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Summer of festivals

SummerSummer of Festivals logo of festivals is back in 2022 with a full list of all your favourite festivals and we plan to make it the best year yet!

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 our free events programme Summer of festivals was born. Starting in 2016 with each year getting bigger and better.

One summer.
Two locations - Barking and Dagenham.
Free events for the entire family!


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FireworksCockney Night and Beacon Lighting

Part of The Platinum Jubilee Weekender 

Thursday 2 June 2022

Come and celebrate all things East End with a proper cockney knees up as part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations. There will be live performances, a good old fashion sing along and some grub on offer.

The evening will conclude with the official lighting of the beacon taking place as beacons are lit across the country to honour Her Majesty the Queen and her 70 years of service.

Cockney Night and Beacon Lighting

Barking Folk festivalBarking Folk Festival

Part of The Platinum Jubilee Weekender 

Friday 3 June 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

Photo of Queen strollersThe Platinum Jubilee Day

Part of The Platinum Jubilee Weekender 

Saturday 4 June 2022

We continue the celebrations with a free family event enjoying some family-fun entertainment, exciting performances and crafts and stalls. The event concludes in the Abbey Ruins will a programme celebrating 70 years Great British Jazz in partnership with London East Jazz Network.

The Platinum Jubilee Day

Youth Parade

Part of The Platinum Jubilee Weekender Youth Parade

Sunday 5 June 2022

Our eighth 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

One Borough FestivalOne Borough Festival 

Part of The Summer of festivals Weekender 

Saturday 23 July 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

Roundhouse Music Festival

Part of The Summer of festivals Weekender Roundhouse Music Festival

Sunday 24 July 2022

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.

Steam and Cider FairSteam and Cider Fair

Saturday 10 September 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

Photo of child colouring One Borough Flags

Part of The Platinum Jubilee Weekender 

Sunday 20 March and Sunday 27 March 2022

The project gives residents across the borough a chance to design a set of flags that will fly in Barking Town Centre to celebrate Barking and Dagenham - One Borough One Community.  The flags will be displayed ready for the Platinum Jubilee Weekender on 2- 5 June.

Join our design competition for ages 8 to 18 year olds and win prizes for you and your school. 

One Borough Flags

2021 Festivals

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

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


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 Friday 29 April 2022:

2022 Stallholders Guidance Pack_0.docx

2022 Stallholders Application Form_0.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 Tuesday 3 May 2022: 

SOF 2022 Performers EOI Tech Requirements Form.doc

2022 Creative Commissions Toggle accordion

Barking and Dagenham’s Summer of festivals are looking to commission creative performances, workshops, parades, poetry, theatre performance and creative installations for the 2022 programme. We are inviting artists and artist collectives, businesses and community groups, of varying disciplines such as music, theatre, dance, visual arts, literature and combined arts to submit proposals.

Attached is the brief which includes the application form:

Summer of Festivals 2022 Commissions .docx

There is a short deadline for this which is Friday 29 April - please submit application to summeroffestivals@lbbd.gov.uk

Catering at our events Toggle accordion

If you would like to cater at our events please complete the below form and submit with the below to 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

Caterers Application Pack 2022 (1).doc

Showcase your classic car Toggle accordion

If you or your club would like to attend the Steam & Cider Fair with your beautiful classic cars and vehicles on Saturday 10 September, then please complete and return the booking form.

Classic Vehicle Booking Form 2022.docx

Return your form to:

Gurvinder Bhaker

Events Team, Barking Town Hall, 1 Town Square, Barking, IG11 7LU


Showcase your steam engine Toggle accordion

If you are interested in showcasing your steam engines at the Steam & Cider Fair on Saturday 10 September, please complete and return the booking form.

Steam and Cider Fair - Steam Engine Booking Form_1.docx

Steam and Cider Fair - Miniature Steam Engine Booking Form_1.docx

Return your form to:

Gurvinder Bhaker

Events Team, Barking Town Hall, 1 Town Square, Barking, IG11 7LU


Platinum Jubilee Community Celebrations and Street Parties Toggle accordion

Please note the application process is now closed and organisers have now been contacted.

We are all looking forward to celebrating a very special year as Her Majesty the Queen will become the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service.

The Platinum Jubilee takes place on 2-5 June, which this year is a public bank holiday.

The Council are staging events to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee that you may like to attend, see our Jubilee Weekender listings above. Alternatively, you might decide to celebrate with your neighbours by organising a community celebration or street party.

These events are a great way to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee and get to know your neighbours, generate community spirit and have a fun day on your doorstep.

Platinum Jubilee Street Party Application Pack.docx


Please note the following:

  • To play music through a PA system you would need a license from our licensing team. Music from a devise like Alexa or similar where the noise isn't too loud is sufficient.
  • Residents can bring their own alcohol but if there is alcohol on sale or if tickets are sold that include a alcoholic drink then a license will be required from our licensing team.
  • If you plan to have food stalls selling food, then a license is required from our licensing team. No license is required for residents to bring their own food for their own consumption and it's advisable that food has allergen information displayed, if there will be sharing of food. 

Events Team

Barking Town Hall, 1 Town Square, Barking, Essex, IG11 7LU


Hire a park for your proposed event Toggle accordion

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

Due to a backlog we are not processing new event applications currently. We will update this page when we are taking applications again. Thank you for your patience.

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.

Sponsorship opportunities Toggle accordion

The Summer of festivals 2022 event programme is back 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.

Find out more

Please contact us to arrange a meeting:

Sarah Belchambers/Gurvinder Bhaker

07875 993524/07977 018821


Our 2022 sponsors

Our 2021 sponsors

Once again, we would like to thank all of our 2021 sponsors and partners who, through their support, helped create a very memorable year – we hope to work with you all again.