Fireworks and fanfares at Battle Proms date

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HATFIELD House, just a 30 minute drive away, is the stunning setting for not one, but two days of musical magic next week.

On Saturday, July 23 the Battle Proms is back for an 11th year with another explosive summer firework concert.

A classic British summer picnic proms, the musical programme includes soul-stirring classical favourites from Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, and a sing-along finale of Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia.

As well as the fabulous tunes there’ll also be daring demonstrations of Napoleonic horsemanship, a firework spectacular, 200 live cannons and an air display featuring that most iconic of battle planes, the Spitfire.

You are strongly advised to pack up a picnic, remembering to include something a little bubbly, and join the party.

For more information and to book tickets, go to www.battleproms.com or call 01432 355416.

On Sunday, July 24 one of the newest folk music festivals on the scene, Folk by the Oak, returns for its fourth year.

Seth Lakeman who is widely regarded as the UK’s foremost folk singer/songwriter headlines.

Known for bringing folk music to a new, younger audience, he is credited with breaking down perceptions and barriers often associated with the genre.

Seth is joined by Adrian Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds who play punk songs on folk instruments… yes, really.

Ade is perhaps best known for his acting roles in The Young Ones, Bottom and The Comic Strip Presents.

Completing the line-up are Tyde, Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, Drever McCusker Woomble featuring Heidi Talbot, and Bella Hardy.

As well as the stellar list of folk performances there’s also plenty for the whole family to enjoy with a craft tent, workshops, children’s activities, storytelling, circus skills, a real ale bar, music stalls, recycled gifts and delicious food.

If you fancy a laid-back summer Sunday afternoon, go to www.folkbytheoak.com for further information and to book tickets or call 01432 355416.