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May
7
Thu
2020
Festival Scarecrow Competition @ Baldock Town and surrounds
May 7 – May 23 all-day

New for this year, the Festival Scarecrow Completion will see an amazing prize for both the best adult and best child entry.

Your Scarecrow needs to be in view from the road on the front of your property, or through a window.

To enter, you must collect a form from Baldock Community Centre and return it with a photograph of said Scarecrow(s) by Monday the 16th of May (or before). Judging will take place during the following week, the Festival Committee picking the top five in each category. The winner will be chosen by public vote on Street Fair day, from a display of all your photographs on the Festival Committee Stand.

 

May
16
Sat
2020
Christian Aid Big Breakfast @ St. Marys Church Hall, Hitchin Street, SG7 5AE
May 16 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

A Big Breakfast in support of Christian Aid. Choose from a traditional cooked breakfast or continental pastries, accompanied by tea, coffee or fruit juices.

A Prosecco pay bar is available.

Last Entry 10:30am

Baldock Jumble Sale Trail @ Around Baldock
May 16 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Baldock Jumble Sale Trail is back and it’s going to be bigger than ever!
On May 16th, the Baldock Jumble Sale Trail returns, with stalls 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 Community Centre and on the festival website.
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 and to sign up.
Big Baldock Bake Off @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 16 @ 10:00 am

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Baldock Bake-off entry form 2019
Bring your cakes down to Baldock Community Centre at 10am, judging will take place at 12 noon.

Do you make tea-time temptations?

You are invited to take part in the Festival’s cake-making competition!

Sponsored by Days of Ashwell and judged by their own Paul Hollywood, Bakery Manager of Days Clive Draper.

There are two ages of entrants: adult and child up to the age of 13. Each age group has three categories for judging:

    • Cakes that are large or small, decorated or plain
    • Scones
    • Biscuits

You can either take your entry home after judging or leave them to be sold in aid of the Mini-Bus Appeal.

Registration forms can be obtained from Baldock Community Centre up to midday on May 10th.

Happy baking – look forward to seeing you on the day!

Book Fair in Aid of Garden House Hospice @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 16 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Every year. thousands of pre-loved books are donated to this wonderful event.

Our annual Book Fair regularly raises about £800 for Garden House Hospice, so come and pick up some bargains and if you like, donate your own spare books too. to the community centre.

North Road Allotments Open Day @ North Road Allotments, SG7 5BX
May 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Also at Wallington 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

Sewing B’s Bag Workshop @ Sewing B's, Mansfield Rd, SG7 6EB
May 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Try out your sewing skills by making a reversible bag in their Bag-Making Workshop.

Cost includes all materials and each session is limited to 5 people.

Tickets from Sewing B’s only.

St Mary’s Schools Birds or Pray, Fair @ St Marys Junior School
May 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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.

Wallington Road – Allotment Open Day @ Wallington Road Allotments, SG7 6RS
May 16 @ 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

Baldock in 1919 @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 16 @ 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 2-4.00pm

Country Fayre with Birds of Prey and Car boot sale @ St Marys School
May 16 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Country Fayre with Birds of Prey and Car boot sale @ St Marys School

A country fayre will be held at St Mary’s school. There will be two Birds of Prey displays approximately 12noon and 2.30pm.

A pitch at the car boot can be purchased for £12 in advance and this includes access to the Birds of Prey event.

Hedgehogs @ Nightingale Park Wildlife Garden @ Nightingale Park, entrance on Nightingale Way, SG7 6JT.
May 16 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Visit Baldock’s first community garden, where Hettie’s Hogs will be talking about the valuable work they do and how we can all help our much-loved, declining hedgehog population.

For more info, please email nightingalebaldock@hotmail.co.uk

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.

The George Champagne Teas @ The George
May 16 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Indulge in Chef’s freshly baked scones served with jam & clotted cream cream, a selection of tea sandwiches, luxurious cakes and your choice of tea or coffee topped off with a glass of Champagne!
Tickets available from The George, available for the following sessions.
11am – 1pm
1pm – 3pm
3pm – 5pm
5pm – 7pm
7pm – 9pm
Tickets are available without Champagne and for children
Buffs Club Football Fun Day @ The Buffs Football Club
May 16 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The new Buffs Football Club invites kids aged between 5 and 10 years old to come to a charity Football Fun Day at Bakers Close.

Fun and games with qualified football coaches between 12 til 4pm.

Soft drinks and snacks will be available. £1 entry for kids.

Herts Variety Concert @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 16 @ 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 Friday 15th May

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
17
Sun
2020
Baldock Classic Car Show @ Baldock High Street, SG7 6AX
May 17 @ 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 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 teas and coffees in the Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre, 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 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 £3.00 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 2020
  • Prizes have been donated by Baldock Independent Beer Festival and Apple Cottage Cider.

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Refreshments also available from Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall. 10am-4.00pm

All proceeds will go support the running and development of Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre.

Cricket Match @ Avenue Park, West Avenue, SG7 5AY
May 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A nail-biting match will be played between Baldock Cricket Club and the Orange Tree All Stars (plus special guests), with coaching available at the nets if you want to give batting or bowling a try.

Just turn up and play!

Baldock in 1919 @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 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 2-4.00pm

Historical Walk to White Hill @ instructions for meeting venue will be on the tickets.
May 17 @ 2:15 pm

Meet 2.15 for 2.30 pm start: instructions for meeting venue will be on the tickets.
This walk will follow part of the course of the old road to London and nearby, detailing the works relating to the construction of the cutting undertaken by the Turnpike in 1828 and other points of interest. The walk is about 2 miles with a steep hill. Not suitable for young children, buggies or dogs. Allow 2½ hours

PICK n MIX @ The Hen and Chickens @ The Hen & Chickens, South Rd, SG7 6BZ
May 17 @ 4:00 pm

Pick n Mix are a 5 piece party Band and perform classic disco, funk and Pop songs covering 70s, 80s 90s and the odd modern surprise. This is a band you will have to get up and dance to!

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Hymns & Desserts, hosted by Pam Rhodes of BBC Television’s ‘Songs of Praise’ @ St. Marys Church, Hitchin Street, SG7 5AE
May 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

A selection of favourite hymns will be sung from 6pm at St Mary’s Church, under the direction Pam Rhodes of BBC Television’s ‘Songs of Praise’ fame.

The choir and congregation will be accompanied by a visiting organist before a variety of desserts are served.

Ticket price includes a choice of puddings.

Trees around Baldock @ Meet at Avenue Park car park.
May 17 @ 6:45 pm

See also Thursday 14th May 2020.

Meet at Avenue Park car park. 6.45 for 7.00pm
This is a walk and talk around Baldock which will identify some of the less common trees and also selected planting schemes in the Town. The walk will be led by Mick LaRoche: a retired local authority tree officer. Sensible footwear is recommended as not all areas are paved. The walk will last about one and a half hours and finish in the High Street or St Mary’s Churchyard.