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Leisure

Events and Destination Management

BIDs across the country have demonstrated that investment in events and culture convert into spend, dwell time and improved brand recognition. St Albans BID has developed a reputation for quality, quirky and captivating events that deliver real spend in the local area. For 2019/2020 we will curate a range of events to drive footfall and highlight the expertise and cultural capital hidden in plain sight in the City Centre.

 

2019 Events Programme

Time Turn

Sunday 22 September 2019 11am-5pm

Throughout St Albans

St Albans’ vintage and history festival will return in 2019 on the the second weekend of Heritage Open Days. Each street will be themed to a different era with a variety of activities for the public to enjoy.


Historic vehicles, cars, motorbikes, scooters and com​mercial vehicles line the streets and businesses of all types, shops, restaurants, banks and public houses all join in the fun by creating their own retro feel. Holywell Hill themed WW1 to 1920s, St Peter’s Street WW2 and 1940s, George Street 1950s and 1960s and Catherine Street 1970s and 1980s.
Music, food and fashion all play their part in the festival.

 

George Street Gin & Jazz

Friday 4 October 2019 7-10pm 

George Street and beyond!

The return of the fabulous George Street Gin & Jazz with music, food and of course, gin! A boutique shopping evening with a chance to explore cocktails, mixers and more. This is a St Albans Food & Drink Festival event.

 


 

2018 Events Programme (past)

Taste the High Life at Christopher Place

18 May 2018 7-10pm

Christopher Place St Albans 

An opportunity for you to explore and enjoy Christopher Place as you’ve never seen them before! Swanvesta SocialClub will be performing 7.30-9.30, Tomoka Spirits Boutique will be hosting bars offering cocktails from around the world and shops, restaurants and boutiques will be showcasing their new season specialities! Get ready to jump on board, grab your sunglasses and taste the high life!

Christopher Place aerial view

George Street Wedding Show (sponsor)

8 July 2018

George Street St Albans

The Luxury Wedding Show will host a platform for unique suppliers of wedding essentials from St Albans and beyond to showcase their work on George Street: the site independent boutique shopping and eating in a historic setting. St Albans BID is proud to be the headline sponsor of this event, facilitating our bridal businesses from the BID area to showcase at the event.

TimeTurn

16 September 2018 11am-5pm

Throughout St Albans

On Sunday 16 September, the second weekend of Heritage Open Days, St Albans turned back in time. Each street was themed to a different era with a variety of activities for the public to enjoy.
Historic vehicles, cars, motorbikes, scooters and com​mercial vehicles lined the streets and businesses of all types, shops, restaurants, banks and public houses all joined in the fun by creating their own retro feel. Holywell Hill themed WW1 to 1920s, St Peter’s Street WW2 and 1940s, George Street 1950s and 1960s and Catherine Street 1970s and 1980s.
Music, food and fashion all play their part in the festival.

Free activities on the day include: 

1910s/20s: Semaphore workshop with the Scouts, Samuel Ryder drop in at Clarion Collection

1940s: Jive Swing performances and workshops outside M&S, WW2 reenactors with Museum + Gallery and classic cars

1950s/60s: Science workshop on George Street, Ukulele performance and vintage cocktails, food and activities alongside classic cars

1970s/80s: Retro live music stage on Catherine Street featuring glam, rock and disco, classic cars, retro food and activities, face painting and trail sheets to answer questions around the city. Completed trail sheets will be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 St Albans Gift Card.  T’s & C’s prize draw

If you would like more information about planned activities on your street, please see the Street Guides below:

Holywell Hill

St Peter’s Street

George Street

Catherine Street

 

Gin & Jazz on George Street

Friday 5 October 7-10pm 

George Street and beyond!

The return of the fabulous George Street Gin & Jazz with music, food and of course, gin! A boutique shopping evening with a chance to explore cocktails, mixers and more.

Style St Albans

19 October 2018

St Albans Museum + Gallery

An all new event this year with 10 BID fashion retailers on a bespoke catwalk in the newly restored Assembly Rooms, showcasing party and festive looks from the AW18/19 collections.

Terms and Conditions for the Facebook Goodybag Competition can be viewed here.

Halloween

31 October 10-4pm

Heritage Close

A spooky, spectacular day!


The businesses of Heritage Close embraced the Halloween spirit.


photo credit: Stephanie Belton

Advent Trail

December 2018

Twenty five businesses have been selected to take part in St Albans City Centre’s first Advent Trail. Shops, bars, businesses and restaurants will transform their window displays to spread festive cheer, with one unveiling every day throughout December.

Download your trail map here

This initiative will encourage people to visit all parts of the City and there’s an element of competition as well, as the public’s choice of Best Dressed Window will win a marketing and advertising package worth over £1,000.

For Social Media Competition:

Advent Trail Ts and Cs for Social Media & the Public

For Businesses:

Advent Trail Ts and Cs

Advent Trail Information Sheet

The Advent Trail map is now available in the St Albans Christmas brochure