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Summer of festivals

Update - Events will take place subject to COVID-19 and following the current government guidelines. Closer to the event more details will be released with regard to these guidelines.

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Summer of Festivals logo

In 2015 we held a number of events across the borough to celebrate our 50th anniversary.

They were so well received, and enjoyed by around 100,000 people, that we made 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 even bigger and better.

We will be bringing our full festivals back in 2022 and plan to make it the best year yet!

One summer.
Over 10 free events.
Have the time of your life!

Although we can't put on our full Summer of festivals' programme this year, we have some great festivals planned for 2021, see below for further details. 

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2021 Events

Thank You RoadshowB&D Thank You Roadshow

3, 4 and 5 July 2021.

We’re coming together across the borough to thank the amazing NHS, our fantastic keyworkers and our borough residents for showing resilience throughout the pandemic and beyond.

The roadshow will travel through the borough with feel good family entertainment visiting residential areas, community venues and parks.

Thank You Roadshow


Becontree ForeverBecontree 100

14 August 2021.

The major arts and music festival is part of the Becontree Forever programme which celebrates the centenary of the Becontree Estate; the biggest housing estate in the UK.

The focus of the festival is to promote unity through the power of music and tell the story of the estate both past, present and future.

The event will include music, dance, exhibitions, international food stalls, tearoom, arena acts, family fun, rides and attractions.   

Becontree 100 Festival

Roundhouse Music FestivalRoundhouse Music Festival

15 August 2021.

A retro 70s rock concert with a modern twist to celebrate the rich musical history of the borough’s Roundhouse pub which has played host to some of the world’s most famous rock bands.

Roundhouse Music Festival

Don’t miss our BIG headliner, unbelievable tribute acts and the final of the Roundhouse Unsigned Competition.

Youth ParadeYouth Parade

19 September 2021.

Our seventh annual youth parade to celebrate the borough’s inspirational young people and the positive contribution they make.

The parade culminates with a great family friendly event showcasing a number of clubs, groups and activities aimed at young people.

The event is also jammed packed with free family entertainment, workshops, rides and attractions.

Youth Parade

Past festivals - Back in 2022

Barking Folk festivalBarking Folk Festival

(Back in 2022)

A family-friendly festival celebrating folk music and dance from around the globe, complete with workshops, family fun and sensational street theatre. The concert showcases the best names in folk music.

Barking Folk Festival

Steam and Cider FairSteam and Cider Fair

(Back in 2022)

Enjoy traditional entertainment and attractions to reflect the borough’s rural and industrial heritage with steam engines, a classic car show, animals, arena acts and the popular Cider Stage featuring Country and Western favourites.

Steam and Cider Fair

One Borough FestivalOne Borough Festival 

(Back in 2022)

This community focused event is back and promises to be even bigger and better.

Thrilling entertainment, dance, street theatre, family fun, and more; you name it we have something for all the family.

One Borough Festival

Get involved

How to get involved at our events, plan a street party or hire a park for your event.

Exhibiting at our events Toggle accordion

We have great opportunities for you to promote your business/organisation at our events or an opportunity for you to sell your products to our residents.

If you are interested in having a stall at our events, please complete the form below and return to summeroffestivals@lbbd.gov.uk by Monday 31 May 2021:

2021 Stallholders Guidance Pack.docx

2021 Stallholders Application Form.doc

Expression of Interest – Performers and performance groups Toggle accordion

Would you like the chance to perform or showcase your programmes or projects at one or more of our festivals this year?

If you are interested in performing, please complete the below form and send to summeroffestivals@lbbd.gov.uk by Friday 28 May 2021: 

SOF 2021 Performers EOI Tech Requirements Form.doc

Catering at our events Toggle accordion

If you would like to cater at our events please contact summeroffestivals@lbbd.gov.uk. You will need to provide documentation on the following:

  • Food Safety Management System based on HACCP Principles (SFBB or equivalent)
  • Risk assessment document for the operation of all catering units
  • Public Liability insurance (£5 million minimum)
  • Proof of local authority registration of all units and current hygiene rating
  • Food hygiene certificates for all staff handling food
  • Price list
  • Photos of food and catering unit

Sponsorship opportunities Toggle accordion

The Summer of festivals event programme will be confirmed shortly and there are some great opportunities for businesses to get involved.

We can offer a range of sponsorship packages and are also always happy to discuss bespoke requests.

Summer of Festivals sponsors brochure 2019 (PDF, 866KB)

Find out more

Please contact us to arrange a meeting.

Julia Pearson

020 8227 5247



Sarah Belchambers

020 8227 3192


Our 2019 sponsors

Once again, we would like to thank all of our 2018 sponsors and partners who, through their support, helped create a very memorable year – we hope to work with you all again.

Hire a park for your proposed event Toggle accordion

External events can take place subject to Covid-19 and following the current government guidelines.

The Events team will consider a wide range of event applications for all types of events including:

  • fun days
  • concerts
  • sports events
  • festivals

Funfair and circus applications are welcome and are reviewed by the Parks Team.

Organisers can be commercial companies or charitable organisations.

Please note that for large scale events (1,000 people or more), the application window is between September and February.

For all other events, we require at least six weeks notice unless otherwise agreed with the council.

Events guidance pack (DOCX, 5.7MB)

To apply to hire a park for your proposed event

Complete the application form and return along with your application fee.

Park Hire Application Form 2021.docx

Once your application has been agreed in principle, the following forms must be completed along with your Event Management Plan (EMP).

Designated Premises Supervisor consent form (DOCX, 60KB)

Emergency services event summary sheet (DOCX, 14KB)

Risk assessment template (DOCX, 68KB)

Send completed forms to:


Applications are subject to approval by the council including the Licensing team and the Safety Advisory Group including Public Health.

All events hire is subject to COVID-19 and subject to current government guidelines.

Street parties Toggle accordion

Street parties are a great way to get to know your neighbours, improve community spirit and have a fun day right on your doorstep - what’s not to like?

Meet your neighbours in a fun way and let everyone join in.

With more independent lives we don’t have many chances to bump into people.

Holding a street party is easier than you might think.

If you are considering planning a street party, please ensure you complete the application form in full providing all the information requested.

Street party application pack (DOCX, 628KB)

Send your completed forms to:

The Events Team

Julia Pearson. Barking Learning Centre, 2 Town Square, Barking, Essex, IG11 7NB

020 8227 5247