Annual Pancake Festival

The Festival is organised to provide entertainment for the people of Hitchin and to raise funds for Garden House Hospice Care and for other Rotary charities.

              The 2018 Festival took place on Tuesday 13 February

We took over Hitchin Marketplace with stalls selling pancakes, mulled wine and bacon rolls; tombola, recorded music and his usual entertaining commentary from Paul Mailes of After Dark PA; kiddies' corner; skittles; local crafts and much more. 

The Pancake Races were again run in the grounds of St. Mary's church. 

There were ladies', gentlemen's and fancy dress races, with a trophy for the winner of each race, prizes for first and second place, certificates for every runner and two prizes for best fancy dress.  There was also a "Wheelchair Charge" by residents from a local care home: they all won this event and received certificates and prizes.

The fancy dress races attracted a record number of entrants, with a woderful variety of costumes and disguises - well done all.

The weather on the day was less than favourable and that meant fewer people attending, but despite the rain, good crowds watched the races which were enjoyed by the spectators and, especially, by those taking part.

The purpose of the event is to raise funds for charity, principally Garden House Hospice Care, but also for other Rotary charities.  However all money raised from the Pancake Races will go to the hospice.

                      Click here to see a short video of the 2018 Festival, courtesy of Hitchin TV

               The 2019 Pancake Races will take place on Tuesday 5 March - more later


Garden House Hospice Care is based in Letchworth and serves North Herts and Stevenage.  .For more information about the hospice, click here