Kimpton May Festival

Friday 2nd - Monday 5th May 2014

Kimpton, Hertfordshire

Welcome to Kimpton May Festival 2014

"50" is the theme of this year's Kimpton May Festival.
With 2014 being our 50th anniversary of the May Festival we are celebrating our history!

KMF is set be to four days of fun filled events.
Starting on Friday 2nd May with the Art Show opening night and an exclusive Wine Tasting evening - See Box Office for tickets.

The Saturday street procession is always a highlight of the weekend, with themed floats from every part of the Kimpton community, culminating in the crowning of the 2014 May Queen.

The evenings are packed with 'Kimpton Entertains', 'Brains of Kimpton' and the popular 'Music Night'

Children's activities include fairground rides, candy floss, the football tournament, Maypole dancing, and an array of entertaining Arena events on Saturday.

Jazz bands, 10k fun-run, Craft Fairs, BBQ's, Beer Tents, The Charity Auction, Morris dancers, a car boot sale, maypole dancing – its back to back fun and entertainment across the whole long weekend with something for everyone.

See below for full details on what's going on across all 4 days along with contact info and how to find us.

We look forward to seeing you in Kimpton across the weekend!

50 years of festival celebration

The Weekends Line Up

Click on the days below
to see whats on each day of the Festival to make sure you dont miss a thing!


Art Show

The Art Show 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 from 6pm to Monday

The Opening Night of the Art Show is being held on the Friday 2nd May from 6.00 – 9.00pm.

This is a lively occasion when many sales are made. It is an opportunity to browse the exhibition, meet other exhibitors and listen to live music.

Entry is £5.00 per person with a complimentary glass of wine or juice for the opening night. (Other days entry is £1.00 and Free for children)

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

Teddy bears picnic

Enjoy an afternoon of tea and fun with the Teddies.

4 years and under only, bring an adult and don't forget teddy to!

Where: Kimpton Memorial Hall
When: 3.30pm- 5pm
Cost: £2.50

Junior 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: 5.30pm to 7.00pm
Cost: £2.50 - tickets on the door
Age: Reception to year 6 (Reception & Year 1 children will have to be accompanied by an adult)

Wine Tasting

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

Where: Church House
When: 8.30pm
Cost: Adults £12.50 - See Box Office for tickets


Art Show

When: 11am – 6pm

See Friday for more details

Festival procession and Arena events

Procession begins at 12.30pm, however best to arrive earlier to park. Click here to take you to a Google Map with where to park.

Pick your spot and join the whole village to see the fantastic floats as they proceed down the High Street finishing at the main arena for the day (The Recreation Ground). Join our May Queen and her attendants at the main arena where there's fun and entertainment for all ages.

  • 1.15pm - Procession arrives
  • 1.30pm - Crowning of the May Queen
  • 1.45pm - Brazilian samba band & dancers
  • 2.00pm - Magic tricks outside the beer tent
  • 2.30pm - Titan the Robot
  • 3.00pm - Maypole Dancing
  • 3.30pm - School Of Falconary display
  • 4.00pm - Titan the Robot
  • 4.30pm - Tug of War

There is a Fun Fair for the youngsters and numerous places to get something to eat and drink as well as stalls from local businesses and charities with lots of browsing and buying potential. So bring your friends, family and some pennies to enjoy the whole afternoon..

For handy reminder of Saturdays events at the arena download our flyer

Craft Fair

A wonderful chance to view a handpicked collection of boutique crafts and bespoke items at the Kimpton May Festival Craft Market.

Where: Kimpton JMI School (Located in the centre of the High Street of the village. Postcode for school is SG4 8RB )
When: 12noon – 5pm
Cost: 50p. Under 12's free

Also open on Sunday

Kimpton entertains

Saturday night's concert 'Kimpton Entertains' has helped launch a few showbiz careers. Talented villagers will entertain us with music, song, dance and comedy

Where: Kimpton Memorial hall
When: Doors open 7.00pm for 7.30pm
Cost: £7.50 - See Box Office for tickets


Art Show

When: 12.30pm – 5.30pm

See Friday for more details

Craft Fair

See Saturday for more details

When: 12noon – 5pm
Cost: 50p. Under 12's free.

Five a side football

Get your mates together to form a team of 5 (plus 1 sub), one of who must be a resident of the Kimpton parish. The tournament is in four school year groups:
Years 1-3, 4-6, 7-8 and years 9-11.

