Get ready for the brilliant Walsworth Festival

Vikings come to town at the Walsworth Festival

Vikings come to town at the Walsworth Festival - Credit: Archant

Organisers behind what is billed as the largest free festival in the area are getting set for more family fun.

Walsworth Festival, which has been held on Hitchin’s Walsworth Common since 1974, returns on Sunday.

During that time the festival has helped raise thousands of pounds for charity. It is organised by volunteers and assisted by many charities, and is a good combination of old family fun and modern attractions.

The arena events this year include the Companie of the Silver Arrow – with the motto ‘Semper Paratus’ – the Herts-based living history group which specialises in life in the 15th century amd who say they are a refuge from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

There will also be performances from the Purwell Panthers Cheerleading Group, Vickie Lesnick’s School of Ballet from Hitchin and the Letchworth Morris Men.

But there is so much more for all the family as the popular long-running festival also packs a punch with Punch and Judy to delight young and old alike. There will also be an appearance from the talented Hitchin Youth Brass Band, the Scout Train, and Green Dragon Bowmen archers.

Local talent spots are available for those brave enough to try – plus numerous local charity stalls, with books, bric-a-brac, plants, cakes, raffles, tombolas and sweets all on sale.

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There will also be fairground rides and so much more to keep visitors entertained. All types of refreshments will be available and if you fancy something stronger there will be a bar available. This year’s event will again see nearby church St Faith’s open its doors from 1pm where there will be more refreshments to enjoy.

There will also be a number of displays and concerts, including Purwell School Choir, Blue Silver Jazz and many others, with the day culminating with Songs of Praise from 4pm to 4.30pm.

A spokesman told the Comet: “The whole event is organised by a small band of volunteers who believe this very worthy and popular event – well established on the Walsworth calendar – simply must continue.

“The public’s support is very important, so put May 21 in your diary and have a enjoyable day out supporting this unique charity event.”

The festival kicks off at 11am – see for performance timings.

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