20 Summer Events in Hertfordshire 2019

Cinema, outdoor theatre, music, arts, food and more – it’s all taking place in Hertfordshire. 

Read our guide to the best summer events taking place in Hertfordshire. 

Sundown Cinema, 8 June – 8 September 

Hitchin Lavender, Hitchin Priory & Shuttleworth House

This year Luton Hoo, Shuttleworth House, Mill Meadow Island Bedford, Putteridge Bury,  IWM Duxford, Hitchin Lavender, Hitchin Priory, Melford Hall, The Jockey Club and Ickworth House all welcome Sundown Cinema. Enjoy an evening in the great outdoors while watching recent blockbusters such as The Greatest Showman and A Star is Born, as well as classic films like Dirty Dancing and Top Gun. www.sundowncinema.co.uk

The Hertfordshire Militaria & Medal Fair, 30 June 

Rickmansworth School, Scots Hill, Rickmansworth WD3 2AQ

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After over 20 years at Watford, the fair has now moved to Rickmansworth. There’s always a good range of medals and military offered by some of the country’s leading dealers. Ample (free) parking and good catering facilities. Admission £4 preview, 9am-10am then £2.50, 10am – 2pm.

Battle of the Proms, 13 July

Hatfield House, Herts

The Battle Proms picnic concert takes place in the Queen Elizabeth Oak Field in the leafy parkland at Hatfield House. A summer celebration, the event begins at 4.30pm, and offers an afternoon and evening of entertainment including Napoleonic re-enactors, WWI Cavalry Display, The Red Devils, singing duo The Vignettes and evening gun salute.The Battle Proms Orchestral performance and atraditional sing-along, flag-waving and grand firework display close the event. www.hatfield-house.co.uk

Folk by the Oak, 14 July

Hatfield House, Herts

The intimate and open air festival has a great buzzing atmosphere with a day of award-winning musicians and inspiring new talent. The day also features crafts, workshops and a creative family area. This year’s artists on the main stage are Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls and Seth Lakeman. The smaller acorn stage will host headliners Elephant Sessions. www.folkbytheoak.com

Garden Fair, 20 July

Howardsgate, Welwyn Garden City

A quintessential English affair of homemade delicacies, crafting, Prosecco and acoustic music to be enjoyed in the picturesque Garden City.www.wonderfulwgc.co.uk

The Great British Food Festival, 20-21 July

Knebworth House, Hertfordshire

The festival brings togetherartisan producers, scrumptious street food and a selection of bars. Top up your culinary skills in the cookery demos or watch warriors take on the Men v Food challenges. Chill to soothing live music while the children try their hand at a cookery lesson before going off to make giant bubbles or learn circus skills! www.knebworthhouse.com

Hertford Castle Teddy Bears’ Picnic, 21 July 

Hertford Castle, Hertford

Children are encouraged to bring along a teddy to the event. There will be a bear hunt, teddy bear parade, magic shows, bouncy castle and activities arena. A live brass band concert will perform throughout the day and Hertford Castle will be open to the public to explore. Hertford Canoe Club will be running free water activities on the River Lea for children and adults to enjoy. www.hertford.gov.uk/events

Ware Antiques & Collectors Fair plus Flea Market, 21 July 

Age Concern Hall, Priory Street, Ware, SG12 0DE

30 stands/dealers of mixed antiques, collectables and flea market items. Free parking. Open: 10am – 4pm. Admission: £1.

Standon Calling, 25-28 July

Standon, Herts

Standon Calling is all about music and fun! The festival brings big names in music to this small Hertfordshire village for a weekend of non-stop dancing. Acts include Rag’n’Bone Man, Wolf Alice, Nile Rodgers & Chic and many more. This year’s festival story is ‘Twister Creature’, which will influence activities. The festival has become a much more family orientated event in recent years with entertainment and daytime activities for babies, kids and teens – there’s even an on-site nanny service! Dogs are invited too, and can take part in the annual dog show. This year there’s a focus on wellbeing with an outdoor spa, yoga, meditation, bushcraft and woodland walks. http://standon-calling.com

The Game Fair, 26-28 July

Hatfield House, Hertfordshire

Celebrating British field sports and country life, The Game Fair is a fun-filled family day out, featuring gundog handling, clay shooting, archery, fishing, falconry and ferreting.  Visitors can also enjoy a host of food, drink and shopping stalls, as well as outdoor activities including off-road driving. There is something for everyone! www.thegamefair.org.

