Thursday, 28 October 2010

2010 Results

After a very successful Welwyn Festival Week in June this year, featuring over 70 events over 10 days and attended by over 4,000 local residents, £3,000 was raised for local charity and social groups to aid their work. Last week the charity representatives gathered in Welwyn to collect their cheques and had an opportunity to meet the Welwyn Festival Committee and explain how the money will be used:

  • Herts Air Ambulance needs well over £100,000 a month to keep flying, helping all kinds of patients, from motor accidents to heart attacks;
  • Welwyn Playground Support Group are pushing hard to raise £100k plus in the next 2 years, to replace old and dangerous equipment at the local playing fields;
  • Stuart Centre offers a place for local residents to socialise, and hopes to offer a day trip to people with the money raised;
  • Jubilee House in WGC provides support to over 100 local families with one or more children and adults with various disabilities, and their carers for respite stays. The money donated will help create a sensory room, which residents will find aids their peace of mind;
  • SERV are a group of local motorcyclists who volunteer themselves and their bikes, free of charge, to ferry critical blood supplies from north London to local hospitals in all weathers and times of night, 365 days of the year (two WFG committee members are volunteers for this service);
  • We all know friends or relatives who have benefited from McMillan Cancer Care Service. With a local office in Welwyn, the Festival Committee is delighted to provide assistance to help them continue their wonderful work.

The Welwyn Festival Group is looking for 2011 charities and social groups to support with funds raised from the 2011 Festival – the 37th - which will take place from 17th-27th June.


The Welwyn Mystery Plays organising committee will be donating £700 from their takings to the WFG funds, also donating other amounts to St Mary's Church, St Mary's School and the St John's Ambulance Brigade.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

The Committee Was Pleased To Receive This Feedback

"Dear All

Although not a resident of Welwyn, my wife and I always try to attend your Fun Day. Having been involved with smilar activities for several years, we know only too well how much work goes into the preparation for such a day.

I must congratulate everyone who was involved in last Saturdays event it was fantastic! You always seem to get a really well balanced programme of events as well as interesting stalls to ponder over. Two points I would like to make concern the Dog Show and the Archery display. The presenter of the Scruffs Dog Show was so good, he made me laugh out loud several times as his wit and general comments were so relevant, yet not offensive. I tried to catch up with him after the event to shake his hand, but he quickly disappeared into the crowd. My bet is that he might be a teacher, as his demeanor and manner with the children was so understanding.

The archery stand was also amazing. Not necesarily shooting arrows, but listening to a man called John, who was obviously connected with the group, whose knowledge of the English Long Bow and it's history was truly outstanding. I could have listened to him for hours as he was so interesting and full of facts about the likes of Robin Hood and the Battle of Agincourt etc. I learnt so much in a short space of time it was incredible.

Anyway, I musn't ramble on too much, well done to everyone who was connected with the organisation of this event and I hope you raised plenty of money for your chosen charities.

I am already looking forward to next year!

With grateful thanks

Richard Bailey"


Thursday, 15 July 2010



African Steak House and Grill ... England mugs etc
Aqua ... Giraffe
Austins Funeral Services ... Calculator
Barclays Bank ... Thermometer
Birchwood Investments ... Gardening Magazine
Bridge Cottage ... Mars Bar
Bryan Bishop & Partners ... Cave for Sale
Country Properties ... Tin of Salmon
Danesbury Shop ... Band aid
Dominic Myott Lighting ... Guitar
Hill & Co ... Bird Book
Katies Bakery ... 3 fishes on the England shirt
Lloyds Pharmacy ... Pencil
Mimram Veterinary Centre ... Street Maps
Monty the Cat ... 3 real cakes
No 15 - hairstylists ... Cow
Off Broadway Travel ... Skateboard
Old Welwyn Florists ... Whistle
Osprey Homes ... Oranges
Peter Morgan - Hairdressing ... Cough medicine
Putterills - Estate Agents ... Apple tea
Tesco ... Spiderman comic
The Barber’s Room ... 1p/keys (but variable or not there at all so not included)
The Lemon Plaice ... Duck
The Wellington ... Toy car
The White Hart ... Gardening glove
Sagar Tandoori Restaurant ... Calculator
Simmons the Bakers ... Jam
Smart Exchange ... Pot scourer
Susu ... Watering can/bottle
Village Wines ... Ladybird
Welwyn Post Office ... Brass weight

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Cuckoo In The Nest Competition Winners

Winners KS1 + reception
1st Daisy Stammers
2nd Ollie Conroy

Winners KS2
1st Anna Bridgeman
2nd Hannah Naylor - Stewart

Congratulations to the winners and well done to all those who took part. We'll be posting the answers soon ... watch this space!

