Kimpton May Festival

Friday 28th April - Monday 1st May 2017

Kimpton, Hertfordshire

Welcome to Kimpton May Festival 2017

“At the Movies” is the theme of the 53rd Kimpton May Festival in 2017

Four days of fun filled events will start Friday 28 April through to Monday 1 May 2017


The bunting is up so not long now!

New to the festival and in keeping with the theme is the Outdoor Movie Night on Friday at 7.45pm

Come along to Kimpton School Field from 7pm and enjoy Mamma Mia on the big screen!

Tickets are now available online as well as at the door


Online booking is also available for Wine tasting on Friday, Kimpton Entertains on Saturday, Music Night on Sunday and the Fun Run on Monday

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





We have Charitable Status   KIMPTON MAY FESTIVAL TRUST 1161032

Over 50 years of festival celebration

The Weekends Line Up


Fun Disco

The Junior disco has long been a favourite with children and parents alike
Games, music and fun to get everyone in the May festival mood

Where: Kimpton Memorial Hall

When: from 5.30pm to 7.00pm

Price: £2.50 – tickets on the door

Age: Reception to year 6 (Reception children to be accompanied by an adult)

Art Show

This is a major feature of the Festival, which brings many hundreds of visitors to the village. The Show takes place in the beautiful surroundings of the Grade I listed parish church. The Show is open Friday to Monday

The Opening Night of the Art Show is being held on Friday. This is a lively occasion when many sales are made. It is an opportunity to browse the exhibition of over 100 local artists from paintings, sculpture, glassware, and other media as well as listen to music.

More details can be found on the Kimpton Art Show’s website

Where: Kimpton Parish Church

When: from 6pm to 9pm

Price: Opening night £5 including a complimentary glass of wine. Other days entry is £1


6pm: Nigel and Wendy Hyams – Accordion and vocal

6.30pm: Ellie Smith and Tim Randall – Vocal and guitar

Movie Night

Come along to the outdoor movie night featuring Mamma Mia!

There will be a bar and refreshments. Please bring your own chair, sleeping bags or blankets to sit on

Where: Kimpton School Field

When: Gates open 7pm for 7.45pm

Price: £10 or a family ticket for 4 @ £30

Under 14s to be accompanied by an adult

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door

Wine Tasting

Wines from the Old and New World. Sample them in the genial company of Mark Buckenham from the Wine Society

Where: Church House

When: 8.30pm

Donation: £12.50 Tickets available online


Love your Selfie

Take a selfie on Saturday and put us in the picture with what you like best about the festival

Email your selfies to or visit our Twitter and Facebook feeds

We’ll post a shortlist of the best images in a Facebook album on Sunday

The winner will be the person who has the most likes when the competition closes at 3pm on Monday

The winner will be announced during the auction and receive £25  One entry per person

Fete, Food and Bars

From noon to 5pm at the Recreation Ground

Procession assembles at the Western End of High street (east of the Luton Road junction) – noon
Procession starts along High Street –  12.30pm
Procession arrives at the Recreation Ground  – 1pm
Judging of Fancy Dress – 1.15pm
Crowning of May Queen and Prizes – 1.30pm
Arena events start – 1.45pm

Arena Events

Maypole dancing, Tug of War, Titan the Robot and the Drum and Trumpet Corps

There’s also Pony Rides from 2pm to 4pm @£4 per ride and an Animal Corner

Titan the Robot  1.45pm and 4pm
A unique blend of robot comedy, street theatre and music creating an amazing show full of surprises

Romford Drum and Trumpet Corps  2.45pm
One of the oldest youth military style bands in the country. Its uniforms, instrumentation and style is closely based upon that of the Armed Forces Military Bands. The band has performed at prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral and The London Palladium. It has also had the honour of performing in the presence of every member of the Royal Family

Craft Market

Where: Kimpton School

When: Saturday only 11am to 5pm

Refreshments served

Art Show

Where: Kimpton Parish Church

When: 11am to 5pm

Price: £1


2pm: Suzuki Space Aspire – Violin solos and ensembles

3pm: Kimpton Village Choir

Kimpton Bowls Club Challenge

Come along and join in the 70th Birthday Challenge as well as tucking into birthday cake and a nice cup of tea!

Where: behind the Football Pavillion, Recreation Ground

When: from 2pm

History Exhibition

Where: Church House

When: 2pm to 5pm

Kimpton Entertains

Talented villagers entertain us with music, song, dance and comedy

Where: Memorial Hall

When: 7pm for 7.30pm

Tickets available from the Box Office and also online


Mini and Junior Tennis

Open for ages 4 to 14. Equipment provided so come along and have a go!

Where: Parkfield Sports Ground

When: 10am to 1pm

Price: £1

Craft Demonstrations

There are lots of crafts being demonstrated this year from coil basketry to rag rugs and wood carving to trout fly tying

Some crafts you can have a go at yourselves. These include:

Bobbin Lace

Japanese Braiding



Where: Kimpton School

When: 11am to 4pm

Free entry!

