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.


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.

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.

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.

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

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.