The Loughton Festival 2018 - 2017 PROGRAMME
The Loughton Festival 2018 - Heritage, Literature, Arts & Culture

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In 2017 our charities will be: 




Can you take a better photo than this?

Loughton Festival PHOTOGRAPHY Competition.

Deadline: 1 May 2017

You can submit your printed photos of Epping Forest to The Space, Loughton Library by 1 May (A4 please) or email them to by the same date. 

Children welcome to enter. When you email, please can you say if you are under 16 to make sure your photo is entered in to the right class.

The competition is free to enter, the best photos in the opinion of our judges will be printed, framed and displayed in Loughton Library from 22 May where they will be offered for sale. The proceeds will be donated to our charities.

Terms and Conditions can be found on the Competitions tab, to the left of this page. 

Saturday 29 April: Meet at 12 noon

Meet: Loughton Library, Traps Hill, IG10 1HD

Learn to Take Forest Photos with John Price.

2 hours walking in the forest, then an opportunity to edit and then submit your pictures to the Festival Photographic Competition. Bring your own camera. Children must be accompanied.   Walkers walk at their own risk so please make sure you take special care when crossing roads and in the forest.     Adults £5, children free.

*Saturday 29 April: 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday 30 April: 1 pm – 5 pm; Monday 1 May: 10 am – 5 pm

Venue: Church of the Holy Innocents, High Beach, Church Lane, IG10 4BF
Flower Festival.

Lunches served between 12 noon and 2 pm Saturday and Monday.
Tea, coffee & homemade cake all day.

* Saturday, 29th April - "Springtime Serenade" - a concert featuring the Three Valleys Male Voice Choir (singing Songs from the Shows, 60's Hits plus well known Opera Pieces) in St. John the Baptist Church, Church Lane, Loughton at 7.30pm.   Interval refreshments.  £10.00 - tickets on the door or in advance from the Parish Office, 9am to 12 noon Monday to Thursday, (020 8532 0060) or from 020 8508 3539.  Proceeds to St. John the Baptist Church.


Monday 1st May to Saturday 20 May.

Sketches: An Exhibition by John Price. 

A free exhibition, displayed in the Loughton Library Art Gallery

Drop in to view anytime the library is open. The sketches will be for sale. 

rday 6 May: 10 am – 3 pm

Venue: GROW CommunityGarden, access road next to Flat 109, Pyrles Lane, IG10 2NH      

NB: No parking available at the site. 

GROW Community Garden Picnic.

Bring your own food.  Teas and cake on sale – all donations to fund GROW Community Garden.

Organic fruit and vegetable garden.

All welcome including accompanied children. Please wear suitable clothes and footwear. Bring your own gardening gloves if possible to lend a hand and get involved with the project, if you wish to do so. 

There will also be a participative 'Sow and Grow' workshop will be held at 11.30am

Contact or mobile 074 9291 5531.


Saturday 6 May

Open Day 1 pm – 6 pm; just drop in and have a look around. FREE

Talks: 2 pm – 5.30 pm
£6 for all talks, to go to our 2017 charities.

The Loughton Masonic Centre, 16 High Beech Road, Loughton, IG10 4BL

Talk Details: 

2.15pm Freemasonry Today, Chris Hicks;

3.30pm Snaresbrook House: A Georgian Survivor, Lynn Jones;

4.45pm Epping Forest and the Natural Aspect: The Campaign to Bring Beauty to the People, Paul Thompson, Superintendent of Epping Forest. 

£6 includes entrance fee and all 3 talks.  Cash bar.

There are steps to the hall. There is a lift around the side of the building if you wish to view the upstairs 


Sunday 7 May: meeting at 11 am, Loughton Station.

Details: The Victorian Forest: an all-day walk.

This walk will proceed from Loughton Station to Chingford, then re-trace the course of Queen Victoria's visit from Chingford Station to High Beach on 6 May 1882, then return from High Beach to Loughton. Length approx. six miles. Two refreshment breaks (refreshments not included). Commentary on Epping Forest in Victorian times. Please wear stout shoes or boots. No children or pets. Walkers walk at their own risk. Cost £5 No need to book.  


Tuesday 9 May, 7.30 pm

Venue: The Wesley Hall,Loughton Methodist Church, 260 Loughton High Road, IG10 IRB (around the back of the Church). 

