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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
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.

SuStAinable St Albans Week

Saturday 21st April to Sunday 29th April 2018
This vibrant and award-winning week is packed with events and activities to do with the environment, taking place across the district.  There is something for everyone; food and films, walks and talks, kids’ activities and special offers.  Look online to see all the details, including the prestigious opening event “Our Planet, Our Future” in Harpenden and the finale, the “Know How Festival” in St Albans.

Historic St.Albans

Sunday 22nd April 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.

Celebration of Scouting in St Albans

Sunday 22nd April 2018
A parade of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts through St Peter's Street and celebration of Scouting in St Albans in the Cathedral Orchard with entertainment.

Discover Redbourn Guided Walk

Sunday 22nd April 2018
During the coaching era, Redbourn became known as a Street of Inns and boasted at least 30 inns and public houses. This walk explores the area around the historic High Street, St Mary's Church and Almhouses.

Jasper Carrott’s Stand Up & Rock

Tuesday 24th April 2018 - Wednesday 25th April 2018
Stand Up & Rock is back. The 2017 tour will see the legendary Jasper Carrott back with a new stand up show before introducing his musical compatriots that have been ‘rockin’ audiences all over the world.

Gorhambury House Talk

Wednesday 25th April 2018
The Countess of Verulam – My Life and Art at Gorhambury

Earthworks Seed & Seedling Swap and Open Evening

Wednesday 25th April 2018
As part of Sustainable St. Albans Week, Earthworks are holding a free Seed & Seedling Swap.

The Dreamboys

Thursday 26th April 2018
If you’re looking for the very best girls night out in the UK, look no further.

The George Michael Legacy

Friday 27th April 2018
Featuring international George Michael tribute Wayne Dilks and his 8 piece band.

Fishpool Street

Saturday 28th April 2018
Journey from St Michaels, the village within the Roman walls, taking in medieval pubs and houses and a 16th century watermill, to Fishpool Street. How did this street, once a major 18th century coaching route, degenerate to a slum and backwater, then become a prime residential area?

An Audience with Ian Waite & Oti Mabuse

Saturday 28th April 2018
Ian and Oti will deliver a night of Latin and Ballroom numbers with high intensity. The Strictly Come Dancing pros will perform a dance showcase spectacular designed to dazzle and wow.

Historic St.Albans

Sunday 29th April 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.

There's More To The Tudors

Sunday 29th April 2018
From Henry VII to Elizabeth I, an era of unprecedented social, religious and political change. How did the dissolution of our powerful monastery impact on the people of St Albans and its economy? You may be surprised how many of the 16th century buildings have survived – though some may be in disguise!

Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Tuesday 1st May - Saturday 5th May 2018
Tuesday 1st – Saturday 5th May 2018
Evenings 7:45pm
Saturday Matinee 2:30pm

Gorhambury House Talk

Wednesday 2nd May 2018
The Viscountess Grimston – The Gorhambury Building Project Revealed

GolfSixes

Saturday 5th May and Sunday 6th May 2018
The second edition of the GolfSixes event, the European Tour’s innovative shorter format of the game, takes place at the Centurion Club in St Albans. The event will feature two-man teams from 16 different nations, with the leading European Tour member from each nation selecting his partner for the event.

A Roman City Revealed

Saturday 5th May 2018
Discover the lurid past of Roman Britain’s third city, revolting Celts and a fire to rival the Great Fire of London. See the hypocaust, the Roman central heating system not surpassed in England for over 1400 years, and part of the Roman Wall. Visit the unique Roman Theatre where Roman acting was very much part of the activities.
There is a small charge for entrance to the Roman Theatre.

Historic St.Albans

Sunday 6th May 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.

Aristocrats, Paupers & Philanthropists

Sunday 6th May 2018
Based in the St Peter’s area you will hear of London orphans and their wet nurses, the philanthrophy of Winston Churchill’s ancestors and find out about the “heir and spare”. Why is there an arrow above the Pemberton Almshouse on St Peter’s Street and why is there an unusual milestone in Hatfield Road?

David Baddiel - My Family: Not the Sitcom

Sunday 6th May 2018
Following a sold out run at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory and two critically-acclaimed West End runs, David Baddiel takes his Olivier-nominated one-man show to theatres nationwide.

