We’re teetering on the edge of festival season and with so many fantastic events lined up for Hertfordshire in 2022, 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!
With a theme this year around re-imagining the town of Stevenage and a focus on the Queen's Jubilee and Commonwealth Games, Stevenage Day is a free day out for everyone. Giving a true festival vibe there'll be plenty of activities for all ages including a storytelling and craft tent, a carnival, a plethora of food vendors and over 200 stalls that are dedicated to local organisations and charities - and don't miss the Rock in the Park with its twin stages of local bands and performers.
1st to 10th July
An all day free family fun event including - a charity quiz night, dancing, fairground rides, craft and community stalls, food and drinks and many more... Not only have we got these amazing events there is also local live music on three stages on Sunday 10th July so why not get your dancing shoes ready and head on down to Bushey Festival?
16th to 17th July
One for those who need a celebration of all things food. Staged at the great Knebworth House, the Great British Food Festival is ready to bring you a full palette of street food, chef and baking demonstrations right through to foraging lessons. If you're there to simply eat the stunning array of food on offer, there'll be plenty of street food, bars and artisan markets for you to enjoy and sample and to top it all off, the festival vibe to Hertfordshire will be provided by plenty of live music. Equally, don't have any worries about bringing the little ones as there's kids cookery courses, and of course your four-legged friends are free to come along!
While it might only be one day, the Hatfield House Battle Proms are a festival for those looking to royally honour the summertime. Taking place in the Queen Elizabeth Oak Field, the evening will be full of celebration - kicking off with a cavalry display, followed up by a gun salute and a spitfire fly past, there'll be a full musical programme for no less than three hours! Be sure to also pre-order your delicious picnic hamper!
21st to 24th July
With a full lineup that includes a huge variety of music genres - from Madness and Primal Scream to Craig David and Sigrid, this boutique festival in the countryside offers big names and the very best in emerging talent all in one. Complete with a touch of luxury accommodation that ranges from yurts to cosy bell tents and space for those bringing their own tents or campervans, it’s safe to say this is not your average music festival!
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...
27th to 29th August
Hot heads, this is the festival for you. 60 stalls of independent chilli traders, sensationally spiced food and cocktails, chilli plants and plenty of entertainment is all set for this year’s festival, perfect for the spice aficionados. For the real heat-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...
Summer can't come quick enough!