Welwyn Festival plans well advanced

PUBLISHED: 15:51 22 April 2016 | UPDATED: 15:51 22 April 2016

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Planning is well under way for 2016’s Welwyn Week, which runs from Friday, June 24 to Sunday, July 3.

Kate and Jess man the Welwyn Hatfield Times stall at the Welwyn FestivalKate and Jess man the Welwyn Hatfield Times stall at the Welwyn Festival

This year’s festival is the 42nd. So, as all fans of science fiction and Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy know, that means it must be the answer to life, the universe and everything!

To mark this, and other space related news such as Tim Peake’s stint on the International Space Station, the week will have a space theme.

Local space expert, Jerry Stone, will give a talk on rockets the first Friday and space costumes will be encouraged as part of the Fancy Dress Parade on Saturday, July 2.

2016 is also an Olympic year so the Olympics and sport will join the space theme for the fancy dress parade.

Other sporting elements will include inter-pub games, the Welwyn Garden City Runners’ third Welwyn 10k and 2k fun runs, the Reverend Dr David Munchin’ talk on the Tour de France and and open day at Welwyn Tennis Club.

The Street Market will once again begin the festival proper on Saturday, June 25, there will be Tony Rook’s walking tours, the Welwyn Quiz, open gardens, Cuckoo in the Nest, all culminating in the Welwyn Fun Day on Saturday 2nd July.

Among other events will be a Roman Day at the Roman Baths on Sunday, June 26. This will include a re-enactment of a battle between Romans and Saxons.

And this year will see the first-ever Welwyn Oscars. This will be a black-tie event to celebrate the very best of Welwyn on Friday, July 1.

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