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Throughout the year St Albans City & District has a lively cultural calendar, so why not plan your visit to coincide with one of the regular street events, festivals or markets? There is so much to do, and as well as the regular events listed below, local attractions often have special one-off events as well.

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Major festivals and events

An overview of the big events happening around the city and district in 2017
Find out more about the Herts County Show, Harpenden Carnival, the Alban Pilgrimage, St Albans Folk Festival, the International Organ Festival, CAMRA St Albans Beer Festival, St Albans & Harpenden Food and Drink Festival, and many more. 

Information on these and a whole host of other events happening around the city and district can also be found in our Events Search.

Willows Farm Santa's Spectacular Grotto & Festive Farm Fun

Wednesday 22nd November - Sunday 24th December 2017
There is so much to do at Santa Spectacular with a full day out of indoor and outdoor fun including meeting Santa and receiving a golden key to his Toy Shop, attending Elf Academy, saying hello to Santa’s reindeer and so much more.

St Albans Christmas Market

Saturday 25th November to Saturday 23rd December 2017
German-style Christmas Market in St Albans selling high quality gifts and products. Browse beautiful handmade gifts while enjoying a mug of mulled wine in the Christmas atmosphere. The event will take place in and around the beautiful Vintry Garden adjacent to the magnificent 11th-century St Albans Cathedral.
Further information: visit our Christmas Market section and find out more about the products, entertainment, and how to be involved.

Tots Tales at Verulamium Museum

Wednesday 13th December 2017
Join us for a story, craft activity and a museum hunt inspired by The Gruffalo's Child by Julia Donaldson.

Halloween Ghosts and Ghouls Guided Walk

Wednesday 13th December 2017
As we explore haunted St Albans, we will visit many places that are noted for some strange events. Stories of the well known phantoms of the town will be related by the guide. During this walk you may wonder if we are on our own - who knows!

French Market

Thursday 14th December and Friday 15th December 2017
France at Home returns to put on a French Market in St Albans. The traders mostly come from different 'departments' in Normandy and offer a wide range of top quality products. These are generally local and regional cheeses, bread freshly baked every day, patisserie products, olives and dried fruits, handbags, jewellery, Provençal soaps, and much more.

Christmas Charity Concert - The Sandpit Theatre

Thursday 14th December 2017
West End stars and local talent are coming together this Christmas in festive spirit, to raise money for Home Start Herts, a wonderful charity that supports families with young children in a multitude of difficult situations.

Carols on the Hour

Saturday 16th December 2017
Take a break from the last-minute Christmas shopping and enjoy this special St Albans Cathedral event. Each service lasts just 30 minutes, enough time to sing some uplifting carols with the Cathedral Choirs. Everyone is welcome to come and sing and experience the true meaning of Christmas at these hourly Carol Services from 11am to 4pm. No tickets required and admission is free.

St Saviour’s Church Christmas Tree Festival

Saturday 16th December 2017 - Saturday 23rd December 2017
A beautiful Christmas event! Come and see the church transformed into a winter wonderland by 90 sparkling Christmas trees. The trees are all decorated on the theme of “Community at Christmas” by local individuals and groups.

A Christmas Carol - The Sandpit Theatre

Saturday 16th December 2017
With the help of a large 60cm tall pop up book and lots of humbugs, this very entertaining version of the Dicken’s classic tale takes the audience back to Victorian England using mime, voice and a couple of suitcases loaded full of ghosts!

Food of Love at Christmas

Saturday 16th December 2017
OVO's house band along with the OVOcalists perform Christmas songs and jazz tunes. Mulled wine, mince pies and Christmas cheer.

The Hospice of St Francis Christmas Carol Concert

Sunday 17th December 2017
Enjoy an afternoon of festive carols and Christmas readings in aid of The Hospice of St Francis. Set within the stunning Cathedral this is the perfect opportunity to bring family and friends together at this special time of year to support an important local cause.

Crafts in the Colonnade at Verulamium Museum

Wednesday 20th December 2017
Simple festive crafts inspired by the museum’s collections.

Museum Explorers at Verulamium Museum

Thursday 21st December 2017
Borrow items from our explorer kit to help you investigate the museum.

St Albans Mummers

Tuesday 26th December 2017 (Boxing Day)

For over 40 years the St Albans Mummers have performed their unique adaptation of George & The Dragon on Boxing Day in various locations in the City Centre.

Crafts in the Colonnade at Verulamium Museum

Wednesday 27th December 2017
Simple festive crafts inspired by the museum’s collections.

Museum Explorers at Verulamium Museum

Thursday 28th December 2017
Borrow items from our explorer kit to help you investigate the museum.

Luton Hoo New Year's Eve Gourmet Dinner

Sunday 31st December 2017
A lavish five course gourmet dinner at Luton Hoo in the Mansion House restaurant.

Luton Hoo New Year's Eve Family Disco

Sunday 31st December 2017
Warren Weir will play host to a New Year’s Eve Family Disco.

Luton Hoo New Year's Eve Gala Dinner

Sunday 31st December 2017
For those who prefer to dance the night away on New Year’s Eve, Luton Hoo venue Warren Weir will be hosting a vibrant New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Dance.

Historic St Albans Guided Walk

Monday 1st January 2018
St Albans, the unheralded jewel of Hertfordshire, a 1000 year old city at the heart of English History. Tour well known and lesser known sites of the City - hear about revolting peasants, martyrs, heretics, monasteries and monks.

