What's on in Hertfordshire in July
PUBLISHED: 09:59 02 July 2019 | UPDATED: 12:39 02 July 2019
Folk by the Oak, a highlight of the season at Hatfield House
If you're looking for things to do in Hertfordshire this month, we have gathered lots of events for July 2019
- Explosive science
July 4, Letchworth
Hold on tight as Ministry of Science Live explodes on stage with a bang as the madcap presenters take a fresh look at inventors and engineers. From liquid nitrogen frozen flowers to hydrogen bottle rockets and the discovery of methane to the invention of the battery, inventions that have changed our world are explored.
They even build a hovercraft on stage. It's a great way to fire kids' imaginations, and perhaps create inventors of the future.
Broadway Theatre, Letchworth, £14
July 5-7, Hitchin
If you found yourself joining in with The Lonely Goatherd in the Sound of Music, you may just love this class at Benslow Music in Hitchin. The art of Alpine yodelling is taught by Swiss experts from the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, no less. Yodelling was traditionally used by Swiss herdsmen to communicate in the mountains. For this course goat ownership is not required.
From £205 per person
- Fit fest
July 5-8, Radlett
Does your fitness plan need a bit of a kick start? If so, there's tonnes of inspiration at the county's first fitness festival. The three-day Herts Fit Fest at Springfield Farm, Radlett is packed with more than 40 sessions including Nordic walking, pilates and trampolining, or strike a pose on an aerial hoop. There are great places to eat including vegetarian and vegan options; health and fitness talks on nutrition, mindfulness and unlocking your potential and, for those who like to work hard/play hard, there's an evening bar with DJ.
Day tickets from £44.99
- Good folk
July 6, Kimpton
Kimpton Folk Festival attracts some of the UK's top folk artists. Acts this year include Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, Melrose Quartet, Glimore and Roberts, Jess and Richard Arrowsmith, Smith and Brewer Band and Edgelarks, with some events free. You can join in too - bring an instrument and join in with a folk tune, while there are workshops if you fancy playing the penny whistle or spoons or trying Ceilidh dancing. Family activities include wood crafts, games and storytelling. Or just enjoy the street food and craft ales.
- Best of British
July 6, Ayot Green
The Ayot Horticultural Society Annual Show features a large marquee filled with flowers, plants and vegetables. But it's much more than that. There are beautiful bakes, perfect preserves and creative crafts, afternoon tea and Pimm's, live music, tug of war and a dog show. Kids can bounce off some energy on the inflatable castle and say hello to the cute farm animals. A quintessential British afternoon out for all the family.
- Physic garden
July 6-7, 20-21, Watford
Want to find out about the healing power of herbs? Victoria Kearns and Pieter Meiring are passionate about keeping herbal medicine alive and will be opening up their garden and giving talks. The plot has an impressive display of 70 medicinal herbs and is divided by body system.
The Kearns and Meiring Physic Garden at 89 Mildred Avenue, Watford will open as part of the charitable National Garden Scheme.
- Floating market
July 13-14, Watford
Want to go shopping with a difference? Then head to the water. The Roving Canal Traders Association is holding a floating market on the Grand Union canal in lovely Cassiobury Park, Watford. Boats will be selling crafts and other unique items. Find the market at Iron Bridge Lock.
- Proms & folk
July 13 and 14
Grab champers and hampers for a big weekend of entertainment in the grounds of Hatfield House. On the Saturday, Battle Proms brings its mix of military spectacle - from cavalry display to a Spitfire flypast and the Red Devils - and music, including a Last Night of the Proms celebration from a 60-piece orchestra with fireworks and cannon fire.
The following day, the site becomes home to some of the best British and international folk music at Folk by the Oak. Picnic while listening to the likes of Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, The Staves and Elephant Sessions. Youngsters can try circus skills and instrument sessions.
Tickets to Battle Proms are from £39.95, Folk by the Oak tickets from £34.50
- Vintage at the Mill
July 14, Hatfield
Mill Green Museum and Mill celebrates all things retro at its Classic Car and Vintage Day. Admire the gorgeous cars and enjoy live music from Jeep Jump Jive and Lianna Haynes. You can learn the Lindy Hop as Jive Swing will be holding demonstrations of the swing dance popular in the 1930s and 40s. There are games and activities for all the family, vintage style refreshments and Pimm's tent. Visitors are encouraged to dress up and the organisers say they are looking forward to seeing what clothes come out of the attic.
£5 per adult
- Todd in the Hole festival
July 19-21, Todds Green nr Stevenage
Todd in the Hole is a boutique festival that delivers a bit of English eccentricity in the countryside. You won't find big names but local talent and great cover bands including The Upbeat Beatles, Absolute Bowie and Wonders of Fleetwood Mac. The Great British Elvis-off returns, and new for this year is a designated family area hosted by Aiden O'Neill, Stevenage panto's favourite sidekick, with children's theatre and activities. On Sunday, see the wall of death, dare devil Dougie Lampkin and vintage motorcycles. There's a feast of food on offer and posh camping too. Tickets from £15
- The Great British Food Festival
July 20-21, Knebworth
With a recipe for a fun, foodie, family day out, The Great British Food Festival at Knebworth House offers it on a plate. There's an artisan market selling everything from chocolate to chilli sauces, while chefs like Great British Bake Off star Howard Middleton and barbecue expert Ben Bartlett will help you polish up your culinary skills. There are talks from producers, foraging walks and challenges - Cake Off anyone? The children can get involved too with cookery classes and activities. Or just enjoy the live music and scrummy street food.
- Standon Calling
This family-friendly festival has grown into Herts' premier music event. Standon Calling has once again delivered a stellar line-up with Rag'N'Bone Man, Wolf Alice and Nile Rodgers and Chic headlining. Lewis Capaldi, Echo and the Bunnymen and festival favourites The Cuban Brothers are also among the 150 acts and shows on offer. Party with Club de Fromage in the dance tent and enjoy comedy from Russell Kane and Angela Barnes. Younger festival-goers will love the host of activities like building a woodland tribe and How to Train Your Dinosaur Live. New this year is the wild wellbeing camp where you can chill out in hot tubs or a sauna and take wellbeing classes and workshops.
Tickets from £70.92
- The Game Fair
26-28 July, Hatfield
Europe's largest countryside festival returns to Hatfield House on its two-year cycle between the Herts estate and Ragley Hall, Warwickshire. At The Game Fair you can find ideas and expert advice on everything from fishing, shooting, horse riding, falconry, gun dogs and off-roading - with loads of opportunities to try things out. There's a traditional craft village, the world's largest show garden, a cookery theatre and masses of shopping.
There's great dining on offer and TV chef James Martin is cooking for VIP package holders. You could easily spend the whole three days here, so there's camping options too. It's a celebration of the British countryside on a big scale.
One-day adult ticket from £27