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Street Market Photos from JackFM

badgers, cats, children, mini-firefighters, bell-ringers, church tower, chrysalis ...

The WFG committee thanks Hertfordshire's local radio station for covering this event. JackFM is the new name for Hertbeat, still to be found on 106.7 and 106.9 FM, playing a mix of old and new hits and bringing local news and events to listeners' ears!


Saturday, 26 June 2010

Sunday 27th June

Here are the final day's events:

10am. A walk around Welwyn. Meet outside the Wellington. (Enqs 716251)

10 45am-5pm. Welwyn Tennis Club Open Day. All ages welcome.
Coaching followed by a tournament in the afternoon.
Top of the playing fields.

12pm onwards. Darts Competition. £12/team. Cash prizes.
Welwyn Sports and Social Club.

12pm-6pm Contempory Art Anneli Boon 16 Mimram Place off the High Street

1-7pm. Cricket match. Hertfordshire v Dorset. National Disabled Championship.
The playing fields.

2pm. Talk and walk by the Natural History Society, on the history and natural history of Mardley Heath.
Woolmer Green village hall.

Also Beer Festival. 15 ales and ciders in the garden.
The White Horse.

8pm. Space talk. The 40th Anniversary of Apollo 13 – Survival in Space.
The Civic Centre, Small Hall.

Also Jazz/music in the evening at the Wellington

Parade Winners

Congratulations to the pupils of Welwyn St Mary's Primary School, winners of the Carnival Parade 'Noah's Ark' theme.
(photographs to follow)

Friday, 25 June 2010

Saturday 26th June

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12.50pm for 1pm. THE FANCY DRESS PARADE (Theme “Noah’s Ark”) starts from the Civic Centre, walking along the High Street, at approx 1.00pm to the:
1.15pm-5pm. FAMILY FUN DAY at Singlers Marsh, Codicote Road. (including coconut shy, army cadets, boules, racing ferrets, bouncy slide, marching band, tea tent, food van, sweet stall, ponies, clown, punch & judy, carousel, football shoot out, archery, plate smash, kids races and tug o’ war, White Hart Fun Day Beer Tent & Hog Roast, charity and independent stalls which will be offering childrens games, toys, jewellery, cardmaking, good as new items, etc. plus much more!)
Fun Day Arena Programme:-
1.15pm - 1.30pm PA / Music / Judging (Brian King and other local judges)
1.30pm - 1.50pm Welwyn Mystery Plays - Noah’s Ark, featuring children from local schools in costumes.
2.00pm - 2.30pm Bodicote Pipe Band
2.40pm - 3.00pm Kids Races
3.00pm Scruffs Dog Show entrants assemble by arena.
3.10pm - 3.40pm Scruff’s Dog Show
3.50pm - 4.10pm Bodicote Pipe Band
4.20pm - 4.40pm Kids Races/Tug o’ War
4.40pm - 4.50pm The “Big Prize Draw.
4.50pm - 5.00pm. The Duck Race by the 1st Welwyn Scouts and Guide Groups. Singler’s Marsh

Other events on this day:
All day - Beer festival 15 ales and ciders in the garden. The White Horse.
11.30am - 2pm. Hog roast lunch on the Terrace. The Wellington.
12pm-6pm. Contemporary art exhibition by Anneli Boon. 16 Mimram Place, off the High Street.
1pm-4pm. Jewellery and silversmith displays. Gothic House, corner of Mill Lane/Church Street.
1.30pm. Cricket match. WGC 3rds v Old Albanian 2nds The playing fields.
8pm The Welwyn Mystery Plays. St Mary’s School Hall. (Tickets from or tel. 715672) £8adult/£5child.
7pm for 8.30pm. Festival club night with live entertainment. Local singers Lenny and Michael. Welwyn Sports and Social Club.

Today's WelFest events

FRIDAY 25th June

7pm - 9pm
The Welwyn Good Life open house and garden. Tickets £1/head. 16 Carleton Rise.

Quiz of Quizzes using Optivote. £8.50 adults/ £5 under 16’s and concessions. Fish and chip supper with veggie option included. Bring your own drinks. Tickets from, Hill’s in the High Street, or call 715325. Main Hall, Civic Centre.

The Welwyn Mystery Plays. St Mary’s School Hall (Tickets from or tel.715672) £8adult/£5child.

Also Live music and Beer Festival. 15 ales and ciders in the garden. The White Horse.

Wednesday, 23 June 2010


The Welwyn Good Life open house and garden. £1/head. 16 Carleton Rise. (see All Week entry)
7pm for 8.00pm.
Festival Bingo Night. Cash prizes. Welwyn Sports and Social Club.
d’Arenberg wine matched dinner. Bookings taken. The Wellington
Welwyn Film Record Society’s films (1987, 2005 plus archive special) – The Civic Centre, Main Hall;
Also Live music and Beer Festival. 15 ales and ciders in the garden. The White Horse.