Historic St.Albans

Monday 7th May 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.

Discover Harpenden Guided Walk

Monday 7th May 2018
An infamous spy, a lane nicknamed after the smells from the brewery and the local artist who painted royalty and presidents - these are just some of the places you will see and people you will hear about on this walk through the village and common.

A Monastery Revealed

Monday 7th May 2018
From Dedication to Dissolution, powerful Abbots controlled the town, the lives of its people and of course the monks. How did the people live under this rule, and what was daily life like for the monks?

Jon Culshaw & Bill Dare

Wednesday 9th May 2018
Comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw and legendary comedy producer Bill Dare come to The Alban Arena for the first time following their sell-out tour earlier in the year.

Daliso Chaponda

Thursday 10th May 2018
Britain’s Got Talent and Amanda Holden’s golden buzzer act comedian Daliso Chaponda has announced his debut stand up tour for 2018 entitled ‘What The African Said.’.

The Illegal Eagles

Friday 11th May 2018
The World’s Official No.1 Eagles tribute returns in 2018 for another outstanding show promising more of their trademark musical prowess, acute attention to detail, and incredible showmanship.

Human Cargo - A Spellbinding Look at Migration through Historic Storytelling and Folksong

Friday 11th May 2018
Human Cargo gives voice to past exiles – emigrants, slaves, transportees – to shed fresh light on today’s migrations. Through the accompanying Parallel Lives project, it includes – wherever it performs - local stories of migration and partnership with local refugee and migrant support groups.

Fishpool Street

Saturday 12th May 2018
Journey from St Michaels, the village within the Roman walls, taking in medieval pubs and houses and a 16th century watermill, to Fishpool Street. How did this street, once a major 18th century coaching route, degenerate to a slum and backwater, then become a prime residential area?

St Albans Organ Theatre - Michael Woolridge

Saturday 12th May 2018
St Albans Organ Theatre Concert

Historic St.Albans

Sunday 13th May 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.

Beating the Bounds

Sunday 13th May 2018
Beating the Bounds is a traditional ceremony dating back to medieval times and involves members of the community walking the boundary of St Albans. During the ceremony, people taking part in the event will be invited to beat the 'bounds' with willow wands at key locations along the 3 mile route. The procession, led by the Mayor and officers of the district council will follow the medieval boundary of the town as defined in 1327. The procession takes around 2 hours. Free.

St Albans Organ Theatre - Musical Sunday Afternoon

Sunday 13th May 2018
Musical Sunday Afternoon

Coaching Inns

Sunday 13th May 2018
For over 1000 years, St Albans has been a town of inns, taverns and alehouses. Find out why there were fifteen inns in one street alone. At one time, stabling was required for over 2000 horses – imagine the smell!

Lee Hurst: Mucking About

Sunday 13th May 2018
Lee Hurst, star of BBC1’s They Think Its All Over’ is back on the road in 2018 with his brand new show ‘Mucking About’.

Ruby Wax: Frazzled ‘A Guide To Mindfulness’

Tuesday 15th May 2018
Ruby Wax brings her new one-woman show to the stage.

Count Arthur Strong - Alive and Unplugged

Wednesday 16th May 2018
Alone, solo and by himself, with no one with him, the show business Colossasus (check that) takes us back on a journey through his early career.

20th Century Boy – Marc Bolan Musical

Thursday 17th May 2018 - Saturday 19th May 2018
This hit musical, inspired by the life of rock legend Marc Bolan, returns to the stage to mark the 40th anniversary of the iconic star’s untimely death.

A Roman City Revealed

Saturday 19th May 2018
Discover the lurid past of Roman Britain’s third city, revolting Celts and a fire to rival the Great Fire of London. See the hypocaust, the Roman central heating system not surpassed in England for over 1400 years, and part of the Roman Wall. Visit the unique Roman Theatre where Roman acting was very much part of the activities.
There is a small charge for entrance to the Roman Theatre.

Harpenden Street Food Social

Saturday 19th May 2018
A monthly event from April to August bringing together a diverse collection of local street food vendors with foods from around the world. Visitors to the social can quench their thirst with a locally brewed beer and cider, or indulge in a chilled glass of Prosecco from the licensed bar - there’s something for everyone’s tastes. A DJ at the event will bring a relaxed atmosphere and assortment of music from all genres for visitors to the event.

