What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 24-30 Sep 2015

I’m determined to get out and about more – c’mon, Mr C! – and there’s lots going on this week to tempt me.  Er, I mean us.  Time to book a sitter or two…

Jazz in the Park, Inn on the Park, St Albans, 25 Sep


Bundle up for the last barbeque of the summer at Muddy Herts award-winning Inn on the Park in St Albans, and enjoy an evening of jazz – should that be your thing.  The Duncan Fraser Trio will be doing their thing, music-wise – and the lovely folk at Inn on the Park will be doing theirs, barbeque-and-beer-wise.


Live at Hertford Theatre Comedy Night, 26 Sept, 8pm

 Live at Hertford Theatre Comedy Night

Sounds like a great evening of stand-up hotting up at the Hertford Theatre (another Muddy Herts award-winner, doncha know).  A host of young comedians you might recognise from radio or telly – or the Edinburgh Fringe, even – will be keeping you chuckling throughout: Tom Deacon, Alistair Barrie, Sean McLaughlin and Joe Wells, all being kept in line by MC Tom Toal.


EID Festival, Dunstable Downs, 27 Sep

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Dunstable Downs is a gorgeous place to visit at the best of time, but there’s all sorts going up there this weekend to celebrate Eid — nature trails, face painting, bouncy castle, henna artists, craft stalls, fairground rides, juggling demonstrations, pony rides, the lot.  Also, if you want a bit of woodland fun up there, I recommend sneaking off to the brilliant forest playground as well.


Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival, 24-27 Sep


Listening to chamber music in the beautiful setting of Hatfield House has to be the way to do it.  Their theme this year, their 4th, is ‘Vienna, the city of music,’ so expect the big four – Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert – alongside Mahler, Schoenberg, and Webern, as well as their composer in residence Charlotte Bray.  The range of artists is impressive, too – with the Choir of Kings College Cambridge singing Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ at the Finale in the Old Palace – how gorgeous does that sound?  Spot of culture for you.


Viva Divas, Watford Colosseum, 30 Sep


Channel your inner diva, lovelies – ‘The Supreme Fabulettes’ (described in The Stage as ‘one hell of an all-male girl group”) are coming to Watford Colosseum with their show Viva Divas.  They’re all about the glamour — as well as the dance moves, the stunning outfits and their ‘signature Glee-style mashups.’  Keep an ear out for classics like ‘I’m Every Woman’ and ‘We Are Family’ alongside ‘Crazy in Love’ and ‘Single Ladies’ – all delivered, so I’m led to believe, with inimitable style.  Oh, and there’s even a plot to follow as well.  Sounds fabulous.  And glittery.


Dhiraj Choudhury – Art and Wine Tasting, St Albans, 29 Sep, 7pm


Got to love an art gallery that actively encourages you to have a glass of wine while you’re looking round.  Nude Tin Can in St Albans in showing the work of Dhiraj Choudhury from 29 Sep-5 Oct, and they’re kicking off the show with a wine tasting event as part of the St Albans Food and Drink FestivalFlagship Wines will be there, talking you through the tasting – and you’ll be among the first to see this collection of this artist’s latest work.  Tickets are just £10, and you can get them on the door.


Night Owls Café, Hertford, starts 25 Sep


If you fancy a bit of a veggie treat, the very lovely Mudlarks cafe will – from this weekend – be opening its doors in the evenings, every Friday, for its Night Owls Café.  I’ve had a sneaky peek at the menu that their new chef has put together, and it’s looking good – Calabaza pumpkin soup, Parisian gnocchi (intriguing…), Tamil papparu curry, and more.  It’s already my favourite place in Hertford for a cup of tea (and maybe a piece of cake), and now it’s looking like I might need to head over for dinner there as well.  Check it out.  It’s a great little place, and grows a lot of what it serves.

Mudlarks Garden Cafe, 12 Railway Street, Hertford, SG14 1BG, cafe.mudlarksgarden.org.uk

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan, flippin’ everywhere


It’s that time of the year again – coffee’s being brewed, cakes are being baked, and all in a great cause.  There’s almost certain to be a Macmillan coffee morning near you, wherever you are in the county – and it’s a great excuse for scoffing treats and feeling virtuous while you do it!


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