The Harwich Hoody Fest: The Bands, The Stalls, The Prizes and The People

Teen Talk Update

The Harwich Hoody Fest 2013


In this edition it's all about the Harwich Hoody Fest on Saturday 09 November, 10.30am-3.00pm at the Park Pavillion in Barrack Lane. Read on for info on the bands, the stalls, the prizes and the fantastic young people who organise the festival. 

Hoody Fest

Saturday 09 November
Park Pavillion, Harwich

Local bands and performers will play throughout the day at this free entertainment festival organised by Teen Talk's youth forum, Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA). The festival aims to bring together all generations, friends and family to show that not everyone who wears a hoody is bad to mix with and encourage the community to work together. So come along and don't forget to bring your hoody!


We've got some amazing prizes up for grabs in the Harwich Hoody Festival Raffle donated by the community. Make sure you buy a ticket for your chance to win! Here is a sneak peak at just some of the fantastic prizes up for grabs...

Return to Hoek Van Holland from Stena Line
Bowling at Clacton Pier
Mercury Theatre Tickets
Princes Theartre Tickets
Aqua Springs Vouchers

Local Giving

There's still time to donate to Teen Talk and HIYA through the Local Giving campaign Grow Your Tenner. Every penny helps to privide support for our communities young people. Click here for more info or visit the Teen Talk (Harwich) page.

Battle of the Bands

This year, young local musicians will be taking part in a battle of the bands competition where prizes include a session in a recording studio and a £100 music voucher. We have a great mixture of bands, duo's and solo performers taking part and playing a whole range of styles. There's something to suit everyone.  Here's the line up so far: 

The Profile
Miranda Maurice
Luke Fisher
Lucy Scott
Abby Elwood


The Harwich Hoody Festival is organised by Harwich Insipred Youth Action (HIYA), a voluntary youth forum of young people aged 11-21 in Harwich and the surrounding areas. Through events and community projects the group aims to change the image of young people in their community. All activities are organised and carried out by the young people themselves, providing the opportunity to gain skills in planning, event organisation, team work and communication. Want to be involved? Get in touch on 01255 504800 or email


Not only have we got fantastic live music throughout the day but some great community stalls and family games as well:

Fresh & Fruity Smoothies
Dizzi Lizzi Jewellery
Face Painting
Women's Institute
Thailand Fundraising
Health Trainers
Colouring Competition
Pick a Lolly
Hook a Duck
Treasure Hunt

Join us for lunch at the HIYA cafe.

Diana Award

Following the success of the 2012 Harwich Hoody Festival, HIYA were presented with The Diana Award for being active campaigners in their community. HIYA members Kaitlin Trenerry, 17, Kieran Hutchence, 18, Ashleigh Lovett, 17, Anya Lovett, 14, and Deanna Smith, 18, accepted their award on behalf of the group at a ceremony on 16 October 2013. The award was presented by Diana Award Ambassador and Captain of the Paralympics GB Sitting Volleyball Team Martine Wright and Jordan O’Keefe from Britain's Got Talent at the ceremony which took place at Barclay’s HQ, Canary Wharf, London.
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