Festival was just the start for Old Town as monthly markets are launched

The start of things to come? Old Town Street Festival
The start of things to come? Old Town Street Festival

The hugely successful relaunch of Hemel Hempstead’s Old Town marks the start of a new era for the High Street, with themed markets set to close the area to traffic once a month.

Dacorum Borough Council has revealed the street markets will start next Sunday, August 3, from 10am to 3pm, and continue on the first Sunday of every month.

It will run along the length of the newly-refurbished High Street into St Mary’s Close and will feature food, drink, crafts and handmade goods.

The borough’s assistant director for planning, development and regeneration James Doe said: “Thank you to everyone who came along and helped make Saturday such a success. From the intriguing sight of the human statues, the sound of the Rock Choir, to the aroma of the enticing food – the whole day was thoroughly enjoyable.

“It’s important to us, as part of the Hemel Evolution project to regenerate the area, that this buzz doesn’t stop now that the launch event is over.”

Town MP Mike Penning said: “It was great to see the Old Town thronging with people.

“For years people have said we should make more of the Old Town which has so much to offer and I am delighted that we are now doing that.”

Parking will be suspended when markets are being held, though the High Street car park will still be open.

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