What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 10-16 Nov 2016

Don’t know about you, but I need a bit of cheering up this week. Maybe it’s the weather…? Maybe not. Anyhooo, there’s loads going on to get me grinning again — and you, too, I hope!

The Close-Up Show, Hertford Theatre, 12 Nov, 8pm


Okay, if you missed this a few weeks ago, where were you?! This is your last chance to catch this extraordinary show this year. This is magic as you’ve never seen it before. It’s an intimate evening of magic – up close and personal. Prepare to be amazed!


An Evening with Sarah Outen, St Helen’s School, Northwood, 10 Nov, 6.30pm 


Join Chorleywood Bookshop for a remarkable evening with Sarah Outen, the first woman to row solo from Japan to Alaska, as well as the first woman to row the mid Pacific from West to East. What a woman! But it was no easy ride. Despite being plucked from the Pacific Ocean during a tropical storm, Sarah fought ill health and depression and succeeded in her venture. Dare to Do is a truly inspiring tale of discovery, of inner strength, of hope, and the raw power of nature. Talk about girl power! Grab your lifejackets, lovelies…


Ministry of Science Live, Rhodes Bishop’s Stortford Theatre, 10 Nov, 6.30pm

Emma Blackwell from the Ministry of Science launches a human rocket on stage in the Millennium Forum during CultureTECH. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com.

This is a great one for the kids! Educational AND entertaining at the same time (hoorah!), Ministry of Science Live features a human cannon and a hovercraft built on stage. ‘Nuff said. Who said learning can’t be fun?  Just make sure you’ve got your ear plugs with you…


Sarah Booth: Open Studio, 120 Whinbush Road, Hitchin SG51PN, 12 & 13 Nov, 11.30am-4.30pm


Hitchin artist Sarah Booth is opening up her studio this weekend.  Her work is gorgeous — colourful, distinctive and often wearable.  There’ll be paintings, cards, notebooks , acrylic jewellery, badges, fridge magnets, you name it — and all available to buy.  There’ll also be tea and cakes — and some talk of gin — all raising money to support Art Refuge UK, a charity offering art therapy for displaced people.  Worthy cause, gorgeous art, and cake — what more could you ask for?


P E Mead and Sons Christmas Food Fair, Tring, 11 Nov, 6-9pm


Ok, ok, so it’s only November — but this is too good a chance to pass up.  As well as the usual deliciousness at P E Mead’s farm shop, you’ll get to meet the local food producers who are just settling in to their new homes there.  Moral Fibre Food — tasty and good for you.  Sherry Hostler — with her amazing cakes.  And, more to the point, Puddingstone Gin.  Seriously, I’ve been waiting ages for this. Locally-distilled gin, with a real emphasis on craft and flavour. And I’ve heard there’ll be a warm gin cocktail there for the tasting.  Pop in, why don’t you?  You’ll find me somewhere between the cakes and the gin…


Wine Tasting with Oz Clarke, Sarratt Village Hall, Sarratt, 16 Nov, 7pm


And while we’re on the topic, how about a glass of wine or two? Don’t mind if I do! This evening is educational and informative: it’ll tell you all you need to know about the history of wine. AND you get a glass of bubbly on arrival, plus nibbles whilst you sample a wide range of reds and whites. That’s totally not why I’m going…I’m *so* into history. Honest.


An Evening with Len Goodman, Watford Colosseum, 15 Nov, 7.30pm


It’s Saturday night. Who needs to go out partying when you’ve got Strictly Come Dancing?! Dear old Len – isn’t he just adorable. In his final year on the show, catch him at Watford Colosseum for a show reflecting on his life in the ballroom dancing world, accompanied by some of his favourite music. Live, of course. Apparently he only started dancing after sustaining a broken foot during a game of football – his doctor advised him that it would strengthen his foot. Who knew?!


Ballet Black, Watford Palace Theatre, 15 Nov, 7.30pm


Don’t they look incredible? Ballet Black is a company of international dancers of Black and Asian descent presenting an irresistible trilogy of narrative and abstract dance. It’s a 1920s bittersweet fable of farm girl Nola, set in New Orleans to the haunting music of Kurt Weill. Looks like a cracker!

watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk/ dance/ballet-black/

Ha Ha at the Hockey Club, Berkhamsted Hockey Club, Cow Roast, 12 Nov, 8pm


This evening is jam packed with comedy – headliner Andrew Bird is one of those rare comedians who makes friends with his audiences in an instant. This guy is a natural, with an engaging mix of childhood stories and more recent anecdotes. Joining him is Aussie Damian Clark and musical comedian Tamar Broadbent.
get-stuffed.biz/ haha-hockey-club

Sofie Hagen: Shimmer Shatter, Harlow Playhouse, 10 Nov, 8pm

Karla Gowlett

More comedy this week, this time at Harlow Playhouse. Sofie Hagen won two awards for Best Newcomer last year – she’s a quickly making a very big name for herself! You may have seen her on the box with the likes of Russell Howard (bless ‘im). This new show is a very personal one, as Sofie attempts to tackle her inner and outer demons. Cripes.


Knebworth Christmas Fair, Knebworth House, 11-13 Nov, 10am-4pm


Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat! Sorry. Too early? We’re well into November now, lovelies. Head to Knebworth and get into the Christmas spirit – and maybe even get some gifts under your belt! There will be everything from jewelry, to candles, to ceramics. Oh, and food and drink of course. And if that’s not enough, the reindeer will be paying a visit. *squeak*

knebworthhouse.com/ knebworth-christmas-fair

Christmas Fair, Hatfield House, 12 Nov, 10.30am-4pm


Christmas Fair number two. There’s no stopping me now! This one’s at the beautiful Hatfield House – you could even do both, and then compare your spoils.


From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads, The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 11 Nov, 8pm


With a blistering Bowie soundtrack, the life of die-hard fan Martin is dissected in this tale of unnatural teenage wildlife. Martin has an illness no-one understands, with a head full of sound and vision – he follows this vision and embarks on an exciting journey to follow his obsession. Watch as his life changes forever, uncovering long-hidden truths about himself. This will be one you’ll remember, and you’ll be blown away. Don’t miss out!

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