What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 23-29 Jun 2016

Lots of beer flowing round the county this weekend — and music to go with it.  Or you could head out for carnivals and comedy.  Either way, it’s a good ‘un, Herts.  Enjoy yourselves you there, y’hear?

Beer Festival, The Cricketers, Weston, 25-26 Jun, 12-10pm

the cricketers

Great venue for a beer festival — and let’s hope it’s their first of many.  Let’s get those fingers firmly crossed for the weather, please, as the beer garden there is massive — and it’s all set to be humming with music, beer and BBQ.  More than 15 real ales — from the pale and interesting to the dark and delicious.


Tring Carnival, Pound Meadow, Tring, 25 Jun, 12-5pm

tring carnival

Small town, big carnival.  This year’s rootin’-tootin’ theme is the Wild West — so grab your chaps, pop on your spurs, put fringes on everything, and get ready to head down at high noon…  (how long can I keep this up, do you think?) …for a rip-roarin’ time with the good folks of Tring. Sure sounds like a good time, pardner.  Ok, enough already.  The parade mosies on down the High Street at 11.30 (both my littl’uns are in it!), and then enjoy stalls, food — including the delish Cinnamon Travelling Cafe, entertainment, a Tring Brewery (Muddy award winner!) bar, fairground rides, dog show, you name it.


Tring Beer and Blues Festival, Pound Meadow, Tring, 23-26 Jun

beer festival

Four days — forty beers.  Now there’s a challenge.  Or a recipe for disaster, depending.  If blues and beer are your thing, this is probably your idea of heaven.  Loads of bands, lots of beer.  And Tring Carnival on the Saturday lets you carry it on all weekend, pretty much non-stop.


Beer, Blues & BBQ + BerkoFest Warm-Up, Haresfoot Brewery, Berkhamsted, 25 Jun, 12-8pm

bbq haresfoot

If there’s not enough beer and blues going on in Tring for you this weekend, you could pop along a junction on the A41 and throw yourself (and the family) into their annual ‘Beer, Blues & BBQ’  as well as indulging in a spot of warming up for this year’s BerkoFest.  Oh, and outdoor games to keep the kids entertained.


Open House, All in One Season, Letchworth, 25 Jun, 11am-2pm


Join the Muddy Herts Best Florist 2o16, Alice Calcasola-van der List, for an open house event this weekend.  Alice’s shop, workshop and courtyard are stunning — and I bet you won’t be able to get away without buying a lovely little something for yourself!  (I didn’t when I visited…)    Create your own ‘Fast Floral Design’ or join in with a Taster Workshop at 11am, making your own unique creation to take home.  You’ll need to book that one in advance, obvs.  This is a perfect chance to have a peek at all the gorgeous stuff Alice has to offer — and great if you can’t wait for her annual Winter House!


Imagine Watford, Watford Town Centre, 24 Jun-3 Jul

body of wires imagine fest watford

Well, you don’t actually have to imagine Watford — I mean, it’s real and all — but you might want to check out all the events going on during Imagine Watford, a two-week festival of street and performance art from around the world.  Seriously, it sounds amazing.  High wire acts, acrobats, fire, dance, theatre, you name it.  (Fire?  Really?)  And all right in the heart of the town centre.  Check it out.


Vintage Market on the Mall, Christopher Place, St Albans, 25 June, 11am-4pm


If you needed an excuse to pop into St Albans — I mean, apart from The Pudding Stop, that is — then this is surely it.  A Vintage Market, with Maria from Little Viking bringing together some cracking traders from around St Albans, along with live music from Sarah Lappert and Dodobones.  All in the middle of a neat little shopping precinct and oh-so-central to get to the rest of the shops and cafes and you name it that St Albans has to offer.


The Tringe: Tring’s Comedy Festival, Tring, 26 Jun-16 Jul


Seriously, it’s all going on in Tring.  The Tringe has now firmly established as a serious comedy festival on the circuit — and this year’s line-up is looking fine.  And, more importantly, funny.  This week there’s Woody Allen Ish and Tyrannosaurus Sketch, with performances of Woody Allen’s iconic 60s stand-up routines and an hour of student sketch comedy.  Or the Tringe Festival Comedy Club Night, featuring Lee Hurst, Angela Barnes, Chastity Butterworth and Stephen Bailey.  Check out Olivier Award-winning Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, or Enrico Gobbi  taking a Viaggio nella vita / Journey into life.  And there’s more to come — definitely check out the full programme.


Welwyn Festival, 24 Jun-3 Jul

welwyn festival

More festival fun, this time in and around Welwyn.  Enjoy a street parade and street market, a family fun day, Roman goings-on, open gardens and more.  And the suggestion of a mariachi band.  Intriguing…


Roman Day, Welwyn Roman Baths, 26 Jun, 11am-4pm

roman day

The Romans are invading — again.  This time, they’ll be pitching camp behind Welwyn’s very own Roman Bath House, nestled beneath the A1(M).  Get in formation for a day of fighting gladiators and legionnaires, as well as admiring the cavalry.  There’ll be food (didn’t the Romans eat dormice?) as well as races, talks, digs, and so on.  Ave!


Dom Cox, Jack and Alice, Tring, 29 Jun, 7.30-11pm

dom cox

Live music in a wine bar that serves delicious boards of loveliness?  Oh, go on then.  Sit back, raise your glass, and enjoy Dom Cox singing all sorts, from The Beatles to The Kooks.  Oh, and get there in plenty of time to take full advantage of the 2-4-1 House drinks on offer from 4pm-8pm.


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