Calendar

May
13
Mon
2019
Fine Beer Tasting with The Garden City Brewery @ Coach from Baldock High Street, SG7 6AX
May 13 @ 6:45 pm – 9:30 pm

Coach from Baldock Community Centre at 18:45 sharp

Have you ever wondered how a Microbrewery works? If the answer is `Yes`, then join us on a visit to the Garden City Brewery in Letchworth.

You will meet the Head Brewer, be shown around the brewery and then sample 6 fine ales, complete with tasting notes.

Tours around the brewery will be in small groups, with the bar area available for relaxing.

The coach will return by 9:30pm or you can make your own way home on the train!

This trip is strictly for over-18s only, with a maximum of 40 places.

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
Traditional Home Cooked Buffet night @ The Lancer, 14C High St, Baldock SG7 6AS
May 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Two sittings: 6.00pm to 8.00pm and 8.00pm to 10:00pm

Traditional, Indian food is cooked a little differently at home where there is less of a time restriction opposed to in a restaurant where lots of different dishes need to be produced to a tight time frame.

At home food is usually cooked in a hotpot and left to simmer over an extended period to allow all the juices of the meats and vegetables to remain in the sauce and fuse together to create some great flavours.

On this special night, The Lancer will be serving a variety of meat and vegetarian dishes cooked in this fashion for the two buffet-style sittings.

Book your tickets now and we look forward to seeing you on the night.

As normal get in early to be seated in a group otherwise you could making new friends.

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.

Traditional Home Cooked Buffet night @ The Lancer, 14C High St, Baldock SG7 6AS
May 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Two sittings: 6.00pm to 8.00pm and 8.00pm to 10:00pm

Traditional, Indian food is cooked a little differently at home where there is less of a time restriction opposed to in a restaurant where lots of different dishes need to be produced to a tight time frame.

At home food is usually cooked in a hotpot and left to simmer over an extended period to allow all the juices of the meats and vegetables to remain in the sauce and fuse together to create some great flavours.

On this special night, The Lancer will be serving a variety of meat and vegetarian dishes cooked in this fashion for the two buffet-style sittings.

Book your tickets now and we look forward to seeing you on the night.

As normal get in early to be seated in a group otherwise you could making new friends.

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.

Afternoon Tea @ The George @ The George, 2 Hitchin St, Baldock SG7 6AL
May 15 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us for Afternoon Tea, including sandwiches, cakes, scones with jam and cream and bottomless tea. 

Buy your tickets from the Baldock Community Centre and then book your table by calling 01462 490500.

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.

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
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).

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.

The Mobb @ St Marys Church, Hitchin Street, SG7 5AE
May 16 @ 7:30 pm

Local teacher and musician, Mike O’Neill, leads his big band, a community ensemble of players from the area, in a vibrant programme of swing and jazz.

There will be a pay bar and complimentary canapés. All proceeds go towards the next phase of the church restoration.

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

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.  

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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!

Beer, Cider and Gin Festival @ The Cock @ The Cock Baldock, High St, Baldock SG7 6BG, UK
May 18 @ 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.

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
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.

Open Gardens @ Around Baldock, SG7 6AX
May 19 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Another opportunity to look around and enjoy some of Baldock’s hidden gardens, large and small.
Details of the gardens open and a map will be provided when you buy your ticket. A mini-bus will operate to and from Templars to gardens on a requested basis.

Refreshments will be served in the courtyard at Templars between 2.00pm and 4.00pm when you can also listen to the Bygrave Handbell Ringers.

All proceeds from this event will go to the charitable causes that Rotary is supporting throughout the year. This event is organised by Baldock Rotary Club.

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.  

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.