Calendar

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May
3
Fri
2019
Library Talk @ Baldock Library, Simpson Drive, Baldock, SG7 6DH
May 3 @ 2:30 pm

Elaine Everest, best-selling author of the Woolworths series, talks about the teashop girls. A warm and moving tale of friendship and love in wartime set in a Lyon’s teashop.

Friday @ Baldock Beer Festival @ Brandles School, Weston Way, SG7 6EY
May 3 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

(see also Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May)

This year’s 12th Baldock Independent Beer festival will bring live music on Friday evening from 5pm, all day Saturday and 12noon until close at 8pm on Sunday. Over 80 local and national real ales, 40 ciders and a large selection of continental draught beers and lagers. All complemented by a seperate posecco, wine and Pinkster Gin bar and a wide range of hot, cold, vegatarian and barbecued food with plenty of sweets, soft drinks, ice cream and free activities, including fun games and challenges to entertain the children during Saturday and Sunday. For more information, including band and beer lists, see the website www.baldockbeerfestival.org. Any surplus made during this event is donated back to local causes see the website of Baldock beer festival facebook for more details . Contact info@baldockbeerfestival.org.

Film @ BAHC @ Baldock Arts and Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street SG7 6AR
May 3 @ 7:30 pm

Our regular monthly Film@BAHC opens during the Festival with A Star Is Born (15). Watch the film in the relaxed atmosphere of the Arts and Heritage Centre, the bar is open throughout and the showing is followed by an informal discussion for those who would like to stay and chat. Doors open at 7.00 pm (showing starts at 7.30).

Traditional Nigerian Meal @ St. Marys Church Hall, Church Street, SG7 5AE
May 3 @ 7:30 pm

Come and try this authentic cuisine for a taste of Africa! £10.00 per person to include a welcome drink of Prosecco. Booking is essential (tickets available from the Community Centre).

The Machines at the Hen and Chickens @ The Hen & Chickens, South Rd, SG7 6BZ
May 3 @ 8:00 pm
Free 1st Aid Training
May 3 @ 10:03 pm – 11:03 pm
May
4
Sat
2019
Sewing B’s @ Sewing B's, Mansfield Rd, SG7 6EB
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Bag making workshop, try out your sewing skills by making a reversible bag. Cost includes all materials. session limited to 5 people

Light Lunches @ St. Marys Church Hall, Church Street, SG7 5AE
May 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Light Lunches from 12pm to 1.30pm at St Mary’s Church Hall. Ploughmans style lunches (including a pudding) for £5 per person. Tickets available at the community centre. All proceeds go to local charities.

Saturday @ Baldock Beer Festival @ Brandles School, Weston Way, SG7 6EY
May 4 @ 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm

(see also Friday 03 May and Sunday 05 May)

This year’s 12th Baldock Independent Beer festival will bring live music on Friday evening from 5pm, all day Saturday and 12noon until close at 8pm on Sunday. Over 80 local and national real ales, 40 ciders and a large selection of continental draught beers and lagers. All complemented by a seperate posecco, wine and Pinkster Gin bar and a wide range of hot, cold, vegatarian and barbecued food with plenty of sweets, soft drinks, ice cream and free activities, including fun games and challenges to entertain the children during Saturday and Sunday. For more information, including band and beer lists, see the website www.baldockbeerfestival.org. Any surplus made during this event is donated back to local causes see the website of Baldock beer festival facebook for more details.

Contact: info@baldockbeerfestival.org

Historical Walk to Clothall Church @ Meet at the corner of Limekiln Lane & South Road
May 4 @ 1:45 pm

The walk will follow the ancient Maltman’s Way, pointing out the historical landscape and touching on farming and the wool trade. It will finish in Clothall Church with its medieval ‘bird window’ and inscriptions. The walk is about 3½ miles and includes some steep ground and stiles; there is no shelter along the route. Not suitable for small children, buggies or dogs. Allow 2½ – 3 hours.

Meet at 1:45pm for a 2:00pm start

All proceeds will be donated to Clothall Church Restoration Appeal.

This walk also takes place on Sunday 12 May – please check time.

Champagne Afternoon ‘Tea’ @ United Reformed Church, Whitehorse Street, SG7 6QQ
May 4 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Baldock and Clothall WI are providing a traditional homemade Champagne Afternoon Tea.

Tea will be served in the United Reformed Church, Whitehorse Street at 2pm. We would ask you to arrive at 2pm. You will then have your table for 2 hours until 4pm. This gives you plenty of time to chat and enjoy your tea.

You will be served tea or coffee, plus a glass of champagne. Your afternoon tea will consist of sandwiches with a variety of fillings, including vegetarian, freshly baked scones with jam and clotted cream plus a selection of cakes. We are unable to cater for specialist diets.

May Day Murder Mystery @ St. Marys Church Hall, St Mary’s Churchyard, Hitchin Street
May 4 @ 7:30 pm

Baldock Town Twinning Association presents a Murder Mystery

‘May Day Murder’

This year’s play has been written by one of our own members of Baldock Town Twinning.

In recognition of the centenary of the end of the Great War, this play is a tribute to those who had to rebuild life in Hertfordshire after the war.

Set in a North Herts town in 1919…….could it be Baldock? The trauma of rebuilding their lives presents numerous problems resulting in a murder within the family of the local gentry.

As usual Dinner will be served during the interval, but please bring along your own nibbles for the evening.

The ticket price covers your entry fee, a hot supper plus, of course, dessert, a reasonably priced bar (no BYO, please) as well as the Murder Mystery entertainment and a raffle.

Come and join us for an evening of nourishment and entertainment written by one of our own.

