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 will take place over two long weekends: Thursday 24 to Sunday 27 June, and Thursday 1 to Sunday 4 July. Audience capacity this year will be reduced, to ensure appropriate distancing and safeguarding for audiences and performers.


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.

“It's a fantastic festival with people travelling from far and wide - a great annual event!”
“It was a brilliant evening... thought the quality superb. I will definitely be booking again.”
“A world-class experience with the added enjoyment of tea and cake in the interval.”
“The quality of musicianship is excellent - I have yet to be disappointed!”
Thaxted Music Lovers

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Festival News

Keep up with the latest on the 2021 concert programme, tickets & more!