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May
3
Thu
2018
Baldock Floral Society – A Planting we will go @ United Reformed Church, Whitehorse Street, SG7 6QQ
May 3 @ 7:30 pm

This year’s demonstration, A Planting we will go,  will be given by Daphne Grant.

There will be refreshments and a raffle.

May
4
Fri
2018
Friday @ Baldock Beer Festival @ Brandles School, Weston Way, SG7 6EY
May 4 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

(see also Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May)

This year’s 11th Baldock Independent Beer Festival, will bring live music on Friday evening, all day Saturday and until close at 8.00pm on Sunday. We will have 90 local and national real ales, 40 ciders and a large selection of Continental draught beers and lagers. You will also find a wide range of hot, cold, vegetarian and barbecued food, plenty of sweets, soft drinks, ice cream and free activities including some fun games and challenges to entertain the children during the day. For more information, the band and the beer lists see the website www.baldockbeerfestival.org. Any surplus made during this event will be used to support good causes within the local area (see website for details).
Contact: info@baldockbeerfestival.org

The Lizzy at the Hen and Chickens @ The Hen & Chickens, South Rd, SG7 6BZ
May 4 @ 8:00 pm
‘The Lizzy’ are back playing Lizzy plus re-jamming other rock bands music all free of charge, includes mal guests…’
May
5
Sat
2018
Saturday @ Baldock Beer Festival @ Brandles School, Weston Way, SG7 6EY
May 5 @ 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm

(see also Friday 04 May and Sunday 06 May)

This year’s 11th Baldock Independent Beer Festival will bring live music on Friday evening, all day Saturday and until close at 8.00pm on Sunday. We will have 90 local and national real ales, 40 ciders and a large selection of Continental draught beers and lagers. You will also find a wide range of hot, cold, vegetarian and barbecued food, plenty of sweets, soft drinks, ice cream and free activities including some fun games and challenges to entertain the children during the day. For more information, the band and the beer lists see the website www.baldockbeerfestival.org. Any surplus made during this event will be used to support good causes within the local area (see website for details).

Contact: info@baldockbeerfestival.org

Champagne Afternoon ‘Tea’ @ United Reformed Church, Whitehorse Street, SG7 6QQ
May 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Baldock and Clothall WI are providing a traditional homemade Champagne Afternoon Tea where you will be served tea or coffee, plus a glass of champagne.

Your afternoon tea stand will consist of sandwiches with a variety of fillings, freshly baked scones with jam and clotted cream plus a selection of pastries and cakes.

Tickets are not available to buy on the door so please buy in advance from the Community Centre.

Dig for Vengeance! @ St. Marys Church Hall, back of St Mary’s Churchyard, Hitchin Street
May 5 @ 7:30 pm

Another Murder Mystery evening, organised by Baldock Town Twinning Association. Prepare to be entertained, mystified and nourished…yet again. Dinner will be served during the interval, but please bring along your own nibbles for the evening.

This price covers your entry fee, a hot supper plus, of course, dessert, a reasonably priced bar (no BYO, please) as well as the Murder Mystery entertainment. There will also be a raffle.

The maximum number of seats is 90, so do not leave it too late before you get your tickets.

May
6
Sun
2018
Obstacle Arena Family Fun @ The Arena, Norton Rd, Baldock, SG7 5AW
May 6 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Muddy Good Family Fun at Baldock’s very own Obstacle Arena!
Join us for an hour of running, jumping, climbing, crawling, swinging, balancing and getting thoroughly wet & muddy around our outdoor obstacle arena. Suitable for adults and children aged 3 and over (those aged 6 and under must be accompanied around the circuit by an adult). For more information about Fit 4 OCR at The Obstacle Arena visit our website at www.fit4ocr.com

 

 

Sunday @ Baldock Beer Festival @ Brandles School, Weston Way, SG7 6EY
May 6 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

(see also Friday 04 May and Saturday 05 May)

This year’s 11th Baldock Independent Beer Festival will bring live music on Friday evening, all day Saturday and until close at 8.00pm on Sunday. We will have 90 local and national real ales, 40 ciders and a large selection of Continental draught beers and lagers. You will also find a wide range of hot, cold, vegetarian and barbecued food, plenty of sweets, soft drinks, ice cream and free activities including some fun games and challenges to entertain the children during the day. For more information, the band and the beer lists see the website www.baldockbeerfestival.org. Any surplus made during this event will be used to support good causes within the local area (see website for details).

