IN PICTURES: The return of Kimpton Folk Festival

Megson at Kimpton Folk Festival.

Megson at Kimpton Folk Festival. - Credit: Matt Adams

Like many annual events forced to cancel due to the pandemic, Kimpton Folk Festival made its long-awaited comeback this summer, with villagers and visitors alike united in celebration of its return.

The largely free event is organised by local volunteers with financial support from Kimpton Parish Council, Herts county council, and Bedford and Luton Community Foundation.

It draws visitors from across the county and beyond for its mix of traditional and modern folk music, children's activities and refreshments.

Some of this year's highlights included Granny's Attic, well-regarded as one of the most exciting and accomplished acts on the UK folk scene, Royston-based Megson, one of the most in-demand duos on the circuit, FARA, who blend a broad range of traditional material with clever self-penned songs and tunes, and St Albans' own Said the Maiden all-female trio.

There was plenty for the youngsters to enjoy too, with arts and crafts, circus skills, clay making and storytelling on the Upper Green, and wherever you strolled around the village you were sure to encounter one of the many buskers playing at key locations.

Elena Hogg of Food by Elena in St Albans with her parents at Kimpton Folk Festival.

Elena Hogg of Food by Elena in St Albans with her parents at Kimpton Folk Festival. - Credit: Matt Adams

Kimpton Village Choir.

Kimpton Village Choir. - Credit: Matt Adams

Kimpton Village Choir.

Kimpton Village Choir. - Credit: Matt Adams

The main stage at Kimpton Folk Festival.

The main stage at Kimpton Folk Festival. - Credit: Matt Adams

Hertfordshire Dance performing on the Green.

Hertfordshire Dance performing on the Green. - Credit: Matt Adams

Hertfordshire Dance performing on the Green.

Hertfordshire Dance performing on the Green. - Credit: Matt Adams

Hertfordshire Dance performing on the Green.

Hertfordshire Dance performing on the Green. - Credit: Matt Adams

Hertfordshire Dance performing on the Green.

Hertfordshire Dance performing on the Green. - Credit: Matt Adams

Audience members join in with Hertfordshire Dance.

Audience members join in with Hertfordshire Dance. - Credit: Matt Adams

Crowds at Kimpton Folk Festival.

Crowds at Kimpton Folk Festival. - Credit: Matt Adams

Granny's Attic performing in Kimpton Memorial Hall.

Granny's Attic performing in Kimpton Memorial Hall. - Credit: Matt Adams

Granny's Attic performing in Kimpton Memorial Hall.

Granny's Attic performing in Kimpton Memorial Hall. - Credit: Matt Adams

Said the Maiden at Kimpton Folk Festival.

Said the Maiden at Kimpton Folk Festival. - Credit: Matt Adams

Crowds enjoy the performances on Kimpton Green.

Crowds enjoy the performances on Kimpton Green. - Credit: Matt Adams

There was plenty for all ages at Kimpton Folk Festival.

There was plenty for all ages at Kimpton Folk Festival. - Credit: Matt Adams

The main stage on Kimpton Green.

The main stage on Kimpton Green. - Credit: Matt Adams

Hertfordshire Early Dance performing 15th-17th century dances on Kimpton Green.

Hertfordshire Early Dance performing 15th-17th century dances on Kimpton Green. - Credit: Matt Adams

Some of the many buskers performing at Kimpton Folk Festival.

Some of the many buskers performing at Kimpton Folk Festival. - Credit: Matt Adams

Megson at Kimpton Folk Festival.

Megson at Kimpton Folk Festival. - Credit: Matt Adams

Crepes were some of the refreshments for sale at Kimpton Folk Festival.

Crepes were some of the refreshments for sale at Kimpton Folk Festival. - Credit: Matt Adams

Lizzy Hardingham on the main stage at Kimpton Folk Festival.

Lizzy Hardingham on the main stage at Kimpton Folk Festival. - Credit: Matt Adams

Megson at Kimpton Folk Festival.

Megson at Kimpton Folk Festival. - Credit: Matt Adams

Crowds enjoying the day at Kimpton Folk Festival.

Crowds enjoying the day at Kimpton Folk Festival. - Credit: Matt Adams

The main stage at Kimpton Folk Festival.

The main stage at Kimpton Folk Festival. - Credit: Matt Adams

Megson at Kimpton Folk Festival.

Megson at Kimpton Folk Festival. - Credit: Matt Adams

Megson at Kimpton Folk Festival.

Megson at Kimpton Folk Festival. - Credit: Matt Adams

Crowds at Kimpton Folk Festival.

Crowds at Kimpton Folk Festival. - Credit: Matt Adams

Megson at Kimpton Folk Festival.

Megson at Kimpton Folk Festival. - Credit: Matt Adams

Crepe Fantastique at Kimpton Folk Festival.

Crepe Fantastique at Kimpton Folk Festival. - Credit: Matt Adams