Fun in the Forest 2020

22nd to 24th May  Venue: Old Loughts HC, Chigwell, Essex. Everything takes place at our club grounds.

Following a 'fallow year' in 2019, FitF is back with renewed vigour for May 2020. Arrangements are in full swing and a good number of teams are already signed up.

We've decided on a price for the full weekend of £65 per person. As regulars will know, this includes everything apart from your bar drinks, so is a super generous deal. (Please ask about our day ticket prices if some of your players can't make the whole weekend.)

For the uninitiated the general format is as follows:

Arrive Friday afternoon/evening and pitch tents. Relax with a beer and enjoy pizza night, followed by music and dancing.

Awake on Saturday morning to a hearty breakfast. Games take place through Saturday and most of Sunday. Mixed 7 a -side teams (to include at least 3 ladies) can be of any standard, and you can have as large a squad as you like. Lunch and an evening meal on the Saturday are followed by more music and dancing. Saturday evening is also fancy dress night, with prizes for the best team outfits.

Another solid breakfast and a hearty late lunch are provided on Sunday, around the games. People start departing late Sunday afternoon, though some stay around for further socializing.

Since everything: camping (inc. showering facilities), playing, eating, drinking and partying all takes place at our wonderful home ground, you don't have to worry about getting round, once you are here, and the price includes everything apart from your beer. Non-players, along purely for the social scene, are also welcome and non-playing umpires come free of charge. There is always a great atmosphere :)

We are taking deposits of £100 per team to secure your place, so don't delay. Contact us on honsec@oldloughtonians.co.uk


Fun in the Forest 2018

25th to 27th May

This year's mixed 7 a-side format seemed to go down well, with quite a number of newcomers joining the fray.

We ended up with 24 teams (around 240 people including non-players) which split handily into 4 groups of 6.

Some good hockey, and certainly some 'fun' hockey, took place in the hot and steamy weather. Newcomers 'Funder', from Braintree, were tournament winners, in a close fought final with old hands 'Untouchables' from East London.

There was more steamy fun in the clubhouse after the games, especially for those in all-enveloping fancy dress. The Norwich Dragons regained their dressing-up crown of 2 years ago with their clever packman theme.

See photos of the event in the photo gallery.


Team Name Club/Provenance Group Shirt & Sock colour
Dribblers 2 Loughts 1 Orange
Eazy Es Various 1 Mainly dark blue
Small Gene Pool Wisbech/Loughts 1 White
St Neots Wisbech? 1 Orange & light blue hoops + pink trim
Tequila Suicide Squad Basildon 1 Pink,/black/yellow flash tops & yellow socks
Untouchables 1 E London 1 Dark blue
B.A.L.L.S. Bournville 2 Green/yellow shirts, white socks
Blackheath Spartans II Blackheath 2 Pink
Dribblers 1 Loughts 2 Dark grey
Gone Commando Redbridge 2 Green Army camouflage
The Usual Suspects 2 Aylesbury/Old Williamsonians 2 Pink
Waka Waka Norwich Dragons 2 Royal blue shirts, socks grey, blue & green
Ghosties' Revenge Norwich Dragons 3 Royal blue shirts, socks grey, blue & green
Hill Billy Banjo Strings Southend 3 Pink tops, green socks + lumberjack jackets
Le Coq en Tit Loughts 3 Yellow & black stripe
The Marvel-ous Harlow 3 Light blue tops, black bottoms & socks
The Usual Suspects 1 Aylesbury/Old Williamsonians 3 Pink
Untouchables 2 E London 3 Dark blue
Alcoholics Unanimous Upminster 4 Shirt blue & yellow, blue socks
Blackheath Spartans I Blackheath 4 Pink
Can't Get Enough All comers filler 4 Bibs or skins
Funder Braintree 4 Mainly black tops + white, green, purple socks
Multiple Scoregasms Coventry Uni 4 Light blue or dark blue tops, light blue socks
Teenage Mutant Ninja Squirtholes Basildon 4 Pink,/black/yellow flash tops & yellow socks


Fun in the Forest 2017

Again we were lucky, and the sun shone for almost the whole weekend.

Games were good tempered, at times highly competitive, at times highly amusing. The 'ladies' of 'Le Coq en Tit' adopted a relaxed and free-flowing attitude to both their style of play and their under garments. The team bonded well, often too well for comfort, consistent in their quest to secure last place in the competition. Never mind promotion to National League, this was obviously the high point of their season.

Tournament winners were '10 More Minutes' in a tight final against 'Dribblers 1'. Containing a high proportion of youngsters, both teams' play suffered less from the after effects of alcohol than did that of some of the more mature teams. As the final drew to a close, a few welcome rain drops began to fall. The timing could not have been better.

The fancy dress prize went to 'The Untouchables', with a splendid home-made effort as (really) old people.

Runners up were '50/50' as cavemen, and third placed were 'Small Gene Pool' as beer bottles. Great efforts all round.

Photos of the event will be appearing soon in the photo gallery.

FITF high res 2017

Here are the 14 teams who took part in 2017

FitF Team Colours 2017



A successful Fun in the Forest Festival 2016 enjoyed by all at the weekend

The weather gods were kind to us, as 14 mixed teams enjoyed the hockey, food, drink and festivities at Old Loughts over the weekend. In the end, the visiting Dutch men’s team, combined with the Norwich Dragon ladies triumphed on the pitch, defeating City Slickers in a close run final.

The dragon ladies were also popular winners in the Saturday night fancy dress competition, with their amazing homemade (with the help of some IKEA laundry baskets) Very Hungry Caterpillar outfits.

Welcome to the Old Loughtonians Fun in the Forest Mixed Hockey Festival. Our festival has been running for 11 years and is played on 2 olympic waterbased pitches in the North East of London with close acess to the M25. We welcome mixed sides and there is no limit to squad size, with 11 aside for the matches. Camping is provided within sight of the pitches, the clubhouse is fully stocked to supply jugs of 'Purple Nasty', and we provide food all weekend as part of the entry fee that includes a cooked breakfast, Lunch and Evening cooked meals including Hog Roast.

Fun in the Forest 2016 - Teams who took part










The Small Gene Pool




local family & friends

Hungry Hungry Hippogriffs





The Untouchables




East London

Loony Loughts




Irregular home team/Redbridge

Dumblewhores Army





Average Joes




Loughts present/past & friends

City Slickers




Central London

Umpires Strike Back (USB)




Providing most of umpires for tournament

Veni Vidi Vici





Le Coq en Tit




Blackheath ladies & Loughts men

The Mighty Chap





Codgers & Cubs




Home & local vets & youngsters

Dutch Dragons A




Norwich dragon ladies & Dutch men

Dutch Dragons B




Norwich dragon ladies & Dutch men




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