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What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 11-17 June 2015

While the season of school fairs and village fetes is well and truly upon us, there are lots of other things going on round and about to keep you entertained.

Art and Garden Weekend, Sandon Bury, Sandon, 13-14 June, 2-5pm




This event sounds utterly lovely.  An art show, featuring more than 150 pieces from some serious artists, including Hermione Owen, Dafila Scott, Jonathan Chiswell Jones, Justine Lois Thorpe, and Ben Twisten-Davies — all in a beautifully-restored barn dating from 1250.  The gardens will be open all weekend, too, at Sandon Bury — a manor house built in 1640.  The gardens are gorgeous, and the views out over the countryside will take your breath away.  Get out there in the sunshine, wander among the vast herbaceous borders — and then gaze at the art in the barn if the clouds start gathering.  There’ll be tea and cakes in the village hall, too.  Perfection.

Sandon Bury, Sandon, Buntingford, SG9 0QY

The Dandy Kid Pop-Up, 283 High Street, Berkhamsted, 13 June, 10am-5pm

dandy kid

If you’ve not made it to The Dandy Kid (gorgeous kids’ stuff) in Wendover, there’s a chance to check them out in Berkhamsted this weekend where they’ll be popping up in their very own one-day-only pop-up shop.  There’ll be stuff to do as well as buy – finger necklace making (for mums) and French knitting (for kids) with The Knitting Midwife, as well as tropical cupcakes – and lovely paper things from The Paper Emporium: garlands, cards, prints, that sort of thing.   And even a spot of baby massage, should you have a baby that would like a spot of massage.

The Six-Sided Man, The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 17 June, 8pm


Love the premise of this one: a psychiatrist decides to live his life entirely on the throw of the dice – then encourages one of his patients to do the same.  ‘The Six-Sided Man’ is based on the novel ‘The Dice Men’ (which is one of those books that gets called a ‘clut classic’) and sounds very dark, very funny, and very interesting indeed.   Just two actors, but reviews talk about it as highly physical as well as emotional and engaging.   And it’s at Hemel’s Old Town Hall, which is a nicely intimate venue that I imagine would suit something focused like this very well.  Worth a look, I reckon.

Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 3AE,

Paws on the Moors, Blackbirds Moor, Boxmoor, 13 June, 11am-3pm


Got a perfect pooch?  A cute canine?  A delicious dog?  (No, wait, that’s hot dogs, right?)  Take your four-legged friend along to the Boxmoor Trust’s ‘Paws on the Moors’ event this weekend.  With show classes ranging from Fastest Recall (where did I leave that bone?) to Waggiest Tail – as well as a Sausage Eating Race, there’s sure to be something for everyone from the snootiest hound to the scruffiest mutt.   There’s other stuff going too, including a barbeque and even a canine photo shoot with Shoot Me Studios – if they’ll sit still long enough, that is.

Blackbirds Moor, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead,

Whisky Tasting, The Angels Share, Hitchin, 12 June, 8pm


Like your whisky?  And your Indian food?  Enjoy both at the same time at The Angels Share restaurant in Hitchin this weekend.  Savour 5 whiskies along with an authentic Indian dinner – and at just £30, that’s a bit of a snip in my book!  If you want to book, text or call Harpreet on 07920 426 727.

The Angels Share, 2 Arcade Walk, Hitchin,

Summer Fete, Frithsden Vineyard, 13 June, 11am-6pm


I like a summer fete along with the best of them, but a summer fete in a vineyard?  Bring it on!  Barbeque, home-baked cakes, teas, coffees and…. you’ve guessed it…. wine tastings.  And there’ll be some stock available of the new Frithsden white fizz!  Hoorah!  There’ll be all sorts of stalls there to browse, as well as the ever-popular vineyard trail.  You know what?  If it’s a sunny day – and it’s promising to be – it will be glorious up there.

Jools Holland (and others), Hampton Court Palace, 11 June, 9pm

Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra are kicking off the 2015 Hampton Court Palace Festival tonight and tomorrow with a big old show and a host of special guests – including KT Tunstall.  Friday’s sold out already (boo…) but there are tickets left for tonight – if you’re both spontaneous and speedy.  Weather’s looking good, too.  If comedy’s more your thing, Alan Davies and Paul Merton will be improvising their socks off on Wednesday evening.

Hampton Court Palace, KT8 9AU,

Carsten Höller: Decision, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, 10 Jun-6 Sep

This new exhibition at London’s Hayward Gallery sounds absolutely amazing.  You don’t just walk around, checking out the art – you’re immersed in an interactive series of choices, starting with a decision between two different entrances, each of which leading to a separate route into the gallery.  You can see the world upside-down, and even soar above the traffic in a ‘flying machine’ – which sounds both utterly terrifying and extremely exciting.  There are giant revolving mushrooms.  And there are two robotically-engineered beds that roam the exhibition.  Really  And then, right at the end, the twin ‘isomeric slides’ deliver you back out to reality.  Sounds incredible.

Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX,

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