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What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 16-22 July 2015

As the school holidays loom ever closer, there’s lots to do indoors and out.  Bit of theatre, maybe?  Folk and fireworks?  Classic cars?   Get on out there and enjoy yourselves, Muddy peeps!

Battle Proms, Hatfield House, 18 July, 4.30-10.30pm

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We had a brilliant evening at the Battle Proms last week at Blenheim Palace, and I’m quite sure that this weekend’s concert-and-more at Hatfield House will be just as fab.  There’ll be lots going on, lots to look at, some rousing music, and some spectacular fireworks.  Grab your Union-Jack-themed outfit – you do have one, right? – and pack the picnic hamper.  You’ll have a blast.

Folk by the Oak, Hatfield House, 19 July, 12.30-10.30pm


It’s all going on at Hatfield House this weekend.  No sooner will the smoke have cleared from the Battle Proms fireworks, the gates will be opening for Folk by the Oak – a day of folk’s finest, picnics, families, and – fingers crossed – glorious summer.   The Family C will be there in full force – hoorah! – and it looks like it’s going to be a lovely day.  Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bellowhead, The Unthanks and loads of others will be taking to the stage, and there’s plenty more to enjoy beyond the music.  See you there?

St Albans Country Show, 18-19 July, 10am-5pm


Lots going on at the St Albans Country Show this weekend – including the ‘Festival of Dogs.’  Expect a range of shows in the main ring – I think there might even be sheep racing, but don’t quote me on that one – as well as crafts, stall, cookery demos, a sort of mini antiques roadshow, circus shows and workshops, glass blowing, the lot.  Oh, and live music as well.  Sounds like a fun day out with plenty to keep everyone happy.

Highfield Park, Hill End Lane, St Albans, AL4 0RE,

The Tringe Comedy Festival, Tring, until 25 July


The Tringe Comedy Festival is in full swing now – nearing its final days, in fact – but there are a still a few tickets up for grabs for those last couple of shows.  But not many.  There are just 7 for Mark Thomas on 17 July, 5 for Sara Pascoe (love her) on 22 July, and 13 for Patrick Kielty on 25 July.  Go on, be spontaneous – grab those last seats and laugh your socks off.

The Court Theatre, Station Road, Tring, HP23 5QY,

Soweto Spiritual Singers, Alban Arena, 21 July, 7.30pm


This sounds like the kind of musical experience you just not get anywhere else – or from anyone else.  The Soweto Spiritual Singers are all about a powerful a capella vocal tradition that blends Zulu heritage with gospel harmonies – and dancing while they belt it out.  Something a bit different here in leafy Herts, I reckon.

Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, AL1 3LD,

Festival Open Day, BuzzWorks Bee Discovery Centre, Hitchin, July 19, 2-5pm


Fancy finding more about where the honey on your toast comes from?  BuzzWorks is holding an open day as part of the Hitchin Festival and it’s a great chance to get up close and buzzing with the little stripy critters.  Sounds like a fun way to while away a sunny afternoon, and there are things to keep any children you might have with you occupied and happy.  Although probably a bit sticky.

BuzzWorks, at the end of the allotment track beside 178 Old Hale Way, Hitchin, SG5 1XT,

Twelfth Night, Inn on the Park, St Albans, 22-24 July & 30 July-1 Aug, 7.30pm


Outdoor Shakespeare is so much more fun than indoor Shakespeare.  And pop it in a venue that does great coffee, good food, and delicious cake – well, what more could you want?  Next weekend, and again at the end of the month, Breakaway Theatre, St Albans’ own high-end amateur thespians, are staging Twelfth Night at the (Muddy-award-winning!) Inn on the Park in Verulamium Park.  Last summer’s Midsummer Night’s Dream sold out, so don’t hang around if you’re wanting to book tickets.

Inn on the Park, Verulamium Park, St Albans, AL3 4SN,

Classics on the Common, Harpenden, 22 July


If you’re a bit of a petrol head – or have one who needs amusing – then the massive Classics on the Common car show in Harpenden is a must.  It’s one of the country’s largest shows, attracting more than 1,000 classic vehicles – and 10,000 people.  I’d tell you what you’re likely to see – a Chevy Bel Air, a 1927 Trojan, a 1978 Matra Bagheera, a 1959 Berliet – but I have no idea what those are.  I’m sure they’re utterly brilliant, though, if that’s your thing.

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