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
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

P1120161

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.

10363794_10152624991342400_1521127287_n

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.

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 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.

SO 80’s @ The Hen and Chickens @ The Hen & Chickens, South Rd, SG7 6BZ
May 24 @ 8:00 pm

Playing all the very best of the 80’s. With an amazing vocal range, these guys are great! They perform with a great sense of humour and happily encourage you to get up and dance or even join in with backing vocals.

www.facebook.com/soeightiesduo

May
25
Mon
2020
CORRUPTION @ The Hen and Chickens @ The Hen & Chickens, South Rd, SG7 6BZ
May 25 @ 4:00 pm

Corruption, a 6-piece band covering music from all genres and all eras. We do covers from B52s, Ting Tings, The Who, Blur, ZZ Top, Jam, 10cc, Steely Dan, and pop classics from bands like The Cure, OMD, REM, Michael Jackson, Abba, Chic, and many more! Obviously we named the band after the current state of politics in the western world , but we make no claims or political comment, just seemed appropriate!

The band was formed from the detritus of other bands, namely XL-5, Sharp’s Hooter, and the girls were brought in from Roughage Acoustic Quartet. We have two guitarists, Harry and John, Bob on bass and Moony on drums, as well as Amanda and Emma on vocals and percussion. Harry and Bob handle male vocals.
Overall sound is, well … eclectic I guess, with the pop songs getting a fine rock veneer.

www.facebook.com/corrupting.music

May
28
Thu
2020
North Herts goes to War @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 28 @ 8:00 pm

This illustrated talk, given by Frank Foy, tells of local events in the early days of World War II. This is one in a series of monthly talks organised by the Baldock Museum & Local History Society

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.