What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 26 Nov-2 Dec 2015
There are Christmas fairs as far as the eye can see this week – but plenty of other things going on as well to keep your mind off all those festive shenanigans, should you need a break.
Turning the Tables on Piers Morgan, Champneys, Tring, 26 Nov
If ever there was a Marmite celeb, it’s got to be Piers Morgan, right? Well, if he’s your slice of toast, then you can join him for a drinks reception and 3-course meal – at the Champneys hotel and spa near Tring this week. He’ll be interviewed about his life and career, while you enjoy your dinner.
Champneys, Tring, HP23 6HX, champneys.com
Home, Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 28 Nov, 11am
Got some little ones to entertain? The Old Town Hall has a film to keep them happy this Saturday morning. An alien called Oh lands on Earth and is befriended by an adventurous little girl called Tip. Lots of jolly fun ensues.
Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 3AE, toth.dacorum.gov.uk/families
Frozen Sing-Along, Weston Auditorium, Hatfield, 28 Nov, 1.30pm & 7.30pm
You’ve gotta love a Frozen sing-along – well, you do if you’re an Elsa-mad girlie of a certain age. Loads of Disney fun at the afternoon screening – activities before and after the show, and the foyer will be all dollied-up for the occasion. The evening screening is strictly 18+ –with a licensed bar and some “special surprises” (the mind boggles).
Weston Auditorium, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL10 9EU
Frost Fair, Hatfield House, 26-29 Nov, 10am-5pm
A Christmas Fair with knobs on, the Frost Fair at Hatfield House is huge – 200 stands, crafts folk, a fine food fair, workshops, choirs, dancers, street performers, loads of interesting food to keep you going, mulled wine (my favourite Christmas thing), and jolly old Father Christmas himself putting in an appearance.
Hatfield House, Hatfield AL9 5NQ, hatfield-house.co.uk
Tring Christmas Festival, 27 Nov, 6.30-9.30pm
Tring High Street isn’t necessarily the biggest in the county, but it gets filled with festive fun (and pretty much everyone in Tring) on the last Friday of every November for the annual Christmas Festival. The shops are open, there are stalls a-plenty, live entertainment, and a full-on fun fair. (I love going on the big wheel, myself.) And there’s more mulled wine than you can shake a beautifully-decorated Christmas stick at. See you there!
Disco Pigs, Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 27 Nov, 8pm
If you missed the brilliantly-named Disco Pigs when it was in Hertford a fortnight or so ago, here’s another chance to catch it – this time in Hemel Hempstead. It looks great – funny and furious, with a healthy dose of swearing (don’t take the children…), cheap booze and trashy telly. It started life at the Young Vic, where it sold out a few years ago, and it’s now touring. With their friendship falling dramatically apart, the central characters Pig and Runt are played, according to the critics, with energy and vigour. Sounds like anything but a nice gentle evening at the theatre…
So Comedy Live: On the Road, Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 28 Nov, 8pm
The producers of the Graham Norton Show have hand-picked their faves from the current stand-up circuit and are taking them on the road. There’ll be special guests headlining, along with a rotating cast of hot new comics – lots of people you might not have heard of yet but will want to be saying, in a year or so’s time, ‘yeah, I saw them in Hemel ages ago.’
Town Farm Art Show, Cheddington, 27-29 Nov, 10am-4pm
Artist Christine Bass opens up her Town Farm studio every year, and is joined this year by a varied mix of other artists and creative peeps – there’ll be paintings, illustration,
illuminations, ceramics, woodcraft, woodcarving, Egyptian quilts and jewellery, plus willow weaving and sculpture in the garden. Sounds like a great opportunity for a spot of pre-Christmas browsing if you’re after something properly unique to give (or receive…) this year.
6 Town Farm, Off High Street, Cheddington, LU7 0TT, townfarmartshow.blogspot.co.uk
Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, 20 Nov-3 Jan
It’s all kicked off already in Hyde Park – Winter Wonderland is up and running again! It really is a massive event every year now, and we’ve been a few times en famille and loved it every time. There’s just so much going on – lots of hustle and bustle. And there’s something very Christmassy (for me, at least) about a trip to London to see the lights and get properly in the mood.
Christmas at Kew, 25 Nov-2 Jan (not every day)
For a sparkly London Christmas that might be a bit more on the tasteful side, you could try Christmas at Kew instead. A mile-long path makes its sparkly way through the gardens, the fountains are illuminated, there’s a ‘Choir of Holly Bushes’ (er?), a Tunnel of Lights and a scented Fire Garden – as well as vintage rides, gifts and so on. Sounds positively delightful. Best to book in advance, though, as the trail in particular gets very popular.