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Summer in (and around) Harpenden - Family events not to miss!


We’re incredibly lucky to have so many great local family events laid on for us each year.  So, here’s our guide to enjoying a fun and vibrant summer …

  1. Harpenden Carnival has been a highlight in the Harpenden summer calendar for over 50 years, but since celebrating its Golden Anniversary a few years ago, when it moved venue to the Common, joined forces with the Harpenden Town Council’s Discovery Day and became a free event, it has just got bigger and better. With music, stalls, food, entertainment and activities for all the family plus raising money for good causes at the same time it’s a must!
    2019 date: Saturday 8th June

  2. There’s more community fun to be had at Larks in the Park, a free event at Marquis Lane Open Space featuring fun activities for the children, music from local bands and choirs, refreshments, fun fair rides and the famous Batford Duck Race on the River Lea. Will yours be the winner?
    2019 date: Sunday 30th June 

  3. Classics on the Common – This annual feature of the Harpenden calendar creates quite a spectacle on Harpenden Common as enthusiasts bring over 1000 classic cars and around 250 classic motorbikes to show them off at Britain’s biggest mid-week classic car show. Entry is free but donations are welcome as all proceeds go to charity.
    2019 Date: Wednesday 24th July

  4. For the very little ones the Teddy Bear’s Picnic invites you to bring your teddy and a picnic for some fun in Lydekker Park including the bouncy castle, face painting and kids’ entertainer. 
    2019 date: Wednesday 7th August

  5. Harpenden Armed Forces Day is a chance to come out and show support for our local servicemen and women. Not just in the armed forces but police, fire and other emergency services.  Starting with a parade through the town the fun moves to the common with activities and displays. The inflatable assault course is always popular with the children and it’s all free!
    2019 date: Saturday 29th June

  6. Where would you expect to find one of the largest Highland Gatherings outside of Scotland? Why Harpenden of course!  Every year the Harpenden Lions organise this festival of everything Scottish in aid of charity, complete with pipe bands, highland dancing and highland games. 
    2019 date: Sunday 14th July

  7. Brand new for 2019 is the Wild Fest in Lydekker Park. The day will be filled with activities for all the family and will be a fantastic opportunity for everyone to learn about what Harpenden's green spaces have to offer.
    2019 date: Saturday 13th July

  8. Following the success of the first Emergency Services Open Day in 2018, the event is back for 2019. Join local First Responders at Harpenden Fire Station for a day of activities, demonstrations and to find out more about the work they do.
    2019 date: Saturday 27th July

And Harpenden isn’t the only place to enjoy the fun…

  1. Wheathampstead Village Weekend brings the village together for two days of fun with a parade, live music, “Wheathampstead’s Got Talent” and activities for all the family.
    2019 date: Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th July

  2. The Alban Weekend is a celebration of 2000 years of history. On the Saturday enjoy the spectacle of the Alban Pilgrimage, a parade of giant puppets through the city centre telling the story of St Alban.  And on the Sunday, join in the free fun and activities at the Alban Street Festival with music, entertainment, food, sport and other activities.
    2019 date: Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd June

  3. Folk on the Common is a free outdoor family concert of folk music in Redbourn. Take your chair and your picnic basket, find a spot and enjoy an afternoon of music, hopefully in the sun!
    2019 date: Sunday 9th June

  4. The Herts County Show has been running for over 130 years and takes place every May on the county showground just outside Redbourn. It showcases the best of Hertfordshire agriculture with stalls, displays, shows and parades, combined with entertainment and activities to make a fun day out for all the family.
    2019 date: Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th May

  5. Every year in the August the residents of Flamstead raise money for charity by creating and displaying an imaginative array of scarecrows around the village. With over 100 scarecrows on display Flamstead Scarecrow Festival is quite a sight and visitors are encouraged to purchase a voting form vote for their favourite. Other activities also take place over the weekend in the village.
    2019 date: Sadly the 2019 Festival has been cancelled due to a tragic incident in the village.

That should keep you and the family busy over the summer! You can find full details of all these events and much more on our What's On page.

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