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Celebrate culture at Chelmsford Festival


We all deserve some uplifting fun and joy after this dreaded year, don’t we? Luckily, Chelmsford Festival of Arts and Culture is set to return this year from 19 June to 1 August with some excellent events lined up for your enjoyment.

There will be a great mix of visual arts, historic walks, live music, a street carnival and much more! This is a community festival which will be celebrating the wonderful variety that Chelmsford has to offer. Keep an eye out for updates and more information on the festival website.

Please note that for some events you will need to purchase tickets in advance, so make sure you plan ahead.

Some of the main festival activities/events taking place

19 June to 4 July: Festival Art Exhibition

There is no need to book at the Arts Place in Meadows Shopping Centre – just drop any time between 9am-5.30pm Monday-Saturday and 10.30-4.30pm Sundays to see amazing work created by Essex artists.

21 June: Make Music Chelmsford

Watch the city come alive with live music from Hot Box and Resonance in the High Street between 12pm and 4pm. You can also participate in a special ‘drum circle’ if you’d like!

3 July: Streets Alive

Make sure you’re in the city centre between noon and 4pm for an afternoon of mayhem and all-round silliness. All that can be said is ‘expect the unexpected’.

As well as…

  • Chelmsford Portrait Competition, Saturday 26 June
  • Art Exhibition at Chelmsford Cathedral, Saturday 26 June (Open daily from 11am to 3pm)
  • Follow the Yellow Brick Road history walk, Saturday 27 June (1pm and 3pm)
  • An Evening with Hugh Pym at the Cramphorn Theatre, Friday 2 July (7pm)
  • Basin Boat Rally at Springfield Basin, Sunday 4 July (12pm to 4pm)

And last but not least…

Chelmsford Carnival and the Festival Finale will conclude the events on Sunday 1 August. Be sure to check out the festival website for more info!

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Charlotte Maltby
Charlotte Maltby

Charlotte writes about the environment, parks, recycling, business, planning, public realm and democratic services.