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What's On This Weekend In Hitchin And The Surrounding Area

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It's time for your weekly round-up of what's going on in Hitchin and the surrounding area!

You can find the full list of events in the calendar on the What's On section of the website.

Please do check ticket availability and that events are definitely going ahead before travelling.

Happening right here in Hitchin




Hitchin Festival
Throughout July
Hitchin Festival is back from June 29th with over 100 events on offer. As always you can book for some of these events directly from the Hitchin Festival website. You can also flick through the full programme and find links to book other events. ‚ÄčEach year the festival promotes a huge variety of events including poetry, art exhibitions, concerts, theatre and kids entertainment. Browse the programme online or pick one up from the Hitchin Information office in Churchyard or from a number of other shops around town. There is also a box office open in the Hitchin Information office on Fridays and Saturdays.
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Hitchin Pride Market on Hitchin Market Place
Sat 20th July 2024 9am - 4pm
The Seven foot sisters are coming to Hitchin this Saturday to host North Herts Pride! They have a fabulous show lined up starting at 2:00pm in town square, followed by all the after parties you could dream of! The team at North Herts Pride have worked so hard to put this together so come on down and celebrate pride together!
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Hitchin's Toy Story Exhibit at
North Herts Museum
Sat 13th July 2024 - Sun 22nd September 2024 (Closed Mondays)
This family-friendly exhibition will feature a colourful display of original sketches, artworks, videos, production toy samples and prototype models from Hitchin's Raffo Pape and Woodward's back catalogue. You may recognise many of them. There are also concepts and prototypes for products that didn't quite make it. It highlights the entire design process, from original concept through to final manufacture and marketing.
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Triangle Tribe - bushcraft for wellbeing for teens at Triangle Community Garden
Fri 19th July 2024 6.30-8.30pm
Outdoor bushcraft and survival skills for families with teens. Get outside, learn new skills, meet new people/bring a friend, spend some family/intergenerational time in a different setting. Triangle Tribe is a monthly evening of Bushcraft for Wellbeing, outdoors at the community garden, for families with teens aged 12 to 16, led by forest school specialists CultureWood CiC. Grandparents welcome. Neurodiversity welcome. Activities will vary with the seasons and are likely to include outdoor survival skills, open fire cooking, ancient fire skills, whittling, foraging, nature observation and making useful and decorative things from natural materials.
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Buzzworks Taster Days at Buzzworks Discovery Centre, Hitchin
Sun 21st July 2024 10am - 4pm
Taster days are six hour sessions for budding and aspiring beekeepers to discover what is involved in the craft of beekeeping.
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Next Page Books Storytime & Crafts
Saturdays 10:30am
FREE
We run these at the shop on Saturday afternoons at 10:30am. No need to book, just come along. We will read one or more stories and either make a simple craft or run an activity like singing or parachute or a game.
All very relaxed and informal, all ages welcome but ideally suited to the very young - pre school - children.
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Schools Out Beach Party atThe George And Dragon, Graveley 
Sat 20th July 2024 from 2pm
Jump into Summer at our Schools Out Beach Party! The party starts at 2 pm! At 2 pm we eat! Your little ones get chicken nuggets, chips, and a drink (Vegan & Gluten Free options available). Auntie Kitty will be entertaining you all from 3 til 5 pm, with beach games and a seafoam disco!
@auntiekittygram. Plus, enjoy the bounce house till late in the evening, prizes & sweets are to be won! 
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The Living Theatre - Open Air Art Trail, Whitwell
Sat 29th June 2024 - September - All day, every day
Join us between June and September and discover some incredible art from amazing local artists adorning the route around The Living Theatre. Interact, explore and challenge yourself to rediscover the world around you and look a little deeper into nature...
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Much Ado about Nothing at St Paul's Walden Bury
Sun 21st July 2024
SUMMER THEATRE IS COMING TO ST. PAUL'S WALDEN BURY - bring a picnic and join us in the spectacular gardens on Sunday 21 July. Shakespeare in the Swinging Sixties - with toe-tapping tunes galore! Don't miss the chance to book your tickets for "MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING" by Moving Parts Theatre Company.
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"Hitchin Treasure Trail" Map
Have you seen Hitchin has its on Treasure Trail map? Kids can follow this beautifully illustrated, fantasy-themed treasure map to explore Hitchin town in a totally new and exciting way. Discover hidden treasures, learn a little local history a long the way, and gain new adventuring skills. Fun for all the family, a great way to get out and about to enjoy your town, can be used time and time again. Purchase your copy from Hitchin Information shop at 1a Churchyard, only £6.99.
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Hitchin Markets
Friday - Antiques and General Market until 3pm
Saturday - General Market until 4:30pm
Sunday - Flea Market (Open to all - £10 per pitch, no need to book) 6am - 1:00pm
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Nearby (within 30 minutes' drive)




