top of page

Zombies, open-air film and live music: Crouch End Festival is back

Crouch End Festival

Fancy a wacky weekend? Crouch End Festival could be just the ticket, with music, comedy, arts, ghost stories and North London’s biggest Zombie Walk.

The UK’s largest community arts festival is back from June 7th for the eighth year running. With Hornsey Town Hall out of action during restoration, the opening event takes place at Stationers Park. There’ll be music and dance, a food fest, a giant open-air screen playing Bohemian Rhapsody and loads more.

The Festival, which runs over 10 days, takes place at dozens of local venues. Among the highlights will be jazz music, art exhibitions, poetry, cooking demonstrations and a haunted sleepover.

When the festival was started by fellow creatives Chris Arnold and James Bridgman together with Marice Cumber and Paul Sinclair in 2012, the idea was to create a small community event with creative artists and performers. The original plan was for 30 events, but locals were keen to get involved and, in its inaugural year, the festival featured 150 events. Its popularity has only grown – last year there were 250 events.


Discover & support London's best independents, in Crouch End and beyond. 150+ local discounts. Save 10-30% at shops, cafes, restaurants and more with your membership card (just £12 a year).

JOIN THE CLUB! Use code CROUCHENDFEST and save £2 on joining.


Basil Fansa of the Local Buyers Club said: “Crouch Enders know how to party. The Zombie Walk is always a fabulous spectacle – this year the theme is Kings and Queens and there’ll be prizes for the best costumes. If that doesn’t appeal, you’re sure to find something that does. This is one of London’s most eclectic festivals – from film and animation to live music, comedy, photography and art as well as lots of events for small children, there’s something for everyone.

“It’s great to see so many businesses get behind the Festival – dozens of cafes and pubs take part each year, alongside shops such as Pickled Pepper Books and local churches. Crouch End has an amazingly tight-knit community and this festival plays a major role in bringing people together.”

St Mary’s Church Tower, which is dubbed ‘London’s smallest and coolest performance space’, is among the venues taking part this year – as well as hosting poetry readings, this tower, which dates back to at least the 12th century, is the perfect setting for ghost stories.

Bohemian Rhapsody will be screened in the green in the centre of town on Friday June 7 (8.30pm) and on Saturday June 8 (6pm). On Sunday June 16th The Great Get Together (a massive community picnic) takes place at 12.30pm in St Mary’s Tower Gardens and Hornsey Fire Station will be holding an open day.

For full details of what’s on, visit:


Want to support independent business and save some money?

Local Buyers Club

We're on a mission to help you discover & support the best independent businesses in London.

Join the Club and benefit from discounts at dozens of awesome restaurants, shops, bars and businesses throughout North and East London.

We highlight the best independents and raise awareness of the advantages of shopping locally.

We also organise and support community initiatives.

Support independents and save up to 30% with the Local Buyers Club card.

Join Local Buyers Club and, for just £12 per year, you'll be helping to support local business and you'll receive a discount card to use at any of the 150+ businesses listed on the site.

If you're a great independent business in London and would like to find out more about joining the Club please email


Discover & support London's best independents 150+ local discounts. Save 10-30% with your membership card


Recent Posts
Follow Us
  • Facebook Basic Square
  • Instagram Social Icon
  • Twitter Basic Square
bottom of page