May
5
Sun
2019
Obstacle Arena Family Fun @ The Arena, Norton Rd, Baldock, SG7 5AW
May 5 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Muddy Good Family Fun at Baldock’s very own Obstacle Arena!

Join us for an hour of running, jumping, climbing, crawling, swinging, balancing and getting thoroughly wet & muddy around our outdoor obstacle arena. Suitable for adults and children aged 3 and over (those aged 6 and under must be accompanied around the circuit by an adult). For more information about Fit 4 OCR at The Obstacle Arena visit our website at http://www.fit4ocr.com/

Messy Church @ St. Marys Church, Hitchin Street, SG7 5AE
May 5 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Messy Church is about having fun with all the family! Join us for a delicious lunch of chicken pasta bake (vegetarian option available) followed by trifle. The theme is “pray, pray, pray!” and there will be craft, activities and games around the church including a short service. No charge – donations welcome.

Sunday @ Baldock Beer Festival @ Brandles School, Weston Way, SG7 6EY
May 5 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

(see also Friday 03 May and Saturday 04 May)

This year’s 12th Baldock Independent Beer festival will bring live music on Friday evening from 5pm, all day Saturday and 12noon until close at 8pm on Sunday. Over 80 local and national real ales, 40 ciders and a large selection of continental draught beers and lagers. All complemented by a seperate posecco, wine and Pinkster Gin bar and a wide range of hot, cold, vegatarian and barbecued food with plenty of sweets, soft drinks, ice cream and free activities, including fun games and challenges to entertain the children during Saturday and Sunday. For more information, including band and beer lists, see the website www.baldockbeerfestival.org. Any surplus made during this event is donated back to local causes see the website of Baldock beer festival facebook for more details.

Contact: info@baldockbeerfestival.org

Sunday Lunch @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 5 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Join us for a Carvery style Sunday Lunch, dessert, cheese and biscuits. Price also includes a glass of Prosecco or fruit juice. The bar will be open.

There will be 2 sittings, service start times: 12.30 to 1pm or 1.30 to 2pm.

Roman Baldock @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This display looks at the history, trade and culture of the Roman town of Baldock based on the latest research, illustrated with finds from the numerous archaeological excavations that have taken place here. Display courtesy of North Hertfordshire District Council Archaeology Department. Also second-hand history books for sale and an opportunity to look through albums of old Baldock photographs.

Classique Sing Music from the Movies and 1976 @ Methodist Church, Whitehorse Street, SG7 6QB
May 5 @ 2:30 pm

This event will be held by the “The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal”. It will be a ticket event only, tickets to be bought in advance and tickets are available on the door.

Come and join us for an afternoon of songs from movies and 1976.

Classique are a singing group who are all from Baldock who sing at the local care homes,  for other groups in the town, including the W.I, The Senior Club, The Royal British Legion and many more.  If you would like more information about us you can contact the Secretary  J.Middleton on 01462 640010.

Rubbish or Treasure? @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 5 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

North Hertfordshire Museums’ Archaeologist Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews will be on hand to identify your treasures or curios found in the loft or dug up in the garden. Metal detectorists welcome. Also take the chance to see Keith’s illustrated display about Roman Baldock in the museum.

Baldock Irish Festival @ Baldock High Street, SG7 6AX
May 5 @ 3:00 pm

BALDOCK IRISH FESTIVAL
Sunday … Beer fest (3 to 5 pm ) and Templars ( 8 to … )

Also Bank Holiday Monday Baldock High Street, SG7 6AX. 12.30-9.00pm

This year sees the 9th holding of the Baldock Fleadh (or Irish Festival) now a fixture on many a trad musicians calendar It will start at the tale end of the BALDOCK BEER FESTIVAL in the beer tent with a drink up session between 3/5 pm on Sunday afternoon The welcome session follows  at 8.00pm at Templars in the high street  ( special rates for musicians staying that night )

Monday. The Fleadh (festival) day will start at noon with musicians
gathering at The Boot for vouchers , and continuing at The Cock, The Boot
and The White Lion  ( and maybe Templars if numbers allow ) all
afternoon. There will be Irish Dancing from 4 pm up and down the venues …
listen for the tapping feet !

Keep an eye on the festival website for more details. Any queries or
help with accommodation please contact Brian Burke on 07768 274037.

So 80’s at the Hen and Chickens @ The Hen and Chickens, South Rd, SG7 6BZ
May 5 @ 3:30 pm
Gregynog Ensemble @ United Reformed Church, Whitehorse Street, SG7 6QQ
May 5 @ 7:00 pm

The Gregynog Ensemble (Rob Hughes, Lesley Pearce, Robert Puzey, Austen Scully and Alison Eales) will present a programme of relaxing music featuring clarinet, solo cello and string quartet. Guest Player, Austen, from Sandy, Bedfordshire, will perform Bach’s Cello Suite No 6 which will be a great treat. This will be followed by Clarinet Quintets by hymn writer Sir Arthur Somervell and English composer Sir Arthur Bliss. Both pieces include some beautiful melodies. Refreshments will be served in the interval.

May
6
Mon
2019
Baldock Irish Festival @ Baldock High Street, SG7 6AX
May 6 @ 12:00 pm

BALDOCK IRISH FESTIVAL
Sunday … Beer fest (3 to 5 pm ) and Templars ( 8 to … ) Bank Holiday Monday Baldock High Street, SG7 6AX. 12.30-9.00pm

This year sees the 9th holding of the Baldock Fleadh (or Irish Festival) now a fixture on many a trad musicians calendar It will start at the tale end of the BALDOCK BEER FESTIVAL in the beer tent with a drink up session between 3/5 pm on Sunday afternoon The welcome session follows  at 8.00pm at Templars in the high street  ( special rates for musicians staying that night )

Monday. The Fleadh (festival) day will start at noon with musicians
gathering at The Boot for vouchers , and continuing at The Cock, The Boot
and The White Lion  ( and maybe Templars if numbers allow ) all
afternoon. There will be Irish Dancing from 4 pm up and down the venues …
listen for the tapping feet !

