Calendar

May
8
Fri
2020
Film @ BAHC @ Baldock Arts and Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street SG7 6AR
May 8 @ 7:30 pm

The films at Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre are shown monthly and the one chosen for showing during the Festival is the popular ‘Downton Abbey’ (PG).

Watch the film in the relaxed atmosphere of the 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.

Doors and bar open at 7.00pm.

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
15
Fri
2020
Baldock in 1919 @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 15 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

This is a display looking at the town in the aftermath of the Great War, the Peace Parade, the returning servicemen etc. Museum open: Fridays and Saturdays 11.00am-3.00pm; Sundays 2-4.00

Admission: FREE

History in the Afternoon: Baldock’s Voices III @ Baldock Arts and Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street SG7 6AR
May 15 @ 2:30 pm

Maud, Ivy and Albert carry on reminiscing about Baldock in years gone by. Based on Baldock Voices and Baldock Scrapbook.

Hartsfield School ‘Daily Mile!’ @ Hartsfield School, Clothall Rd, SG7 6PB
May 15 @ 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm
‘The Hartsfield Daily Mile” come and walk the Hartsfield School’s ‘Daily mile’ track –  experience what our children do everyday here at Hartsfield – A chance to get everyone moving including parents/ carers and grandparents. A fun outdoor event for all ages including prizes for the children. Refreshments will be on sale.
£1 entry per person (under 4’s free)
Buy tickets on the day.
Cocktails Masterclass @ The George, 2 Hitchin St, Baldock SG7 6AL
May 15 @ 7:00 pm

The mixologists at The George will treat you to four mouth-watering cocktails, learn to make your favourite drinks accompanied with a selection of tantalising amuse-bouches. Not to be missed!

Strictly over-18s only.

Festival Fun Quiz @ Baldock Arts and Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street SG7 6AR
May 15 @ 7:00 pm

7.00pm for 7.30pm start
Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre welcomes the ever-popular Festival Fun Quiz with a brand new Quizmistress, for the usual light-hearted quiz for all abilities.

Entry by form only – no entries accepted on the night as this is always a sell-out. Limited to 25 teams only, so get your entries in as soon as possible.

Licensed bar with table service.

Baldock Community Orchestra @ United Reformed Church, Whitehorse Street, SG7 6QQ
May 15 @ 7:30 pm
Music for Stage and Screen – A lovely evening of Music from the acclaimed and much loved local group , the Baldock Community Orchestra. The concert will feature orchestral and solo pieces .

BCO ethos is to promote a wide repertoire of music to as many people as possible. It provides a unique opportunity for young people and anyone wishing to return to playing to play in an Orchestra again. The players come from Baldock and the surrounding area.

Since its formation the Orchestra has been based in Baldock.It rehearses Thursday nights (term time) Please see Facebook for more details.

During its short existence the Orchestra has performed in several Baldock locations, The Heritage centre, Orange Tree pub, St John’s School and tonight’s venue the URC church.

It has supported several Baldock events, playing at the Beer Festival and Christmas Fair. Other concerts have been given in Hinxworth, Letchworth. Christmas time a small ensemble from the Orchestra played at two local residential homes.

Flanders And Swann – as interpreted by Peter Chapman and Mike O’Neill @ St. Marys Church, Hitchin Street, SG7 5AE
May 15 @ 7:30 pm

An Evening With Flanders And Swann – as interpreted by Peter Chapman and Mike O’Neill

Come and enjoy all your old favourites including “The Gnu”, “Transport of Delight”, “The Slow Train” and of course “The Hippoptamus”. Join us for an evening of unashamed nostalgia and fun with plenty of chances to join in. Rosy glow guaranteed!

Online Ticket Sale : https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/fosm

Pay bar and complimentary canapes.

Herts Variety Concert @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 15 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Herts Variety invite you to join them at ‘A Night at the Musicals’ in their 16th year of performing for the Baldock Festival. All their proceeds go to local charities and audiences are invited to sing along.

See also Saturday 16th May

May
16
Sat
2020
Fine Gin Tasting @ Baldock Arts and Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street SG7 6AR
May 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Perfect for any gin-lover, you will be introduced to six unusual, fine gins – all new brands for tasting this year!

Your hosts will guide you through the subtle aromas of the botanicals and the nuances they contribute to the overall taste and flavour.

Not only that, you’ll be shown the perfect serve for each drink to give maximum enjoyment.

There are only 80 tickets available so get them early before they go!

Strictly over-18s only. You are strongly advised not to drive or operate machinery after this event.

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
Festival Wine Tasting @ Baldock Arts and Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street SG7 6AR
May 20 @ 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 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.

Strictly over 18s only.

May
23
Sat
2020
Chance to Dance @ Baldock Arts and Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street SG7 6AR
May 23 @ 10:00 am

Dance & Theatre Taster Workshops with Professional Visiting Artists launching new participatory projects:
10-11.15am: DanceShift – A movement and dance workshop led by Jane Turner of TURNING WORLDS dance company launching new projects in Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire. Accessible to all over 14 years, stretch, swing, move to great music, create, rejuvenate mind and body. Open to all. www.janeturner.net

11.30am-1.00pm: Theatre workshop launching an exciting project led by Luke Dixon and Ella Kent with a team of professional artists and performance makers that will take place at Weston Manor leading to a dawn to dusk performance drawing on Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ on Sunday 21 June. Open to all.

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.