Calendar

May
3
Fri
2019
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.

The Machines at the Hen and Chickens @ The Hen & Chickens, South Rd, SG7 6BZ
May 3 @ 8:00 pm

“Machiens” were formed by Don John Maxwell, Dace Makintosh & Fletch Fletcher.

    • Don John Maxwell – Bass and Vocals – founder member of “Maxwell Hammer & Smith” and 70’s prog rock band “Canned Rock”
    • Dave Mackintosh – Drums and Vocals – ex Dragon Force
    • “Fletch” Fletcher – Guitar/Vocals – both session man and producer. He has also worked in local Hertfordshire bands during his earlier years.

We cover tracks from Queen, Stereophonics, U2, Disturbed, Manic Street Preachers, Rush, Metallica, Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, The Who to name a few.

May
4
Sat
2019
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

May
5
Sun
2019
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

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 Gathering Session @ 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 @ 8:00 pm

Playing all the very best of the 80’s.

With an amazing vocal range, these guys are great! They perform with a great sense of humor and happily encourage you to get up and dance or even join in with backing vocals

May
6
Mon
2019
Baldock Irish Festival – The Fleadh! @ All Pubs in 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

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, requests to play 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 (plus special guests), with coaching available at the nets if you want to give batting or bowling a try.

Just turn up and play!

Joy Rider at the Hen and Chickens @ The Hen and Chickens, South Rd, SG7 6BZ
May 6 @ 4:00 pm

Formed by Ray & Ian, former members of Maxwell, Hammer & Smith and joined by the fantastic vocals and exceptional keyboard skills of miss Lily Norman, who has been gigging professionally for a number of years, as an accomplished, solo artist, the rhythm section is completed with the bass playing from Mark Stier.

The band cover songs from the sixties right bang up to date, from Abba, Beatles, Eagles to the rock of AC/DC, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, and even Justin Timberlake. As with the MHS band, Joyrider have 3 vocalists: 2 male and 1 female and specialize in tight 3 part and 4 part harmony which gives the band a big full sound.

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.

May
8
Wed
2019
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 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).

May
11
Sat
2019
Big Baldock Bake Off @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 11 @ 10:00 am

Baldock Bake-off entry form 2019
Bring your cakes down to Baldock Community Centre at 10am, judging will take place at 12 noon.

Do you make tea-time temptations?

You are invited to take part in the Festival’s cake-making competition!

Sponsored by Days of Ashwell and judged by their own Paul Hollywood, Bakery Manager of Days Clive Draper.

There are two ages of entrants: adult and child up to the age of 13. Each age group has three categories for judging:

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

You can either take your entry home after judging or leave them to be sold in aid of the Mini-Bus Appeal.

Registration forms can be obtained from Baldock Community Centre up to midday on May 10th.

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

Book Fair in Aid of Garden House Hospice @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 11 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Every year. thousands of pre-loved books are donated to this wonderful event.

Our annual Book Fair regularly raises about £700 for Garden House Hospice, so come and pick up some bargains and if you like, donate your own spare books too.

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

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.

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.

Leaving the Orange Tree 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, and to pick 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.

Operation Clean Weston Hills! @ Weston Hills, Meet Woodland Way entrance, SG7 6LR
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Meet Woodland Way entrance at 10am. Join us for an hour or more

Join Friends of Baldock Green Spaces 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 must be accompanied by an adult please.

For further information, contact Phil on 07817 801616

Beans and Biscuits at the Hen and Chickens @ The Hen and Chickens, South Rd, SG7 6BZ
May 12 @ 4:00 pm

A fun Western Swing outfit from rural Hertfordshire, these guys play ‘both kinds of music’* in their own inimitable style.

Fronted by Martin (Fatman) Spencer (Teenbeats); The Runs; The Brains Brothers; Sheriffs of Hong Kong; The Big Ears Band).

You cannot fail to be entertained and amused by their personal take on the great British and American songbooks.

* ‘Both kinds of music’ = Country AND Western for those that don’t know.

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

Come to a coffee morning for Christian Aid week. If the weather is kind, this will be in the beautiful Church 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.

Leaving 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).

May
17
Fri
2019
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.

With 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
18
Sat
2019
Baldock Street Fair @ Baldock High Street, SG7 6AX
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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.

Baldock High Street

Fifty colourful craft and local charity stalls will line the High Street, along with the following highlights in the performance area:-

‘Tricky Micky’ is back again with 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.

Fairground rides as James Harris will again be bringing his fairground rides to delight the children.

School Choirs will perform during the day.

Maypole Dancing from Hartsfield School.

Zumba Display in the arena.

Morris Dancing at various places around the High Street and pubs.

The Baldock War Memorial Arena Timetable
10.30am to 12noon – Morris Dance
1.00pm to 1.20pm – Zumba
1.20pm to 2.00pm – Primary schools performing including Hartsfield School choir and Maypole dancing
2.00pm to 2.20pm – Zumba
2:20pm to 3.00pm – Morris day of dance procession

Events in Baldock 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. You will also be able to buy jacket potatoes, ploughman’s lunches at lunchtime from Tracey’s Kitchen. The bar will also be open.

Large Hall – Baldock Country Markets a huge range of home-made savouries, pastries, jams and preserves, along with gifts and other wonderfully crafted items for you to buy.

Jumble Sale Trail – CANCELLED @ Around Baldock
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 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.

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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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!

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.

Just Dig This at the Hen and Chickens @ The Hen and Chickens, South Rd, SG7 6BZ
May 19 @ 4:00 pm

Just Dig This is a five piece Rhythm and Blues band consisting of two guitars, bass, drums, and harmonica.

The band was formed in March 2016 with some of us being known to each other in previous working lives. Stuart, our lead vocalist/guitar, fronted a Be-Bop/Rockabilly band in the 80/90’s.

Andy, our drummer, has also played in many bands over the years.
Francis , harp, plays regularly at blues jams and open mic nights.
Jim, guitar/vocals, had never played in a band before so was quite new to the scene.
Our new for 2019 bass player, Dave Crowder, is no stranger to our set list of 60’s and 70’s covers – he used to play them as a youngster in a band whilst the original artists were still playing them!
Our original bass player Kev Crase remains available to step in as a dep, but has his own music projects under way.

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.