What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 28 Jul-3 Aug 2016

There’s lots going on for kids in our Summer Holiday Survival Guide — but here are some more grown-up ideas that are worth booking a babysitter to get out there and enjoy this week.  Have fun, my lovelies!

The Wiz, Watford Palace Theatre, 27-30 Jul

A stunningly high-energy and super-talented production of The Wiz — all belting tunes and funky dancing.  You’ll love it, and it’s not on for long.  Check out what I thought of the first night right here…

watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk/the-wiz/

Pendley Manor Shakespeare Festival, Tring, Aug 3-14

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The Pendley Shakespeare Festival is a proper Herts institution — it’s been going for decades — and this year, they’re turning their talents loose on A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Aug 3-7) and The Tempest (Aug 10-14).   There’s also something this year called ‘Pendley Plus,’ which gets you visting speakers and post-show Q and As.  Check it out.

pendleyshakespearefestival.co.uk

Hertfordshire’s Hidden Heroines, Verulamium Museum, St Albans, 30 Jul-29 Aug

hidden heroines

Another chance to see this exhibition sharing nearly 2000 (count ’em) years of astonishing Hertfordshire women — from Edwardian parachutists to pioneers of science.  (Strange that yours truly isn’t on the list though, eh?  Next time, I expect…)  Lots of interesting stories, original artwork and interactive goings-on for any little heroines (or heroes) you take along with you.

stalbansmuseums.org.uk/hertfordshires-hidden-heroines

Spiceworld, Watford Colosseum, Watford, 7 Jul-7 Aug

spiceworld

If you’re of a certain age — or have children who are — then you are not going to want to miss this one.  And there’s not long left.  Coinciding (what a coincidence!) with it being 20 years (crikey moses) since Wannabe was bopping its way up the charts, Spiceworld: The Exhibition is at Watford Colosseum.  Memorabilia, merchandise, memories, the lot.  Altogether now…  I wanna really, really, really wanna zigazig ahhhhh.

watfordcolosseum.co.uk

Jane Muir, Upstairs Gallery, Berkhamsted, 26 Jul-6 Aug

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​The latest exhibition at the Upstairs Gallery is a collection of prints and paintings from Jane Muir — who started out in mosaics and has only recently moved into a different medium — alongside a selection of ceramics from Deborah Hopson Wolpe.

upstairsgallery.co.uk

Hatfield House Food Festival, 30-31 Jul

hatfield house food fest

Not just any old food festival.  Expect 100 exhibitors including local producers and artisan food and drink — as well as celebrity chef demonstrations, live music and a plate-full of free activities.  Bake pizza in the Cookery School — or make edible slime (oxymoron!) in the Food Lab.

hatfield-house.co.uk

Sculpture Trail, Knebworth House Gardens, until 31 Aug

knebworth house sculpture trauil

The gardens at Knebworth House are the stunning setting for an exhibition of contemporary sculpture by artists from across Hertfordshire and Essex.  And they’re mostly for sale, too — and the artists are likely to be there and happy to chat about commissions and more.

knebworthhouse.com/sculpturetrail

Matt Hale, Hawthorne Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, 30 Jul, 8pm

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Real hypnosis, real fun … and absolutely no chickens!  Award-winning Comedy Stage Hypnotist Matt Hale has been touring around all over the world and recording a new show for the telly — but now he’s back doing live shows.  Apparently it’s suitable for all ages.  What will your granny get up to…?

hawthornetheatre.co.uk/chicken-free-matt-hale-comedy-hypnotist

Folk with Altitude, Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden, Southbank Centre, until 31 Jul

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If the weather’s good, this could be glorious.  The Nest Collective are performing on the roof garden until the end of this month as part of the Festival of Love.  An acoustic soundtrack to the London skyline.  Bring a brolly, though, just in case.

southbankcentre.co.uk/folk-with-altitude

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