Saturday, 31 May 2014

Welwyn's 1st World War

A talk illustrated with 3D slides of the conflict.The speaker gives guided tours of the battlefields, the slides belong to Bryan Parks, our local sculptor who exhibits during the Festival Week.

The speaker has researched all our Welwyn Cenotaph war dead and will give details of where the villagers died and the battles they fought in, as she charts the lead up to the war and its aftermath, from 1910 to 1922

Saturday 28 June 7-9pm at St Mary’s School Hall, Ottway Walk off London Road.

WW1 memorial slide from Great War Tours
"As the anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War on 4th August 1914 draws ever closer, considerable newspaper column inches are being devoted to the family stories and long-lost photographs being uncovered around the country. 

These are principally portrait photos of soldiers and their families, studio portraits from a local photographer being well within most family budgets at a time when owning a camera was the equivalent of owning a helicopter today! And, of course, whilst those soldiers who could afford them were forbidden expressly to take cameras into the battlefield, and braved severe punishment in breaking the rules, official war photography was controlled carefully by both the Government and Army! 

Consequently, the searing 3D images which form part of Bryan Parkes’ personal collection, offers the viewer an unbelievably unique opportunity to journey back in time and not just look at the Western Front from a distance but be transported into it. This eminent local resident, artist and photographer’s collection will be illustrated further by Debbie Coupland, a passionate historian of the First Word War who will weave into her narrative details relating to the men of Welwyn whose names are commemorated on our own local War Memorial. 

Being presented to our local community on the evening of 28th June 2014, the exact centenary of the Austrian Archduke’s assassination which brought the world to war in 1914, this evening will be indeed an historic way in which to bring to a close Welwyn week."

Friday, 30 May 2014

Welwyn Roman Day MMXIV

Roman Centurion

Sunday 29 June from 10.30pm until 4.30pm

Probably the largest Roman re-enactment event in the UK this year.

The event takes place on the fields of Sherrardswood School in conjunction with the Welwyn Roman Baths and Welwyn Hatfield Museum Service. The main entrance will be at Sherrardswood School with free parking in the grounds. Pedestrian access and “Blue Badge parking” will be at the Roman Baths entrance. Other parking will be in Welwyn Village with a free park-and-ride shuttle bus service from Fulling Mill Lane to the Baths entrance.

Tickets on the gate will be priced at £8 (children £4) or £20 for a Family ticket (up to 2 adults and 3 children aged 5-16 years old). Children under 5 and those in period costume will be admitted Free.

Save Money - Buy Tickets in Advance

  • 2nd June – 15th June: Family £15, Adult £6, Child £3, Free for under 5s.
  • 16th June – 21st June: Family £18, Adult £7, Child £3, Free for under 5s. 
  • 22nd June – 28th June: Family £20, Adult £8, Child £4, Free for under 5s.
Available from the Bath House and Danesbury Shop, Welwyn.

See the double page spread in the Welwyn Festival programme - available locally, week commencing 9th June.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

THEATRETRAIN at Welwyn Festival

Saturday 21 June 2.30-3pm in the Civic Centre small hall.

More details will be published in the Welwyn Festival programme.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014


THURSDAY 26th June. 6pm – 7.30pm.

Beginners welcome for this fun event, with Terry Elvins.
Dances will be walked through and then called.
You do not need to come with a partner.
Free Entry. Small Hall, Civic Centre.

Following the Barn Dance, the Welwyn Garden City Folk Dance Club 'club evening' will be held in the Civic Centre, at 8pm.

All are welcome. More details will be published in the Welwyn Festival programme, available from general stores around Welwyn and district, two weeks prior to this year's 40th annual festival week.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Welwyn Festival: My Life as a Stunt Performer

My life as a Stunt Performer

I jump from buildings, I set myself on fire and I fight A-List celebrities.
I risk life and limb to make Film and Television action scenes look exciting and realistic.

I am one of just a handful of females working as a Stunt Performer in the UK.
Come along to hear more about my work.

Belinda McGinley ~ 7pm-8.30pm Friday 20th June ~ Small Hall, Civic Centre

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Welwyn 10k and 2k Family Fun Run

Saturday 28th June 2014 at 11am and 11:10am respectively. Race headquarters and start are from Welwyn St. Mary's Primary School. The proceeds of the run shall be donated to the school.

A multi-terrain course that is for runners of all abilities. The course passes through Welwyn High Street before meandering up through the beautiful local countryside before finishing at the playing fields of Welwyn St. Mary's School. For more information and to enter please visit

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Dr Roger Aubrey's religious art talk

Dr Roger Aubrey's religious art talk/slide lecture will be on Monday 23rd June 2014 at 8pm in New Church House, St Mary's Church, Welwyn. The subject will be "The Last Supper".

Monday, 19 May 2014

Odds & Ends...

We have edited About Welwyn Festival, thanks to info from 'anonymous' and would love to add some 2013 images to our festival photo gallery. Please send them to us or pop them onto the Welwyn Festival Facebook page for us to pick up, thank you.