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The best days out in North Herts this summer!

23 July 2021

PR Date: Friday, 23 July 2021 - 2:00pm

This summer North Herts is hosting a wide range of events, so if your travel plans have been disrupted, enjoy a daytrip out in your local area, or treat friends and family to live music, theatre, or a day at one of the region’s stunning lidos!

Cllr Sam Collins, North Herts District Council’s Executive Member for Enterprise, the Arts and Transport said: “With many holiday destinations not really an option for many people as the pandemic continues, why not stay home this summer and enjoy what’s on offer in North Herts! You could catch a show at the Hitchin Festival, head to our very own beach in Hitchin, or for the more energetic there’s also a fun run to enjoy. The last year has been difficult for everyone, but let’s plan ahead, go out, support local businesses and enjoy our wonderful area safely.”

Dates for your diary:

Entertainment

The Hitchin Festival at the Woodside Open Air Theatre from 23 July to 1 August. Shows include The Reduced Pirates of Penzance, ‘The Delladium’, and the one-man show of Wind in The Willows.

Mostly Comedy will be heading to Hitchin Town Hall on 22 & 23 July. The line-up includes star of ‘Stella Street’ and ‘Dead Ringers’ Phil Cornwell, and ‘Mock the Week’ star, Zoe Lyons.

Royston Arts Festival runs on 24 to 25 August and will be a delight to the cultural senses as local artists and musicians show their talents and skills. To find out more visit: www.creativeroyston.org

LGC Live – Letchworth’s first music and dance festival on Saturday 24 July. Talented local performers Max Ryan, Paul Dowsett and the Sam Lewis Band, among others, will be joining headliners, the legendary British reggae group, Aswad, for an unforgettable experience in the town centre.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea Exhibition - An interactive exhibition at the North Hertfordshire Museum, which features a friendly five-foot tiger! The exhibition runs until 4 September. 

Royston Kite Festival - a range of amazing kites will be on display at the Royston Kite Festival on Therfield Heath on 1 August. There is also the opportunity to design, build and fly your own kites. Fairground rides and bouncy castle also on site.

Street Festivals

Hitchin will celebrate some of its historic streets in two special days this summer. Bucklersbury and Sun Street Festival is on 24 July from noon to 6pm, where businesses open their doors for fun, music, and bargains! Moving across the town, Hermitage Road Day will be on 7 August and there will be street food, vintage cars, music, and fun for all!

‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!’

Hitchin Beach: Don’t drive for hours in the summer sun to reach golden sands, just grab your bucket and spade and head to the Market Place in Hitchin. A huge sandpit will take the centre stage with deckchairs and food and drink stalls surrounding it. The beach will be in Market Place from  3 – 26 August and will be open between 10am and 4pm each day.

Outdoor Lidos

For those who want to ‘take a dip’ this summer, the region’s lidos are the answer. Letchworth and Hitchin’s outdoor pools are both open for family sessions and lane swimming, check www.sll.co.uk for open hours and events.  

Food, Crafts and Running

The annual Hitchin Food Festival will be taking place on 4 - 5 September. The festival is famed for its high quality, locally sourced street food and seasonal produce – definitely one for the diary!

The British School’s Museum is hosting a special Craft Fair on 4 September. Entry is free and it will be a great opportunity to see and buy the wares of local craftspeople. The fair is open from 10am to 2.30pm.

Baldock’s popular 5Km ‘Rat Run’ returns on 4 September. Runners, joggers, or walkers can complete the 5Km course through beautiful Baldock and raise money for Garden House Hospice Care. There will be fun for everyone- not just those running - with bouncy castles, games, and raffles in the town. To discover more visit: www.baldock5k.com

Markets

North Herts has some lovely vibrant markets for those looking to bag a bargain, get fresh local produce or find an unusual item. Hitchin market is open every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Whereas Royston’ market is on Wednesday and Saturday, whilst Baldock’s Charter Market is every Wednesday 8am to 3.30pm. Letchworth’s monthly market will be on Saturday 21 August at Leys Square.

To find out more about what’s on in your local area, visit www.northherts.gov.uk/shopsafe

Supported by the North Herts Reopening the High Streets Safely and Welcome Back projects which are receiving up to £264,340 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

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