Get ready for summer festival fun in Hertfordshire
PUBLISHED: 01:17 30 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:28 20 February 2013
Hertfordshire is buzzing with a variety of festival events this month in a celebration of our lively county community. So eat, drink and be merry and enjoy that gorgeous sunshine
Tring summer festival
Tring will be alive with entertainment with two outdoor concerts taking place at The Grass Roots Stadium: the Great British Proms with music from the English National Orchestra on June 3, followed by The Music of Abba on June 4 accompanied by a symphony orchestra. Its carnival time from June 16-19 with four evenings of music and theatre at Pound Meadow and Carnival Parade Day on June 18. The final event is The Tringe presented by Get Stuffed, showcasing the best of fringe comedy and spotting new talent with their Roving Comedians competition. June 3 to 23. www.tringtogether.org.uk
Lively in Letchworth
Letchworth will be getting into full festival spirit from June 10-26. The festival is a celebration of the community and in particular the hard working groups that contribute so much. Shops and businesses will be joining in by offering discounts and competitions. Attractions include a variety of performance, theatre, dance, art exhibitions, open gardens and childrens entertainment. The finale will be Proms in the Park on June 25 at Broadway Gardens, with bands, dance and choirs from local schools and groups followed by a concert by Letchworth Sinfonia. www.letchworthfestival.org
Stars light up Stevenage
The Stevenage Arts Guild was founded in the 1950s to encourage, to sustain and to co-ordinate the amateur artistic endeavours of the people of Stevenage, and the spirit continues today with the annual festival where the Gordon Craig Theatre opens its stage to local performers, particularly youth theatre, to perform and realise dreams. Gilbert and Sullivan, dance, music, choirs, talent shows and a good Old Tyme Music Hall are in the programme along with fine art, photography, poetry, talks and demonstrations. June 18 July 4. www.stevenage-festival.co.uk
Down by the riverside
Stanstead Abbotts Riverside Festival promises to be another fantastic fun-filled afternoon for the whole family. Local bands will be performing and there will be a traditional Raft Race and Duck Race. Perfect for picnics and plenty of games and activities for children. All money raised will be donated to local community projects. June 18, 1-5pm. The Green, next to the Jolly Fisherman, High Street, Stanstead Abbots.
Something for everyone
This years St Albans Festival kicks off with a free one-day event in Verulamium Park with a seaside themed childrens area, art, workshops, live music and locally produced food. The evening concludes with a performance of The Bell by Periplum delivering aerial performance, stilts, soaring music and pyrotechnics. The following two weeks will continue a celebration of the best of St Albans art and culture with festival favourites including the St Albans Pilgrimage, Larks in the Parks and the Festival of Life. June 18 July 3. Follow the festival on facebook St Albans festival 2011.
All about flowers
Colourful blooms and delicate fragrance will be the backdrop again this year in the pretty village of Benington. The annual flower festival takes place on June 25-26 with the church of St. Peters acting as the stunning centrepiece of several floral displays. Gardens around the village will be open to visitors as part of the National Gardens Scheme along with a chance to see the spectacular herbaceous borders at Benington Lordship. www.beningtonlordship.co.uk
Festival fun continues for more summer festivals seeJuly's Hertfordshire Life, out on June 14.