Keep an eye on the festival website for more details. Any queries or
help with accommodation please contact Brian Burke on 07768 274037.

Bowls Club Open Day @ Avenue Park, West Avenue, SG7 5AY
May 6 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Come along and try your hand at bowls. There will be people from the club on hand to give you coaching. You are asked to wear flat shoes to protect the greens. Tea and biscuits will be available in the pavilion afterwards and the bar will be open.

For more information phone Brian on 01462 672361.

Netball is FUN! @ Netball Courts, Avenue Park, West Avenue, SG7 5AY
May 6 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Come along and try out the fastest growing sport in the country. Netball!!!  All ages and abilities welcome so come and see what it’s all about.

All you need is your trainers and a sense of fun!

Cricket Match @ Avenue Park, West Avenue, SG7 5AY
May 6 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

A nail-biting match will be played between Baldock Cricket Club and the Orange Tree All Stars with coaching available at the nets if you want to give batting or bowling a try.

Street Names Past and Present @ Meet outside Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 6 @ 2:15 pm

Meet outside Baldock Community Centre at 2:15pm for a 2:30pm.

Jane Havercroft will take you on a stroll round the streets of Baldock to discover the origins of Baldock’s street names including those names no longer in use. All on tarmac so accessible to most mobility scooters; possibly too much traffic for small children and dogs.

This walk also takes place on May 9 and 12: please see details for times.

Joy Rider at the Hen and Chickens @ The Hen and Chickens, South Rd, SG7 6BZ
May 6 @ 4:00 pm
May
7
Tue
2019
St Mary’s Schools PTA Bake & Book Sale @ Baldock Community Centre
May 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

St Mary’s School PTA – Bake & Book Sale @ The Community Centre

Treat yourself to some yummy cakes & bargain books to raise money for our lovely schools.

Beetle Drive @ United Reformed Church, Whitehorse Street, SG7 6QQ
May 7 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Come along and support the URC and have a fun evening at the same time.

Refreshments will be available.

Enigma: A Brief History of Bletchley Park’s Operations during World War II @ Baldock Arts and Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street SG7 6AR
May 7 @ 7:00 pm

The Baldock Festival committee is proud to host one of the curators from Bletchley Park Trust who will delivery a talk covering the history of Bletchley Park’s Operations during World War II and the highlight of the evening and opportunity to see and experience a demonstration of a real, working, Enigma machine.

Bletchley Park is a place of exceptional historical importance. It remains highly relevant to our lives today and for the future. It is the home of British codebreaking and a birthplace of modern information technology. It played a major role in World War Two, producing secret intelligence which had a direct and profound influence on the outcome of the conflict.

Refreshments will be available at the Arts and Heritage Centre

Tour up the Tower of St Mary’s Church @ St Mary's Church and Baldock Library
May 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Tour up the Tower of St Mary’s Church, Baldock , there are 2 time slots for the tours, 7.30pm and 8:15pm

Followed by refreshments and entertainment at Baldock Library from 8.30pm including a talk on “The medical and Christian history” of Baldock, given by a Christian Doctor who lives in Baldock (Sarah Hoskins).
This event is being organized by Christchurch Baldock.  There will also be a display of medieval artefacts, and live “old English” music.
Please wear sensible shoes
Contact:  Helen Romain 07507 771384 for more information.

Orange Tree Quiz @ The Orange Tree, Norton Road, SG7 5AW
May 7 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
May
8
Wed
2019
Roman Baldock @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 8 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

This display looks at the history, trade and culture of the Roman town of Baldock based on the latest research, illustrated with finds from the numerous archaeological excavations that have taken place here. Display courtesy of North Hertfordshire District Council Archaeology Department. Also second-hand history books for sale and an opportunity to look through albums of old Baldock photographs.

Teddy Bears’ Picnic @ Weston Way Nursery School, Weston Way, SG7 6HD
May 8 @ 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

This Teddy Bears’ Picnic, organised by Weston Way Nursery School, is for children aged seven and under who must be accompanied by an adult.

Entertainment will be provided by Phil Perry and there will also be a raffle.

Bring your own picnic and teddy, too. If wet, the event may be cancelled; phone Weston Way Nursery to check: 01462 892172.

Starlight Stars @ Baldock Arts and Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street SG7 6AR
May 8 @ 4:45 pm

Starlight Stars at the Arts and Heritage Centre offers quality tuition in acting, singing and dancing to children and young adults aged between 4 and 18 years. Come along at 4.45 to view a delightful sample of what we do! www.starlightstars.co.uk or email info@starlightstars.co.uk

Open Evening in the Tower @ St. Marys Church, Hitchin Street, SG7 5AE
May 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

St Mary’s Church Tower. 7.30-9.00pm. Meeting by Peter’s Door at the foot of the tower to the left of the main door.

If you have ever fancied having a go at bell-ringing or wondered how it was done, this evening will give you the chance to find out. Access is fairly challenging—there are 44 worn steps in the spiral staircase, so appropriate footwear should be worn. No previous bell-ring experience is necessary.

Because the space is small, tickets are limited to 12. There is no charge but you must pick up a ticket from the Community Centre.

