Essex Festivals

We will be launching our listing of 2018 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 Palace Hotel, Southend
Friday 19th January 2018 to Sunday 28th January 2018
“We have two packed weekends, and we’ve even thrown in a couple of sessions of short films, with our compliments, for early arrivals on the second weekend. All this, plus local legend Pat Higgins with another wonderful Masterclass and more filmmakers and actors than ever before, makes Horror-on-Sea the fest you cannot miss!”
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Essex Book Festival
Various location across Essex
1st – 31st March 2018
The Essex Book Festival was established by Essex County Council in 1999. Now run by an independent charity it hosts 60+ events in over 30 venues across the County, including theatres, libraries, schools, universities, through to cafes and art galleries.
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Essex Pride 2018
Central Park, Chelmsford
Saturday 16th June 2018, noon until late….
“Essex Pride is an annual celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) life in Essex and beyond.”
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The Harwich Festival
various locations in Harwich
Thursday 21st June 2018 to Sunday 1st July 2018
Classical music, spoken word, visual arts, dance, world music, folk, jazz and more. More details about the programme and artists when available.
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Major Rocks Music Festival
The Beckingham Bell, Beckingham Street, Tolleshunt Major CM9 8LL
Saturday 28th July 2018
“911, Honeyz, Sonia, Dario G and much more will be performing, with support from ‘Frog on a Rocket’, ‘David Barnes’, ‘Sons of Southpaw’, ‘The Stents’ & Much More!”
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