If you’re looking for some fun this summer, head to the Amphtill Festival with acts such as Razorlight and Scouting For Girls.
With over 200 listed buildings, gorgeous Georgian fronted structures and a jam-packed annual events calendar it’s clear to see why Ampthill is charming residents and visitors alike.
The town is renowned for its historic market, which takes place every Thursday, its wide variety of restaurants such as the newly opened Number 4 Bar & Grill and a selection of independent boutique stores and businesses.
However, it’s not just the elements of a thriving town that make it a popular place to visit. This summer Ampthill welcomes the return of the Ampthill Festival from Friday 3 to Sunday 5 July; a weekend of music and events that attracts visitors from far and wide. Hosting the infamous AmpRocks, now in its 6th year, Proms and Gala, the festival has established itself as one of the biggest summer events in Bedfordshire.
AmpRocks, Friday 3 July
A boutique music festival, AmpRocks sponsored by Charles Wells is the opening night of the annual Ampthill Festival, held in a natural amphitheatre in Ampthill Park. Organised by volunteers for the local community the nights hosts some popular names and is a must for music fans.
This year, iconic rock band Razorlight will headline. The band is formed by lead singer and rhythm guitarist Johnny Borrell and are known for a string of hits that include, Golden Touch, In the Morning, Somewhere Else and the No 1 single ‘America’
AmpRocks Chairman, Ian Scarr, enthused: “Following on from last year’s sell out, when we had the opportunity to book Razorlight we jumped at the chance. Their chart topping single also ties in nicely with our Ampthill Festival New York theme this year.”
Joining Razorlight as the main support act are chart topping Scouting for Girls. There are also performances from the likes of The Cuban Brothers and talented Time to Live, who won Redborne Battle of Bands. Tickets are priced £22.
Proms, Saturday 4 July
The well-attended, annual Ampthill Park Proms will be taking place in the setting of Ampthill Great Park. This popular evening is the central part of the Ampthill Festival weekend and this year falls on American Independence Day.
The Proms sees the return of the popular Ampthill Town Band, Redborne Jazz Band and the talented Ampthill Concert Orchestra (ACO).
As the theme for the Ampthill Festival weekend is New York New York, the music will be influenced by this and performing alongside ACO will be, the Royal Academy classically trained and internationally renowned, soloist Rebecca Bottone.
It’s a great opportunity to bring a picnic, relax with friends and enjoy a wonderful summer evening, which will conclude with an exciting fireworks extravaganza. Tickets priced £16 adults, £7 children.
Gala, Sunday 5 July
The Gala is the last day of the Ampthill Festival and closing this year’s festivities with a free gig are cockney legends Chas and Dave. They will take to the main stage in Ampthill Park.