Dancing in the street of St Albans

June 26th 2018
By: Melanie
Dancing in the street of St Albans

If you can’t resist a bit of dancing in the street you will love this traditional St Albans event. Every year on the first Wednesday of July St Michael's Folk Evening is held. This year it is on Wednesday 4th July 2018 with dancing in St Michael's Street and music everywhere.

This year, 10 dance groups, including pupils from St Michael's School, will perform in an open-air show, while there is live music in the two pubs, the churchyard, and near the Puddingstone. The church bells will be ringing in at 7.15 pm, to add to the merriment. Many of the groups of people involved in folk music and dance in the St Albans area get together to make this event happen and perform in the historic setting of St Michael's village. 

Nobody asks the audience for money; all the musicians and dancers perform for FREE!
St Michael's Street in St Albans is closed to traffic from 8 pm till 10 pm, to become the venue for around 30 dance shows, and the Lower Schoolyard is the site of the pupils' Maypole. Music tends to go on till 10.30 at the churchyard, and in the pubs and by the Puddingstone until closing time. The organisers say,  “There's (some) food and (plenty of) drink to be had from the pubs.”

If you think you might want to get involved with dancing in the streets of St Albans next year or if simply want to dance for fun, you are never too old to start. One opportunity to learn to dance can be found at "Friday Folk".  They are a dance club which meets at The Church Hall, Marlborough Road, St Albans, AL1 3XG, UK, on most Friday evenings from 7:45 - 10:00 pm. If you've ever been to a barn dance or a ceilidh, you'll know the sort of thing they get up to.