27 Feb The Final List of Events at Hertford Castle, Spring 2020
Every year, the bustling town of Hertford is full to capacity with numerous entertaining and cultural events. This year, Hertford Town Council has announced a programme which includes the iteration of previous most-liked events such as the ‘Hertford Castle Open Air Cinema’, in addition to the arrival of a number of new events including Open Air Theatre productions at Hertford Castle.
Hertford Castle, a Grade I listed building, is located on picturesque grounds at the heart of Hertford. Nestled in a secluded spot, this impressive building is the venue of many exhilarating events throughout the year.
Offering a venue of style and elegance, Hertford Castle is the host to amazing events during May and June 2020. Good news is all the events, except for the Open Air Theatre and Open Air Cinema, are free of charge to attend. Therefore, it is worth taking a look at this list and pick the one that suites your mood the most!
To see what’s happening in this Year of Culture in Hertford, keep reading this article to the end as the Hertford Arts festival, comprising of different captivating artistic occasions, is fully introduced at the end alongside all the necessary information.
75th Anniversary of VE Day at Hertford Castle
8th May, 2020, 12:00 – 3:015pm
For the first time in the history of Hertford, the lives of local Hertfordshire soldiers will be commemorated through a celebration for the end of World War II. Marking the 75th anniversary of VE day, this celebration will be held at Hertford Castle.
Exhibitions, photos, and storyboards will tell you stories of the people of Hertfordshire during that difficult time. Some artefacts and memorabilia from the war unveiled in these exhibitions will give the visitors a touching sense of those miserable days.
To change your mood, old fashioned games, live music and entertainment are going to be there, as well as vintage cars.
Moreover, for the public are given this chance to explore all the rooms and basement of Hertford Castle for the first time, it is a good chance to come and have a visit of what’s been hidden as a secret until this very day.
Cars at the Castle
24th May, 2020, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
This May, the owners of the most beautiful cars gather together to display their unique vehicles at Hertford Castle. An array of up to 90 modern and classic cars will be displayed in the magnificent venue of Hertford Castle.
There will be plenty of fun activities to do including tasting piquant food in restaurant stalls, hot and cold food concessions and listening to live music. This can be a great day for all family members as children can also indulge in playing in the bouncy castle.
The Mayor of Hertford alongside a panel of the event sponsors will judge and award trophies to car owners. Competition categories include best paint work, best interior, best pre-1970 car, best post 1910 car, best British and best foreign car.
If you’re interested in exhibiting your car, visit this website, download and fill the application form.
Hertford Castle Fun Day
7th June, 2020, 12:00 – 7:00 pm
Organised by Hertford Rotary in partnership with Hertford Town Council, Hertford Castle Fun Day is a family-friendly occasion. The event involves a wide range of entertainment including 50 stands exhibiting on the castle lawn and providing the guests with funfair games, ice-cream and wood fired pizza, tombola stalls and much more. Moreover, food stands, a bar and face painting adds to the excitement of the event.
Ivan Legallais, president of Rotary Club of Hertford, said: “Do come along on June 2 to the annual Fun Day at The Castle grounds.
“This has always been popular with families, offering a range of entertainment, stalls and refreshments.”
“So the Rotary Club of Hertford, with the support of Hertford Town Council, is pleased to organise the fun once more.”
Hertford Castle Open Air Theatre
21st June, 2020, 4:30 – 6:10 pm
Who would miss the chance to indulge in the two epic shows on the marvelous grounds of Hertford Castle in the midst of spring? Call your theatre-lover friends, bring along a picnic or treat yourself with the good food and drinks provided at stalls and bar, and just sit back and enjoy the performances.
As this is an outdoor event, do not forget to bring suitable clothes for all weather conditions. It’s a picnic, so make sure you bring a picnic rug or chair along; gazebos and tables are not allowed.
Tickets can be purchased online for £10 (a booking fee of 60 pence per ticket will be charged).
With Jim Hawkins’s entrance to the scene at 2:30 pm, the event officially starts. As he is entangled in the bleak world of pirates, he gets on the high seas looking for the pirate hoard. The conflict starts when he realises he is not the only one aware of the map’s existence.
This performance promises the audience an action-packed adventure with pirate ships and salty old sea dogs. This adaptation of the classical Treasure Island lasts 1 hour 40 minutes with a few short intervals in between.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Shakespeare’s popular comedy of love and conspiracy will be brought to life this June in the theatrical setting of Hertford Castle. Family favourites Quantum Theatre is going to perform the story of that most dangerous of nights when fairies are abroad and nothing is as it appears to be.
The tale of four young lovers entrapped in their magical affray enchants any audience. Come and get fascinated by those bewitching woods outside the Athens that put everyone in danger to the point when no one is safe.
The designed-to-appeal-to-the-whole-family production lasts 2 hours, including short intervals.
Hertford Arts Festival
11th April – 9th May, 2020
Hertford Town Council in a partnership with Courtyard Arts decided to provide local artists with a platform to showcase and promote their works. This festival includes Hertford Theatre Week, Hertford Arts Trail, the Courtyard Arts Open Exhibition, and the Arts Society Exhibition. In addition to helping the festival and source artists, these remarkable artistic festivals give the chance to art fans to immerse themselves in locally-created art.
Taking place during Hertfordshire Year of Culture, Hertford Arts Festival has the goal to urge local businesses and artists to sign up to take part in the Hertford Art Trail as one of the main parts of the festival.
Hertford Arts Trail
Hertford is dressed to impress pop-up art enthusiasts for a whole month! From 11th April to 9th May, the town is jam-packed with exhibitions on every nook and cranny of the town. The art trail, which splashes the work of local artists, is the centrepeice of the Hertford Arts Festival.
For one month, pop-up exhibition spaces will appear across Hertford – from retailers to bars and cafes; beauty salons to gift shops. Participating artists are each teamed up with a venue to display and sell their work for the duration of the trail.
The exhibition venues are located all over the town comprising of a multitude of retailers including bars and cafes, beauty salons, clothes retailers and gift shops.
Visitors can enjoy up to 30 pop-up art exhibitions free of charge in Hertford Town Centre. These notable artworks range from sculpture to textile, oil on Canvas to watercolour, a majority of which will be available to buy.
Hertford Theatre Week
20th – 25th April, 2020
This April, Hertford will again be the scene of six different productions for a whole week. Ambitious teams will be traveling from all over the country to try their luck at the competition in the NDFA All Winners Festival. In its 59th year, Hertford Theatre Week will bring together 354 productions.
Hertford Theatre Week was first formed in 1962 when a small committee invited neighbouring Societies and Drama Groups to perform under festival conditions. Since that day, every year six different plays have been performed during a week in Hertford.
The interesting fact about the Festival is that it is run by a team of unpaid volunteers. It is because of the satisfaction and all the hard work of these people that Hertford Theatre Festival has become one of the leading full-length drama competitions in the country.
This year’s programme features 6 productions:
Waiting In The Wings by Noel Coward, presented by Barn Theatre Club
The Women Of Tropy by Euripides adapted by Chrissie Waites, presented by Heath Players
In Praise Of Love by Terence Rattigan, presented by Global Theatre Company
It Runs In The Family by Ray Cooney, presented by Hutton Players
Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire, presented by The Company of Players
Going Green by David Tristram, presented by Hertford Dramatic & Operatic Society
To avoid any disappointment, please buy your tickets as soon as possible.
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