Hitchin Festival 2022 Programme

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2022

www.hitchinfestival.co.uk @hitchinfestival


2022

A warm welcome to everyone attending or putting on events during this year’s festival Hitchin Festival returned last year to celebrate 30 years, following an enforced break in 2020. This year we are delighted to see many more events returning to the programme and an overall increase in the number of talks, walks, performances and more. At the risk of missing anyone out we’d just like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in organising this year’s programme and putting on the events. Hitchin Festival is supported by:

We hope you enjoy the Festival and have a lovely summer. Best wishes Glyn Doggett, Keith Hoskins Tim Farr and Cherry Lincoln (Festival Committee)

Booking Festival Events - BOX OFFICE IN PERSON - From 14th June

ONLINE - From 1st June

Festival Box Office is open at: Hitchin Information 1A Churchyard, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 1HR

You can book tickets for all events via our website at: www.hitchinfestival.co.uk

Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10.30am - 2.00pm

All events are listed in good faith from information supplied. Hitchin Festival is not responsible for any changes to line-ups etc.

Hitchin Festival is a voluntary organisation. Registered at 1A Churchyard, Hitchin, Herts, SG5 1HR. Company limited by guarantee. Registered in England under company registration number 2590724.

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Event

Times

Pg

Venue

Sun 26th

Ickleford Open Gardens:

12:00pm -

13

Ickleford Village and St

June

9 gardens to visit with

5:00pm

Katharine’s Church.

refreshments and various venues. Exhibition at St Katharine’s Church Thur 30th

Cider and Cheese Tasting

7:30pm

13

June

Canary Club, Fishponds Road

‘The Best of Times’ - a

7:45pm

13

Woodside Hall, Walsworth Road

celebration of 120 years of Hitchin Thespians Anne & Matilda (A Hitchin

7.30pm

13

History) Fri 1st July

Cider and Cheese Festival

Street 3:00pm -

14

11:00pm ‘The Best of Times’ - a

The Market Theatre, Sun

7:45pm

Canary Club, Fishponds Road

13

Woodside Hall, Walsworth Road

celebration of 120 years of Hitchin Thespians Anne & Matilda (A Hitchin

7.30pm

13

Sat 2nd

The Market Theatre, Sun Street

History) Hitchin Art Club: A

9:00am -

Showcase and sale of

4:00pm

14

The Arcade off Market Place

the work carried out by members Green Kids Festie Fun Club

11:00am -

(8 to 12 years)

1:00pm

Cider and Cheese Festival

Noon -

14

Allotment, Burford Way 14

11:00pm ‘The Best of Times’ - a

3:00pm &

celebration of 120 years of

7:45pm

Ron’s Plot Community

Canary Club, Fishponds Road

13

Woodside Hall, Walsworth Road

Hitchin Thespians

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DIARY Sat 2nd

Orpheus Choir & Stevenage

7:30pm

16

St Mary’s Church

7:00pm

13

The Market Theatre, Sun

Symphony Orchestra Anne & Matilda (A Hitchin History) Sun 3rd

Hitchin Triathlon

Street 6:30am -

16

11:00am BuzzWorks Open Day

2:00pm -

at BuzzWorks Discovery

5:00pm

Hitchin Swimming Pool, Fishponds Rd

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Allotments off Old Hale Way

Centre Priory Picnic 2022 - Music

6:30pm

16

and Fireworks Mon 4th

Holwell Life Drawing

Hitchin Priory Grounds, Tilehouse Street

7:00pm -

17

9:00pm

Holwell Village Hall, Pirton Road, Holwell

8:00pm

17

Benslow Music

Sowing and Growing for a

11:00am -

17

Ron’s Plot Community

Winter and Spring

1:00pm

Piano Duet -Joseph Tong and Waka Hasegawa Tues 5th

Allotment, Burford Way

Harvest 1:05pm

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St Mary’s Church

Hitchin Light Orchestra

7:30pm

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Hitchin Town Hall

Gerald Dickens presents:

7:30pm

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The Market Theatre, Sun

Lunchtime Concert: Galliard Trio

Great Expectations Wed 6th

Thurs 7th

Street

Cheese & Wine tasting

7:00pm

at The Bull - hosted by

for 7:30pm

Damian and Jimmy

start

Street Food Monthly

4.00pm

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The Bull at Gosmore

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Hitchin Town Square

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Hitchin British Schools,

onwards The Poor Child’s Friend: Joseph Lancaster’s Educational Revolution

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7:00pm

Queen Street


DIARY Thurs 7th

Anne & Matilda (A Hitchin

7.30pm

13

History) Fri 8th

Hitchin Lavender Tour

The Market Theatre, Sun Street

11.00am

19

Hitchin Lavender, Cadwell Farm

Lunchtime Concert:

