The 2020 Walsworth festival is nearly upon us.  We have some big surprises for this year and truly want to bring together everything that is great about Walsworth and Hitchin in to one great festival which is free for all.  This year is the 46th Anniversary of the festival and we will have a special programme detailing the history and this years acts.

On the 17th May we will have some of the best in local entertainment present including

The festival is run by volunteers and needs the community to pull together each year to make this happen.  Although we get some local council support we are self funded through the festival itself.  Every pound you spend gets re-invested in the festival or the local community through the many stalls and entertainment we have onsite..

This festival is very integral to the Walsworth Community and is nothing without you being a part of it!  Find out more about having a stall or be part of the arena events here.

2020 LINE-UP


This is last years line up which we will look to replace as we add the 2020 line-up.  If you are interested in taking part please contact the festival at info@walsworthfestival.co.uk

Music & Drink from Hermitage

Bands to be announced

Hitchin H-Town Classic Cars

Hitchin Hackspace with Bighak

Vikings fromWryngwyrm Dark Age Warband

Hitchin Street Food Monthly

  • Cantina Carnitas
  • Cafe 77
  • The Pie-Oneers
  • Bite Around the World
  • La Crepe Franglaise

Walsworth Common Area

  • Lesnick
  • Lindy Hop
  • Vikings
  • Hitchin Sea Cadets Marching Band
  • Hackspace

Walsworth Common

  • Dog Agility
  • Fire Engine
  • Environment Agency River watch
  • Viking village
  • Archery
  • Punch & Judy
  • Train rides
  • Fairground
  • Hitchin Hackspace

St Faiths

Refreshments, Cream Teas and Schools Art Exhibition, all in St. Faith’s Church from 1.00pm onwards, plus musical entertainment:

  • George and Friends
  • Purwell School Choir
  • Jayne Mason
  • Banat Al Gharb (Egyptian Dancing) Priory School Choir
  • Songs of Praise

Walsworth Community Centre

Why not pop across to the newly refurbished Walsworth Community Centre for a look around, see what’s happening and visit the craft stalls run by local people

Charities and Local Community Stalls, on the Common

  • PHAB
  • PHASE Pop-Up
  • Street Culture Arts
  • Princes Trust
  • Purwell School Association
  • ReachOut Plus
  • RNLI Royal Air Force
  • Shine
  • Signing Babies
  • St Faiths Church
  • Stotfold Twirlers
  • The Creation Station
  • The Creation Station supporting Humanitas
  • The Police Recruitment Team
  • Tuesday Night Bingo @ HTFC University of Hertfordshire
  • Walsworth Community Centre Association
  • Walsworth Eve Towns
  • Womens Guild
  • Walsworth Toddler Group
  • Westmill Community Centre
  • WF Association Stall
  • WFA Marquee Wood
  • Green Animal Shelter
  • Youth Connexions



17th May 2020, 11am-4pm


Walsworth Common, Woolgrove Rd, Walsworth Hitchin, SG4 0AU


There will be parking on the day for £2 and will be manned by Hitchin Rotary Club.  Please use this car park or walk to the event so we can avoid congestion through cars parking on the road.


There is a circular bus, number 81 run by Centrebus which has a stop on Woolgrove road.


From Hitchin Station, follow Cambridge road towards Letchworth going under the railway and following the road round past the Millstream pub, turning left at the traffic lights. (there are several cut throughs to the park via Meadowbank, Millstream pub but we advise following the road round to avoid the archery area).

You can also walk via Grove Road, turning right at the traffic lights on to Woolgrove road.

Want to be part of the festival?

If you want to be part of the festival this year, we are looking for local charities, community groups and societies to make it a fantastic day for the local community.  You can find out more information on this page, including a sign up form.

Most of our food offering is through Hitchin Street Food monthly who help us curate the food for the day.

More information: info@walsworthfestival.co.uk
Also, you can find us on Facebook and Twitter

Walsworth Constitution

The Walsworth Festival is a not for profit event organised by local residents and supported by North Herts District Council funding and revenue made on the festival day.  It is underpinned by a constitution.



Walsworth Festival Timeline


The Walsworth Festival was founded by St Faith’s Church in 1974.  The first festival began in a modest way with a “Miss Walsworth”, a procession and a service.


Also in 1975, St Faiths held an Arts and Crafts display in the church, at which members of the congregation were able to show off their skills:2

Walsworth Festival procession 1975:

The festival started as a week long event with a Sunday Spectacular to finish the event which included a procession along Woolgrove road. Thanks to Jeff Scarber for the photos.

Walsworth Festival 1975
Walsworth & Community Center 1977
Majorettes 1977
Walsworth Fancy Dress 1978

Walsworth festival & Sailor 1974
Walsworth & Thatched Cottage 1976
Fancy Dress & Playground 1975
Walsworth Festival 1977


Walsworth Festival 1980

Walsworth Festival 1980


We then jump to more current times.  There was a good attendance with something to entertain each member of the family, old and young alike.

More pictures and nostalgia can be found on the St Faiths Church site for 2009 and 2010.