Sunday 1st July

Essex Dragon Boat World Cup Race

River Chelmer, Backnang Square | Sunday, July 1st | 10am to 4pm

The invitation is open to come and enjoy a vibrant and colourful day of boating to help raise funds for blood cancer research. You can watch 32 teams compete in three races each. The 6 fastest teams will progress through to the semi-finals for a chance to make the grand finale. The competing teams will come in fancy dress from one of the competing countries in the 2018 World Cup. Birketts Law are pleased to be able to support this event in aid of Bloodwise and the Tim Reeve Trust.

River Festival

Springfield Basin – back of Mack Hairdressing on Wharf Road | Sunday, July 1st | 10.30am to 4pm

The narrow boats and cruisers along the Chelmer and Blackwater navigation will open their doors to visitors and offer a selection of crafts from the various moorings. You’ll be able to enjoy cream teas on the ‘Victoria’ and take a trip from Springfield basin up the river Chelmer for a small fee. To book your trip contact Blackwater Boats on 07802 514400 Sponsors – Sandford Boating Club, Essex Waterways and Blackwater Boats(Southern Rock and Soul)..

Pub events

The United Brethren | Sunday, July 1st | 3pm to 6pm

An afternoon with Katy Forkings

Woolpack | Sunday, July 1st | 8pm onwards

A night with Graeme Cullen Jazz.

Culture in the Park

Oaklands Park | Sunday, July 1st

Chelmsford Museum will be celebrating all things cultural through music and dance workshops, craft activities and food stalls. Try Bollywood dancing, Chinese dumpling making, Djembe drumming, visit our henna tattoo artist or leave your mark on our WW1 mural.

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.

Hive Artists WW1 Exhibition: Renewal

Chelmsford Cathedral | Monday, June 25th to Monday, July 9th

A selection of mixed artwork exploring the themes around war, freedom, sacrifice, courage, renewal and peace. This exhibition comes as we celebrate the centenary of the end of the First World War. Each artist has approached the subject with sensitivity, some basing their work specifically on the Great War. This presentation is as much about the present as the past, how mistakes are often replicated, history repeating itself, but that ultimately, we find a way to peace and renewal.

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.

City Graffiti Art

Construction Site, Parkway | Sunday, June 24th to Sunday, July 1st

Scotty Brave of Brave Arts and team will create a street art mural on the hoarding of the construction site along the Parkway.