Historic St.Albans

Sunday 20th May 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.

Victorian St.Albans

Sunday 20th May 2018
The Victorian times were the age of massive expansion for the town. This walk takes us from the medieval to the age of steam, the railways, factories and even the pioneering days of cinema (hear about the first ever film advertisement)!

Andy Hamilton

Monday 21st May 2018
In his 60 years on this planet, comedy writer and performer Andy Hamilton has experienced many changes.

Grumpy Old Women To The Rescue

Tuesday 22nd May 2018
Starring Jenny Eclair, Dillie Keane & Lizzie Roper

Gorhambury House Talk

Wednesday 23rd May 2018
The Viscountess Grimston – The Gorhambury Building Project Revealed

Jools Holland

Thursday 24th May 2018
Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra featuring GILSON LAVIS with special guest MARC ALMOND and guest vocalists RUBY TURNER, LOUISE MARSHALL & ROSIE MAE

The Counterfeit Stones

Friday 25th May 2018
Now in their 27th year, these prank-stars continue to deliver the best “mock ‘n’ roll” show on the circuit.

Hertfordshire County Show

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May 2018
The Hertfordshire County Showground is the setting for many events throughout the year, including the annual Hertfordshire County Show, which traditionally takes place over the late May Bank Holiday weekend. The event attracts up to 38,000 visitors and displays the best of Hertfordshire. Come and see animals ranging from huge bulls to tiny ducks, spectacular displays and educational demonstrations. Join us for a fantastic family day out, combining free entertainment, fun, food and shopping.

Fishpool Street

Saturday 26th May 2018
Journey from St Michaels, the village within the Roman walls, taking in medieval pubs and houses and a 16th century watermill, to Fishpool Street. How did this street, once a major 18th century coaching route, degenerate to a slum and backwater, then become a prime residential area?

We’ve Only Just Begun

Saturday 26th May 2018
“We’ve Only Just Begun” is a celebration of the Carpenter’s music and the spirit of Karen Carpenter.

Historic St.Albans

Sunday 27th May 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.

Historic Pubs of St.Albans

Sunday 27th May 2018
For centuries, the innkeepers and publicans of St Albans have provided hospitality for pilgrims, travellers, market traders and locals alike.

Lee Nelson

Sunday 27th May 2018
Due to huge demand, Lee is extending his smash hit tour for a second (and final) time, adding an extra 30 dates to his huge 150 show run.

Historic St.Albans

Monday 28th May 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.

There's More To The Tudors

Monday 28th May 2018
From Henry VII to Elizabeth I, an era of unprecedented social, religious and political change. How did the dissolution of our powerful monastery impact on the people of St Albans and its economy? You may be surprised how many of the 16th century buildings have survived – though some may be in disguise!

St Albans Organ Theatre - Arts and Crafts sale

Saturday 2nd June 2018
A very popular Vintage Afternoon Tea whilst enjoying the quieter instruments in the collection.

St Albans Steam and Country Show

Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June 2018
A full day's entertainment will be available for everyone. In addition to the old engines and farm equipment there will be stalls, a fairground and refreshments including a licensed bar. Demonstrations will be set up to show how the old equipment was used in days gone by. A working sawbench, threshing machine, stone crusher and other machinery will be at work. Ring events and parades will enable all the mobile exhibits to be moved on the field (if weather conditions allow).

Discover Wheathampstead Guided Walk

Sunday 2nd June 2018
This is a traditional site of the Catuvellauni, the local Iron Age tribe, but it eventually became part of the monastic Estate of Westminster.

A Roman City Revealed

Saturday 2nd June 2018
Discover the lurid past of Roman Britain’s third city, revolting Celts and a fire to rival the Great Fire of London. See the hypocaust, the Roman central heating system not surpassed in England for over 1400 years, and part of the Roman Wall. Visit the unique Roman Theatre where Roman acting was very much part of the activities.
There is a small charge for entrance to the Roman Theatre.

Historic St.Albans

Sunday 3rd June 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.

St Albans Organ Theatre - Vintage Tea Afternoon

Sunday 3rd June 2018
A very popular Vintage Afternoon Tea whilst enjoying the quieter instruments in the collection.

