The Loughton Festival - 2015 Loughton Festival
The Loughton Festival - Heritage, Literature, Arts & Culture

Organised by volunteers for the benefit of Loughton Residents.

Our 2015 Festival events will be used to raise money for Epping Forest ReUSE. Two of our events will also raise money for the Amanda Byatt Care Foundation and the Chigwell Disabled Group.


All events have been organised by the Loughton Festival team unless they are marked with *, in which case they have been organised in partnership with another organisation. 

*Saturday 2 May, Bank Holiday Riverside Walk
along the Thames led by Anne-Marie Craven. 3 miles focusing on the history and buildings of the area. Meet at 10.30 at Tower Hill Underground Station, if possible near the orientation map just above the statue of Trajan. Finish near Limehouse DLR Station or pub in Narrow St. £8

Saturday 2 May, 7.30 St John's, Church Lane, Loughton. CLESO Organ Concert,  organ music played by some of the best organ recitalists in the country who will be demonstrating the versatility  of the organ with music that is both old and modern. Organised by the 
City of London and Eastern Society of Organists, an organisation for those passionate about the organ and its music in the City of London, East London and Essex.
£5 on the door. 
Sunday 3 May morning only.  Loughton Farmers' Market Stall and programmes will be available. 

*8 May, 10.30 am - 3.00pm Creative Expressions Day
Loughton Methodist Church
 (Wesley Hall and Life Works ) High Road, Loughton.  Parking in Traps Hill car park. 
Poetry and live performance s  from 12.30 to 3pm. Raffle for Epping Forest Reuse. Organised by Chigwell Disabled Group and Lifeworks Loughton Methodist Church Free Admission.

Free event. No need to book. 


9 May, 10.00am - 5.00pm

How safe do you feel when you are out and about? When you are home do you know how to deal with callers or intruders? How good is your first aid in an emergency? This programme will teach you how to protect yourself and to defuse situations and should something threaten or disturb you, this one-day course will teach you new skills to help you deal with the situation safely. 

See the full programme on the tab

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£12 plus booking fee.
Lunch not provided, so please bring your own or eat locally.

Venue: The Space, next to Loughton Library
Traps Hill, Loughton, IG10 2HD


The Post Office Went To War
SATURDAY 9 MAY. 10.00am-4.00pm
Evening talk and refreshments 4.00pm-5.00pm
The BPMA Museum Store
Unit 7, Imprimo Park, Debden Industrial Estate,
Lenthall Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 3UF
Free event. No need to book, just DROP IN!

In March 1915, after months of training, the Post Office Rifles arrived in France and were almost immediately thrown into the battle of Festubert – one of the major offensives of the First World War. Documenting his experiences at the time was postal worker and Post Office Rifleman Thomas May.

Join us on Saturday 9 May to find out more about life at the Front and at home for the thousands of Post Office employees who, like May, dedicated themselves to the war effort. 

Immerse yourself in stories from the past, before ending the day with some drinks and nibbles and a fascinating talk on how the Post Office went to war.

* PROM IN THE FOREST  9 May, 7pm

The Church of the Holy Innocents, High Beach, Church Lane, High Beach, IG10 4BF

Prom in the Forest to celebrate the 70th anniversary of

A 'Last Night of the Proms' style event

Tickets £10.00 to include light refreshments and glass of wine/soft drink 

Tickets are available from Jane Begley 07572 111387 or or on the door.


Sunday 10 May, 2.00pm - 5pm, LYP Photography Workshop. 

The Space, next to Loughton Central Library,Loughton, Essex,IG10 1HD

We are also launching a photography competition on this day and the results will be announced on Sunday 31 May at the same venue, so if you enter, please put this date in your diary. Anyone of any age can enter. 
For more details about the workshop or the competition, please email Nick Robinson: 


*Erato Consort
Thursday 14 May, 7.30
Gardeners’ Arms Clubhouse,  York Hill, Loughton IG10 1RX 
 The Erato Consort sings unaccompanied music of the 
16th and 17th centuries.
Tickets: £8 Order from: 0790 419 2930



Saturday 16 May, 

St Mary's Church, Loughton High Road

First World War and the British Empire

Led by Professor David Stevenson.

