Posts Tagged ‘Hertford Carnival’

Hertford Carnival (and the last week of Bengeo Stories)

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

It’s the last week of our Bengeo Stories exhibition so if you haven’t seen it already make sure you visit us by Saturday 29th June which is it’s last day! And don’t forget there is a new book about Bengeo out as well and there are still copies available.

Last weekend it was the Hertford Carnival and despite some rather depressing looking weather forecasts the week before the sun shone and the crowds came out! Our staff & volunteers arrived at the museum early to put our float together.

Volunteers Baden & Eamonn putting the finishing touches on our float.

Volunteers Baden & Eamonn putting the finishing touches on our float.

The float then set off to the Mead Lane Industrial Estate to get ready for the procession. The crowds on the route were huge and enthusiastic- if you gave us a wave or took one of our flyers then thank you! We didn’t win any of the prizes but there were some amazing entries.

Hertford Museum's float in the Carnival procession.

Hertford Museum’s float in the Carnival procession.

Back at the museum we were keeping busy as well with a model railway day. We had nearly 600 people visit during the afternoon!

Reg Harman with a Thomas the Tank Engine themed model railway layout.

Reg Harman with a Thomas the Tank Engine themed model railway layout.

And it wasn’t just the model railway sets that people came for, we were also serving Tea & Cake in our garden which was welcomed by people who had stood watching the carnival and now had sore feet!

The perfect place for a spot of tea & cake!

The perfect place for a spot of tea & cake!

It’s the last Saturday of the month this weekend so there will be Teas in the Garden running again (and if the sun doesn’t last they’ll be in the Andrews Room so don’t miss out on our fabulous homemade cakes and scones!)

Hertford Carnival and Model Railway Day!

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

The sun is out and it’s gloriously warm today, let’s hope it’s like this again on Sunday for the 2013 Hertford Carnival!

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As you can see we’re working hard on our float with its Asterix theme so make sure you wave to us during the parade on Sunday. It starts at the Mead Lane Industrial Estate at 2pm and winds its way through town to finish at Hartham Common.

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The Museum will be open specially on Sunday from 1pm- 4pm so come and see us before or after the parade (or during it if you want some peace and quiet!)

Just like last year there will be plenty to see as we’re combining the fun of carnival with a Model Railway Day!

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Sunday will also be the start of the Bengeo Stories exhibition last week, it closes on the 29th June AND if that isn’t enough there will also be Teas in the Garden whilst we’re open!

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Nice weather for ducks… (Half Term & Hertford Carnival)

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

It’s been a very grey Half Term outside so far but in the museum we’ve been celebrating Hertford’s rivers with our family craft activities and a trail.

Visitors have been decorating maps of the four Hertford rivers as well as making their own duck puppets and there’s still time to pop down today and take part!

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If you’re in town on Saturday then our Wind in the Willows trail will still be available and Stay & Play Saturday is sticking with the river theme!

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This week we’ve also been thinking about the Hertford Carnival which is less than a month away now! Last year we filled our float with some GIANT models of our collections but this year’s theme is Cartoon Characters so we’ve gone for a historical cartoon- Asterix!

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If you’re planning on visiting the carnival this year (Sunday 23rd June!) don’t forget that the museum will be open all afternoon serving afternoon tea in the garden and there will be a Model Railway Day in our Andrews Room. So, as always, plenty to do whatever the weather!

Carnival Day (by Rebecca)

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Today’s blog is an account of carnival day by Rebecca, a volunteer & Museum Support Assistant here who helped design, build and decorate our float!

Rebecca, Eleanor & Sara with the finished float!

The day started at 9am, with myself, Eleanor, Sara, our volunteer Baden and our driver Eamon at the Museum. We had the task of carrying all the gigantic models from The Andrews Room, through the garden, down some steps and onto the float. Most of the models were over 1metre tall and some even wider, so it was very much a team effort. When we had got all the models onto the float, we decorated the float and had a well deserved cup of tea.

Putting our models onto the float


Baden making sure everything is fixed to the float,

Eleanor and I then proceeded to carry 32 balloons through Folly Island to the float meeting point at Hartham. We were so impressed with the other entries, and only knew too well how much hard work must have gone in!

