Events & Activities in Hertford

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Sunday 21st July – Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Bring along your favourite teddy for a day of fun and adventure at Hertford Castle, including a bear hunt inside the castle, entertainment and activities around the grounds and the annual Teddy Bears’ parade at 3pm, led 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. Sunday 21st July from 12 noon – 4pm. At Hertford Castle, Castle Street, SG14 1HR. Free entry.

Monday 22nd July – Baby Rhyme Time

These fun, half hour sessions of songs and rhymes are perfect for helping your child to learn language skills and are an opportunity for you to meet other families too. Baby Rhyme Time is free though donations are welcomed. No booking required. Mondays from 10am – 10.30am and 11am – 11.30am.

Tuesday 23rd July – Knit and Natter

A social group for catching up and making new friends, so why not pop along and meet some lovely people for a natter and if you want you can knit too. Every Tuesday from 10am, at The Farmers Boy Brickendon, 1 Brickendon Lane, Brickendon, Hertford, SG13 8NU.

Tuesday 23rd July – Hertford Juggling Club

Learn to juggle, ride a uni-cycle, stilts, pass some clubs and improve coordination. Whether you can already juggle or just learning, they can help teach you. £6 including refreshments. Every two weeks until 10th December from 7.30pm – 9.30pm. . At St John’s Hall, Churchfields, Hertford, SG13 8AF. Next is 6th August.

Saturday 3rd August – Coffee Morning

There is always a delicious selection of home-made cakes and bakes to tempt you, along with fresh coffee, tea and drinks for children. There are usually items for sale and always a very warm welcome. The first Saturday of every month from 10.30am – 12.30pm. At St Andrew’s, St Andrew Street, Hertford, SG14 1HZ.

Sunday 4th August – Rock at the Castle

Rock the Castle is a hugely popular annual music festival set within the spectacular grounds of Hertford Castle, which is suitable for all the family, and features a wide range of music tastes from folk, indie, rock, soul, and pop across three stages. Sunday 4th August from 12 noon – 7pm. At Hertford Castle, The Castle, Hertford, SG14 1HR.

Wednesday 7th August – Hertford Play Day

Hertford Town Centre will be filled with child-friendly activities, games, promotions and events, many of which are free of charge to enjoy. Wednesday 7th August from 11am – 4pm.

Wednesday 7th August – Who Wants To Be an Olympian?

Qualify, win team medals and be in your very own Olympic ceremony with Pākiki Theatre’s ‘Who Wants To Be An Olympian?’, the show that celebrates Olympics and Paralympics past, present and future. Ideal for ages 6-12 and their families. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult throughout this event. Wednesday 7th August from 3pm – 4pm, at Hertford Library, Dolphin Yard, Maidenhead Street, Hertford, SG14 1DR. To book click here

Thursday 8th August – Hertford Jazz Jam

Hertford Jazz Jam welcomes jazzers of all abilities on the second Thursday of every month from 7.30pm – 10.30pm, at the Hertford Club, Lombard House, Bull Plain, Hertford, SG14 1DT. Bring your instrument, sticks or voice to join in with the house band, or just come to listen and enjoy the chaos.

Saturday 10th August – Farmers’ Market

This Farmers Market in Hertford takes place in Market Place on the second Saturday of every month and features produce from the local area. The market is open from 8.30am – 1pm and features produce from local livestock, poultry and dairy farmers, together with fruit and vegetables, honey, preserves and bakery products from the countryside surrounding Hertford

Saturday 17th August – Dragonfly Walk at Panshanger Park

Join dragonfly expert Tim Hill for a walk along the Panshanger Park dragonfly trail. Learn about the lifecycles of dragonflies, their different approaches to hunting and resting as well as identifying some of the species that will be out and about. Walk will be approximately two miles over uneven ground/ made tracks. May be cancelled if strong winds or rain. At Panshanger Park, Hertford, SG14 2NA. To register click here

Saturday 24th August – Bullfest

Think village fete by day, with local stall holders and entertainment, moving into local music festival by night. A selection of cask ales, pizzas, hog roast and much more. Saturday 24th August from 2pm. At The Bull, 113 High Street, Watton at Stone, Hertford, SG14 3SB.

Friday 30th August – Bat Walk at Panshanger Park

Join Herts and Middlesex Bat Group at Panshanger Park, Thieves Lane, Hertford, SG14 2WN, for a guided introduction to the world of bats. Following a short introductory talk you will be shown how to use a simple bat detector. You will then explore the different habitats of Panshanger Park and see how various bat species use them. Through the use of the detectors you will be able to hear the bats as they hunt for their insect prey. The walk will take approximately 1.5-2 hours. Suitable for adults, families and children ages 8 plus. This event is weather dependent and may need to be cancelled at short notice. To register click here

Friday 22nd November – Hertford Christmas Gala

On Friday 22nd November from 3pm, the Hertford Christmas Gala will kick off Hertford’s festive weekend.  visitors can enjoy an array of market stalls, a performance stage with live entertainment plus fairground rides and much more. The Christmas Lights will be switched on at 6pm in Market Place by the Mayor of Hertford.

Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th November – Hertford Castle Christmas Market

Set within the beautiful Castle grounds, this event boasts an array of Christmas market stalls offering homeware, crafts, jewellery, and much more. Perfect for those who like to shop early and local for Christmas. There will also be food and drink stalls, fairground rides and live entertainment to enjoy.  Enjoy the magical atmosphere and get into the festive spirit across the whole weekend. Friday 22nd November – 3.30pm – 8pm, Saturday 23rd November – 11am – 6pm, and Sunday 24th November – 11am – 5pm.

Saturday 21st December – Saturday 4th January – Children’s Christmas Trail

Children can enjoy a Christmas trail around Hertford, from Saturday 21st December to Saturday 4th January, follow the trail map and discover the knitted characters hiding in shops and shop windows across Hertford Town Centre. The trail map will be added click here for download and will be available to collect from the Hertford Town and Tourist Information Centre located on The Wash, Hertford, closer to the event.