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27th – 29th May


£4 Online Only (£5 On The Door)


A Bit About the Festival of Southend

Set in the beautiful surroundings of Chalkwell Park, Southend on Sea, the Festival of Southend on Sea promises to be an exciting mix of quality craft, food produce, food and drink exhibitors, a health, healing and well-being area, fun fair rides for the kids, live music and more…

In celebration of Southend being the UK’s ‘Alternative City of Culture’, and in commemoration of the 125th Anniversary of the Borough, Southend Carnival Events are proud to present ‘Festival of Southend on Sea’ in Chalkwell Park this summer.

Open to all, the event promises to be a tremendous display of Southend-on-Sea’s finest: come and sample the exclusive food and drink on offer from local producers, peruse the many artisan craft stalls and join in the celebration of our superb music venues with live music on-site. To celebrate Southend’s notable history, Southend Museums will be showcasing some of our most historic moments, right in the heart of the Festival.

What’s more, the dedicated ‘KidZone’ will feature numerous activities in which your children can partake. From fairground rides to DJing and water conservation training with ‘Mad Science’, there is something for everyone. Disney’s ‘Frozen’ characters will also be storytelling on-site for the younger ones, whilst Essex Wildlife Trust will be hosting ‘stingingly’ exciting, bee-related craft classes. The best thing? These activities will all be free!

Thames Delta also presents the main stage of live music showcasing quality bands and artists from Southend. Over the 3 days, a full programme of music entertainment will run from 11am til 7pm each day for the whole family to enjoy. Soslam, Peggy Sues music bar, Ten Green Bottles pub and the Railway Hotel in Southend have come together to support the festival and local musicians. A second acoustic stage will showcase Thames Estuary singer-songwriters with open mic slots available to the public. This is funded by Arts Council/Southend Council and Southend Carnival.

Free Music Workshops at The Festival of Southend On Sea by, Quest Music Services will run as part of a vibrant music area. It will be a chance for young people to enjoy and get involved in within a safe environment; learn to DJ, create a song, sing, perform or rap live at the festival.  Free music workshops will be running from 11am till 6pm every day in the Kids Zone at the festival.

Adult tickets (with kids under 16 going free) are on sale below and the money raised by your bookings, as well as all donations during the Festival period, will be shared between MENCAP, the ‘Music Man’ project and Southend Carnival.

Southend Carnival Chair, Garry Lowen said, ‘we are really excited to be continuing to work with our key sponsors; SummerCare, Greenlight, Rossi Ice Cream, who will be present at the festival along with VIP Security, and c2c who continue to be our travel partner for all events.


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Chalkwell Park, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 8NB




Tickets available online for £4 or on the door for £5


27th – 29th May 2017 Read more about this event


Chalkwell Park, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 8NB


c2c trains to Chalkwell station


Tickets available online for £4 or on the door for £5 (16s and under go free but will still need a ticket)

Buy your Festival of Southend tickets online by 20th May 2017 and you could win 7 nights’ accommodation for 2 adults, including breakfast, lunch and dinner, at the luxury resort of Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu in the Maldives!

The luxury resort of Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu in the Maldives (www.cocopalm.com) has kindly donated to Southend Carnival Events this fantastic competition prize. All you have to do is purchase one or more adult tickets for the Festival of Southend using this website, by 20th May 2017. It couldn’t be easier!

What’s included in the prize:

  • 7 nights’ complimentary accommodation in a Beach Villa at the resort of Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu in the Maldives.
  • Return shared Seaplane transfers between Male International Airport and the resort.
  • Daily buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner at COWRIE restaurant
  • The prize is valid and may be redeemed between 1 May 2017 to 31 March 2018 EXCLUDING 20 Dec 2017 – 10 Jan 2018 and 15 Feb – 22 Feb 2018.
  • The prize is valid for two adults travelling together
  • Booking shall be requested a minimum of 8 weeks in advance, and is subject to availability.

International flights to the Maldives are not included in this prize and will be the full responsibility of the winner.

