Event details

We’re delighted to announce details of our first ever charity dinner and auction!
The night will be held in the ballroom of the Park Inn Hotel, Southend-on-Sea on Friday 01 March 2019 with tickets just £35 per person.

The gala dinner is set to draw in 180 supports for an evening of fine food, music and auction to raise funds to ensure the festival can continue to provide free access to music and culture, as it has for the past 27 years.

Tickets Include

Drinks Reception

The evening will begin when doors open at 7:30 pm with a 45-minute drinks reception, all tickets will include a glass of bubbly!

Three-course meal

A tasty three-course meal including a tomato and pepper soup, pork belly and a tangy lemon dessert.

Live music

Three live acts will perform on the night displaying the diversity of music you can find at the festival. Acts to be announced shortly.

Guest Speaker

We have a very special guest speaker to entertain you between your second and third course. More information released soon.

Live auction

Following on from our silent auction the high-value items will continue in a live auction featuring unique experiences and money can’t buy items.

£5 donation

At least £5 from every ticket sale will go straight into the festival fund, enabling us to keep the festival free for all to attend.

All funds raised from the night will contribute towards the annual running costs of the festival. As an event run entirely by volunteers with no official funding or grants from local authorities, we rely heavily on the support of sponsorships and fundraising to keep the event free for all to attend. Leigh Folk Festival is an annual showcase of music, dance poetry and storytelling providing a completely free family-friendly day out to over 20,000 visitors a year across the 4 days. The event has become an institution, loved by so many and an important date in the Thames Estuary events calendar.

We would like to give a MASSIVE thank you to Park Inn by Raddison for their support on this event and helping to make the night possible.

Event sponsors



Fresh tomato and roasted red pepper soup, topped with a crunchy basil pesto croute.


Slow cooked tender pork belly, served on a bed of potato gratin, served with a rich red wine and fresh thyme gravy.


Cheddar and leek tart with a cream sauce served with new potatoes.


Tangy lemon tart with a rich cheery compote and a drizzle of vodka infused crème fraiche.  


Any dietary requirements will be met where possible, please indicate your requirements when purchasing tickets.



If you would like to be seated together please purchase your tickets in one transaction.
Full tables of 10 or people can be purchased, please visit the reserve a table tab for more info.

VERY limited £30 Earlybird tickets on sale until 24 Dec.

General tickets will only be on sale until 17 Feb.

If you experience issues using the ticket order form below please visit our event page on Eventbrite here


We have a number of opportunities for businesses to sponsor the event and help raise the necessary funds to keep the festival free.

All auction item donations would receive great appreciation, and we would be responsible for collecting the item, brand exposure and ensuring its safe delivery to the winning bidder.

Participating businesses will have their logo prominently featured in our auction brochure, alongside their donated lot and a mention in a press release. In addition, each brochure contains a ‘Support Our Supporters’ page listing contact details for these businesses.

We can also offer further exposure of your brand through a number of other channels including but not limited to;

– Our website (1,000+ views a month)

– Social media (combined 7,000+ audience)

– Mailing list (800+ subscribers)

– Festival Programm advert (5,000 + readership)

– Stage naming (20,000+ attendees)

If you think you can help us continue this great event by donating an item for the auction or sponsoring any other aspect of the night then we love to hear from you! Please contact us on info@leighfolkfestival.com or call  07858508066.

Private tables

If you are a local business, group or friends or family and would like to sit together we can provide full private tables of 10, 12 or 14 people.

Please see the image below for group prices and discounts.

If you would like to purchase a private table then please email info@leighfolkfestival.com