The "hugely popular" Alban Street Festival is set to return to the city centre this weekend, following a four-year absence.

Part of the 'Alban Weekend', the six-hour long street party will take place from 12 noon until 6pm on Sunday (June 25).

Around 100 market stalls will line the streets of St Albans, with live music, activities and street performances also taking place.


The main stage will be opposite the city's Metro Bank, featuring a range of local acts.

Live music can also be enjoyed at an acoustic stage in Market Place.

The celebration has not taken place for four years, due to the coronavirus pandemic and her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The event celebrates the district's heritage and diversity, and forms part of the annual Alban Pilgrimage, which is held on Saturday, June 24.

The pilgrimage features a parade of giant puppets to celebrate Saint Alban, Britain’s first Christian martyr.


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The story of Saint Alban will be recreated by a procession of puppets representing Roman chariots, centurions, lions and executioners. 

St Albans district council's lead councillor for events, Cllr Lynn Cunningham, said: "Our residents are going to be thrilled that the Alban Street Festival is returning and we are expecting a great turn-out.

“The atmosphere is always fantastic with so much free entertainment on offer throughout the day, set against the dramatic backdrop of our historic city centre.

“There is something to suit people of all ages and interests and I would urge people to come along and not to miss out.

"It will be a lively weekend with the stunning Alban Pilgrimage taking place on the Saturday.”

Vivien Cannon, manager of St Albans BID, added: “This day gives a great ‘hello and welcome to all’ in celebration of the history behind our town’s founding and namesake, Alban.

“In keeping with the Alban Street Festival ethos, today’s city centre businesses continue to offer hospitality to visitors and townsfolk with a plethora of products and experiences to enjoy in St Albans every day of the year.”