Aristocrats, Paupers & Philanthropists

Sunday 3rd June 2018
Based in the St Peter’s area you will hear of London orphans and their wet nurses, the philanthrophy of Winston Churchill’s ancestors and find out about the “heir and spare”. Why is there an arrow above the Pemberton Almshouse on St Peter’s Street and why is there an unusual milestone in Hatfield Road?

Indoor Craft Fayre

Saturday 9th June 2018
A range of traditional and modern craft and fayre stalls including tombola, art and craft, home-made goods, cakes, jams, plants and much more!
Free Entry
A lovely event to pop into for all the family!
If you are interested in joining us as a stallholder please contact via WelwynHarmonyChorus@gmail.com for details

Art on the Common

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June 2018
Established for over 30 years, Art on the Common is Hertfordshire's premier outdoor art event, set on a wonderful tree lined section of Harpenden Common close to the Town centre. The two day event showcases the very best of local art including paintings, ceramics, fine art photography, sculpture, jewellery, glass, wood and handmade greeting cards.

Harpenden Carnival

Saturday 9th June 2018
Harpenden Round Table and Harpenden Town Council bring you the 53rd Harpenden Carnival. The theme will be the Wild West, and there will be a procession through the High Street, live music on stage, and lots of stalls and side shows. In the main arena there will be Wild West themed acts, including a lasso & whip-cracking show and line dancing workshops!

Fishpool Street

Saturday 9th June 2018
Journey from St Michaels, the village within the Roman walls, taking in medieval pubs and houses and a 16th century watermill, to Fishpool Street. How did this street, once a major 18th century coaching route, degenerate to a slum and backwater, then become a prime residential area?

St Albans Organ Theatre - Chris Stanbury

Saturday 9th June 2018
St Albans Organ Theatre Concert

St Albans Half Marathon

Sunday 10th June 2018
A community focused event, St Albans Half Marathon aims to raise money for local charities and organisations as well as put on a great day out for all the family. Those looking for a challenge can take on the scenic Half Marathon or Walking Half Marathon, which takes you on a challenging but rewarding route through the country lanes of St Albans.

Historic St.Albans

Sunday 10th June 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.

A Monastery Revealed

Sunday 10th June 2018
From Dedication to Dissolution, powerful Abbots controlled the town, the lives of its people and of course the monks. How did the people live under this rule, and what was daily life like for the monks?

Gorhambury House Talk

Wednesday 13th June 2018
The Countess of Verulam – My Life and Art at Gorhambury

St Albans Folk Festival

Friday 15th to Sunday 17th June 2018
St Albans Folk Festival will take place from 15th to 17th June with the main events on Saturday June 16th. These will include a Day of Dance, free showcase performances, sessions, singarounds, workshops and a festival concert featuring The Dovetail Trio, Granny’s Attic, Watford Folk Club song competition winner, Julian Mount and a New Roots finalist.

A Roman City Revealed

Saturday 16th June 2018
Discover the lurid past of Roman Britain’s third city, revolting Celts and a fire to rival the Great Fire of London. See the hypocaust, the Roman central heating system not surpassed in England for over 1400 years, and part of the Roman Wall. Visit the unique Roman Theatre where Roman acting was very much part of the activities.
There is a small charge for entrance to the Roman Theatre.

Harpenden Street Food Social

Saturday 16th June 2018
A monthly event from April to August bringing together a diverse collection of local street food vendors with foods from around the world. Visitors to the social can quench their thirst with a locally brewed beer and cider, or indulge in a chilled glass of Prosecco from the licensed bar - there’s something for everyone’s tastes. A DJ at the event will bring a relaxed atmosphere and assortment of music from all genres for visitors to the event.

Historic St.Albans

Sunday 17th June 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.

Gorhambury House Talk

Wednesday 20th June 2018
The Viscountess Grimston – The Gorhambury Building Project Revealed

The Alban Pilgrimage - part of Alban Weekend

Saturday 23rd June 2018
St Albans Cathedral is delighted to bring you the spectacular Alban Pilgrimage, a celebration of the life of Saint Alban who gave the City its name. This unique and dramatic event sees giant carnival puppets retrace Alban's last steps and tell his remarkable and moving story. Roman chariots, centurions, lions, roses and executioners all take their place in the procession from St Peter's Church, through the City Centre to St Albans Cathedral.