Contact: info@baldockbeerfestival.org

Sunday Lunch @ Baldock Community Centre
May 6 @ 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.

There will be 2 sittings, service start times: 12.30 to 1pm or 1.30 to 2pm.

Russian Customs and Traditions @ Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street SG7 6AR
May 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

An illustrated talk by Nastya Kovaliova with tastings, and craft activities suitable for all the family.

The Motor Trade in Baldock 1910-1950 @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 6 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A well-illustrated display about garages, cars and the open road in the heyday of motoring. Visitors will also have the opportunity to look through albums of old photographs of Baldock.

 

The Historic Back Lanes of Baldock @ Meet outside Community Centre, Simpson Drive, 2.15pm for 2.30 start
May 6 @ 2:15 pm

Jane Havercroft will take you on a 2 hour, 1.5 mile stroll around the back lanes and footpaths in the town centre to discover their history. All on tarmac so accessible to most mobility scooters; possibly too much traffic for small children and dogs. This popular walk was sold out last year so it has been decided to repeat it to give those who missed it a chance to take part this year.

Meet outside Community Centre, Simpson Drive, 2.15pm for 2.30 start

Also on Monday 7th May and Sunday 13th May

Classique sing the 60’s @ Methodist Church, Whitehorse Street, SG7 6QB
May 6 @ 2:30 pm

The event is for the ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Poppy appeal. It will be a ticket event only, tickets to be bought in advance.  Last day to buy tickets is Friday 4th May.
Come and join us for an afternoon of 60’s songs.
Classique are a singing group who are all from Baldock who sing at the local care homes,  for other groups in the town, including the W.I, The Senior Club, The Royal British Legion and many more.  If you would like more information about us you can contact the Secretary  J.Middleton on 07948377089.

Baldock Irish Festival @ Baldock High Street, SG7 6AX
May 6 @ 3:00 pm

BALDOCK IRISH FESTIVAL
Sunday … Beer fest (3 to 5 pm ) and Templars ( 8 to … ) Bank Holiday Monday Baldock High Street, SG7 6AX. 12.30-9.00pm

This year sees the 9th holding of the Baldock Fleadh (or Irish Festival) now a fixture on many a trad musicians calendar It will start at the tale end of the BALDOCK BEER FESTIVAL in the beer tent with a drink up session between 3/5 pm on Sunday afternoon The welcome session follows  at 8.00pm at Templars in the high street  ( special rates for musicians staying that night )

Monday. The Fleadh (festival) day will start at noon with musicians
gathering at The Boot for vouchers , and continuing at The Cock, The Boot
and The White Lion  ( and maybe Templars if numbers allow ) all
afternoon. There will be Irish Dancing from 4 pm up and down the venues …
listen for the tapping feet !

Keep an eye on the festival website for more details. Any queries or
help with accommodation please contact Brian Burke on 07768 274037.

Gregynog Ensemble @ United Reformed Church, Whitehorse Street, SG7 6QQ
May 6 @ 3:30 pm

The programme will include the Clarinet Quintet by the renowned film composer Richard Rodney Bennett (who died in 2017) and a cheerful Classical Style Quartet by Crusell. There will also be music by Schubert. Players: Rob Hughes and Lesley Pearce violins, Heather Birt viola, Lucinda Wright cello and Alison Eales clarinet.

Refreshments will be served in the interval.

Joyrider 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, the rhythm section is completed with the bass playing from Mark Stier. The band cover songs from the sixties right up to date. 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
Mon
2018
The Historic Back Lanes of Baldock @ Meet outside the Community Centre
May 7 @ 10:15 am

Meet outside Community Centre, Simpson Drive, 10.15am for 10.30 start (NB: This is a morning walk)

Jane Havercroft will take you on a 2 hour, 1.5 mile stroll around the back lanes and footpaths in the town centre to discover their history. All on tarmac so accessible to most mobility scooters; possibly too much traffic for small children and dogs. This popular walk was sold out last year so it has been decided to repeat it to give those who missed it a chance to take part this year.

Also on Sunday 6th and 13th May

Car Treasure Hunt @ Catholic Church Car park
May 7 @ 10:30 am

Have a leisurely drive around the local countryside and search for the answers to the clues. Return to the Catholic Church car park where bacon butties will be available and find out who will win the cash prize.

Proceeds to the Church building fund.

