After not being able to go ahead with the Baldock Festival for the last 2 years, the committee is pleased to let you all know that 2022 will see the 37th Baldock Festival return with an extended programme of events spanning over THREE weeks!!

If you have an event you would like to speak to us about, please speak to one of the committee members or e-mail info@baldockfestival.org.

In the meantime, take care and thanks for all of your support!

From the Baldock Festival Committee.

Tickets and entry forms are available from Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH. Tel: 01462 894109

The Community Centre’s opening hours are:

  • Saturdays:                     9.00am  – 12.00pm
  • Sundays:                       Closed
  • Wednesdays:                 9.00am to 9.00pm
  • Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri:    9.00am – 12.30pm & 3.30pm – 9.00pm

 

Apr
29
Fri
Festival Scarecrow Competition @ Baldock Town and surrounds
Apr 29 – May 14 all-day

New for this year, the Festival Scarecrow Competition should ensure some fun sights around the town and surrounding area with great prizes for both the best adult and best child entry.

Your Scarecrow needs to be in view from the road, either on the front of your property or rear if that is better from the road, or through a window.

To enter, you must collect a form from Baldock Community Centre – cost of two pounds per entry and return it with a photograph of your Scarecrow(s) by Friday the 13th of May (or before). Judging will take place during the following week, with the Festival Committee picking the top five in each category. The winner will be chosen by public vote on Street Fair day on Saturday 14th May, from a display of all your photographs on the Festival Committee Stand.

Multi-day event: Experience foods of the World @ The Engine, Station Road, SG7 5BS
Apr 29 – May 22 all-day

Throughout Baldock Festival, the Engine will be hosting a wide range of nights where you can experience different foods from around the World.

  • 29th April – 1st May – Italian (Penne pasta with chicken and mushroom in a cream sauce)
  • 3rd – 5th May –  Spanish (Paella)
  • 6th – 8th May – German (Bratwurst)
  • 10th – 12th May – Thai (Thai curry)
  • 13th – 15th May – Mexican (Loaded Nachos)
  • 17th – 19th May – Belgian (Moules-Frites)
  • 20th – 22nd May – Portuguese Peri-Peri Wings)

Food is serviced from 12 noon to 8pm Mon-Sat and 12 noon to 6pm Sun

May
11
Wed
Garden City Brewery Visit @ Meet at Garden City Brewery, The Wynd, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3EN
May 11 all-day

Meet at Garden City Brewery, The Wynd, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3EN.
Three Sessions to book onto (Very limited availability for each session!):
• First Session – 6.30pm – 7.30pm
• Second Session – 7.30pm to 8.30pm
• Third Session – 8.30pm to 9.30pm

On this tour Ben, the brewer, will show you around the set-up, talk you through the process and answer any questions. There will also be the opportunity to learn about the selection of grains and hops used in the beers. The tour includes three halves of Garden City Brewery or Guest Cask Ales.

Garden City Brewery has been brewing in a small 2 1/2 barrel brewery in Letchworth Garden City since 2016.
They typically brew twice a week and serve all their real ale – alongside ever-changing guest beers – direct from the cask from Wed-Sun.
The Brewpub has won numerous awards and has gained a reputation for great beer, friendly service and a relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere. It also boasts a brilliant selection of drinks and snacks and hosts regular sell-out Comedy Nights, Live Music Nights and Pub Quizzes.
Baldock Museum – Baldock in 1881 @ Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High St, SG7 6AR
May 11 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

(Also open Saturday 7 May and Wednesday 11 May, 11am -3pm)

Baldock in 1881, a display based on newspaper articles, the trade directory and the census showing the life of the late-Victorian town in all its aspects: the breweries and maltings, pubs and shops, churches and schools, entertainments and events and much more.

New Horizons Textile Group @ Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High St, SG7 6AR
May 11 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Now open until Saturday 14 May from 11 am – 3 pm Wednesdays and Saturdays
Members of this group are exhibiting contemporary textile work on the theme of ‘Home’ in the first floor Gallery of the Arts & Heritage Centre.
Tea/coffee is available.

Teddy Bears’ Picnic @ Weston Way Nursery School, Weston Way, SG7 6HD
May 11 @ 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

This Teddy Bears’ Picnic, run by Weston Way Nursery School, is for children aged seven and under who must be accompanied by an adult.
There will also be a Teddy Bear raffle.
Premier Sports will be on site for an hour delivering a range of fun activities including football, music and more. There will be activity stations around the nursery grounds which the children will have access to for a taster of each activity.
Bring your own picnic and teddy, too. If wet, the event may be postponed until 18th May or cancelled; phone Weston Way Nursery to check: 01462 892172.

Traditional Fish and Chips Supper @ The Maltings Fish and Chips, High Street, SG7 6BJ
May 11 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Come and join us at a new event and sit down for a two-course meal in the newly refurbished Maltings restaurant on the High Street.

You can eat your traditional cod and chips (veggie alternative available on request) with a soft drink and pudding, whilst you listen to a few sea shanties and a very fishy playlist.

