Happening on Saturday 26th May – Southend Vegan Fair

Thorpe Greenways School, Greenways, Southend on Sea, SS1 2 Southend-on-Sea
10am – 5pm

Southend Vegan Fair returns and is now at a bigger venue with indoor and outdoor space for up to 100 stalls!

Expect loads of great vegan food, animal rights stalls, talks, clothing, health products and make up products!

Copies of The Estuary Alternative paper and a variety of other papers, pamphlets and flyers produced by us (and others) will be available on the Vegan Army Surplus stall which will be outside in the school grounds at the fair. Look forward to seeing you all there:)


Southend Vegan Fair – Spring 2018

Having been to a few vegan fairs that were nothing more than over-priced lifestyle events, it’s good to see one coming up with content and ideas that will give people something to think about and inspire them…

Saturday 26th May – 10am-5pm
Thorpe Greenways School PTA, Greenways, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1969557723362569/

Southend Vegan Fair returns and is now at a bigger venue with indoor and outdoor space for up to 100 stalls!

Expect loads of great vegan food, animal rights stalls, talks, clothing, health products and make up products!

If you want a stall please email: southendvegans@gmail.com for an application form.

£3 entry Under | 16’s go free.

So far they have…

We have a vegan poet performing on May 26th in Southend!

Cat crafts language with love to create honest, open and often brutal attacks on society and herself, while retaining a childish hope for a better future.

Cat a vegan and passionate about animal rights, in addition to her passion for social equality. Since becoming vegan, Cat has found her writing turning towards these values to give the voiceless a voice.

Cat has performed her work at Cosmic Puffin, The Rochford Art Trail and The Essex Poetry Festival among other events. She has also been featured on the 365scribble podcast.

You can find Cat at: https://catherinethepoet.wordpress.com | https://www.facebook.com/catherinethepoet/ or propping up the bar at The Railway Hotel.


As well as talks at the Southend Vegan Fair on May 26th we have a small panel who have agreed to participate in a questions and answers session with our attendees!

So get your thinking caps on and come up with some great questions for them!

A good weekend in Southend:)

We had an interesting and productive two days over the weekend of the 24th/25th March. We spent Saturday afternoon at the Mendip Wildlife Gardens Wonderful Family Gathering at Dunster Avenue on the northern fringes of Southend and all day Sunday at the Southend Community Wellbeing & Vegan Festival.

The event on Saturday was a community festival with an interesting vibe held on a council estate on the fringes of Southend up by the A127 and right under the flight path to the airport. An area that has more than its fair share of problems but also has a pretty good sense of community as well which in these troubled times, is essential in building neighbourhood resilience. It gave us (South Essex Working Class Action) some ideas on persuading residents on one of the estates we work on in Basildon to think about putting on something similar with us helping to facilitate it. It was also interesting to see what various groups of volunteers have done with the Mendip Wildlife Garden – a lovely little oasis right in the heart of the estate.

On the Sunday we had an Essex Social Strategic Alliance stall at the vegan festival with a table loaded with leaflets and papers. We shifted two thirds of the print run of the current edition of The Estuary Alternative (we kept a third back for distribution at suitable venues across the region). Not only that we had a fair few interesting conversations and made some potentially useful contacts in the process. What was good about this event is that unlike a lot of vegan fairs which can be very lifestyle orientated, there were a healthy number of campaign stalls present to help put some politics and context into veganism.

Lastly, but by no means least, a big thank you to Chay Godfree, Dean Ward and the teams of volunteers out on both days for organising and running both events. Both events in their own way provided an opportunity for the community to get together – on the Saturday to enjoy themselves and on the Sunday for an insight into veganism and also a chance for local activists to do some serious networking.