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Mon 11 - Sun 17 March

THEATRE: Absurd Person Singular, Watford Palace Theatre, Thurs 7 – Sat 30 Mar

Like a bit of 70’s kitsch? You’ll enjoy this one. Set in 1971, Alan Ayckbourn’s darkly comic play goes behind the scenes at party where three couples are desperately trying to hide the cracks in their respective marriages. Pop open the Babycham, this promises to be a corker.

watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk

 

THEATRE: The Wonderful Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster, The Place, Bedford, 13 Mar

If you loved A Discovery of Witches on TV recently, this will be right up your street. Set in 1615, the production by Dawn State Theatre Company is based on the true story of Britain’s bloodiest witch-hunt. But one young witch is about to get her own back, and it’s going to be grisly… Sounds hauntingly good.

theplacebedford.org.uk

 

KIDS: Dear Zoo Live, Gordon Craid Theatre, Stevenage, 13 – 14 Mar

Anyone remember reading this as a kid? I do, and now I read it to my own daughter. Surely that’s a sign of a timeless classic! The popular lift-the-flap book has been brought to life on stage with puppetry and encourages lots of audience participation. It’s going to be a hit with the littlies.

gordon-craig.co.uk

 

EXHIBITION: Diamonds are Forever, Leanne Christie, Montague’s Gallery, Kings Langley , 16-17 March

‘Rosebud Flowers,’ Leanne Christie, Original Embellished Oil on Canvas

These eye-catching flowerscapes are created with a combination of paint, glitter, beads and metal leaf. Take a closer look and meet the artist to find out more about her unique works on 16 March (1-3pm).

montaguesgallery.com

 

ART: An Unexpected Twist on Dahl, The Upstairs Gallery, Berkhamsted, until 16 Mar

It’s Dahl but not as you know it… A collective of 12 printmakers from Bodenpress in Bucks have given their take on the adult works of Roald Dahl. Each artist has produced three works inspired by the stories, and a different one will be at the gallery on every day of the exhibition to talk about how they created them.

upstairsgallery.co.uk

 

DRINK: Irish Gin Tasting Evening, Letchworth Settlement, 16 March

You don’t need to twist our arm to come and drink gin! Join the Hertford Gin Club as they talk you through four different Irish gins on the eve of St Patrick’s Day. Book a place or a whole table (for four or six of your friends).

letchworthsettlement.org.uk

 

MUSIC: Hertford Symphony Orchestra, Orchestral Dances, Hertford Theatre, 16 March

Treat your ears to an evening of classical dance music, featuring the works of Dvořák and Rachmaninov, with spellbinding soloist, Esther Abrami, performing a violin concerto.

hertfordtheatre.com

 

ALPACAS: New Alpaca Outpost, Wobun Safari Park

A 10-strong furry herd of alpacas have just moved to our ‘hood, including the hilariously named Chewpacca and Alpacamybags (my personal favourite).  Their new home, the Alpaca Outpost, will let kids feed the animals and is a short train ride from the safari park.

woburnsafari.co.uk

 

WALK: Family explorers, Stowe, until 31 May 

Wakey, wakey! As the flowers and resident wildlife come out of hibernation at Stowe it’s the perfect time to explore this fab National Trust property. Grab a guide and get back to nature by challenging the kids to spot baby lambs, listen to the birds singing, and smell the flowers.

nationaltrust.org.uk

 

FURTHER AHEAD

ART: Henry Moore Studios and Gardens, Wed 3 Apr – 27 October

Henry Moore, Large Figure in a Shelter 1985-86. Photo: John Chase

Heads up – the former home of artist and sculptor Henry Moore is closed every winter, but is set to reopen soon. For 2019 the garden will feature over 20 of Moore’s bronzes, meanwhile in the studio you’ll find his tapestries and the largest exhibition of his drawings in over 40 years.

henry-moore.org

 

FURTHER AFIELD 

KIDS: Legoland reopens, Fri 12 Mar

Kids rejoice! Legoland reopens for the summer season this month and is hosting events at weekends to celebrate the new The Lego Movie 2, including building activities, character experiences, interactive photo opportunities and more. The park will also be unveiling its newest ride next month, The Haunted House Monster Party, Sat 13 April.

legoland.co.uk

 

EXHIBITION: Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, until Sun 14 July

Tickets are selling like hotcakes for this! The V&A is showing the largest House of Dior exhibition ever staged in the UK, tracing the history of Christian Dior and the six artistic directors who succeeded him. The exhibition is based on the major exhibition Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve, organised by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, and there’s a new section exploring Dior’s fascination with British culture. A highlight is the Christian Dior dress worn by Princess Margaret for her 21st birthday celebrations, on loan from the Museum of London.

vam.ac.uk

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