May
9
Thu
2019
Baldock Board Games Group @ The George, 2 Hitchin St, Baldock SG7 6AL
May 9 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

This will be a free event where people can come down and play some board games, this is aimed at adults but children will also be welcome. It will run from 7pm to 11pm

See also Thursday 16th May

Evening Burn around the Greenway @ Meeting Point: The Orange Tree, Norton Road, Baldock
May 9 @ 7:00 pm

Ability level: Beginners welcome.
Baldock MTB will provide guided tours of the Greenway showing cyclists new to the route a number of exciting areas just off the beaten track to test your riding skills. Starting at the Orange Tree, Norton Road, Baldock at 19:00 riders will be guided around the Greenway being given opportunities to explore some interesting alternative routes, picking up tips and tricks from experienced mountain bikers. Riders will finish back at the Orange Tree between 20:00 and 21:30 (dependent upon experience) having covered approx. 15 miles. This event is suitable for all riders aged 13 and over (Children under 16 years must be supervised by a cycling adult). All riders must wear cycling helmets and are responsible for providing their own cycles in good working order. Depending on finish times and detours taken lights may be required towards the end of the ride (and to get home after being refreshed).

Street Names Past and Present @ Meet outside Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 9 @ 7:15 pm

Meet outside Baldock Community Centre at 7:15pm for a 7:30pm start.

Jane Havercroft will take you on a stroll round the streets of Baldock to discover the origins of Baldock’s street names including those names no longer in use. All on tarmac so accessible to most mobility scooters; possibly too much traffic for small children and dogs.

This walk also takes place on May 5 and 12: please see details for times.

Meet the Brewer: An evening with Ian Jackson, Charles Well’s Master Brewer @ The Old White Horse, 1 Station Road, Baldock
May 9 @ 8:00 pm

Meet the Brewer, an evening with Ian Jackson, Charles Well’s Master Brewer who will talk you through the history of the Ale World with tastings on from both Charles Wells and local independent Brewers that we have worked with over the many years of crafting our distinctive tasty Ales. The evening will be comprised of tasting a selection of Ales and accompanying nibbles devised by our Head Chef, Dan Jones.

Please arrive by 19:45pm

May
10
Fri
2019
Baldock’s Voices II @ Baldock Arts and Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street SG7 6AR
May 10 @ 2:30 pm

After the very successful Baldock’s Voices in last year’s Festival, time has moved on to 1956 when Albert, Maud and Ivy reminisce about life and times in Baldock during and after the first world war. With appropriate slides and music!

Hartsfield School Family Fun Trail @ Hartsfield School, Clothall Rd, SG7 6PB
May 10 @ 3:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Come and join the family fun trail around Hartsfield School grounds. Lots of exploring and activities.  Last entry 4pm. Everyone who completes the trail receives a prize!

Cocktails Masterclass @ The George, 2 Hitchin St, Baldock SG7 6AL
May 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A cocktails masterclass!  Your ticket price includes 4 cocktails and some canapes, it will involve demonstrations, games and cocktails.

Festival Fun Quiz @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 10 @ 7:00 pm

7.00pm for 7.30pm start
This is a light-hearted quiz for all abilities. Entry by form only – no entries accepted on the night as this is always a sell-out. The number of teams accepted is limited to 25, so send your entries in pronto! Licensed bar, waiter/waitress service.

May
11
Sat
2019
Mad Science Event @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 11 @ 6:54 am – 7:54 am
Book Fair in Aid of Garden House Hospice @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 11 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The annual Book fair in aid of Garden House Hospice. Come and pick up a bargain and donate books in the box in the community centre.

Clothall Road – Allotment Open Day @ Wallington Road Allotments, SG7 6RS
May 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Also at North Road Allotment site

Visit BALGA’s Allotments Open Day at our allotment sites in Baldock to find out more about renting an allotment to grow your own fruit and vegetables. Or come along for a chat and advice about growing at home in your garden and discover the benefits you can enjoy from being a member of Baldock Allotment and Leisure Gardeners’ Association.


For more information visit http://www.balga-online.co.uk

 or email publicity@balga-online.co.uk

Coffee Morning @ Methodist Church Whitehorse Street SG7 6QB
May 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come and join us for our monthly coffee morning where we will be serving tea, coffee and cakes. If you do not fancy any refreshments, just pop in to browse our bric-a-brac table. All welcome.

Grand Re-opening of the Arts & Heritage Centre @ Baldock Arts and Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street SG7 6AR
May 11 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

After extensive renovations over a period of months the Arts and Heritage Centre is re-opening. New windows have been put in in Thomas Pryor Hall and the Gallery/Coffee shop area has been remodelled with sparkling new toilets including one with access for all. There is also now access to the Museum which will become a fine Heritage space.
Free tea, coffee and cake will be served if you would like to pop in.

Also see the Pop-in Concert.

North Road Allotments Open Day @ North Road Allotments, SG7 5BX
May 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Also at Clothall Road allotment site.

Visit BALGA’s Allotments Open Day at our allotment sites in Baldock to find out more about renting an allotment to grow your own fruit and vegetables. Or come along for a chat and advice about growing at home in your garden and discover the benefits you can enjoy from being a member of Baldock Allotment and Leisure Gardeners’ Association.
For more information visit
www.balga-online.co.uk or email publicity@balga-online.co.uk

Sewing B’s @ Sewing B's, Mansfield Rd, SG7 6EB
May 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Bag making workshop, try out your sewing skills by making a reversible bag. Cost includes all materials. session limited to 5 people

Pop-In Concert @ Baldock Arts and Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street SG7 6AR
May 11 @ 10:15 am – 12:15 pm

Baldock Saturday Morning Music School Breaks Out!! Come to the Town Hall to hear our young musicians play an exciting carousel of music. Wind Bands, Brass Bands and Strings! Pop in and out at your leisure. Note: Audience numbers may be limited.
Baldock Saturday Morning Music School is based at the Knights Templar School. The Centre is managed and staffed by the Hertfordshire Music Service.

