This June the Leigh Folk Festival will once again bring the Thames Estuary to life with a mixture of music and performances suitable for the whole family.

Now in its 26th year, the festival is expected to welcome thousands of visitors to its venues in the town of Leigh-on-sea, located close to Southend. The best bit? The organisers are hanging on to the festival’s humble roots and entertaining the crowds for FREE.

When, where and what is the Leigh Folk Festival?

The event, which takes place from Thursday 22nd June to Sunday 25th June 2017, will be held in both indoor and outdoor locations across the town.

While Thursday and Friday will focus on nighttime musical performances, Saturday’s events will be held in the relaxed ‘village fete’ setting of Leigh Library Gardens and surrounding Leigh Broadway venues. As well as music acts, the gardens will host family-friendly attractions including children’s activities, storytelling, face painting, games dance and poetry readings. Local food and real ale will also be on sale throughout the festival.

On Sunday a smaller number of children’s activities will also take place in and around the High Street of Old Leigh Town. Sunday will be the biggest and busiest day of the festival, with over 15 different outdoor stages and indoor venues in the town. Expect an assortment of musical acts and dance and street performances, as well as the grand Festival Procession.


Established in 1992, the Leigh Folk Festival is now the largest free folk festival in the country. Despite its size and scope, the team of volunteers have managed to maintain a sense of community and local pride, creating one of the most diverse and inclusive festivals in Essex.

For more information about this fantastic local event in South Essex, check out the Leigh Folk Festival website or their official Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages.