Unique summer events in Hertfordshire
Looking for fabulous things to do in Hertfordshire this summer then look no further. The county has an incredible amount of one day events taking place each week meaning you are spoilt for choice.
Here is just a selection of those on my wish list.
Medieval jousting at Knebworth
This spectacular jousting show by the Knights of Middle England takes place at Knebworth Park on Father’s Day – Sunday, June 18.
The turrets and towers of Knebworth House provide an impressive backdrop to this fantastic display of horsemanship where the crowds are encouraged to cheer and jeer the Knights as they demonstrate their skill.
Tickets from £12.50, under 3s go free
Giffords Circus is a magical vintage village green circus that tours England over the summer months and will be taking up residence at Home Farm in Elstree between 22 and 26 June.
This year’s show is entitled Les Enfants du Paradis and will feature dazzling costumes, daring tricks, live music and a spectacular set. It is billed as being Giffords’s ‘most lavish show yet’.
Tickets cost from £20 per adult and £10 per child. Under 3’s go free.
Giffords also has a supper club, Circus Sauce is their unique, travelling licensed restaurant. Here guests can enjoy a rustic extravagant inspired three-course feast, using local and seasonal ingredients by a team of talented chefs, lead by Circus Sauce Head Chef and cookbook author Ols Halas. Dinner prices from £50 per adult and £30 per child.
Widely regarded as the most exciting summer proms concert in the country, The Battle Proms takes place in the Queen Elizabeth Oak Field in Hatfield Park on 15th July. A rousing summer celebration with music, fireworks, Spitfire, cannons and cavalry!
Bring your own picnic or make life easy and purchase a pre-order picnic hamper and wine. You can also hire chairs, tables and pre-erected gazebos to make your Battle Proms evening extra special.
Tickets from £55 per adult and £21 per child, under 5s go free.
Summer Evenings at Paradise Wildlife Park
Taking place every Friday and Saturday from 21st July to 19th August, between 6.30 and 9.30pm, Paradise Wildlife Park’s popular Summer Evening events offer a unique experience to see the animals in a different light as they settle down for the evening. Plus there is live acoustic music, wildlife stilt walkers, walking hedges, drummers and great food and drink to enjoy.
£15 per member ticket and £18 for general admission. Under 2’s go free and will not require a ticket.
Hertford Castle’s Teddy Bears’ Picnic
If you go down to Hertford Castle on 23rd July, you’re sure of a big surprise. It’s the annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic which includes a bear hunt inside the castle, games, and activities around the grounds, plus the annual Teddy Bear’s parade led and judged by the Mayor of Hertford.
A live brass band concert will perform throughout the day, Hertford Canoe Club will be running water activities on the River Lea and Hertford Castle will be open for the public to explore.
Big JiveSwing, Cassiobury Park
Watford Borough Council’s Big JiveSwing is a free one day Festival taking place in Cassiobury Park, Watford on 30th July. With performances taking place at the Band Stand from many internationally reclaimed jazz musicians, bands and dancers plus family dance classes, food & drink, vintage vehicles, vintage stalls and a kids’ corner, with bouncy castle, merry go round and lots more