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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.

Verulamium FunPlay

Daily throughout July and August 2017
Fun & active entertainment for toddler to 12 years old. Trampolines, quad bikes and mini golf.

Willows Farm Summer Spectacular

Saturday 22nd July to Sunday 3rd September 2017
Find a jam-packed programme of fun during Summer Spectacular at Willows Activity Farm. Every day the packed programme includes Willows’ A-maize-ing Maze, and a full day of farmyard fun including the Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground, goat racing around Willows animal race track, summer sports day races and live shows with Peter Rabbit and his friends.

Crafts in the Park

Monday 24th July to Wednesday 26th July 2017
The highly successful Crafts in the Park will be returning to Greenwood Park during the first week of the school holidays to give children of all ages the opportunity to get creative with clay modelling, painting, collage and lots of other crafts.

Sounds Around the Abbey

Monday 24th July 2017 - Saturday 29 July 2017
A special concert at St Albans Abbey, organised by Rennie Grove in conjunction with the Rock Choir.

Goblin’s Peter and The Wolf

Tuesday 25th July 2017
Join Peter on a hilarious adventure through the fields and forest as he discovers new sounds and noises. Featuring animal antics of singing birds, waddling ducks, sneaky cats, and a rocking wolf. With new music lovingly inspired by Prokofiev’s classic, this is Peter and the Wolf as you’ve never seen it before.

St Albans Art Society Art Exhibition 2017

Wednesday 26th July to Saturday 29th July 2017
An exhibition and sale of original artwork By members of the St Albans Art Society. Visitors will choose the overall winning artwork! Once again members will show a vibrant and varied selection of reasonably priced paintings, sculpture, ceramics and greeting cards, most of which are for sale. We highlight the visual richness of the city itself with works aimed at the St Albans Trophy.

The Wiggles Big Show

Wednesday 26th July 2017
The Wiggles Big Show is coming to the UK Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony will play everyone’s favourite Wiggles songs like ‘Hot Potato’, ‘Rock-a-Bye your Bear’ and ‘Do the Propeller!’, along with their Wiggly friends Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and Captain Feathersword.

Sundown Outdoor Cinema - Frozen (U)

Wednesday 26th July 2017
A special family day time showing of Frozen – Let it go! Let it go! Come and join Elsa and Anna on the big screen this summer in the open air. Outdoor cinema for kids is coming to St Albans!

Classics on the Common

Wednesday 26th July 2017
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.

Sundown Outdoor Cinema - Pitch Perfect (12A)

Wednesday 26th July 2017
Pitch Perfect, great for older kids and their parents. Laugh out loud and sing out loud – and if you’re anything like us ‘dance’ out loud too. A great way to spend afternoon with your older kids – a cinema experience without having to worry about them spilling popcorn on the carpet or start the summer holidays with this teen favourite in a fantastic family friendly setting.

Venture into Verulamium

Thursday 27th July 2017
To celebrate the national Festival of Archaeology, join in a wealth of activities in Verulamium Park as we invite you to explore and discover the secrets of the third largest city of Roman Britain.

We're Going On a Bug Hunt!

Friday 28th July 2017
Discover bugs and creepy crawlies... Join Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust to see what creatures are hiding high and low in the undergrowth! They will be using sweep nets and bug pots to get a closer look.

A Soldier's Story at the Clock Tower

Saturday 29th July 2017
Meet characters from the First World War and visit an exhibition about the home front in St Albans.

Fishpool Street - Rag & Riches Guided Walk

Saturday 29th July 2017
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?

Historic St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 30th July 2017
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 Guided Walk

Sunday 30th July 2017
This interactive historic walk is for families of primary school age children.

We're Going On a Dragon Hunt!

Monday 31st July 2017
Discover dragonflies and damselflies... Join Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust on Harpenden Common to search for dragonflies, damselflies and their young.

Sundown Outdoor Cinema - Puss in Boots (U)

Monday 31st July 2017
You loved him in Shrek… now see where the one-and-only swashbuckling feline found his fame – and a very big pair of boots. Lover, fighter and outlaw Puss In Boots is off on the adventure of his nine lives as he teams up with Kitty Softpaws and Humpty Dumpty for the ultimate showdown with the notorious Jack and Jill. Here’s the true story of The Cat, The Myth, The Legend – Puss In Boots!

Sundown Outdoor Cinema - School of Rock (PG)

Monday 31st July 2017
When Dewey Finn gets thrown out of his band and finds himself in desperate need of work he poses as a substitute music teacher at an elite private elementary school. Exposing his students to the hard rock gods he idolizes and emulates -he gets his privileged and precocious charges in touch with their inner rock ‘n’ roll animals, he imagines redemption at a local Battle of the Bands. Start the summer holidays with School of Rock!

