Summer Festival 2014 – News

Happy New Year!

With the New Year often comes “resolutions”; well we intend to keep ours and make the 2014 Summer Festival the best yet. To ensure that it will be, we’ve completely re-vamped and re-formatted the weekend to allow our guests to enjoy themselves even more. Hopefully the changes will allow them to bring along more of their friends. This is a year of big changes, the first being that we’ve flipped the nights so that Friday night is the Comedy night and Saturday the formal, Black Tie Ball:

 Laughter-on-the-Lawn     Friday 20 June        Doors:              19:00

Summer Ball                      Saturday 21 June   Doors:              19:00 for 19:45


Summer Ball (Saturday)

The second big change is that we have booked a great Headlining band: The Collection featuring Keavy Lynch from B*witched. B*witched enjoyed huge success in both Europe and North America between 1998 and 2000, releasing two albums and eight singles, all of which made the UK Top 20. Their first four singles, “C’est la Vie”, “Rollercoaster”, “To You I Belong” and “Blame It on the Weatherman”, all reached number one in the UK Singles Chart. They’ve also enjoyed more recent success on the “Reunion” TV program and tour. Fronted by Keavy, The Collection play a great mix of music for all tastes and so we’re set for a great evening.

A further change is that in response to feedback we have engaged a new caterer too.

So it’s a new night, new band, new caterers and hopefully some new friends to share what’s set to be a great evening.

Remember once you’ve purchased your ticket the only expenses are photographs, and drinks!

We have been able to maintain the cost at £60 / ticket. A great value for money, great night out and for most .. no taxi cost!

The sale of tickets for the Summer Ball will be on Saturday 8 March from 09:30 at the Town Hall, Ivinghoe and thereafter from the usual outlets. As in previous years, we are offering the opportunity to spread the cost of the event, with an initial (non-refundable) deposit (£20) payable upon booking the tickets, and the balance (£40) payable by mid-May. We anticipate high demand for tickets and so we encourage you to book early and take advantage of the deposit scheme.

Laughter-on-the-Lawn (Friday)

Following the fantastic success of ‘Laughter-on-the-Lawn’ 2013 we are repeating the event with a different line up of comedians but this year on the Friday night rather than Saturday. Our event will be associated with the “GET STUFFED Tring Comedy Festival (Tringe)” – the Tring Comedy Festival extends to Ivinghoe! What better way to wind down from the rigours of the week than to come along to hear some great comedians, with some friends, a few drinks and food?

More information about the performers will be released nearer the event but we can guarantee a well-known compere, headline act and some up and coming stars of the future … make sure you can say you saw them first in Ivinghoe! All that for just £15.

Our website will be updated with full details as they become available for both events.


Summer Festival Weekend

As with previous years there will be a number of other events running across the weekend to make the use of the venue. Please refer to local groups and organisations for further details.


Christmas Tree

We would like to thank Ivinghoe & Pitstone WI, Ivinghoe Town Hall Management Committee, and The Kings Head (Ivinghoe) for their generous support towards the planting of a permanent Christmas Tree on the corner of Ivinghoe Lawn.


Web Site / Facebook

Our website has the latest details of our events

Regular updates / news are posted on Facebook


Appeal for New Members

As ever we are always looking for new members to join our committee who can add to the diversity of our membership and provide valuable input to our events. Please contact a member of the committee or our Chair, Graham Hollands you are interested in helping us. or email:  Thanks in advance.


Autumn Update!

Bonfire & Fireworks Saturday

2nd November

The annual bonfire & fireworks will be on Saturday 2nd November on Ivinghoe Lawn with gates opening at 18:00. The bonfire will be lit at 18:45 followed at 19:15 by a spectacular fireworks display to music managed by our team of trained pyro-technicians.

As is traditional at our Fireworks night there will be a BBQ including hot & cold drinks, and a fairground ride to entertain the children.

Naturally we hope that the weather will be kind to ensure that the event will be a great success!

Please note that it is a condition of our insurance that no personal fireworks (including sparklers, etc.) are brought onto Ivinghoe Lawn.

Tickets will be available in advance, at a discount, from Masons (Pitstone), Post Office (Ivinghoe), Grooms (Ivinghoe) and The Rose & Crown (Ivinghoe) £9 Family, £4 Adult from mid-October. Tickets will be available on the night at £10 Family, £5 Adult.

You are welcome to bring your combustible waste for the bonfire on the Saturday morning from 09:00 until approx 12:00.  However, there are certain materials that we are unable to accept (e.g. tyres, foam, etc.) and these will need to be taken to the local recycling depot. Marshals will be available to assist with unloading from 09:00.

Summer Festival 2013 Review

Both the Summer Ball & Laughter-on-the-Lawn were a great success and we received substantial feedback via our on-line survey. While the feedback was in the main positive, a number of areas for improvement were identified for 2014.  These include: Catering, Band/Sound Quality for the Summer Ball, Photographic backdrop for the Summer Ball, Tables for the Laughter-on-the-Lawn, and more robust audience control.

Summer Festival 2014

Planning for the Summer Festival 2014 is already underway!  The events are scheduled for Friday 20th and Saturday 21st June.  The exact format has yet to be agreed and will be published in the next update. If you would like to contribute ideas for either the Summer Ball or Laughter-on-the-Lawn please email: or speak to a member of the Committee.

Ivinghoe Christmas Tree

We are in the process of negotiation to erect a sapling Christmas Tree on the area opposite the Kings Head, Ivinghoe so that we can do our little bit to improve the environment and sustainability. We hope to have the Christmas Tree in-situ by the end of November and illuminated from early December for the Festive Season.

Appeal for New Members

We are looking for new members to join our committee who can add to the diversity of our membership and provide valuable input to our events. We are particularly looking for new female members. Please contact Graham on 07768 727998 or email us at if you are interested in joining us. Thanks in advance.

Summer Festival – your feedback needed!

We hope you enjoyed the Summer Festival this year.  Whether you went to the Summer Ball, Laughter on the Lawn or both, we would really welcome your feedback.  Please complete this short online survey by clicking on the link below:

Many thanks.

Laughter on the Lawn – Acts announced!

An evening of First Class stand-up comedy, in association with the Get Stuffed Comedy Club.

The evening will be compared by Logan Murray. The headline act, and well established star of comedy, is Sean Hughes. Our support acts are Carly Smallman and Olaf Falafel – ‘Sweden’s eighth funniest comedian’.

……..make sure you can say you saw them in Ivinghoe!

Further details can be found by clicking on the Laughter on the Lawn link above.

Laughter on the Lawn – tickets now on sale!

Tickets for this year’s Laughter on the Lawn are now available from Masons store in Pitstone and Ivinghoe Post Office, The Rose & Crown, and Grooms farm shop.  Alternatively call Penny on 01296-668017 or email: