Special Events

The Leigh-on-Sea Folk Festival was established in 1992 and has become the largest free folk festival in the country. It now includes concerts, dance displays, ceilidhs, a centrepiece procession, workshops, open mic, kids’ activities, film, street theatre, storytelling, busking, art and plenty more besides.

The 2022 festival is planned for 23-26th June
For the latest information contact https://leighfolkfestival.com/

The Harwich International Shanty Festival takes place every year in the old town at Harwich where shanty crews from around the world come to Essex to entertain us and take over the town for a few days.

Shanties on the Ha’penny Pier – October 2021

Wherever you go in the town, be it in the pubs, in the streets, even inside the Redoubt fort, you will likely encounter singers dressed in strange nautical garb. Perhaps you will catch a glimpse of an old Thames Sailing Barge on the quayside or hear the sound of a cannon being fired over the estuary.

The 2022 festival is planned for 7-9th October
For the latest information contact https://harwichshantyfestival.co.uk/

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