Crack the Code Museum Trail

Tuesday 1st August 2017
Explore the museum for clues to the Roman words and phrases hidden around the galleries.

Show and Tell at Verulamium Museum

Wednesday 2nd August 2017
Come along and discover the secrets of our museum collections with a short talk or handling session.

Cathedral Family Discovery Morning - Animals Around the Cathedral

Thursday 3rd August 2017
To celebrate 30 years of Dick King Smith’s classic ‘The Hodgeheg’, this family discovery morning will feature story telling, face painting and a fun animal trail around the Cathedral. You’ll also get to make and take home your very own animal mask!

Museum Explorers at Verulamium Museum

Thursday 3rd August 2017
Museum Explorers at Verulamium Museum

Mosaic Making - Creative Art Workshop at Verulamium Museum

Thursday 3rd August 2017
Come along and work with mosaic artist Dionne Ible to create your own mosaic coaster designs inspired by the beautiful mosaics in our museum collection.

Family Fridays at Verulamium Museum

Friday 4th August 2017
Explore a different theme each week of the summer with a drop-in craft and learning session inspired by our collections. Handle artefacts and make a souvenir to take home.

Saturday Sightseeing at Verulamium Museum

Saturday 5th August 2017
Start your Sightseeing Saturday with a trip to Verulamium Museum and collect an ideas and activity sheet to help you explore other places of interest in St Albans.

Pop up St Albans Museum on the Mall

Saturday 5th August 2017
Free event 11am - 3pm

Aristocrats, Paupers & Philanthropists

Saturday 5th August 2017
An interesting stroll around the lesser known historic features of St Albans.

Rollin'Beatz & Origin UK

Saturday 5th August 2017
A free day and night of Drum N Bass & Jungle.
Starting in St Albans, the home of Rollin' Beatz with a day and night of Drum N Bass & Jungle. The event will start with a live radio feed to London's number 1 Oldskool Drum N Bass & Jungle radio Station originuk.net with a free night featuring some of London's top radio DJs & MCs

Historic St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 6th August 2017
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.

Pop up St Albans Museum on the Mall

Sunday 6th August 2017
Free event 11am - 3pm

Museum Explorers at Verulamium Museum

Sunday 6th August 2017
Borrow items from our explorer kit to help you investigate the museum, what will you discover?

Coaching Inns Guided Walk

Sunday 6th August 2017
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 2,000 horses - imagine the smell!

Discover Redbourn Guided Walk

Sunday 6th August 2017
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.

Crafts in the Colonnade at Verulamium Museum

Monday 7th August 2017
A simple make and take craft activity to keep you busy on a Monday afternoon!

Crack the Code Museum Trail

Tuesday 8th August 2017
Explore the museum for clues to the Roman words and phrases hidden around the galleries.

Pond Dipping In Lydekker Park

Tuesday 8th August 2017
Join the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust's People and Wildlife Officer in this tranquil three acre urban park to have a go at pond dipping and see what underwater creatures you can find! Why not bring a picnic to enjoy afterwards?

Show and Tell at Verulamium Museum

Wednesday 9th August 2017
Come along and discover the secrets of our museum collections with a short talk or handling session.

Cathedral Family Discovery Morning - A Magical Morning

Thursday 10th August 2017
2017 celebrates the 20th Anniversary of everyone’s favourite wizard – Harry Potter! We’ll be doing fun activities, including creating a creepy spider to take home and a fun trail learning about the family coats of arms that are all around the Cathedral!

Museum Explorers at Verulamium Museum

Thursday 10th August 2017
Borrow items from our explorer kit to help you investigate the museum, what will you discover?

Meraki Festival

Friday 11th August to Sunday 13th August 2017
Meraki Festival is a new 3 day summer Festival featuring a line-up of top live music acts across three major music stages, with special features and creative spaces around the festival for everyone to enjoy. The activities are all-inclusive - once you're through the gates, you can enjoy all of our festival features for no extra cost! Features include: Enchanted Forest, Serenity Spa, Game Zone, 3 Music Stages, Mad Hatters Maze, Sky Wheel, Movie House.

Family Fridays at Verulamium Museum

Friday 11th August 2017
Explore a different theme each week of the summer with a drop-in craft and learning session inspired by our collections. Handle artefacts and make a souvenir to take home.

Flamstead Book Festival

Friday 11th July to Sunday 13th August 2017
The very popular and highly successful annual Scarecrow Festival will be held one week earlier than normal in 2017. The scarecrows will be on display and voting forms will be available from mid day on Friday. In addition to the scarecrows there will be lots of other things to see and do.

