The long-awaited summer bank holiday weekend is finally here! Whether you are going away or staying in Hertfordshire, make sure you use this time to bond with friends and family, recharge your batteries and participate in some exciting activities, because the next Bank Holiday isn’t until December.
If you are not going away this weekend, Hertfordshire has many events, which will keep you occupied between Saturday and Monday (August 27-29). From a beer festival to an open day at the farm, all of you will find something for yourself.
We’ve picked a few events across Hertfordshire that are taking place this weekend to help you decide how to spend your time. Whether you are in Stevenage, Watford, Hitchin, Potters Bar or Hemel Hempstead, there is plenty to do this weekend. Take a look at the 19 events below:
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Hitchin August Bank Holiday Weekend Festival
Hitchin August Bank Holiday Weekend Festival returns to the town. Hitchin has prepared delicious traditional food, singing and dancing events. Come and join others in park where there will be rides, parades and festival exhibitions and more across the town centre.
When: Friday, August 26 to Monday, August 29
Location: Brand Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1JE
Harpenden Beer Festival
Leave your car at home if you want to participate in this beer festival. This is an amazing opportunity to learn more about local beer and breweries. On Saturday and Sunday (August 27 and 28) you can try out drinks you have never tried before. Entry to the festival is £5.
Location: Harpenden Rugby Club
BushFest event starts on Saturday and ends on Sunday. This music festival is organised to pay tribute to some world music icons, like Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Pink and Whitney Houston. During the festival, attendees can enjoy a firework show by the end of this weekend.
Besides live music, there are going to be food and craft stalls. Tickets are still available here and there are different options. You can choose from general admission tickets to VIP packages. .
Location: Metropolitan on Aldenham Road, Bushey
Goatfest Live Music Festival returns to the Hertfordshire countryside. There is plenty of time to enjoy live performances, street food and great vibes.
Among the music acts set to appear over the weekend are the London Rock Collective, The Funk & Disco Orchestra and Veteran singer Tony Christie. Visitors can use a camping side during the festival or use a VIP Area with premier drinks bar and a raised viewing area of main stages.
When: Friday, August 26 to Sunday, August 28
Location: Codicote Hitchin, Hertfordshire
Benington Chilli Festival
Are you a red-hot foodie? Turn up to this Benington Chilli Festival event which will last three days.
The nation’s best-known independent chilli traders will be selling everything with chillies – from chutneys, sauces and pickles, to seeds, cheese and …. chocolate. You can also buy your own chilli plants and try a wide range of refreshments.
Families can take part in a unique chilli-eating competition between 10am to 5pm each day.
When: Saturday, August 27 to Monday, August 29
Location: Benington Lordship, Stevenage
Classic Motor Show
The Classic Motor Show will be held in the grounds of Knebworth House. It will be taking place for two days and visitors can have a look at a static display and enjoy parades and the hosting arena.
You can purchase the tickets at the Knebworth website.
When: Sunday, August 28 to Monday, August 29
St Ippolyts Church Flower Festival
Every nook and cranny will be filled with flower arrangements of all shapes and sizes each representing a pub name. Come for an afternoon wander, get a cup of tea and a slice of cake.
Children can enter for free and adults just for £4. The event opens up at 11am on Saturday and every day it lasts till 5pm.
When: Saturday, August 27 to Monday, August 29
Location: St Ippolyts Church, Hitchin
Watford Beer Festival
Another Beer Festival in Hertfordshire. This one started on Thursday, August 25 and the last day will be Saturday, August 27. This is the 26th Watford Beer Festival and take place at Halsey Hall in Watford, since the festival’s original venue is no longer available.
There will be over 40 beers, many from local breweries, and a selection of ciders available over the three days and food will be available for all sessions.
Location: Halsey Hall, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, WD18 0JE
Kids Summer Disco
Not only adults can attend parties this weekend because children in Hitchin can join the ‘Kids Summer Disco’ this Saturday. The party will take place at Hitchin Town Hall and will start at 3pm.
The disco is suitable for all children under 12’s and the entrance is just £5, but whoever is under 1 year, can enter for free. Children are welcome to wear fancy costumes.
Location: Town Hall, Hitchin
Watfords Summer Family Alldayer
This is a free music event with some free jerk chicken and DJs playing hits in all Genres. The festival starts this Saturday at 3pm and it will finish at midnight. Some of the DJs who will play are DJ Washington, Lukey P and Dee Double.