1.05pm

20

St Mary’s Church

7.30pm

13

The Market Theatre, Sun

Heather Fuller Anne & Matilda (A Hitchin History) Sebastian Müller Violin,

Street 8:00pm

20

Benslow Music

10:00am -

20

Town Centre

20

Market Place, Hitchin

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Tilehouse Street Baptist

Prof. Gerhard Vielhaber Piano Sat 9th

Churchgate & Markets Day

4:00pm FloFest

12:00pm 8:00pm

Open Day: Now Thank We

10:00am -

All Our God - Celebrating

4:00pm

Church, Tilehouse Street

Life, Sharing, Creativity Green Kids Festie Fun Club

11:00am -

(8 to 12 years)

1:00pm

Hitchin Lavender Tour

11:00am

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Ron’s Plot Community Allotment, Burford Way

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Hitchin Lavender, Cadwell Farm

Hitchin Chamber

7:30pm

21

St Mary’s Church

7:00pm

13

The Market Theatre, Sun

Orchestra: A Night at the Oscars Anne & Matilda (A Hitchin History) Sun 10th

Hitchin’s Railway History:

Street 9:30am

22

Meeting point info. on ticket.

a guided walk with David Howlett Country Walk: Rowney Warren Wood

9:30am

22

Meet Woodside Car Park, Walsworth Road

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DIARY Sun 10th

Country Walk: Hitchin

10:00am

22

Preston

Meet at north end of footbridge adjacent to the Three Moorhens Car Park

Hitchin Lavender Tour

11:00am

22

Hitchin Lavender, Cadwell Farm

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Ransom’s Rec

2:00pm

22

The Market Place

7:30pm

24

St Mary’s Church

Sowing and Growing for a

11:00am -

17

Ron’s Plot Community

Winter and Spring Harvest

1:00pm

Lunchtime Concert:

1.05pm

24

St Mary’s Church

Hitchin Films: Historical

5:45pm -

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Queen Mother Theatre

Society “Royal” Films

6:45pm

Hitchin Films: Drive My Car

7:30pm

Triangle Garden Open Day

12:00pm 4:30pm

Screening of the Men’s Single Tennis Final live from Wimbledon Hitchin Concert Band: Silver Anniversary Summer Concert Tues 12th

Allotment, Burford Way

Montagnano Trio

Studio, Walsworth Road 25

(3hrs)

Wed 13th

Queen Mother Theatre Studio, Walsworth Road

Rose Consort Viols

8:00pm

25

Benslow Music

Hitchin Films: The

8:00pm

25

Queen Mother Theatre Studio, Walsworth Road

Uncertain Kingdom Short Films Thurs 14th

Lunchtime Concert: Nick

1:05pm

27

St Mary’s Church

6:00pm

27

Benslow Music

Evans Pughe Honey Bees at Benslow: behind the scenes in a beesuit

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DIARY Thurs 14th

Much Ado About Nothing

7:45pm

25

Queen Mother Theatre, Walsworth Road

Hitchin Films:

7:30pm

27

Compartment No 6 Anne & Matida (A Hitchin

Studio, Walsworth Road 7:30pm

13

History) John Bunyan: a Pilgrim’s

Fri 15th

Queen Mother Theatre

The Market Theatre, Sun Street

8:00pm

27

Grace Baptist Church,

Progress – A talk by

Bethel Chapel,

Stan Evers

Queen Street.

Much Ado About Nothing

7:45pm

25

Queen Mother Theatre, Walsworth Road

Hitchin Films: Nosferatu

7.:30pm

28

with Minima Anne & Matida (A Hitchin

Studio, Walsworth Road 7:30PM

13

History) Sat 16th

Arcade & West Alley Day

Queen Mother Theatre

The Market Theatre, Sun Street

10:00am -

28

Town Centre

28

Hitchin Market Place

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Ron’s Plot Community

4:00pm Hitchin Creative Day

10:00am 4:00pm

Green Kids Festie Fun Club

11:00am -

(8 to 12 years)

1:00pm

Herts Visual Arts Forum

10:00am -

‘Big Art Fair’

5:00pm

The Women with No

Allotment, Burford Way 28

Hitchin Town Hall

12:00pm

29

Windmill Hill, Hitchin

7:30pm

29

Tilehouse Street Baptist

Name (spoken word performance) Vivace Choir

Church, Tilehouse Street Hitchin Symphony

7:30pm

29

St Mary’s Church

Orchestra

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DIARY Sat 16th

Much Ado About Nothing

7.45pm

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Queen Mother Theatre, Walsworth Road

Anne & Matilda (A Hitchin

7:00pm

13

History) Sun 17th

The Market Theatre, Sun Street

Hitchin Greenpeace Petal

10:00am /

Walk

1:00pm /

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Meet Woodside Car Park, Walsworth Road

4:00pm Herts Visual Arts Forum

10:00am -

‘Big Art Fair’

4:00pm

My Story Fest

12:30pm -

28

Hitchin Town Hall

30

Hitchin Library, Paynes

5.00pm Hitchin Priory Walk: A

2:00pm

Park 30

Meeting point info. on ticket.

