Your Guide to Local Events Around Beaumont Hall

As we move into a new year, anticipation builds for the array of exciting events that will unfold in our local community around Beaumont Hall. From cultural festivals to lively gatherings, 2024 promises to be a year filled with entertainment, connection, and unforgettable experiences. In this blog, we’ll be your guide to the must-attend events, hidden gems, and community celebrations that will make your year truly special.

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Don’t miss out on the Herts County Show on the 25th and 26th of May. This annual celebration, organised by the Hertfordshire Agricultural Society, promises a spectacular showcase of local culture, agriculture, and craftsmanship. The Main Ring will include a heart stopping performance from the Bold Doglings, a thrilling attraction that will undoubtedly captivate audiences. Indulge at the Food Court, offering a wide range of locally curated produce, and explore the iconic Made in Herts zones, where local crafts and delicacies proudly present the best of Hertfordshire to the world. For enthusiasts of agriculture, the packed timetable includes livestock and equestrian classes, while the Farm-Yard and Countryside zones boast fascinating displays of historical and contemporary plant and machinery.

Beyond the festivities, it’s important to note that the Hertfordshire County Show is not just an event; it’s a charitable endeavour by the Hertfordshire Agricultural Society. Profits from the Herts County Show support the Society’s educational initiatives, engaging with local schools, children, and communities to nurture an understanding and appreciation for food, farming, and the Hertfordshire countryside.

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Get ready for a musical feast as Stockwood Park in Luton becomes the epicentre of sound and celebration from the 24th to the 26th of May for BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2024. With an expected attendance of over 100,000 music enthusiasts, this live music spectacle is set to unfold across four stages over three days: Radio 1 Main Stage, Radio 1’s Future Sounds, Radio 1 Dance, and BBC Introducing.

Boasting a lineup of around 100 acts, the festival will showcase a diverse range of musical talents, from global superstars to emerging artists. As the flagship festival of Radio 1, this event marks the beginning of the UK’s festival season, bringing the biggest names in music to cities that may not typically host such grand events. The festival’s history includes iconic performances by artists like Miley Cyrus, Stormzy, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Camila Cabello, and The 1975, turning local communities into vibrant hubs of musical energy. Beyond the sonic celebration, Radio 1’s Big Weekend is a beacon for the local economy, with last year’s event in Dundee generating an impressive £3.7 million. This year, in collaboration with Luton Council, the BBC is committed to creating a safe and secure environment, ensuring that the music resonates in the hearts of attendees while leaving a positive impact on the city.

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Mark your calendars for the 24th of July as Harpenden Common transforms into a spectacle of automotive heritage at Classics on the Common. Beyond being an impressive showcase for classic cars, this event weaves together layers of significance — a cherished day out for local families, a charitable endeavour by Rotary that has raised over £350,000 for local businesses.

From the timeless allure of Austin, Morris, and Wolseley to the classic charm of a 1926 Sunbeam Tourer and Model A Ford, the event is a rolling museum of automotive history. American classics, including Cadillac, Chevrolet, and Chrysler, share the spotlight, creating a diverse automotive panorama. Rolls-Royces and Bentleys exude timeless elegance, while modern supercars like McLaren and Ferrari inject a dash of contemporary flair. The loyalty of participants, who bring their cherished vehicles year after year, adds a personal touch to this wonderful day.

On the 6th of July, Sir John Lawes School’s playing fields will come alive with the vibrant spirit of Festival on the Field, a beloved family festival. Run entirely by dedicated volunteers from the parents’ organisations of Sir John Lawes School and Manland Primary School, this biennial celebration has become a cherished tradition, drawing in approximately 3,200 attendees, mostly locals. The festival is more than just a day of revelry; it’s a philanthropic effort that has raised over £100,000 for both schools.

Festival-goers are treated to an impressive lineup of live music featuring top-notch tribute acts, ranging from the legendary Queen to the contemporary vibes of Taylor Swift. The crowd favourite, Massaoke, returns this year to lead a colossal karaoke experience. Beyond music, the festival is a culinary delight, offering an array of food options, including the iconic Fish and Chips London Bus, pizza, Philly steak, and Harpenden’s very own Zero Sushi. Quench your thirst at the fully stocked bar, Tring Real Ale bar, and a delightful cocktail bar at pub prices. With soft drinks and the ever-popular ice cream van, Festival on the Field is the epitome of a community-driven, family-friendly extravaganza.

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Get ready for five nights of uproarious laughter as St Albans Comedy Garden returns to the enchanting Verulamium Park from July 24 to 28, 2024. While the stellar lineup is still under wraps, expect nothing less than the best comedians to grace the open-air stage. The event promises refreshing and delicious beers to keep the spirits high as you indulge in the finest stand-up comedy. Picture yourself enjoying the comedic genius performers against the backdrop of stunning views. It’s an unmissable experience, combining top-tier humour, delightful beverages, and the picturesque setting of Verulamium Park. Mark your calendars for a week of laughter and good times!

Come and join in the spirit of Scotland at the Harpenden Highland Games, a spectacular family fun day and charity fundraiser set in the picturesque Rothamsted Park, Harpenden. Taking place on Sunday, July 9, 2023, from 10:30 am to 5 pm, the event promises a day filled with the lively sounds of Marching Pipe Bands, Highland Dancing, and the thrilling competitions of the Highland Games. The park will come alive with captivating displays, stage performances, and races. Engage in traditional Scottish activities like Haggis Hurling, try your hand at archery, or enjoy the excitement of go-karting. With stalls offering diverse products, an array of food and drinks, and the uplifting tunes of live music, the Harpenden Highland Games guarantee a joyous celebration of Scottish culture and camaraderie for the whole family!

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Join the festivities at Pub in the Park from the 6th to the 8th September, an extraordinary celebration curated by the culinary maestro Tom Kerridge. This festival, born out of a love for the quintessential British pub experience, combines the best in food and music. Set against the backdrop of St Albans, the event features an impressive lineup of award-winning chefs, including Tom’s esteemed colleagues and culinary stars.

The festival transforms St Albans with pop-up versions of Kerridge’s acclaimed pubs and renowned eateries, offering a gastronomic journey from local delights to nationally renowned cuisines. Indulge in tasting dishes, witness culinary magic at the Chef Demo Stage, and keep the little ones entertained in the dedicated Kids Area. The event is not just about food; it’s also for music lovers, with performances from chart-topping bands like McFly, Craig David, Sugababes, Rudimental DJ set, Bananarama, UB40, Sam Ryder, and more. Raise a glass at the vibrant bars offering everything from cocktails to the finest beers, explore the Artisan Food Market, and indulge in retail therapy at the Shopping Village.

Pub in the Park promises an unforgettable blend of culinary delights, musical beats, and an atmosphere of pure joy for friends and family alike!

As we navigate this years calendar of events, let’s revel in the moments, connect with our community, and create memories that will last long after the echoes of laughter and music have faded. Here’s to a year of joyous revelry and the enduring spirit of our local community around Beaumont Hall!



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