Talk: Epping Forest and a Literary Life, Nicholas Hagger.

Author of more than 40 books, including A View of Epping Forest, Nicholas Hagger has been connected to Loughton for decades and this has influenced his world view, his poetry and his philosophy.
Tickets: £5, £3 concessions, sold on the door.

*Friday 12 May: 

Entry to the Art Exhibition will be available for two weeks and it will be part of the Loughton Art Trail. 

If you would like to display your art at the exhibition please contact Ray Harris: – hanging fee applies.

*Saturday 13 – Saturday 27 May             
Venue: Loughton Library, Traps Hill

Details: The Loughton Art Trail 

A series of art events will run alongside the Art Trail. Please pick up your programme of events from the Loughton Arts Centre, next to Lopping Hall, in May.

*Saturday 13 May,2.30 pm
Venue: 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.  £5 on the door.

Saturday 13 May, 7.30 pm

Venue: Lopping Hall, High Road, IG10 4LN

Details: Loughton Loves Lloyd Webber.  A new programme of music from the shows you know and love, performed by the Forest Musical Theatre Company.  Cash bar. Photo: Mark Dalton 2016.

Tickets: £10, concessions £8, tickets sold on the door or reserve tickets: 020 8508 2512 or email 

*Sunday 14 May

Charity 4k Family Fun Run organised by Loughton Town Council
Meet: Roding Valley Recreation ground, IG10 3BT

Registration from 9.30 am 
10.15 am Warm Up and 
10.30am Start

Entry: Children (under 16) £5, Adults £10, Family £20 (1 adult & more than 2 children)

For more information email or phone 020 8508 4200

*Sunday 14 May, 3 pm
Church of the Holy Innocents, High Beach, Church Lane, IG10 4BF

Music for a Sunday Afternoon played by members of the Woodford Symphony Orchestra

Tickets: £5 sold at the door. No need to book.

*Thursday 18 & Friday 19 May

Epping Forest Visitor Centre, Paul's Nursery Road, High Beach, IG10 4AF

Details: 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 8508 9061.

Friday 19 May, 2 pm

Venue: Debden Library, Epping Forest College, IG10 3SA

Maurice Day Remembers! 

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

In this interview, David Stevenson will interview Maurice Day about growing up in the area during the Second World War.

He will talk about the army base, the places children played and what they got up to, the farms and the farmers and of course, Loughton Hall.  A free talk, no booking necessary. 


Saturday 20 May,10 am – 4.30 pm

Loughton Library, Traps Hill, IG10 1HD

Details: Study School: Russian Revolution Study Day led by David Stevenson, who will re-tell the Russian Revolution’s story, explaining its causes, course, and consequences.

Starting with Russia at the beginning of the twentieth century, it will examine Russia’s involvement in the First World War; Tsar Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra, and the ‘Mad Monk’ Grigory Rasputin; the overthrow of the Romanov dynasty in the February Revolution of 1917; the rise of Lenin and the Bolsheviks and their seizure of power in the October Revolution; foreign intervention, the civil war, and the road to Communist dictatorship. More details on the Study Day tab to the left of this page.

Tickets: £15, bring your own lunch. Tea will be available. 
 Booking appreciated but not essential.


*Saturday 20 May, 11.30 onwards Loughton Bowling Club open day. (or any Friday night 5.30 - 8pm, May to September).  Make new friends, learn new skills and enjoy a game of bowls at the Loughton Bowling Club, Eleven Acre Rise (behind the cricket club). For more information pleae phone 0208 508 3546.

*Saturday 20 May, 2pm – 4pm 

Loughton Youth Centre, next to Murray Hall, 106 Borders Lane, IG10 3SB.

YC10 Activity Day. Age 11-16. Quiz, Games and pizza. 

£2 per person.

Contact: or 020 8508 6743



Saturday 20 May: 7.30 pm
Venue: St. John’s Church, Church Lane, Loughton, IG10 1PD

Voluntary in A minor, John James (fl, 1730);

Chorale prelude on "Ye Boundless Realms of Joy",

C. H. H. Parry (1848-1918).
Improvisation piece

Andante Tranquillo from
Mendelssohn's 3rd Organ SonataDubois Toccata In G Major.

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.

Walk: Epping Forest Heaths on the High Land.

