Kimpton celebrates its 50th May Festival

09:43 01 May 2014

Kimpton May Festival

Kimpton May Festival


Kimpton is celebrating its 50th May Festival at the weekend.

Titan the robot at a previous Kimpton May FestivalTitan the robot at a previous Kimpton May Festival

And this year promises to be bigger than ever, with four days of action-packed events with a ‘50’ theme.

Saturday’s street procession will boast up to 20 themed floats from community groups in the Hertfordshire village.

Mary Hyde, event organiser and great-niece of Ron Hyde, the village milkman who started the May Festival 50 years ago, said: “I used to ride on the floats as a young girl, so now it’s great to be part of the team that puts on this great festival for future generations.”

Attracting thousands of visitors each year from across Hertfordshire, the festival is recognised as one of the biggest and brightest village festivals in the UK.

The Kimpton May Festival in the 1960sThe Kimpton May Festival in the 1960s

The event also typically raises £20,000 a year for a selection of charities.

Four days of events start on Friday, with the art show opening night in the 13th century St Peter and St Paul Church, and an exclusive English wine tasting event hosted by Mark Buckenham of The Wine Society from Stevenage.

Also present will be ‘Titan’ the robot, who has appeared alongside stars Rihanna and

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