More than 6,000 revellers made the most of the summer heatwave to enjoy a ‘feel-good festival’ held in Hertfordshire at the weekend.
Thousands of music lovers, foodies and fun-loving families packed into Todd’s Green, Stevenage for the ‘Todd in the Hole’ festival, with organisers claiming the event celebrated “the very best of the British countryside”.
Crowds partied to the sounds of The Counterfeit Stones, an ABBA tribute band, The Fifth Wheel, Indi and the Vegas and Kate Bush tribute act Cloudbusting, while flexing their muscles in the Todd in the Hole Rugby Club Tug of War Competition.
Leigh Casling from St Albans was crowned the winner of The Great British Elvis Off – a competition to find the UK’s best Elvis impersonator. He went head-to-head with four other fans of ‘The King’ and his shake, rattle and roll helped land him the first prize of a holiday for two to Las Vegas.
David Nye, Co-Founder of Todd in the Hole, said: “It was a weekend to remember. For Leigh, who, in 2005, was crowned Europe’s number one Elvis impersonator, it was so great to see him rock the main stage and win the two tickets to Las Vegas.
“The event was all about bringing the community together for a bit of old-fashioned fun at the same time as celebrating our love for the British countryside. With 6,000 people coming together for one of the biggest parties Stevenage has seen for a very long time we’ve smashed every target and sent families away with big smiles on their faces. That’s a great feeling.”
A huge range of food stalls were available as part of the ‘Feast in the Field’ area, giving visitors the chance to tuck into street food from South Africa, India and Greece as well as local delicacies from The Great British Sausage Company and The Crispy Duck Rotisserie.
A huge pop-up pub and prosecco bar was open throughout the event, with roaring fire pits keeping revellers warm at night as they enjoyed real ales and scrumpy cider.
Mr Nye, who is also director of The Great British Sausage Company, said the event had also raised money for local mental health charity Just One Click Away (JOCA) and would be making a return in 2019.
For further information about ‘Super Early Bird’ tickets for next year’s festival, visit https://www.toddinthehole.co.uk/