Held annually since 1974, the Welwyn Festival has grown from Welwyn Festival Week to ten days of celebration in June every year, raising thousands of pounds for local projects and charities.

The Street Market is held in the morning of the first Saturday of Welwyn Festival Week, in Codicote Road next to St Mary’s Church. Various other events, such as art exhibitions, are on throughout the village and local pubs usually have special menus.

At the other end of the week, starting at the southern end of the village, the costume parade begins its march north through the High Street at 1pm and continues past the church towards to Singlers Marsh off Fulling Mill Lane, to herald the start of the Family Fun Day. Programme Cover 40th WelwynFestival

The many other activities (usually around 60-70) are held in and around the village throughout Welwyn Festival Week, all listed in the FREE printed programme, available from shops in the area or downloadable from this website.

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Up to 5,000 copies of the Welwyn Festival programme are printed and distributed in May each year. Advertising costs and artwork sizes are shown on the advertising enquiry form. Additionally, we have introduced inexpensive advertising space on this website, which had more than 7,000 visits in 2016 (source: Google Analytics).


If you have an idea for an event, are interested in joining the committee or volunteering to help at the main events, please get in touch. Visit our Volunteering info page to find out more. Or chat to us at any of the Festival events.

Fundraising for Charities

Also, if you are a charity or you know of a worthy cause that could benefit from our fund-raising, let us know!

Recent donations have been made to the following: Jubilee House for physically and mentally disabled people, Isabel Hospice for the terminally ill, McMillan Nurses Cancer Centre in Lister Hospital, Herts Air Ambulance, Riding for the Disabled, Scout/Guide HQ Rebuilding Fund, Medical Dogs Canine Partners for stroke/disabled sufferers, the Friendship Club, Home Start, Oaklands School, St John’s School, Homerswood School, Friends of the Mimram, Herts Action for the Disabled, Volunteer Motorcycle Blood Deliveries (SERV), Gombards Home for the disabled, QVM/Danesbury Hospital, Medical Detection Dogs, repairs to St Mary’s Church walls via the Parish Council and more (see recent Charities).

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