Street Food Heroes on Broadway Gardens, Letchworth
Fri 19th July 2024 4 - 9pm
Street Food Heroes are back for the next instalment on Broadway Gardens.
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Craft and Farmers Market on Leys Square, Letchworth
Sat 20th July 2024 9am - 3pm
The monthly Craft & Farmers Market is back this Saturday in Leys Square.
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Family Kids' Club Screenings at The Broadway Cinema, Letchworth
Saturdays and Sundays 10:30am
LOW COST (£1.75 per person)
Family films for just £1.75 per person at The Broadway Kids Club screenings.
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The Romans are coming on
Event Island in Stevenage
Sat 20th July 2024 11am-3pm
The Romans are coming to Event Island! Come along to Event Island on Saturday 20 July, from 11am-3pm, for a free fun-filled event for the whole family. The event includes demonstrations from the Roman Military Research Society that show why the Roman army was such a formidable force. The Longthorpe Legion will also be there to recreate how everyday people lived in this far-flung northern outpost of the Roman Empire, Britannia. Visitors will have the chance to talk to the re-enactors and, if you are brave enough, perhaps join up and get put through your paces as a Roman army recruit!
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Great British Food Festival at Knebworth House
Sat 20th July 2024 10am - 6pm - Sun 21st July 2024 10am - 5pm
Whilst enjoying a visit to Knebworth House, Gardens and Park on Saturday 20th or Sunday 21st July you can attend the Great British Food Festival at no additional charge. The Great British Food Festival will have a wonderful array of produce on offer, from local and national producers. From Chocolate to Chutney and Cheese to Chilli Sauces there will be something to delight your taste buds. A fabulous mix of national and regional producers bringing homemade products to you, which you won't find in the supermarkets.
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WoolyFest at Woolmer Green Village Field and Grounds, near Knebworth
Sat 20th July 2024 12-10:30pm
2 outdoor MUSIC stages, DJ STAGE, 11 Hertfordshire Bands. Gates open 11.30am Music from 12.15hrs - 22.30hrs. This is a non profit event. Money raised from ticket sales are being split between 3 local charities: Isabel Hospice, The Willow Foundation and Motor neurone disease (MND) Hertfordshire.
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Summer Evening 2024 at Shuttleworth
Sat 20th July 2024
Our summer evening air show theme returns for another year of exciting displays, family friendly fun, and the guaranteed relaxed atmosphere only found at the Old Warden Aerodrome. Witness The Collection aircraft and exciting visitors take the skies, explore the history behind some of our most iconic vehicles and machines, and get up close and personal with some aviation icons as we see the return of our much loved 'Paddock Uncovered' experience.
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Handmade Craft Fair at The Olde Watermill Shopping Village, Barton le Clay