In place of the 2009 film, the Welwyn Film Society will be showing some local archive film kindly supplied by the East Anglian Film Archive.

Big Cat ... and mouse

For those interested in the Big Cat Survival Trust rescue centre, you have to check out this link!

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Events for WEDNESDAY 23rd June

The Welwyn Good Life open house and garden. £1/head. 16 Carleton Rise.
Also Beer Festival. 15 Ales and ciders in the garden. The White Horse.
Tony Rook’s tour. Meet at the Fire Station. Refreshments at New Church House, St Mary’s Church at mid way point with a display of artefacts and pictures.
Welwyn Film Record Society’s films (1969/71/96). The Civic Centre, Main Hall.
9pm sharp.
Badger Watch. (Minimum donation £3, book via 798722) Tewin.

Tuesday's WelFest Events

TUESDAY 22nd June
Community Café coffee morning New Church House St Mary’s Church.
The Welwyn Good Life open house and garden £1/head. 16 Carleton Rise. (see All Week entry)
Tony Rook’s talk. "The 1st few thousands of years - a brief history of Welwyn". New Church House, St Mary’s Church.
Welwyn Local History Society Talk. The Lost Gardens of Hertfordshire by Anne Rowe. The Small Hall. Civic Centre.
"Welwyn’s got Talent" - young people’s talent competition. Welwyn Sports & Social Club.

Monday, 21 June 2010

Events for Monday 21st June 2010

Digswell Lake Open Evening. Its 200th anniversary that very day! Free entrance. Digswell Park Road, 400m west of the railway viaduct.
The Welwyn Good Life open house and garden £1/head. 16 Carleton Rise. (see All Week entry)
Tony Rook's tour. Meet at the Fire Station. Refreshments at New Church House, St Mary’s Church at the mid way point, display of artefacts and pictures!
7.45pm for 8pm.
Dr. Aubrey’s Virgin & Child talk (collection for Scout’s HQ funds). The Parish Rooms. 8pm onwards. Welwyn Local History Society display. Welwyn Sports and Social Club.
St Albans Morris Men at the White Horse
9pm sharp.
Badger Watch (Minimum donation £3, book via 798722) Tewin.

Friday, 18 June 2010

This Weekend , Don't Miss ...

The Street Market, St Mary's Church activities, Mystery Play teasers ... during Saturday morning, 19th June, plus ... 

Art Exhibition, Lockleys Scout Hut, 8am-4pm;
(note, ArtsKool exhibition withdrawn);
Photographic & Artists Exhibition, Civic Centre, 10am-8pm.

Hog Roasts at the Wellington and White Horse, noon-3pm.

Art Exhibition, 16 Mimram Place, noon-6pm;
Jewellery and Silversmith displays, Gothic House, 1-4pm.

Cricket match, playing fields, Ottway Walk, 1.30pm;
Open Gardens, various venues, 2-6pm.

Festival Club Night, Social Club, Ottway Walk, from 7pm;
The Welwyn Mystery Plays, St Marys school, 8pm.
Sunday's Treats ...

Art show, Scout Hut, 8am-3.30pm;
Art & photos, tea & cakes, Civic Centre, 10am-4pm;
(ArtsKool cancelled);
Picnic at the Roman Baths, 10am-5pm;
Welwyn Walk, start at Lockleys car park, 10.30am.

Art display, 16 Mimram Place, noon-6pm;
Fathers Day carvery, White Horse, noon-6pm;
Open Gardens, various venues, 2-6pm.

The Welwyn Mystery Plays, St Marys school, 4pm;
Variety Show with comedian Johnny Tait, Civic Centre, 7-9pm,
(tickets from QVM/Danesbury Charity shop, £7);
Jazz at the Wellington throughout the evening.

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Festival Breakfasts

All week, treat yourselves to to breakfast, morning coffee or tea ...

Breakfast with art, 7-11am.

White Hart.
Breakfast and morning coffee till noon, Mon-Fri from 7am, Sat from 8am, Sun from 9am. 50p from every cooked breakfast goes to the WFG charities fund.

White Horse.
Breakfast, teas, coffee, pastries, 8am-noon.


Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Web Site Updates / The Street Market

Many of our web site pages have now been updated to reflect 2010 information, including the full programme of events, charities, cuckoo in the nest entry form and open gardens.

Some of the photos from 2009 have been uploaded to our WF gallery on picasa.

The Welwyn Festival kicks off this Friday with Willow Watercolours Art Exhibition (call 01438 840977 for an invitation) at the Scout Hut from 7.30pm and The Welwyn Mystery Plays to be held at St Mary's school, London Road, at 8pm. More information on, ticket enquiries on 01438 715672 / - adults £8 / children £5.


