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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.
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