Letchworth Festival opens with jam-packed weekend of events

A character called Troll will be walking around at Letchworth Festival

A character called Troll will be walking around at Letchworth Festival - Credit: Archant

There is something for everyone on the first weekend of a town’s annual festival.

Street Fest dancers from last year's event. Credit: Joel Buckland/ We do Stories

Street Fest dancers from last year's event. Credit: Joel Buckland/ We do Stories - Credit: Archant

This year’s Letchworth Festival opens this afternoon (Friday) ahead of a jam-packed weekend of events which includes a festival in the town centre, a pub crawl inspired by Letchworth’s most famous film and a fair.

Street Fest takes place on Saturday as Letchworth GC town centre comes alive with street theatre, live music, comedy and dance demonstrations from 10am until 4pm at performance stages in Leys Square and at the corner of Eastcheap and Leys Avenue.

There will also be street vendors, facepainting, fair rides and a host of hands-on activities at this free event organised by Love Letchworth.

Lee Boswell of Love Letchworth said: “We always try to pull out all the stops to put together an exciting programme that appeals to the whole family. Even after five years we challenge ourselves to keep the event fresh and lively with new acts and additions to the programme.

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“This year we have a great walkabout character called The Troll who will be causing mayhem and chaos wherever he goes. It really is shaping up to be a brilliant day.”

Free all day parking is available at the Spirella Building in Bridge Road.

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Also taking place on Saturday is the Settlement Fair which runs from 9.30am until 12.30pm with adult education centre The Settlement offering a variety of cakes and plants for sale.

Admission to the venue in Nevells Road is £1 and accompanied children go free.

Visitors will also have chance to collect a copy of the newly published Recreation and Education course programme, which runs from September 2014 to July 2015. For more information log on to www.letchworthsettlement.org.uk

Over the weekend fans of The World’s End – partly filmed in Letchworth GC and featuring actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost – are invited to join a location tour around the town centre.

The Film Location Tours are taking place from Broadway Cinema in Eastcheap at 2pm this Saturday and Sunday, as well as on Sunday, June 22.

There’s also a Golden Mile tour for over 18s which includes optional drinking in featured pubs and starts at 7.30pm on Saturday.

Tickets for both walking tours are £3 or £2 concessions from the Local and Tourist Information Centre in Station Road. Alternatively contact the tour guide on 07949 199222.

For more events from Letchworth Festival turn to our Venue section from page 37 or visit www.letchworthfestival.org

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