Kimpton May Festival

Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May 2019

Kimpton, Hertfordshire

Welcome to Kimpton May Festival 2019

The 55th May Festival will take place from Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May 2019 and the theme is Cartoons


Tickets are available for Cinema Night on Friday. We are showing the award winning Bohemian Rhapsody
There will also be a Children’s Film – Ralph breaks the Internet – on Friday starting at 4.30 pm

Go to the Box Office for more events


Applying for a KMF grant?
Please complete the KMF Grant Application Form electronically or print off the KMF Grant Application pdf


We have Charitable Status   KIMPTON MAY FESTIVAL TRUST 1161032


May Festival Logo - horizontal - white lettering

Over 50 years of festival celebration

The Weekends Line Up


Children’s Film Night

Come along to watch Ralph breaks the Internet

When: Film starts at 4.30 pm

Where: Kimpton School Hall

Price: £3 each – pay on the door

Cinema Night

This year the film is the award winning Bohemian Rhapsody

Tickets are available online

When: Doors open at 7 pm and the film starts at 7.45 pm and finishes at 10 pm

Where: Kimpton School – “top” field

Price: Suggested donation £10 for a single ticket or £30 for 4

 Art Show

The Art Show Opening Night is a lively occasion and an opportunity to browse the exhibition, meet the artists and enjoy live music

When: 6 pm to 9 pm

Where: Kimpton Parish Church

Price: £5 including refreshments

Wine tasting

When: 8.30 pm to 10 pm

Where: Church House, Hitchin Road, Kimpton

Price: Suggested donation of £12.50 each. Tickets available online


Dacre Rooms

The Dacre Rooms will be serving food from 10.30 am to 5 pm
There will also be food available at the Recreation Ground from 12 pm

Art Show and Sale

When: 11 am to 5 pm

Where: Kimpton Parish Church

Price: Adults £1


The procession will start at the western end of the High Street and proceed to the Recreation Ground
In the interest of safety  the High Street will be closed to through traffic from 12 pm until approximately 1.30 pm

The Procession assembles at 12 pm and starts at 12.30 pm
If you want to enter a float please contact

Arena Events at the Recreation Ground

1.10 pm: Fancy Dress presentation
1.20 pm: Crowning of the May Queen

1.30 pm: Garden City Samba Band – a community samba percussion and dance group based in Letchworth
Led by acclaimed percussionist Ravin, ‘Raz’ Jayasuriya

1.45 pm: Harpenden Pipe Band – led by Pipe Major, Stephen Marshall, the band will bring a taste of traditional Scottish culture

2 pm: Dangerous Steve – a thrilling outdoor and street theatre entertainer
Comedy, fire-juggling, giant unicycle and ladder balancing in an hilarious show

2.30 pm: Chainsaw Speed Carving – Peter is a chainsaw carver with over 14 years experience
He has demonstrated his art all over the country and taken part in several of the large chainsaw carving competitions, competing with the best chainsaw carvers in the world

3 pm: Maypole Dancing
3.30 pm: Dangerous Steve
4 pm: Chainsaw Speed Carving

Throughout the afternoon: Have your likeness captured by caricaturist Meni from Etim Arts – based near the Committee Tent at the Recreation Ground

History Exhibition

When: 2 pm to 5 pm

Where: Church House

Price: Donations welcome

Kimpton Entertains

Kimpton Entertains is back! Saturday night’s concert has helped launch a few showbiz careers
Talented villagers will entertain us with music, song, dance and comedy and so much more!

When: Doors open 7.00pm Show starts 7.30pm and finishes 10.30 pm

Where: Memorial Hall

Price: Suggested Donation: £7.50 per person
Tickets are available online




Mini / Junior Tennis

Open to children from 4 to 14
All equipment is provided so turn up and have fun

When: 10 am to 1 pm

Where: Parkfield Sports Ground

Price: £1

Craft Demonstrations

When: 11 am to 4 pm
Please collect pots before 4 pm

Where: Kimpton School Hall

Price: Free entry

5 a side Football

Get your mates together to form a team of 5 (plus 1 sub), one of whom must be a resident of the Kimpton parish
The tournament is in three school year groups: Years 1-3, 4-6, 7-9