 

Baldock Folk Club – Cancelled @ The Orange Tree, Norton Road, SG7 5AW
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Baldock Folk Club are delighted to host internationally acclaimed duet Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby to open their contribution to this years festival.
Cathryn has built a strong reputation as both singer and songwriter. She is no stranger to Tennessee’s Nashville recording studios, working with Chet Atkins, The Righteous Brothers and Garth Brooks amongst many others.
Brian is well known for his virtuoso performances on electric and acoustic guitar with progressive folk/rock band Strawbs. He has for many years been a session player/sideman in much demand, playing with the likes of Mary Hopkin, Monty Python, Joe Brown, Jim Diamond and Nanci Griffith.
With a superb selection of music, together with many humorous stories of their travels on the road of life, this will be a very special night for Baldock Folk Club.
30 tickets available.

The Old White Horse Quiz Night @ Old White Horse, Station Road, Baldock SG7 5BS
May 11 @ 7:00 pm

Come and join us for our quiz night Every Wednesday at 7.00pm. 1st prize £50 voucher

Faith and Climate: A Talk about Groundswell – The Weston Sustainable Agriculture Show @ St. Mary's Church, Hitchin Street, SG7 5AE
May 11 @ 7:30 pm

Groundswell – The Regenerative Agriculture Show and Conference was founded by the Cherry family on their mixed farm in Weston, Hertfordshire. John and Paul Cherry have farmed for over thirty years, converting to a no-till system in 2010.

John Cherry will be coming to speaking about his farming and Groundswell and how his Christian faith has influenced his decisions in this area over the years.

There will be locally sourced refreshments and lots of stalls celebrating products that do their best to reduce the impact of climate change.

May
12
Thu
Cancelled – Home Cookery Workshop for Young People (16-18yrs old) @ The Arbury, 8 Whitehorse Street, SG7 6QN.
May 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Unfortunately we have had to cancel the event due to clashes with the Y12 mock exams at KTS and final exams.

Leaving home and/or heading to university? Join Martin, the Chef/owner of The Arbury, for a fun, informative and interactive demonstration to help show the next generation of young people leaving home, a few simple and basic dishes that are nutritious, tasty and of great value. Whether you are a novice or like to dabble a little, come along for a 2-hour demonstration. All recipes will be provided and the attendees can ask as many questions as they like.

For many young adults about to embark on the journey of leaving home can be quite a daunting one. Not just the act of leaving your family for the first time but having to deal with all the things that your parents did for you, washing, cleaning and of course the cooking. For many, the thought of cooking can be really, really scary and that’s where Martin can help.
With a fun, informative and interactive session, Martin can help show the next generation of young people a few simple and basic dishes that are not only nutritious but tasty and far better value than buying from the takeaway, as you will have to watch your pennies after all!
You need a healthy mind to achieve good results. Good food helps create a healthy mind. Not only will you feel better, study better but let’s be honest it is hugely satisfying doing something for yourself, especially if it’s for the first time and cooking is a great skill to master.
Whether you are a complete novice or like to dabble with the pots and pans, come join Martin for a 2-hour demonstration to help you on your journey to eating well, preparing you for the exciting journey ahead and helping you eat your way to a wonderful education.
All recipes will be provided and the attendees can ask as many questions as they like. This demonstration is for students about to go to university/college only!
What the demo includes
What do you do with a whole chicken Pasta and rice…..frugal and filling
Homemade takeaways to fool your friends 10-minute masterpieces
Vegetables are not all boring
Cheese and Wine Night @ The White Lion, High Street, Baldock, SG7 6BJ
May 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Buy any bottle of wine and get a free cheeseboard 6pm-9pm
Festival Wine Tasting @ Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street, SG7 6AR
May 12 @ 7:15 pm – 10:45 pm

Doors open 7.15pm for 8.00pm start. (Ticket only event)

Join Jamie from Hedley Wright and the Orange Tree’s Rob Scahill as your hosts 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.

May
13
Fri
Baldock Country Market @ The Victoria, Sun Street, SG7 6QA
May 13 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Baldock Country Market where we make it ourselves, grow it ourselves or bake it ourselves will be back at the Victoria Public House in Sun Street on Fridays. We look forward to seeing you all at 9.00am. Don’t forget we also have free-range eggs and apple juice and lots of fresh vegetables as well as many crafted items. The coffee bar will be serving teas and coffees including lattes and cappuccinos.

History in the Afternoon: ‘Verdi – The Man of Stone’ @ Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street, SG7 6AR
May 13 @ 2:30 pm

This History in the Afternoon Special is a journey through the life of the great Italian composer, Giuseppe Verdi, with songs by Laura Valentine, and accompaniment by Margaret Johnson.

The Cock Third Annual Beer Festival @ The Cock, Baldock, High Street, SG7 6BG
May 13 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The third annual Beer Festival at The Cock pub in Baldock, from Friday to Sunday Live Music in the pub and beer garden with a selection of 20 cask ales from local and national breweries, real ciders from local and national producers, craft beers and street food.