Getting ready to set off from Hartham

Wheatcroft Primary School's float

The procession started at 2pm and we waited for our number to be called. It was stop and start for a while, but when we turned round the corner into Old Cross, there were so many people we just looked at each other in awe! We had two volunteers walking with us for the procession, Heather and Dawn, and we all handed out leaflets advertising the Carnival Model Railway and the Museum’s 6 weeks of summer holiday fun. The crowds were so dense that handing out leaflets to everyone was really difficult, so I mainly targeted families with young children.

Our float from the back

It was quite disorientating walking along, with everyone shouting and in fact, I later learnt that my family and friends had been right in front of me calling my name, but I had just looked straight through them! Despite that, it was so wonderful to see everyone smiling and waving- definitely a great atmosphere and the sun was shining throughout!

We finished soon after 3pm down at Mead Lane Industrial site, which was a long walk in the sun. We drove back through Hertford, and the crowds were still waving. We all met up at the Seed Warehouse Stores to disassemble the float. For the last time we all teamed together to lift down the massive models, and the rain held off until the very last moment when we were carrying the Kakapo- nice green faces and feathery arms for my walk home!

Turning in Mead Lane Industrial Estate (we made it!)

It was a lovely day, and when we stood back to look at the float, remembering that over 400 children had participated with us along with lots of our own volunteers, building on the great relationship that Hertford Museum now has with the local schools and community.

Rebecca and the Kakapo!

Hertford Carnival- Sunday 24th June 2012

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Is everyone ready for the Carnival on Sunday?

Hertford Museum is putting together a float for the Carnival procession. We’ve worked with lots of different groups and schools to make some incredible models of objects from our collection and they’re all finished now ready to be put together on Sunday morning.


Thank you to Richard Hale, Hollybush. Mill Mead, Bengeo Primary School, Hertford Heath Primary School, Selections Children’s Centre, Stapleford School and Morgans for all their help in putting the models together as well as to the fantastic volunteers at the museum!

It’s the first time there’s been a Carnival in Hertford for more than 10 years so we’ve dug out some pictures of previous carnivals from our collections to share with you:

If you want to know all the details about Carnival day then take a look at the Hertford Carnival website.

We’ll be taking part in the procession at 2pm, having a stall in the Castle Grounds all day AND the Museum itself will be open from 1pm-5pm with Afternoon Teas being served in the garden and a Model Railway Day as well!

Hertford Carnival- thank you & a sneak peek

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Thank you to everyone who dropped a green token (or 6) into our box at Waitrose last month. We raised a wonderful £470 which will all go towards our float for the Hertford Carnival and the work we are doing with local schools for it.

As a big thank you here are some pictures of our hardworking staff & volunteers putting together the bases of our giant objects ready for them to go out to our school partners to be built up and decorated!

Can you guess what any of these are going to become?

First steps towards our Carnival float
First steps towards our Carnival float
First steps towards our Carnival float

Waitrose Community Matters & the Hertford Carnival

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

If any of you have been into the Hertford branch of Waitrose in the last week you may have noticed that Hertford Museum is one of the three charities in their Community Matters scheme this month.

Each month Waitrose have £1000 to give away and they split it between three charities but how much we each get depends on how many green tokens shoppers put into our box so PLEASE collect your token at the till and add it to our box.

Any money we are given by Waitrose will be going towards our Carnival float for this year’s Hertford Carnival in June. We’ve got big plans to decorate our float- we’re hoping to make giant models of some of the objects from our collection- like our Samurai and maybe an ENORMOUS toothbrush.

But we won’t be making them alone- we’re working with lots of local schools who will each take on a different model. The schools taking part are:

  • Bengeo Primary School

  • Hollybush Primary School
  • Richard Hale School
  • The Sele School
  • Morgans Primary School
  • Hertford Heath School
  • Hertford Selections Children’s Centre

So your Waitrose token in our box will help all of those schools as well as us AND you’ll be able to enjoy wha we create at the the Hertford Carnival on Sunday 24th June 2012