Festivals in Hertfordshire 2019

We’re teetering on the edge of festival season and with so many fantastic events lined up for Hertfordshire in 2019, 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!

Standon Calling

25th - 28th July

With Rag 'N' Bone Man, Wolf Alice, Kate Nash, this boutique festival in the countryside offers big names and the very best in emerging talent for 2019. 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.

Answer the call

Game Fair

26th - 28th July

This summer the grounds of Hatfield House will be transformed into a celebration of countryside traditions. Bring along the family, enjoy sensational food and drink, and take in a whole host of displays and shows, including horse and hounds, show gardens, falconry and fishing. 

Countryside charm

Big JiveSwing Festival

28th July

Get your saxophones at the ready because we're swinging it way back this summer. Watford Borough Council's Big JiveSwing Festival is returning once again to Cassiobury Park. With performances taking place at the Band Stand from many internationally reclaimed jazz musicians, bands and dancers, you’d be mad to miss out. This afternoon extravaganza will also put on family dance classes so the little ones can stay smiling and shimmying throughout the day. Get your toes tapping in the sunshine and boogie on down to the Big JiveSwing festival...

Shimmy into summer...

Rock at the Castle 

4th August 

Sit back and relax in the glorious grounds of Hertford Castle with live music, including folk, indie, rock and pop and bars, street food and a bouncy castle, all for free! 

Free fun

Meraki Festival

23rd - 25th 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!

Be among the first to bag tickets

Benington Chilli Festival

24th - 26th 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.

Check out the chillies

Cool Britannia Festival

30th August - 1st 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 Basment Jaxx and James and dance your way through the nineties and noughties with artists including the Bluetones, Babybird and Dodgy.

Take me back to the 90s

Enjoy your festival experience in style this summer, ditch the tent and check out the accommodation all across Hertfordshire for a restful night's sleep - we won't tell if you don't.