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Mon 7 - Sun 13 Jan 2019

WELLBEING: Personal Development Workshop, Nuffield Fitness, Hemel Hempstead, Mon 7 Jan

I’m all for personal development, and this workshop promises to help teach the mental and physical skills required to combat nerves or old ways of thinking. A great way to start the New Year.


DRINKS: Gin Tasting, Puddingstone Distillery, Tring, Thurs 10 Jan

Dry January not for you? Head to Puddingstone Distillery with founders Ben and Kate Marston to see how Campfire Gin is made. Nice couple that they are, they’ll also give you two gins to drink and some samples to try. Taxi!


MUSIC: Foyer Jazz Club, Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, Fri 11 Jan

The Julian Siegel Quartet is making a name for itself as one of the UK’s finest jazz groups and you can listen to them play a range of music from early-electric Miles to dancing West African drum grooves. Street food and bar too btw.


THEATRE: Beyond the Barricade, Alban Arena, St Albans, Fri 11 Jan

The UK’s longest running musical theatre concert tour arrives in St Albans with past performers from Les Miserables. Singing hits from the best musicals from Broadway and the West End, the show ends with the finale from Les Mis. If you’re watching the BBC dramatisation of the show, it’s a great chance to hear the score without having to schlep up to town.


ART: Klimt & Schiele workshop, Letchworth Settlement, Sat 12 Jan

Get your culture fix at this fascinating workshop on Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele run by Letchworth Settlement, timed to coincide with the current Royal Academy show. Tutor Fiona Lucraft will talk about the influences and creative genius of these two artists, both renowned for their evocative depictions of women. Fiona will be exploring their lives, artistic contribution and the times in which they lived.


KIDS: Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter Studios, now until Sun 27 Jan

Last month to catch Hogwarts in the Snow, with Christmas trees lining the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow covering the majestic Hogwarts castle model.



EXHIBITION: A Royal Wedding: Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Windsor Castle, now – 26 Jan 2019

Better late than never, but we’ve all been invited to Windsor Castle to get up close and personal with newlyweds Harry and Meghan. This exhibition displays Meghan’s Givenchy bridal gown designed by Artistic Director Clare Waight Keller is, her 5m veil embroidered with flora symbolising the 53 Commonwealth countries and the 1932 Queen Mary diamond and platinum tiara loaned to the Duchess by the Queen. It’s not all about the bride (even though we known it is really), Harry’s Blues and Royals frock designed by Dege & Skinner on Savile Row also stand to attention.



THEATRE: All About Eve, Noel Coward Theatre, London, Sat 2 Feb – Sat 11 May

Not the recent fabulous tv series but a play based on the award-winning 1950s film starring Bette Davis as Margo Channing, a Broadway star, and her young fan, Eve Harrington, who inveigles her way into her life. With Gillian Anderson and Lilly James in the starring roles, director Ivo van Hove at the helm, and with the themes of celebrity and youth at its core, this looks like a dead cert for success.


EXHIBITION: Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Sat 2 Feb

Christian Dior by Maria Grazia Chiuri (b. 1964), Éventail de vos hasards, Dress, Haute Couture, Spring/Summer 2018. Dior Héritage collection, Paris

This is going to be maaassive! 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 will be a new section exploring Dior’s fascination with British culture. A highlight will be the Christian Dior dress worn by Princess Margaret for her 21st birthday celebrations, on loan from the Museum of London.

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