Hog Roast on the Marsh

The White Hart Hotel will be offering a Hog Roast at the Family Fun Day on the afternoon of Saturday 26th June, as well as serving drinks in their beer tent. Let's hope for a pleasant sunny day!

Every day during Welwyn Festival Week, There will be special coffee mornings, cooked breakfasts and lunch offers at The White Hart Hotel.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

NEW! Natural History Talk ...

Natural History Society talk and walk on Mardley Hill,
meeting at Woolmer Green Village Hall at 2pm on Sunday the 27th June.

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Open Gardens 2010

A slightly different format this year.

Saturday 19th June, 2pm to 6pm:
 - 17 Danesbury Park Mews
 - 53 Carleton Rise
 - Little Manor Cottage, 4 School Lane
 - 11 Elmoor Close

Saturday 20th June, 2pm - 6pm:
 - 13 Hangmans Lane
 - 16 Briarywood
 - 14 Canonsfield

Admission of £1.50 covers your visits to all gardens each afternoon.
Refreshments are available at all gardens.

Friday, 28 May 2010

Cancellation of Conscience (Play)

We have been advised that due to ill health of one of the leading actors, the play Conscience will not be performed during Welwyn Festival Week.

To help alleviate your disappointment, there are 70+ entertaining events taking place - the full programme will be posted online soon.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

ArtskKool Event withdrawn from Festival

Unfortunately, we have been advised by ArtsKool that, with regret, their Exhibition will NOT be taking place.
Programmes are with the delivery team and will be with you soon - or you will be able to purchase a copy for 50p at the QVM/Danesbury charity shop in the village high street.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Cat Survival Trust, Welwyn

The Welwyn Festival is pleased to announce that the Cat Survival Trust will again be joining in our festivities. Last year, we were pleased to include this charity amongst those we supported.

The trust rescues and looks after big cats but also works hard to look after the animals in their natural habitat. More information can be found on their web site:

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Hertbeat / Jack FM and the Welwyn Festival

We are pleased to announce that Hertbeat Radio, now Jack FM, is supporting the Welwyn Festival.

The local radio station, based in Knebworth Park, has publicised various Festival events on air over the years; this year it is planning for the StreetBeat team to cover the carnival parade.

HertBeat FM announced a change of name to 106JackFM this week; the changeover stretching the few core members of the team to ensure that it all goes smoothly. The Welwyn Festival Group wishes "Jack" the very best of luck going forward.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Two by Two in the Welwyn Carnival Parade

Noah's Ark is the theme of the Carnival Parade along the high street prior to the Family Fun Day this June.
We just hope that the flood holds off!!!

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Welwyn Festival 2010 programme has gone to print ...

more than 5,000 copies of the 36-page programme will be delivered to Welwyn residents and be available for purchase at selected shops in the village; a few will be on sale at the Street Market on Saturday 18th June.

This year's booklet has a super front cover illustrated by Tony Rook. Inside, in addition to the full "What's On" guide, are articles of local interest featuring:
  • Cat Survival Trust
  • Herts Air Ambulance
  • Jubilee House
  • Blood Runners
  • Digswell Lake
  • Welwyn Community Café
  • Welwyn Playground Support Group
  • Stuart Road Centre
  • Welwyn Mysteries

We look forward to seeing you all in June.

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Advertise in the 2010 Welwyn Festival programme

To advertise in the 2010 Welwyn Festival programme and reach up to 5,000 households with your message (as well as supporting local charities and voluntary organisations via the festival), contact our programme team volunteers.

This year's deadline is 12 noon, Monday 19th April.


Wednesday, 10 March 2010

New Hertfordshire Memories Web Site

Herts Archives > Hertfordshire Memories > people can post their memories of the past or current events

We even have our own Welwyn Festival page! 

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Activities for Youth Groups

While you're waiting for the Welwyn Festival, take a look at ... content includes setting up a youth group plus advice and ideas for youth group games and activities.

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

2010: The 36th Welwyn Festival!

New ideas plus old favourites: the Street Market on 19th June; a series of mystery plays including Noah's Ark which is also the theme of our carnival costume parade on 26th June; Rook's Tour, Dr Aubrey's talk,Welwyn Film Society films, Open Gardens; possibly a boules competition and definitely the Family Fun Day.

Follow us here, on or our new Facebook page (search pages: WelFest) for all the latest info.


Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Welwyn Festival 2010

Before you book your summer holidays, please note that the Welwyn Festival will be held from Friday 18th June to Sunday 27th June, 2010, inclusive! The Street Market will be bustling during the morning of Saturday 19th June (Fathers' Day is Sunday 20th June) and the Family Fun Day will take place after the annual parade on the afternoon of Saturday 26th June.

We are all looking forward to welcoming you there!