guided walk by Bridget Howlett Mon 18th -

Emmeline Art and Home:

11:00am -

Sat 23rd

Open Studio and Pop Up

4:00pm

30

Market Place entrance opp The Wee Vinoteca

Shop Tues 19th

1st Floor Studio, 33

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Sowing and Growing for a

11:00am -

Winter and Spring Harvest

1:00pm

Ron’s Plot Community

Lunchtime Concert: Cello

1:05pm

30

St Mary’s Church

7:30pm

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Holy Saviour Church,

Allotment, Burford Way

Recital - Catherine Wilmers & jill Morton “A Passion for Places” :

Radcliffe Road

Seeing England through the eyes of John Betjeman Wed 20th

Hitchin Floral Art Club

7:30pm

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Church House, Churchyard

Hitchin Ukelele Club: A

7:30pm

32

The Market Theatre Cabaret Bar, Sun Street

monthly jam and open mic session Creative Art & Hospitality Open House Night

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7.:30pm

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The Market Theatre Long Bar, Sun Street


DIARY Wed 20th

The Miss Lewis Lecture

8:00pm

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The Queen Mother Studio, Walsworth Road

Mid-summer Fondue

5:30pm -

32

The Bull at Gosmore

8:30pm Thurs 21st

Street Food Monthly

4:00pm

33

Hitchin Market

Anne & Matilda (A Hitchin

7:30pm

13

The Market Theatre, Sun

History)

Street 7:30pm

33

St Mary’s Church

David Ephgrave’s a Work in

Doors

33

Upstairs at Hitchin Town

Progress

7:15pm

Virginia Woolf: Killing The Angel

Hall, Brand Street

starts 8:00pm Hitchin Jazz Jam

8:30pm

33

The Market Theatre Cabaret Bar, Sun Street

Fri 22nd

Luchtime Concert: Joanna

1:05pm

34

St Mary’s Church

7:30pm

34

Christchurch, Bedford

Lam - Piano Shannon Express Barbershop Chorus The History of Art in 90

Road 7:30pm

34

Minutes - James Willis Anne & Matilda (A Hitchin

Centre, Woogrove Road 7:30pm

13

History) Cambridge Early Music

Walsworth Community

The Market Theatre, Sun Street

7:30pm

34

Benslow Music

10:00am -

35

Market Place

14

Ron’s Plot Community

‘Renaissance Summer School Showcase’ Sat 23rd

Vintage Day

4:00pm Green Kids Festie Fun Club

11:00am -

(8 to 12 years)

1:00pm

Allotment, Burford Way

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DIARY Sat 23rd

The Women with No

12:00pm

29

Windmill Hill, HItchin

2:30pm

35

Hitchin Library, Paynes

Name (spoken word performance) Booster Cushion “Book in Danger” Wine, Women & Song:

Park 7:30pm

35

St Mary’s Church

7:00pm

13

The Market Theatre, Sun

Caritas Harmony Anne & Matilda (A Hitchin History)

Street

Mon 25th

Annual Art Summer

10:00am -

- Fri 29th

School run by local artist

4:00pm

35

Walsworth Community Centre, Woogrove Road

James Willis Tues 26th

Lunchtime Concert: Ian

1:05pm

36

St Mary’s Church

8:00pm

36

The Queen Mother

Hamilton etc. Wed 27th

Thurs 28th

The Scilla Douglas Lecture: The Birth of the English

Theatre Studio,

Kitchen 1600-1850

Walsworth Road

Lunchtime Concert: Clifton

1:05pm

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St Mary’s Church

7:30pm

13

The Market Theatre, Sun

Hughes - Piano Anne & Matilda (A Hitchin History) Fri 29th

Lunchtime Concert: Masa

Street 1:05pm

36

St Mary’s Church

7:30pm

13

The Market Theatre, Sun

Tayama - Piano Anne & Matilda (A Hitchin History) Sat 30th

St Faith’s Fundraiser on the

10:00am

Market Place

onwards

Bucklersbury & Sun Street

10:00am -

Day

4.00pm

Anne & Matilda (A Hitchin

7:00pm

History)

10

Street

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Market Place Hitchin

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Town Centre

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The Market Theatre, Sun Street


DIARY Sat 30th

Cambridge Early Music

7:30pm

37

Benslow Music

‘Baroque Summer School Showcase’

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Sunday 26th June

Thursday 30th June

7.30pm,

7.30pm

Hitchin Town Football Club present

Cider and Cheese Tasting

Ickleford Open Gardens 9 gardens to visit with refreshments and various venues. Exhibition at St Katharine’s Church. Ickleford Village and St Katharine’s Church. Admission by programme £5 on the day

Thurs 30th June - Sat 30th July Every Thurs & Fri at 7:30pm / Sat at 7pm

Anne & Matilda (a Hitchin History play) Anne and Matilda Lucas daughters of the painter Samuel, spent their spinster years wintering in Rome. The play is set at afternoon tea where we are enlightened by their Italian adventures. The Market Theatre, Sun Street Tickets £14.50 / £12.50 conc (Thurs)

