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What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 24 Jun-1 Jul 2015

Heading out and about this weekend?  There’s plenty going on to tempt you off the sofa, or out of the garden if it’s sunny.  Here are a couple of ideas to get you started.

Soul Ladies Collective, The Forum Suite, Stevenage 26 June

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There’s still time to snap up a ticket for the The Soul Ladies Collective gig this Friday night at The Forum in Stevenage.  They’ll be knocking out soul and Motown classics all night, and then a vinyl-only DJ (so old-school!) will be keeping you shaking your tail feathers until 1 in the morning.  I’m going and I cannot wait – get your groove thing on, Stevenage!

Carnival at the Castle, Hertford, 28 Jun, 12-4pm

hertford castle

Lots going on in the grounds of Hertford Castle this Sunday with the Carnival at the Castle: live music, stalls, Disney fancy dress and so on.  Sounds like a good way to while away a Sunday afternoon if you’ve got little ones to amuse.

The Castle, Hertford SG14 1HR,

Shoe Kangaroo and the Big Bad Boot, Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 27 Jun, 2.30pm


Garlic Theatre is returning to Hemel’s Old Town Hall with their show ‘Shoe Kangaroo and the Big Bad Boot’ – a story of a magical shoe kangaroo and an island of lost shoes, aimed squarely at the very young (4+).  Sounds gorgeous, actually – combines puppetry, mime, clowning, music, that sort of thing.

The Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 3AE,

‘Care,’ Watford Palace Theatre, 20-28 Jun


Ok, so a play about the NHS doesn’t necessarily sound terribly thrilling, but ‘Care’ looks absolutely stunning – and the reviewers have been raving.  The Guardian describes it as ‘a glimpse of magic’ and The Independent calls Tangled Feet, the company behind it, “masters of physical theatre.”  Tangled Feet are renowned for highly physical, visually astonishing theatre, and ‘Care’ has doctors flying over the audience, nurses dancing, and the theatre itself becoming a hospital – with the audience right there inside it.  It’s been described as political, aerial, musical, visual, touching, dynamic… just about all the adjectives you can throw at it.  Worth a look, I reckon.

Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, Watford, WD17 1JZ,

Mango Day, Leaf Café and Bookstore, Hertford, 28 Jun, 2pm

last wild
Not a foodie event (although LEAF does do good cake…), but a day all about the books children love to read.  Ruben Josephs, a 9-year-old who has been blogging about books for a year now and who set up Mango Bubbles Books – go him! – is marking that anniversary with the very first Mango Day, raising funds for the children’s reading charity Beanstalk (great name).  Piers Torday, author of ‘The Last Wild trilogy’ and winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, will be there, reading and chatting.  Lots for your little reader to enjoy!

Leaf Café and Bookstore, 8 Old Cross, Hertford SG14 1RB,

The Great Wild Food and Chilli Fair, Maldon, Essex, 27-28 Jun, 10am


Sounds great, this one, if you’re all about what you like to eat – and about food miles.  It’s all about foraging, which pretty much reduces your food miles to as far as you can walk!  As well as all the wild food, there’s also some hot-hot-hot chilli goings on, with a chilli cook-off, and people selling just about everything you can imagine making with chillis – and probably some bits you can’t.  There’s also the Kids Go Wild Zone, which looks like fun, and there’s bushcraft, bushtucker trials  — ‘Crunchy Critters’ (bleah…) – and lots of street food to choose from.

Chigborough Rd, Heybridge, Maldon, Essex, CM9 4RB,  

Miles Hunt, Letchworth Arts Centre, 26 Jun, 7.30 for 8pm


I’ll admit it: I used to jump around to The Wonder Stuff when I was a student, and may have sighed (just a little) over lead singer Miles Hunt.  He’s in Herts this weekend, as part of the Letchworth Festival, with an evening reading from his new book and chatting about those chaotic Wonder Stuff years –with maybe a few songs mixed in as well.

Letchworth Arts Centre, 2 The Arcade, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3EW,

Mrs Warren’s Profession, Shaw’s Corner, Ayot St Lawrence, 26-28 Jun, 6.30pm


I love outdoor theatre (assuming the weather’s good, that is…) and the idea of seeing a play performed at the home of the playwright himself has a real appeal. Shaw’s Corner is staging ‘Mrs Warren’s Profession’ this weekend – George Bernard Shaw’s play that was considered so shocking at the time that it took 25 years before anyone would even perform it.  It’s all about a brothel owner – Mrs Warren – who has to explain to her college-educated daughter what she does for a living, but it manages to be political and funny, and with lots of things still to engage with today.

Shaw’s Corner, Ayot St Lawrence, AL6 9BX,

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