Baldock Irish Festival @ Baldock High Street, SG7 6AX
May 7 @ 12:00 pm

BALDOCK IRISH FESTIVAL
Sunday … Beer fest (3 to 5 pm ) and Templars ( 8 to … ) Bank Holiday Monday Baldock High Street, SG7 6AX. 12.30-9.00pm

This year sees the 9th holding of the Baldock Fleadh (or Irish Festival) now a fixture on many a trad musicians calendar It will start at the tale end of the BALDOCK BEER FESTIVAL in the beer tent with a drink up session between 3/5 pm on Sunday afternoon The welcome session follows  at 8.00pm at Templars in the high street  ( special rates for musicians staying that night )

Monday. The Fleadh (festival) day will start at noon with musicians
gathering at The Boot for vouchers , and continuing at The Cock, The Boot
and The White Lion  ( and maybe Templars if numbers allow ) all
afternoon. There will be Irish Dancing from 4 pm up and down the venues …
listen for the tapping feet !

Keep an eye on the festival website for more details. Any queries or
help with accommodation please contact Brian Burke on 07768 274037.

Bowls Club Open Day @ Avenue Park, West Avenue, SG7 5AY
May 7 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Come along and try your hand at bowls. There will be people from the club on hand to give you coaching. You are asked to wear flat shoes to protect the greens. Tea and biscuits will be available in the pavilion afterwards and the bar will be open.

For more information phone Brian on 01462 672361.

Netball is FUN! @ Netball Courts, Avenue Park, West Avenue, SG7 5AY
May 7 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Come along and try out the fastest growing sport in the country. Netball!!!  All ages and abilities welcome so come and see what it’s all about.

All you need is your trainers and a sense of fun!

Cricket Match @ Avenue Park, West Avenue, SG7 5AY
May 7 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

A nail-biting match will be played between Baldock Cricket Club and the Orange Tree All Stars with coaching available at the nets if you want to give batting or bowling a try.

Historical Walk to Clothall Church @ Meet at the corner of Limekiln Lane & South Road
May 7 @ 2:15 pm

Meet at the corner of Limekiln Lane & South Road at 2.15pm for a 2.30 pm 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 will be about 3½  miles and is not suitable for small children, buggies or dogs.

Music at the Hen and Chickens @ The Hen and Chickens, South Rd, SG7 6BZ
May 7 @ 4:00 pm
May
8
Tue
2018
Mystery Tour @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This mini-bus tour will take you on a mystery trip around the local area, followed by refreshment.

Seats must be pre-booked as they are limited to 13, but there are other trips on May 15 and 17.

A year in the life of Arthur James Purfield (Battle of Loos talk) @ Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street SG7 6AR
May 8 @ 6:30 pm

 

September 1915 saw the start of one of the greatest battles of the First World War – the Battle of Loos.

Jim Purfield enlisted in Hitchin in September 1914 and returned to his native Kent to join his local battalion. He kept a daily diary for the next year, and from this, his Battalion records and official war records, we tell the story of his year which included the decimation of his battalion at Loos

In this illustrated talk we follow the personal record of this young man, who, along with thousands of others, was drawn into the hell of that war.

Venue open at 6:30pm, talk starts at 7pm

The Old Shops of Baldock Quiz at the Orange Tree @ The Orange Tree, Norton Road, SG7 5AW
May 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Take a tour of the old shops of Baldock, in a light-hearted quiz with loose connections to these delightful old buildings.

A fun evening with a historical and educational side!

Cash prizes.

May
9
Wed
2018
The Motor Trade in Baldock @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 9 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

A well-illustrated display about garages, cars and the open road in the heyday of motoring. Visitors will also have the opportunity to look through albums of old photographs of Baldock.

See also Sunday 6th May and Wednesday 16th May

Afternoon Tea to support Christian Aid @ Methodist Church Whitehorse Street SG7 6QB
May 9 @ 3:00 pm

Tea and cakes will be served during the afternoon.
Everyone welcome. Free entry.

Teddy Bears’ Picnic @ Weston Way Nursery School, Weston Way, SG7 6HD
May 9 @ 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.

Fine Beer Tasting with The Garden City Brewery @ Coach from Baldock High Street, SG7 6AX
May 9 @ 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm

Coach from Baldock Community Centre 18:45 sharp – 20:45

Have you ever wondered how a micro brewery works? If the answer is YES join us on our new event to visit 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. For those who wish to drink more, the bar will be open for you to buy another pint or two, and you can come back on the later coach (there is a second session)  if you like!

