Kimpton May Festival

Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May 2024

Kimpton, Hertfordshire

Welcome to Kimpton May Festival 2024

And just like that, Kimpton May Festival 2024 is over and out!

This year’s theme, The Magic of the Musicals, was thread throughout the weekend, with incredible floats, music, singing, performances…you name it!

Thank you to everyone who came, saw and enjoyed the festival – especially those who stuck with us to the rainy end! Now, May Fest 2025 anyone…?

 

And for those who battled the rain and mud, here are the results of the Senior and Junior Fun Runs.

Results of the 10K and 4K Fun Runs: 2024 Kimpton Fun Run combined results anon

 

 

 

We have Charitable Status   KIMPTON MAY FESTIVAL TRUST 1161032

 

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Over 50 years of festival celebration

The Weekends Line Up

Friday

  • 5.45pm Flag raising at the Church
  • 6-9pm Art Show, Kimpton Church. Entry £6 – details here
  • 6.45pm Flag raising at The Boot
  • 8.30pm Wine Tasting, Church House. Tickets £15, book in advance here

Saturday

  • 9.30-12pm Refreshments, Dacre Rooms – Bacon rolls!
  • 10-5pm Art Show, Kimpton Church. Weekend entry £2, children free here
  • 11-4pm Craft Fair, Kimpton Primary School. £1 donation on entry
  • 12pm Procession Assembles, High Street.
  • 12-5pm Stalls, food and bars open, recreation ground
  • 12.30pm Procession starts – NEW FOR 2024 1st prize of £100 for the best float!
  • 1.30-4.30pm Bowling & Teas, Bowls Club, Upper Recreation Ground
  • 2-5.30pm Cream Teas, recreation ground
  • 2-5.30pm History Exhibition, Church House
  • 7pm for 7.30pm Kimpton Entertains, Memorial Hall. Tickets £5, book in advance here

 

Arena Timetable

1pm Procession Arrives

1.10pm Fancy Dress Judging – 1st prize £25

1.30pm Crowning of the May Queen

2pm Steel Band

2.30pm Herrings Green Birds of Prey

3pm The Black Eagles

3.30pm Maypole dancing by the children of Kimpton School

4pm Herrings Green Birds of Prey

4.30pm The Black Eagles

Arena Acts & Entertainment

Leading the procession for 2024 is the Nostalgia Steelband, a London- based band with a mission to expose everyone to the carnival arts and the culture and musical traditions, in particular the steel pan, of the Caribbean!


 

We are delighted to announce that this year, we will be hosting the Herrings Green Farm Falconry display, which will feature a magnificent team of six birds.

You will have the opportunity to observe and photograph various bird species and engage in discussions with our knowledgeable falconer. Additionally, there will be two captivating flying displays on May Festival Saturday, where audience participation is highly encouraged!

 

We are delighted to announce that the Kimpton May Festival will feature a new act this year! Although we regrettably had to cancel their appearance in 2020, we are thrilled to have secured their participation once again.The Black Eagles Acrobats will be gracing the arena with two captivating performances on Saturday.We eagerly anticipate their awe-inspiring display of talent and look forward to welcoming them to our festival.

Sunday

  • 9.30am – 3pm Refreshments, Dacre Rooms provided by the Scout Group
  • 10am May Festival Church Service – weather permitting, a joyous ‘Songs of Praise’ style open-air service in the Churchyard!
  • 10am-12pm Mini Tennis for 4-14 year olds. Tennis Club, £1 per child to May Festival Funds
  • 11-4pm Craft Fair, Kimpton Primary School. £1 donation on entry
  • 11-5pm Art Show, Kimpton Church. Weekend entry £2, children free here
  • 11.30am Children’s 5-a-side Football, recreation ground (register by Friday 3rd May, 5pm). £12 a team. Contact Ben Purple to register your team: 07880 364998
  • 12-5pm Bars and refreshments, recreation ground
  • 1-5pm History Exhibition, Church House
  • 1.30pm Dog Show (registration from 12.45pm), recreation ground. Registration fee £2, plus £1 per class entry
  • 2-5pm Cream Teas, Pimms Bar and live music, recreation ground
  • 7pm doors open, 7.30pm-midnight Music Night, Memorial Hall. Tickets £10, book in advance here. £12 on the night.
  • 7.30pm for 8pm – Brains of Kimpton, Entry £3, Kimpton School

Music Night

Sunday 5th May

Featuring local live covers band The 88

Gear up for an electrifying night of rock and indie nostalgia as we delve into the genre’s rich tapestry from the 1970s to the present day.

