Free Entry Events

One of the key aims of the Festival is that as many events as possible should be affordable and have free entry.

The following events are on during the festival:

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

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

May
6
Sun
2018
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

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.

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
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.

Music at the Hen and Chickens @ The Hen and Chickens, South Rd, SG7 6BZ
May 7 @ 4:00 pm
May
9
Wed
2018
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.

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.

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

May
13
Sun
2018
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!

 

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
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.

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.

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.

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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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!

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.

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.

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