Big Baldock Bake Off @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 11 @ 12:00 pm

Do you make TeaTime temptations?

You are invited to take part in the Baldock Festival’s competition at Baldock Community Centre on Saturday May 11th 2019
The event is being sponsored by Days of Ashwell and judged by Clive Draper, Bakery Manager of Days. Bring your Choice of one or more of the categories down to the Community Centre from 10am onwards. Judging will take place at 12 noon.

This year there are again two categories of entrants. Adult and child [up to the age of 13] and there are several ideas to tempt them.

  • Cakes that are large or small, decorated or plain
  • Scones
  • Biscuits

When the judging has finished at 12 noon the entrants can take their entries home. Alternatively they are invited to leave them to be sold in aid of the mini bus appeal

The registration forms can be obtained from Baldock Community Centre up to midday on May10th.

Happy baking – look forward to seeing you on the day!

Nightingale Yard Sale @ 6 streets around Nightingale Park, SG7 6JT
May 11 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A car boot style sale held in the driveways and front gardens along the streets surrounding Nightingale Park, SG7 6JT.

Come and grab a bargain and support your local community!

Participating houses will be posted on the day on the noticeboard on Willian Way.  For more information please visit our Facebook page (Nightingale Community Group) or email us at nightingalebaldock@hotmail.co.uk.

KTS Jazz Spectacular @ Knights Templar School, Park Street, SG7 6DZ
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us for an evening of toe tapping Jazz standards featuring our Little Big Band, The KTS All Stars with singers and the highly talented Gabriel Taylor Trio. This year we are paying tribute to music of the 40’s including a selection of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and others so bring your dancing shoes.

There will be a cash bar available throughout the evening for refreshments.  Doors will open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start.

Fine Gin Tasting @ Baldock Arts and Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street SG7 6AR
May 11 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Perfect for any gin-lover, and those who would like to discover the pleasure. This year the tasting will be run by enthusiasts from the Festival Committee. You will be invited to sample up to six unusual, fine gins starting by sampling their aromas to detect the botanicals used and moving through the subtleties they contribute to the final taste and what you should garnish your drink with for maximum enjoyment. A firm favourite from last year’s Festival come and join this gin extravaganza. There are only 80 tickets available so come to buy early!

May
12
Sun
2019
Advanced Mountain Bike Training @ Meeting point: The Orange Tree, Norton Road, Baldock
May 12 @ 9:00 am

Ability Level: A fair level of fitness, those looking to improve their off-road ability and learn some routes.
Baldock MTB will provide a guided ride, tuition and tips and tricks to both improve your skills and your confidence when mountain biking. Starting at the Orange Tree, Norton Road, Baldock at 09:00 riders will be guided around local cycling routes, off the beaten track, being given opportunities to explore some interesting off-road routes, picking up tips and tricks from experienced mountain bikers. The distance covered during the session will be approx. 20-25 miles. Riders will finish back at the Orange Tree between 12 and 1pm (dependent upon experience and speed). This event is suitable for riders aged 13 and over (Children under 16 years must be supervised by a cycling adult and capable of the distance).

All riders are must wear cycling helmets and are responsible for providing their own cycles in good working order.

Friends of Baldock Green Spaces @ Weston Hills, Meet Woodland Way entrance, SG7 6LR
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Friends of Baldock Green Spaces conservation task: Weston Hills 10am-3:30pm meet Woodland Way entrance at 10am. Join us for an hour or more to help your local green space be a great place for wildlife and walks. Path clearance, litter picking and more! Tools and hot drinks provided. All welcome but children with a responsible adult please. More info from Phil 07817 801616

Street Names Past and Present @ Meet outside Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 12 @ 10:45 am

Jane Havercroft will take you on a stroll round the streets of Baldock to discover the origins of Baldock’s street names including those names no longer in use. All on tarmac so accessible to most mobility scooters; possibly too much traffic for small children and dogs.

Meet outside Baldock Community Centre at 10:45am for a 11:00am start and the walk will last about an hour.

This walk also takes place on May 5 and 9: please see details for times.

Roman Baldock @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This display looks at the history, trade and culture of the Roman town of Baldock based on the latest research, illustrated with finds from the numerous archaeological excavations that have taken place here. Display courtesy of North Hertfordshire District Council Archaeology Department. Also second-hand history books for sale and an opportunity to look through albums of old Baldock photographs.

Historical Walk to Clothall Church @ Meet at the corner of Limekiln Lane & South Road
May 12 @ 2:15 pm

The walk will follow the ancient Maltman’s Way, pointing out the historical landscape and touching on farming and the wool trade. It will finish in Clothall Church with its medieval ‘bird window’ and inscriptions. The walk is about 3½ miles and includes some steep ground and stiles; there is no shelter along the route. Not suitable for small children, buggies or dogs. Allow 2½ – 3 hours.

Meet at 2:15pm for a 2:30pm start

This walk also takes place on Sunday 12 May – please check time.

Beans and Biscuits at the Hen and Chickens @ The Hen and Chickens, South Rd, SG7 6BZ
May 12 @ 4:00 pm
Balstock Fundraiser Quiz @ The George, 2 Hitchin St, Baldock SG7 6AL
May 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

All proceeds going towards Balstock, will be a general music quiz with some inventive rounds thrown in, there will be a £50 voucher for the winners and drinks prizes on the night.

