What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 21-27 Jul 2016


Lots to do this week — whether it’s venturing out in the sunshine with the family, or waiting until later and enjoying an evening out with a glass of wine and some theatre or comedy.  Have a good time, guys!

Yarn Bombing & Pop-Up Yarn Shop, St Mary’s Church House, Hitchin, 10am-4pm

yarn bombing

Love a bit of yarn bombing — mostly because I’m jealous that people can be so clever to do all that knitting and I’m not patient or dextrous enough (knit one, purl one, oh sod it…).  In the gloriously-titled ‘Vestree’ (see what they did there?) the trees around St Mary’s Church have quite literally been dressed for a tree-mendous (ouch) fashion show – flowers, bees, fairies, bow ties and lollipops, you name it.  Go and have a look — or if you feel like having a go, Woolly Chic is setting up a Pop-Up Shop on Saturday 23rd July in Church House, 10-4 pm selling wool, patterns and crochet and knitting kits.  Or you can have a bit of a knit — 0r crochet — and a chat over a cup of tea and a piece of cake.


Benslow Music Open Day, Benslow Music Trust, Hitchin, 24 July, 10am – 5pm


A great way to find out about the Benslow Music Trust, or just enjoy it if you know about it all already.  Relax in the gardens, enjoy a drink at the bar, or scoff delicious food and browse through the many stalls that will be there. There will of course be live music and a chance to explore the site and learn about the courses, concerts and loan scheme. We will also have stalls on-site selling local arts and craft


Jewellery Revival, HK Jewellery, Hertfordshire Jewellery Centre, Halls Green, Jul, 9.45am-4pm

HK Jewellery

Some of your jewellery in need of a bit of TLC?  Bring it along to Harriet Kelsall Jewellery in Halls Green this weekend for a complimentary clean — and their expert jewllers will check it over for signs of wear, too. They’ll also be around to give you advice about restoration, repair, or redesign.  And seriously, the work they do there is stunning.  Be sure to have a look at their display cabinets while you’re there (my favourite is the Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ inspired ring set — gorgeous).  And — oh, it just gets better — it’s a beautiful drive to get there, and they have a coffee shop on site with homemade cakes and cream teas.  Bliss.


Mostly Comedy, The Sun Hotel, Hitchin, 21 July, 7.15pm

mostly comedy isy suttie

Ok, so Mostly Comedy at The Sun Hotel this weekend is sold out — but there’s a waiting list for returns and it’s definitely worth getting on it.  The gloriously funny and original Isy Suttie, Aisling Bea (British TV Comedy Best Female TV Comic 2104) and Tom Goodliffe — it’d be worth waiting for, for sure.


Lee Nelson, The Comedy Loft, Watford, 22 July, 7.45pm (doors 6.45pm)

lee nelson2

More comedy for you?  How about Lee Nelson?  He’s trying out some new material at The Comedy Loft — so you get to see an internationally known comic in a small venue for not a lot of dosh.  He’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but if he’s yours then it’s a proper result.


Juliette Burton: Decision Time, The Junction, Cambridge, 25 July, 9pm

Juliette Burton

Even more comedy?  Juliette Burton, award-winning docu-comedian, is coming to The Junction in Cambridge — literally and metaphorically. Her show is all about decision making. Can one decision change a life?  Make good choices, lovelies.


Don’t Lick the Wallpaper!  British Schools Museum, Hitchin, 26 Jul-27 Nov 

dont lick the wallpaper

The new exhibition at the British Schools Museum is all about the perils of the Victorian home.  Arsenic in the wallpaper?  All the rage!  Fire, famine, fashion?  Seriously, that anyone survived is a miracle.  I’m a big fan of a small museum — and looking forward to visiting this one.


Laura Maidment, Daisy’s in the Park, Radlett, 21 July, 7-10pm

laura maidment

I’m still hoping to get over to one of Daisy’s in the Park’s music nights — they’re every Thursday, so it shouldn’t be hard — and tonight sounds likes a good choice (book a sitter, Mr C!).  This week, there’s Laura Maidment — who Muddy editorial assistant Georgie assures me is quite cool (and she knows about that sort of thing) — and is doing various festivals this summer, too.  Glass of wine, dinner, cool music — what’s not to like?


The Railway Children, Knebworth House, 21 Jul, 7pm (gates 6pm)

railway children knebworth house

Awww, who didn’t love The Railway Children?  All that tearing a strip of your petticoat to wave it at passing trains, mysteriously benevolent old gentlemen, stiff upper lips, and just a hint of danger…  Set my little-girl heart a-flutter, I can tell you.  Combine that outdoor theatre (which I love) and… well, what’s not to like?


The Winter’s Tale, Inn on the Park, St Albans, 21-23 July & 28-30 Jul, 7.30pm

winter's tale inn on the park

More outside theatre — and Shakespeare this time.  Head to Inn on the Park in St Albans’ beautiful Verulamium Park for a production of The Winter’s Tale — a story of furious jealousy, terrible loss, and finally atonement and redemption. Hoorah!


The Lounge, Harlow Playhouse, 21 & 22 Jul, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

The Lounge 2

In a care home lounge, Marsha begins the last day of her life — but she’s surrounded by burning radiators, Jeremy Kyle on the telly, and the rivalries of relatives, all jostle for space in the lounge.  Had a cracking review in the New York Theatre Guide: “Brilliant and reckless, precise and inventive, intelligent and frank.”  And it’s part of the Playhouse’s ‘Pay What You Can’ season, too.


Standon Calling Festival, Standon Lordship, 29 – 31 July,

standon calling

Looking just a little way ahead, it’s nearly time for this year’s Standon Calling Festival.  Jess Glynne will be headlining, with all sorts of other musical goodies to keep your toes tapping.  And there’s always so much more at Standon — including a programme of cabaret and entertainment to keep the family happy, from babies to teenagers.


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