Speaker’s Corner: Something for everyone in Dacorum this summer

Leader of Dacorum Borough Council Andrew Williams
Leader of Dacorum Borough Council Andrew Williams

As we were putting together this summer’s Dacorum Digest, it brought home to me just how varied our borough is – and how lucky we are to have so much on our doorstep.

Our residents’ magazine will be dropping through letterboxes as you read this, with a detailed round-up of activities and events on offer.

Interested in sport? World class extreme sports facility, the XC centre, offers excitement for all. Or if you need cooling down, head to the Snow Centre. Our more traditional sports centres offer a wide range of facilities across Hemel, Berkhamsted and Tring, while the many clubs and groups provide the opportunity to experience different sports together with others in your community.

There will be many more opportunities to get involved in sport and exercise locally over the next few years thanks to £250,000 of funding from Sport England, £45,000 from Dacorum Borough Council, £17,500 from Dacorum Sports Trust and over £77,000 of in-kind sport from our fantastic local, community and sports organisations. More information to follow later this autumn about how you can ‘Get Set Go Dacorum’.

But if you’re looking for a more relaxing experience, you can enjoy the full and varied summer programme at our arts and entertainment venue the Old Town Hall – from music and theatre to workshops for children and comedy.

And don’t forget Chilfest, the Tring Music Festival, the annual Pendley Shakespeare Festival and Dashfest 14 – a celebration of the arts, sports, and heritage and leisure at venues across Dacorum between Tuesday July 1 and Tuesday September 30.

Dashfest 14 is hosted by the Dacorum Arts Partnership in collaboration with Dacorum Sports Network, Sportspace, Dacorum Heritage Trust and Dacorum Borough Council. A full programme of events is available in your local library.

On Saturday July 19 there are two special events in Hemel Old Town that I hope you’ll take the time to attend: the Old Town High Street Festival from 1pm to 6pm, and the Dacorum Folk Fest which runs from 1pm to 11pm in the Old Town Hall.

These two events mark the launch of the newly refurbished Old Town High Street and the Old Town Hall.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to experience the wide variety of shops and restaurants on offer. Please watch for more details as the date draws near.

And putting the borough on the international sports stage in September, the Tour of Britain Cycle Race is coming to Dacorum with the 200km Bath to Hemel Hempstead stage concluding in Gadebridge Park on Friday September 12.

It’s a full programme, and to help you keep up-to-date with the latest on these events we’ve just redesigned the news section of our website. Bookmark www.dacorum.gov.uk/news and stay in the loop.

There’s something for everyone in Dacorum this summer. Now if only we could organise some sun …