Essex Festivals

We will be launching our listing of 2019 art and music festivals shortly. We also have a separate food and drink festivals in Essex page, and if you are wanting beer festivals visit our sister site Essex Real Ale.

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Horror on Sea Film Festival
Park Inn Radisson, Southend on Sea
Friday 11th January 2019 to Sunday 20th January 2019
Over two weekends – lots of films (feature length and shorts), and masterclasses, guest directors and actors, trade stands and more.
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Brightlingsea Winterfest
Various locations in Brightlingsea
Various dates in February 2019.
“Since it began in 2015, WinterFest has been helping fight depression by raising spirits and developing a sense of community during the darkest time of the year. It’s a serious subject, but we have a lot of fun with a host of music, arts and other events taking place in February.”
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Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival
Various locations in Brentwood
Thursday 21st February 2019 to Saturday 23rd February 2019
Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival is for children (and their grown ups) from pre-schoolers to teens. Several events at a couple of locations across the town.
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Harwich Festival
Various locations in Harwich
20th – 30th June 2019!
More details when available.
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Village Green 2019
Chalkwell Park, Westcliff on Sea
Saturday 13th July 2019
“Village Green, the much-loved family-friendly arts festival returns to Southend for its tenth edition.”
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Harwich Maritime Festival
Harwich Marina
Saturday 27th July 2019, 10:00-22:00
“The festival will reflect both the town’s rich maritime history and its vibrant creative community. It will also incorporate the RNLI’s National Lifeboat day.”
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Harwich International Shanty Festival
Various locations in Harwich and offshore me hearties.
Friday 11th October 2019 to Sunday 13th October 2019
Three days of shanty crews a-singing in various locations across Harwich.
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