An event for all of the family celebrating the 37th Baldock Festival.

Salsa Night with Fabian Velez and Orquesta Mambarito @ Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street, SG7 6AR.
May 13 @ 7:00 pm



Book now

Join local Salsa teacher Fabian Velez for a Salsa dance lesson from 7pm, and then dance the night away to the incredible 11-piece Orquesta Mambarito, who are simply the best salsa band in the country.

Orquesta Mambarito plays red-hot salsa and Latin jazz, with a repertoire based on classic tunes by giants such as Tito Puente, Fania All-Stars and Dizzy Gillespie. The 11-piece outfit has a classic salsa line-up of trumpets, trombones, baritone sax and a full Afro-Cuban rhythm section. It’s led by baritone player David Strahan and fronted by Colombian singer Fabian Velez.

Herts Variety Concert @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 13 @ 7:30 pm

(See also Saturday 14th May)

Herts Variety invites you to come along for an evening of music and comedy. Sections include Rock and Roll, Barry Manilow and Music Hall. Everyone is encouraged to sing along. All their proceeds go to local charities.

May
14
Sat
Cocktail Masterclass @ Chez Burton @ Chez Burton, High Street, SG7 6BJ
May 14 all-day

Chez Burton brings an opportunity to learn how to make three of their fantastic cocktails with the top mixologist Richard!

During your session you will be provided with everything you need to recreate some of Chez Burton’s infamous cocktails, you will also be entertained with some fun and games along the way, and small plates and nibbles. All of this is included in the ticket price!

Sessions must be pre-booked with Chez Burton. Make sure to book yours early as spaces are very limited!

There will also be an opportunity to pre-order cocktail kits to take home with you!

 

Creative Chef @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 14 all-day

Calling all school-age children, come and join Creative Chefs for fun-filled cooking sessions.
We will be creating Pizza and Pudding plus there will be fun and games

There will be 2 sessions to book from – 10.00am – 11.30am and 2.00pm -3.30pm

Booking essential. Parents drop off and leave.

The Circus comes to St Mary’s @ St Marys School, St Mary’s Way, SG7 6HY
May 14 all-day

Roll up, roll up to St Mary’s School playing field behind St Mary’s Junior School for an afternoon of fun and mayhem as PaZaz Circus takes you on a magical adventure.

There are three 50-minute shows at 11.30 am, 2 pm and 4 pm.  There will be fairground rides as well as food and drink so come and join in all the fun!

Tickets are £7 each (U3s are free but will be required to sit on parent/guardian’s lap).  Buy here:  https://bit.ly/CircusSaturday2022
Baldock Street Fair @ Baldock High Street, SG7 6AX
May 14 @ 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

  • Craft and Charity Stalls – Local Charity and Craft stalls will line the High Street.
  • Medieval Combat Society is back to educate us in Medieval warfare and to entertain us with their battles. Which knight will you support? Make sure you try the armour and weapons.
  • ‘Tricky Micky’ is back again with five 30-minute performances including Punch and Judy. Shows starting at 10.30.
  • Fairground rides – James Harris will again be bringing his fairground rides to delight the children.
  • Morris Dancing Day of Dance will take place outside The White Lion and 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. Starting at The White Lion at 10.30.
  • Local schools will be showcasing their choirs, dancing and music.
  • Solar Viewing with Letchworth and District Astronomical Society (LDAS) (see below).

Don’t forget to visit the Community Centre for Country Market, weaving by Liliane Boutique and children’s craft activities in the main hall, a zoo from Exotic explorers https://exoticexplorers.co.uk/ in the youth wing and teas and coffees.

Coffee Morning @ Baldock Methodist Church, Whitehorse Street, SG7 6QB
May 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

All are welcome to attend this Coffee Morning on Street Fair Day.

Events in Baldock Community Centre @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Youth Wing – A small licensed zoo Exotic Explorers will be attending with a wide variety of exotic animals, many of which are unwanted pets and rescue animals. https://exoticexplorers.co.uk/ The animal keepers will be on hand to answer your questions and offer you the opportunity to touch or hold many of their animals. Free entry

Large Hall – Country Market, weaving by Liliane Boutique and children’s craft activities 

Introduction to drumming for children activity with Edward Stacey

Refreshments – tea and coffee will be available in the coffee bar from 9am to 4pm

St Mary’s Eco Church – Display of mini eco gardens @ St. Marys Church, Hitchin Street, SG7 5AE
May 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Display of eco gardens in a seed tray or shallow container. Prizes for the most eco-friendly features in one display. Come along and vote for your favourite garden! More information and entry forms from ecochurchbaldock@gmail.com

St. Marys Church Baldock – Tower Trips @ St. Marys Church, Hitchin Street, SG7 5AE
May 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Tower trips will take place, weather permitting, throughout the day from 10am – 4pm. Come and see Baldock from a different perspective! Refreshments are available.
No entry for children under 8. Sensible footwear is required.

