Historic Baldock Events

A key aspect of the Baldock Festival is to look back at the history of Baldock over the years.

The following events are on during the festival:

May
4
Sat
2019
Historical Walk to Clothall Church @ Meet at the corner of Limekiln Lane & South Road
May 4 @ 1:45 pm

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 is about 3½ miles and includes some steep ground and stiles; there is no shelter along the route. Not suitable for small children, buggies or dogs. Allow 2½ – 3 hours.

Meet at 1:45pm for a 2:00pm start

All proceeds will be donated to Clothall Church Restoration Appeal.

This walk also takes place on Sunday 12 May – please check time.

May
5
Sun
2019
Roman Baldock @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 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.

Rubbish or Treasure? @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 5 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

North Hertfordshire Museums’ Archaeologist Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews will be on hand to identify your treasures or curios found in the loft or dug up in the garden. Metal detectorists welcome. Also take the chance to see Keith’s illustrated display about Roman Baldock in the museum.

May
6
Mon
2019
Street Names Past and Present @ Meet outside Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 6 @ 2:15 pm

Meet outside Baldock Community Centre at 2:15pm for a 2:30pm.

Jane Havercroft will take you on a stroll round the streets of Baldock to discover the origins of Baldock’s street names including those names no longer in use. All on tarmac so accessible to most mobility scooters; possibly too much traffic for small children and dogs.

This walk also takes place on May 9 and 12: please see details for times.

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

Tour up the Tower of St Mary’s Church @ St Mary's Church and Baldock Library
May 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Tour up the Tower of St Mary’s Church, Baldock , there are 2 time slots for the tours, 7.30pm and 8:15pm

Followed by refreshments and entertainment at Baldock Library from 8.30pm including a talk on “The medical and Christian history” of Baldock, given by a Christian Doctor who lives in Baldock (Sarah Hoskins).
This event is being organized by Christchurch Baldock.  There will also be a display of medieval artefacts, and live “old English” music.
Please wear sensible shoes
Contact:  Helen Romain 07507 771384 for more information.

May
8
Wed
2019
Roman Baldock @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 8 @ 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.

May
9
Thu
2019
Street Names Past and Present @ Meet outside Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 9 @ 7:15 pm

Meet outside Baldock Community Centre at 7:15pm for a 7:30pm start.

Jane Havercroft will take you on a stroll round the streets of Baldock to discover the origins of Baldock’s street names including those names no longer in use. All on tarmac so accessible to most mobility scooters; possibly too much traffic for small children and dogs.

This walk also takes place on May 5 and 12: please see details for times.

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.

May
12
Sun
2019
Street Names Past and Present @ Meet outside Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 12 @ 10:45 am

Jane Havercroft will take you on a stroll round the streets of Baldock to discover the origins of Baldock’s street names including those names no longer in use. All on tarmac so accessible to most mobility scooters; possibly too much traffic for small children and dogs.

Meet outside Baldock Community Centre at 10:45am for a 11:00am start and the walk will last about an hour.

This walk also takes place on May 5 and 9: please see details for times.

Roman Baldock @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 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.

Historical Walk to Clothall Church @ Meet at the corner of Limekiln Lane & South Road
May 12 @ 2:15 pm

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 is about 3½ miles and includes some steep ground and stiles; there is no shelter along the route. Not suitable for small children, buggies or dogs. Allow 2½ – 3 hours.

Meet at 2:15pm for a 2:30pm start

This walk also takes place on Sunday 12 May – please check time.

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

Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews takes a sceptical look at the consensus view that the carvings in Royston Cave were created by the Knights Templar.

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.

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

 

 

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

The Baldock Street Fair Highlights:

  • Tricky Micky’ will be giving 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.
  • The Animal Experience Zoo – Visit the community centre to see The Animal Experience (a small licensed zoo) 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.
  • Fairground rides. James Harris will again be bringing his fairground rides to delight the children.
  • School Choirs will perform during the day. There will also be traditional maypole dancing from Hartsfield School.
  • Zumba display in the arena.
  • Morris dancers

War Memorial arena
10:30 – 12pm – Morris Dance
1:00-1.20 – Zumba
1:20 – 2pm Primary schools performing including Hartsfield School chior and maypole dancing
2pm Zumba
2:20 Morris day of dance procession

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.

May
19
Sun
2019
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.

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.

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