Skip to Homepage Skip to Content

Raising Southend: A Festival of Conversations

Raising Southend; a Festival of Conversations is back for a second year running with a series of free innovative and exciting events for local families, children and professionals from Wednesday 12 to Wednesday 26 October.

What is the festival all about?

The two-week-long festival, organised by A Better Start Southend, will feature events and activities across Southend aimed at families who are expecting a baby or with children under the age of four – as well as for professionals, partners and organisations who support them.

The A Better Start Southend Partnership is passionate about the fantastic city of Southend–on-Sea and making Southend the best place in which to be a parent and raise a child.

A free programme of events over two weeks

Featuring more than 25 activities throughout the festival’s duration, some events will require pre-registration, which will open in September. The bumper programme of events will be organised around the themes of:

  • Early Years Activity & Wellbeing
  • Food, Diet & Nutrition
  • Arts & Creativity
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • Special Educational Needs & Disability
  • Community, Skills & Home Safety
  • Storytelling & Reading
  • Pregnancy & Early Years Health

There will be events to suit everyone; from practitioners to families, with a full programme to be announced. Free registration for the full programme of events will open in September.

The festival has been organised in collaboration with Bromfield Events, a locally based production company working with organisations that make a positive social impact on its communities and the world around them.

See the Event Guide for details of all the events in the festival.

Back to top