The Loughton Festival 2018 - 2018 EVENTS
The Loughton Festival 2018 - Heritage, Literature, Arts & Culture


Events marked with * are organised by associated groups who help us raise money for our charities. We take no responsibility for their events. 

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, The Uplands. Loughton, IG10 1NQ
Tickets:  £5 on the door.

Booking: You can book by email: or by phone: 07702225937 or just turn up on the day! 


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. 

Arthur Morrison lived in Loughton and also at High Beach, where he is buried.

 Tickets: on the door £5 

 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 4k 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, 8 Station Road, Loughton IG10 4NX

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

Entry FREE, but donations to our charity welcome. 


*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, 8 Station Road, Loughton IG10 4NX

Tickets £5 on the door 


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. He was also Tutor to Emperor Hirohito’s second son, Masahito, Prince Hitachi from 1964 until 1967. He wrote for The Times and taught in London. 

Venue:  The Hope Centre, St Mary's Church, Loughton High Road IG10 1BB. 

Tickets: £3 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. Drop in. Call Pesh for more details 02085002527

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


*Friday 11 May, 10.30 - 3pm 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, 260 High Rd, Loughton IG10 1RB



Friday 11 May,

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

Venue: St John’s Church, Church Lane, Loughton, IG10 1PD 

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


Saturday 12 May, 11.00am - 12.30pm

Oral History: Sharing Stories

Details: What do you remember from 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, Epping Forest College, Rectory Lane, Loughton  Free event, just turn up on the day. 



*Saturday 12 May, 12.00 -4.00pm - Embers the Dragon Comes to Loughton – Family Fun Day 

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. 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

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

Venue: Loughton Baptist Church, High Road, Loughton IG10 4QU


*Saturday May 12 1.30 - 3.30 

Tower Tours of the St John’s Church Tower 

Visit the Tower of St John’s Church, Church Lane, Loughton, IG10 1PD. 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 please book through this website:


*12th May, at 7.00 pm. The Church of the Holy Innocents, High Beach,   Loughton, IG10 4BF 

 “Songbirds”   Music for a summer evening!  

Tickets £10.00 to include light buffet from or 07572 111387


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 May, 10.00am to 4.00pm, perhaps later?


Venue: Loughton Cricket Club, The Uplands. Loughton, IG10 1NQ

Featuring Gina Morris and her Insanity workout and throughout the day, a women's softball cricket, come along and have a go. Stalls, food, live music, and children's activities. FREE entry.


“From Russia with Love”

Friday 18 May,  7.30 for an 8.00pm start. 

LADS and the Loughton Festival presents

 “The Memory of Snow”

by Sian Rowland, we also include 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                                                         Venue: Lopping Hall,  189 High Road, Loughton, IG10 4LF

Tickets £10 available from; box office: 07552 736 110.   Some may be available on the door.

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, 260 High Rd, Loughton IG10 1RB

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 189 High Road, Loughton IG10 4LF

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


*Sunday 20 May, 12.00 - 5.00pm 

The Chigwell Fete
, on Chigwell Green (opposite the shops).

Organised by The Rotary Club of Loughton, Buckhurst Hill & Chigwell.



*20th May, 10:30am-4pm

Looking Back and Looking Forward – Arts and Drama in Epping Forest

Celebrating the history of Epping Forest and looking forward to future preservation. This event will feature arts and craft stalls, history of the forest and artwork from Sunflower Group.

At 11am and 2pm there will be an interactive theatre piece within the forest, exploring the mysterious life of Princess Gytha.

Venue:  The Kings Oak pub, at High Beach.

Entry to the event is free. Spaces for the theatre performance are limited and should be booked in advance by emailing

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, parents and volunteers with organisations. You never know when you will be called on to save a life. 

FREE event, only 30 tickets are available. Booking online only.

Donations for Danny's fundraising will be requested on entry. He is raising money to put defibrillators in local schools.

Sadly 270 children die in the UK per year after suffering a Sudden Cardiac Arrest at school. It is vitally important that if you are a teacher or a parent that you learn emergency first aid. 

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

*Saturday 26 May, 10am - 3pm  Epping Forest College Open Day

Displays and entertainment including drama, music, dance, hair and beauty, face painting, photography. 
Venue: Epping Forest College, Borders Lane, Loughton IG10 3SA

*Tuesday 29 May, 11.00am - 3.00pmLoughton Family Fun Day.   

FSC Epping Forest will be hosting a day of pond dipping, minibeast hunting and more at the Loughton Brook Storage Pond, Staples Road, Loughton. IG10 1HN

Join them to explore Epping Forest with your family and friends.  Enquiries: 020 8502 8500


Tuesday 29 May, 2.00pm - 4.00pm 

Loughton Festival Show & Singalong with 
Roy Hamilton. 

Enjoy a cup of tea and some cake while you are  entertained by Roy Hamilton, followed by music (on CD) from the 1940s and 1950s. 

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

Tickets: £5 to include tea and cake. Booking essential: 020 8418 7944 Mornings only. 

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