The Loughton Festival 2016 - Programme 2017
The Loughton Festival 2016 - Heritage, Literature, Arts & Culture

Loughton Festival Programme 2017

Welcome to the Loughton Festival.  

The entire festival is organised by volunteers and events are used to raise money for our charities, which in 2017 will be the Loughton Youth Project and Essex Air Ambulance. 

We hope you will support us. Every event you attend helps our charities continue their great work.




This year's theme is Epping Forest.  

Full details will be found on a tab on the left hand side of the page. 

There will be two walks in Epping Forest to allow you to take photos, or you can take them independently. The first will be on 1 April and the second on 29 April, both will be led by John Price, a professional photographer. Walks last 2 hours and walkers walk at their own risk. 

The best photos will be printed, framed and hung in Loughton Library in the second half of May. All entries will be recorded electronically and displayed at various venues. 

If any of the prints are sold, the money will be donated to our charities, so do get snapping and enter our competition by the end of April. 

Details will be published on our Loughton Festival facebook page, so do like it and keep up to date with all the events.



* means that this event is not organised by us. Please contact the organiser of the event for more details.

Saturday 29 April,

Walk with John Price in Epping Forest to take photos that will be entered in the 

Loughton Festival Photography Competition.  

Meet outside the Kings Oak, High Beach at 12pm. Walk for about two hours, taking photos of the forest. You will need your own transport and camera. After the walk, it is hoped that we can find a venue to edit the images and choose photos to be entered in the competition.  £5, accompanied children free.

*Saturday 29 April – 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, Sunday 30 April 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm, 
Monday 1 May 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. 

Flower Festival at the Church of the Holy Innocents, High Beach.    Lunches served between 12.00 noon and 2.00 pm Saturday and Monday, Tea/coffee/homemade cake throughout the day.  

Saturday 6 May, 10.00 am – 3.00 pm, GROW Community Garden, Access road next to flat 109 Pyrles lane, Loughton IG10 2NH. Please note that there is no parking at the site. 

GROW Community Garden Picnic
– Bring your own food and teas and cake are available. 

DETAILS:   In July 2016 we took on a derelict site with the aim of turning it into an organic fruit and vegetable garden to serve the local community, bring people together while performing garden activities, learning new skills and making new friends. You can view the progress, take part in the garden activities with buddy volunteers and enjoy your picnic lunch on the green of Hilly Fields.
All welcome including accompanied children. Please wear suitable clothes and footwear. Bring your own gardening gloves if possible. 

A selection of cakes will be on sale, all donations will be used to fund further work on the Community Garden.

Contact for more information 074 9291 5531

Saturday 6 May, 2pm to 5pm, The Loughton Masonic Centre, 16 High Beech Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 4BL 

Three talks, one price. Pay £6 for entrance to the talks and to this fine building. The money will all go to the Loughton Festival charities: The Essex Air Ambulance and the Loughton Youth Project.  

There are plenty of seats in the hall, so do come along and bring a friend or two;  the bar will be open!

Talk 1: "Freemasonary Today"  Speaker to be announced.

Talk 2: "Snaresbrook House; A Georgian Survivor" by Lyn Jones.

Talk 3: Paul Thompson, Superintendent of Epping Forest. 

Queen Victoria in Epping forest.

Picture courtesy of City of London. 

Sunday 7 May, All-Day Walk: ‘The Victorian Forest’

Starting in Loughton, this walk will re-trace the course of Queen Victoria’s visit to Epping Forest, from Chingford Station to High Beach, on 6 May 1882. The walk will be accompanied by commentary on aspects of Epping Forest in Victorian times and a stop over at High Beach Church, where you can buy yourself a cup of tea and listen to a talk.  Full details can be found on the walks tab, to the left of this page. £5

Friday 12 May 10.30 to 3pm, Lifeworks, Loughton Methodist Church, Loughton High Road.  Creative Expressions Party and Art Exhibition. For people with learning difficulties and disabilities, their carers and their families and friends. Everyone welcome. There will be singing, music, dance, drama  £1 entrance fee

There will also be an Art Exhibition to coincide with the start of the Loughton Art Trail, if you would like to display your art there will be a hanging fee, please contact Ray Harris

May, 13-27 May The Loughton Art Trail.  A series of art events will run alongside the Art Trail including an exhibition of sketches by John Price, followed by an exhibition of photographs of Epping Forest (both at Loughton Library). Please pick up a programme from the Loughton Arts Centre, next door to Lopping Hall. 

Saturday 13 May, 2.30, National Jazz Archive, Loughton Library, Traps Hill. Talk: Listening to Jazz in the Digital Age. 

Stuart Nicholson will explore how we listen to music in general, and jazz in particular, in the new digital world, and how new technology is changing the experience.

Stuart is an award-winning music journalist and author. He is Visiting Professor at Leeds College of Music and has written seven books on jazz which have been translated into 13 languages. 

£5 on the door. 

