The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Hertfordshire Edition

Best of Herts, Fri 17 March

17 Mar 2017

The good stuff keeps rolling into the county so I hope you’re ready to grab it with both hands and run. Comedy, dance, music, tales of lambs and Italian ways with fish. May you enjoy your time out, and make hay as you go out to play.

Rob Brydon, Alban Arena, Fri 17 March

Rob Brydon is on tour, and it’s his first stand up show since 2009. I think it’s a case of ‘Good evening, Nottingham, Bournemouth and oh hello, St Albans.’ I’ve only seen him perform live in an Ayckbourn play and he was brilliant. Catch him at the Alban Arena before he heads off to Cheltenham. 8pm.


Edward Bawden and his Studio, The Higgins, Bedford

I love Bawden’s work and am definitely going to cross the border to Beds for this one. What I didn’t know is that before he died, artist and designer Edward Bawden donated the contents of his studio to Bedford. He literally emptied his cupboards and plan chests and out came Fortnum & Mason adverts, Ealing Comedy posters and plates for Wedgwood. This exhibition focuses on his work in the studio, which started in Essex in Great Bardfield then later moved to Saffron Walden.

The Higgins

The Worry Dolls, David’s Music, Letchworth, Tues 21 March

This is a party for the launch of the Record Store Day product list, now in its tenth year. The day itself is on Sat 22 April, and it’s a celebration of vinyl and independent record stores. Hundreds of limited edition records are released on this day, and only available to buy from independent record shops. If you don’t know David’s, it’s been there forever, and you can still go in and listen to vinyl. Indie-folk duo the Worry Dolls are performing. 6pm. Free entry.

David’s Music

Adam Henson, Weds 22 March, The Junction, Chorleywood

What better time of year than spring to hear Adam Henson’s lamby tales? The Countryfile man talks about his book Like Farmer, Like Son. Event book vouchers are £10 and include a copy of the book. 7.30pm


Bengeo Hall Art Exhibition, near Hertford, Thurs 23 – Sat 25 March

Now in its fourth year, the painters exhibiting are Donna Chamberlain, Malini Croxson, Jill Rolfe and Jenny Stotfold. They are all local women who by day work in teaching, psychology and accountancy. A percentage of the money from sales and also from the donations for drinks and cakes when you visit go to local charities. Bengeo Hall, St Leonard’s Road, Hertford, SG14 3JN

Donna Chamberlain

Neopolitan supper club, Number One Port Hill, Fri 24 and Sat 25 March

I’ve actually included this in my Mother’s Day ideas post as well, but I think can this be appreciated whatever the occasion. These fill up really quickly so get in quick. Number One Port Hill has won many awards for being a quirky and beautiful boutique hotel, and it’s bang in the middle of our county town. The menu is fishy and Italian.

Supper club

An Evening with Gyles Brandreth, Broadway theatre, Sun 26 March

As part of the Broadway’s opening theatre season, the Just a Minute regular, One Show reporter and gifted raconteur will explore the seven secrets of how to be happy. At the time of writing, it is unclear whether Letchworth will be included in any of Gyles‘s material. 5pm.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rhodes Theatre, Tues 28 – Fri 31 March

Shakespeare transposed, and four teenagers stumble into the middle of a festival. Whether your experience of festivals vintage Glasto in whether you’re adept at finding the newest and most secretive events, a music festival is the setting for this Midsummer Night’s Dream. The production is by the local company Phoenix Theatre Arts in association with Rhodes. 7.30pm


Vienna Festival Ballet: Cinderella, Hertford Theatre, Sat 8 April

I’m giving you a heads up on this one because ballet always sells out in Hertford. Dreamy music from Rossini with the fairy tale to end all fairy tales, and the dancing includes pure and classical with something more contemporary. 5pm


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