Saturday Sightseeing at Verulamium Museum

Saturday 12th August 2017
Start your Sightseeing Saturday with a trip to Verulamium Museum and collect an ideas and activity sheet to help you explore other places of interest in St Albans.

Lexus Car Promotion

Saturday 12th August 2017
Free event 10am - 4pm

Games in the Galleries at Verulamium Museum

Saturday 12th August 2017
Spend an afternoon playing our awesome ancient games.

A Roman City Revealed Guided Walk

Saturday 12th August 2017
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.

St Albans Farmers Market

Sunday 13th August 2017
Expect to find local specialities, mouth watering cheeses, seasonal fruit and vegetables, fresh herbs, top quality meat and game, dairy produce, freshly baked cakes & bread and hand crafted goods. Plus entertainment and refreshments.

Lexus Car Promotion

Sunday 13th August 2017
Free event 10am - 4pm

Historic St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 13th August 2017
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.

Museum Explorers at Verulamium Museum

Sunday 13th August 2017
Borrow items from our explorer kit to help you investigate the museum, what will you discover?

Victorian St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 13th August 2017
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)!

Crafts in the Colonnade at Verulamium Museum

Monday 14th August 2017
A simple make and take craft activity to keep you busy on a Monday afternoon!

Crack the Code Museum Trail

Tuesday 15th August 2017
Explore the museum for clues to the Roman words and phrases hidden around the galleries.

Show and Tell at Verulamium Museum

Wednesday 16th August 2017
Come along and discover the secrets of our museum collections with a short talk or handling session.

Cathedral Family Discovery Morning - Detective Work

Thursday 17th August 2017
The first ever Sherlock Holmes publication turns 125 this year. Spend the morning searching for clues in the Cathedral on our detective trail, learn how to take finger prints and don’t forget your hat!

Museum Explorers at Verulamium Museum

Thursday 17th August 2017
Borrow items from our explorer kit to help you investigate the museum, what will you discover?

Family Guided Walk

Sunday 17th August 2017
This interactive historic walk is for families of primary school age children.

Family Fridays at Verulamium Museum

Friday 18th August 2017
Explore a different theme each week of the summer with a drop-in craft and learning session inspired by our collections. Handle artefacts and make a souvenir to take home.

360 Traverse Climbing Wall

Saturday 19th August 2017
Free event 10am - 3pm

Saturday Sightseeing at Verulamium Museum

Saturday 19th August 2017
Start your Sightseeing Saturday with a trip to Verulamium Museum and collect an ideas and activity sheet to help you explore other places of interest in St Albans.

Verulamium Revealed

Saturday 19th August 2017
Geophysical surveys of Verulamium Park have revealed new secrets of the Roman town. Kris Lockyear, Senior Lecturer of Archaeology at UCL has been leading the research and will be giving a talk to showcase more about the new information being uncovered.

Fishpool Street - Rag & Riches Guided Walk

Saturday 19th August 2017
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?

Historic St Albans Guided Walk

Sunday 20th August 2017
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.

Museum Explorers at Verulamium Museum

Sunday 20th August 2017
Borrow items from our explorer kit to help you investigate the museum, what will you discover?

Medieval Lives Guided Walk

Sunday 20th August 2017
As we walk around the historic market place you will hear tales about the life and times of the people who visited, lived and worked here.

Crafts in the Colonnade at Verulamium Museum

Monday 21st August 2017
A simple make and take craft activity to keep you busy on a Monday afternoon!

Crack the Code Museum Trail

Tuesday 22nd August 2017
Explore the museum for clues to the Roman words and phrases hidden around the galleries.

Wild Woods Day

Tuesday 22nd August 2017
Come along for a family fun day in the woods! Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust will be doing a variety of children's activities including den building, treasure hunts, bug hunts and games and more.

Show and Tell at Verulamium Museum

Wednesday 23rd August 2017
Come along and discover the secrets of our museum collections with a short talk or handling session.

French Market

Thursday 24th August and Friday 25th August 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.

Cathedral Family Discovery Morning - Gulliver's Travels

Thursday 24th August 2017
The last of this summer's Family Discovery Mornings celebrates the 350th anniversary of ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ by Jonathan Swift. Explore the Cathedral on our fun ‘Traveller’s Trail’ and help to create a big collage of a giant from the land of Brobdingnag!

Animal Felting - Creative Art Workshop at Verulamium Museum

Thursday 24th August 2017
Join this bookable session working with textile artist Anne-Marie Stijelja to create your own felted image inspired by the animal brooches in the museum collections.

Museum Explorers at Verulamium Museum

Thursday 24th August 2017
Borrow items from our explorer kit to help you investigate the museum, what will you discover?
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