The Village Green Festival is back for the sixth year in a row and it’s set to be bigger and better than ever.
Acts include Beth Orton, Eddi Reader, and Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip. There’ll even be four visual artists all the way from Shanghai!
You can find out more about the event and all the artists involved on the Festival website. Tickets are available from Skiddle. We’ve put together some travel information below, so you can get there without the fuss.
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Getting to the Festival
There won’t be any parking at the Festival, but it’s easy to reach by train, bus, bike or on foot.
There will be two entrances to the Chalkwell Park site, one on London Road and the other on Leigh Road. You can find a full map here.
The closest station to the Festival entrance is Chalkwell. Turn right out of the station onto the Ridgeway. Keep on the Ridgeway until you reach the traffic lights at Chalkwell Avenue. Turn left at the traffic lights, walk up the hill and the park is on the left at the top. For the main entrance to the park walk to the far corner then turn left, the entrance is a short way along on the left.
The Chalkwell Schools Stop 3 bus stop is right by the Leigh Road entrance and is served by the no.5 bus coming from Southend town centre. If you are coming from the direction of Leigh-on-Sea (west), the nearest stop is Chalkwell Schools Stop 2, which is served by buses no.5 and no.1. Walk west from the bus stop and take the first left onto Leigh Road (only about a minute’s walk) and the entrance will be on your left.
There are plenty of Arriva and First buses along the London Road coming from Hadleigh and Southend, there are stops outside the London Road entrance to the park.
Come and find Cycle Southend in the Park (in the field at the corner of London Road and Chalkwell Avenue) – they have free secure cycle parking manned until 6pm.