With Lockdown restrictions due to ease soon, and the sun finally beginning to make an appearance, it’s time to start looking forward to a busy festival season in Hertfordshire.
Although the majority of public gatherings were cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, festivals are set to make a welcome return this summer, and Portfolio Serviced Accommodation are on hand to recommend the best Hertfordshire music events in 2021.
1) Battle Proms | Saturday 17 July: Hatfield House
The Battle Proms picnic concert takes place in the Queen Elizabeth Oak Field in the leafy parkland at Hatfield House.
Expect a joyous celebration of summer with classical music, fireworks, cavalry, cannons and even a Spitfire air display. There are tickets still available at date of publication, but please check the website for their latest news regarding Covid regulations.
This is a highlight of the Hatfield social calendar and was sorely missed in 2020. Hatfield House is just a 6 minute drive or a 30 minute walk from our Hatfield Serviced Apartments, so the Battle Proms are definitely worth checking out if you are staying with us in July.
2) Standon Calling | 22 – 25 July: Ware
This annual music and arts festival is due to return to the Hertfordshire countryside in late July. With headline acts such as Bastille, Primal Scream & De La Soul appearing Standon Calling is now becoming a major player in a busy festival market.
Weekend tickets are still available but again please continue to check the website for any updates on Covid restrictions. Held in the grounds of Standon Lordship the festival site is approximately a 30 minute drive from our Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield & Stevenage serviced apartments, and 40 minutes from St Albans.
3) Pub In The Park | 10 – 12 September: St Albans
Tom Kerridge is once again bringing this fabulous celebration of food and music to St Alban’s Verulamium Park this September. Acts such as All Saints and Basement Jaxx, provide the music, with festival goers able to tuck into a range of culinary delights from celebrity chefs and top restaurants.
Pub in the Park is just a 25 minute walk from our St Albans Serviced Apartments at Derbyshire House, meaning this is a festival of food and music that just cannot be missed!
4) Folk By The Oak | 18 July: Hatfield House
Folk By The Oak returns to Hatfield House just a day after the Battle Proms. This festival of folk’s finest acts, such a Seasick Steve, is a perfect way to wind down in the sun after the celebrations of the day before.
With 2 stages Folk by the Oak brings you award winning musicians and inspiring new talent in one memorable day. There are also creative workshops for younger festival goers, making this a great family event.
Despite it’s countryside location Folk By The Oak is walkable from our Hatfield Serviced Apartments, so if folk festivals are your thing then we highly recommend this event.
5) Todd in the Hole Festival | 16 – 18 July: Stevenage
This family friendly festival is set in the heart of the Hertfordshire countryside with 5 stages hosting over 80 artists over 3 days. The festival features mainly tribute acts, including the Killerz, Mused – meaning you won’t see the big acts, but it’s the next big thing and a lot of fun!
The festival site is just a 10 minute drive from our Stevenage Serviced Apartments, but there are plenty of taxis available if you want ot let your hair down! Tickets are still available at the time of publishing, but please keep an eye on the website for any updates.
It’s fair to say that 2020 was a nightmare for the live music and events industry so we are keeping everything crossed that these festivals will take place this year. These are just 5 of many so please support the entertainment and hospitality industry and make sure you experience at least 1 of these great events in Hertfordshire this summer!