Festivals in Hertfordshire 2018
We’re teetering on the edge of festival season and with so many fantastic events lined up for Hertfordshire in 2018, it’s the perfect time to start planning your festival calendar. Whether you’re looking for the soundtrack to your summer at one Hertfordshire’s many music festivals, or a sprinkling of culture at an arts festival, it’s time to start booking, planning and hunting down those wellies!
21st – 22nd July
Foodies, rejoice! The Great British Food Festival is coming to Knebworth for 2018. The 28 acre formal gardens will host a taste of some of the UK’s finest food, with 70 stalls of artisanal produce, chef demonstrations and cookery workshops all being cooked up for this year’s festival. Bring along the family and your four-legged friends to explore the gardens, and whatever you do, don’t forget to bring your appetite!
Paloma Faith, George Ezra, Brian Ferry, this boutique festival in the countryside offers big names and the very best in emerging talent for 2018. Complete with pool, hot tub and a touch of luxury with accommodation ranging from tipis to deluxe suites, it’s safe to say this is not your average music festival, so leave the tent pegs at home.
10th – 12th August
While the line-up is still a closely guarded secret, we can tell you that Meraki Festival will feature three stages of top live music from rock and pop, to folk and soul. Get your tickets fast, because this all-inclusive event takes the festival experience to the next level, with activities including laser tag, roller disco, family-friendly fun and a little R&R in the form of a spa – pure bliss!
25th – 27th August
Hot heads, this is the festival for you. 60 stalls of chilli traders, sensationally spiced food and cocktails, chilli plants and plenty of entertainment is all set for this year’s festival, perfect for the chilli aficionados. For the real spice-seekers, it’s time to test your mettle in the infamous chilli eating competition, but get in there quick, because only a select few will have the honour of burning their taste buds.
Take the tour around Stevenage Old Town and get a taste of the local brews at the Beer and Cider Festival this summer. Try a variety of beers and ciders and enjoy a trail from the On the Green Restaurant, with seven historic local pubs along the way.
31st August - 2nd September
Britpop fans, do not miss out on tickets to this! Knebworth Park, the background for so many iconic events in British music, will once again host some of the very best in British rock and dance. Celebrate an epic era with headline acts Happy Mondays and Ocean Colour Scene and dance your way through the nineties and noughties with artists including Razorlight, Lightning Seeds and Toploader in the supporting line up.
26th September – 8th October
Over a week of glorious local produce, beer and feasts awaits in St Albans this autumn. The CAMRA Beer Festival and Street Feastival are excellent excuses to test your tasting skills, while the experts will have their say at the Food and Drink Awards on the final day of the festival.