The 62nd civic festival in Elstree & Borehamwood kicks off this weekend.

Spanning over 16 days, the festival will bring together talent from across the town with a focus particularly on music and performing arts.

Here’s a handy guide to what is going each day, thanks to Elstree & Borehamwood Town Council, which is hosting the festival.

Highlights this year include the Carnival Parade, Wrestling, a bandstand concert, and of course Families Day.

Saturday June 16

The fortnight of festivities begins with a carnival parade. A group of African Drummers will depart from Brook Road car park at 1.45pm before heading up Shenley Road towards Theobald Street. The procession will lead towards Aycliffe Road, then Leeming Road before returning to the Brook Road car park.

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The carnival will also celebrate the 150 year anniversary of the railway coming to Elstree & Borehamwood, where an exhibition is currently on show at 96 Shenley Road.

In the evening, All Saints Church in Shenley Road will host the Elstree Mozart Players Summer Concert, conducted by Derek Holland and Tom Torley with soloist Kate Walsh.

Tickets cost £5 and all money raised will go towards the Dementia Club. 7.30pm.

Sunday June 17

Doors open at the Maxwell Park Community Centre at 3.30pm as wrestlers fight for the title of Wrestling World Clash 2018.

Two pro-wrestling events have already taken place in Borehamwood in Shenley Road, which both sold out and the event which is sure to ruffle a few feathers returns again for the civic festival.

Tickets cost £5.

Meanwhile, Elstree Productions presents an American Dream at Fairway Hall at 3pm while a festival service will take place at St Teresa’s Church at the same time.

Monday June 18

Festival favourites the BBC Elstree Concert Band return to present a concert of rousing classics and masterpieces from the world of movies.

A Night at the Movies will take place at Allum Hall in Borehamwood at 8pm. Tickets are £8 and can be bought at Fairway Hall or at

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Tuesday June 19

It will be the turn of the children to display their talents as schools from Elstree and Borehamwood come together for a performing arts concert at Allum Hall. Attendance is for parents only. 9.30am.

In the evening, test yourself in a friendly game of chess. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, get yourself down to Fairway Hall at 7.30pm. And it’s free!

Wednesday June 20

Forget Britain’s Got Talent, it’s Elstree & Borehamwood’s Got Talent. A gala night of pure entertainment at Fairway Hall. With a row of judges, hopefully a friendly audience, and some talented performers, it’s sure to be a night of fun. Could someone give Lost Voice Guy a run for his money?

Thursday June 21

Let’s hope the weather holds off as Melrose Allotments in Furzehill Road opens its grounds to the public. Along the way, you will be able to pick up some tips from some friendly gardeners and you might just be lucky enough to pick up some prized fruit and veg as well. Midday.

Friday June 22

Borehamwood Brass Band hosts the first of two events at the civic festival. The band will provide a free musical treat at All Saints Church at 7.30pm.

Saturday June 23

Grab your trainers and your sports gear and get yourself down to Aldenham Country Park for a festival park run. Be on your marks bright and early at 9am. To register for the fun run, visit

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One of the festival’s most popular events also takes place on Saturday as Borehamwood Fire Station offers a behind the scenes peek of their station in Elstree Way.

With family games and exhibitions, it will be a lot of fun. 1pm-4pm

Pop into All Sainst Church between 10.30am-3pm for the festival flower show and round of the day at Fairway Hall for the EBLOS Show, A Sentimental Journey. Tickets cost £8. Contact Marianne on 07888741208 for more details, 7.30pm.

Sunday June 24

If you missed Borehamwood Brass Band on Friday, don’t worry as there is another chance on Sunday with an outdoor bandstand concert at Meadow Park. The concert will also feature Soul Jump. From 1pm-3.30pm

The 150 year railway anniversary continues with a free display of model railway layouts. At 96 Shenley Road, and if you haven’t been already, check out the exhibition there as well.

Hertsmere Acoustic Music Club will host its Open Mic Night at The Fishery, Watford Road, Elstree at 7.30pm for free and there’s another chance to see A Sentimental Journey at Fairway Hall at Fairway Hall at 3pm.

If you’ve recovered from the festival park run, take a more relaxed pace with Teddy’s Trails Festival Walk in Arkley. A bus will take you to Arkley before you embark on a five mile walk back across the countryside. The trail is not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies.

There will be a refreshments break at the Mops and Brooms Pub. To register for the walk, which is compulsory, visit

Monday June 25

Head down to All Saints Church at 11am for a coffee and a chat at the flower festival.

Wednesday June 27

Think you know your stuff? Then prove it at the Royal British Legion Quiz in Shenley Road. Enter a team for free by emailing and you could be taking home the coveted trophy shield.

Thursday June 28

A school arts show will put together a host of pupil’s work at 96 Shenley Road from 1pm-5pm, organised by the Elstree and Borehamwood Rotary Club.

Elstree & Borehamwood Town Council have partnered with The Pit Gaming Store for an evening of table top and roleplaying games. At Fairway Hall from 7pm-10pm. Free

Friday June 29

Another chance to check out the school arts show at 96 Shenley Road from 9am-5pm.

Saturday June 30

The penultimate day of the civic festival and it’s Families Day and fun at the fair! The rides, entertainers, and arena acts are back at Meadow Park at 12pm-4pm.

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There’s also another chance to check out the school arts show. 9am-5pm

Sunday July 1

The civic festival is rounded off with a historic walk arranged by Elstree & Borehamwood Museum. The walk will begin at around 2pm. For more details, call the museum on 01442454888.

And if you still haven’t been to the school arts show (and you really should) there is still one final opportunity at 96 Shenley Road from 9am-5pm.