Dinosaurs, dogs and dancing at Kimpton Festival

Kimpton May Festival

Kimpton May Festival - Credit: Archant

Looming over the largest May Festival in Herts next weekend will be a towering Tyrannosaurus Rex which is making a surprise visit to a village.

Kimpton May Festival

Kimpton May Festival - Credit: Archant

But it will have to compete with the first-ever dog show when Kimpton holds its annual four-day May Festival taking the theme of Animal Magic.

From next Friday, April 29, through to Monday, May 2, the festival will play host to a diverse range of entertainment such as an art show, fun run, festival procession and music night featuring an ABBA tribute band.

The focal point of the weekend is the festival procession which comprises floats and walking entries and culminates in the main arena at the recreation ground where the May Queen and her attendants hold court. The procession will be led this year by all female bhangra drumming and dance group Eternal Taal.

Festival chairman John Hills said: “We are excited at the prospect of the 52nd May Festival in the village and I’m delighted that the theme Animal Magic should be something that will appeal to children as it would be great to think that they will have an enjoyable weekend. The procession and arena events are also aimed at youngsters and this year we will welcome a T-Rex in the afternoon so hopefully that won’t be too much of a shock.”

The festival prides itself on always offering something new and this year is no exception. John said: “While previous years have always shown what a great festival this is, it’s always important to to add to our offering and this year I am pleased that we have, for the first time, a dog show.

“Kimpton Music Night looks to be heading for a sell-out as we welcome Swede Dreamz an ABBA tribute act while our craft demonstration is bigger than ever and is now geared at more people actually taking part.”

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Along with hosting a community event for locals and visitors, the festival also helps to raise much-needed funds for groups that operate in and around the village. This year it is is hoped that in excess of £12,000 will be raised for the good causes.

For full details of the events scheduled or to purchase tickets for events such as the Friday wine tasting or the Kimpton Music Night, click here.