Five 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

When: 11.45 am

Where: Recreation Ground

How to enter: Contact Nick Bevan or 07770 435480

Price: Entry is £10 per team payable on the day

Art Show

Where: Kimpton Parish Church

When: 12.30pm to 5.30pm

Price: £1


2pm: Andy Wright – Organ

3pm: Nigel and Wendy Hyams – Accordion and vocal

4pm: Bill Redway – Guitar and vocal

History Exhibition

Where: Church House

When: 1pm to 5pm

Film showing at 3pm

Dog Show

Entry classes this year are:

  • 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

Where: Lower Recreation Ground

When: 1.30pm to 3.30pm Registration from 12.45pm

Cream Teas, Pimms Bar and Live Jazz

May Festival Sunday just wouldn’t be the same without Christine’s Stackyard Stompers, cream teas and Pimms

The “Stackyard Six” will knock your socks of with their mix of New Orleans Traditional and Dixieland Jazz

Where: Lower Recreation Ground

When: 2.30pm to 5pm

Brains of Kimpton Grand Final

The Annual ‘Brains of Kimpton’ challenge starts again on 19 April

Time for you to dust off all those forgotten little pockets of useless knowledge rolling around in your mind, and show everyone what you can do!

Teams of 3 answer questions on General Knowledge and specialist subjects

Heats take place on Tuesday 18 & Wednesday 19, with semi–finals on Wednesday 26 April

To enter a team, contact

ARTHUR on 01438 820331 or MARK & JENNY on 01438 833386

There will be only 12 teams so get your entries in fast!

Closing Date for Entries: 9 April

Grand Final: Kimpton School

When: 7.30pm for 8pm

The Music Night

The Rollin’ Clones promise to rock the Hall to its foundations and add some thunder to the May Fest Music Night

They enjoy the reputation of being the best tribute to the Rolling Stones . . . ever

Where: The Memorial Hall

When: Doors open 7:30pm Licenced Bar from 7:45pm

Tickets available on the door or online


Fun Run

Dig out your trainers, it’s time to get training for the May Festival Fun Run.

The clock is counting down to the start on Monday 1st May!

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 5.5 miles (9km) with marshals/signs to guide you and a water station at Codicote Mill (3 miles). All the entries are ‘on the day’. The children’s fun run is approx. 2.5 miles (4km). Entry fees are extremely reasonable, medals are provided to all children and other prizes are up for grabs.

9.45 am REGISTRATION at the Recreation Ground football pavilion.

Adults can register in advance online

Seniors (15 and over)

Distance: 5.6 Miles (9km)

Start time: 11:10am Church Lane

Price: £6.00


Distance: 2.5 miles (4km)

Start time: 11.00am Church Lane

Price: £3.00

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  Haydn Williams  or see 

Art Show

Where: Kimpton Parish Church

When: 10am to 3pm Last admission 2.30pm

Collect paintings between 3 and 4pm

Price: £1


12.45pm: Tim Watkin-Rees and Doug Jenner – Guitar, fiddle and vocal

1.30pm: Helen McPhun and Mandy Britton – Flute and violin

2.15pm: Steve Warner and Roland Freeman-Turner – Tenor guitar and ukulele

Car Boot Sale

Where: Lower Recreation Ground

When: 10am to 1pm

Price: £5 in advance or £8 on the day


Hog Roast and Pimms Bar

Where: Lower Recreation Ground

When: 12 noon onwards

Cream Teas and Games on the Green

Games for the young at heart provided by the Willow Foundation

Where: Village Green

When: 3pm to 5pm

Grand Auction and Draw

Some of the Auction prizes include:

  • Pool Club family membership for 2017
  • Tennis Club family membership for 2017
  • 2 all day passes for Kimpton Folk Festival Outdoor cinema tickets
  • Odyssey (St Albans) cinema tickets
  • St Paul’s Walden house and garden tour tickets

First half of Auction – 3.30pm
Maypole Dancing – 4pm
Second half of Auction – 4.30pm
Presentation of Prizes – 4.50pm
Grand Draw – 5pm

Where: Village Green

Grand Draw tickets: £1 each

Grand Draw prizes: £250, £100 and £50



Box Office

The Box Office is open so please contact us

Tickets for some of the events are available to buy online so please scroll down to view these



Wine Tasting

Sample wines from the New and Old World in the expert company of Mark Buckenham from the Wine Society

Tickets available online

Outdoor cinema – Mamma Mia

Tickets are now available online as well as at the door


Our 8th Music Night and guaranteed to be a sell out.

Book online for The Rollin’ Clones


Fun Run

Adult tickets (15 and over) are available to book online

Adult and Children’s tickets available on the day too


Kimpton Entertains

Online tickets are now available

Box Office Details

The Box Office is open. Please contact us.

You can also book online for Wine Tasting, Outdoor Cinema, Kimpton Entertains, Music Night and Fun Run


A whole weekend of village fun

Where to find events

Please contact us if you would like to get involved with this year’s 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