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.

2021 Concerts

Thaxted Festival 2021 took place over two long weekends: Thursday 24 to Sunday 27 June, and Thursday 1 to Sunday 4 July. Audience capacity this year was reduced, to ensure appropriate distancing and safeguarding for audiences and performers.

2021 CONCERTS

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!‚Äč

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.

“What a treat! I think I enjoyed it all the more this year as it was a welcome live experience. Thank you to all the organisers for their hard work!”
“We thought that it was brilliant that you managed to hold the festival at all and many congratulations are due to all involved.”
“Wonderful to hear live music of this standard again. The church venue and acoustics are wonderful!”
“The team worked a small miracle to get us together in such a situation. Well done to all!”
“Hugely appreciated the hard work of the team in very difficult circumstances.”
Thaxted Music Lovers

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THAXTED MUSIC LOVERS
Festival News

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

FESTIVAL NEWS