Hitchin Festival preparations underway

Hitchin Festival 2013

Hitchin Festival 2013 - Credit: Archant

A TOWN will soon be getting into the carnival spirit, with a five-week programme featuring hundreds of events planned for its annual festival revealed this week.

Hitchin Festival preparations are underway for the event launch on June 24.

This year’s programme includes musical performances, talks, art, shows and eating out, with events continuing until the end of July.

Returning attractions include the ghost walks, the walking restaurant and the Priory Picnic with fireworks, but there are also a number of new events at the festival.

Among them are talks to mark Sir Henry Bessemer’s 200th birthday.

Rhythms of the World is an obvious absence this year, but there are still a number of musical offerings including acoustic nights and a rock school showcase.

Foodie events include cheese nights, wine tasting, and tapas.

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Town centre manager Keith Hoskins said: “There’s something for everyone, whether it’s comedy, plays, foods, talks and walks.

“It should be a good few weeks.”

Tickets for the events are available from Hitchin Initiative offices in Churchyard from Monday.

Hitchin BID, the Arts Council for North Hertfordshire and North Herts District Council are among the sponsors this year.

• Send your pictures from the festival to laura.burge@thecomet.net or tweet @laura_burge

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