Calendar

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
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.

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.

May
21
Thu
2020
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

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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
22
Fri
2020
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.

May
23
Sat
2020
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.

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.

Events in Baldock Community Centre @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Small Hall – The Animal Experience (a small licensed zoo) will be attending with a wide variety of exotic animals, many of which are unwanted pets and rescue animals. Expect to see and meet their marvellous meekats; snakes including a python and milkshake, lizards including a bearded dragon, blue tongue skink and mini beasts.  The animal keepers will be on hand to answer your questions and offer you the opportunity to touch or hold many of their animals.

Large Hall – Refreshments, tea and coffee will be available in the coffee bar from 9.00am to 5.00pm. You will also be able to buy jacket potatoes, ploughman’s lunches at lunchtime from Tracey’s Kitchen. The bar will also be open.

Large Hall – Baldock Country Markets a huge range of home-made savouries, pastries, jams and preserves, along with gifts and other wonderfully crafted items for you to buy.

The History of Baldock Fair @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This new display catalogues the history of the town’s 821 year old charter fair. There will also be albums of old photographs to look through and second-hand history books to buy.

Morris Day of Dance @ Baldock High Street, SG7 6AX
May 23 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

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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.

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Solar Viewing @ The White Lion Baldock High Street
May 23 @ 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 will burn and start fires! It’s dangerous!

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

Come along between 12:00 and 16:00 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!

3rd Annual Beer Festival @ The Cock Pub @ The Cock Baldock, High St, Baldock SG7 6BG, UK
May 23 @ 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.

Summer Ball @ The George
May 23 @ 7:30 pm
Let’s send off the Baldock Festival in style with a fabulous black tie Summer Ball. With a red carpet arrival, Prosecco and Canapé reception and Edwardian Buffet you can dance all night long to your favourite songs! What a great way to end the town celebrations!
Carriages @ 12am
School Disco @ The Orange Tree, Norton Road, Baldock, SG7 5AW
May 23 @ 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
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.

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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 Fair @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 24 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This new display catalogues the history of the town’s 821 year old charter fair. There will also be albums of old photographs to look through and second-hand history books to buy.

Open Gardens @ Gardens in and around Baldock, SG7 6AX
May 24 @ 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. Details of the gardens open and a map will be provided when you buy your ticket. A mini bus will operate to and from Templars to gardens on a requested basis. Take refreshments in the courtyard at Templars (between 2.00pm and 4.00pm) where you can listen to the Bygrave Handbell Ringers. All proceeds from this event will go to the charitable causes that Rotary is supporting throughout the year.

3rd Annual Beer Festival @ The Cock Pub @ The Cock Baldock
May 24 @ 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.