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What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 17-23 Nov 2016

17 Nov 2016

There’s plenty with a festive flavour going on already — but there’s plenty, too, that will let you avoid all thoughts of tinsel and trappings.  Great choices this week — we really are spoiled living where we do!  Enjoy…

An Evening with Hurrah for Gin, Sarratt Village Hall, Sarratt, 23 Nov, 7.30pm


Fancy a night off from the kids? Join Kate Kirby talking about her hilarious new book, Hurrah for Gin. This is not a ‘how-to-guide.’ In fact, you won’t find any useful advice in there at all. Instead, it shares honest and funny anecdotes demonstrating that it’s perfectly possible to love your children with all your might, and yet still find them incredibly irritating at the same time. Sound familiar? And you might just notice, ahem, ME up on stage asking the questions (not that I’m excited about it or anything!)  Book your ticket — and it includes a copy of the book AND a G’n’T.  Perfect.

Beaujolais Nouveau Evening, The Fox, Willian, 17 Nov, 7pm


From gin to Beaujolais Nouveau – if you’re more of a wine kinda gal, The Fox at Willian is hosting their annual Beaujolais Nouveau get together, with a three course meal and glass of the red stuff to boot. If you’ve not discovered The Fox yet, this is the perfect excuse.

Afternoon Tea with Fiona Maddocks, Benslow Music Trust, 18 Nov, 4pm


Calling all classical Muddies out there! Why not head to Benslow Music Trust this week for an afternoon with the UK’s foremost music critic, Fiona Maddocks – founder of BBC Music Magazine and classical music critic of The Observer. Her new book Music For Life selects over a hundred classical works, spanning ten thousand years, that have shaped her own listening. The finished article is a personal treasury for anyone with a passion to listen. She definitely knows her stuff!

Harpenden Wedding and Frost Fair, Rothamsted Conference Centre, 20 Nov

Those of you busy planning your big day, get down to Harpenden Wedding and Frost Fair. This is an extra special event, celebrating the relaunch of the gorgeous Rothamsted Manor as a wedding and events venue. Nestled amongst twelve acres of attractively landscaped gardens and wooden countryside, the Grade I listed manor is the perfect backdrop – complete with the Great Drawing Room, completed in 1863 no less, giving an elegant Victoriana feel to your day. Go check it out! And you can try and nab some Christmas prezzies from the Frost Fair while you’re there – talk about multi-tasking.

French Food and Wine Night, The Radcliffe, Hitchin, 18 Nov, 8pm


It’s Friday night. What better way to spend it than not having to cook?! Head to The Radcliffe for a French feast fit for a King – gorgeous nosh and wine to match. Go on, treat yourself.

Christmas Fair, The Radcliffe, Hitchin, 23 Nov, 6-9pm


And on the 23rd, why not break up the week by getting some Christmas shopping under your belt. Think locally handmade produce and gifts, so you may find some hidden gems. And as its located in Hitchin’s finest, The Radcliffe, you can even browse the stalls with a drink in hand and maybe even have a bit to eat when you’re done! Quite frankly, I think it’d be rude not to…

Christmas Craft & Gift Fair, Hertford Theatre, 20 Nov, 10.30am-4pm


It’s definitely that time of year… The lovelies at Herford Theatre are hosting their very own Christmas Craft and Gift Fair this year, with only the very best local producers and craftspeople selling their gorgeous work. You won’t be disappointed with this one! Think photography, jewellery and print work, to name but a few!  Oh, and Hertford choir Somewhere to Sing will be singing their socks off to provide some festive cheer – hoorah!

Frost Fair, Hatfield House, 17 – 20 Nov, 10am-5pm


This stonking Christmas Fair is held over four days, in a bid to give you every opportunity to get some Christmas inspiration — and what a backdrop. There will be a food fair (yum!), gift stalls, craftspeople and entertainment to get you through the day. Help yourself to a glass of mulled wine and browse….

Ashlyns Craft Fair, Ashlyns School, Berkhamsted, 20 Nov, 11am-4pm


I know — a school craft fair?  But don’t scroll on.  This one is a doozie.  It’s chock-full of serious craftspeople — not a loo-roll reindeer in site — and you’ll kick yourself if this is your sort of thing and you miss it.  Candice Brown, winner of this year’s GBBO, is baking up a raffle prize — and that alone is worth buying a ticket or two.

Plenty of Punch and Good Company, St Andrew’s Church, Bramfield, 19 Nov, 3pm & 7.30pm


This is a rather unique new play bringing to life the diary of a Bramfield farmer in the early 1800s.  Providing an entertaining and surprisingly cheerful insight into ordinary rural life in our county 200 years ago, this shows just how much has changed since then, or, to look at it another way, what we still share with our predecessors.

Sustainable St Albans Week, various locations, 19-26 Nov


We love sustainability here at Muddy Herts HQ! And this year’s Sustainable St Albans week is back to show us the ropes and provide fresh new ideas about how we can continue to sustain the wonderful world we live in. There are heaps of different events going on – film screenings, workshops, special menus – the lot. There is a special focus on food waste this year: slim your bin and your food bills. Yes please!


1 comment on “What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 17-23 Nov 2016”
  • Caryl Beach November 17, 2016

    DIGSWELL Arts also have a one day Christmas Sale on Sunday November 20 th 11-4 at The Forge DIGSWELL AL6 0BU
    Artists at the trust will have original art and gifts, cards and festive refreshments!
    Refreshments donations to Isabel Hospice


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