 

Third Reich in 100 objects, a talk by Roger Moorhouse @ Baldock Library
May 9 @ 7:00 pm

Event Details to be confirmed

Open Evening in the Tower @ St. Marys Church, Hitchin Street, SG7 5AE
May 9 @ 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 the space is small, tickets are limited to 12. There is no charge but you must pick up a ticket from the Community Centre.

Johnny Cash plus Guests @ The Orange Tree
May 9 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Alan Hewson from Baldock and Letchworth Folk Club presents a night of music from Johnny Cash, accompanied by some special guests. Doors open 8pm.

This is a free event sponsored by The Orange Tree.

May
10
Thu
2018
Evening burn around the Greenway @ Meeting Point: The Orange Tree, Norton Road, Baldock
May 10 @ 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. Lights will be needed, depending on finish times and detours taken lights may be required towards the end of the ride (and to get home after being refreshed).

Festival Wine Tasting @ Baldock Arts and Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street SG7 6AR
May 10 @ 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 wonderful wines. Ten wines will be available for tasting, with a small amount of cheese and biscuits to reset the palate between tastings. The bar will be open before the event. Feel free to bring your own cheese, biscuits and grapes too!

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

May
11
Fri
2018
Baldock’s Voices @ Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street SG7 6AR
May 11 @ 2:30 pm

An afternoon organised around the two books, Baldock Voices and Baldock Scrapbook, which were compiled from interviews with people in Baldock in the 1990s. A wealth of detail on Baldock going back almost a century, with readings and photographs.

Tea Dance @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 11 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Come along and enjoy this tea dance where you will be able to take part in both ballroom and sequence dancing.

No previous experience is necessary, just turn up and join in the fun.

Hartsfield School Family Fun Trail @ Hartsfield School, Clothall Rd, SG7 6PB
May 11 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Come and join the family fun trail around Hartsfield School grounds. Lots of exploring and activities.  Everyone who completes the trail receives a prize!

Beetle Drive @ United Reformed Church, Whitehorse Street, SG7 6QQ
May 11 @ 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.

Festival Fun Quiz @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 11 @ 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.

Stevenage Male Voice Choir @ Baldock Methodist, Whitehorse Street, SG7 6QQ
May 11 @ 7:30 pm

The evening is a mixture of the Stevenage Male Voice Choir’s varied and extensive repertoire which covers all genres of music, including show songs, popular standards, blues, spirituals and some religious and opera pieces. So there is something for everyone.

  1. A Cole Porter Medley (full)
  2. I Got Rhythm
  3. Fields of Gold
  4. Kumbayah
  5. Stout Hearted Men
  6. Autumn Leaves
  7. Ben Ward piano solo
  8. Heat of my Hearts
  9. The Show must go on
  10. Stormy Weather
  11. Some Enchanted Evening
  12. The Rose
  13. Ben Solo
  14. An American Trilogy
  15. Skylark
  16. Salut d’amour
  17. Over the Rainbow
  18. 60 Years of Harmony
  19. Gwahoddiad
May
12
Sat
2018
Big Baldock Bake Off sponsored by Days of Ashwell @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Do you like making tea time treats, especially scones,biscuits, small and large cakes?

You are invited to take part in the Big Baldock Tea Time.

Bring your choice of one or more of the four categories down to the Baldock Community Centre from 10am onwards to be judged by Clive Draper, the bakery manager of Days of Ashwell at 12 noon.

There are two groups Adult and Child (under 13), each with a prize for first and second places given by Days of Ashwell

When the judging is over you might want to sell what you have made slices or individual items in aid of the Sue Ryder  or take them home.

Entry forms can be obtained from and then returned to the Community Centre.

Book Fair in aid of Garden House Hospice @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Annual Book Fair will take place again in the Community Centre in aid of Garden House Hospice

Come and pick up a bargain at the Festival’s Big Book Sale.

If you would like to donate books, in good condition only, please leave them in the box in the Community Centre coffee bar or, if you live on Clothall Common, phone Marilyn on 641663 and she will collect them from you.

Clothall Road – Allotment Open Day @ Wallington Road Allotments, SG7 6RS
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Also at North Road Allotment site

Visit BALGA’s Allotments Open Day at our allotment sites in Baldock to find out more about renting an allotment to grow your own fruit and vegetables. Or come along for a chat and advice about growing at home in your garden and discover the benefits you can enjoy from being a member of Baldock Allotment and Leisure Gardeners’ Association.


For more information visit http://www.balga-online.co.uk

 or email publicity@balga-online.co.uk

Love Your Yarn Shop Day @ Wool-n-Things, Hitchin Street, SG7 6AL
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Join us on Saturday 12th May for Love your yarn shop day at wool-n-things.

