Archive for September, 2017

BID News: September 2017

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

The City of St Albans is majestic, historic, vibrant and full of untapped potential…

St Albans BID (Business Improvement District) will use funds raised directly from local businesses to improve all aspects of our beautiful City.  We will upgrade, clean, polish and scrub.  We will invest in St Albans Christmas (and the rest of the year!) to increase retail and hospitality profits, drive the tourism economy and enhance the residents’ merriment too!  We will bring more events, more sparkle and more WOW to St Albans.  The timing couldn’t be better.

St Albans is on the cusp of great things.  We have an International Film Festival, Britain’s oldest pub, our proximity to London and our beautiful parks and green spaces, not to mention our heritage, our boutiques and our high quality dining and drinking establishments.  A museum and gallery of national significance is coming next year, followed by the Abbey’s new visitor centre.

The BID will help to improve productivity and growth across the economy by providing professional support to businesses of all sizes and in all sectors, working with the Chamber of Commerce to facilitate more training and staff workshops for businesses in the BID area.   It will work with independents and chains, entrepreneurial start-ups and established businesses, boutiques and bars, and will seek to capitalise on all opportunities to bring additional investment into the city centre.

The BID will invest in St Albans to make sure that this City is a destination of choice: a vibrant and desirable place to live, work and visit.  And we’re only just beginning.

St Albans Motor Show

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

There’s nothing like a shared love of cars to bring like-minded people together.  So it’s no wonder thousands of petrol-heads attended the St Albans Motor Show for the second year running which saw over 5,000 additional visitors to the City Centre last Sunday.

The event was the perfect way to get up close and personal to some incredible cars and preview the latest releases, or get into the driving seat with some adrenaline-filled races with the Giant Scalextric and simulator.

This early autumn event saw 16 car dealerships showing 50 new designs and models, along with several privately owned supercars, to the City of St Albans.  Kids were entertained at the Drive in Cinema as they settled down to watch a movie befitting the occasion – Pixar’s Cars!

But it’s the wacky one-offs that really make a motor show – and St Albans didn’t disappoint, with a 7 foot transformer ‘robot’, singing mechanics, Downforce Simulators with arcade games sitting alongside bodywork companies s that can enhance and pimp your ride and stunning face-painting for kids of all ages – it had it all!

The Bangor to Banger and Back 2 day event ended its rally at the show by displaying an entourage of fabulous and fun cars, all in aid of Rennie Grove Hospice.

Street traders from within the Bid area embraced the event and with 20 degree sunshine all day long it was the perfect family day out.

The St. Albans Nutcracker Trail

Friday, September 29th, 2017

St Albans Nutcracker

 The St. Albans Nutcracker Trail

“Oh the grand old Duke of York, he had ten thousand men,

He marched them up to the top of the hill and he marched them down again…”

Does this popular nursery rhyme refer to Holywell Hill’s role in the Battle of St Albans? Richard, Duke of York lead a force of 3,000 on a march towards London before clashing with Henry VI’s Lancastrian troops in the city at the top of Holywell Hill. And now the soldiers return…

More than 550 years after this battle marked the beginning of the Wars of the Roses, the city centre is set to be invaded by a new soldier army over the festive period.

Fifteen giant nutcracker soldiers and their King will be positioned at key locations around St Albans and surrounding villages as part of the St Albans Nutcracker Trail.

Look out for the St Albans Nutcracker Trail booklets in the town from the 18th November and pick up a copy to take part.  Wander around the city and nearby villages to find the 15 Nutcracker Soldiers and king marked on the map within the booklet.  As you find each one write his name down on the Trail Sheet.  Once you’ve found all the names, fill in your details and post the Trail Sheet into the St Albans Nutcracker Trail post box located by the Christmas Market in Vintry Gardens.

The Trail will run from the 25th November to the 4th January.

One winner will be drawn out and will win an iPad Mini.