The 88 are a local four piece band that have been playing venues in and around Hertfordshire for over 15 years delivering energetic performances night after night. Strap in and enjoy the show with songs from Oasis, Kasabian, Blur, Chuck Berry, Rolling Stones, Killers, Black Crowes, Stereophonics, Queen and many more!

Tickets £10, book in advance here

£12 on the night

NEW FOR 2024… Soul Food

Soul food prides itself in providing food that’s good for the soul. This delectable food is an infusion of both African and Caribbean cuisine. Soul food is to be experienced. It relishes in putting a bit of sunshine in your tummy. Come and satisfy your taste buds with the tantalising flavours of the tropics.

Soul Food will be available outside the Memorial Hall from 6.30pm

Monday

  • 9.30-12pm Refreshments in the Dacre Rooms, provided by The Girl Guiding Group
  • 9.30am Fun Run Registration opens (on the day only), recreation ground. Entry £5 Juniors/£10 Seniors
  • 10-1pm Car Boot Sale, gates open 9.30am, recreation ground. £10 a car, businesses £15
  • 10-3pm Art Show, Kimpton Church. Weekend entry £2, children free here
  • 11am Junior (under 14s) 4km Fun Run starts
  • 11.10am Senior 10km  Fun Run starts
  • 11.30am Hog Roast and Pimms Bar, Recreation Ground
  • 2.30-5pm Cream Teas and Games on the Green
  • 3pm Maypole, the Green
  • 3.30pm Auction, the Green. Details of Lots available coming soon!
  • 4pm Street Dance – performed by Kimpton Primary School
  • 4.15pm Auction continued, the Green.
  • 4.45 pm presentation of prizes and community awards, the Green
  • 5pm Grand Draw, the Green

Children’s Activities

Mini Tennis

Are you aged 4-14 and want to test out some tennis skills? Head along to the tennis club on Sunday, 10am – 12pm! Just £1 per child.

5-a-side Football

Get some friends together to form a team of 5 (plus 1 sub), at least one of which must have an affiliation with the Parish of Kimpton. The Sunday tournament is in four school year groups:

1-3, 4-6, 7-8 and 9-11

Register by 5pm, Friday 28th April by contacting Ben Purple: 07880 364998

11.30am Sunday 30th April, Recreation Ground

£12 a team

Junior Fun Run

Dig out your trainers…can you complete the 4km Junior Fun Run?

Register on the day, 9.30am at the Recreation Ground.

11am start on the Green, medals for all junior finishers!

Games on the Green

While the grown ups soak up the last moments of the festival, make lots of free, big bubbles and try your luck at the games on the Green! A small charge of 50p per turn on the dice game (cash only so bring your pocket money!) to join in the fun and chances to win prizes! Other donations very welcome.

All proceeds raised will go to the Willow Foundation.

Box Office

Friday

Wine Tasting

Church House, 8:30 pm

Tickets £15, book in advance here

Sunday

Music Night

Memorial Hall, 7pm doors open, 7.30pm-midnight

Tickets £10, book in advance here

£12 on the night

Saturday

Kimpton Entertains

Memorial Hall, 7pm for 7.30pm

Tickets £5, book in advance here

Box Office Details

The Box Office is open!

Tickets can be bought from our online box office KMF Box Office.

Thank you for your support

A whole weekend of village fun

Where to find events

Please contact us if you would like to get involved with the 2025 Festival

Check out our Facebook page for updates

Parking

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

For more information email us