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.


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

    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!

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.

An evening of Folksong and ‘Folk-cello’ @ Radwell Village Hall SG7 5EW
May 18 @ 7:00 pm


  • Stephen Beer lead vocal
  • Gwyn Wooley guitar, keyboard and vocal
  • Catherine Wilmers cello
  • Jill Morton piano

Music to include folksongs arranged by Imogen Holst and Vaughan Williams for cello and piano, (Lovely on the Water, Spurn Point,As I walked over London Bridge) and songs with cello obbligato including Maginot Waltz, The Setting, Perhaps Love.

Tickets include cheese and wine and more, after the concert
Raising money for Radwell Church

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’.

Craft Beer Tasting @ The George
May 19 @ 7:00 pm

Taste a selection of six ⅓ pint measures of craft beer and decide on your favourite to be offered in our lounge bar. This is the perfect opportunity to learn about craft beers as well as have your say to what could be available in The George. All beers will be accompanied with slider buns created by our team of chefs.

Brass Band Concert @ United Reform Church, Whitehorse Street, SG7 6QQ
May 19 @ 7:30 pm

The Stotfold Salvation Army Band will play a medley of tunes and hymns to delight and entertain you.
Refreshments will be served in the interval.

Festival Music Quiz at The Orange Tree @ The Orange Tree, Norton Road, SG7 5AW
May 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Fun music quiz with questions on music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 00’s and 10’s. Play your two jokers on your two favourite decades for extra points.

Contact The Orange Tree on 01462 892341 to book a table. Entry fee split between the prize fund and supporting the Festival.

Not recommended for under 18s.

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.

Baldock Folk Club – Beans & Biscuits/Gor Jus Wrex @ The Orange Tree
May 20 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

A special night in association with Baldock Folk Club, featuring two great local bands. Beans & Biscuits are a Western Swing outfit, that play both types of music – Country AND Western!

Sharing the billing with them will be local favourites Got Jus Wrex who have been performing lively Irish Traditional music for 25 years.

Free entry, donations welcome.

Evening Burn around the Greenway @ Meeting Point: The Orange Tree, Norton Road, Baldock
May 21 @ 7:00 pm

Ability level: Beginners welcome.
Baldock MTB will provide a guided tour of the Greenway showing cyclists the route and ability and time depending, a few variations/additions to the official route. Starting at the Orange Tree, Norton Road, Baldock at 6:30 riders will be given a leisurely guided tour around the Greenway, with opportunities to explore some interesting alternative routes, picking up tips and tricks from experienced cyclists. Riders will finish back at the Orange Tree between 20:00 and 21:00 (dependent upon experience) having covered approx. 15 miles. This event is suitable for all riders aged 13 and over (Children under 16 years must be supervised by a cycling adult). All riders must wear cycling helmets and are responsible for providing their own cycles in good working order. LIGHTS WILL BE NEEDED , depending on finish times and detours taken lights may be required towards the end of the ride (and to get home after being refreshed).

Hybrid, gravel and Mountain bike suitable route – please be aware that some of the route variations may be on uneven and rooted singletrack.

Whisky Tasting @ The Orange Tree, Norton Road, SG7 5AW
May 21 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

7.30pm for 8.00pm start

The annual tasting of 6 rare and unusual whiskies that are not usually available to the public. These will be incredible whiskies and the ticket price reflects this.

Bring your boots, you’ll be walking home too!

Strictly for over 18s only. Attendees are advised to eat before attending and not to drive after the event.

Sponsored by Diageo. Ticket Only Event.

Buffs Innuendo Bingo @ Buffs Club, Clothall Road, Baldock, SG7 6PE
May 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Adult-only Innuendo Bingo!

£10 on the door gets you four games with an additional two flyer rounds at £2.50 per game.

Prizes will vary, full bar, strictly over-18’s.

That Man Again @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 21 @ 8:00 pm

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

Baldock in 1919 @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 22 @ 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

Admission: FREE

Community Lunch @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 22 @ 12:00 pm

Come along and enjoy this Festival Community Lunch; three courses for just £12.00.

There will be a choice of meat, fish or a vegetarian dish. Remember to fill in the form stating your preference when you buy your ticket.

The bar will be open at 12.00noon so that you can enjoy a drink with your meal

3rd Annual Beer Festival @ The Cock Pub @ The Cock Baldock
May 22 @ 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.

Bingo Night @ St Mary’s Church Hall @ St Marys Church Hall
May 22 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Bingo Night @ St Mary's Church Hall @ St Marys Church Hall

Tickets £10 in advance (£12 on the door) which buys you a flyer for each call/game.  Option to buy additional flyers per game as well.  Cash prizes, bar, raffle etc.  There will be Indian snacks (vegetarian and vegan catered for) to purchase and people can pre-order to avoid disappointment – £3 buys you 4 samosas – THEY ARE DELICIOUS!
Ticket prize includes bingo books. Over 18s only.

Mountain Bike Morning Ride @ Meeting point: The Orange Tree, Norton Road, Baldock
May 23 @ 9:00 am

Ability level: A good level of fitness, those looking to improve their off-road ability and to learn some local routes.

Baldock MTB will provide a guided route, tuition and tips and chat to help improve your skills and confidence when mountain biking. Starting at The Orange Tree @ 9am riders will be guided around off-road routes, off the beaten track, being given opportunities to explore some interesting local off-road single tracks and trails, picking up tips and advice from experienced mountain bikers. The distance covered during the session will be approximately 20 miles, riders will finish back at The Orange Tree at approximately 12 noon (dependent on experience and speed).

The event is suitable for riders age 13y and over (children under 16 must be supervised by a cycling adult and capable of the distance).

All riders must wear cycling helmets and are responsible for providing their own cycles in good working order.

It is strongly advised that some food is taken, a water bottle is essential.

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 including  Punch and Judy. Shows starting at 10.30.

Try Circus Skills – Throughout the day you can 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 Ukelele Group – From 1.30 to 2.30pm, playing classic tunes from the 50s 60s and 70s, along with some reasonably modern stuff.

Zumba Display – Maureen Dudley will be doing her usual display in the arena.

Morris Dancing at various places around the High Street and pubs starting from the The White Lion at 10.30.