Help us to grow Thaxted Festival


Help us to grow Thaxted Festival

Each year, across four weekends in June-July, our small North Essex town of Thaxted hosts a major Festival which draws audiences from a wide area to enjoy performances by professional artists of national and international standing.

At Thaxted Festival, we pride ourselves not only on the quality and variety of the performances, but also on our professional standards. These include our artistic direction, our promotion and ticketing service, our friendly atmosphere with personal assistance before and during the season, our relationship with Thaxted Music Lovers who provide vital support, our standing with the Church and the Town, and – not least – our renowned home-made cakes and interval refreshments!

All this is achieved through the efforts of teams of volunteers who work throughout the year to make each Festival a success, with musical events to remember in the unrivalled acoustic and uplifting surroundings of Thaxted Church. And when the summer is as glorious as it has been in recent years, the Thaxted Festival experience is particularly special.

We would very much like to hear from you if you live in Thaxted or the surrounding area and are able to spare some time to offer your skills and join our small, dedicated teams to help us maintain and develop our unique Thaxted offering. You will find us eager to welcome new volunteers, and we will help you fulfil any of the many tasks it takes to keep our highly successful local Festival flourishing.

We are also very pleased to hear from local businesses and organisations who would like to advertise and promote with us, or who would like to sponsor our events.

If you can help in any area, during our round-the-year preparations, or during the Festival ‘on the night’, we would love to explore with us how we could use your skills.

Please contact us:

  • by email:
  • by phone: 01371 831421 (please leave a message with your number and we will get back to you)
  • by letter: Thaxted Festival, 10 Watling Street, Thaxted, CM6 2PE

Thank you for your support of your local Festival, and we look forward to seeing and hearing from you.

Peter Donovan
Chairman, Thaxted Festival Foundation
Registered Charity 296329

Thaxted Festival has been a central part of the life of Thaxted every summer since 1980, although its roots go back to Gustav Holst and the Whitsuntide Festivals he ran with Fr Conrad Noel between 1916 and 1918 in the Church. These days our varied programme ranges from classical symphony orchestras to sacred choral music, jazz, folk, world music, and – importantly – relaxed events for all the family, as well as music education projects led by professional musicians in local primary and secondary schools.