In 2014 we will be moving the Festival to May.
Unfortunately, this means some of our old favourites will be taking place too early to include, so we are listing them here.
PRE-FESTIVAL EVENTS (please scroll down for Loughton Festival events in May).
* indicates a partnership event
* Friday 21 March, 8pm Listing Historic Buildings - what should we protect?
Matthew Saunders, Chair, Ancient Monuments Society and of the Friends of Friendless Churches. St Michael and All Angels Church, Roding Road, Loughton IG10 3EJ
Saturday 22 March
The annual Youth Music Festival concert was, until last year, one of our favourite Loughton Festival events. Previous performers included Jonathan Antoine. Who will amaze us this year? A not to be missed event. http://www.music-at-lmc.org.uk/
31 March & 1 April, 7.30pm Motiv8
* Epping Forest College, Borders Lane, Loughton, IG10 3SA
Motiv8 is an annual youth and community dance showcase, with local dance groups from across the Epping Forest district performing their latest dance pieces. Presented by Epping Forest District Council in partnership with Epping Forest College Performing Arts. £7 full price / £4.50 Concessions (under16s/students/over 60s) Tickets go on sale 24 February
Booking line: 01992 564226 (Mon-Fri 10am-4pm)
EARLY BOOKING IS RECOMMENDED!
* Friday 25 April, 8pm. £2.50. Essex War Memorials, Paul Rusiecki, author and Essex historian. St Michael and All Angels Church, Roding Road, Loughton IG10 3EJ.In association with HEARS.
EVENTS IN MAY 2014
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.
Please send a cheque made payable to HEARS and an SAE to
18 Wellfields, Loughton, Essex IG10 1NX.
You may also turn up and pay on the first day, but we would appreciate it if you would please let us know, if you can, so we can make sure there are enough seats out and enough handouts. email@example.com
The class has been organised by HEARS and the Loughton Festival. http://hears.vpweb.co.uk
*Friday 9 May, 10.30 to 3pm. Drop in event. Loughton Methodist Church, Creative Expressions Community Day; 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 for charity. Organisers: Life Works and the Chigwell Disabled Group.
*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.
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 first, 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.
CLESO Organ Recital
Saturday 10 May
7pm 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. www.cleso.org.uk
*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!
Saturday 17 May 11am
Green Fair, St Mary's Church, Loughton High Road. Free event.
Stalls including the RSPB, Epping Forest District Council 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.
Time to get cooking..... and if you can used locally sourced ingredients, that would be great.
*Saturday 17 May, Loughton High Road Fashion Show. Details will be posted on this page as soon as we receive them.
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. http://www.eppingforestband.co.uk Tickets are £8, seats are unreserved. Accompanied under 16s are admitted free. Proof of age may be required.
*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.
Sunday 18 May
Loughton Club, Loughton Festival Gala 7pm, live music and a raffle for the Loughton Food Bank. We are grateful to the Loughton Club for supporting this event again this year. £3
*Exhibition: History of the London City Mission
Tuesday 20 May - Thursday 22 May
10am - 4pm (tbc)
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 - 9.30
Talk: HISTORY OF THE LONDON CITY MISSION
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.
Saturday 24 May
Sponsored football match Proceeds for the Loughton Foodbank.
Free to spectators.
Epping Forest Chamber FC v Restore
Kick off 11am
Debden Sports Club, Chigwell Lane, Loughton,
Essex, IG10 3TP
Saturday 24 May Music and Magic 7.30
concert at St Mary's Church, for the Loughton Food Bank.
1. Hannah Bennett (Voice);
2. Danielle Mac (Violin)
3. Professor Whizzo (Magic Circle Magician);
4. The Crofton Singers.
This is an evening not to be missed. Light classics, popular music and magic! Suitable for older accompanied children and adults of all ages.
Sunday 25 May
, 10.30am meeting at Homebase, Church Hill, Loughton. A walk led by Maurice Day.
A walk back in time, starting at the old bus garage (now Homebase). A walk and talk. Maurice is an experienced walk leader for Lifewalks and a local historian. Just turn up. The walk will last approximately 2 hours.
*EVENTS FOR FAMILIES
"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 www.redballoonfamily.co.uk/holiday 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.
*EPPING FOREST FIELD CENTRE EVENTS FOR FAMILIES
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.field-studies-council.org/centres/eppingforest/leisurelearning/ecoactivities/family-courses-and-events.aspx
Saturday 31 May Study Day,
Understanding the First World War.
10am - 4.30pm. Lopping Hall, Loughton High Road. Advance booking advisable, but it should be possible to just turn up and pay on the door. If you wish to check on availability please phone 020 8508 2512.
£15, £12 concessions. Teas included but not lunch. Advance booking is now open: Loughton Festival 18 Wellfields, Loughton, Essex IG10 1NX.
Led by David Stevenson, Professor of History at the London School of Economics. Author of 5 books and countless articles 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.
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).
To cut costs, we will not be serving lunch, so please bring your own. 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 email@example.com
Providing there are places available, you may also turn up on the day.
Saturday 31 May
, 7.00 pm Concert at the Church of the Holy Innocents, Church Lane, High Beach, IG10 4BF
Concert by Chamber choir - Amici Miei led by Lawrence Tatnall.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on the door. All proceeds for Loughton Food Bank.