To celebrate we will be having an event at the shop. There will be lots of activities to try and a YARN SALE!!
There will also be tea/coffee and cake.
Come along and try something new or just for a cuppa, cake and chat 🙂

North Road Allotments Open Day @ North Road Allotments, SG7 5BX
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Also at Clothall Road allotment site.

Visit BALGA’s Allotments Open Day at our allotment sites in Baldock to find out more about renting an allotment to grow your own fruit and vegetables. Or come along for a chat and advice about growing at home in your garden and discover the benefits you can enjoy from being a member of Baldock Allotment and Leisure Gardeners’ Association.
For more information visit
www.balga-online.co.uk or email publicity@balga-online.co.uk

Bingo Night @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 12 @ 7:00 pm

Buy your bingo cards on the night and come and have a fun evening.

Bar will be open, proceeds to the Community Mini Bus

Eurovision Night @ The Orange Tree, Norton Road, Baldock, SG7 5AW
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Come along to watch The Eurovision Song Contest. Dress up to represent the countries of your choice, there will be opportunities to bet on the result and prizes will be given out!

Free event but please call The Orange Tree directly if you want to reserve a table (01462 892341)

The Mobb @ St Marys Church, Hitchin Street, SG7 5AE
May 12 @ 7:30 pm

Mike O’Neill, who taught piano and jazz at Knights Templar School for more than 20 years, leads his big band, ‘The Mobb’, an ensemble of local players, in a programme of swing and jazz, featuring music from the movies.

Do come and join us and help us to raise funds for the next phase of the restoration. Pay bar and complimentary canapes.

Fine Gin Tasting @ Baldock Arts and Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street SG7 6AR
May 12 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Perfect for any gin-lover, and those who would like to discover the pleasure. This year the tasting will be run by enthusiasts from the Festival Committee. You will be invited to sample up to six unusual, fine gins starting by sampling their aromas to detect the botanicals used and moving through the subtleties they contribute to the final taste and what you should garnish your drink with for maximum enjoyment. A firm favourite from last year’s Festival come and join this gin extravaganza. There are only 80 tickets available so come to buy early!

May
13
Sun
2018
Advanced Mountain Bike Training @ Meeting point: The Orange Tree, Norton Road, Baldock
May 13 @ 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. Starting at the Orange Tree, Norton Road, Baldock 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, picking 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.

Friends of Baldock Green Spaces conservation task at Weston Hills @ Weston Hills, Meet Woodland Way entrance, SG7 6LR
May 13 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Friends of Baldock Green Spaces conservation task: Weston Hills 10am-3:30pm meet Woodland Way entrance at 10am. Join us for an hour or more to help your local green space be a great place for wildlife and walks. Path clearance, litter picking and more! Tools and hot drinks provided. All welcome but children with a responsible adult please. More info from Phil 07817 801616

Rubbish or Treasure? @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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NHDC archaeologist Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews will be available to identify any odds and ends you have found in your garden or elsewhere. Metal detectorists welcome. The Museum is also open for normal viewing with the chance, perhaps, to see a treasure being brought in!

 

The Historic Back Lanes of Baldock @ Meet outside the Community Centre
May 13 @ 2:15 pm

Meet outside Community Centre, Simpson Drive, 2.15am for 2.30 start (NB: This is a morning walk)

Jane Havercroft will take you on a 2 hour, 1.5 mile stroll around the back lanes and footpaths in the town centre to discover their history. All on tarmac so accessible to most mobility scooters; possibly too much traffic for small children and dogs. This popular walk was sold out last year so it has been decided to repeat it to give those who missed it a chance to take part this year.

Also on Sunday 6th and Monday 7th May

Kids Pizza Masterclass @ Old White Horse, Station Rd, SG7 5BS
May 13 @ 4:00 pm

Bring the kids down for a fun and eductional lesson in the art of Pizza Making!! Learn from our profesionally trained Pizza Chefs, and enjoy eating something that you created!

Arrive from 16:00, kids will be given pizza dough and a range of toppings will be provided.  Create your own pizza, get it cooked in our wood-fired oven and then  eat your delicious creation.

Sixty Something at the Hen and Chickens @ The Hen and Chickens, South Rd, SG7 6BZ
May 13 @ 4:00 pm
A quality 4-piece Band capturing the Sound of the Sixties featuring four seasoned musicians who have all played in other well-known bands/tributes.

