Essex Book Festival Finale and Global Village

The Explore Essex Summer of Culture is delighted to bring you the Festival Finale of the Essex Book Festival and the Essex Global Village experience at Cressing Temple Barns on Sunday 29 August – an incredible double-event that promises to bring this summer’s themes of nature, climate, and people to life in a FREE fun-filled day for all ages.

Featuring an exciting array of events and activities from storytelling and script writing to woodland crafts, live music and folklore performances, Cressing Temple Barns promises to have something for all tastes this bank holiday weekend.

Essex Book Festival Finale

With a huge range of events for all ages, from author events and the fabulous storytelling yurt; woodland crafts and meditation walks; family yoga sessions and more. Explore the bookable activities and check out the drop-in sessions on the Essex Book Festival website here to find out more and plan your day.

Essex Cultural Diversity Project (ECDP) Global Village Lite from 12pm-5pm

Framed by large, colourful flags from Kinetika, the main stage will host martial arts displays, dance, music and folklore performances. Other activities include Tai Chi workshops, djembe drumming, Chinese calligraphy, silk printing and henna hand painting. Lata Upadhyaya’s Arts in Transit van will have a special exhibition on display. Discover more on the ECDP website here.

Explore Essex Summer of Culture

Partnering with exciting arts and cultural organisations, the ‘Summer of Culture’ programme is delivered through a broad series of events, talks and activities taking place throughout the county.

Our Summer of Culture partnered programme of events and activities aims to help you embrace the culture you’ve missed, whilst retaining positive connections with the natural world around us.

Read the Summer of Culture Guide here.

Event details


August 29, 2021



Who for?

For the whole family


Cressing Temple Barns

Witham Road, Braintree, Cressing, Essex, England, CM77 8PD

How to book

Book online

Story Hunters Flash Fiction Competition

As the story goes, Ernest Hemingway won a bet by writing a short story that was only six words long: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Essex Book Festival and Explore Essex challenge you to do the same.

You are invited to write a piece of fiction or a poem between 50-250 words based on a visit to 1 of 20 designated Essex heritage sites or Green Spaces. Once you have submitted your story, it will be posted on our Story Hunter Digital Map and entered into our Story Hunters Flash Fiction Competition.

The closing date to enter is 29 October 2021.

For more information about the twenty destinations, and how to enter the competition, click here.

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