Festival Diary

Summer's here and with it the season of fêtes and festivals.

Flower Festivals: Marsworth

Marsworth Flower Festival The Marsworth Flower Festival is at All Saints from 26-28 August, with 25 arrangements in a beautiful setting. This year’s theme is A Royal Connection. The church will look sensational, but that's not all: parts of the churchyard are turned into a kind of English food plaza, and there are stalls - especially second-hand books - to browse. The Marsworth Flower Festival connects contemporary village life with the distant past in a way that will delight you.
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Village Fetes: Long Marston, Cholesbury, Potten End

The Long Marston & Puttenham Village Show opens at 2pm on Saturday 5 August. Hardly a village, but the Berkhamsted Summer Fete is on Monday 28 August at the cricket ground, Castle Hill. Also on 28 August on Cholesbury Common, 2-5pm, is the Hawridge and Cholesbury summer fete. Potten End rounds off a busy summer with a village show on Saturday 16 September at Potten End Village Hall, the Common, 2.30-4pm - exhibits, teas and raffle.

Music: Berkofest

Berkofest this summer is on Saturday 9 September. Early bird tickets are on sale now via its website (http://berkofest.com). Adult tickets are just £14 (+ online booking fee). This year rates for under 18s under 14s are reduced, and under 5s go in free. The headline acts are Dan Gillespie Sells, an Alabama 3 acoustic line-up, John Power, Grace Petrie, Shane Lamont and the Berkofest House Band and, as compere, Robin Ince. Doors open at 11.30am. According to Mid-Chilterns Camra the 12th Ley Hill Beer & Music Festival takes place on the 26-28 August. Check with the Crown, Ley Hill, for details.

Food: Berkhamsted Food Festival

The Berkhamsted Food Festival is at Ashlyns Hall on Saturday 3 September, 11am to 5pm. Now in its third year, this has become a highlight of the town's calendar. Online ticket sales are to be available from August - check www.berkofoodfest.co.uk - or tickets are £8 on the door.