Dine with Dan: A culinary Masterclass @ Old White Horse, Station Rd, SG7 5BS
May 12 @ 6:30 pm

A culinary masterclass in fresh tasty cuisine with our Head Chef Dan Jones. A two course supper evening with Head chef Dan giving a talk on all the dishes and talking you through what it takes to create them. All guests on top of the course will receive the menu, ingredients list and cookery guideline so they can give it a go at home. There will be a vegetarian option available.

Please arrive for 6:15pm

May
13
Mon
2019
Fine Beer Tasting with The Garden City Brewery @ Coach from Baldock High Street, SG7 6AX
May 13 @ 6:45 pm – 9:30 pm

Coach from Baldock Community Centre at 18:45 sharp

Have you ever wondered how a micro brewery works? If the answer is YES join us on a visit to the Garden City Brewery in Letchworth. You will meet the Head Brewer, be shown around the brewery and then sample 6 fine ales, complete with tasting notes. Tours around the brewery will be in small groups and while you wait for your turn you can wait in the bar area.

Return coach at approx. 9:30pm or you can make your own way home on the train!

 

Royston Cave… and the Knights Templar @ Baldock Arts and Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street SG7 6AR
May 13 @ 7:45 pm

Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews takes a sceptical look at the consensus view that the carvings in Royston Cave were created by the Knights Templar.

May
14
Tue
2019
Traditional Home Cooked Buffet night @ The Lancer, 14C High St, Baldock SG7 6AS
May 14 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Two sittings: 6.00pm to 8.00pm and 8.00pm to 10:00pm

Indian food is cooked a little differently at home where there is less of a time restriction opposed to in a restaurant where lots of different dishes need to be produced to a tight time frame.

At home food is usually cooked in a hotpot and left to simmer over an extended period to allow all the juices of the meats and vegetables to remain in the sauce and fuse together to create some great flavours.

On this special night we will be serving these dishes as a buffet so you can try a variety of dishes.

There will be a good selection of vegetarian dishes too.

Book your tickets now and we look forward to seeing you on the night.

As normal get in early to be seated in a group otherwise you could making new friends.

Brass Band Concert @ United Reform Church, Whitehorse Street, SG7 6QQ
May 14 @ 7:30 pm

The Stotfold Salvation Army Band will play a medley of tunes and hymns to delight and entertain you.
Refreshments will be served in the interval.

Festival Music Quiz at The Orange Tree @ The Orange Tree, Norton Road, SG7 5AW
May 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Fun music quiz with questions on music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 00’s and 10’s. Play your two jokers on your two favourite decades for extra points.

Cash prizes

May
15
Wed
2019
Roman Baldock @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 15 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

This display looks at the history, trade and culture of the Roman town of Baldock based on the latest research, illustrated with finds from the numerous archaeological excavations that have taken place here. Display courtesy of North Hertfordshire District Council Archaeology Department. Also second-hand history books for sale and an opportunity to look through albums of old Baldock photographs.

Afternoon Tea @ The George @ The George, 2 Hitchin St, Baldock SG7 6AL
May 15 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us for Afternoon Tea, including sandwiches, cakes, scones with jam and cream and bottomless tea.  The event from 12pm to 6pm.

Tickets are available from the Community Centre but then you need to  contact The George directly  to book a slot, either call in or contact them on 01462 490500.

Festival Wine Tasting @ Baldock Arts and Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street SG7 6AR
May 15 @ 7:15 pm – 10:45 pm

(Ticket only event)

Doors open 7.15pm for 8.00pm start

Join Jamie from Hedley Wright and your host Rob Scahill for an evening of wonderful wines. Ten wines will be available for tasting, with a small amount of cheese and biscuits to reset the palate between tastings. The bar will be open before the event. Feel free to bring your own cheese, biscuits and grapes too!

You are strongly advised to have eaten beforehand, and not to drive after this event.

Folk Club @ The Orange Tree, Norton Road, SG7 5AW
May 15 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
May
16
Thu
2019
Christian Aid Coffee Morning and ‘Bring and Buy’ Sale @ Methodist Church, Whitehorse Street, SG7 6QB
May 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

We are holding a coffee morning for Christian Aid week. If the weather is kind we will be in our beautiful garden where you can sit and watch the world go by, drinking tea or coffee and eating home-made cake. Please come and join us. All welcome.

Baldock Board Games Group @ The George, 2 Hitchin St, Baldock SG7 6AL
May 16 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

This will be a free event where people can come down and play some board games, this is aimed at adults but children will also be welcome. It will run from 7pm to 11pm

See also Thursday 9th May

Evening Burn around the Greenway @ Meeting Point: The Orange Tree, Norton Road, Baldock
May 16 @ 7:00 pm

Ability level: Beginners welcome.
Baldock MTB will provide guided tours of the Greenway showing cyclists new to the route a number of exciting areas just off the beaten track to test your riding skills. Starting at the Orange Tree, Norton Road, Baldock at 19:00 riders will be guided around the Greenway being given opportunities to explore some interesting alternative routes, picking up tips and tricks from experienced mountain bikers. Riders will finish back at the Orange Tree between 20:00 and 21:30 (dependent upon experience) having covered approx. 15 miles. This event is suitable for all riders aged 13 and over (Children under 16 years must be supervised by a cycling adult). All riders are must wear cycling helmets and are responsible for providing their own cycles in good working order. Depending on finish times and detours taken lights may be required towards the end of the ride (and to get home after being refreshed).

Baldock Community Orchestra @ United Reformed Church, Whitehorse Street, SG7 6QQ
May 16 @ 7:30 pm

Baldock Community Orchestra presents, Festival Favourites! Bizet to Beatles, Sousa to Skyfall.

The BCO was formed just over three and a half years ago. The brainchild of two local professional musicians Catherine Wilmer and Rachel Thomas. Rachel is the current Musical Director.