Rothamsted Festival of Ideas

Saturday 23rd June 2018 - Sunday 24th June 2018
Rothamsted is celebrating 175 years of leaps in science and discovery in 2018.

Fishpool Street

Saturday 23rd June 2018
Journey from St Michaels, the village within the Roman walls, taking in medieval pubs and houses and a 16th century watermill, to Fishpool Street. How did this street, once a major 18th century coaching route, degenerate to a slum and backwater, then become a prime residential area?

Alban Street Festival - part of Alban Weekend

Sunday 24th June 2018
Showcasing our inspiring community, celebrate all that is fun, free and fabulous about St Albans at the Alban Street Festival. Food stalls, creative and sporting activities, live music, performance and more: and all of it is free!

St Albans Film Festival

Tuesday 26th June to Sunday 1st July 2018
The fifth international St Albans Film Festival will take place in 2018, with a short-film competition, film screenings, workshops, and other film-themed events taking place throughout the city. The theme this year is Speed. There will be open-air cinema in Abbey Orchard from Wednesday 27th June through to Sunday 1st July.

M Festival

Saturday 30th June 2018
M Festival Returns for its 9th year on Saturday 30th June! This is a fantastic local community event for all the family to enjoy! With lots of local talent, activities, food and drink, there is plenty to do!

A Roman City Revealed

Saturday 30th June 2018
Discover the lurid past of Roman Britain’s third city, revolting Celts and a fire to rival the Great Fire of London. See the hypocaust, the Roman central heating system not surpassed in England for over 1400 years, and part of the Roman Wall. Visit the unique Roman Theatre where Roman acting was very much part of the activities.
There is a small charge for entrance to the Roman Theatre.

Historic St.Albans

Sunday 1st July 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.

Victorian St.Albans

Sunday 1st July 2018
The Victorian times were the age of massive expansion for the town. This walk takes us from the medieval to the age of steam, the railways, factories and even the pioneering days of cinema (hear about the first ever film advertisement)!

Mozart's Così fan tutte

Wednesday 4th July 2018
Dulwich Opera Company are returning to St Saviour’s Church, St Albans, this July with a staged production of Mozart's classic tale of love and deception. Described by Opera Today as “compulsive and enjoyable”, this young and vibrant company look forward to bringing their acclaimed production of Mozart's comedy to St Albans, building on 2017’s first successful visit with Carmen.

St Michaels Village Folk Evening

Wednesday 4th July 2018
Traffic will give way to music and dancing when St Michael's Street, St Albans will be closed from 8-10pm for St Michael's Street Folk evening. The overture by St Michael's bell ringers will start at 7.15pm. After dancing in the street and the school playground finished, music and singing will continue until closing time all over the village.

Childwickbury Arts Fair

Friday 6th July to Sunday 8th July 2018
A three day celebration of the arts held inside the beautiful private grounds of Childwickbury Estate, St Albans where you will find a vibrant mix of workshops, demonstrations and entertainment for all ages, a great day out for families. A unique way to engage with artists in a relaxed and informal setting as well as an opportunity to view and buy their work. Events and activities include painting, print making, jewellery, plus much much more!

Festival on the Field 2018

Saturday 7th July 2018
Harpenden's own award-winning outdoor music festival and fund-raising event, run by the school associations of Sir John Lawes and Manland Primary School. Starring some of the UK's best known tribute acts.

Fishpool Street

Saturday 7th July 2018
Journey from St Michaels, the village within the Roman walls, taking in medieval pubs and houses and a 16th century watermill, to Fishpool Street. How did this street, once a major 18th century coaching route, degenerate to a slum and backwater, then become a prime residential area?

Harpenden Highland Gathering

Sunday 8th July 2018
Harpenden Lions Highland Gathering is a great day out with a 'Scottish flavour' offering four pipe and drum bands, highland dancing competitions and displays as well as solo piping. Plus the traditional highland games heavy events including 'weight over the bar', 'tossing the caber' and 'putting the stone'.

Historic St.Albans

Sunday 8th July 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.

