Looking ahead over the next seven days there is another cram packed schedule of events taking place as part of the Loughton Festival 2018.

Sunday May 13, 11 am until 3.00 pm: Family Discovery Walks

A walk around High Beach featuring minibeast hunting, birdwatching, craft activities for children, a history trail and more.

Meet at Epping Forest Visitor Centre at High Beach, Paul’s Nursery Road, Loughton.

Entrance free but donations welcome.

Sunday 13 May, 10am to 4pm,: HOWZAT

A fun day with stalls, music, activities and a game of women’s softball cricket.

At the Loughton Cricket Club, The Uplands. Loughton.

Friday 18 May, 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start: From Russia with Love

LADS and the Loughton Festival presents ‘The Memory of Snow’, a show about the Romanov sisters with a short talk by playwright Sian Rowland. Followed by a Prokofiev Interlude courtesy of Mikhail Bozylev and performance from folk singer and songwriter Daria Kulesh.

At Lopping Hall, 189 High Road, Loughton, IG10 4LF.

Tickets £10 available from www.lads.org.uk or by calling 07552 736 110.

Saturday, May 19, 7.30pm: Celebrate the Royal Wedding with the Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra

The Orchestra will play a series of rambunctious British classics under the direction of Martin Hathaway.

At Loughton Methodist Church, 260 High Rd, Loughton.

Tickets £8; Concessions £6 on the door or book in advance at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/essex-jazz-orchestra-tickets-44947566381

Sunday, May 20, 12.30pm to 3.00pm: Loughton Showcase

Music and dance from Loughton's Performance Schools.

At Lopping Hall 189 High Road, Loughton.

Tickets £5, £2 for under-12s. Sold on the door. Doors open at 12.15pm.

Sunday 20 May, 12pm to 5pm: The Chigwell Fete.

Organised by The Rotary Club of Loughton, Buckhurst Hill & Chigwell.

At Chigwell Green.

Sunday May 20, 10.30am to 4pm: Looking Back and Looking Forward – Arts and Drama in Epping Forest

Celebrating the history of Epping Forest and looking forward to future preservation. This event will feature arts and craft stalls, history of the forest and artwork from Sunflower Group.

At 11am and 2pm there will be an interactive theatre piece within the forest, exploring the mysterious life of Princess Gytha.

At The Kings Oak pub, High Beach.

Entry to the event is free. Spaces for the theatre performance are limited and should be booked in advance by emailing lifeworks@loughtonmethodist.org.uk