May
14
Mon
2018
Beers of the World and Italian Nibbles @ The Old White Horse, 1 Station Road, Baldock
May 14 @ 7:00 pm

Come and sample 5 exciting lagers from around the world accompanied by classical Italian nibbles.  We will introduce each drink and share it’s history with you.

Grab a seat from 7:00pm for a 7:30pm start

When you have found your favourite beer you are welcome to stay and buy a few more at the bar.

Evening burn around the Greenway @ Meeting Point: The Orange Tree, Norton Road, Baldock
May 14 @ 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 are must wear cycling helmets and are responsible for providing their own cycles in good working order. Lights will be needed, 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’s missing centuries: from 550 to 1146AD @ Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street SG7 6AR
May 14 @ 7:45 pm

North Hertfordshire’s archaeologist, Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews, will be looking at what happened to the site of the old town following its abandonment by the Romans, trying to work out where everyone went and why it’s not apparently recorded in Domesday Book. He will look at archaeological evidence, place names and what few documents survive from the period.

 

May
15
Tue
2018
Mystery Tour @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This mini-bus tour will take you on a mystery trip around the local area, followed by refreshment.

Seats must be pre-booked as they are limited to 13, but there are other trips on May 8 and 17.

Traditional Home cooked Buffet night @ Bombay Bistro, Bell Row, SG7 6AP
May 15 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

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 we will be serving these dishes as a buffet so you can try a variety of dishes.

There will be a good selection of vegetarian dishes too.

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 15 @ 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.

French Cuisine and Wine at its Finest! @ The White Lion, High Street, Baldock
May 15 @ 7:30 pm

The White Lion is pleased to present a tasting evening of fine French cuisine with matched wines. The evening will be run as a tasting evening where our local French chef will create and discuss a range of contemporary and classic meat, fish and vegetarian small plates which will be tasted, and savoured, by the guests. The food flavours and tastes will be perfectly matched and blended as guests sample a range of complementary, classic and new French wines. This is an evening not to be missed and a first for the Baldock Festival. Please state when booking if you are vegetarian.

Festival Music Quiz at The Orange Tree @ The Orange Tree, Norton Road, SG7 5AW
May 15 @ 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.

Cash prizes

May
16
Wed
2018
Christian Aid Coffee Morning and ‘Bring and Buy’ Sale @ Methodist Church, Whitehorse Street, SG7 6QB
May 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Everyone is most welcome to attend this coffee morning and ‘Bring and Buy’ to raise funds for Christian Aid.

The Motor Trade in Baldock @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 16 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Last chance to see this display!

A well-illustrated display about garages, cars and the open road in the heyday of motoring. Visitors will also have the opportunity to look through albums of old photographs of Baldock.

See also Sunday 6th May and Wednesday 16th May

Horticultural Society Talk by Anne Swithenbank @ Knights Templar School, 6th form common room accessed via Weston Way
May 16 @ 7:30 pm

Baldock Horticultural Society are pleased to be hosting a gardening talk by Anne Swithenbank who is a trained horticulturist, freelance gardening broadcaster and writer. She trained at Royal Botanical Gardens Kew and was Glasshouse supervisor at RHS Wisley.

Time: Doors open 7.00 for 7.30pm start

Horticultural Society members can obtain tickets at meetings.

Tildon Krautz at The Orange Tree
May 16 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

The Baldock and Letchworth Folk Club presents Tildon Krautz.

Originally from Brooklyn NYC, this old-time travelling band delivers a classy mixture of original and traditional rootsy sounds, encompassing bluegrass, oldtime folk, jazz and blues.

Tickets £10 on the door or in advance by calling The Orange Tree.

May
17
Thu
2018
Mystery Tour @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This mini-bus tour will take you on a mystery trip around the local area, followed by refreshment.

Seats must be pre-booked as they are limited to 13, but there are other trips on May 8 and 15.

Whisky Tasting @ The Orange Tree, Norton Road, SG7 5AW
May 17 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

7.30pm for 8.00pm start

A 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.

May
18
Fri
2018
Community Lunch @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 18 @ 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 Festival @ The Cock @ The Cock Baldock
May 18 @ 5:00 pm – May 20 @ 11:00 pm

Come and enjoy an exciting mix of real ale, cider, and an eclectic selection of gin whilst you enjoy live music and street food. End the festival with a swing.

