Calendar

May
4
Sat
2019
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. Please ensure you arrive by 2pm, you will then have your table 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, followed by 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
5
Sun
2019
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 and there will be 2 sittings, service start times: 12.30 to 1pm or 1.30 to 2pm.

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
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
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.

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
9
Thu
2019
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 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
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
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.

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
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.

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.

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
Baldock Folk Club – The Devine Family @ The Orange Tree, Norton Road, SG7 5AW
May 15 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

The new Baldock Folk Club presents some fantastic Irish and Roots music from this very talented family.

May
16
Thu
2019
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).

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.

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

7.30pm for 8.00pm start

The annual 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. Ticket Only Event.

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

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
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.

School Disco @ The Orange Tree, Norton Road, Baldock, SG7 5AW
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Time to dig out that old School Tie an head down to The Orange Tree for a night of classic songs to take you back to your school years.

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
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.