Rennie Grove - Polar Bear Plunge

Monday 1st January 2018
A fun family event on the first day of the year when hardy souls celebrate the New Year by taking a dip in icy water.
Sign up for an icy dip in the St Albans Diving Club's pool - in the name of charity and to earn your polar bear medal! All of the money received is split equally between Rennie Grove Hospice Care, Home Start St Albans and Earthworks St Albans.

New Year's Day Celebration Concert

Monday 1st January 2018
St Albans Symphony Orchestra

Tots Tales at Verulamium Museum

Wednesday 10th January 2018
Join us for a story, craft activity and a museum hunt inspired by Kipper's Snowy Day by Mick Inkpen

Waterloo

Friday 19th January 2018
Waterloo - The Best of Abba Tribute Show

Joe Brown Solo Show

Saturday 20th January 2018
Join Joe as he incorporates his diverse musical styles into this brand new show that is as unique as the man himself.

Legendary Front Men Of Rock

Wednesday 24th January 2018
Legendary Front Men Of Rock makes UK landfall in 2018 with an all evening line up that all rock fans will not want to miss. FRAN COSMO – former lead singer of BOSTON & his Band and BOBBY KIMBALL – original lead singer of TOTO & his Band.

Archaeological Apprentices at Verulamium Museum

Saturday 27th January 2018
Come along and join in a simulated archaeology dig. Help peel back layers of time to see what people in the past have left behind and discover what can be learnt from the finds.

Amadeus Chamber Orchestra

Saturday 27th January 2018
Amadeus Chamber Orchestra with Joel Sandelson (conductor), Jennifer Wigram (leader) and soloist: Julian Trevelyan (piano)

Jack Jones

Saturday 27th January 2018
80th Birthday Celebration Tour! JACK JONES lights up a stage – any stage, any time, anywhere. One of the world’s most loved international singing stars, JACK JONES still stands head and shoulders above his musical peers.

Verulamium Museum - Spotlight on History: Many a fight over a barrel of horse manure!

Wednesday 7th February 2018
Take a journey through twentieth century St Albans, hearing the experiences of those who lived and worked here.

Verulamium Museum - Crack the Code Museum Trail

Monday 12th February 2018
Explore the museum for clues to the Roman words and phrases hidden around the galleries.

Crafts in the Colonnade at Verulamium Museum

Tuesday 13th February 2018
Simple crafts inspired by the museum’s collections.

Crafts in the Colonnade at Verulamium Museum

Wednesday 14th February 2018
Simple crafts inspired by the museum’s collections.

Verulamium Museum - Spotlight on History: The changing use of St Albans Town Hall

Wednesday 14th February 2018
This year, in the next stage of the building’s history, a new museum will be opened. Find out more about this fascinating building and see the latest behind-the-scenes photos of the fit out of the museum.

Museum Explorers at Verulamium Museum

Thursday 15th February 2018
Borrow items from our explorer kit to help you investigate the museum.

Meet the Conservator at Verulamium Museum

Thursday 15th February 2018
Want to find out about the museum pests? Ever wondered what damage a bit of dust can do? Why doesn't the museum "fix" all the broken pots?

Family Fridays - Time for Tea at Verulamium Museum

Friday 16th February 2018
Explore the collections with a drop-in craft and learning session. Handle artefacts and make a souvenir to take home.

Meet A Roman Soldier at Verulamium Museum

Saturday 17th February 2018
Meet a Roman soldier at Verulamium Museum

Verulamium Museum - Spotlight on History: Mobilisation 1914

Wednesday 21st February 2018
This talk will explain how the British discovered the Kaiser’s spy ring, how the British Army and Royal Navy went to war and focus on the important role played by the police and the Post Office.

Verulamium Museum - Spotlight on History: The M1 – how was it built?

Wednesday 28th February 2018
In the 1950s, a plan was developed to create the M1 motorway, linking London to Yorkshire. Using wartime airfield construction techniques and battling extremely tough winter conditions, the southern stretch of the M1 near St Albans was built in 18 months, opening in 1959.

Tots Tales at Verulamium Museum

Wednesday 14th March 2018
Join us for a story, craft activity and a museum hunt inspired by The Treasure Hunt by Nick Butterworth.

Crafts in the Colonnade at Verulamium Museum

Monday 2nd April 2018 & Tuesday 3rd April 2018
Simple crafts inspired by the museum’s collections.

Museum Explorers at Verulamium Museum

Thursday 5th April 2018
Borrow items from our explorer kit to help you investigate the museum.

Meet Queen Boudicca at Verulamium Museum

Thursday 5th April 2018
Meet Queen Boudiccaat Verulamium Museum

Family Fridays - Iron Age Houses at Verulamium Museum

Friday 6th April 2018
Explore the collections with a drop-in craft and learning session. Handle artefacts and make a souvenir to take home.

Meet A Roman Soldier at Verulamium Museum

Sunday 8th April 2018
Meet a Roman soldier at Verulamium Museum

Crafts in the Colonnade at Verulamium Museum

Monday 9th April 2018 & Tuesday 10th April 2018
Simple crafts inspired by the museum’s collections.

Tots Tales at Verulamium Museum

Wednesday 11th April 2018
Join us for a story, craft activity and a museum hunt inspired by Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers.

Museum Explorers at Verulamium Museum

Thursday 12th April 2018
Borrow items from our explorer kit to help you investigate the museum.

Family Fridays - Ancient Jewellery at Verulamium Museum

Friday 13th April 2018
Explore the collections with a drop-in craft and learning session. Handle artefacts and make a souvenir to take home.
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