FREE entry

Baldock Community Orchestra @ United Reformed Church, Whitehorse Street, SG7 6QQ
May 18 @ 7:30 pm

The Baldock Community Orchestra is an orchestra open to players of all ages and abilities in the North Herts area, and aims to be inclusive, welcoming, and fun for players and audience alike. The programme will include a variety of music from classical pieces to light operetta and modern favourites.

We rehearse every Thursday evening at Knights Templar School in Baldock 7.15pm – 8.45pm during term times.  We’re always on the lookout for more musicians to join us, so whether you have a piccolo, a double bass or any other instrument, we’d be very pleased to welcome you along – just turn up and say hello.

 

Herts Variety Concert @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

This variety concert, staged by Herts Variety, will include lots of songs for you to join in with.  The concert will be in aid of charity.

I know lots of you missed us at Christmas so I hope you will join us during the Festival where all the money raised from the shows will go to the Garden House Hospice. Dorrie Randall will be available for orders on 01462 628219 or you can get tickets at Baldock Community Centre.

See also Saturday 19th May

May
19
Sat
2018
Baldock Street Fair @ Baldock High Street, SG7 6AX
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The 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.

Fifty craft and local charity stalls (with many stallholders in costume!) to celebrate the Royal Wedding. Free drinks will be available for those who dress up to celebrate the Royal Wedding. Visit the Festival Stall for a free drinks voucher. (While Vouchers last)

The Baldock Street Fair Highlights Throughout the day:

  • Tricky Micky’ will be giving five 30-minute performances which will include a Punch and Judy show, Magic Show and Ronnie Rabbit Puppet.
  • LEG II AVG – A leading Roman living history group, who have done countless TV Documentaries and provided props for film and TV, will be setting up camp in the High Street for the day.  Their latest documentary with which they were involved – Epic Warrior Women Gladiatrix – won an award at Cannes for best historical accuracy and re-enactments.  Come and meet fiercesome gladiators and soldiers!
  • Fairground rides. James Harris will again be bringing his fairground rides to delight the children.
  • School Choirs from Hartsfield JMI School and St John’s Catholic Primary School will perform during the day. There will also be traditional maypole dancing from Hartsfield School.
  • Zumba display in the arena too.
  • Pupils for the Andrews School of Dance will be performing

During the day judges will be visiting all the stalls to choose the one they think has most entered into the spirit of the day by dressing up to represent a period of Baldock’s past, and awarding a cash prize.

Events in the Community Centre @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

(Sponsored by Baldock Community Association.)

Large Hall
Baldock Society
The Baldock Society will display old photos of Baldock in the Community Centre as part of the Street Fair. Come and find out more about the Society and what they have achieved for Baldock over the past year.

Baldock Country Market

Normally found at The Cock on a Friday morning,  Baldock’s local friendly Country Market will be in the Community Centre with locally made cakes, cookies, jams, fresh seasonal vegetables and free range eggs as well as hand-made crafts.

Tracey’s Kitchen
You will also be able to buy jacket potatoes, ploughman’s lunches etc at lunchtime in the large hall. The bar will also be open.

Refreshments
Tea and coffee will be available in the coffee bar from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Roman Baldock @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

New display looking 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 NHDC Archaeology Department. Also second-hand history books for sale and an opportunity to look through albums of old Baldock photographs.

 

St Mary’s Church Coffee Bar & Refreshments @ St. Marys Church Hall, Church Street, SG7 5AE
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

St Mary’s Church Hall, (Behind the Church in the Churchyard).

The St Mary’s Church Coffee Bar has been going strong for over 30 years, serving Baldock with a selection of Coffee and Cakes every Wednesday and Saturday from 10am to 12.00pm.

As part of the Street Fair Day the Coffee Bar will have extended opening to 4pm.

St. Marys Church Baldock – Tower Trips @ St. Marys Church, Hitchin Street, SG7 5AE
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Weather permitting

Children must be over eight years of age and, if under 16 years, must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Sensible footwear must be worn. All proceeds to Church Restoration Funds. The main area of the church will also be open for free for people to look round.

Subject to weather there may also be additional events taking place – see facebook.com/StMaryTheVirginBaldock for more info.

Total Body Workout Taster Session with Stevenage Leisure @ Baldock Arts and Heritage Centre
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

An intense exercise routine designed to test and strengthen your whole body! Come and try, FOR FREE, the popular exercise class available at Knights and North Herts Leisure Centre. All you need is to wear some exercise clothes and bring some water and you can burn some calories before enjoying the delights of The Street Fair.

