Organisers raring to go as Letchworth Festival gets set for big kick-off on Saturday

Letchworth Festival volunteer committee member Hannah Isted.

Letchworth Festival volunteer committee member Hannah Isted. - Credit: Archant

Organisers of Letchworth Festival are calling on the public to come out in force for the opening day this Saturday.

There is sure to be something for everyone, with live music, a sewing competition, art stalls and much more during the 15-day festival.

And there is still time to buy event tickets before the grand opening day kicks off at 10am.

“It’s all going to kick off with the Love Letchworth opening event in the town centre on Saturday,” said volunteer committee member Hannah Isted. “There will be some great local bands playing on stage at the top of Leys Square and live acoustic music in The Wynd.

“Pick up some beautiful handmade products at the arts and crafts market, or stop in and talk to the community stalls down Leys Avenue.

“We have a fantastic line-up of events over the weeks of the festival this year including the Great Letchworth Sewing Bee, celebrations for the Queen’s birthday, a mad hatters’ tea party, a dog show and plenty more to help you celebrate Letchworth.”

The folks giving their time to make the festival extra special include the members of the Wilbury Community Forum Youth Council, which has among its members this year’s Comet Community Young Achiever Jessica Hart and last year’s winner Immy Blackburn-Horgan.

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They will be providing a free Creative Corner drop-in at The Arcade, next to the Tourist Information Centre between Station Road and Leys Avenue.

“Feeling creative? Why not paint a T-shirt with your own design, your name or your favourite film or comic character?” said Immy.

“There will even be mini temporary body art and tattoos plus music, mini-jewellery and craft making.”

All materials at the Creative Corner, which is sponsored by the Green House Market in Station Road, will be given out free of charge while stocks last.

There will also be a free Herts Music family music workshop at 45 Station Road from 11am to 1pm on Saturday, and a maths workshop in The Arcade from noon to 1.30pm.

The Garden City Brewery in The Wynd officially opens on Saturday with a street-party type event to celebrate the Queen’s birthday.

For the full line-up take a look in the programme sent out last month or visit letchworthfestival.org.