Festival on the Field is a volunteer-run fund-raising event, organised by the parents’ organisations of Sir John Lawes School and Manland Primary School in Harpenden. The schools have a long history together and are adjacent to each other. The Festival runs every other year and to date, has raised over £90,000 for both schools.
Any Harpenden school which sells tickets to the Festival will be given cash back of 40% of the value of total tickets sold by them. This scheme runs from the moment the tickets go on sale.
In its first year, (2012) the festival won the Gold Star Award for Fundraising Achievement in the South of England, and then went on to become the overall winner for the UK in this category. In 2014 it was shortlisted for the prestigious UK Festival Awards under the categories of best small festival and best family festival.
Held in the Olympics year, 2012, a group of pioneering parents with some background in running large events took quite a risk to stage the first Festival. They needn't have worried - it turned out to be a huge success and made a great profit for the two schools.
Having won an award and raised a good amount of money in 2012, the second Festival was staged in 2014. We were getting into our stride and upped our game with better acts and amenities. Another great fund-raising success and great family day out.
2016 attracted even more people to what was now becoming a landmark event in Harpenden. Superb tribute acts headlined by Killer Queen entertained a relaxed and energetic audience - and an impressive fair ground kept the younger members of the audience amused between the acts.
Our last Festival, in 2018, was the best so far. Not only did we have almost 3,000 people attending, we had a bigger stage, super acts, great food and drink AND England winning a World Cup match on the Big Screen! The screen was added last year for the headline act, the Karaoke phenomenon, Massaoke. Now much in demand this live-band-crowd-singalong ended the night on a real high - and will be back again this year.
We have another great line up this year, a great range of food and drink concessions and a wide range of fairground attractions ready to go. The stage will be bigger and the big screen goes from 12 to 18m. Festival on the Field is now a well-established and eagerly anticipated event in the Harpenden summer calendar so get your tickets early!