Morris Day of Dance @ Baldock High Street, SG7 6AX
May 14 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

P112016110363794_10152624991342400_1521127287_n
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. Starting at the White Lion at 10.30.

Baldock Museum – Royal Jubilee @ Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High St, SG7 6AR
May 14 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

(Also open Wednesday 18 May & Saturday 21 May 11am-3pm and each Wednesday and Saturday thereafter)

Royal Jubilee, this new display to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee looks back at Baldock’s extensive celebrations to mark the Queen’s coronation in June 1953, amongst which, the Soap-Box Derby even attracted national interest. The display also shows how the town came together to celebrate earlier royal events, such as Victoria’s jubilees, in great style.

New Horizons Textile Group @ Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High St, SG7 6AR
May 14 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Now open until Saturday 14 May from 11 am – 3 pm Wednesdays and Saturdays
Members of this group are exhibiting contemporary textile work on the theme of ‘Home’ in the first floor Gallery of the Arts & Heritage Centre.
Tea/coffee is available.

Drumming for Beginners @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 14 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

An introduction to drumming for primary age children, where participants will be taught how to perform a tune from a choice of two. They will be taught by Ed Stacey as a part of his gold DofE. Ed is in lower sixth of the Knights Templar School in Baldock. During the session students will have a short demonstration of the tune they have chosen, they will then be taught it with the final few minutes to be used to perform the tune. Parents or carers must be present at all times.
Each lesson is 20 minutes long and can be booked at Baldock Community Centre. All proceeds will go to support the KTS DofE program
Children aged 12 or under, no prior drumming experience required

Solar Viewing @ The White Lion, High Street, SG7 6BJ
May 14 @ 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 it will burn and start fires! It’s dangerous!

Letchworth and District Astronomical Society (LDAS) in conjunction with The Baldock Festival has organised a solar viewing day to change this!

Come along 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!

Wool-n-Things Baldock – PomPom Making @ Wool-n-Things 3-5 Hitchin Street, SG7 6AL
May 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Wool-n-Things Baldock - PomPom Making @ Wool-n-Things 3-5 Hitchin Street, SG7 6AL

Pop into wool-n-things and join us for some fun pompom making. All materials will be provided.

The Cock Third Annual Beer Festival @ The Cock, Baldock, High Street, SG7 6BG
May 14 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The third annual Beer Festival at The Cock pub in Baldock.

From Friday to Sunday Live Music in the pub and beer garden with a selection of 20 cask ales from local and national breweries, real ciders from local and national producers, craft beers and street food.

An event for all of the family celebrating the 37th Baldock Festival.

KTS Jazz Spectacular @ Knights Templar School, Park Street, SG7 6DZ
May 14 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

This year’s Jazz Spectacular, in association with The Baldock Festival, promises to be a fantastic evening featuring the All-Stars Big Band, the Little Big Band. This year the students have chosen a selection of their favourite pieces which will cover a wide range of styles and composers. The KTS Parents’ Association will run a cash bar at the event offering beer, wine and soft drinks.

Herts Variety Concert @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

See also Friday 13th May

Herts Variety invites you to come along for an evening of music and comedy. Sections include Rock and Roll, Barry Manilow and Music Hall. Everyone is encouraged to sing along. All their proceeds go to local charities.

 

Traffic Light Social @ Café Luna, High Street, SG7 6BG
May 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Join North Herts Pride and Café Luna for their Traffic Light Social!

A chance to meet like-minded and friendly people in an LGBTQIA+ safe space, at your own pace!

You don’t need to be LGBTQIA+ to join in, all are welcome to come along for a good time!

Choose a sticker to pick your social mood, whether you’re a green chatterbox, a cautious amber, or a red who’s just looking to have a good time with their friends, there’s something for everyone.

Tickets can be purchased from Café Luna, and all ticket sales go directly to North Herts Pride to fund future events for the LGBTQIA+ community.

May
15
Sun
Baldock Classic Car Show @ Baldock High Street, SG7 6AX
May 15 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The ever-growing Baldock Classic Car Show will once again be part of the 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 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
  • Prizes will be awarded at 14:30
  • Brown and Gammons will be opening their doors for you to take a look around
  • The entry price for displaying a vehicle will be a minimum of a £5.00 donation per vehicle and is payable upon your arrival
  • It is possible to register in advance and make sure there is space for you in the pre-registered area. Just email us and let us know:

    • Your name
    • Car make/model
    • Year of manufacture
    • Registration number.

    and we will make sure there is space for you. Our email address is BaldockCCS@gmail.com

    You can book spaces for groups too. We will need a primary contact, club/group name and the number of vehicles (preferably details of each one if possible).

    We look forward to seeing you again this year.