Rock at the Castle, 4 August

Hertford Castle, Hertfordshire

A free music festival within the spectacular grounds of Hertford Castle. Live music will be performed across three music stages featuring acoustic, folk, indie, rock and pop music. There will also be a bouncy castle, street food stands and bars at the event. www.hertford.gov.uk/events/rock-at-the-castle-423

Steam, Crafts & Country Life Fair, 10-11 August

Knebworth House, Herts

This fair isn’t just for motoring enthusiasts, there’s something for the whole family. Steam & other Vintage Vehicles will feature alongside entertaining displays, historical re-enactments, a medieval village, children’s entertainers, food and drink marquees and plenty of farmyard animals. Don’t miss your chance to bottle feed the lambs! On the Sunday the event will host the Companion Dog Show – bring along your canine friend and have a go! www.knebworthhouse.com

Theatre in the Park – Treasure Island, 14 August 

Hatfield House

Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company for this brand-new adaptation of everyone’s favourite swashbuckling pirate adventure, performed in the open air where you are welcome to bring a low back chair and a picnic! www.hatfield-house.co.uk

Art in Clay, 16-18 August

Hatfield Park, Hertfordshire

Discover a huge selection of ceramics and pottery from makers in the UK and Europe. There will be over 200 exhibitors and a programme of talks and demonstrations, plus a Clay Creation Zone to stimulate your imagination. From pots used in the home and garden to beautiful sculptures, the show provides a fascinating insight into the world of clay. www.artinclay.co.uk

Open Air Cinema, 24-26 August

Hertford Castle, Hertford

Spectators can bring along picnic chairs, snacks and sit back to relax and enjoy movies underneath the stars. www.hertford.gov.uk/events

Classic Motor Show, 25-26 August

Knebworth House, Hertfordshire

Enjoy music and memories from a bygone age with live entertainment all day in the grounds of Knebworth Park. There will be up to 1,000 classic cars each day and the live arena will include the now famous ‘Decibel Duel’, where owners compete to find the loudest car of the show. The arena will also host a series of parades, displays and interviews. Entry £10 per person (entry to park and gardens included). www.knebworthhouse.com/events

Cool Britannia Festival, 30 August – 1 September

Knebworth House, Hertfordshire

Back by popular demand, Cool Britannia will continue to tend to the needs of rock and dance music fans in 2019 with camping, glamping, street food, themed bars, street entertainers, funfairs, kid-zone, fireworks, trade stands, karaoke and much more! TV and radio presenter Jo Whiley will curate the Main Stage on Saturday 31 August. www.coolbritanniafest.com.

Classic Ibiza, 31 August

Hatfield House, Hertfordshire

Classic Ibiza is bringing its heady blend of Balearic beats back to Hatfield House this year, following the resounding success of last summer’s concert. Classic Ibiza starts with a chill-out set where people can enjoy their picnics and a drink, or dance along as the sun fades. Then DJ Goldierocks will turn things up in the interval, getting the crowd into the mood before the Urban Soul Orchestra and vocalists return to the stage

to bring a vibrant atmosphere to the summer evening. One classic dance track will follow another, as the delightful grounds of Hatfield House turn into a magical, alfresco celebration, with accompanying lasers. Tickets from £39.50. www.classicibiza.co.uk

Redbourn Classics Motor Show and Village Fete, 7 September

Redbourn Common, Hertfordshire

A classic vehicle show and village fete with 300 classic cars, trucks, tractors and motorbikes on Redbourn Common in the heart of the village. www.redbournclassics.co.uk

St Albans Food and Drink Festival, 28 September-7 October

City Centre, St Albans

A celebration of the local food scene with tastings and demos. www.enjoystalbans.com

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