A theme of heroes and villains runs through this year’s festival, starting with the creation of a town trail depicting some of Royston’s most famous historic characters, from witches to war heroes.
Ceramic plaques will adorn the town’s many historic buildings – see how many you can chalk off.
Another highlight will be the return to Royston of its most famous musical hero, the world-renowned trumpet player Alison Balsom, who will be sharing stories about her rise to classical stardom at a one-off ‘in conversation with’ event at her old school, Greneway, on 27 September (3pm; £10-£12).
Other events include a Comedy Night at the Picture Palace featuring Scotland’s funniest newcomer Iain Stirling, described by GQ as ‘One of the best joke writers on the circuit’, and Letchworth’s own Howard Read (20 September, 8pm; £10-£12).
Meanwhile Meridian School students have been busy coming up with a storytelling show for children, using skills learned at a National Theatre puppetry workshop. See the results at Tannery Drift School on 20 September, 2pm and 4pm. There will also be exhibitions and fringe events at Royston’s churches, the Town Hall and Town Museum.