Welwyn Festival 2017 week kicks off in glorious sunshine

John, Gareth, Mike and Anne from the Barn Theatre, Codicote Road. Picture: Simon Jenkins

John, Gareth, Mike and Anne from the Barn Theatre, Codicote Road. Picture: Simon Jenkins

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Glorious sunny weather greeted the opening of this year’s Welwyn Festival, with villagers flocking to the annual street market on Saturday.

The annual Welwyn Festival kicked off at the weekend with a range of events for all members of the family.

The 10-day ‘Welwyn Week’ extravaganza opened with events on Friday, including Toddler Tales and a chance to meet the big cats and hear a talk at the Cat Survival Trust.

The festivities really got into full swing in beautiful, sunny weather on Saturday morning with the street market in the centre of the village.

Codicote Road was given over to stalls from local clubs, charities, businesses and schools, while a range of musical and other activities were run in Welwyn St Mary’s Church.

This year, the street market also featured as a destination on BBC Three Counties ‘Treasure Quest’ programme on Saturday morning.

On Sunday, Welwyn Roman Baths hosted a Roman Fun Day, a road trip of classic cars set off from Welwyn Civic Centre, and there was great weather for the annual ‘Walk Through Welwyn’ quiz.

The festival continues this week, with talks and presentations, choir performances, SMART amateur dramatics society running an open evening, and open gardens.

But the biggest events of the week are the Welwyn Oscars on Friday night, and the fancy dress parade and family fun day on Saturday.

The Oscars are into their second year and provide a black tie event to celebrate the very best in the local area.

The voting process to choose winners in categories from best bar person to best takeaway has captured the imagination of many in the village.

While from 12.50pm this Saturday, there will be a Horrible Histories-themed fancy dress parade through the village centre.

The procession finishes on Singlers Marsh and begins the family fun day, which runs all afternoon.

This year’s fun day will feature classic cars, music, Punch and Judy and an American Football Quarterback Challenge, as well as the usual favourites of rides, family games area, tug of war, dog shows and many other activities.

The 2017 Welwyn Festival will reach its climax on Sunday with the annual 10K and 2K runs setting off from Singlers Marsh at 11am.

This year’s festival is supporting a number of worthy causes – The Mixed Group, Welwyn Rainbows, Meningitis Now, the Welwyn Hatfield branch of Parkinson’s UK, Jubilee House, Riding for the Disabled, Samaritans Herts and Herts Young Homeless.

• Full details of events can be found on the Welwyn Festival website at www.welwynfestival.co.uk and programmes are also available in Welwyn St Mary’s Church, the Danesbury Charity Shop and Tesco in Welwyn.

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