It’s almost time to put on your sunnies and join us at the magnificent Southend Festival! It’s running from 27 – 29 May at Chalkwell Park.

Here’s what all the fuss is about:

In celebration of Southend being the UK’s ‘Alternative City of Culture’, and in commemoration of the 125th Anniversary of the Borough, Southend Carnival Events are proud to present ‘Festival of Southend on Sea’ in Chalkwell Park this summer.

What to expect:

Open to all, the event promises to be a tremendous display of Southend-on-Sea’s finest: come and sample the exclusive food and drink on offer from local producers, peruse the many artisan craft stalls (especially your very favourite Southend Soap Makers!) and join in the celebration of our superb music venues with live music on-site. To celebrate Southend’s notable history, Southend Museums will be showcasing some of our most historic moments, right in the heart of the Festival.

What’s more, the dedicated ‘KidZone’ will feature numerous activities in which your children can partake. From fairground rides to DJing and water conservation training with ‘Mad Science’, there is something for everyone. Disney’s ‘Frozen’ characters will also be storytelling on-site for the younger ones, whilst Essex Wildlife Trust will be hosting ‘stingingly’ exciting, bee-related craft classes. The best thing? These activities will all be free!

Thames Delta also presents the main stage of live music showcasing quality bands and artists from Southend. Over the 3 days, a full programme of music entertainment will run from 11am til 7pm each day for the whole family to enjoy. Soslam, Peggy Sues music bar, Ten Green Bottles pub and the Railway Hotel in Southend have come together to support the festival and local musicians. A second acoustic stage will showcase Thames Estuary singer-songwriters with open mic slots available to the public. This is funded by Arts Council/Southend Council and Southend Carnival.
Free Music Workshops at The Festival of Southend On Sea by, Quest Music Services will run as part of a vibrant music area. It will be a chance for young people to enjoy and get involved in within a safe environment; learn to DJ, create a song, sing, perform or rap live at the festival. Free music workshops will be running from 11am till 6pm every day in the Kids Zone at the festival.

Get your tickets:

Adult tickets (with kids under 16 going free) are now on sale for the Festival, which is to take place 27th-29th May 2017. The money raised by your bookings, as well as all donations during the Festival period, will be shared between MENCAP, the ‘Music Man’ project and Southend Carnival.
Southend Carnival Chair, Garry Lowen said, ‘we are really excited to be continuing to work with our key sponsors; SummerCare, Rossi Ice Cream, who will be present at the festival along with VIP Security, and c2c who continue to be our travel partner for all events. The nearest stations to Chalkwell Park are Chalkwell and Westcliff.’

To find out more, or to book tickets online, please visit:

We look forward to seeing you there!