Events & Activities in St. Albans

This page gives information on events and activities in St. Albans and the surrounding area, including London Colney and Harpenden. If you would like to advertise on this website and the Facebook page, please do get in touch.

Sunday 21st July – Harpenden Sustainability Market

The Harpenden Sustainability Markets features local eco and food stalls to help you live a more sustainable life. The markets can be found on Harpenden Common, on the tree-lined, shady side of the common in front of Park Hall. Sunday 17th March from 10am -3pm. Next is 14th September, 17th November.

Monday 22nd July – Memory Cafe

The Harpenden Memory Lane Café is open every Monday from 2pm – 3.30pm (with the exception of Bank Holidays) at The Salvation Army on Leyton Green in Harpenden. Please note that if you would like to come along to the cafe you do not have to take part in the activities, you are welcome to join us for just refreshments and conversation if you prefer.

Tuesday 23rd July – Community Cafe

Come along for tea, cake, conversation and more every Tuesday from 10am – 12 noon, at Cottonmill Community Centre, off Old Oak, Cottonmill Lane, St Albans, AL1 2EF.

Tuesday 23rd July – IT Champion Available for Digital Help

IT Champions offer one-to-one support, problem-solving, and online safety advice for users of the library computers and WiFi. Every Tuesday from 10.30am – 12.30pm. At St Albans Library, Level 2, The Maltings, St Albans, AL1 3JQ.

Wednesday 24th July – Chatter and Natter

Chatter and Natter tables are where customers can sit if they are happy to talk to other customers, often a volunteer normally hosts. At The Queen of Herts, 71 High Street, Redbourn, St Albans, AL3 7LW, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11am – 1pm. Pop along between these times to attend a chatty table session.

Wednesday 24th July – Board Games for Adults

Board Games Group every Wednesday from 1pm – 3pm. Friendly drop-in session, no experience required, come and learn a new game, at Hatfield Library, White Lion Square, 26-32 Town Centre, Hatfield, AL10 0LD.

Wednesday 24th July – Classics on The Common

Once a year, Harpenden Common comes alive for a day with up to 1000 classics cars, motor cycles and scooters. Every decade of the 20th century is represented, with the likes of a 1904 Crestmobile and a 1913 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud sharing space with a 1984 Lincoln Continental and a 1996 Aston Martin DB7. Little wonder Classics on the Common, one of Britain’s biggest mid-week classic car shows, ranks among the top events of the classics calendar.

The show is being held on Common land and there is no charge for public entry, but they do request a donation to the charities they are supporting. At the various entry points there will be collectors for cash and card payments. Wednesday 24th July from 2pm.

Thursday 25th July – OPALS (Older Persons Activity Learning and Safety)

An OPALS (Older Persons Activity Learning and Safety) event is taking place on Thursday 25th July from 10am – 2pm, at Jubilee Centre, Catherine Street, St Albans, AL3 5BU.

The aim of the OPALS event is to provide quality information, advice and help available within the local community on a wide range of services available to reduce vulnerability of their senior citizens, to provide reassurance, safe and wellbeing support and reduce loneliness.

Thursday 25th July – Baby Group

Meet other families with young babies in a supportive, stimulating and friendly environment. During the free 90 minute session there will be time for babies to play, discover more about their development and support your wellbeing as a new parent. At Marlborough Road, Methodist Church, St Albans, AL1 3XG. Weekly on Thursdays from 10am – 11.30am.

Thursday 25th July – Baby Rhyme Time

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. Every Thursday from 10.30am, at Marshalswick Library, The Baton, The Ridgeway, St Albans, AL4 9TU.

Thursday 25th July – Bilingual Storytime

The next Bilingual Storytime in Cantonese and English will be on Thursday 25th July from 4pm, at Harpenden Library, 27 High Street, Harpenden, AL5 2RU. Perfect for helping children with either language, and all the fun of a story session as well. Come and join them for a selection of stories, and some colouring activities, ideal for children around 2-8 years old.

Friday 26th July – Knit and Natter

A chance for people to chat and knit, stitch, sew or craft, over a tea or coffee. At St Albans Library, Level 2, The Maltings, St Albans, AL1 3JQ. Every Friday from 2pm – 3.30pm.

Friday 26th July – Art Journaling Workshop

Art journaling workshop with professional artist Hazel Russell is taking place on Friday 26th July from 10.30am – 12.30pm, at St Albans Library, The Maltings, St Albans, AL1 3JQ. Tickets are free, so if you are aged between 14 – 24 and are in the area then come along and create your own art journal. A mashup of art and writing, using paints, pens, bullet lists, quotes, lyrics, lettering, graffiti, stencils, stamps, collage, mindful drawing and more! Book your place here and get creative.