Sample different ciders accompanied by a variety of cheeses. Presented by Louise from The Little Deli. Choose a glass of your favourite cider to round the evening off. Canary Club, Fishponds Road £25 - tickets available from The Little Deli, Hermitage Road. (tel 01462 454162)

Thursday 30th June - 2nd July at 7.45pm (also 2nd July at 3pm)

‘The Best of Times’ 120 years young this year! The best of times features songs or dances from musicals from every decade since 1902. The very best of musical theatre. Woodside Hall, Walsworth Road Tickets £15 / £10 (mat only)

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Monday 1st July

Saturday 2nd

3pm - 11pm

9am - 4pm

Hitchin Town Football Club in association with IDNet present the third

Cider & Cheese Festival 30+ ciders to suit all tastes including the award winning Apple Cottage Cider from Baldock. Cheese platters available will be provided by The Little Deli. Live music from the Glee Choir, Micro Collider, the ever popular Sandy Ukulele Group and Bad Bones. Canary Club, Fishponds Road FREE ADMISSION

Saturday 2nd/ 9th/ 16th & 23rd July 11am - 1pm each day

Hitchin Art Club Hitchin Art Club was established in 1943. This will be the second Arcade Exhibition this year, with one more due this Autumn. It is a showcase, and sale, of the work carried out by our members. The Arcade, off the Market Square

Saturday 2nd July Noon - 11pm

Hitchin Town Football Club in association with IDNet present the third

Cider & Cheese Festival Green Kids Festie Fun Club (8 to 12 years) Ron’s Plot Community Allotment, Burford Way Allotments, £12 including a selection of harvested veg to take home.

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30+ ciders to suit all tastes including the award winning Apple Cottage Cider from Baldock. Cheese platters available will be provided by The Little Deli. Live music including John Powell 7pm and Hot Tub Steps (80s+ music) 9-11pm Canary Club, Fishponds Road FREE ADMISSION


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Saturday 2nd July

Sunday 3rd July

7.30pm

6.30am - 11.00am

Orpheus Choir & Stevenage Symphony Orchestra Music to celebrate the accession of Queen Elizabeth II, including Serenade to Music: Vaughan William, Symphonic Variations: César Franck. Piano soloist: Clifton Hughes St Mary’s Church. Entry £12 (£10 concessions)

Sunday 3rd July 2pm - 5pm

BuzzWorks Open Day Enjoy the flower garden, see bees and queen in the observation hive. Children’s activities. Refreshments and honey. BuzzWorks Discovery Centre 178 Old Hale Way, Hitchin FREE - Book at buzzworksweb@gmail.com

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Hitchin Triathlon This friendly Triathlon in Hitchin has 2 distances available and is a great event for anyone getting into the sport plus a children’s version. Hitchin Swimming Pool, Fishponds Rd Book via www.letsdothis.com

Sunday 3rd July Gates 5.30pm, Starts 6.30pm

Priory Picnic 2022 An evening of music and fireworks. Celebrating the hugely talented musicians from North Herts Music School. Grounds of Hitchin Priory Tickets - Adults £12, Family (2 adults, 2 children) £30, Children £6, under 5’s Free.


Monday 4th July

Monday 4th July

7pm - 9pm

8.00pm

Holwell Life Drawing Tutored Sessions // All levels of ability welcome // 18+ https://www.facebook.com/ HolwellLifeDrawing For more info please email matthew. burden@network.rca.ac.uk Holwell Village Hall, SG5 3SS £15

Tuesday 5th / 12th & 19th July 11am - 1pm

Sowing and Growing for a Winter and Spring Harvest £8 including a selection of seedlings to take home to grow. Ron’s Plot Community Allotment, Burford Way Allotments, Hitchin.

Piano Duet Joseph Tong and Waka Hasegawa

International duo Piano 4 Hands present an enticing programme on American Independence Day. This concert also features an exciting new work by Edwin Roxburgh written especially for the duo and premiered in London last autumn. Benslow Music, Benslow Lane Tickets £20, Free Under 27s

Tuesday 5th 1..05pm

Lunchtime Concert: Galliard Trio Composers include: Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, Wagner and George Butterworth. St Mary’s Church FREE

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Tuesday 5th

Tuesday 5th July

7.30pm

7.30pm

Hitchin Light Orchestra HLO is a unique all-age-group of musicians and singers playing an eclectic mix of jazz, latin, rock, film, show and classical music. Great to welcome them back. Hitchin Town Hall | Tickets £10

Gerald Dickens presents:

Great Expectations Gerald Dickens returns with his stunning one man performance of Great Expectations. The Market Theatre, Sun Street Tickets £17.50