The BCO ethos is to promote a wide repertoire of music to as many people as possible. It provides a unique opportunity for young people and anyone wishing to return to playing to play in an Orchestra again. The players come from Baldock and the surrounding area. Since its formation the Orchestra has been based in Baldock.

It rehearses Thursday nights (term time) Please see Facebook for more details.

During its short existence the Orchestra has performed in several Baldock locations, The Heritage centre, Orange Tree pub, St John’s School and tonight’s venue the URC church. It has supported several Baldock events, playing at the Beer Festival and Christmas Fair. Other concerts have been given in Hinxworth, Letchworth. Christmas time a small ensemble from the Orchestra played at two local residential homes.

 

The Mobb @ St Marys Church, Hitchin Street, SG7 5AE
May 16 @ 7:30 pm

Local teacher and musician, Mike O’Neill, leads his big band, a community ensemble of players from the area, in a vibrant programme of swing and jazz. Tickets £10 in advance (children free) which can be purchased online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/fosm, from the Community Centre or £12 if purchased on the door. Pay bar and complimentary canapés. All proceeds go towards the next phase of the church restoration.

Whisky Tasting @ The Orange Tree, Norton Road, SG7 5AW
May 16 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

7.30pm for 8.00pm start

A tasting of 6 rare and unusual whiskies that are not usually available to the public. These will be incredible whiskies and the ticket price reflects this.

Bring your boots, you’ll be walking home too!

Strictly for over 18s only. Attendees are advised to eat before attending and not to drive after the event.

Sponsored by Diageo.

May
17
Fri
2019
Community Lunch @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 17 @ 12:00 pm

Come along and enjoy this Festival Community Lunch; three courses for just £12.00.

There will be a choice of meat, fish or a vegetarian dish. Remember to fill in the form stating your preference when you buy your ticket.

The bar will be open at 12.00noon so that you can enjoy a drink with your meal

Beer, Cider and Gin Festival @ The Cock @ The Cock Baldock
May 17 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Join us for our Annual Beer, Cider and Gin Festival. We will have total of 16 real ales from national, local and independent brewers, 5 real ciders and eclectic gins. Enjoy some live music Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon. On Saturday and Sunday we will be hosting a traditional African Braai serving BBQ’d meats such as Boerewors and Sosaties which will be supplied by local butchers.  

Bingo Night @ St Marys Junior School,St Mary's Way, Baldock, SG7 6HY
May 17 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

St Mary’s Schools PTA’s popular Bingo Night is back.  Bar opens at 6pm and first call is at 7pm.  There are cash prizes, a raffle and bar.  Ticket prize includes bingo books. Over 18s only.

Hebredean Fire @ Baldock Arts and Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street SG7 6AR
May 17 @ 7:30 pm

Many people may remember the sell–out concert that Elsa Jean McTaggart did last year when she paid tribute to Eva Cassidy. We are enormously pleased to be welcoming her back with her Hebredean Fire set which includes tunes and songs from the Highlands and Islands played on the fiddle, mandolin, guitar and accordion. Plus a bit of mouth music. (elsa-jean-mctaggart.com) Licensed bar available.

Herts Variety Concert @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Herts Variety invite you to join them at ‘A Night at the Musicals’ in their 15th year of performing for the Baldock Festival. All their proceeds go to local charities and audiences are invited to sing along.

See also Saturday 18th May

May
18
Sat
2019
Baldock in 1919: the town in the aftermath of the Great War @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This is a new display which looks at the town in the aftermath of the Great War, the Peace Parade, the returning servicemen etc. It is also an opportunity to look through albums of old photographs and to buy second-hand history books.

Baldock Street Fair @ Baldock High Street, SG7 6AX
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

 

The Baldock Street fair is one of the must attend days in the Calendar, with stalls and free shows down the high street and around town.

Fifty craft and local charity stalls

The Baldock Street Fair Highlights:

  • Tricky Micky’ will be giving five 30-minute performances which will include a Punch and Judy show, Magic Show and Ronnie Rabbit Puppet.
  • The Medieval Combat Society – will be setting up camp in the High Street to entertain and to teach about the history of 14th century England in the time of King Edward III.  There will be combat and dance displays during the day but do visit their encampment find out more information about their weapons, armour and lifestyle.
  • The Animal Experience Zoo – Visit the community centre to see The Animal Experience (a small licensed zoo) with a wide variety of exotic animals, many of which are unwanted pets and rescue animals.  Expect to see and meet their marvellous meekats, snakes including a python and milkshake, lizards including a bearded dragon, blue tongue skink and mini beasts.  The animal keepers will be on hand to answer your questions and offer you the opportunity to touch or hold many of their animals.
  • Fairground rides. James Harris will again be bringing his fairground rides to delight the children.
  • School Choirs will perform during the day. There will also be traditional maypole dancing from Hartsfield School.
  • Zumba display in the arena.
  • Morris dancers

War Memorial arena
10:30 – 12pm – Morris Dance
1:00-1.20 – Zumba
1:20 – 2pm Primary schools performing including Hartsfield School chior and maypole dancing
2pm Zumba
2:20 Morris day of dance procession

Events in the Community Centre @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Small Hall

The Animal Experience (a small licensed zoo) will be attending with a wide variety of exotic animals, many of which are unwanted pets and rescue animals.  Expect to see and meet their marvellous meekats, snakes including a python and milkshake, lizards including a bearded dragon, blue tongue skink and mini beasts.  The animal keepers will be on hand to answer your questions and offer you the opportunity to touch or hold many of their animals.

