About Thaxted Festival

Taking place in Thaxted’s magnificently spacious Parish Church, Thaxted Festival offers a relaxed atmosphere, the highest standards of performance from renowned professional artists, the superb natural acoustics of Thaxted Church, and a warm welcome in beautiful historic surroundings. Whether you are attending a single performance, making a weekend of it or packing in the entire season, we guarantee you a timeless musical experience!

With its origins in Gustav Holst’s 1916 Whitsun Festival in Thaxted Church, Thaxted Festival attracts the very best of British and international musicians, in genres ranging from orchestral, chamber and vocal music to jazz, folk, big-band and swing, from early music to contemporary styles. Events for younger audiences, and educational projects with schools, have formed an important part of our mission over many years.

2022 Concerts

Thaxted Festival 2023 will take place from 16 June to 9 July. Programme and booking details will be announced at the beginning of the year. Click below to view our 2022 season picture gallery for a taste of this year's Festival.


Visit Thaxted, Essex

Thaxted Parish Church has been described as the finest parish church in the country and provides the perfect venue for the Thaxted Festival. The town itself offers hospitality and refreshment, and many scenic picnic opportunities, so that there is nowhere better to enjoy a summer evening of music!​

Many concert-goers make a weekend mini-break of their visit to Thaxted Festival, taking in several concerts in between discovering this lovely part of Essex. Local attractions include the delightful market town of Saffron Walden, the Fry Art Gallery and Audley End House and Gardens.

Thaxted Festival office
Thaxted Festival parish church venue interior
Thaxted Festival parish church venue exterior

Support Us

Thaxted Festival Foundation is registered in England 2101271, limited by guarantee, Charity Registration 296329. We rely on the support of well-wishers and Thaxted Music Lovers to stage our superb concert season in its unique medieval setting.

We warmly welcome any businesses or individuals who wish to contribute to our events. Thaxted Music Lovers enjoy many benefits, including priority booking, alongside the satisfaction of helping Thaxted Festival thrive.

“My first concert, and a very welcoming arrival!”
“We loved this year’s concerts… Thank you to all the people involved in the organisation and the performers too! We shall come again next year.”
“A most enjoyable masterclass and fabulous concert!”
“Attended three concerts this year and thoroughly enjoyed them all.”
“Thank you again for your enormous help last month and for making us feel so welcome. It is always such a joy to return to the amazing town, church and acoustics in Thaxted.”
Thaxted Music Lovers

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Festival News

Keep up with the latest on the 2022 concert programme, tickets & more!