Wednesday 6th July

Thursday 5th July

Arrival from 7pm, 7.30pm start

4pm - 9pm

Cheese & Wine tasting at The Bull - hosted by Damian and Jimmy Hitchin’s favourite foodie double act have a great night lined up for you for our first cheese and wine night of 2022. Join us for a tutored tasting, where you’ll get to enjoy and learn about six fantastic wines paired with and perfectly complimented by six artisan cheeses. Vote at the end of the night to decide who will be victorious, team cheese or team wine! Book tickets via our website: www. thebullatgosmore.co.uk The Bull at Gosmore | £40pp

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Hitchin Street Food Monthly The biggest street food market in Hertfordshire returns for 2022 with the cream of Indie food traders, stocked bars and live DJ’s! Hitchin Town Square FREE


Thursdsay 7th July Doors at 7pm, talk at 7.30pm

The Poor Child’s Friend: Joseph Lancaster’s Educational Revolution A talk from Andy Gibbs at HItchin British Schools. Tickets £6

Fri 8th, Sat 9th & Sun 10th July 11am - 12pm

Hitchin Lavender Tour Hitchin Lavender, Cadwell Farm. Tickets £7

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Friday 8th

Friday 8th July

1.05pm

8:00pm

Lunchtime Concert: Heather Fuller Hertfordshire born soprano studied music as the University of Cardiff completing her studies at the Wales international academy of voice. Now back performing and coaching across Herts and Beds. St Mary’s Church | FREE

Saturday 9th July 10:00am - 4:00pm

Churchgate & Markets Day A day of chlidrens activities, competiitions, music, ood and fun. Churchgate and Hitchin Market FREE

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Sebastian Müller Violin, Prof. Gerhard Vielhaber Piano Brahms’s three violin sonatas are works of his fullest maturity. Violinist Sebastian Müller and pianist Gerhard Vielhaber explore these complex masterpieces in the intimate chamber setting at Benslow Music. Benslow Music, Benslow Lane Tickets £20, Free Under 27s

Saturday 9th July 12pm - 8pm

FloFest A day of entertainment by floradio presenters with live music performers, Alfresco dining & participating bars, in Hitchin Market Place. Playing Reggae, Soca, Soulful House, UKG, Jungle… FREE


Saturday 9th July

Saturday 9th July

10am - 4pm

7.30pm

Open Day: Now Thank We All Our God - Celebrating Life, Sharing, Creativity Tilehouse Street Baptist Church’s beautiful building will be open for everyone to enjoy and appreciate a range of creative talents. The garden will be yarn bombed with knitted flowers. Indoors, look at displays of painting, photography, needlecrafts and more. Listen to live music whilst enjoying a cup of tea and home made cake. Tilehouse Street Baptist Church FREE

Hitchin Chamber Orchestra: A Night at the Oscars Featuring Oscar winning music from La La Land, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars and many more. There’s sure to be something for everyone! St Mary’s Church Tickets £6 - £12

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Sunday 10th July

Sunday 10th July

9.30am

9.30am

Hitchin’s Railway History A guided walk with David Howlett from Hitchin Historical Society. Meeting point info. with ticket. Limited Tickets £5

Meet North Herts Ramblers at Woodside Car Park off Walsworth Road for car share to Rowney Warren Wood, Sandy Lane SG17 5QB FREE 7.5 mile walk

Sunday 10th July

Sunday 10th July

10am

2pm

Country Walk: Hitchin, Preston Meet North Herts Ramblers meet at northern end of footbridge over Park way (adjacent to The Three Moorhens car park SG4 9AJ) FREE 5 mile walk

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Country Walk: Rowney Warren

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Wimbledon Final Live Join us on the Market Place for the screening of the Men’s Single Tennis Final live from Wimbledon. Deckchairs, Pimms, Strawberries & Cream. Market Place. From 2pm FREE ADMISSION


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Sunday 10th July

Sunday 10th July

10am - 1pm

7.30pm

Triangle Community Garden Summer Garden Party Come and join us for a lovely relaxed morning at the Triangle Garden with cream teas, laid back music, plant sales, crafts and a kids’; treasure hunt - an informal Open Garden with a garden party vibe! Stalls will include Nature’;s Rainbow, Tuuli Parker Jewellery, Kimprints Art, Hitchin Nature Network, the Triangle Garden plant stall, and many more. The Triangle Community Garden Ransom’s Recreation Ground off Grove Road | FREE entry

Tuesday 12th July 1.05pm

Programme of light music for all the family, including Marches, Classical themes, Film music, Jazz and Showstoppers. St Mary’s Church Tickets: Adults £10 / Children £5

Tuesday 12th July 5.45pm - 6.45pm

Lunchtime Concert: Montagnano Trio

Hitchin Films: Hitchin a Royal Manor in Film

return. St Mary’s Church FREE

Commemorating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Queen Mother Theatre Studio Tickets £6 Sponsored by - Hitchin Film Club and Hitchin Historical Society

Montagnano Trio is one of the rare chamber music ensembles devoted to the performance of music for flute, cello and piano. Making a welcome

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Hitchin Concert Band Silver Anniversary Summer Concert

