The Loughton Festival 2018 - 2018 PROGRAMME
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

We will also be highlighting the work of the Community First Responders too

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 *  Please note our acceptance of an Associated Event is not a guarantee that it will be included in our printed programme. 

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

Sunday 8 April, 9.00am - 12.00pm

Details: Loughton Farmers' Market
, Loughton High Road. Our stall will be outside Robert Dyas and you will be able to collect your programmes from our volunteers and learn more about the Festival programme. 

*Friday 20  April, 7.00pm for 7.30pm start. Quiz Night for Community First Responders (Ambulance Service). Bar open, bring your own food and nibbles, but no drinks. 

Venue: Loughton Cricket Club.

Saturday 28 April 7.00pm 

The Detectives of Arthur Morrison read by Robert Crighton. 

Loughton Baptist Church, 92 High Rd, Loughton IG10 4QU 

 Robert will be reading two of Morrison's detective stories. 

Robert is a professional award winning actor and playwright. 

 £6, £5 concessions.


You can find out more about Robert here: 

*Sunday 29 April at 10.30am 

Details: The annual Town Mayor's Charity Fun Run. 
Join us at the Roding Valley Recreation Ground for registration from 9.30am, with a warm up session at 10.15am and the official start at 10.30am.
The 4km route is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness; you can walk, run or jog at your own pace whilst enjoying the fresh air and beautiful scenery. Category winners will each receive a trophy and all participants will be presented with a medal at the finish.

Entry fees are £10 per person with family tickets available.  Alternatively, you can download a sponsorship form from or collect one from the town council offices in Loughton Library.

Saturday 5 May 9.30 - 11.30 Come and Craft 

Venue: The Loughton Club

Details: for all ages and abilities. Drop in, craft stalls where you can have a go at the craft, as well as buy. There will be a small cost per activity to cover the cost of materials. Entry FREE, donations to our charity welcome. 

If you wish to give a craft demonstration, please email 

*Sunday 6th May, 2pm 

Details: Guitar ensemble recital performed by the Epping Forest Guitar Group (classical and acoustic guitarists).  For more information please visit EFGG website

Venue: Loughton club, Station Road

Tickets £5 on the door 

*Sunday 6 May   Get to know High Beach

Details: a 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. 

Wednesday 9 May, 8.00pm 

Nicholas Hagger "My World View"

In this talk, Nicholas will speak about his experience of the UK’s global involvement during the Cold War before we joined Europe, and  the prospect of a return to that global outlook today.  

About Nicholas Hagger: He was Lecturer at the University of Baghdad, Iraq, from 1961 to 1962; held various lecturing posts at the University of Tokyo (1964 to 1965), Tokyo University of Education (now University of Tsukuba) and Keio University, a combined post (1963 to 1967), where he was also Visiting Foreign Professor; and was a Lecturer at the University of Libya, Tripoli from 1968 to 1970.[2][3][4] He was also Tutor to Emperor Hirohito’s second son, Masahito, Prince Hitachi from 1964 until 1967.[5] He wrote for The Times and taught in London. 

Venue:  The Hope Centre, St Mary's Church, Loughton High Road. 

Tickets: on the door. 

Friday 11 May,  10.00 - 12.00pm  Rotary Memory Cafe. 

Details:  Everyone welcome, whether you just want a chat or you have memory issues. Call Pesh for more details 02085002527

Venue: The Loughton Club 8 Station Road IG10 4NX.

Tickets: Free

*Friday 11 May, Creative Expressions Day 

Details: Art Exhibition and a party for people with disabilities and their friends. This event is open to the public.

Venue: Loughton Methodist Church.


Friday 11 May,

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.

12 May, 11.00am - 12.30pm

Oral History: Sharing Stories

Details: What do you remember about life years ago? What did you get up to during or after the war, or in 1950s or in the Swinging Sixties? No matter where you came from, or how old you are, come along and share your memories in a session led by David Stevenson and Maurice Day. 

Venue: Debden Library  Free event.


*Saturday 12 May, 12.00 -4.00pm - Embers the Dragon Comes to Loughton – Family Fun Day @ Loughton Baptist Church, IG10 4QU.

