Event category: Music

Manningtree Beer Festival

People drinking beer by the River Stour

The 16th Manningtree Beer Festival, offering a range of real ale, cider, wines and prosecco, will be taking place in the marquee by the beach.

Kegs of beer in a marquee A band playing on a stage in a marquee People drinking beer by the River Stour

Stour Valley Arts & Music: Young Musicians’ Concert

Stour Valley Arts & Music Present: Young instrumentalists and singers from the local area will perform a mixture of classical and popular music, followed by a cream tea. More info: http://www.svam.org.uk/


Roman River 2019 Festival, Stoke by Nayland Weekend

Roman River’s Stoke by Nayland weekend offers an array of orchestral delights this year, with some of the greatest music ever written, including Mozart’s breathtaking C minor Mass, Wagner’s soaring love music from Tristan & Isolde, and Sibelius’s amazing 5th symphony, conjuring up the epic mountains and landscapes of northern Finland, with the famous romantic horn calls dominating the final movement.


Come and experience the cinematic sweep of world-class symphonic music played by professional musicians from the UK’s top international orchestras, brought together and conducted by Orlando Jopling, in the stunning acoustics and architecture of Stoke by Nayland beautiful church, set in the middle of one of the most idyllic Stour Valley villages. There is free parking, good pubs and a bar for refreshments. We build a stage and banked seating, and install professional lighting each year to ensure great views for everyone, and our concerts are informal and sociable. A perfect, uplifting night out with friends. Tickets are extremely reasonable, starting at just £10.


If you are new to Roman River Festival, let us know – we can offer you a free programme if you sign up to our mailing list. Once you’ve experienced the inspiration of Roman River’s world class live music, we hope you’ll want to come back for more. For more info and to book: https://romanrivermusic.org.uk/whats-on/events/

Harwich International Sea Shanty Festival

The Harwich International Shanty Festival was set up in 2006 to organise and co-ordinate an annual sea shanty festival over a weekend in October. Through concerts, ‘singarounds’, pub sessions, talks and workshops, the history and heritage of Harwich as part of the British seafaring nation is celebrated, promoted and perpetuated by local people and groups. This is unique for the county of Essex and is attracting audiences countrywide and beyond.

Why the community needs us

The festival celebrates Harwich’s unique, important and sometimes overlooked great maritime past. Shanty singers from all over the world come to Harwich on the second weekend in October and the whole town is filled with music and colour. The people from Harwich have taken the festival to their hearts and large numbers come every year to enjoy the atmosphere. Local businesses also benefit from a large influx of tourists from farther afield, especially at an otherwise quiet time of year. More info: http://harwichshantyfestival.co.uk/

Bures Music Festival

Bures Music Festival is the East Anglian summer event of the year for music lovers of all ages and tastes.

This unique festival, based in Suffolk, supports a multitude of musical genres from jazz to blues, rock to pop, plus a popular choral night. We’re delighted to welcome internationally known bands and musicians to our stage, but we’re also proud supporters of emerging acts and local talent. Bures Music Festival even runs its own young musicians’ competition – the ever popular B-Fest – open to musicians between eleven and 19 years old.

Now in its 22nd year, Bures Music Festival has grown to become one of the most diverse and exciting events of the region. Since its beginnings as ‘Jazz by the Stour’ in 1997, the festival has hosted some of the biggest names in the business. Nestled by the River Stour, the festival is held in the heart of the picturesque village of Bures, on the Suffolk/Essex border.

While it evolves every year, Bures Music Festival prides itself on its community values – reflected in its low ticket prices and its ongoing pledge of support to local charities. So far, Bures Music Festival has raised over £200,000 for some wonderful causes such as the Dream Appeal at Colchester General Hospital, Ferriers Barn day centre, St Helena Hospice in Colchester and St Nicholas Hospice Care in Bury St Edmunds.Outdoor festival with all weather shelter including the main stage. More info: https://www.buresmusicfestival.com/about-the-festival/

  • Campsite and free car parking available on the field adjacent to the festival site.
  • A licensed bar and refreshments are available at all Big Top events.
  • On Friday and Saturday, only food and drink purchased onsite may be consumed.
    On Sunday, picnics are allowed in the main arena.
  • No alcohol to be brought into the main arena at any time.