The Discover 2020 Festival – be part of something inspiring!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Do you have a tremendous idea for a community event?


We need people who are passionate about their local neighbourhoods to take part in next year’s Discover 2020 Festival – and make their bright ideas become a reality!


It could be an exhibition by local artists, a live performance, a local brewery demonstrating its inner workings, or a ploughing match in our more rural parts of the Rochford District. Maybe your local church/historical site wants to open its doors for a weekend?


Or maybe you have an interesting idea that no one has thought of, and need some advice to get it off the ground?




Discover 2020 is a multi-form festival which will see a series of events held across the Rochford District next year.


The launch event will focus on the 200th anniversary of the launch of the HMS Beagle – one of the most famous ships in history. She circumnavigated the globe and through her voyage; her famous passenger Charles Darwin; and her Captain Robert Fitzroy, her name is synonymous with discovery in the fields of science, meteorology and even space exploration. She then ended her career as a watch vessel at Paglesham, in the Rochford District.


So, just like the Beagle did all those years ago….we want to commemorate the spirit of adventure in a voyage around the Rochford District, leaving an inspiring legacy for future generations.


Interested? Then go to for more information and an event toolkit.


Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Enterprise, Cllr George Ioannou, said: “We want the Discover 2020 Festival to showcase the best that we have to offer in the Rochford District, creating a ‘voyage of discovery’ which will delight and excite residents and visitors.


“We are lucky in the Rochford District to have such great community spirit, and I’m sure there are plenty of us with fantastic ideas which just need a bit of help and advice to get off the ground. We want to hear from you – this is your chance to be a part of something big, and to actually bring your ideas to fruition.”


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