  • Forms will be available on the day to be completed
  • Entry-Form-Classic-Car-Show

Please follow us on Facebook

All proceeds will go support the running of the Baldock Festival

Baldock Jumble Sale Trail @ Around Baldock
May 15 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Baldock Jumble Sale Trail is finally back and it’s going to be bigger than ever!
On May 15th stalls will be 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 Baldock Community Centre; the Baldock Festival website and on our Baldock Jumble Sale Trail Facebook page, where you’ll also be able to see sneak peaks of the stalls and plan your route.
Got clutter to clear? Join in the fun with a stall of your own.
Email baldockjumble@gmail.com or find the ‘Baldock Jumble Sale Trail’ page on Facebook for more information.
The event is run to raise funds for Merry Go Round Nursery. Please donate what you can.
Open Gardens @ Gardens in and around Baldock, SG7 6AX
May 15 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This event, organised by Baldock Rotary Club, gives you another chance to look around some of Baldock’s hidden gardens large and small. Details of the gardens open to you and a map will be provided when you buy your ticket. A minibus will operate to and from Baldock Community Centre to gardens on a requested basis. Refreshments available in the youth wing of the Baldock Community Centre (between 2.00pm and 4.00pm) . All proceeds from this event will go to the charitable causes that Rotary is supporting throughout the year.

Hen and Chickens Live Music: Black Squirrel Band (formerly The Raw Dealers) @ The Hen & Chickens, South Rd, SG7 6BZ
May 15 @ 4:00 pm

As part of its regular Sunday Live Music sessions, the Hen and Chickens will be hosting the Black Squirrel Band (formerly The Raw Dealers).

The Black Squirrel Band are a 5 Piece Rock Covers based in Baldock, fronted by the talented Tim Bruin who aim to rock the house with high octane rock and roll powered by guitars of Steve Wilson & John Kemp and driven by the rock-solid rhythm of Dave Sumner on Bass and pounded into submission by the relentless drumming of the legendary Mr Jim Hays.

Did we mention they are a rock band?? A Good Old 60s 70s inspired rock band???

The Cock Third Annual Beer Festival @ The Cock, Baldock, High St, SG7 6BG
May 15 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The third annual Beer Festival at The Cock pub in Baldock.

From Friday to Sunday Live Music in the pub and beer garden with a selection of 20 cask ales from local and national breweries, real ciders from local and national producers, craft beers and street food.

An event for all of the family celebrating the 37th Baldock Festival.

May
16
Mon
Euchre Cards @ Hen & Chickens, South Rd, SG7 6BZ
May 16 @ 7:30 pm

The Euchre (yu’ker) comes to Baldock. Three keen Euchre players are hoping to enthuse others in Baldock about this great card game often played in the seaside towns of Devon and Cornwall. Two sets of pairs compete to win tricks – similar to Bridge/ Whist however there is a twist!!

Don’t worry all will be explained. You don’t need to be a couple, tables of four will be created on the night.

The numbers are limited to enable an ‘expert’ to supervise each table. No need to bring anything, except a willingness to join in.  Start time 7.30pm for 8pm.

Minimum time will be an hour, however you can play till closing time. Ticket price will also include a drink.

May
17
Tue
2-4-1 Burgers at the White Lion @ The White Lion, High Street, Baldock
May 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Bursting with character, the White Lion sits proudly in the middle of the High Street in Baldock and has been here since at least 1839 when the first publican, John Little was recorded. We have a huge, fully enclosed beer garden and plenty of room inside at the bar too. We serve a selection of real ales, ciders and lagers and a comprehensive selection of wines and spirits.

On Tuesday nights all burgers will be two for the price of one.

Tuesday Night Bingo @ The Hen & Chickens, South Rd, SG7 6BZ
May 17 @ 7:30 pm

Bingo is back at the Hen & Chickens every Tuesday evening. Come early to ensure getting a table. Cash prizes up to £100!!
£10 for the first full round of 4 tickets then we have flyers for those who want more at £2.50 each.

For more details keep an eye on our Facebook Page – facebook.com/TalithaTallett

Festival Music Quiz at The Orange Tree @ The Orange Tree, Norton Road, SG7 5AW
May 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

An evening of music questions with themed rounds that you can play your joker on. Entry fee split between the prize fund and supporting the Festival.

Contact The Orange Tree on 01462 892341 to book a table.

May
18
Wed
Baldock Museum – Royal Jubilee @ Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High St, SG7 6AR
May 18 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

(Also open Wednesday 18 May & Saturday 21 May 11am-3pm and each Wednesday and Saturday thereafter)

Royal Jubilee, this new display to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee looks back at Baldock’s extensive celebrations to mark the Queen’s coronation in June 1953, amongst which, the Soap-Box Derby even attracted national interest. The display also shows how the town came together to celebrate earlier royal events, such as Victoria’s jubilees, in great style.

Still Life and Linocuts @ Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High St, SG7 6AR
May 18 @ 2:30 pm

From Wednesday 18 May from 11 am – 3 pm Wednesdays and Saturdays
Tilly and Nick Wonham are jointly exhibiting in this new exhibition which opens on Wednesday 18 May and can be seen until 27 August. Tilly’s work is abstract still life and landscapes with a strong sense of pattern and decoration, while Nick is a printmaker mainly producing linocuts in limited editions. This is a good opportunity to be among the first to view this exciting new exhibition.