A trophy will be presented to each member of the winning teams and to the runners-up

How to enter: Contact Nick Bevan 07770 435480 or email

When: 11.45 am

Where: Recreation Ground

Price: £10 per team payable on the day

Dog Show

Entry classes

Junior Handler (13 or under)
Prettiest bitch
Most Handsome Dog
Cutest Puppy (under 12 Months)
Waggiest Tail
Best Rescue
Fancy Dress
Best Veteran
Dog Judges would most like to take home
Best in Show

When: 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm Registration open from 12.45 pm

Where: Lower Recreation Ground

Price: £2 plus additional £1 per class entry

Art Show and Sale

When: 12.30 pm to 5 pm

Where: Kimpton Parish Church

Price: £1 entry for adults

Pimm’s and Jazz

Christine’s Stackyard Stompers, cream teas and Pimm’s

When: 2.30 pm to 5 pm

Where: Lower Recreation Ground

Brains of Kimpton

Come along to the Grand Final  – take part or watch and support
There will be a licensed bar and audience quiz with prizes

When: 7 pm for 7.30 pm

Where: Kimpton School Hall

Price: £3 on the door

Preliminary rounds – at The Boot

Heats: Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th April
Semifinal: Tuesday 30th April

Music Night

This years Music Night will have not one but three acts

Once again opening the show will be Kimpton’s very own Toby Wood. Then we have two tribute acts – Liam & Noel Duo from Oasis tribute band Oasish & Madness tribute band Los Palmas 6

Where: Memorial Hall

When: 7.30 to 11.30 pm

Tickets: available online




Kimpton Fun Run

The Kimpton Fun Run is an undulating off-road circuit through lovely countryside and bluebell woods
At the recreation ground finish you will find Kimpton has welcoming pubs, a hog roast, Pimm’s bar and other Festival activities
Coffee is served on the recreation ground for supporters

The adult course is approximately 9km with marshals/signs to guide you and a water station at Codicote Mill (5km)

Entries are ‘on the day’
The children’s fun run is approx 4km and medals are provided to all children  and other prizes are up for grabs

9.45 am REGISTRATION at the Recreation Ground football pavilion

ALL ENTRIES ARE ON THE DAY so be in good time as the race starts at 11.00 am


Distance: 9km

Start time: 11.10am  Church Lane

Price: £10.00


Distance: 4km

Start time: 11.00am Church Lane

Price: £5.00 (accompanying adults free)

Prizes for 1st & 2nd Male and 1st & 2nd Females

Medals for all junior finishers

Trophy for 1st Male and Female in Kimpton Parish and last home

For more information contact  or see or Kimpton May Festival Facebook page

Dacre Rooms

Food available from 10 am to 2 pm

Refreshments will also be available from 12 pm to 2.30 pm at the Recreation Ground

Car Boot Sale

When: Gates open at 9.30 am, Sale from 10 am to 1 pm

Art Show and Sale

When: 10 am to 3 pm Collect paintings from 3 pm to 4 pm

Where: Kimpton Parish Church

Price: £1 and children go free

Hog Roast and Pimm’s Bar

When: From 12 pm

Where: Recreation Ground

Grand Auction, Maypole Dancing, Grand Draw and Cream Teas on the Green

When: From 3 pm to 5 pm

Grand Auction: 3.30 pm (first half), 4.30 pm (second half)

Maypole Dancing: 4 pm

Presentation of Prizes: from 4.50 pm

Grand Draw: 5 pm



Box Office


Cinema Night

The award winning Bohemian Rhapsody

Tickets are available online

Wine tasting

Tickets are available online


Music Night tickets are now available


Kimpton Fun Run

Entries are on the day
Registration is from 9.45 am and the first run starts at 11 am



Kimpton Entertains

Tickets are available online

Box Office Details

Tickets are available for the Cinema Night and Wine Tasting events on Friday 3rd, Kimpton Entertains on Saturday 4th, and Music Night on Sunday 5th May

A whole weekend of village fun

Where to find events

Please contact us if you would like to get involved with the 2019 Festival

Any questions check out our Facebook page for updates or email us


Details about the Village car parking areas are on the downloadable map

For more information email us