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8 Hot summer tickets to book now!

Summer's coming and with that comes the return of fun, frolics and festivals! Here's our pick of the must-have local tickets to get your mitts on.

THE FOLK FEST

No need to walk 500 miles… The Proclaimers are coming to Herts (sorry!) to headline at Folk by the Oak in the lovely leafy grounds of Hatfield House on 17 July. This super chilled family friendly fest is dedicated (as the name suggests) to showcasing the best folk musicians around. Plus you’ll find artisan craft stalls and workshops (ranging from woodwork to soap making), tonnes to do for the kids from storytelling and puppet theatre to juggling and slacklining. Just add sun and pint of scrumpy!

THE POP-UP STAYCAY

Wild Canvas is bringing its pop-up camping experience with a festival vibe to the beautiful grounds of Turvey House in Bedfordshire this summer, from 29 July – 30 August. Stay in a traditional tipi, take a dip in the river or try your hand at paddleboarding. There’ll also be wellness classes including everything from Qigong meditations and cacao ceremonies to yoga and pilates. Plus super hero fancy dress discos, arts and crafts workshops and a nature club for the kids. And a host of DJs will provide the musical entertainment to bring the festival feels. Win a stay right here (before 30 May)!

THE RIGHT ROYAL KNEES-UP

What better way to celebrate our monarch in the year of her jubilee than with plenty of flag waving, rousing music and a very British picnic? Load the hampers and pop the Champers for The Battle Proms Picnic Concert on 16 July. This explosive celebration of pomp and ceremony in Hatfield House’s aptly named Queen Elizabeth Oak Field will fill the air with orchestral music, accompanied by dramatic Spitfire displays, cavalry and canons and a spectacular fireworks finale.

THE CIRCUS IS COMING TO TOWN

If you have never experienced the magic and enchantment of Giffords Circus before, you absolutely must… and now’s your chance, as it’s coming to Herts this year for the first time! The lo-fi traditional Victorian circus is bringing its new show Carpa to At Home Farm Live in Elstree from 9-13 June. Taking inspiration from the art, music and history of rural Mexico, we’re expecting a colourful and lively celebration of Mexican culture. It’s always a sell out at its regular Oxfordshire and Cotswolds haunts, so make sure you catch those tickets while you can, before they run away with the circus!

THE FOODIE DAY OUT

Tom Kerridge’s fab Pub in the Park will be back in Verulamium Park in St Albans from 9-11 September. The Hairy Bikers and Simon Rimmer will be doing their bit on the chef demo stage, while you’ll have the chance to try food from other big-name foodies. And the music is just as enticing as the food, with Kaiser Chiefs, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Melanie C all playing.

THE BACK-TO-NATURE RETREAT

Wild Ivy Retreats are all about embracing the wilderness, foraging and building a positive relationship with the natural world. They’re also a great opportunity to switch off and recharge. Southbathe! takes place in Puttenham, Herts on 12 June and is a full day of floral immersion including foraging in the meadows, discovering the power of flowers, picking up eco tips and recipe ideas and enjoying a plant-based picnic. Lovely!

THE GIG OF THE YEAR

Hold the phone! THE one and only Elton John in calling at Watford’s Vicarage Road Stadium on 4 July on his final tour, Farewell Yellow Brick Road. Hankies out, vocal chords tuned – this is going to be a totes emosh evening to remember with all the classics from the Rocketman himself.

THE HOMEGROWN TALENT FEST

Todd in the Hole is BACK from 15-17 July, after a two-year break. This fab family-friendly festival in Stevenage gives the stages over to local artists and musicians, giving them a chance to perform in a festival setting to a live audience. There’ll also be some world-class tribute acts belting out all your faves, including The Killerz, Amy Winehouse – A Tribute, Wham George Michael Tribute, Wrong Jovi and Mused. Meanwhile, Martin Kemp, Dave Pearce and Pat Sharp will be on the DJ decks. And there’ll be a magical woodland kids’ arena, the famous chilli eating comp and ‘Elvis off’, plus a brand new wellbeing area this year.

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