Summer's here - enjoy the great outdoors at these local events during July:
Childwickbury Arts Fair | 6 to 8 July
This annual event brings you art, live music, food and drink in the beautiful grounds of the Childwickbury estate. A relaxed atmosphere provides an informal gallery experience where you can buy directly from more than 60 artists and craftspeople specialising in fine art, printmaking, ceramics, jewellery, glass, hat making, textiles, sculpture, photography and more. Live music (Sat & Sun), delicious food and a fully licensed bar.
- Open from 10am-5pm (Fri & Sun) and 10am-6pm (Sat)
- Adults £8, seniors £7, children (5-15) £5. Two-for-one entry on Friday (download form from website).
Festival on the Field | 7 July
Run by Manland Primary School and Sir John Lawes, the fourth year of this school fundraiser promises to be the best yet. Hear performances by tribute bands Yellow, Massaoke, A Touch of Little Mix, ELO Encounter and the Swanvesta Social Club.
- Open from 12.30-10.45pm
- Adults £23, children (5-17) £10, family £60/£70
Harpenden Highland Gathering | 8 July
Organised by Harpenden Lions, this annual event with a ‘Scottish flavour’ offers pipe and drum bands, highland dancing competitions and displays and traditional highland games events including ‘weight over the bar’, ‘tossing the caber’ and ‘putting the stone’. Throw in a funfair, climbing wall, rugby and golf challenges, sand art, face painting, electric go-karts, food and drink stalls and you've got a great day out for all the family.
- Open from 10am for competitions, main event from 12-5pm.
- Tickets £4
Classics on the Common | 25 July
More than 10,000 motoring enthusiasts flock to this annual event on Harpenden Common to see over 1,000 classic cars (26 years or older this year) representing every decade, plus 250 cycles and scooters. Established in 1994, this one-day fundraiser now ranks among the top events of the classics calendar.
- Open from 2pm to dusk.
- Free (donations welcome). Early entry from 11.30am for a £5 donation.
UK's Strongest Man 2018 | 27 to 29 July
New to St Albans this year, this family favourite is the toughest strongman competition in the world. 16 contestants from across the UK and Ireland will pull trucks, flip giant tyres, lift the world famous stones and much more in this action packed show for all ages. See you in the Geoff Capes Stand.
- 27 July (Quarter Finals) 3-7.30pm | 28 July (Semi Finals) 3-7.30pm | 29 July (Final) 3-7.30pm
- Various prices