Final preparations for the 56th Annual Elstree and Borehamwood Civic Festival are under way with events starting this weekend.

The fun will being on Saturday, June 16, with a carnival parade which will begin at the council car park in Brook Road, Borhamwood, then travel down Shenley Road, Theobald Street, Aycliffe Road before turning down Leeming road and back to the start.

The parade will mark the start of two weeks of up to 40 free or subsidised events around the area.

Other highlights of the festival include a talent show at the Ark Theatre, in Thrift Farm Lane, called Elstree and Borehamwood’s Got Talent on Thursday, June 21.

Those interested in taking part in the contest can contact 0208 2387288.

On Saturday, June 23, the Festival Flower show will be taking place at All Saints Church, in Shenley Road, Borehamwood from 11am and 4pm.

People will be able to see displays from community groups and other organisations from the area.

On the same day Emergency Services based in Borehamwood will be hosting an open day.

People will be able to see behind the scenes of the Fire and Police Stations in Elstree Way, with family games and demonstrations from 1pm to 4pm.

Saturday June 30 and Sunday July 1 will be the grand finale of the festival with the Families Weekend celebrations.

On the Saturday in Meadow Park, Borehamwood, will be the Big Local Picnic from 12pm to 4pm.

In the park will be a classic car show and a human table football tournament as well as music and other activities free for people to enjoy.

Sunday will mark the end of the festival with more free activities in Meadow Park and from 12pm to 5pm people will be able to enjoy stalls from local shops and community groups.

There will also be two arenas in the park showing displays from a motor bike stunt team, table top circus and chance for people to try archery and laser clay shooting.

More information about the different events taking place during the civic festival can be found at