Location: The Prince George 151 Saint Albans Road, Watford WD24 5BB
Every fan of electronic music should attend this 10th-year raving celebration. Eastern Electrics is now based at the Lee Valley Showground, next to Lee Valley White Water Centre and across the county border in neighbouring Waltham Abbey, where there will be four stages of underground dance music.
Find out more about the festival here.
Bank Holiday Music Night
Join the free community music night this coming Bank Holiday Weekend. The Music Night will take place by Potters House Watford Church and it will kick off at 7pm.
You just need to register and that’s it. No fees, just come and enjoy Rap, RnB and other popular music covers.
La Fiesta Carnival
Have you thought about visiting a carnival? La Fiesta Carnival will be held at Colesdale Farm this Saturday. There are three stages, food vendors with veggie options and a VIP area.
Gates open from 1pm and the last entry is at 6pm. There is free parking at the side. You can purchase tickets online. The prices start at £23.40
Location: Northaw Rd W, Northaw, Potters Bar EN6 4QZ, UK.
FESTIVAL WARM-UP – Watford all-day pub trail
Prepare for an event which starts at 12pm on Saturday. The ‘Festival Warm-Up’ will start at the Irish Pub, O’Neill’s Watford.
During the event you can try beers and experience some amazing food. A warm-up pub trail will lead through a few pubs and will finish up at the Watford Beer Festival which is running over that weekend.
It is a great opportunity to see pubs you have never visited before. A similar event will be held in other towns of Hertfordshire. Starting from Hatfield, St Albans to Ware. For more information click here.
Bank Holiday Summer Jam & Family Fun
This Sunday at Blackwell’s Chipperfield families can enjoy a whole day of activities, street food and special guest performances. All children under 12 go for free. During the festival, attendees can admire an electronic music act from Manchester, Sweet Female Attitude.
Location: Blackwell’s Chipperfield Ltd, Chipperfield
Time: 2pm – 7pm
Summer Open Day – Cassiobury farm
Cassiobury Farm and Fishery welcomes everyone to this year’s Summer Open Day. This Sunday (August 28) come and explore the rare breed farm. Some of the animals you can see are Steppe Cows, Soay Sheep, Gloucester Old Spot Pigs, Pygmy Goats, Trekking Llamas & Alpacas, Reindeer, Miniature Horses & Donkeys, Turkeys and Pheasant.
Between 10am and 5pm your children can enjoy a bouncy castle, face paintings, fishing, mini tractor rides and more.
More information here. The only to keep in mind is that an open day will take place no matter of whether conditions, thus the tickets are non-refundable.
Musical Mystery Tour
Musical Mystery Tour 2022 is coming to Hertford. It will be held between 11am and midnight at different locations.
A variety of performances will keep you entertained during the day. From reggae, folk and funk, to punk, jazz and rock music across municipal buildings.
There are 35 venues across Hertford that’ll feature hundreds of individual musicians, vocalists and DJs performing at venues around the county town – pubs, clubs, shops, restaurants, the library, the museum and public spaces.
There are over 220 performance slots booked by more than 150 acts To check all the locations and line-ups, visit the website.
Cathedral concert St Albans
A free organ recital will be held in the Cathedral, St Albans on Bank Holiday Monday. It will start at 1pm and the performance will be given by William Whitehead, who is a Concert Organist and Associate Organist of Lincoln’s Inn. The recital will last around 50 minutes and is free to attend.
The location is in your favour if you want to go for a walk after the recital or you can wander around the main square and pop into restaurants for a late lunch.
Ashwell Show 2022
Ashwell Show returns after two years of absence due to the pandemic. It is coming back with some outstanding line-up for its 100-year celebrations. The show will take place on its usual August Bank Holiday Monday.
A BMX stunt display team is coming back to surprise the crowds. The horse show comes back with skilled riders and stunning horses to look at.
There is also a dog show happening with a chance to participate in a competition. For children, families can take their little ones for tractor rides, face painting and scouts assault courses.
Also, the event has in its offer a vintage car display, tractor and the birds of prey demonstration. Adults can visit a prosecco bar or a beer tent, as well as try some global cuisine.
Entry prices: adults £10, concessions and under 18s £5, under 5s free, family ticket £25.
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