At the opening event, they are hosting live music and dance from around the globe in Rayleigh High Street. Free workshops will also be available for children and families where they can try out art techniques such as Aboriginal Dream Time painting and Japanese Book Binding.
Home-grown talent and the creativity of our young people will also celebrated, with the return of the Young & Talented Showcase and the first Rayleigh SX Urban Games.
EVENTS on Saturday 22 September:
9am – 5pm The Great Glass Bead Exhibition Essex artworks inside giant glass beads, Rayleigh Library, FREE No booking required
10.30am Pinocchio by Indefinite Articles Age suitability: 4 + The Mill Arts & Events Centre, £3 (Age 4+) 01702 318191
11am – 3pm Japanese Book Binding ‘Make and take’ workshop for families, Rayleigh Library, FREE No booking required
Young & Talented Showcase, Essex’s best young singers and dancers, The Mill Arts & Events Centre, FREE No booking required
High Street Entertainment, Performances throughout the afternoon, High Street
SX Urban Games Street arts and sports for young people, King George V Playing Field
Chinese Dragon Making Year of the Dragon paper craft for kids, Rayleigh Windmill
Arts and Crafts Market Place, Quality art, craft & design on sale, The Mill Arts & Events Centre
Aboriginal Dream Time Painting, Join in to create a large scale artwork, The Mill Arts & Events Centre
Rayleigh Windmill Installation, Max Dolding’s re-creation of a working windmill through sound and images, Rayleigh Windmill
Indian Rangoli Art Workshop using sand, petals & coloured rice powder, The Mill Arts & Events Centre
3pm Rayleigh History Walk, Led by the National Trust, Rayleigh Windmill, £2 and £1 No booking required
EVENTS on 23-30 SEPTEMBER:
Sun 23 1-4pm / Wed 26 10am-1pm / Sun 30 1-4pm
Rayleigh Windmill Installation Max Dolding’s re-creation of a working windmill through sound and images Rayleigh Windmill FREE No booking required
Mon 24 to Fri 28
Small Worlds Digital animation and visual theatre show – Closed performance for primary schools presented in partnership with Rochford District Schools Partnership Trust.
Mon 24 to Sat 29
The Great Glass Bead Exhibition Essex artworks inside giant glass beads Rayleigh Library 9am – 5pm FREE No booking required
Wed 26 Watercolours:
The Pain and the Passion Talk & painting demo by James Merriott Rayleigh Library 2pm £2 01268 775830
Sundown Arts Poetry and Spoken Word Open-mic event with special guests Rayleigh Windmill 7pm FREE Booking essential 01702 318171
Speed Dating for Writers Top tips for writers from the book world Rayleigh Library 7pm £5 01268 775830
Penguin by Long Nose Puppets, based on the award-winning book by Polly Dunbar Age suitability: 3 +Mill Arts & Events Centre 11am & 2pm £3 01702 318191
You can download the Rayleigh Arts Festival brochure with full info here.
The Mill Arts & Events Centre Bellingham Lane SS6 7ED
Rayleigh Windmill Bellingham Lane SS6 7ED
Rayleigh High Street SS6 7EA
Rayleigh Library 132-4 High Street SS6 7BX
King George V Playing Field Bull Lane SS6 8JD