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a historic market town in the local government district of North Hertfordshire
in the ceremonial county of Hertfordshire, England, where the River Ivel rises.
It lies 33 miles (53 km) north of London, 15 miles (24 km) southeast of
Bedford, and 14 miles (23 km) north northwest of the county town of Hertford.
Nearby towns include Royston to the northeast, Letchworth and Hitchin to the
southwest and Stevenage to the south.
Several events take place in Baldock throughout the year.
The largest three are the Annual Beer Festival, the Charter fair and the
Balstock music festival.
The Baldock Festival is a cultural festival which started in
1983 and takes place on the first weekend in May. The festival consists of
events throughout the town and the local area, such as museum trips, a barn
dance, cheese tasting, brewery tours, clairvoyance evening, cricket match,
comedy sketches, family quiz night, mystery tour, open gardens, history talks,
and several music events, some of which feature local bands. The festival
culminates in the Historic Street Fair held in the High Street, on the second
and final weekend where stallholders dress in clothing of the era and help to portray
what life was like in the historic town.
The Baldock Beer Festival takes place during the first
weekend where local and national real ales, real ciders and continental lagers
may be sampled.
Baldock Charter Fair
Baldock's Charter Fair dates back to 1199, when King John
granted to the Templars the right of holding a yearly fair at Baldock on St.
Matthew's Day and for four days following. This would mean the original fair
was held on 21–25 September, but with the Calendar reform of 1752 the dates are
now 2, 3 and 4 October. Today the principal part of the fair is a visiting
Amusement Fair which sets up in the High Street.
In 2015, the Balstock Festival completed its tenth year,
having grown from a small event held in one pub, to a three-day event featuring
more than 200 artists held on 13 stages across the town. It is now
Hertfordshire's biggest free music festival with all proceeds going to a
nominated charity. In 2015, that charity was Up on Downs, a local charity which
provides which aids families that have children with Downs Syndrome.
The 2012 festival resulted in some controversy with a
dispute between the organizers of the festival and the Performing Rights