Please see the Study Day tab for the full programme and for information about how to book.


Saturday 16 May, 7.30Open Mic Competition 
for 11 - 18 year olds.

Live music organised in association with the Red Balloon Family 

Which will be the best performance on the night?

You get to choose and there is a fabulous prize for the winning band who will receive a four-hour recording session at the Soundlabs Recording Studios, worth over £100. We are very grateful to Soundlabs for donating this fabulous prize.

£1.50 for under 18s
£3.00 for over 18s
Pay on the door



Wednesday 20 May, 8pm
The Studio, Loughton Methodist Church, IG10 1RB

By Susan Homewood

For the larger part of her active career, former Suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst lived in Woodford. Susan Homewood explores her life and local connections from the First World War until 1956, when Sylvia was finally persuaded to accept Emperor Haile Selassie’s gift of a home in Ethiopia.

Sylvia Pankhurst Trust


Saturday 23 May,                                                      
Let's DisGO, for under 7's and adults go FREE

Murray Hall, Borders Lane, Loughton. Full details can be found on the LET'S DisGO tab to the left of this page or by clicking on the On line Booking icon below.  


Saturday 23 May: Loughton Festival Walk in Epping Forest.

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



Forest Musical Theatre Company

Lopping Hall, High road, Loughton IG10 4LF

23 May, 8.00. Loughton Loves Musicals

For one night only, an evening of some of the best known show tunes brought to you by Forest Musical Theatre Company as part of the Loughton Festival.  With a spectacular cornucopia of showstoppers from the West End, Broadway and the Movies!

This evening of cabaret will bring back the magic of what musicals can do - bring a smile to your face and a tap in your step! 

Join in with a multitude of performers as they perform some of the most loved tracks from the musicals.  A treat for audiences of all ages.  

There will be a licensed bar and nibbles available on the evening, including waiter service.  Whilst the seating will be in a traditional cabaret style so bring a group of friends, or make new ones, and join in the fun.


Book now or tickets are available on the door.   


To buy on line please click the on line booking tab above or copy this url into your browser.    £8


Thursday 28 May, 10.30am Creative Expressions Walk for people of all abilities and disabilities.

Meet 10.30am at the car park next to the Kings Oak pub and cafe. Distance over half a mile, wheelchair accessible. Circular walk to learn more about the forest and to take photographs. All flat land. Bring your own camera. The walk will be led by John Price, a local photographer. 

There is no public transport to High Beach. If you require support during the walk, please bring your own carers or support workers.

Please bring suitable clothing in case of bad weather. There is a cafe nearby and don't forget your camera!  Don't forget we have a photography competition,  for details

Saturday 30th May 10.30am 
Charity football match.  Debden Sports Club, Chigwell Lane, Loughton IG10 3TP.  

Kick off at 11am Spectators welcome.  FREE

Supporting the Amanda Byatt Care Foundation.

Sunday 31 May

Two events in one:
Bake Off Competition and cake auction and a Photography exhibition.   
Sunday 31 May 2.00 – 5.00pm
Venue: The Space, next to Loughton Central Library, Loughton, Essex,IG10 1HD

Bake Off Competition: cakes must be in between 12.00 and 1.00pm and judging will take place at 1.00pm.  You or your child can bake any kind of cake, and judging will be according to age.  The cakes will be judged by Latifa Hassanali, Chef d'entreprise, Fabulicious Baking School, Loughton High Road. See the Loughton Festival website for more details or email, 020 8508 2512

Photography Competition exhibition. Find out who our winner is and view the exhibition of photographs.

The doors open at 2.00pm and we will be announcing the winner of the Bake Off competition and also the Photography Competition. Cakes will be auctioned off for our charity: Epping Forest ReUSE, so please bring a plastic bag along with you!

Both of the competitions are free to enter. More details of the photographic competition: or for the bake off, 

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