Early Summer Festivities in and around St Albans

One of the great things about living in this part of the world is the number and diversity of things to do. From annual events which are very much part of the local calendar to one-off shows, courses, plays, films and exhibitions. Here are just a few which are coming up over the next couple of months. The St Albans Family Fair is holding its 3rd event at the Alban Arena on Saturday 25th April from 10 – 3. Full of stalls aimed at parents and young children, there are activities for them to take part in, a retail hall and stands with advice and information from local businesses. Find out more here: St Albans Family Fair Held in numerous venues around the town and running from Friday 1st until Sunday 3rd of May the St Albans Film Festival gives film makers from near and far the opportunity to showcase their work with the potential for winning awards and prizes. The full running order is available on the website. For those of you who like a more traditional event there is nothing quite like Beating the Bounds, which goes back to the medieval era when the citizens of St Albans literally whipped the boundary of St Albans with willow wands. This free events takes places on Sunday 10th May and, led by the Mayor, takes about two and a half hours. Starting from Oakland College on Sunday 17th May, the three Rotary Clubs in the area have organised the St Albans Charity Cycle Rise. Open to everyone there are 4 routes to choose from – 10, 20, 30 and 40 miles through mid-Hertfordshire. One of the largest events in the county is the Hertfordshire County Show, held at the showground just north of Redbourn. Held over two days on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th May, this is a really fabulous family day out with a range of displays, entertainment, food and retail therapy. And very often it is the animals which are the stars of the show. You can end the month of May with a trip to the St Albans Steam and Country Show at Oaklands College, with its traditional display of old machinery from a bygone era. All these events and more can be found on the Enjoy St Albans website.

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