Wheathampstead Village Weekend

Sunday 8th July 2018
Village Day happens in July every year, with a parade through the village followed by stalls and activities on the Marford Playing Field. The 2018 theme is Carnival.

St Albans Organ Theatre - Musical Sunday Afternoon

Sunday 8th July 2018
Musical Sunday Afternoon

Historic Pubs of St.Albans

Sunday 8th July 2018
For centuries, the innkeepers and publicans of St Albans have provided hospitality for pilgrims, travellers, market traders and locals alike.

A Roman City Revealed

Saturday 14th July 2018
Discover the lurid past of Roman Britain’s third city, revolting Celts and a fire to rival the Great Fire of London. See the hypocaust, the Roman central heating system not surpassed in England for over 1400 years, and part of the Roman Wall. Visit the unique Roman Theatre where Roman acting was very much part of the activities.
There is a small charge for entrance to the Roman Theatre.

St Albans Organ Theatre - David Ivory

Saturday 14th July 2018
St Albans Organ Theatre Concert

Historic St.Albans

Sunday 15th July 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.

There's More To The Tudors

Monday 15th July 2018
From Henry VII to Elizabeth I, an era of unprecedented social, religious and political change. How did the dissolution of our powerful monastery impact on the people of St Albans and its economy? You may be surprised how many of the 16th century buildings have survived – though some may be in disguise!

Fishpool Street

Saturday 21st July 2018
Journey from St Michaels, the village within the Roman walls, taking in medieval pubs and houses and a 16th century watermill, to Fishpool Street. How did this street, once a major 18th century coaching route, degenerate to a slum and backwater, then become a prime residential area?

Harpenden Street Food Social

Saturday 21st July 2018
A monthly event from April to August bringing together a diverse collection of local street food vendors with foods from around the world. Visitors to the social can quench their thirst with a locally brewed beer and cider, or indulge in a chilled glass of Prosecco from the licensed bar - there’s something for everyone’s tastes. A DJ at the event will bring a relaxed atmosphere and assortment of music from all genres for visitors to the event.

Historic St.Albans

Sunday 22nd July 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.

Aristocrats, Paupers & Philanthropists

Sunday 22nd July 2018
Based in the St Peter’s area you will hear of London orphans and their wet nurses, the philanthrophy of Winston Churchill’s ancestors and find out about the “heir and spare”. Why is there an arrow above the Pemberton Almshouse on St Peter’s Street and why is there an unusual milestone in Hatfield Road?

Classics on the Common

Wednesday 25th July 2018
Once a year, Harpenden Common comes alive for half a day with 1200 classic cars and other four-wheelers, plus 250 cycles and scooters. You'll find a Chevy Bel Air rubbing shoulders with a 1927 Trojan, and a rare 1978 Mantra Bagheera with a '59 Berliet plus 10,000 admiring spectators. Little wonder Classics on the Common, already Britain's biggest mid-week classic car meeting, now ranks among the top events of the classics calendar.

UK's Strongest Man 2018

Friday 27th July to Sunday 29th July 2018
For the first time ever UK's Strongest Man is coming to England and the host city is St Albans! This family favourite Channel 5 series is the toughest strongman competition in the world. 16 strongmen from across the UK and Ireland come together to pull trucks, flip giant tyres, lift the world famous stones and much, much more in this action packed show for all the family.

A Roman City Revealed

Saturday 28th July 2018
Discover the lurid past of Roman Britain’s third city, revolting Celts and a fire to rival the Great Fire of London. See the hypocaust, the Roman central heating system not surpassed in England for over 1400 years, and part of the Roman Wall. Visit the unique Roman Theatre where Roman acting was very much part of the activities.
There is a small charge for entrance to the Roman Theatre.

Historic St.Albans

Sunday 29th July 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.

Family Walk

Sunday 29th July 2018
Why is our city called St.Albans? Why was the Clock Tower built? This walk is for families of primary school age children.

Historic St.Albans

Sunday 5th August 2018, Sunday 12th August 2018, Sunday 19th August 2018, Sunday 26th August 2018, Monday 27th August 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.