Traditional Fish and Chips Supper @ The Maltings Fish and Chips, High Street, SG7 6BJ
May 18 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Come and join us at a new event and sit down for a two-course meal in the newly refurbished Maltings restaurant on the High Street.

You can eat your traditional cod and chips (veggie alternative available on request) with a soft drink and pudding, whilst you listen to a few sea shanties and a very fishy playlist.

 

Baldock Chef at Home takes over the Arbury @ The Arbury, Whitehorse Street, SG7 6QN
May 18 @ 7:00 pm

Chef at Home will be taking over The Arbury for one night only during the Baldock Festival. They are a local, family-run business with Kish behind the stove. He will be preparing a delicious five-course menu showcasing all that Chef at Home do with a focus on British produce which will include a British cheeseboard.
The Food Trailer
The newest addition to the family, one of the offerings from the newly converted horse trailer will be Indian Street Food so to start you’ll get to enjoy a selection of small bites from the street food menu.
Fish at Home Platter
Kish also runs Fish at Home with the help of his partner Kerry. He started Fish at Home to not only help support dayboat fishermen & their families during lockdown but to also make restaurant-quality fish more accessible to the local community. So to start you’ll be treated to a beautiful seafood platter filled with shellfish, cured fish & smoked fish. A seafood lover’s dream!
Private Catering
A growing part of Chef at Home is the private catering and by far the most requested menus are the bespoke 3-course menus Kish produces for dinner parties tailor-made for each customer. So for mains, you’ll be treated to a dish from his private catering menu using amazing South Devon beef that freely grazes less than 15 miles from Baldock, just north of Buntingford. It’ll be a main course to showcase not only the quality of the beef but also Kish’s skill set in the kitchen that he may not have showcased cooking his takeaway menus previously.
My favourite dessert
For dessert, Kish will prepare his favourite dessert, A warm chocolate fondant. It’s not only his favourite dessert to eat but also to prepare and to plate. It’s the perfect way to finish off a celebratory meal during the festival.
A British cheeseboard
When it comes to cheesemaking, we are a long way behind our European counterparts. Kish is passionate about supporting our ever-growing cheese industry by eating British cheeses where possible. The standard of British cheese has improved drastically over the last 15 years and needs our support more now than ever in order for it to continue to grow. The cheeseboard will be a fun way of discovering British cheeses as you’ll try 6 different cheeses from the mildest to the strongest. If there are any in particular you like, there’ll be an opportunity for you to purchase some to take home on the night.

Please note on this occasion we will not be able to cater for any alternative menu choices, allergies or intolerances.

Baldock Folk Club @ The Orange Tree, Norton Road, SG7 5AW
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Folk Club is proud to present local legends Skimmington Ride for their second festival event. Reb, Paul, Joe and O’Clogger are Skimmington Ride, who embody elements of Irish folk music legends such as The Dubliners, The Pogues and others in-between. From Kelly to MacGowan via Bogle and McColl and more!

Come and join us for our third rumbustious night of Righteous Ruaille Buaille!  (Cheerful Mayhem ! )

  • It’s rough music!
  • It’s ‘a pirate’s pxxx-up!’
  • It’s ‘different gravy!’
  • It’s ‘folk music but shouty!’

The boys have played all over the area and draw enthusiastic support wherever they go!

Phone John at The Orange Tree on 01462 892341 to book places as we are limited to 40 or so and this night will be a right rip roarer!

May
19
Thu
Buntingford Brewery Tour & Tasting @ Meet at Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Dr, SG7 6DH
May 19 all-day

2 Sessions Available to book onto:

  • 1st Session – Meet at 6.45pm for set off at 7pm, returning at 8.30pm
  • 2nd Session – Meet at 7.45pm for set off at 8pm, returning at 9.30pm

This experience includes a guided tour around Buntingford Brewery, half a pint of each of the current six ales on offer, and a branded pint glass! With transport organised and included in the cost by Baldock Festival, you will arrive at the brewhouse for an introduction into the processes and workings of a larger scale Micro Brewery.
Limited availability for each session!

Cheese and Wine Night @ The White Lion, High Street, SG7 6BJ
May 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Buy any bottle of wine and get a free cheeseboard

Baldock Community Orchestra – Spring Festival Concert @ United Reformed Church, Whitehorse Street, SG7 6QQ
May 19 @ 7:30 pm


This year’s Spring Festival Concert will be a selection of popular and classical music with a touch of spring.
We’re a friendly group of local amateur musicians. Our musical abilities vary, but we all love playing in an orchestra together. We rehearse Thursday 8-9:30pm at Letchworth Free Church and we’d be delighted for you to join us at our next rehearsal! Recently we welcomed someone who had not played for 40 years. Please do not hesitate to contact us if are considering playing again.
All ages are welcome, for more info check out website: baldockorchestra.weebly.com or Facebook page:facebook.com/BaldockOrchestra1

May
20
Fri
Baldock Country Market @ The Victoria, Sun Street, SG7 6QA
May 20 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Baldock Country Market where we make it ourselves, grow it ourselves or bake it ourselves will be back at the Victoria Public House in Sun Street on Fridays. We look forward to seeing you all at 9.00am. Don’t forget we also have free-range eggs and apple juice and lots of fresh vegetables as well as many crafted items. The coffee bar will be open serving teas and coffees including lattes and cappuccinos.

