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Join us in South Woodham Ferrers this summer bank holiday weekend for our free community festival, SWFest.

SWFest will be taking place on Sunday 25 August, from 10am to 5pm, on the playing fields of William de Ferrers School.

The festival is for the whole family with activities for all ages, including bouncy castles for children and adults. There will also be arts and crafts, walkabout entertainment and an animal area.

There will be live music provided by local talent, including:

  • Josh Brough
  • Beau Langdale Music
  • BLOW

There will also be a selection of food stalls, including savoury and sweet options, as well as a licensed bar. 

To keep up to date with festival news and updates, like SWFest on Facebook.

You can't bring your dog to SWFest. You also can't smoke on the festival site.



Reach for the tyre pump, grab your crash helmet and gear up for this year’s Cycle for Life event.

Reach for the tyre pump, grab your crash helmet and gear up for this year’s Cycle for Life event.

Choose between 3 scenic routes across the beautiful Essex countryside, starting and ending in the grounds of Farleigh Hospice. Enter as an individual or get together a team to take on this fantastic challenge.


A fun, family friendly route taking in the beautiful Essex countryside


A ride through picturesque villages suitable for all ages and abilities


A more challenging route blended with beautiful Essex surroundings



15th September 2019


From 8am


Circular Route, starting and ending in the grounds of Farleigh Hospice.

Early Bird Pricing:

Adults: £15
Under 18's: £10

On the day price:

Adults: £30
Under 18's: £15

Registration Opens:

13th June 2019

Registration Closes:

Wednesday 4th September 2019


For more information, please contact the Events Team on 01245 457355 or email


Bank Holiday Market in Promenade Park
Monday 26th August 2019 
Promenade Park, Park Drive, Maldon   CM9 5JQ
General market with a massive selection of goods from clothes, housewares, food, giftware, toys, bedding, tools, garden ornaments, shoes and much more! Weather and ground conditions permitting 

Kids Summer Fun Science
Wednesday 28th August 2019 10:30am-12noon & 1pm-2:30pm 
Museum of Power, Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon, Essex   CM9 6QA
Bring the kids along to the Museum for our ‘Summer of STEAM’ Wednesday workshops facilitated by the magical Mad Professor Dean Featuring Hands on Electricity, Communication & Radios, How to be an Inventor and much more! Morning & Afternoon Sessions £5 each (for Children aged 7-12). Child's picnic lunch available in the Steam Pump Tea Room £4.50 OR Full day with lunch £14 each. To book email Railway Closed, Model Village OPEN
Cost: £5 per session, picnic lunch available from Tea Room £4.50 each. Full day plus lunch £14 each
More details: 01621 843183 or

Children's day
Thursday 29th August 2019 11:00 to 16:00 
Sailing Barge Centaur, Hythe Quay, Maldon   CM9 5HN
Children's Days Thames Sailing Barge Pudge, Hythe Quay , Maldon, CM9 5HN Time: 11:00 16:00 Thursday 29th August 2019 A fun and educational experience aboard the historic Thames Sailing Barge 'Centaur' for children aged between 5 & 11. Activities include: Art work, help raise the foresail, learn to tie knots, understand the tools of the Bargemen and explore above and below deck with out free activity pack. Cost: Entrance by Donation. Contact: john Rayment 07587 141054 or email 
Cost: Entrance by Donation
More details: john.rayment@bargetrust .org

Farm Open Day
Saturday 31st August 2019 10.30am - 12.30pm 
Lauriston Farm, Lauriston Farm Chase, Goldhanger   CM9 8AH
Come and find out what we do at our Farm Open Day. Learn about biodynamic farming, the work we do and how we plan to expand our amazing work. You'll also meet our animals and get a chance to feed the sheep. About us: We are a 210 acre biodynamic/organic community owned farm near Goldhanger. Our farm is home to rare breed cattle and sheep, along with bees and laying hens. We also grow vegetables, fruit and herbs. The farm is biodynamic and so managed in a holistic, ecological and ethical way. Where we are: We are nestled right by the stunning Blackwater Estuary, a mile down a farm track off the Maldon Road (B1026). Parking: Free in the farmyard (between the barns) Wheelchair friendly/drop off point by barn/disabled toilets Spaces are limited so booking in advance is essential by either phone or email.
Cost: Free
More details: or 01621 788348

Merchant Navy Day
Sunday 1st September 2019 2.00pm 
Huthe Quay, The Hythe, Maldon   CM9 5HN
Merchant Navy Day is commemorated on 3rd September. Since 2000, this annual event has been a special remembrance of the brave men and women who kept our “Island Nation” afloat during both World Wars. Here in Maldon, there will be a special service of commemoration on the Quay on 1st September 2019 at 2.00pm which everyone is welcome to attend, and during which the Town Mayor will lay a wreath on behalf of the town. Please note that there is limited residential parking on the Quay, and that visitors should use the nearest public car parks at the Promenade Park or Edward Bright Close. For more information, please contact the Town Council (01621 857373 or email:

American Car Show
Sunday 1st September 2019 10am-4pm 
Museum of Power, Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon, Essex   CM9 6QA
American & Custom vehilcles, stalls, music and entertainment Adult £8.00, Concessions £7.00, Children (5-15) £3.00, Children Under 5 FREE Miniature steam train OPEN for rides (extra charge applies) 'Astaria' model village OPEN 'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will be run by steam and other oil / diesel engines will be running
Cost: Adult £8.00, Concessions £7.00, Children (5 to 15) £3.00 Children under 5 FREE
More details: 01621 843183 or

Beeleigh Abbey Gardens Open Day
Friday 6th September 2019 10.30am – 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm) 
Beeleigh Abbey, Abbey Turning, Maldon   CM9 6LL
Three acres of gardens provide a fine setting for the picturesque and historic former abbey buildings dating from the 13th to 16th centuries. Click here for full details 
Cost: Adult £6.00, Children aged 5-16 £2.50, Children under 5 free (cash only)

Adele Tribute Night
Friday 6th September 2019 7:30pm-Midnight 
Maldon Stadium, Park Drive, Maldon   CM9 5JQ
Join us for our brand new Adele Tribute Night! The incredible Natalie Black will be belting out the biggest and greatest Adele hits!
Cost: From £12.00
More details: Events Team: 01621 983150