Saturday 27th July – St Albans Parkrun

A free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event, every Saturday from 9am. The event takes place at Verulamium Park, St. Albans. For further information click here

Saturday 27th July – Fire Station Open Day

Sandy Art is delighted to be invited back to St Albans Fire Station, 153 London Road, St Albans, AL1 1TQ, for their annual Open Day on Saturday 27th July from 11 – 3pm. There will be various attractions and stalls at the family-friendly and community day such as a bouncy castle and Sandy Art. This free event will offer an insight into the life of a firefighter as well as a chance to look around the London Road station in support of the Fire Fighter’s charity.

Sunday 28th July – Farmers’ Market

Harpenden Farmers’ Market takes place on the 4th Sunday of the month from 10am – 2pm and is run and organised by Harpenden Town Council. The Farmers’ Market accommodates approximately 70 stalls and each market finds a huge selection of produce available.

Tuesday 30th July – Compassionate Cafe

Compassionate Cafés ​are drop-in sessions in a local venue or with a local partner. They provide a space for members of our community who have been affected by any type of loss and would like to come along for a friendly chat and a chance to meet others over a cup of tea. Last Tuesday of each month from 10.30am – 12.30pm, at Cottonmill Community Café, Cottonmill Community & Cycling Centre, Cottonmill Lane, St. Albans, AL1 2EF.

Tuesday 30th July – Craftea

The next craftea event will be taking place on Tuesday 30th July from 3pm – 4.30pm. If you are interested in booking, just pop in and speak to the enquiries desk. At Harpenden Library, 27 High Street, Harpenden, AL5 2RU.

Friday 2nd August – Family Fun

Fun drop in sessions with a wide range of activities for you and your children to play together, meet other local families and the Family Centre team. As well as lots for Under 5’s to enjoy, there will be activities for siblings up to the age of 8. Fridays weekly until 30th August from 10am – 11.30am. At Sopwell Family Centre, St Albans, AL1 2LE.

Tuesday 6th August – Compassionate Cafe

Compassionate Cafés are a place where people who have experienced a loss, such as a bereavement, can pop in for a cuppa, a cake, and a friendly person to talk to. It provides a safe environment for individuals to come together, have a friendly chat, and connect with others who may share similar experiences. First and third Tuesday each month from 2pm – 3.30pm, at Well Bean Café, Harpenden Trust Halls (above the Co-op), 130 Southdown Road, Harpenden, AL5 1PU.

Wednesday 7th August – SEND Family Fun

For families with children with Special Educational Needs up to the age of 8 years, siblings welcome. Free drop in, Wednesday 7th August from 9.30am – 11am, at Sopwell Family Centre, St Albans, AL1 2LE. Next 14th and 21st August.

Wednesday 7th August – Teddy Bears Picnic

Harpenden’s Teddy Bears’ Picnic, organised to coincide with National Play Day, is an exciting event for children and their bears. The day is always lively and fun-filled with a variety of free, engaging entertainment and activities. At Rothamsted Park, Leyton Road, Harpenden, AL5 2JB. Wednesday 7th August from 11am – 2pm.

Friday 9th August – Compassionate Cafe

Compassionate Cafés are a place where people who have experienced a loss, such as a bereavement, can pop in for a cuppa, a cake, and a friendly person to talk to. It provides a safe environment for individuals to come together, have a friendly chat, and connect with others who may share similar experiences. Second Friday of each month from 2.30pm – 4pm, at Jersey Farm Café, Jersey Farm Community Centre, 3 St. Brelades Pl, St Albans, AL4 9RG.

Friday 9th 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. Friday 9th August from 3pm – 4pm, at St Albans Library, Level 2, The Maltings, St Albans, AL1 3JQ. To book click here

Monday 12th August – LEGO Club

Join Harpenden Library, 27 High Street, Harpenden, AL5 2RU. On the second Monday of every month from 3.45pm – 4.45pm.

Tuesday 13th August – How to Improve Your Own Health and Wellbeing

Do you want to take more responsibility for your own health and wellbeing? Want to discover the latest trends, insights and new ideas from knowledgeable experts and practitioners? Get involved and come along to these events with Harpenden Complementary Health. They bring together public and practitioners in complementary health and personal development, in inspiring, informative yet fun monthly events. Every second Tuesday from 9.30am until at least June 2025. At The Plough and Harrow, 88 Southdown Road, Harpenden, AL5 1PR.  Refreshments included. Only £5 on the door.

Tuesday 13th August – Family Festival Day

Family Festival Day with bouncy castle, animal encounter area, food creating area, soft play area and more. Tuesday 13th August from 11.30am – 3.30pm, at Charles Morris Hall and field, St Albans, AL4 ORN.

