Live music will be a huge part of our summer festival.
….so we’ve created a mini-festival experience that features some of the acts you’ll see in summer 2017. With a mix of home-grown St Albans & Hertforshire talent and some of the top musicians from around the UK, The Live Music Stage will feature an eclectic mix of Pop, Soul, Jazz, Folk, Blues and Rock.
Fans of live music will find something to listen to every day, with an early afternoon and evening set throughout the week and even more music to enjoy over the weekends. Whether you want relaxing background ambience or driving rhythms to blow off some steam after work, our live music stage has something for everyone!
Meraki is a huge 3-day Summer festival that launches in Herts County Showground, 11-13 August 2017!
Filled with live music, comedy, onsite camping, food & drink and a wealth of activities for everyone to enjoy, Meraki is set to become a major event for the people of St Albans, Hertfordshire and beyond.
In support of this launch, we’ve invested in the creation of a free 25-day run of top-quality entertainment and hospitality in the very heart of St Albans. The Meraki Christmas Mini-Festival gives us a chance to connect with the local community, start spreading the word, and build relationships that will help us to create a magical festival experience for everyone.
PLEASE NOTE: Tickets go on sale for our Summer Festival at the Tipi Stage from Thursday 24 November!
No one gets more excited about Christmas than kids!
Whether the kids are tagging along on a shopping trip or you’ve organised a day out for the whole family, The Kids Playspace will provide hours of fun for the little ones. Our fun-filled activities range from Christmas movies and professional children’s entertainers, through to a Fairy door treasure hunt, plays, facepainting, temporary tattoos, a covered bouncy castle, toys, giveaways….
– oh, and it’s ALL COMPLETELY FREE!
There’s something to do for kids of all ages, so make sure to check out the Kids Playspace programme and stay up-to-date with what’s going on!
Wouldn’t it be great if there was a beautiful, heated outdoor area in the centre of town where you could enjoy delicious food and drink, high-quality live music and relax with friends?
In celebration of the giant tipis that we’ll be hosting this summer at the Herts County Showground, we’re building a full-size luxury tipi in the very heart of St Albans!
When you need somewhere to escape to, The Tipi Stage is a great spot to socialise, have some after-work drinks, take in some live music or a Christmas movie, enjoy the free entertainment & activities, and recharge your batteries before heading back out into the crisp winter air!
Our luxury tipi has been provided in partnership with
We’ve created a Christmas treasure hunt for your little ones!
Throughout the Christmas Market, we’ll have a series of more than fifteen magical Fairy Doors that kids can search for. Come to the Meraki festival desk first to collect your magical fairy dust & fairy map, and go off in search of magical clues!
Each one holds a clue that directs them on to the next door and finally to a door with a token that they can bring to the Meraki tipi to exchange for a secret fairy gift.
Come on in and take a load off…
Situated alongside the St Albans Christmas Market, our giant, heated, luxury tipi can seat up to seventy people (with seating for kids and adults alike).
It’s the perfect place to grab some festive food, pour a mulled wine and enjoy some of the best entertainment that Meraki has to offer.
Whether you’re looking for somewhere to socialise with friends, an interesting spot for an informal business meeting, or just somewhere to step out of the rush of Christmas shopping and recharge your batteries, it’s a beautiful space full of charm and atmosphere, right in the heart of St Albans.
Our luxury tipi has been provided in partnership with:
Watch out for our secret features…
During November and December, we’ll be making announcements about a number of secret features – a selection of special activities and entertainers that we’re holding back as a little surprise.
Make sure to check our online programme for details of special guests, exclusive activities and exciting announcements as we head into the festive season!
Everyone loves a good story!
Our professional storytellers will bring wonderful tales to life in the Meraki Christmas Mini-festival, providing an engrossing, entertaining storytelling experience thats great for young minds and active imaginations.
Certain sessions will be structured for particular age groups – please check the schedule to make sure your kids will come to an age-appropriate session.
We’ve created a mini-festival movie house that only plays Christmas movies!
Feel-good family favourites, comedy gems, silver screen classics – if it’s a great Christmas movie, we’ll be showing it. Grab your popcorn, settle into your seat and get ready to enjoy…
Please make sure to check our programme for showing times – and as seating is limited, make sure you get there with enough time to grab a prime spot!
Silent disco is coming to St Albans!
Pop on a pair of our wireless headphones, pick the style of music that you most love to move to, and join with the rest of our revellers in creating a high-energy music experience that’s for your ears only.
Our silent disco will be happening on selected nights throughout the festival programme, so check the schedule, get your dancing shoes on and come join us for a bit of Christmas festival magic!
Let’s take it to the streets!
Along with the activities happening inside our luxury Tipi Stage, we’ll have a variety of street performers bringing light, life and excitement to the Christmas Market.
From dance troupes and stilt walkers to magicians, our street performers will be out in force over the weekends, creating a spectacle to amuse and delight revellers of all ages!
We think everyone deserves to be pampered a little bit at Christmas!
As a little glimpse of the treatments that will be available in The Serenity Spa this Summer, we’ll have a variety of indulgent activities available onsite, including Massage Angels and Nailbar Technicians, making sure that you look and feel fabulous for the festive season.
These activities will be available for adults and kids alike and are completely free of charge, but do make sure to check the schedule to see when the spa activities are occurring. They will operate on a first-come-first-served basis.
Looking for something fun to do over the weekends leading up to Christmas?
Come along and enjoy a selection of family-friendly plays and performances, featuring a variety of performance groups bringing stories to life in our mini-festival space. Check our performance schedule in our programme to ensure that you don’t miss out!
If you like your music mellow, beautiful and filled with old wood and soft edges, you’ll love our acoustic artists.
Alongside some of the more electrifying performers we’ll have onstage, we’re proud to present some of the finest acoustic artists from Hertfordshire and beyond. With Folk, Country, Soul, Jazz and Pop all covered, our acoustic artists will entice you in from the cold…. The maximum seating for each session is seventy people, so please try and arrive at least ten minutes before a performance to guarantee a space.
Outside our Tipi space, the St Albans Christmas Market will be filled with stalls selling the very finest in festive food and drink.
Whether you like mulled wine or fine ales, a tasty bratwurst or a hearty mince pie, you can bring it all into our luxury tipi, grab a seat and enjoy our world class entertainment.
It’s a place to take time out with friends, work colleagues or a community group – to come together and enjoy the spirit of Christmas in the grounds of the beautiful cathedral.