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August Newsletter

Get involved in Time Turner!

Get noticed at our brand new Vintage Festival!

Put Sunday 16th September in your diary for our brand new Time Turner Festival! For the second weekend of the Heritage Open Days we’re going back in time and transforming the streets of St Albans City Centre through each decade of the 20th Century.

Each street will be themed to a different decade, forming a trail around the City Centre businesses with a wide variety of different activities available for the public to enjoy.

Get involved and take advantage of this great opportunity to showcase your business and brand’s personality!

To find out more details about what’s planned and how you can get involved click here.

Need some vintage inspiration? Here are a few ideas…

  • What’s the history of your building, who lived there previously? What did they sell?
  • Create a window display using props and costumes from that decade and/or print and display vintage posters from that era.
  • Play some themed music. Iconic musicians/actors/celebrities from that decade? Who/What was number 1 in the charts …?
  • Do you have a retro car/vehicle that we can use to line the streets to give the feel of that era?

Style St Albans – Fashion Show:

When: 19th October 2018
Where: St Albans Museum + Gallery
Deadline to apply: 10th August 2018

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. If you are interested in taking part, please complete the application form. Please download these Terms and Conditions for participation.

Advent Trail:

When: December 2018
Where: Shop Windows across St Albans City Centre
Deadline to apply: 17th August 2018

Following the success of last years’ Nutcracker Trail, this year we’re running a Christmas Advent trail (yes, we have to think about Christmas whilst it’s Summer!) From 1st to 24th December a different BID business will reveal their shop window to show a Christmas display. This is a great promotional opportunity for any business participating and will encourage people to visit all parts of the City Centre, plus the public’s choice of Best Dressed Window will win a marketing and advertising package worth over £1,000!

For those interested in learning more, a complimentary Window Dressing Workshop will be delivered by Hertfordshire Creative on September 4th. Register for your place here.

Please see details and how to apply:

Advent Trail Ts and Cs

Advent Trail Information Sheet

Advent Trail Application Form

Eat, drink, sleep, repeat…!

Long Summer evenings and more sunshine than many of us can remember! Why not enjoy a taste of St Albans throughout the Summer, as many local restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs serve up delicious seasonal specials. From coffee to cocktails and cake to curries, try a new Summer flavour, with such a wide variety to choose from you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Click here to see what’s on offer in the hospitality scene in the City Centre and find further information and inspiration from their great menu choices, promotions and special offers.

Energy Saving:

The government have organised an open consultation to all businesses to try and discover how they use energy and how they can improve their energy use to create both energy and financial savings.

To participate and share your views please click hereThe deadline for all responses is 11.45pm on 26th September 2018.

We’re here over the Summer!

That’s all for now. Don’t forget the BID office will be open throughout the summer of course, so if you have any thoughts, comments, questions or concerns, please get in touch with us. Enjoy the sunshine!

Your BID team