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

When: 11.45 am
Where: Kimpton Recreation ground
How to enter: Contact Sam Gibbs on 07969 737694 no later than 18th April

Brains of Kimpton

Sunday night showcases local brilliance at 'Brains of Kimpton' with the grand final taking place in Kimpton School – fingers on buzzers at 7.30pm. This is a non-ticketed evening

Kimpton Music Night

Our 5th Music Night and if the last two are anything to go by this will be a sell out.

When: Doors open at 7pm 
Cost: Tickets £5 in advance and £10 on the door - IF ANY LEFT  - See Box Office for tickets

Starting the evening off we have an acoustic set from local performers - Lily Fowler and Kai Addams. Follows are the UK's number 1 Paul Weller tribute act The Modfathers. Check out more about them on their Facebook page.Finishing off the night playing party anthem hits from the last 50 years is The Sam Lewis band.

Download our 'Music Night' flyer


Car Boot sale

Bag a bargain at the annual Car Boot Sale
Sellers please arrive 10.30am to set-up

When: Sales begins 11.00am
Where: Bottom part of recreation ground

Art Show

When: 11am – 2pm

See Friday for more details

Hog roast and Pimms bar

After the fun run has finished there’s a feast in store for runners, spectators and anyone else who fancy’s a Hog Roast roll. Year on Year this has been a popular attraction and always sells out fast so don’t be late!

When: 12 noon
Where: Lower recreation ground

Fun Run

Come on all you budding athletes -young and old!

The Kimpton Fun Run is an approx 6-mile multi-terrain course through some lovely scenery that provides a good early season test for everyone from once-a-year runners to once-a-day whippets! Entries are all 'on the day' there is also shorter junior course of approx. 2.5-3 miles with a medal to all finishers.

It's just a bit of fun, so please come along and also bring your friends to enjoy the atmosphere and the Hog roast and Pimms bar on the Recreation ground when you've reached the finish!

9.45 am CHECK-IN on the Recreation Ground


Distance: 6 Miles Start 11:10am
Start time: 11:10am
Cost: £5.00


Distance: 3 miles Start 11.00am
Start time: 11.00am
Cost: £2.50

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

Medals for all finishers

Trophy for 1st Male and Female in Kimpton Parish

Drink Station at Codicote Mill

Finish & refreshments on the recreation ground

For more information see or contact

Grand Draw and Auction

Join us back on The Village Green at 2.30pm for cream teas, big games and Maypole dancing at 3.30pm. At 4.15pm get your pennies at the ready for the Grand Auction as well as Grand Draw for the top prize of £250 as it's our 50th year - got your tickets yet?

Here is just a taster of some of the great Auction prizes up for grabs

As it’s our 50th year there are £50 golden tickets in the May Festival programme!

So make sure you buy a programme and enter your golden ticket into the draw. Programmes on sale at both village pubs, corner stores and will be on sale on the Saturday from the committee tent.

Box Office

Box office for advanced ticket sales. Book early to avoid disappointment:
The Box Office will open on: Tuesday 1st April so get calling for your tickets for...

Fri 2nd

Wine tasting

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

When: 8.30pm
Where: Church House
How much: Adults £12.50

Online bookings for Wine tasting

Sun 4th

The Music Night

Supporting local Bands and Artists.

When: Doors open at 7.00pm
How much: £5 in advance and £10 on the door

Sold Out 2013 and 2012

Online bookings for The Music Night

2012 and 2013 have sold out in previous years, so make sure you don't miss out this year!

Sat 3rd

Kimpton Entertains

Important changes to ticket allocation since 2012

To try and make ticket allocation as fair as possible, we've introduced some new rules as follows:

When: Doors open 7.00pm for 7.30pm
Where: Memorial Hall
How much: All tickets are £7.50 for a SEAT

Performers don't need a ticket UNLESS they want to sit in a seat . Space will be provided at front of hall or they can stand around edge of hall if want to watch other performers.

If you want to sit in a seat you need a ticket or someone's lap (i.e. Small children).

Maximum of 4 tickets per person/family making booking.

Box Office Details

Contact: Kate Clayton

Tel: 01438 832944


Cheques made payable to: Kimpton May Festival. (Please write your address on back of cheque)

Book early to avoid disappointment

A whole weekend of village fun


Here are a few images from past years celebrations:

Where to find events

There are events on throughout the whole of the weekend and there is ample or free parking available.

If using SatNav then the postcode -SG4 8RB
for the Primary school will take you to the middle of the High Street.


The village gets busy - especially on the Saturday- so please try and use one of the car parks:

  • Enterprize park (Claggy road)
  • Ballslough Farm
  • Parkfield Sports ground

Find a downloadable map below that will show you where all these car parks are located within the village

For more information email us at