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Tuesdsay 12th July

Wednesday 13th July

7.30pm

8pm

Hitchin Films: Drive My Car (15) Japan Adapted from Haruki Murakami’s short story, Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car is a haunting road movie travelling a path of love, loss, acceptance, and peace. BAFTA best film not in the english language, Golden Globe Winner: Best international feature. 175 mins. Queen Mother Theatre Studio Tickets £6.60

Tuesday 12th July 8pm

Hitchin Films: Uncertain Kingdom Short Films (15) UK From comedies and dramas, through to documentaries a selection of contemporary short films. Some familiar faces. Vote for your favourite! 100 mins Queen Mother Theatre Studio £6.60

Thurs 14th - Sat 16th July 7.45pm

Much Ado About Nothing Rose Consort Viols Benslow Music, Benslow Lane Tickets £20, Free Under 27s

Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s funniest comedies. In the hand of Big Spirit we have a fantastic ‘street’ version that will reinvent the story for anyone used to doublet and hose. It really works - the beat of the street and Shakespeare’s language belong together! The Queen Mother Theatre, Woodside Tickets £5 from the QMT

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Thursday 14th July

Thursday 14th JUly

1.05pm

6pm

Lunchtime Concert: Nick Evans Pughe Sonatas for violin and piano by Dvořák and Franck, performed by Nick EvansPughe (violin) and Trevor Hughes (piano). St Mary’s Church FREE

Honey Bees at Benslow: behind the scenes in a beesuit.

Ashley Walker tells the story of the apiary behind the much-loved Benslow honey. Hear about the challenges and triumphs of beekeeping in this idyllic setting. How the apiary was founded, has developed and is still evolving. Endless surprises from the weather, the bees and the surrounding wildlife. Benslow Music | £20

Thursday 14th July

Thursday 14th July

8pm

8pm

John Bunyan: a Pilgrims Progress Hitchin Films: Compartment No 6 (15) A young Finnish woman escapes an enigmatic love affair in Moscow by boarding a train to the arctic port of Murmansk. Forced to share the long ride with a Russian miner, the unexpected encounter leads the occupants of Compartment No. 6 to face major truths about human connection. 108 mins Queen Mother Theatre Studio | £6.60

A talk by Stan Evers at Grace Baptist Church. Grace Baptist Church, Bethel Chapel, Queen Street TIme: 8pm FREE but booking essential. Sponsors: Grace Baptist Church and Hitchin Historical Society.

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Friday 15th July

Saturday 16th July

8pm

10am - 4pm

Hitchin Films: Nosferatu A symphony of horror” Germany 1922 with Minima The grand daddy of all Dracula films is 100 years old this year. To celebrate we have a special screening with live accompaniment from Minima playing their acclaimed contemporary score. Approx. 90 mins. More info on all films at www.hitchinfilms.co.uk Queen Mother Theatre Studio | £12.75

In it’s third year, a celebration and promotion of all the amazing diverse businesses in this town centre arcade and west alley. Hitchin Arcade and West Alley FREE

Saturday 16th July

Sat 16th & Sun 17th July

10am - 4pm

10am - 5pm (Sat) 10am - 4pm (Sun)

Hitchin Creative Day A celebration of the creativity of Hitchin, and of H-town’s new arts hub, Hitchin Creative. Music, art, crafts and more. Free event. Further details at @ hitchincreative or hitchincreative.co.uk Hitchin Market Place FREE

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Arcade & West Alley Day

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Herts Visual Arts Forum ‘Big Art Fair’ This will be the 5th Herts Visual Arts ‘Big Art Fair’ bringing over 50 artists and makers together. A wonderful chance for members of the public to meet artists, view artworks and make purchases. Hitchin Town Hall | FREE


Saturday 16th & 23rd July

Saturday 16th July

12pm

7.30pm

Jacqueline Lord The Woman with no Name Jacqueline Lord will take you on a journey filled with drama and comedy. She sees, says and smells the world ,with emotive words ,laced with dramatic imagery. Go and see her on the top of windmill Hill Top of Windmill Hill FREE

Vivace Choir Singing a variety of music, some of which is taken from musicals such as My Fair Lady, Porgy and Bess, Oklahoma and so on. However, the focus is largely on ‘In Windsor Forest’ by Vaughan Williams, and a couple of folksongs by Gustav Holst. Our working title for the event is ‘In Windsor Forest’ which might echo something of the Queen’s Jubilee this year. Tilehouse Street Baptist Church Tickets £12

Saturday 16th July

Sunday 17th July

7.30pm

10am/ 1pm and 4pm

Hitchin Greenpeace Petal Walk

Hitchin Symphony Orchestra Summer Serenade Mozart - Clarinet Concerto in A major, Joseph Haydn - Symphony No. 83 in G minor ‘La Poule’, Joseph Haydn Symphony No. 85 ‘La Reine’, Lili Boulanger Trois Morceaux. St Mary’s Church | Tickets £10

