Sunday 8th August – Midday until 9.30pm

This Year

We return with a similar but improved format much like 2017’s Festival, with two stages!

Inside the enclosure you will find a range a food and drink options listed in the key above and detailed further down. Please bring your own “deck” or “beach” chairs and get comfortable for the day. We do ask you not to bring your own food or drink as we are licenced. All the suppliers are reasonably priced and the bars will be charging pub prices.

This year we are doing everything possible to make our event environmentally friendly. We are supplying resuable cups which will be branded with the Writtle Jazz Festival logo. You will be able to purchase them with your first drink, for £1, and take them home as a souvenir!

We will also have a range of recycling bins for left over food, plastic and cardboard and ask you to be consider the environment when you use these bins. Chelmsford City Council are providing these bins as a test event to see if we can keep our waste to an absolute minimum.

Nicola Farnon!

Nicola returns with her Quartet including David Newton on Piano! Will be amazing…

She has played and recorded with such Jazz luminaries as Dave Newton, Digby Fairweather, Jim Mullen, Bruce Adams, Roy Williams and Alan Barnes and alongside class jazz acts as diverse as Eliane Elias, Courtney Pine, Georgie Fame,Tony Kofi, Michael Garrick Jazz Britannia Orchestra, Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine, Humphrey Lyttleton and Acker Bilke. 


Snowboy & The Latin Section

Snowboy and the Latin Section are Europe’s leading Afro-Cuban Jazz performers and  recording artists, led by multi-percussionist Mark ‘Snowboy’ Cotgrove.

“In one man’s opinion, I think Snowboy is doing, and can do, at ever higher and widening levels what The Beatles did for rock. I see him and his incredible combo as The Beatles of Mambo.”

Professor Robert Farris Thompson – Professor of Afro-Cuban Art,

History and Musicology, Yale University 

The Neil Angilley Trio….

“Neil Angilley has long been one the UK’s best -kept secrets in the Jazz world. The Neil Angilley Trio debut album – Havana Club is nothing short of spectacular, reminiscent, at times of the great works of Michel Camillo and Chick Corea, this brazillian – fusion trio album is world class and is a very fulfilling listen. I won’t highlight any particular title on the album as they’re all great, so, as I say: just take a moment to check it out.”   Blues & Soul Magazine

Paul Higgs and ‘PAVANE’

Paul Higgs “In concert with PAVANE” is an exciting new addition to this years Writtle Jazz Festival on Sunday 8th August! The performance is based on ‘Pavane’, Paul’s critically acclaimed album. It is a collection of original compositions that blend the genres of jazz and classical music. In concert the jazz ensemble is complemented by the melodious sounds of a cello. The lineup features Natalie Rozario (Cello), Chris Ingham (Piano), George Double (Drums), Jerome Davies (Bass), Andy Watson (Guitar) and of course Paul Higgs (Trumpet).

Lost at Sea!

Lost At Sea, featuring the incredible talents of Robin Porter (sax), José Canha (bass), Trevor Taylor (drums), and Dan Banks (piano), is a new project for 2021. With their first album released on the FMR record label, the ensemble utilises the iconic sound of European jazz to explore and re-imagine the work of Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós. Expect delicate sonic landscapes, subtle grooves, and a kaleidoscope of interactive improvisations. Fans of the ECM sound, free improvisation, and Sigur Rós will not be disappointed!


Formed by three long-standing friends and collaborators, Aspyrian are a London-based trio who seek to explore and unearth the hidden beauty within folk music traditions from different corners of the world. Blending this with jazz and blues influences, and wrapped up into a more modern rock/electronic aesthetic, the group present a sound that is captivating and truly unique. 

The Djangoliers!

Expect foot-tapping rhythms and virtuosic flair as well as evocative ballads from guitarists Simon Hurley and Rob Ford with Zak Barrett on Clarinet and Andy Staples on Double Bass.

The Fellowship

Featuring our very own Zak Barrett on Saxaphone, Pete Riley on Drums (above), John Dutton on Keys, Seth Govan on Bass and Guthrie Govan on Guitar, The Fellowship are as comfortable playing in Chelmsford as anywhere in the world.

Having had a regular gig at the Bassment in Chelmsford for some 13 years, they are renowned as a Jazz Fusion band.

The Youtube clip above shows them playing at the Eddie Lang Festival in Italy!

This will surely be a highlight at this years Writtle Jazz Festival!

Chill out, have a cool glass of prosecco and maybe a dance….

25% off

Early bird tickets will be available from April 1st via Eventbrite, from £15 Adult, £7.50 Child.

On the day Adults £25 cash/£26 card Children £12.50 Cash/£13 Card.

Learn a few salsa and merengue steps

Salsa D’lite

Salsa D'lite

Salsa D’lite was born out of a desire to bring the joy of dancing to everyone in the community. Our ethos is that dancing should be accessible to anyone regardless of ability, and with a little help, support and laughter, we can all enjoy a little Latin flair in our lives!  

