Annual Letchworth Festival back in full swing!

Rose Taylor | 6 Jun 2022, 12:21

This year’s Letchworth Festival has begun – and is being billed as the biggest and best yet, with major events kicking the entire month off.

The events kicked off on the last weekend of May with the Love Letchworth Food and Drink Festival and the opening of Tom Karen: Creations at the town’s micro museum.

Hilary Kemp, chair of the Letchworth Festival, said: “It was fantastic to see the town buzzing with so many happy people over the weekend.

“The Food and Drink Festival was amazing, not to mention delicious! As for Tom Karen: Creations – it’s probably my favourite exhibition that I’ve seen at One Garden City – it’s amazing to see all of those wonderful designs that all came from right here in Letchworth. I can’t wait for the rest of the festival!”

The festival will present a whole month of art events, following the opening of The Gallery Went Pop by Bruce Asbestos at Broadway Gallery.

The art events include the Artists and Makers Fair on Leys Avenue on June 11, where residents can meet local creatives and artists.

Residents and others can also attend open studios and exhibitions at Eastcheap Space, The Wynd Gallery, Digswell Arts and Letchworth Settlement.

The festival had events across the Platinum Jubilee weekend.

There was Kick-flip the Common at Norton Common, which included a skate jam and DJ at the skate park, where families were encouraged to bring a picnic.

Events across June include a Fun Fact Hunt around the town centre that involve picture clues or facts in business windows to be solved or answered and added to your crossword grid.

Towards the end of the festival, people can attend the Garden City Sounds music festival in Howard Park from June 17 to June 19.

The festival has a number of sponsors that have allowed it to go on, Stevenage Leisure Limited, Satchells, Marabese Ceramics, Redwood Bank, McCarthy Stone, Croudace Homes, ReelN and the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation.

More information about the festival, the sponsors, and how businesses might be involved next year at letchworthfestival.org.