Three different walks of 5 miles each through local parks, fields and nature reserves. Led by Stag Walkers, a Ramblers group aimed at people aged 20s-30s & slightly older. Walks start from Queen Mother Theatre at 10am, 1pm and 4pm. Meet at Woodside Car Park, Walsworth Road. FREE

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Sunday 17th July

Sunday 17th July

12.30pm - 5pm

2pm

My Story Fest An afternoon for all ages, with exhibition and celebration of artwork produced by artists and people across Hertfordshire, including Hitchin. Theatre, poetry, music, family craft and learning activities will all feature during My Story Fest. Stay the whole afternoon long or drop in and out. Hitchin Library, Paynes Park Tickets £5

Mon 18th - Sat 23rd July 11am - 4pm daily

Hitchin Priory Walk A guided walk of the grounds by Bridget Howlett from the Hitchin Historical Society.

Meeting point info, on ticket. Limited tickets £5.

Tuesday 19th July 1.05pm

Emmeline Art and Home: Open Studio and Pop Up shop A chance to browse work in progress, chat with the artist, view the most recent artwork and designs. Cards, prints & homewares all available to purchase. Emmeline Art & Home First floor studio 33, Market place SG5 1DY (Entrance in the Arcade - opposite Vinotech wine bar) FREE - shop.emmelinewebb.com

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Lunchtime Concert: Cello Recital Catherine Wilmers & Jill Morton St Mary’s Church FREE


Tuesday 19th July

Wednesday 20th July

7.30pm

7.30pm

A Passion for Places: Seeing England through the eyes of John Betjeman A talk by David Meara. Holy Saviour Church Tickets £12 Sponsored by The Friends of Holy Saviour Church.

Creative Arts & Hospitality Open House at The Market Theatre

Monthly meet up for all creatives and those in the hospitatlity industry. The Market Theatre Long Bar FREE

Benslow Music offers over 220 music courses annually for life-long learners, as well as a varied concert and events programme. Courses range from solo, chamber, orchestral, voice, classical, jazz, folk and world music; with experienced tutors guiding participants to develop their musicianship. Gift Vouchers available.

Courses up to December 2022 now on sale! www.benslowmusic.org @Benslow_Music

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Wednesday 20th July

Wednesday 20th July

Doors 7pm for 7.30pm start

7.30pm

Hitchin Floral Arts Club Hitchin Floral Arts Club meets on the third Wednesday of the month. Church House, Churchyard

A chance to join the group for the monthly jam and open mic session playing anything from Abba to Gun n’ Roses – don’t forget your ukes!

The Market Theatre Cabaret Bar FREE

Wednesday 20th July

Wednesday 20th July

8pm

5.30pm -8.30pm

The Miss Lewis Lecture Naming Nature: Carl Linnaus and the Linnean Society of London. The Queen Mother Theatre Studio Tickets £5 Sponsor: The Hitchin Historical Society.

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Hitchin Ukulele Club

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Mid-summer Fondue Join us for bottomless cheese fondue! Fill the table with an endless bubbling cauldron of cheese and perfect dunking accompaniments. Choose between Swiss, British or truffle fondue, soaked up by mountains of crusty bread, crudités, charcuterie and more. A delicious, fun and sociable evening for lovers of all things molten and melted. Book a table via our website: www.thebullatgosmore.co.uk The Bull at Gosmore £25pp


Thursday 21st July 4pm

Thursday 21st July 7.30pm

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel is a

Street Food Monthly The biggest street food market in Hertfordshire returns for 2022 with the cream of Indy food traders, stocked bars and live DJ’s! Hitchin Market FREE

new one-woman play with music that weaves the life of Virginia Woolf, as expressed in her own words, with music and songs by British female composers who were her contemporaries, including Ethel Smyth, Liza Lehmann and Rebecca Clarke. St Mary’s Church Tickets £10

Thursday 21st July

Thursday 21st July

Doors: 7.15pm Start: 8pm

8.30pm

David Ephgrave’s a Work in Progress Local actor/comedian road-tests material for his 2022 Edinburgh solo show. As featured in the Daily Telegraph, Comedy Central, i Newspaper, Scotsman and Edinburgh Evening News’ best jokes lists. Upstairs at Hitchin Town Hall Tickets £8 adv. £10 on door

Hitchin Jazz Jam A great night of music, with a house band from H-Town’s finest jazzers. Come and listen, or join in. More info and tickets (£10, or £8 in advance) from facebook.com/hitchinjazzjam or markettheatre.co.uk The Market Theatre Cabaret Bar Tickets £8 advance / £10 on door

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Friday 22nd July

Friday 22nd July

1.05pm

7.30pm

Lunchtime Concert: Joanna Lam

She studied music at Kings College where she received first class honours and was awarded the Purcell Prize for gaining the highest mark in the degree 2016-17. St Mary’s Church FREE

Shannon Express is one of the Eastern Region’s leading male a cappella chorus groups. Christchurch, Bedford Road Tickets £6

