If you like arts and crafts, Hitchin has a lot to offer. There are many local stores and budding artists to support, and if you are keen to be more artistic, there is plenty of support for you. However, there is a lot to be said for significant events that shine a light on the creative endeavours and opportunities in the local community.
If you want to indulge your artistic tendencies in Hitchin, the Big Art Fair at the Hitchin Town Hall on Saturday the 13th and Sunday 14th July will be of interest. The event is part of the Hitchin Festival, so there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
The events run between 10:00 and 18:00 on Saturday and between 10:00 and 16:00 on Sunday, at the local town hall which is located on Brand Street in Hitchin. The team at Herts Visual Arts are behind this event, and it is sure to be an event that inspires and pleases artistic people and art lovers. If you’re keen to see a broad range of 2D and 3D artwork crafted by members of Herts Visual Arts, this is the event for you.
There are free events to enjoy in Hitchin this summer
There is free entry to all parties on both Saturday and Sunday, so if you’re worried about spending too much this summer, make sure you soak up as much culture without spending any money! It is good to find a balance in life, and knowing you can interact with local artists on your doorstep makes this a fascinating event for many residents.
If you fancy a little bit more art, and you want to mingle with the great and the good of the local art scene, check out the Friday Preview Night. This event will be the official opening event of the weekend, and it will feature the launch of the new Open Studios brochure. There is also going to be awards up for grabs, with Big Art Fair Sponsors Choice Award certificates. This event costs £2, with tickets available on the door. As you would expect, there will be drink and nibbles on offer, so if you’re looking to make the most of a Friday evening, this could be the ideal option.
While the event stands alone, it is part of a more comprehensive festival, and it also serves as an introduction of the Showcase Herts Open Studios event which runs for most of September. The September event takes place across Hertfordshire, so there will be a lot of chances to see art in all its finery.
There are plenty of brilliant art styles on show
The line-up for the events includes drawing, painting, textiles, glass and ceramics, so no matter what interests you, you’ll hopefully see something of interest to you. It is great to see these events in the local community. The art scene in Hitchin is an exciting one, and there is no shortage of people who enjoy dabbling in the arts.
Whether you have gotten involved before or you have developed a new interest, you’ll find this event is the perfect way to encourage your artistic side.
Another great run of events looming in July is the range of lunchtime events taking place at St Mary’s Church. These events start at 13:05 and will last for up to an hour, so you should be able to schedule your lunch-hour to catch these. You can expect to see a broad range of topics covered throughout these gatherings.
The sessions get underway on Friday 5th July with ‘Frankly Speaking’ featuring Tony Philips. As you can probably guess, it is a homage to Frank Sinatra and will feature songs and stories from and about The Chairman of the Board. If you love a twist of nostalgia at lunchtime, this is going to be a date for your calendar.
Looking forward to lunchtime musical shows in Hitchin?
On Tuesday, 9th July, you have an opportunity to witness a wind quintet in all their glory, however be prepared for something a bit different. There will be classical music on show, but there will also be contemporary tracks and plenty of romantic numbers. If you’re looking for songs for lovers, this is going to be a brilliant way to spend lunchtime in the local area.
On Friday 12th July, the Galliard Trio return to St Mary’s as part of the Hitchin Festival. The act was warmly received when they last appeared, and they have developed an excellent reputation for their wide variety of concerts and shows. Given they have been performing for close to 40 years, it is no surprise that they are regular visitors to Hertfordshire. You’ll find that this is an excellent show that will leave you smiling long before the end.
If you’re looking to kickstart a week in grand style, Monday 15th July is likely to be a big day with the ‘Melodies That Linger, Words That Endure’ show. An event that touches on the great tradition of British Music Hall and Parlour songs. If you like a sense of frivolity and fun when it comes to songs and merriment, this is going to be a brilliant way to spend your lunchtime.
One of the most eagerly anticipated events of the summer comes on Friday 19th July. This is when Masa Tayama, one of the most skilled pianists, comes to play. Masayuki is in significant demand across Europe and Japan, so this is likely to be a hugely anticipated show.
This summer is shaping up to be an exciting one, so make sure you find the events you love in and around Hitchin.