Murder At Lovelace Manor @ St Mary's School, St Mary’s Way, SG7 6HY
May 20 @ 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Doors open at 6.30 pm for a 7 pm start.

You are invited to a charity evening held at the home of Lord and Lady Lovelace, raising money for “the Lovelace Charity for Destitute Boys”.  The eccentric Lord has decided to hold a dinner but the evening takes a turn for the worse when a horrific murder is committed!  Through deduction and the discovery of evidence, dirty secrets and sordid lies are brought to the fore and we need your help to solve this most devious of murders.  Our professional actors will ensure you have an amazing evening!  All profits from ticket sales will go to Baldock 2nd Scouts who are looking to revamp their camping equipment ready for this summer’s outdoor activities.
Sponsored by Leysbrook – The Community Property Experts.

A welcome drink, dinner and dessert will be provided and is included in the price of your ticket.  Over 18s only!

Tasting of the new Brewpoint beer range @ Old White Horse, Station Rd, Baldock, SG7 5BS
May 20 @ 7:00 pm

Come and sample six beers from the new Brewpoint range accompanied by classic Italian nibbles.  We will introduce each drink to 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!

Film @ BAHC ‘The Father’ @ Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High St, SG7 6AR
May 20 @ 7:30 pm

Doors and bar open at 7.00pm.
This award-winning film stars Anthony Hopkins playing a man struggling with dementia – with Olivia Colman as his daughter.
Watch the film in the relaxed atmosphere of the Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre, where the bar is open throughout and members of the audience are welcome to stay on afterwards to discuss the film or make suggestions for further showings.

May
21
Sat
Cocktail Masterclass @ Chez Burton, High Street, SG7 6BJ
May 21 all-day

Chez Burton brings an opportunity to learn how to make 3 of their fantastic cocktails with the top mixologist Richard!

During your session you will be provided with everything you need to recreate some of Chez Burton’s infamous cocktails, you will also be entertained with some fun and games along the way, and small plates and nibbles. All of this is included in the ticket price!

Sessions must be pre-booked with Chez Burton. Make sure to book yours early as spaces are very limited!

There will also be an opportunity to pre-order cocktail kits to take home with you!

Christian Aid Big Breakfast @ St. Mary's Church Hall, St Mary’s Churchyard, Hitchin Street, SG7 5AE
May 21 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

A Big Breakfast in support of Christian Aid (Christian Aid week is 15-21 May 2022).

Choose from a traditional cooked breakfast or continental pastries, accompanied by tea, coffee or fruit juices. A Prosecco pay bar is available.

Last orders at 10.15am. Tickets available on the the door subject Subject to space and food.

Football Fun Morning: An Introduction to football for 4-7yr olds @ The Buffs Club, Clothall Rd, SG7 6PE
May 21 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

A new event for the festival, bring your 4-7yr olds along to a Football Fun Morning: an introduction to football, in association with Baldock Town youth football club. All coaches are FA approved, DBS safeguard qualified. Come along and have some fun. Who knows maybe Baldock has a future Pele or Marcus Rashford! (P.S. apparently, you can’t compare Pele and Rashford but you know what we mean!) Trainers required. Refreshments will be available from the Buffs Club.

Baldock and Clothall WI Tea and Coffee Morning @ United Reformed Church, Whitehorse Street, SG7 6QQ
May 21 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Baldock and Clothall WI will be holding a drop in Tea and Coffee Morning.  Pop in for some homemade cake or scones etc. and a nice cuppa.

Hope to see you there

Baldock Museum – Royal Jubilee @ Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High St, SG7 6AR
May 21 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

(Also open Wednesday 18 May & Saturday 21 May 11am-3pm and each Wednesday and Saturday thereafter)

Royal Jubilee, this new display to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee looks back at Baldock’s extensive celebrations to mark the Queen’s coronation in June 1953, amongst which, the Soap-Box Derby even attracted national interest. The display also shows how the town came together to celebrate earlier royal events, such as Victoria’s jubilees, in great style.

Apple Cottage Cider Open Day @ Radwell, collect map with Tickets
May 21 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

A chance to get some exercise with a leisurely walk to Radwell and visit Apple Cottage Cider. Approximately two 2 miles from Baldock via the Letchworth Greenway.
Strictly walking only, no cars are allowed past the lake as there is no parking available.

 

You will be able to walk around and look at the equipment and buy a cider from the fully-licensed bar, sausages from the BBQ or an ice cream. Well-behaved dogs and children are welcome. Maps will be added to the website nearer the event.

