About us

East Finchley Community Festival is an inclusive FREE one-day community festival in London N2, which has been bringing the community together for nearly 50 years.
It is staged in Cherry Tree Wood, right opposite East Finchley tube station. Every year its mix of live music and performance art, children’s activities, sports, local craft and food stalls and a licenced bar, attracts thousands of visitors of all ages.

The festival is organised by East Finchley Festival CIC – a non-profit Community Interest Company, established October 2019 and Registered England & Wales company no. 12271366.
We are a team of volunteers, who have previously run the festival as part of, or on behalf of, East Finchley Community Trust (EFCT).
In 2019 we formally took over responsibility for East Finchley Festival, but have adopted the core principles set out by EFCT and will endeavour to continue to run the festival for the benefit of the whole N2 community.

East Finchley Festival CIC board:

Michael Hughes | Andrew Myers-Nobbs | Charles O’Toole | Alison Roberts

We are supported by a huge army of volunteers, both in the build up to the festival and on the day. If you’d like to get involved, we’d love to hear from you.
Whist the festival is funded partly by revenue from stalls, advertising and the raffle, we recive no funding from outside bodies and rely heavily on sponsorship from local businesses and kind donations from the public.

See how you can get involved.

East Finchley Festival CIC is committed to ensure that:

  • East Finchley Festival is an inclusive festival with a welcome given to ALL within our community
  • The Festival is free at the point of entry – no entrance fees are charged to enter Cherry Tree Wood. Stage entertainment, children’s performances and sports are all free of charge
  • Stage acts perform on a voluntary basis and do not receive payment
  • Encouragement and preference is given to local (to N2) food vendors, stallholders and entertainment acts on both stages
  • Quality local independent trade and craft stalls are preferred
  • Vendors are encouraged to avoid single-use disposable items and consider the environmental impact of any products they sell
  • Motorised access to Cherry Tree Wood is discouraged as far as possible
  • Motorised entertainments such as funfair rides are discouraged
  • Generators are only provided for activities involved in running the festival and are not permitted for individual stall holders
  • We aim to leave Cherry Tree Wood in as good as, if not a better, state after the festival than before
  • Respect will always shown to local residents living in the immediate vicinity of Cherry Tree Wood to minimise any adverse impact the event might have upon the local area.

East Finchley Festival’s environmental impact

East Finchley Festival CIC and its volunteers are committed to ensuring that going forward The Festival is as environmentally sustainable as possible, lowering the environmental impact that our annual event has on the local area. We will seek to introduce recycling facilities on the site during The Festival and actively encourage festival goers to use them. Between events we will explore novel and inventive ways of reducing The Festival’s environmental footprint with the goal of reducing our impact incrementally every year. In this endeavour we would seek to engage the local community and prioritise stallholders and vendors at the event who are committed to assisting us in making the festival as green and sustainable as possible.