Calendar

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

Meet at the corner of Limkiln Lane & South Road. 1:45pm for a 2:00pm 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 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.

All proceeds will be donated to Clothall Church Restoration Appeal.

This walk also takes place on Sunday 12 May at 2.15pm.

May
5
Sun
2019
Rubbish or Treasure? @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 5 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Program Text: 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.

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
10
Fri
2019
Baldock’s Voices III @ 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
10
Sun
2020
Baldock Museum @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Street Names Past and Present @ Meet outside Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 10 @ 2:15 pm

Meet outside Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, 2.15pm for 2.30pm 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. The walk will last about an hour and a half. This is a repeat of Jane’s walk from last year, but as some people were not able to get tickets then she has decided to repeat it this year.

May
11
Mon
2020
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 11 @ 7:00 pm

The Baldock Festival committee is delighted and proud to host, once again, the curators from Bletchley Park Trust who will delivery an honest and entertaining talk covering the history of Bletchley Park’s Operations during World War II. A new talk for this year with the highlight of the evening remaining the opportunity to see, experience and touch a real, working, Enigma machine – as used by Benedict Cumberbatch from ‘The Imitation Game’. A truly memorable evening for all who attend.
Refreshments will be available at the Arts and Heritage Centre

More Info
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.

May
13
Wed
2020
Baldock Museum @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 13 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Open Evening in the Tower @ St. Marys Church, Hitchin Street, SG7 5AE
May 13 @ 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. Tickets in Advance only

May
16
Sat
2020
St. Marys Church Baldock – Tower Trips @ St. Marys Church, Hitchin Street, SG7 5AE
May 16 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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

St. Marys Church Baldock – Free Church Tours @ St. Marys Church, Hitchin Street, SG7 5AE
May 16 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Short tours of the church, every hour on the hour. Come and find out more about our beautiful building and the life of the church today.

Refreshments available.

Booking not required. Just turn up. No charge but donations welcome.

May
17
Sun
2020
Baldock Museum @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
May
18
Mon
2020
Celtic North Herts? Some puzzling place names from the territorium of Roman Baldock @ Baldock Arts and Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street SG7 6AR
May 18 @ 7:45 pm

Local archaeologist Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews returns to the Festival with his ever-popular talk on some aspect of local history; this year it has the intriguing title of ‘Celtic North Herts? Some puzzling place names from the territorium of Roman Baldock’.

May
20
Wed
2020
Baldock Museum @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
May
21
Thu
2020
That Man Again @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 21 @ 8:00 pm

TEXT TO BE CONFIRMED
A talk by Bill Hamilton who was a BBC war correspondent. He was also the youngest professional football referee.

All proceeds to the Community Mini Bus

May
23
Sat
2020
Baldock Museum – New Exhibition @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Baldock Street Fair @ Baldock High Street, SG7 6AX
May 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

Baldock Street Fair is one of the must attend days in the Calendar, with stalls and free shows down the high street and around town.

Baldock High Street

Fifty colourful craft and local charity stalls will line the High Street, along with the following highlights in the performance area:-

‘Tricky Micky’ is back again with five 30-minute performances which will include a Punch and Judy show.

Try Circus Skills – Learn to juggle, hula hoop, walk on stilts, or ride a unicycle, with expert advice and learning tips from Try Circus Skills, for children and adults.

Fairground rides – James Harris will again be bringing his fairground rides to delight the children.

Sandy Ukelle –Playing a lot of different styles of music and ranging from the 50’s 60’s 70’s and some reasonably modern stuff.  You should be able to sing a long.

Zumba Display in the arena.

Morris Dancing at various places around the High Street and pubs.

May
24
Sun
2020
Street Names Past and Present @ Meet outside Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 24 @ 9:45 am

Meet 9:45am for a 10:00am start. Also on May 10th at different times. See May 10 for details of this walk.

More Info

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. The walk will last about an hour and a half. This is a repeat of Jane’s walk from last year, but as some people were not able to get tickets then she has decided to repeat it this year.

This walk also takes place on May 10: please see details for times.

Baldock Museum – New Exhibition @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 24 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
May
29
Fri
2020
Capturing History with a Simple Mobile Phone @ Baldock Arts and Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street SG7 6AR
May 29 @ 2:30 pm

Peter Freeman will be demonstrating just what an incredible tool the basic mobile phone is for capturing images. With a little practice anyone can use one and enhance the results with a simple app, which is absolutely free, safe and won’t damage the original picture.

During the talk he will illustrate many aspects of mobile phone photography, including landscapes and composition, people and the odd and off-beat. The results might surprise you!

Peter is a member of Letchworth Garden City Camera Club and the Royal Photographic and British Stereoscopic Societies. After retirement he taught Digital Photography as a part-time lecturer at North Herts College.