Calendar

May
4
Sat
2019
Historical Walk to Clothall Church @ Meet at the corner of Limekiln Lane & South Road
May 4 @ 1:45 pm

Meet at the corner of Limkiln Lane & South Road. 1:45pm for a 2:00pm start

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.

All proceeds will be donated to Clothall Church Restoration Appeal.

This walk also takes place on Sunday 12 May at 2.15pm.

May
5
Sun
2019
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.

There is no charge to join in, but donations are welcome.

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.

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.

May
6
Mon
2019
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 around the streets of Baldock to discover the origins of Baldock’s street names including those names no longer in use.

It is 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.

Tickets must be purchased before the event as numbers are limited.

 

May
7
Tue
2019
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

Two tours will take you up the Tower at 7.30pm and 8:15pm.

Both are followed by refreshments and entertainment at Baldock Library from 8.30pm and after a talk on “The medical and Christian history” of Baldock, given by Sarah Hoskins a Christian Doctor who lives in Baldock.

This event is being organized by Christchurch Baldock.  There will also be a display of medieval artifacts 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

Come down to the Orange Tree for their weekly general knowledge and not a too serious quiz with an extra special Guest Quiz Master – Tara.

Contact The Orange Tree on 01462 892341 to book a table. Entry fee split between the prize fund and supporting the Festival.

Not recommended for under 18s.

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.

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
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 around 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 6 and 12: please see details for times.

Man on the Spot @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 9 @ 7:30 pm

A talk by Bill Hamilton who was a BBC war correspondent. He was also the youngest professional football referee.

All proceeds to the Community Mini Bus

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!

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
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.

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.

Mad Science! @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

The kooky bunch from Mad Science will be doing two exciting shows full of crazy science tricks. After the show, you will have the chance to get hands-on and perform your own science experiments making slime and creating rainbow crystals in test tubes to take home.

Tickets limited to 30 for each show. Not suitable for under 5s, or anyone afraid of loud noises and slime!

Children between the ages of 5 and 11 must be accompanied by a paying Adult.

Mad Science! @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:45 pm

The kooky bunch from Mad Science will be doing two exciting shows full of crazy science tricks. After the show, you will have the chance to get hands-on and perform your own science experiments making slime and creating rainbow crystals in test tubes to take home.

Tickets limited to 30 for each show. Not suitable for under 5s, or anyone afraid of loud noises and slime!

Children between the ages of 5 and 11 must be accompanied by a paying Adult.

May
12
Sun
2019
Street Names Past and Present @ Meet outside Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 12 @ 10:45 am

Meet outside Baldock Community Centre at 10:45am for a 11:00am start.

Jane Havercroft will take you on a stroll around the streets of Baldock to discover the origins of Baldock’s street names including those names no longer in use.

It is accessible to most mobility scooters; possibly too much traffic for small children and dogs.

This walk also takes place on May 6 and 9: please see details for times.

Tickets: £3 available from Baldock Community Centre.

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.

Balstock Fundraiser Quiz @ The George, 2 Hitchin St, Baldock SG7 6AL
May 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

With proceeds going towards Balstock, this 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.

May
13
Mon
2019
Royston Cave… and the Knights Templar @ Baldock Arts and Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street SG7 6AR
May 13 @ 7:45 pm

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

Tickets include a glass of wine or fruit juice.

May
14
Tue
2019
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.

Contact The Orange Tree on 01462 892341 to book a table. Entry fee split between the prize fund and supporting the Festival.

Not recommended for under 18s.

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.

May
17
Fri
2019
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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.