Welwyn Festival 2017 to celebrate history of the area

PUBLISHED: 13:04 04 May 2017

Welwyn Festival 2016

Welwyn Festival 2016

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Planning is well under way for 2017's Welwyn Festival, which will run from Friday, June 16, to Sunday, June 25.

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After 17 years at the helm, Andy Trotter has passed the chairmanship baton on to Catherine Farrell.

This year’s Welwyn Festival is the 43rd and organisers will be using the festival to celebrate the history of the Welwyn area after having been inspired by the ‘Horrible Histories’ series.

Tony Rook will be providing his history walks on Monday, June 19, and talks on Thursday, June 22.

Horrible Histories will also be the theme for the fancy dress parade on Saturday, June 24.

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As well as new events - such as the opportunity to take part in a Male Voice Choir on Thursday, June 22- the week will be filled with the usual favourites.

The street market will once again kick off the festival on Saturday, June 17, the Walk Around Welwyn Quiz on Sunday, June 18, open gardens, Cuckoo in the Nest, all culminating in the ever-popular Welwyn Fun Day on Saturday, June 24.

The Welwyn Garden City Runners will also be organising the Welwyn 10k and 2k fun runs on Sunday, June 25.

A festival spokesman said: “The Welwyn Oscars returns following its enormous success last year.

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“This event created a great buzz of excitement around the village and provided a black tie event at Church House and St Mary’s Church to celebrate the very best of Welwyn.

“Given its inaugural success, it will return again on Friday, June 23.”

Last year, the festival raised £9,000 for the good causes and this year it will be supporting The Mixed Group; Welwyn Rainbows; Meningitis Now; Welwyn Hatfield branch of Parkinson’s UK; Jubilee House; Riding for the Disabled; Samaritans Herts; and Herts Young Homeless.

If you want to stage an event, volunteer to help, email committee@welwynfestival.org.uk or telephone Catherine Farrell on 01438 712456.

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