Sun 21st July 2024 10am - 4pm
Come and join us for a weekend of local handmade crafts! Lots of different stalls featuring a selection of homemade soaps, candles, jewellery plus lots lots more. Free parking on site + over 20 individual shops and coffee shop to enjoy. Free public entry.
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FREE
Sat-ART-day (FREE Art Activities) at University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
Sat 20th July 2024 11am - 3pm
Join us this Sat-ART-day to explore Weaving Relations - an exciting showcase of textile works by artist Nicola Moody. Come and get creative - make, see, and hear about the exhibition! Kick off the summer holidays with this fun and FREE day, jam-packed with inspiring activities for people of all ages to enjoy. Make your own arts + crafts, contribute to the community weave, see our spectacular Sculpture Walk and hear about the amazing artworks in the exhibition. Don't forget to treat yourself in our café!
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Folk By The Oak at
 Hatfield Park
Sun 21st July 2024 12noon - 10.30pm
An uplifting, family-friendly summer festival of the finest folk, roots and acoustic music in beautiful leafy parkland With a reputation for programming a 'line-up of headliners', including both award winning-musicians and inspiring new talent, FbtO manages to maintain a friendly, relaxed atmosphere whilst still delivering the full-on festival experience!
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Model Railway Event at Mill Green Museum, Hatfield
Sat 20th July 2024 10am - 4pm
The Watermill and Museum, Mill Green are hosting a model railway event for all the family. Featuring de Havilland Model Railway Society layouts, including Shabbey Road, their infamous Underground Ernie layout for children and adults. Woolsey's Miniature Railway will be running outdoor sit-on train rides and other railway organisations will be with us to show what they have to offer.
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Pinocchio and Pip Ahoy at Luton Library Theatre
Sat 20th July 2024 11am & 1pm
Come have fun and games with two of your favorite TV stars. Live on stage from CBeebies meet Pinocchio, Freeda the Pirate and Brave Heart McFee for 30 minutes of dancing, games and plenty of fun for all ages. Then direct from CITV meet Pip Ahoy and Alan the bouncing penguin as they take you on an adventure direct from Salty Cove, can you help Presenter Kelly make Pip's dream of becoming an entertainer come true?
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Further Afield




Meet your favourite characters at Woburn Safari Park
Sat 20th July 2024 11:30am - 4pm
Hooray! Bingo will be visiting all the way from Australia and appearing at Woburn Safari Park at intervals on Saturday 20th July!  Head off on a safari adventure to see an array of animals from lions and bears, to giraffes and rhinos, among others, in the Road Safari. Then head down to the Safari Hangout in the Foot Safari to meet Bingo. The energetic Australian pup will be appearing to meet fans at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm - don't forget to bring your cameras!
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The Robot and The Bluebird at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
Sat 20th July 2024 11:30-15:00
"My old heart only ever said tick tock, " said the Robot, "but now my heart is singing". This uplifting story tells the tale of a robot with a broken heart who gives his remaining strength to save the life of a little bird and rediscovers his life purpose. With presenter Sheena Masson, Britten Sinfonia's musicians perform a newly-created musical version of the children's book by David Lucas with specially created animations by Victor Craven and a brilliant, jazz influenced score by composer Raph Clarkson. The concert lasts approximately 50 minutes, including time to learn the songs. It is suitable for all ages and designed especially for children aged 4 to 8.
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Hertford Castle Teddy Bears Picnic
Sun 21st July 2024 12:00 - 16:00
Pack your picnic basket and bring along your favourite teddy for a day of fun and adventure at Hertford Castle, including a bear hunt inside the castle, games, and activities around the grounds, plus take part in the annual Teddy Bear's parade lead and judged by the Mayor of Hertford. Prizes will be awarded to the 'Best Dressed' teddy. A live brass band concert will perform throughout the day, Hertford Canoe Club will be running water activities on the River Lea and Hertford Castle will be open for the public to explore.
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Classic Vehicle Show at Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles
Sat 20th July 2024 - Sun 21st July 2024 10:00 - 17:00
The Classic Vehicle Show is back at Chiltern Open Air Museum this July and it promises to be a weekend filled with nostalgia. Whether you're a car enthusiast, a motorcycle lover, or simply appreciate the beauty of classic vehicles, this event is not to be missed. See a stunning collection of classic cars and motorcycles. You'll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with these beauties, with owners on hand to share their stories and knowledge. It will be the perfect opportunity to connect with fellow vehicle enthusiasts and share your passion for all things classic.
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SEN Morning at Babylon Park, Camden, London
Sat 20th July 2024 10-11am
 Step into Babylon Park London's sensory morning event, where the magic of space meets the comfort of understanding. Soft lights, gentle sounds, and touch-friendly exhibits create a serene galaxy for children with sensory sensitivities. The Park will be closed to the public so our neurodivergent earthlings and family members can enjoy the Park. Here, young explorers can dive into intergalactic wonders, free to enjoy the excitement without any worries. It's a cosmic adventure tailored just for them, ensuring every moment is filled with joy and discovery. £15 per person (1 hour) - along with a complimentary ticket for Carers.
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