Disabled facilities are limited on-site so please contact: Team@applecottagecider.co.uk in advance.

You will also be able to order boxes of Apple Juice and Cider at the event, for free delivery to Baldock at a later date to save you carrying home.
If you don’t fancy the walk home after or fancy making a weekend of it: camping, glamping and BnBs are available at Radwell Mill: https://www.radwellmill.com.
Ticket includes a free half pint of cider or apple juice on arrival.

 

Map to Apple Cottage: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1902955

 

Football Match: Baldock Football Coaches vs Baldock Cricket Coaches @ The Buffs Club, Clothall Rd, SG7 6PE
May 21 @ 2:00 pm

Come and watch the local friendly derby game of football between the BCC v BTYFC coaches . Kick off  will be at 2pm. Refreshments available from the Buffs. If your child plays for BTYFC or BCC youth cricket please get them along to cheer and support their coaches.

Still Life and Linocuts @ Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High St, SG7 6AR
May 21 @ 2:30 pm

From Wednesday 18 May from 11 am – 3 pm Wednesdays and Saturdays
Tilly and Nick Wonham are jointly exhibiting in this new exhibition which opens on Wednesday 18 May and can be seen until 27 August. Tilly’s work is abstract still life and landscapes with a strong sense of pattern and decoration, while Nick is a printmaker mainly producing linocuts in limited editions. This is a good opportunity to be among the first to view this exciting new exhibition.

Sublime Schubert Soirée with the ‘Trout’ Quintet @ St. Mary's Church, Hitchin Street, SG7 5AE
May 21 @ 7:30 pm

Schubert’s Piano Quintet nicknamed the ‘Trout’, with its unusual instrumentation of piano, violin, viola, cello and bass, holds a special place in the repertoire for its sublime intensity and astonishing beauty. Named by many music lovers and professionals as a favourite piece of chamber music.

In aid of Revivel, trying to save the upper River Ivel, a rare chalk stream near Baldock. RevIvel would love to see brown trout in the river again! www.Revivel.org
Montagnana Ensemble including:

  • Emma Crossley Violin
  • Georgina Payne Viola
  • Catherine Wilmers Cello
  • Jill Morton Piano
  • Melisande Lochak Bass

The ticket includes canapés and there will be a pay-bar

School Disco @ The Orange Tree, Norton Road, SG7 5AW
May 21 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Time to dig out that old School Tie and head down to The Orange Tree for a night of classic songs to take you back to your school years.

Raffle with typically 80s prizes, so bring your tuck shop money – funds raised to go to the Herts & Essex Air Ambulance. Fancy Dress mandatory, otherwise detention will be given. Sixth-Formers and older only.

The management of The Orange Tree ask that you please don’t hang around in Big Park drinking 20/20 and White Lightning before you arrive, or they will tell your parents.

May
22
Sun
Hen and Chickens Live Music: Beans and Biscuits @ The Hen & Chickens, South Rd, SG7 6BZ
May 22 @ 4:00 pm

As part of its regular Sunday Live Music sessions, The Hen and Chickens will be hosting Beans and Biscuits, a fun Western Swing outfit from rural Hertfordshire. These guys play both kinds of music in their own inimitable fun style. Fronted by Martin (Fatman) Spencer (Teenbeats; The Runs; The Brains Brothers; Sheriffs of Hong Kong; The Big Ears Band) you will be entertained and amused by their personal take on the great British and American songbooks.

Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea @ St. Marys Church Hall, St Mary’s Churchyard, Hitchin Street, SG7 5AE
May 22 @ 4:00 pm

Come and experience a 1950’s tea whilst singing along to some traditional patriotic songs, as we celebrate 70 years of the reign of our monarch, Her Majesty the Queen.
A pay bar serving beer and Prosecco will be available. Bring your Union Jacks and come dressed appropriately for the period if you would like to.

May
27
Fri
Hen and Chickens Live Music: Open Mic Night @ The Hen & Chickens, South Rd, SG7 6BZ
May 27 @ 7:30 pm

Come and join us at The Hen and Chickens for the last Friday of the month Open Mic Night on Friday 27th May.
For more details keep an eye on our Facebook Page – facebook.com/TalithaTallett

Jun
5
Sun
After the Festival: Jubilee Baldock Big Lunch – Sunday 5th June @ Baldock High St, SG7 6BG
Jun 5 @ 12:00 pm

This year’s Baldock Big Lunch will be really special!  To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we are holding a Big Lunch with a Royal Theme.  All your favourites will be there – fair rides for the children, live music and face painting, as well as a fantastic selection of different menus to choose from, all lovingly prepared by local suppliers.

The Baldock Events Forum is committed to making this year’s Jubilee Big Lunch the best ever and we look forward to welcoming the wonderful people of Baldock to dine ‘al fresco’ and enjoy an afternoon of community togetherness in the sunshine. Let’s make this year’s Big Lunch really special!