Friday 23rd June


High Street, The Bowl, Bond Street | Saturday, June 23rd | 11.30am to 9.30pm

The High Street on the Opening Day will see a colourful carnival parade featuring Grapevine Dance, Little Stars Circus, Chelmsford Morris, Silver Gem Majorettes and others who will be showcasing their flamboyant regalia and get ups, moves and cheer. A full programme of dance, music and circus performances will follow at the Bowl, Bond Street. Headlining acts include the Trembling Wilburys and the Buzniks. Diverse dance performances include ABCD Bollywood, Shortie Buck Fam and Regi Hybride (Criminalz crew).

Other street and park attractions include famous storytellers, crafts, glitter face-painting and enchanted meet and greet with Fable & Moon, Grand Theatre of Lemmings giant rabbits, morris dancing, yarn bombing, music and singing, magic with Luke Ensey, plus Thai chi and penny farthing demonstrations. An Asian Bazaar (Central Park) will offer a wide variety of ethnic foods, jewellery, henna and Bolllywood dance workshops.

Please see our programme for the detail:

Hyve Dance Events

VR Space, Bond Street | Saturday, June 23rd | 12 noon to 5pm

The Hyve Dance Events will be providing the dance workshops and performances. The Hyve is dedicated to promoting the Arts in Essex and further afield, providing high quality teaching, workshops and opportunities for performers of all ages, in all dance styles.

Our International Artistic Director, Regi Hybride from the famous Criminalz Crew, based in Paris, returns to bring the international Hip Hop flavour to this event. Other National teachers are looking forward to promoting other dance styles on the day, including Irish dance, Salsa, Krump, Bollywood and Popping.

The Hyve in the City presents 6 free dance workshops.

12 noon – Irish – McGahann Lees
1pm – Popping NGU – Nina Gorman and Will Smith
2pm – Bollywood – ABCD Bollywood, Sarika Golcha
3pm – Hip Hop – Regi Hybride (Criminalz Crew)
4pm – Krump – Claire Hough (Shortie Buck)
5pm – Salsa Serpiente – Victoria May Button

The workshops are for all ages and abilities. Reserve your place as spaces are limited.
Please email

Little Stars Circus

The Bowl, Bond Street | Saturday, June 23rd | 12.30pm to 6pm

The team of performers at Little Stars Circus will present acrobatic demonstrations and perform incredible aerial circus arrangements involving aerial hoop, silks and trapeze. Some of the routines are inspired from movements practiced within traditions such as yoga, pilates and circus. The team at Little Stars is led by Dr Diana Entwistle, a professional aerialist and ice skater with a background in gymnastics and ballet. This is an opportunity to appreciate the balance, stamina, strength and flexibility skills of these elegant performers.

Pub Events

The United Brethren | Saturday, June 23rd | 9pm to 11.30pm

A night with Paolo Morena.

Pop Culture Poster Exhibition

Chelmsford Museum, Oaklands Park | Saturday, June 23rd to Sunday, August 19th

Sam Mayle presents an exhibition of pop culture posters. Sam is a self-taught illustrator whose presentation explores alternative themes around movie posters for popular films. Sam’s influences include Sci fi, fantasy and horror.

Gallery 43: Celebrating the Essex Countryside Exhibition

Gallery 43, Moulsham Street | Saturday, June 23rd to Sunday, July 1st

Gallery 43 will host a show celebrating the Essex countryside from local artists – James Hewitt, Sue Spiers and Paul Franks. The gallery stocks a range of original contemporary British artwork together with a number of limited edition prints, ceramics, glass, sculpture and silver jewellery.

Wishbone Gallery Exhibition

Town centre | Saturday, June 23rd to Sunday, July 1st

The Wishbone Gallery plans to promote the work of twelve leading contemporary British artists, including the top selling commercial artist, JJ Adams. The exhibition will also include work from three local artists taken from a competition at Rivermead Gallery (Anglia Ruskin University).

Chelmer Fine Art Exhibition

6 New London Road | Saturday, June 23rd to Sunday, July 1st

The Chelmer Fine Art gallery will be offering for sale the portraits of visual artist Gilson Lavis (ex-Squeeze and the drummer for Jools Holland) who has painted many famous musicians including Lily Allen, Paloma Faith, Lulu and Smokey Robinson.

Ian Bailey Wallpaper Exhibition

High Chelmer | Saturday, June 23rd to Sunday, 1st July

Ian Bailey is a creator of wallpaper designs that explore the notion that things aren’t as they may first appear – government propaganda and anti-establishment themes dominate. Bailey’s Rebellion 2 designs exhibit along names such as Lizzi Allen, Linda Florence and the Chapman Brothers. The V&A requested a sample roll to add to their collection of early 21 st century wallpaper designs which is displayed for talks on contemporary print.

V Flections Exhibition

Chelmsford Museum, Oaklands Park | Saturday, June 16th to Sunday, 2nd September

The V Flections exhibition by portrait artist James Wilkinson will focus on his on and off stage sketches, portraits, photographs and videos. Wilkinson is the official portrait artist to the V-festival (Rize) and takes inspiration from the classics of Caravaggio and the pop art of Peter Blake.

Local Artists Exhibition

Rivermead Gallery, ARU & The Transition Gallery | Saturday, June 23rd to Sunday, July 1st

With submissions from 60 local artists the Chelmsford Festival Art Exhibition will be shown across the above two venues. With such an inspirational display of local talent, and a diverse range of photography, drawing, painting and illustration, from traditional to modern and everything in between. There is something to suit every taste.


History of Jazz in Essex Exhibition

Chelmsford Library | Friday, June 22nd to Monday, 2nd July

A presentation on the history of the ‘Places’ and ‘Faces’ of Jazz in Essex.