Entry by ticket only available at Baldock Community Centre. Max 25

Morris Day of Dance @ Baldock High Street, SG7 6AX
May 19 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

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Hosted by Baldock Midnight Morris, this Day of Dance will take place on the High Street 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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Church History Tours @ St Marys Church, Hitchin Street, SG7 5AE
May 19 @ 11:00 am

There will be a number of History Tours of the Church. There will be 2 tours one at 11am and one at 3pm.

Royal Wedding Garden Party @ Baldock Methodist Church, Whitehorse Street
May 19 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Come and join us for a Royal Wedding Garden Party in our beautiful garden.  We will be serving homemade cream teas, sandwiches and cakes. There will also be a traditional childrens games hall in the church, so try your luck at splat a rat, tin can alley, pin the crown on the queen and many more.  Come along and join the fun!

Total Body Workout Taster Session with Stevenage Leisure @ Baldock Arts and Heritage Centre
May 19 @ 11:15 am – 12:00 pm

An intense exercise routine designed to test and strengthen your whole body! Come and try, FOR FREE, the popular exercise class available at Knights and North Herts Leisure Centre. All you need is to wear some exercise clothes and bring some water and you can burn some calories before enjoying the delights of The Street Fair.

Entry by ticket only available at Baldock Community Centre. Max 25

Solar Viewing @ The White Lion Baldock High Street
May 19 @ 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!

Herts Variety Concert @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 19 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

This variety concert, staged by Herts Variety, will include lots of songs for you to join in with.  The concert will be in aid of charity.

I know lots of you missed us at Christmas so I hope you will join us during the Festival where all the money raised from the shows will go to the Garden House Hospice. Dorrie Randall will be available for orders on 01462 628219 or you can get tickets at Baldock Community Centre.

Licensed bar

See also Friday 18th May

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Roxy Searle @ Stylus @ Stylus Lounge, High St, SG7 6BG
May 19 @ 8:00 pm

Come and join us for a chilled out evening listening to cool acoustic covers from the talented local singer Roxy Searle.

 

May
20
Sun
2018
Baldock Classic Car Show @ Baldock High Street, SG7 6AX
May 20 @ 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 of prizes on offer awarded by our expert judges for best in class. We will have a BBQ with quality burgers and bacon sandwiches, a Cider Bar run by Apple Cottage, teas and coffees provided by Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre with cakes on sale by the Brownies/Guides. 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 £2.00 donation per vehicle and is payable upon your arrival.
    • If you can pre-enter for this event, as entry will be on a first come basis with entry forms getting priority.
    • Forms will be available on the day to be completed or download one from this website.

Car Show Entry Form 2018

  • 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 can take a look around some of the splendid Baldock hidden gems.

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All proceeds will go support the running and development of Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre.

Roman Baldock, also the last chance to see The Motor Trade in Baldock @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 20 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

New display looking 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 NHDC Archaeology Department. Also second-hand history books for sale and an opportunity to look through albums of old Baldock photographs.

Also the last chance to see The Motor Trade in Baldock

Also on May 19th

 

Rotary in Baldock presents, Open Gardens @ Around Baldock, SG7 6AX
May 20 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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Another chance to look around some of Baldock’s hidden gardens.

  • Organised by Baldock Rotary Club
  • The opportunity to enjoy gardens large and small
  • Take refreshments in the courtyard at Templars (between 2.00pm and 4.00pm)
  • Listen to the Bygrave Handbell Ringers

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.

All proceeds from this event will go to the charitable causes that Rotary is supporting throughout the year.
http://www.baldockrotary.co.uk

https://twitter.com/BaldockClub

The Chiltern West Gallery Quire @ St Marys Church, Hitchin Street, SG7 5AE
May 20 @ 3:00 pm

The CWGQ is a group of around twenty-five singers and instrumentalists, performing the distinctive psalms, hymns, anthems and carols that were sung in the west galleries of English country churches in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

Cream teas and Pimms (and other refreshments)

The Blox at the Hen and Chickens @ The Hen and Chickens, South Rd, SG7 6BZ
May 20 @ 4:00 pm
THE BLOX are six dedicated geezers who got together to recreate the music of Ian Dury and The Blockheads. Music which is comprised of elements of funk, jazz, blues, reggae, even vaudeville.
May
24
Thu
2018
Powering Victorian London @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive
May 24 @ 8:00 pm

Powering Victorian London: the use of steam-powered hydraulics in the docks, industry and other surprising places.

Baldock Museum & Local History Society talk by Anthony King of H.M. Tower of London