Calendar

May
3
Fri
2019
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).

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.

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.

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

May
8
Wed
2019
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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, you will be introduced to six unusual, fine gins.

Your hosts will take you through their subtle aromas to help you detect the botanicals used and the nuances they contribute to the final taste.

Not only that, they’ll educate you how to garnish your drink with for maximum enjoyment.

There are only 80 tickets available so come to buy early!

Strictly over-18s only. You are strongly advised not to drive or operate machinery after this event.

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.

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
15
Wed
2019
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 tasting 10 wonderful wines.

There will be a small amount of cheese and biscuits to reset the palate between tastings, but feel free to bring your own too!

The bar will be open.

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

Strictly over 18s only.

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

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
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.

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.