Kindly note that any additional services taken at the resort that are not included in the prize will be payable by the winner.

For full terms and conditions of this competition prize, please see the bottom of this page.

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For full Terms and Conditions of ticket purchases Click Here. To see the terms and conditions for the fantastic Maldives accommodation prize, scroll further down to the bottom of this page.

A little more information about the Festival of Southend for traders

Our events feature the best we can find in local music and family fun entertainment and have a go’s. Our marketing is top notch and our social media campaigns include exhibitor mentions and interactions. 

All pitches are on grass and for craft, health and well-being and food produce, the marquees are provided. For food catering and alcohol, with many exhibitors now having trailers, we expect food caterers to provide their own unit. Set-up day is on Friday 26th May and access is from 7am on festival day. Exhibitor car parking is provided but will not be adjacent to your stand. We welcome traders to demonstrate their products on certain pitches throughout the day, and our team will liaise with you on this and add these into our program.

Exhibitor camping is also available and is only a short walk from the festival site.

In 2017 The Borough of Southend on Sea is 125 years old , Southend is also the Alternative City of Culture for 2017 and the Festival of Southend is part of a programme that will celebrate the 125th anniversary as well as all that is great about food,drink, crafts and music.

The organisers of the festival, Southend Carnival and Food Festivals Ltd, view this as a long term project and will be investing in it year on year so that it becomes an event that attracts both ‘foodies’ and family visitors alike. With the high quality of food and craft that this region offers, we hope to attract exhibitors of such calibre so that the event becomes a showcase of Essex’s finest.

If you would like to exhibit at the festival please visit https://eventowl.co.uk/festival-of-southend-on-sea. If you have enquiries please email cathy@foodfestivalsltd.co.uk.



Terms and conditions for the competition prize of 7 nights’ accommodation at the luxury resort of Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, Maldives.

  1. Entrants must be aged 18 or over.
  2. Children’s tickets will not be eligible for this competition.
  3. There will be one entrant per order.
  4. The entrant will be the named person on each ticket booking order.
  5. To be entered into the draw, tickets must be purchased via http://www.southendcarnivalevents.org.uk/festival-of-southend/by 23:59 on Saturday 20th May 2017.
  6. No cash alternative is available.
  7. The prize consists of 7 night’s accommodation in a Beach Villa at the resort of Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu in the Maldives, for 2 adults. Shared return Seaplane transfers between Male International Airport and the resort. Daily buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner at COWRIE restaurant. The prize must be used between 1st May 2017 – 31st March 2018, EXCLUDING 20th December 2017 – 10th January 2018, and EXCLUDING 15th February 2018 – 22nd February 2018. Booking of prize must be at least 8 weeks in advance and is subject to availability.
  8. Flights are not included in the prize and are at the total expense and responsibility of the winner.
  9. Booking of the prize is to be arranged by the winner with Coco Collection and Sunland Hotels. Southend Carnival Events has no responsibility in this respect, nor is liable for any reason.
  10. The winner may be required to participate in publicity and upon acceptance of the prize, and gives their permission for their name and images to be used.
  11. The winner will be randomly drawn from a ‘hat’ on Sunday 21st May 2017 and the winner will be announced on social media once contacted by Southend Carnival Events.
  12. The winner will be contacted within 14 days of the closing date of the prize draw. Should Southend Carnival Events be unable to contact the winner or should the winner be unable to accept the prize, Southend Carnival Events reserves the right to award the prize to an alternative winner, drawn in accordance with these terms and conditions.
  13. The prize is not transferable and may not be sold on to another party.
  14. The Festival of Southend is a charitable event, and proceeds from ticket sales will go to charity and local causes.
  15. Events may occur that render the prize draw itself or the awarding of the prize impossible due to reasons beyond the control of Southend Carnival Events, and accordingly may, at the absolute discretion of Coco Collection and Sunland Hotels, vary or amend the promotion and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the Southend Carnival Events as a result thereof.