Paul and Alex are looking forward to teaching you a few salsa and merengue moves during the day and then you can put them to the test when Snowboy & The Latin Section hit the stage at 8.00pm!

Why not have a couple of lessons before the festival and brush off those cobwebs. Click their link to find out how…

Not just a Jazz Festival

Fabulous refreshments!

Tipsy Grey

Our passion for drinks and working with amazing people started a great idea. Sisters, Rachael and Emma and their friends Clair and Lin decided it was time to put their social skills to good use. So, The Tipsy Grey was born. A premium mobile drinks service for your social gatherings.

ques idea

About us …

Well hello there!…

In a nutshell (or perhaps an avocado skin?), we sprung from my passion for authentic Mexican food (Strictly MexMex flavours …no Tex Mex here!) along with my longstanding love affair with cheese.

I spent 15 years living in Mexico, where I learned about, cooked and ate A LOT of Mexican food.

You eat with us…you get the real deal!


Gin Jam Bar

Welcome To Gin Jam Bar
A Gorgeous Converted Horsebox

We simply love events, socialising, great food and drink, so, nice to see you here too.  Once an old horse trailer now a beautiful, stylish mobile events bar, adding rustic charm to any event.

Cha Cha Pizza

Cha Cha Pizza Co provide delicious, wood fired, Neapolitan style pizza. Our pizzas are cooked and freshly prepared from our beautifully converted vintage 1971 Citroen HY van. It is always a head turner wherever we go, and that is before they smell our pizzas!  

My Little Drinks Van

The Sylva Waltz provides locally sourced Coffee from Artisan Roasters Mac & Me. A varied range of freshly made milkshakes, cold drinks, snacks and freshly homebaked cakes are available; with special consideration in mind for our vegan and gluten free friends. We are also dog friendly, offering our ever so popular doggie ice cream. 

Fan Thai Sticks

We love to cook with passion!

As the street food concept is just a part of the culture in many places in the world or is gaining more popularity in other countries we are very excited to contribute to it bringing authentic Thai street food dishes to the UK public.

Vintage Bar Company

It is that journey that in June 2018 we embarked upon with our aim to restore this timeless french workhorse into a superb fully functioning mobile bar. The result is there for all to see and I’m sure you will agree with us the old boy has brushed up quite well.

Mamma Scoop

This family inspired business hails from Sicily where some of the best, most tastiest Gelati originated many moons ago. It is perhaps fitting that Mamma Scoop’s vintage style service evokes that feeling of a bygone era and offers a taste that has delighted ice cream lovers for generations…

Full of Fizz

We love meeting new people and we love Prosecco and Gin!! So we have decided to put the two together and help others to enjoy themselves so opening a mobile prosecco bar was the perfect opportunity to do this!

Giggly Pig Company

Saddleback pigs are renowned for their delicious taste which is unique to their breed. We don’t add any fat to our products to ensure the best quality! Made from our rare breed British Saddleback pig from our farm in Essex.

We can cater for any event with either our cooking trailer from which we serve sausages and pork burgers in our own fresh hand made rolls, as well as our hog roast!

After a break in 2020 Writtle Jazz Festival returns in 2021!

What to expect…..

Writtle Village

Writtle is just west of Chelmsford and is one of the oldest and most pictureque villages in England. Easy to drive to. There is some parking around the green, but there are 600 free spaces at Writtle College on Lordship Road, which is a short walk to the Green.

Be a volunteer

If you love Jazz and want to get involved with Writtle Jazz Festival, then why not become a volunteer on the day! We have a friendly team of people already, but one or two more is always helpful. Just a couple of hours of your time checking tickets and you can spend the rest of the festival in your free t-shirt enjoying the day. Email andy@writtlejazzfestival.co.uk

What to bring

This year we will have two traditional marquees on the village green, each with a stage and bands performing all day. There will be hay bales dotted around the enclosure between the two marquees, but if you want to be more comfortable, then bring your own chairs and maybe a rug! There will be a range of food and refreshments on offer this year and the enclosure will be licenced, so we would politely ask that you do not bring your own food or alcohol. We have carefully chosen the suppliers. We are catering for all tastes, Vegan and vegetarian, and we will be considering the environment.

Guide Dogs Association

Writtle Jazz Festival is supporting The Guide Dogs Association this year! Peter and Brenda Woodcock, who have supported the Festival since it’s inception, spend a considerable amount of their time volunteering for the Guide Dogs Asscoation, so we have asked them to be present at this years event. You will be able to see how you might get involved and perhaps you might like to sponsor a puppy!

Highlights from Previous Jazz Festivals…..

Writtle Jazz Festival 2017 - Courtesy of Crispin Coulson

Guthrie Govan and the Fellowship at Writtle Jazz Festival 2018

Sunday 29th July 2018 - Writtle Jazz Festival - Crispin Coulson