Day 3 of my blog series on my bustling hometown of Leigh-on-Sea and we’re taken to events. Read on to find out more and plan your trip.
As I mentioned in my introduction to Leigh-on-Sea, there is always so much going on here. With the busy Broadway and the thriving old town, the possibilities are endless. Comedy clubs, open mic nights, wine tastings and craft fayres are always being advertised locally and everyone seems to want to host an event night these days (there’s a great website for this here), especially some of the popular eateries. Particular favourites of mine include Frank and Luna’s – an uber-cool café just off of the main shopping street in Westcliff – they’ve got a great Instagram page you should check out for sure – warning, you may feel like eating cake and drinking hot chocolate all day afterwards. There’s also Vino Vero, a wine shop and bar that hold tasting evenings and events. This is another favourite of mine. In fact these two businesses often team up to host food and wine evenings to die for. If you’re visiting, be sure to check out their pages before hand to see if they have anything coming up.
Then there’s the large scale events which really pull in the crowds and these will be the ones you have most likely heard of or been to if you’re familiar with the area. For example, ‘Village Green’, a festival run by Metal, which has previously had headliners such as the likes of ‘Nothing But Thieves’ and gone from strength to strength since opening in 2010.
The Summer at ‘The Old Town’ tends to be where it’s at – check out my most recent blog post to find out what else it has to offer. There’s the Regatta and the Folk Festival but also The Peterboat, a pub which holds live music events throughout the year. There’s always a fantastic mix of ages with families, young and old alike and a great atmosphere. What used to be just locals, seems to have turned into hoards of visitors, as Leigh-on-Sea has put itself on the map; as a result they’ve developed throughout the last few years to include trendy artisan food stalls, live music and crafts as well as the usual Morris dancers and RNLI stalls. Below are the main listings coming up this summer.
Leigh-on-Sea Art Trail
8th – 15th June 2019
A fantastic event, established in 1997. A non-profit making association that showcased 63 artists in 2018. It’s held for free annually across various venues in Leigh and many different artists show case their work, from photographers to painters. You are provided with a trail map and the route is yours to then peruse as much or as little as you please.
The Folk Festival
The UK’s largest free folk festival – Morris dancers, craft stalls, booze and plenty of live music with The Peterboat organising a whole line up over the weekend.
Saturday 13th July 2019 11am – 9pm
A family arts and music festival with tonnes of variation and flare. It’s well worth a visit and has headlined some fantastic acts in the past.
Estimated dates 7th & 8th September 2019
This is only an estimated date as I haven’t been able to find out information for this year, however it does what it says on the tin and is a great excuse for the town to have, yet again, another jolly up whilst they walk the plank.