Saturday 13 May 2017, 7.30 Loughton Loves Lloyd Webber at the Lopping Hall, High Road, Loughton. A new programme of music from the shows you know and love, performed by the Forest Musical Theatre Company  £10, concessions £8, tickets sold on the door. 

Sunday 14 May, 3.00pm  Music for a Sunday Afternoon, played by members of the Woodford Symphony Orchestra at the Church of Holy Innocents, High Beach. £5, tickets sold on the door. 

Thursday 18 & Friday 19 May

Epping Forest Visitor Centre, Paul's Nursery Road, High Beach, IG10 4AF  Come to the Visitor Centre for a short introduction to the Forest and then take a tour around the path with our leaders to discover some of the funny faces, ancient trees, signs of wildlife and more…. What would you say if you were a tree?  Specially for groups with learning, sensory or mobility difficulties. Booking essential  020 85089061.

On 18 May, 10.30 - 1.00pm there will be a Creative Sensory Walk, led by Ray Harris, for people with disabilities and their carers. Meet at the Visitor Centre. 

Friday 19 May, 2pm                                    
Debden Library, Epping Forest College, IG10 3SA

Maurice Day Remembers!  

Ever wondered what life in Loughton was like before the Debden Estate was built?

David Stevenson will interview Maurice Day about the army base, the places children played, the farms and the farmers and of course, Loughton Hall.  A free talk, just drop in. The interviewer will be David Stevenson.

No booking required, free talk.

* Saturday 20 May, 2pm – 4pm Loughton Youth Centre, next to Murray Hall, 106 Borders Lane, Loughton IG10 3SB. YC10  Activity Day. Age 11-16. Quiz, games and pizza. £2 per person

Saturday 20 May   10am - 4.30pm at Loughton Library. David Stevenson will be presenting another of his Study Days, this year he will be talking about the events in 1917, including the Russian Revolution. See the Study Day tab to the left of this page for more details of the programme. 

Saturday 20 May, 7.30pm Concert: Organ and Voices, St John's Church, Church Lane, Loughton IG10 1PD. 

CLESO stands for the City of London, East London and Essex and you can find out more about them and the work they do on their website:

Tickets on the door: £8 and £7 concessions

Sunday 21 May 3pm Children's show for children, by children. Loughton Baptist Church, 92 High Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 4QU£5 over 12s; under 12s free.

*Sunday 21 May 10.30 - 12.30 Walk, Epping Forest Heaths on the High Land. Discover these intriguing relic heaths - what are they like, frequent species and their conservation value with Peter Adams. Meet at Jack's Hill car park north, off Coppice Row (B172) Theydon Bois. Grid Ref TQ 436996. Organised by the Friends of Epping Forest.

*Thursday 25 May, Doors open 19.45.  Daria Kulesh at the Loughton Folk Club, Loughton Club, 8 Station Road, Loughton. Entrance fee £5.00. For more information: call Gary on 07914434685 or Steve on 07931700442  Please note that this event is upstairs. 
To find out more about Daria, please view her website:

* Friday 26 May, talk at St Michael's Church, Roding Road, Loughton IG1- 3EJ. Peterborough and the Nene Valley, talk. £2.50

Saturday 27 May, Study Day with Mark Felton, who's book, Zero Hour, is presently being turned into a film. It the subject of this Study Day which will be held at St Michael's Church, Roding Road, IG10 3EJ.  

There is more about the on the Study Day tab, to the left of this page.  


Sunday 28 May   HOWZAT FUN DAY at the Loughton Cricket Club, The Uplands IG10 1NQ

* Children's Cricket 
* Presentations
* Stalls
* Children's activities
* Caribbean band
* Cash bar
* Raffle
* Bouncy Castle
* Food 

At 3pm, there will also be a baking competition so bring your cakes between 1.30 and 2pm. Judging will be at 3pm and then the cakes will be auctioned off for our charities.

3.45pm The results of our photography competition will be announced and so will the winners of our raffle. 

Please note that there will not be any parking at the site. 

To find out more about booking a stall space please contact


Sunday 28 May, Loughton Cricket Club: Live Music by Paul Jeffreys.

Pay bar. 

£5 entrance, to go to our charities. 


*Tuesday 30 May, 10am - 4pm. WEA Day School Victoria - Grandmother of Europe.  Tutor: Margaret Mills. £25

Loughton Bowls Club, Eleven Acre Rise, IG10 1AN.  Please note that the toilets are down a short flight of stairs.
Booking essential, please phone 020 8508 4554

Tuesday 30 May 2.30 for 3pm start - 5pm 

A 1940s themed Tea Dance at St. Michael’s Church, Roding Road, Loughton, IG1 3EJ. 

40s costume is optional, but if you want to dress up, please do! 

£2.50 entrance and refreshments extra. 

Please take a look at the talk programme and various activities organised by Loughton Astronomical Society

LAS will be at Howzat on 28 May. 

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