Thursday 15th August – Bat Night

The event includes a bat talk followed by a walk with a bat detector shared between each family. It is suitable for young and old alike, but please wear suitable clothing and sturdy footwear. The evening starts with an informative talk from one of their Trustees. This will last for approximately twenty minutes and will cover bat history, folklore, types of bat to be found in the UK and further afield and how they live their lives. You will learn how to use your bat detector in order to identify the bats you find during the walk. Some bats fly high in the sky while others fly low over water, some prefer grassland while others stick close to hedges and trees. Thursday 15th August from 8.15pm – 9.30pm. At Highfield Park Trust, Hill End Lane, St Albans, AL4 0RA. To book click here

Saturday 24th August – Community Car Boot Sale

Community Car Boot Sale on Saturday 24th August from 9am. At St John’s Church, Church End, Markyate, St Albans, AL3 8PY.

Tuesday 27th August – Paint Party

Get ready to unleash your creativity with “Heather & Coo” at The Beech House, 81 St Peter’s Street, St Albans, AL1 3EG. No prior experience necessary, beginners welcome. Sip on your favorite drink as you bring a vibrant highland cow to life on canvas. They supply everything from canvas to paint and even an apron, but it’s advisable to wear older clothes just in case. Tuesday 27th August from 7pm – 9.30pm. To book click here

Saturday 31st August – Redbourn Classics Motor Show

A great day for the whole family, with 300+ classic vehicles, live music by The Barn-ettes and Missing the Ferry, delicious street food, a licensed bar, village stalls, children’s funfair and a miniature steam railway. There is no need to pre-book, but they welcome donations for their local charities at the gates on the day. The 7th Redbourn Classics is on Saturday 31st August from 12 noon – 5pm on Redbourn Common, near St Albans AL3 7BU.

Sunday 18th August – Aviation Collectors Show

Collectors show all things aviation. All admission proceeds go towards maintaining the collection. Show will have various traders. They will be open to the public on Sunday 18th August from 10am – 4pm, admire the collection and buy a piece of history. At De Havilland Aircraft Museum, Salisbury Hall, London Colney, Shenley, St Albans, AL2 1BU.

Saturday 24th August – Music in Lydekker Park

Harpenden Town Council is proud to host this wonderful free event, a fantastic afternoon of live music. Bring your picnic and deck chairs or make the most of the delicious food and drink stalls. Saturday 24th August from 12 noon – 4pm. At Lydekker Park, Harpenden.

Wednesday 25th September – Saturday 28th – St Albans Beer and Cider Festival

Expect all your favourite features, like hundreds of cask ales; an array of craft beers, international brews, ciders and perries; epic street food; and outstanding entertainment. Plus get ready for some special extra treats for 2024, like new featured breweries; a brand new Regional Spotlight Bar and a stunning new premium wine and spirits bar. It is the festival that has it all. At The Alban Arena, St Peter’s Street, St Albans, AL1 3LD. To book click here

Friday 18th October – An Evening of Magic

Prepare to be wowed with a night of pure magic from the award winning Kurtis Webb. Immerse yourself in an hour of close up magic followed by 45 minutes of mind reading, suspense and mentalism in a show that will leave you asking for more. Friday 18th October from 7pm. At Aldwickbury Park Golf Club, Piggottshill Lane, Harpenden, AL5 1AB. To book click here

Monday 25th November – Five Star Swing at Christmas

Swing into Christmas with the unique Five Star Swing Band show. Enjoy all your favourite Christmas songs with the dynamic swing band treatment from Glenn Miller, Sinatra, Basie, Nat King Cole, jazzing up those Jingle Bells.  This is a tribute show and is no way affiliated with any original artists/estates/management companies or similar shows. Monday 25th November doors open 6.30pm and starts 7.30pm. At the Eric Morecambe Centre, Rothamsted Park, Harpenden, AL5 2FR. To book click here

Sunday 1st December – Christmas Market

Indoor Christmas market with a variety of stalls to purchase gifts, treats and festive delight. Shop in the warmth with a mulled wine/cider in your hand. Entry tickets are free. Please contact the events team to secure your tickets. Call: 01582 760112, option 2. Email: [email protected] At Aldwickbury Park Golf Club, Piggottshill Lane, Harpenden, AL5 1AB.

Saturday 7th – Monday 30th December – Sleeping Beauty

This Christmas, you are invited to the pantomime of your dreams, Sleeping Beauty, at the Eric Morecambe Centre, Rothamsted Park, Harpenden, AL5 2FR. Featuring great songs, dazzling dance routines, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and spectacular special effects this dream of a pantomime will be an unforgettable experience for children and adults alike. For further information and to book click here

Thursday 12th December – Sunday 12th January – Cinderella

Do not miss this hilarious, fun-filled Pantomime, Cinderella. At The Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, AL1 3LD. For further information and to book click here