Kimpton prepares for fun May Festival weekend

Kimpton May Festival - The procession along the High Street.
Picture: Karyn Haddon

Kimpton May Festival - The procession along the High Street. Picture: Karyn Haddon


Villagers in Kimpton are getting ready to celebrate a May Festival weekend to remember.

Kimpton May Festival - The procession along the High Street.
Picture: Karyn HaddonKimpton May Festival - The procession along the High Street. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Festival committee members are preparing to deliver the largest May Festival in Hertfordshire, with a host of new and bigger events.

This year’s theme of ‘Around the World in 80 Ways’ is designed to appeal to all ages across the four days.

From Friday, May 4 through to Bank Holiday, Monday, May 7, Kimpton May Festival will play host to a diverse range of entertainment such as an art show, fun run, open air cinema, festival procession and music night featuring a Take That tribute band, The Take That Experience, in the Memorial Hall.

As always, the focal point of the weekend will be the festival procession on the Saturday.

The parade through the High Street comprises floats and walking entries and culminates in the main arena at the recreation ground where the May Queen and her attendants hold court.

Chairman John Hills said: “We are excited at the prospect of the 54th May Festival in the village and I’m delighted that the theme Around the World in 80 Ways should be something that will appeal to all ages. ”

Along with hosting a fantastic time for locals and those who come to visit Kimpton, the event also helps to raise much-needed funds for groups that operate in and around the village.

This year it is hoped that in excess of £15,000 will be raised for the good causes.

There is always something new at Kimpton May Festival and John Hills is delighted that this year is no exception.

He said: “While previous years have always shown what a great festival this is, it’s always important to add to our offering and this year I am pleased that we have, for the first time, a movie night for children to open the event on Friday showing Cars.

“Kimpton Music Night looks to be heading for a sell-out as we welcome a Take That tribute and with our dog show, auction and dancing, the whole weekend will be a treat for all the family.”

As well as a late Friday afternoon screening of Cars in Kimpton School field, the outdoor cinema will also be showing Top Gun in the evening.

• For full details of the events scheduled, or to purchase tickets for events such as the Friday wine tasting or the Kimpton Music Night, go online to

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