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What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 23-29 July 2015

Yes, the school hols have started, but that’s no reason not to find some grown-up things to do.  Check out the Summer Holiday Survival Guide for things to keep small people amused — but here are some things they won’t enjoy at all, but you might.  Have fun!

An Evening of Art and Champagne, Nude Tin Can Gallery, St Albans, 23 July, 7.30pm


What a brilliant combination.  The lovely little Nude Tin Can Gallery in St Albans is hosting an evening of champagne tasting with Gemeaux, super-knowledgeable champagne importers also based in Herts.  They’ll be enjoying glasses of 6 different champagnes – 3 white, 2 rose, and 1 vintage – and all the while, you get to check out the art around you.  Call the gallery on 01727 569291 or click here to book.  I would definitely be going to this one if I wasn’t on holiday.  I’ve had champagne from Gemeaux before and it was delicious.  Oh, and I like art too…

Nude Tin Can Gallery 125 Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL1 4JS,

RRRantanory: Bedtime Stories for Adults, CoCo Café, Croxley Green, 23 July, 8pm


I’ve not made it to one of the RRRants events at CoCo Café yet, but I really want to.  They sound like they’d be loud, funny, full-on and vaguely anarchic – which is just how I like it.  This evening is hosted by Paul Eccentric (do you reckon that’s his real name..?) and is all about short stories and monologues performed with a distinctly grown-up edge.  I’ve heard the café is great, too, and the cake comes highly recommended.

CoCo Café, Watford Rd, Croxley Green WD3 3BZ

Open Garden, Hitchin Lavender, 24 July, 5-9pm


Hitchin Lavender is opening late as part of the National Garden Scheme, and all entrance money from their evening opening on 24 July will be donated to the NGS and the various charities it support.  If it’s a sunny evening, this is going to be spectacular.  The sight of field after field of lavender – 25 miles of lavender rows – is just out of this world.  And there are also sunflowers and a wildlife garden, a shop and a cafe.  Late-night opening and it all being in a good cause add up to the perfect excuse to go and have a look.

Hitchin Lavender, Cadwell Farm, Icklelford, Hitchin, SG5 3UA,

Creatures of the Night, Ashridge Estate, Berkhamsted, 25 July, 8.30-11.45pm

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Does the prospect of walking around the woods in the dark looking for bugs and bats float your boat?  Not for me, but Mr C thought this one sounded great.  I tend to avoid moths, not seek them out – but if this is your sort of thing, then yes, it would be brilliant.  You’ll need to book in advance if you want to join the Ashridge experts for this ‘Creatures of the Night’ after-dark adventure.

Ashridge Estate, Moneybury Hill, Ringshall, Near Berkhamsted, HP4 1LT,

Le Welwyn Garden Petit Tour, 26 July


Ok, dig out those lycra shorts – it’s time to get on your bike.  No, it’s not quite the Tour de France, but the Petit Tour in Welwyn sounds like a great day out for all those people like spending time on two wheels.  There’s 8 hours of closed road racing, as well as all sorts of Go Ride goings-on for younger cyclists, a cycling village, and some very European-style street food – think beer and frites.  Better pack your yellow jersey, just in case.

Wine Tasting, The Town Hall, St Albans, 30 July, 6.30-8.30pm


Apparently, this event was a sell-out last year, so book now if you fancy popping along.  Unlimited sampling of more than 30 wines from your very own professional tasting glass (although I’m not entirely clear how that’s different from a normal glass, but hey ho), lots of knowledgeable Laithwaites folk on hand to talk you through it, and a discount on any wine you order on the night.  Sounds good.  And it finished early enough that there’s every excuse to pick somewhere lovely to eat out in St Albans – where you are, pretty much, spoiled for choice.

Assembly Room, The Town Hall, St Albans, AL3 5DJ,

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