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).

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
5
Sun
2019
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
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
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
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!

May
11
Sat
2019
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.

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
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
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
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.

May
19
Sun
2019
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.