How to Book

SUMMER WEEKEND 14 – 16 July Booking open –


22 May Friends booking opens
20 June Public booking opens

Please make sure you are signed up to our mailing list which you can do easily on this website, so you are among the first to hear about our events.

When booking opens

Click on the title of the concert, choose the ticket price or press ‘Add to Cart’. This will take you through to Paypal’s booking site. You can pay here by debit or credit card. You don’t need to have a Paypal account. You will be given the opportunity to add extra tickets or delete if you have too many at the checkout. You can also go back to our website and add different concerts – they will all be kept in your ‘basket’ (or ‘cart’ as PayPal likes to call it).

For the 2016 festival, we did not charge a booking fee, and we also sent your tickets by post for free. If it is close to the date of the concert, you can bring your PayPal receipt with you and collect your tickets at the door.

Please do not worry that there are no further instructions via PayPal, but you are welcome to contact us ( if you have any questions or are worried about anything.

Chris Woods
Chris Woods, playing the Waiting Room on 24th September

Booking by post
Please email us with your postal address and we will send you a free copy of our 2017 brochure next May, with a detachable booking form which you can post back to us with a cheque.

We are not very well set up at the moment for phone calls and we apologise for this. The number is 07759 934 860 and we are sorry that it may take us some time to get back to you. We are not yet set up to take payment over the phone. If possible please email us.

We are more than happy to answer any questions you have, check availability for you, or explain the booking process. Email

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2017 Festival.



Front rows

In Dedham, Coggeshall and Stoke by Nayland, the front few rows of the nave afford a truly intimate concert experience.

Stoke by Nayland Church
Stoke by Nayland Church

We build a large, fairly high stage at Stoke by Nayland, so the front rows do have to look upwards.

Standard price

In the churches, these will be in the nave. For all other concerts, normal full price tickets will be the front rows of the audience. In very intimate venues, most of the seats will be full price, as nobody is very far from the performers.

Banked Seating (Stoke only)

This is at the back of the audience but because it is banked, affords a really great view of the scene and stage, and fantastic sound quality.

The Moot Hall
The Moot Hall

Side aisle / back rows

In the churches, some of these seats may have a restricted view but if you arrive early you’re often able to secure a great seat with a full view, especially if you can get into one of the choir stalls in the churches. And there is great sound everywhere! In other venues, the cheaper seats are likely to be the back rows.



Sold-out concerts

For sold-out concerts we operate a waiting list, and often we are able to offer seats at the last minute. Please email to be added to the waiting list for a particular concert.


We know that plans sometimes change but as we rely heavily on the fabulous volunteers who run our box office we are very sorry that we are unable to offer refunds unless a concert sells out and we are asked for returns.

If you can’t come to the concert, please consider giving your tickets to friends or please email If we can’t refund them, your money will go towards our much-needed education programme, giving young people as many musical opportunities as we can, and on bringing fantastic musicians to future festivals. We are a charity and plough every penny back into our work.

What will I be sitting on?

Pews, sometimes. Fairly hard ones. The churches are beautiful and atmospheric but have some drawbacks, and we know that the hard pews and temperature of some of the venues is something you’d like us to improve.

Stoke by Nayland, Dedham and Brightlingsea have pews, so you may like to bring a cushion.

Fordham, Fingringhoe, the Moot Hall and Tymperleys have chairs.

We supply our own chairs for Firstsite and St Martin’s Church and we promise they will be better than the awful plastic ones we provided last year.

Why don’t we have numbered seating?

The subject of much debate within the team. For the moment we’re managing without, because:

1. We want you to have the flexibility to be able to sit with your friends and the party you have brought. Many churches have pews that comfortably seat either 5 strangers or 6 people who know each other well. We want to leave that to you and not dictate how far or near you have to sit to your fellow audience member!

2. We want to get your tickets out to you as soon as possible. Our voluntary box office team works hard to achieve this, and another layer of complexity will delay the process.

We hope that this all makes sense. For any comments, suggestions for improvements or questions, please email