Friday 22nd July

Friday 22nd July

7.30pm

7.30pm

The History of Art in 90 Minutes - James WIllis Join local artist and art historian James Willis for a whistle stop guide to the history of Western Art from prehistoric cave paintings to Hockney’s Ipad drawings. Hold onto your hats....! Walsworth Community Centre

Tickets £10

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Shannon Express Barbershop Chorus

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Cambridge Early Music ‘Renaissance Summer Showcase’ Mr Byrd’s Private Music Benslow Music £10, Students £5, free Unders 18s


Saturday 23rd July

Saturday 23rd July

10am onwards

2.30pm

Vintage Day Vintage clothes, cars, activities and music from 10am. Market Place Hitchin FREE

Booster Cushion ‘Book in Danger’ Oakie the oak tree visits his relatives in the rainforest, but the chopper is hot on the trail. This is a story with a comical beginning and a serious conclusion suitable for 5 to 9 year olds. Hitchin Library, Paynes Park Tickets £3

Saturday 23rd July

Mon 25th - Fri 29th July

7.30pm

10am -4pm

Annual Art Summer School run by James Willis Wine Women & Song: Caritas Harmony Caritas Harmony, award winning ladies’ choir inspired, led and conducted by musical director Margaret Blenkin, will perform a selection of classics and show songs in aid of local charity, Tilehouse Counselling. Refreshments available. St Mary’s Church Tickets: £10 under 16s FREE

The annual Art Summer School at Walsworth is run by local artist James Willis. For artists of all interests and experiences come and join in a week of drawing, painting, collage, illustrated talks and visits to work on location. Lots of fun, art and cake! Walsworth Community Centre, Woolgrove Rd £130 week or £30 per day

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Tuesday 26th July

Wednesday 27th July

1.05pm

8.00pm

The Scilla Douglas Lecture: The Birth of the English Kitchen 1600-1850 Lunchtime Concert: Ian Hamilton etc Songs to Reign Over Us (A Right Royal Reflective)

An illustrated talk by Dr Sara Pennell, University of Greenwich. The Queen Mother Theatre Studio Tickets price £5 Sponsor: Hitchin Historical Society.

St Mary’s Church FREE

Thursday 28th July

Friday 29th July

1.05pm

1.05pm

Lunchtime Concert: Clifton Hughes Piano concert. St Mary’s Church FREE

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Lunchtime Concert: Masa Tayama

Masa Tayama is one of todays most accomplished pianists and is much in demand across Europe and Japan. St Mary’s Church FREE


Saturday 30th July

Saturday 30th July

9am - 2pm

7.30pm

St Faith’s Fundraiser on the Market Place ST. FAITH’S CHURCH are running a Market Stall on Hitchin Market Place SATURDAY 30TH JULY 9.00AM 2.00PM. Selling Bargain Books, Brica-Brac, Delicious Homemade Cakes, Toys and Games for all ages. Do come and see us. Market Place Hitchin FREE

Cambridge Early Music ‘Baroque Summer School Showcase’ The Fairy Queen. Benslow Music £10, Students £5, free Unders 18s FREE

Saturday 30th July From 12 noon

Bucklersbury & Sun Street Day The shops and businesses in this historic quarter of the town throw open their doors for an afternoon of fun, music, bargains and entertainment. Bucklersbury and Sun Steet | FREE

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Hitchin BID Forthcoming Events AUGUST Tuesday 2nd August – Monday 29h August HITCHIN BEACH Beach, music, buckets & spades and deckchairs turning the Market Place into the seaside for 4 weeks. Saturday 13th August HERMITAGE ROAD DAY Join the businesses of this historic road to celebrate all it has to offer, including classic cars, food, music and fun! SEPTEMBER Saturday 3rd September – Sunday 4th September HITCHIN FOODFEST The Hitchin FoodFest is one of the most popular on the foodie calendar. As well as our local eateries promoting their gastronomic delights, there will be the best

in street food and drink and the everpopular Taster Tent. OCTOBER Thursday 13th October - Sunday 16th October FRENCH MARKET The traders from across the channel return to the Market Place with produce from Brittany and Normandy. Thursday 27th October HERMITAGE HALLOWEEN TRAIL Hosted by Wood & Stone Floors, children can follow this trail around the businesses in Hermitage Road to collect sweets and prizes. NOVEMBER Saturday 19th November CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTS SWITCH ON The light switch on kicks off at 12noon with a host of acts on stage, Santa‘s Parade and live music.

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As part of last year’s Festival we were delighted to present a week of events in the Dell at Woodside. The week was a huge success, however it still cost over £20,000 to run and more investment is needed in order to improve the space further for future use as a venue for performance and events. We are talking to the council and their contractors about how further improvements can be made to things like access and security so we can return in 2023, but we will need more support. Keep an eye out on social media for more details of our plans for 2023..

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HITCHIN CREATIVE Hitchin Creative is a group of creative individuals who live and work in the Hitchin area. We reflect the strength and diversity of our community

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