Meraki Festival

Friday 10th August to Sunday 12th August 2018
Meraki returns to St Albans for a 2nd year. The festival will feature a line-up of top live music acts across 3 stages. We’re family-friendly, with lots to keep the little ones entertained, and we have a range of special features and creative spaces around the festival for everyone to enjoy. The activities at Meraki are all-inclusive – once you’re through the gates, you can enjoy all of our festival features for no extra cost!

Gorhambury House Talk

Wednesday 15th August 2018
The Countess of Verulam – My Life and Art at Gorhambury

Harpenden Street Food Social

Saturday 18th August 2018
A monthly event from April to August bringing together a diverse collection of local street food vendors with foods from around the world. Visitors to the social can quench their thirst with a locally brewed beer and cider, or indulge in a chilled glass of Prosecco from the licensed bar - there’s something for everyone’s tastes. A DJ at the event will bring a relaxed atmosphere and assortment of music from all genres for visitors to the event.

French Market

Friday 24th August 2018
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.

Heritage Open Days

Thurs 6th to Sun 10th September and Thurs 13th to Sun 16th September 2018
Each September for one weekend, St Albans opens its doors to allow you to visit many of the museums and attractions free, and to explore buildings normally closed to the public. It is a once-a-year chance to discover our architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.

Hertfordshire Open Studios

Saturday 8th September to Sunday 30th September 2018
Why not extend the summer holiday mood with a self-guided tour of some of Hertfordshire's finest artists, craftmakers and artisans? Artists are opening their doors for the biggest county-wide art event in Hertfordshire - Herts Open Studios. This annual autumn show, organised by Herts Visual Arts, runs for three weeks and entry to participating exhibitions is free.

Redbourn Classics Motor Show

Saturday 15th September 2018
Classic Vehicle Show plus Village Fête with family entertainment, BBQ, food stalls, charity stalls, and a raffle.

Gorhambury House Talk

Wednesday 19th September 2018
The Countess of Verulam – My Life and Art at Gorhambury

St Albans Food & Drink Festival 2018

Wednesday 26th September to Monday 8th October
The St Albans Food & Drink Festival will return this autumn to showcase the fantastic range of food, drink and produce available throughout St Albans District. With so many excellent eateries providing fabulous food and delightful drinking holes, the festival is a great time to try something new or different.

CAMRA St Albans Beer and Cider Festival

Wednesday 26th September to Saturday 29th September 2018
The premier event in the Hertfordshire drinkers calendar will be back in town at the end of September so book your beer and cider holiday now and pay us a visit to enjoy the vast selection of drinks on offer. The number of real ale on offer runs into the hundreds and is complimented by a vast selection of real ciders and perries, bottle conditioned beers and a large selection from around the world.

St Albans Cathedral Fireworks Spectacular

Saturday 3rd November 2018
Come and enjoy a spectacular event full of fantastic fireworks, food and fun for the whole family! Taking place in Verulamium Park, this amazing public display was started over 25 years ago in order to reduce firework accidents at home. Over the years it has raised over £750,000 for local and national charities. This year’s nominated charities are Earthworks St Albans and Waverley Driving Group RDA as well as other charities supported by St Albans Cathedral.

St Albans Christmas Lights Switch On and Christmas Market Launch

Sunday 18th or Sunday 25th November 2018* (date TBC)
Entertainment throughout the city centre to mark the official start of the Christmas shopping season. There will be three switch-on events at 5pm: at the Taxi Rank Stage, by the Clock Tower, and at the Christmas Market in Vintry Garden.

St Albans Christmas Market

End November to mid-December 2018 - dates TBC
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.

Harpenden Christmas Carnival

Sunday 25th November 2018* (provisional date)
A spectacular event in Harpenden High Street, encompassing a carnival procession, charity stalls, a Farmers Market, turning on of the Town's Christmas lights, fairground rides and festive shopping.

Redbourn Christmas Market

Sunday 2nd December 2018
Experience the best of Redbourn at their annual winter festival. Visit the pretty historic village of Redbourn to celebrate authentic and quality local crafts, food and music. 70+ stalls overflowing with delicious food, beautiful crafts and gift ideas; seasonal music showcasing the best local talent; Yule raffle with lots of amazing prizes from local businesses, plus Santa Claus!

Carols on the Hour

Saturday 15th December 2018
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 Albans Mummers

Wednesday 26th December 2018 (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.

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