Large Hall
Refreshments
Tea and coffee will be available in the coffee bar from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Tracey’s Kitchen
You will also be able to buy jacket potatoes, ploughman’s lunches at lunchtime in the large hall. The bar will also be open.

Baldock Country Markets

St. Marys Church Baldock – Tower Trips @ St. Marys Church, Hitchin Street, SG7 5AE
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Weather permitting

Sensible footwear essential. A chance to see Baldock from a different viewpoint! Refreshments available at the back of church.

Children must be over eight years of age and, if under 16 years, must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Morris Day of Dance @ Baldock High Street, SG7 6AX
May 18 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

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This Day of Dance will take place outside The White Lion and at other venues around the town. These traditional Morris sides and other groups from all over the east of England will bring music, dance, fun and colour to add to the fantastic atmosphere of the Street Fair.

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Jumble Sale Trail @ Around Baldock
May 18 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The second Baldock Jumble Sale Trail will take place during this year’s festival, with stalls popping up outside people’s homes all over town.   Pop along, pick up a bargain, explore the town and meet your neighbours.   Maps will be available from the Community Centre and the festival website.

Need a clear out? Join in the fun and have a stall baldockjumble@gmail.com or find the ‘Baldock Jumble Sale Trail’ page on facebook for more information and to sign up.

Solar Viewing @ The White Lion Baldock High Street
May 18 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

We have all looked up at the night sky and marvelled at the stars and the moon swirling above us. Some of us may have used binoculars or a telescope to look in more detail.

But how many of us have looked at the sun?

Not very many………..Why?

Well, it’s very bright, hurts your eyes, and if you put a lens in the way will burn and start fires! It’s dangerous!

Letchworth and District Astronomical Society (LDAS) in conjunction with The Baldock Festival have organised a solar viewing day to change this!

Come along between12:00 and 16:00 when there will be specialist equipment and members of LDAS available to let you look at the sun safely and join the small group of people who have observed the sun!

Beer, Cider and Gin Festival @ The Cock @ The Cock Baldock, High St, Baldock SG7 6BG, UK
May 18 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Join us for our Annual Beer, Cider and Gin Festival. We will have total of 16 real ales from national, local and independent brewers, 5 real ciders and eclectic gins. Enjoy some live music Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon. On Saturday and Sunday we will be hosting a traditional African Braai serving BBQ’d meats such as Boerewors and Sosaties which will be supplied by local butchers.

School Disco @ The Orange Tree, Norton Road, Baldock, SG7 5AW
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Herts Variety Concert @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Herts Variety invite you to join them at ‘A Night at the Musicals’ in their 15th year of performing for the Baldock Festival. All their proceeds go to local charities and audiences are invited to sing along.

See also Friday 17th May

May
19
Sun
2019
Baldock Classic Car Show @ Baldock High Street, SG7 6AX
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The ever growing Baldock Classic Car Show will once again be part of Baldock Festival and is open to any vehicle over the age of 20 years old and ‘interesting’ newer vehicles are also welcome. As usual we will have prizes on offer awarded by our expert judges for best in class. We will have a BBQ with quality burgers and bacon sandwiches for the early birds run by the scouts, a Cider Bar run by Apple Cottage, a Coffee Truck will be available along with teas and coffees in the Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre, a cake stall run by the Brownies/Guides and live music from 12:00. All the proceeds from this event will be going to charity so please if you are just spectating please donate some money to the charity boxes as all the team are working for free.

  • Classic Bikes and Commercials welcome
  • Parking Starts from 10:00 and the runs from 11:00-16:00
  • Brown and Gammons will opening their doors for you to take a look around
  • Entry price for displaying a vehicle will be a minimum of a £3.00 donation per vehicle and is payable upon your arrival
  • If you can, please pre-register for this event, as entry will be on a first come basis with priority parking for pre-registered vehicles – download and entry form from this website
  • Forms will be available on the day to be completed

Car Show Form 2019

  • Prizes have been donated by Baldock Independent Beer Festival and Apple Cottage Cider.
  • Don’t forget that the open gardens event is on the same day, so you can take a look around some of the splendid hidden gems of Baldock

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Refreshments also available from Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall. 10am-4.00pm

All proceeds will go support the running and development of Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre.

Baldock in 1919: the town in the aftermath of the Great War @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 19 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This is a new display which looks at the town in the aftermath of the Great War, the Peace Parade, the returning servicemen etc. It is also an opportunity to look through albums of old photographs and to buy second-hand history books.

Open Gardens @ Around Baldock, SG7 6AX
May 19 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Another opportunity to look around and enjoy some of Baldock’s hidden gardens, large and small.
Details of the gardens open and a map will be provided when you buy your ticket. A mini-bus will operate to and from Templars to gardens on a requested basis.

Refreshments will be served in the courtyard at Templars between 2.00pm and 4.00pm when you can also listen to the Bygrave Handbell Ringers.

All proceeds from this event will go to the charitable causes that Rotary is supporting throughout the year. This event is organised by Baldock Rotary Club.

Just Dig This at the Hen and Chickens @ The Hen and Chickens, South Rd, SG7 6BZ
May 19 @ 4:00 pm
Beer, Cider and Gin Festival @ The Cock @ The Cock Baldock
May 19 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Join us for our Annual Beer, Cider and Gin Festival. We will have total of 16 real ales from national, local and independent brewers, 5 real ciders and eclectic gins. Enjoy some live music Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon. On Saturday and Sunday we will be hosting a traditional African Braai serving BBQ’d meats such as Boerewors and Sosaties which will be supplied by local butchers.  

May
23
Thu
2019
The History of Whitehorse Street’s Pubs @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 23 @ 8:00 pm

This is an illustrated talk given by Doug Neath on the fascinating history of the Whitehorse Street pubs.