*Sunday 21st May, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm
Meet at Jack’s Hill car park north, off Coppice Row (B172) Theydon Bois Grid ref: TQ436996  Discover these intriguing relic heaths with Peter Adams. Organised by the Friends of Epping Forest. 


Sunday 21 May:3 pm                                                      
Loughton Baptist Church, 92 High Road, IG10 4QU

Loughton Dance Showcase: Bringing you the finest acts by local dance & theatre youth groups. 

A show for people of all ages!  
Tickets: on the door: £5, under-12s free.

Monday 22 May – 3 June.                                       
Loughton Festival Photography Exhibition: All Seasons in Epping Forest

Details: a free exhibition, displayed in the Loughton Library Art Gallery. 

The photographs will be for sale and the proceeds with go to our charities.

*Thursday 25 May, Doors open 7.45 pm for 8pm.

Venue: Loughton Folk Club, Loughton Club, 8 Station Road, IG10 4NX.

Details: Daria Kulesh. Please note that this performance is accessed via a set of stairs.

Tickets: £5.00 on the door. For more information call Gary on 079 144 346 85 or Steve on 079 317 004 42 or you can email 

*Friday 26 May, 8 pm                                           
Venue: St. Michael’s Church, Roding Road, IG10 3EJ

Talk:  Peterborough and the Nene Valley.

Organised by Herts & Essex Architectural Society.

Peterborough Cathedral

Tickets: £2.50 on the door, refreshments included.

Saturday 27 May, 11 am for a 11.15 am start – 5.15 pm

Venue: St Michael’s Church, Roding Road, Loughton IG10 3EJ

Study Day:Zero Night: the story of a Great Escape.
The tutor is Mark Felton, who wrote a book of this name about the daring escape of 40 officers from a German POW Camp. 

Zero Night is currently being made into a film, so before it is released, come and hear the story first hand from the book’s author!

Tickets:  £21, including a sandwich lunch. To book: or 0208 508 2512.   

Sunday 28 May: 10 am- 5 pm

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

Music in the evening, please see below.


Stalls, music, cricket, family entertainment, children's cricket, raffle and a cash bar. 

Listen to Vic Griffith and his wonderful Caribbean Band now by clicking on this link: 

10am Gates Open.
Registration for the Fitness Challenge. Insanity and Pilates 10.15 - 11.15.
Following that there will be demonstrations including Tai Chi and Karate.

12pm The Mayor will open the event and the Caribbean Band will play.

1pm Essex Air Ambulance fly over.

Caribbean music to 2pm.

2.30, deadline for bake off entries to be brought to the show ground.

3pm Bake Off results announced followed by an auction to sell of the first three cakes and the winners of the Loughton Photographer of the Year competition. 

4pm - 5pm Caribbean Band 

5pm Event closes. 

3pm Baking and Photography Competition results and cake auction, see competition tabs to the left of this page for details of how to enter.

Live music to 5pm. 

Jointly organised by the Loughton Festival and Loughton Cricket Club.
To be judged by 
Latifa Hassanali
Owner, Pâtissier/Boulanger

Sunday 28 May: 7.30 pm
Loughton Cricket Club, The Uplands, IG10 1NQ

Live Music with Paul Jeffreys and Trevor Attwater plus recorded music to relax to. 

Cash bar.

Ticket: £5 donation to our charities on the door.


*Tuesday 30 May: 10 am – 4 pm                           
Loughton Bowls Club, Eleven Acre Rise, IG10 1AN

WEA Day School Victoria, Grandmother of Europe.  Tutor Margaret Mills.

Booking: £25, please phone 020 8508 4554 

Tuesday 30 May 2.30 pm for 3 pm start, ends at 5pm             
Venue:    St. Michael’s Church, Roding Road, Loughton, IG10 3EJ

 1940s themed tea dance. 40s costume is optional.

Tickets: £2.50 entrance; refreshments extra. 

Please book: 0208 418 7944,

Event run by the Epping Forest Field Centre, High Beach.
Loughton Forest Family Fun Day. 
Tuesday 30 May 2017 Times: 11am-3pm. 

Activities include: Pond Dipping, Bug Hunting, Forest Play and explore Epping Forest with family and friends for free... join us for games and activities in your forest.

Meet: Loughton Brook Storage Pond, Staples Road, Loughton. IG10 1HN anytime, this is a drop in activity and booking is not required.
Age Range: toddlers to adults

This event is free of charge.


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