12 reasons you should visit Baldock at Christmas
PUBLISHED: 15:08 05 December 2016 | UPDATED: 15:12 05 December 2016
The north Herts market town with its wide high street, historic buildings and independent traders comes into its own at Christmas. Damion Roberts shares his 12 festive tips for Baldock
Carols around the tree
Give those vocal chords a good workout with a community sing-a-long in on Monday, December 19. Residents and visitors will gather around the Christmas tree on the High Street for the annual Carols Around the Tree to welcome in the festive season. The festivities are set to start at 7pm. See more Christmas carol concerts in Hertfordshire.
Join the club
Enjoy a glass of wine and a slice, or two, of cheese at the Baldock Horticultural Society meeting on December 7. It will be held at Brandles School at 7.45pm. The day after, at Baldock Community Centre, Baldock and Clothall Women’s Institute will hold its Christmas Extravaganza with visitors very welcome. Entry is £3.
Baldock Christmas Market takes place on Saturday, December 3 between 10am-4pm. There will be gift stalls, food, craft stalls, children’s craft activities and archaeology finds on exhibit at the Arts and Heritage Centre in Old Town Hall. At the same time, Baldock Community Centre, on Simpson Drive, will host a variety of festive food and drink stalls. See more Christmas markets around Hertfordshire.
A touch of drama
A tale ‘loosely based’ on Snow White will be performed by Baldock Drama Group for this year’s pantomime. Snow White? Not Quite! promises to have a local feel. Performances take place on Friday and Saturday, November 18-19 at Baldock Arts and Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street. Tickets are £7.
Christmas trees decorated by residents, schools and organisations in all manner of styles will turn St Mary’s church and hall into a magical woodland on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4. Make a beeline for the home-made cake and biscuit stall too, served all morning and afternoon.
A bit of variety
Rehearsals have been long under way for the Herts Variety Christmas Show. It promises Christmas songs, country tunes and a little bit of skiffle (well, why not?). This year’s event takes place on Friday and Saturday, December 2-3, at Baldock Community Centre. Tickets are £5 (concessions £3.50) from the community centre.
Fancy a tasty tipple this Christmas? Then Apple Cottage Cider could be just the thing. This family-run business in Pinnocks Lane creates award-winning drinks (cider, perry and juice) from local apples and is stocking a special mulled cider this Christmas in five-, 10- and 20-litre boxes – take home, fill your glass, and warm in the microwave. Visit applecottagecider.co.uk for more details.
Chapman’s Butchers has been in Baldock for more than 75 years. Now based at 5 High Street, Chapman’s offers top-end meat perfect for the Christmas period. The quality of the produce is evidenced by the queue of people waiting to collect their goods in the lead-up to the big day. And they are very nice chaps too.
Spruce up those centrepieces
Stuck for decoration ideas this Christmas? Then find inspiration at a floral tablepiece workshop hosted by a professional florist. This year’s event takes place on Thursday, December 15 from 10am at Baldock Community Centre. Call Helen at Verdila on 07790 128960 for details.
Afternoon tea & a tree
Christmas isn’t quite right without a real tree. Tapps Garden Centre has hundreds on offer as well as decorations. After you’ve chosen (staff are happy to advise), take a well-earned break in the much-lauded tearoom with views of the Hertfordshire countryside.
Baldock has some stand-out shops in which to find special Christmas presents. There is fine art at Gallery 1066 in Willow Mews off Hitchin Street, fabulous timepieces at Howard’s Antique Clocks in Whitehorse Street and chic home accessories at Staffy B on the High Street, to name just three.
Christmas cheer & beer
If a beer in a characterful setting with a real fire is what you hanker for to dispel those winter chills, then Baldock has plenty of historic pubs to choose from. The White Lion, the Old White Horse, The Cock, The Orange Tree and George IV are just a few situated on or just off the town’s main thoroughfare. All are popular and friendly. See more cosy pubs in Hertfordshire that are perfect in the run up to Christmas.