Local Festivals and Events


Oh yes they will! Woodford Pantomime will be staging Treasure Island between 1st and 13th January 2018 in a production that will appeal to all ages. Full details and online booking available on the website.


Britain’s What’s On Event Guide
Where Can We Go. Britain’s What’s On Event Guide for FAMILY AND COMMUNITY EVENTS.
Trafalgar Square & London Festivals. Throughout the Year
The Trafalgar Square & London Festivals are London’s annual free programme of spectacular street arts and performances.
More London Free Festival usually held from April – October, at The Scoop at City Hall
The Scoop at More London, City Hall, is an outdoor sunken amphitheatre seating 800. Throughout the summer months it regularly hosts a variety of free events – from free films, free music and free theatre to local community events and activities.
London Marathon – Usually held in April
The marathon centre is home to all the important information about the Virgin London Marathon. From how to apply for a place, to the history of the race – it’s all here.
Red Nose Day – Usually held in March
Red Nose Day is usually held in March. It’s a day like no other when the whole country gets together to do something funny for money and change countless lives in the process.
Loughton Festival. Usually held March – May
The first Loughton Festival attracts a large audience, many of whom travelled to Loughton to enjoy a weekend of talks, music, art events and an extremely popular walk through Epping Forest.
University of East London Mayfest usually held in May
Docklands campus. There will be plenty going on with live music, performances, stalls, sports and more.
Spitalfields Summer Festival. Usually held in June
Spitalfields Music: the home of exceptional music making in London’s East End. Creating astounding live music experiences through performances and learning & participation. Inspired by the spirit of the area, its people and their global influences.
Waltham Abbey Town Show. Usually held in June
The Waltham Abbey Town Show has been operating for many years and attracts a wide range of craft exhibitors. The Town Show will incorporate a craft fair marquee into the existing show which boasts helicopter rides, funfair, music & sideshows.
Coin Street Festival. Usually held in July
Bernie Spain Gardens, [adjacent to Oxo Tower Wharf], South Bank, London SE1 9PH. 3 stages in & around Bernie Spain Gardens on London’s South Bank, Celebrating a profusion of new talent performing music, dance & the spoken word.
Chingford Village Festival. Usually held in June
A great fun day at The Green, corner of Station/Kings Road. E4. See their website for details.
Greenwich+Docklands International Festival. Usuall held late June/July
See the world from a different angle at this year’s Greenwich+Docklands International Festival and join us for some amazing international theatre spectacle alongside new commissions and London premiers from a whole host of outstanding companies.
Walthamstow Festival. Usually held in July.
A packed Saturday all round the square (High Street Walthamstow) with stuff popping up everywhere and at any time. A packed celebration including: live music, street theatre, stilt walkers, magicians, belly dancers and a film.
Rhythm of London Music Events. All over London. Usually held in July
Rhythm of London is a two-day celebration of music making, each with a distinct focus, taking place on throughout London.
Capital AGE Festival. Usually held in July
Capital Age Festival (CAF) is London’s largest and liveliest arts festival organised by, for and with older people. Bernie Spain Gardens, next to OXO Tower Wharf.
Leytonstone Festival. Usually held in July
Organised by the Leytonstone Festival Association, the Festival programme showcases local talent and features a broad spectrum of the arts, catering for all ages and backgrounds.
Shoreditch Festival. Usually held in July
Produced by Shoreditch Trust, the Festival is an annual highlight of the East London cultural calendar. It has an impressive record in delivering high quality performances and imaginative initiatives which are bold, creative and engaging
Dagenham Town Show. Usually held in July.
This is a free event The Town Show features a host of entertainment for all the family including the craft and trade village, funfair, rides, competitions and exhibitions from the Council and voluntary sector. Central Park.
The Mayors Newham Show Usually held in July.
Summer comes to Newham with attractions throughout the weekend including competitions, music, games, performances, art and crafts, a farm and of course, the Newham beach!
Chingford Day Music & Dance Festival (Plus: Miniature Train Rides). Usually held in August.
Live music & dance with Bands. Dance & sing along to the fantastic line up on stage, enjoy the funfair, children’s entertainers, bouncy castles & miniature railway train rides on Sundays.
Wanstead Festival. Usually held in August/September
Christchurch Green, High Street, Wanstead E11. A great day out for the whole family. With so many activities you’ll be spoilt for choice. Free entertainment and attractions.
Newham Under the Stars. Thursday to Sunday Usually held in August
Under the Stars. Central Park, East Ham E6. Four nights of free music with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra Proms and firework finale.
Offset Music Festival. usually held in early September
Offset returns to the beautiful Hainault Forest Country Park this summer, with another weekend of forward thinking music, creativity and fun in the forest, with over 200 artists & 8 stages.
The Mayor’s Thames Festival. Usually held in September
The Mayor’s Thames Festival activities take place on the River Thames, the riverside walkways, roads, bridges, docks and public open spaces from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge and beyond. Firework Finale on Sunday at 10:30pm
Epping Forest Festival. CANCELLED until further notice
Sadly due to financial limitations, this festival is cancelled until further notice. However, visit the forest and enjoy the countryside of Epping Forest
Open House (Open City) London. Usually held in late September.
Architecture Up Close. For one weekend in the year, Londoners come together exploring all corners of the Capital, inspired by the power of architecture to transform the quality of our lives. Programmes at your local library mid August.
Car Free Day Leytonstone. Usually held in September.
A family fun day on the streets of Leytonstone. All roads in the town centre closed to traffic. Enjoy Leytonstone Town Centre as a traffic-free urban space.
Stow Festival E17. Usually held in September
The Stow Festival, a new music festival in E17, launched in 2011. We are working to ensure that there are performances in each part of E17. We want to make sure as wide a range of musical genres as possible is represented.
Woodford Festival. 9 days in early October – OUR VERY OWN WOODFORD FESTIVAL
Our very own 9 day festival, not to be missed. With over 70 events in over 30 venues. Most events are free or low cost. BE THERE, ENJOY IT.
The Lord Mayor’s Show – Usually held in November on Saturday
The world’s oldest civic procession marches into the 21st century longer, grander and more splendid than ever. Procession from 11am and 1pm, Fireworks over the River Thames at 5pm. FREE