Taking place on St Albans Day, Alban Fest welcomes all to an afternoon full of free Roman-themed entertainment!

Experience the drama of a Roman battle with live demonstrations by Ermine Street Guard, including artillery shootings, military training and a static Roman camp! Witness the incredible skill of medieval pilgrimage badge making by Lionheart Replicas and create exciting clay sculptures of St Albans Cathedral with Dacorum and Chiltern Potters Guild alongside a real Roman potter.

Our fantastic, 12ft tall Carnival puppets will make appearances throughout the afternoon - so look out for Alban himself, the Roman soliders and lions which took part in the Alban Pilgrimage earlier in the day. There will also be Festival glitter and face painting, music by the Maida Vales and the Pluckwits as well as arts, games and delicious food and drink.

Read on for the full schedule of events

Activity Schedule

The Ermine Street Guard

Between 12.30 & 1.30pm and 3 & 4pm, The Ermine Street Guard will put on a dazzling Roman military display. Their camp will also be based in the Abbey Orchard throughout the afternoon where there will be the opportunity to find out about what life was like in Roman times.

Fabulous Fleece Flowers

From 12 - 6pm, join the St Albans Arts Team and The Daylight Club members in creating hand felted roses - a fun, tactile, drop-in workshop for all the family. Using merino wool and soap flakes, work up a lather to felt your piece. The fleece flowers will then be added to the forest of Red Roses in the Abbey Orchard.

The Craft Corner by St Albans Cathedral

Come and join us between 12 & 6pm for some Roman-themed crafts - become a Roman artist and create a mosaic masterpiece to take home!

Alban and Company Puppets

12ft tall puppets from the morning's Alban Pilgrimage will roam the Abbey Orchard from 12 - 6pm. Take a selfie with a lion, a Roman or even Alban himself!

Lionheart Replicas

Lionheart Replicas will be putting on medieval pilgrim badge making demonstrations from 12 - 6pm, in honour of St Albans Cathedral's status as a place of Pilgrimage for more almost 1000 years. Find out more about Lionheart Replicas here.

St Albans Lions

Did you know that noughts and crosses was a common game played by the Romans? Join the St Albans Lions 12 - 6pm to play a very special St Albans themed version of the game!

St Albans Scouts

Join the St Albans Scouts for some fun, Roman themed games throughout the afternoon.

The Paintertainer

The Paintertainer will be on hand throughout the afternoon for special festival glitter and Roman themed face painting!

Roman Clay Days

A team of potters from Dacorum and Chiltern Potters Guild will be sculpting a large scale model of St Albans Cathedral - and need your help! Join them between 12.30 and 4.30pm to help create this marvellous clay model.

Trinity Court Potteries

A special demonstration by Trinity Court Potteries from 12.30 to 4.30pm using traditional techniques to recreate the master craftsmanship of Roman pottery.

The Pluckwits

Local ukelele band, The Pluckwits, will perform well known songs at Alban Fest between 2 & 3pm.

The Maida Vales

This 4 piece Indie-Folk-Fuzz-Pop band will perform in the Abbey Orchard between 4 & 5.30pm. Find out more about the group here.

Tickets

All activities taking place as part of Alban Fest are completely free of charge - no booking or tickets required.

Contact

[email protected] or 01727 890210

Photo credit: Fred Stacey