Letchworth Festival 2014 aims to ‘Celebrate Letchworth Life’ over 17 days

King of Herts Barbershop choir at Letchworth Festival in 2013

King of Herts Barbershop choir at Letchworth Festival in 2013 - Credit: Archant

A town’s annual festival is offering something for everyone with a jam-packed bill of events.

Now in its fifth year, Letchworth Festival will be ‘Celebrating Letchworth Life’ by promoting the town’s organisations, clubs and societies with more than 100 events in and around the town from June 6-22.

The festival launches at La Concha wine bar in Station Place between 3-6pm on Friday, June 6, and ends 17 days later with an evening of jazz, soul and a capella singing from the Hitchin Music Project at 8pm on Sunday, June 22.

Getting hearts racing will be the Letchworth Festival 5km run at Norton Common from 9am on Saturday, June 7, before a variety of town centre activities throughout the day including live music and dance with Streetfest, and a free family fun day at St Paul’s Church.

The following weekend, June 13-15, Broadway Cinema in Eastcheap will be hosting the Film Festival with a broad range of movies including To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Lion King, Rush and The World’s End.

The final weekend will see a Day of Dance on Saturday and the popular Proms in the Park in Howard Park from 1pm until 8pm on Sunday.

Mel Wold, chairman of the Letchworth Festival Steering Committee, said: “The festival is a great way to showcase the enormous talent and community spirit that we have in Letchworth. This year promises to be the best Letchworth Festival ever and once again ‘Celebrate Letchworth Life’.”

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Raffle tickets will be on sale at events taking place throughout the festival and the raffle will be drawn at the Tourist Information Centre on Station Road on Monday, June 23. Also taking place throughout the festival will be a display of infant and primary schools’ artwork at Leys Avenue.

Although many of the events are free, some require tickets. The main outlet for purchasing tickets are The Tourist Information Centre (01462 487868), open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am-4.30pm and David’s Bookshop (01462 684631), open Monday to Saturday from 8am-7pm, and Sunday 10am-5pm.

The final Letchworth Festival meeting will take place on Monday, June 2, at 7.30pm at the Letchworth Par 3 Golf Centre in Willian Way with members of the public invited to get involved and promote the ideas and interests of groups you belong to.

If you are unable to attend but wish to be involved email contact@letchworthfestival.org or leave your details at David’s Bookshop in Eastcheap.

For more information about the events programme and tickets visit www.letchworthfestival.org