Embers the Dragon is visiting all of the Primary Schools in Epping Forest to teach children about emotional health and wellbeing and he’ll be joining us for a family fun day of inflatables, games, art and craft, face painting and much more on the 12th May as it is National Children’s Day.

The afternoon will also include the “Red Balloon Prison Break” event where teams will have three hours to travel as far, high or deep as possible from Loughton to win amazing prizes. 

Tickets: entry is to the fun day is free and no activities will be more than £2 to take part in; to enter a team for the Prison Break please head to

*Saturday May 12 1.30 - 3.30 

Tower Tours of the St John’s Church Tower 

Visit the Tower of St John’s Church, Loughton, learn a little about the art of bell ringing and climb above the tower for very good views of Loughton.

There may be the chance to try ringing a bell, depending on numbers.

Adults and children aged 8 and over only please. Ability  to climb the 37 stone spiral steps to the bell tower is required.  Tours will take circa 30  minutes. Free, but donations welcome.


12 May 2.00pm - 4.00pm 

Neighbourhood Watch and Essex Police Safety Session: this session is free and will be for anyone wishing to know more about avoiding being a victim of crime or helping older people stay safe. 

You will learn how to avoid becoming a victim of crime from Sgt John Berwick, Essex Police. 

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 

Venue: St Mary's Church201 High Rd, Loughton IG10 1BB

Booking: There is no need to book, but to make sure we have enough resources and chairs in the hall, it would be appreciated if you could book through this website:

*12th May, at 7.00 pm. The Church of the Holy Innocents, High Beach.   

 “Songbirds”   Music for a summer 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 May 13, 11.00 am until 3.00 pm

Family Discovery Walks  

 Join us for activity walks around High Beach – minibeast hunting, birdwatching, craft activities for children, history trail and more.

Meet: Epping Forest Visitor Centre at High Beach, Paul’s Nursery Road, Loughton IG10 4AF

Donations welcome.

Jointly run by FSC Epping Forest and the Friends of Epping Forest

Sunday 13 MayHOWZAT

Venue: Loughton Cricket Club

Featuring Gina Morris and her Insanity workout and throughout the day, a women's Softball tournament. Stalls, food, live music, and children's activities. FREE entry.

“A Russian Event”

Friday 18 May,  7.30 for an 8.00pm start. 

The Romanov sisters. 

LADS presents “The Memory of Snow” by Sian Rowland, plus a short talk by the playwright.

The play is about the Romanov sisters. If you like Chekhov, you will not want to miss this play. 

Followed by: 

Prokofiev interlude from Mikhail Bozylev

Performance from folk singer and songwriter Daria Kulesh

Licensed bar on-site

Tickets £10 available from; box office: 07552 736 110.   

You can hear Daria Kulesh sing here: 

Saturday 19 May, 7.30pm 

Celebrate the Royal Wedding with the
 Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra (EYJO) 

Venue: the Loughton Methodist Church. Loughton High Road.  

Details: Under the direction of Martin Hathaway, who has directed the EYJO since 1991, and he is one of the country’s leading jazz musicians. 

Tickets: £8; Concessions £6

Sunday 20  May, 12.30pm - 3.00pm  Loughton Showcase 

Details: Music and dance from Loughton's Performance Schools.

Venue: Lopping Hall, Loughton High Road  

Tickets; £5; £2 for under-12s. Sold on the door. Doors open at 12.15. 

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

*Sunday 20 May 10.30am - 12.20pm 
Friends of Epping Forest Walk, led by Verderer Peter Adams, explore what so nearly happened to the Forest around Loughton before it was saved for us all by the 1878 Epping Forest Act. Donations welcome.
Meet at the Stubbles Car Park, Nursery Road, Loughton.
Friends of Epping Forest

Monday 21 May,  7.00pm - 9.00pm  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. 

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

Ticket: Free, but booking essential:

*Friday 25 May, 8.00pm, St Michael's, Roding Road, Loughton IG10 3EJ A Cinque Port: Sandwich in Kent  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  

Tuesday 29 May. Tea Dance 

Venue: St Michael's Church, Roding Road, Loughton

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