10 3EJ)
Come along for a week of activities that are truly out of this world as The Red Balloon Family lead an outer space themed holiday club for children in school years R to 6. Book in for only £5 per 3 hour session at or by calling 020 3086 8186 from 1st January 2014.
Every day, children will experience a selection of games, sports, art & crafts, drama, stories, songs, big screen films and much more, led by our experienced team of children's work professionals.
Family Astro-night
Tuesday 27th May, 6-8pm
Join us for illustrated presentations on the subject of the Sun and Saturn. There will be audience participation with practical demonstrations and time for questions afterwards. Given clear skies, there will be the chance for everyone to safely observe the Sun with suitable astronomical equipment.  Suitable for children aged 5 and over, but must be accompanied by an adult.
Family Amphibians
Wednesday 28th May, 2-4pm
This practical, hands-on course will involve dipping nets in our Centre ponds, to try and capture several of the species of amphibians which live in Epping Forest. You will have the chance to see amphibians close-up and find out many interesting facts. The course is aimed at 'families', children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Please bring appropriate clothing/footwear in case the ground is muddy, and plenty of enthusiasm.  Suitable for children aged 7 and over, but must be accompanied by an adult.
Both courses are £6 per person and booking is required either by telephone on 02085025800, by email at or online at
Saturday 31 May Study Day,
Understanding the First World War.
10am - 4.30pm. Lopping Hall, Loughton High Road

Please see the tab to the left of this page for more information.

Book in advance or just turn up on the day. 
£15, £12 concessions. Teas included but not lunch. Advance booking is now open: Loughton Festival 18 Wellfields, Loughton, Essex IG10 1NX. 

Fully accessible venue.


Led by David Stevenson, Professor of History at the London School of Economics. Author of 5 books about the First World War.

We ran a First World War Day School in Loughton two years ago. and on that occasion we focused on how the war impacted on the local area around Loughton.
This year, David Stevenson will be running the Study School alone. 

He will deliver a series of illustrated talks that will view the War from an a national and international perspective and will explain how the war began, how it progressed, how it ended and how the war has since been remembered. 

There will be lots of time for questions too and the Study Day will be suitable for everyone who wants to know what the war was about.
The Study Day talks will be fully illustrated and participants will receive a handout and reading list for further study.

The day will also feature a brief screening of a filmed poem about Britain’s first major battle with German forces in August 2014. It is written and directed by Loughton author, Ed Pond, and features three young London-based actors (Oliver Walters, Cornelia Baumann and Patrick Vincent O’Donovan).

We will not be serving lunch, so please bring your own or you can buy lunch locally. Tea and coffee will be available.  £15 or £12 for people over 60 and for under 18s. Anyone under 16 will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.
To book: 020 8508 2512 or  Providing there are places available, you may also turn up on the day, please phone to check.
To be sure of a place at the Study Day, please book well in advance. 


Amici Miei 
Chamber Choir, 
led by 
Lawrence Tatnall

Saturday 31 May, 7.00 pm Concert at the Church of the Holy Innocents, Church Lane, High Beach, IG10 4BF
A programme to include sacred and secular music ranging from Stanford Mozart and Faure to Porter Lennon and Gilbert and Sullivan.
Tickets £10.00 to include buffet supper and glass wine/soft drink from Jane Begley 07572 111387 or or on the door.  All proceeds for Loughton Food Bank. 

Please note that from May to September, High Beach Church is open for teas and home made cakes every Sunday from 2pm.

Their lemon drizzle is fantastic!

A small step up to the front door, but there may be access via the rear of the church. Please phone to check at the time of booking. Also, be aware there is only on-street parking, so arrive early if you have limited mobility and bring a torch as there is no street lighting in the village. 

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