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Mon 9 – Sun 15 July

Ashlyns Festival, Berkhamsted, Fri 13 and Sat 14 July

A school event like no other! It looks and sounds amazing and if you’re in the Berko area, I’d mark this one in your diary.

Ashlyns Festival


The Art of the Short Story, David’s Bookshop, Sat 14 July

This is an event for all readers and writers of short stories. The Art of the Short Story will help people who are scribbling in secret or perhaps you have already come out as a writer and would like to learn more. Writers Ho Lin and Tom Rachman will be joined by Francine Elena, poet and commissioning editor at Sceptre Books. The events at David’s Bookshop are always buzzy and inspiring, and I’ve always left on a high with much food for thought. 

The Art of the Short Story


Cornbury Music Festival, Great Tew Park, Oxon, Fri 13 – Sun 15 Jul 

guitar grass summer

There’s eclectic music across four stages, including Amy MacDonald, Squeeze, UB40, Alanis Morissette, plus top notch comedians like Katy Brand and Phil Wang. Children’s workshops, a fairground, therapy zone and disco shed are the tip of the iceberg with roaming entertainers and a huge range of great food and drinks, including The Hairy Bikers’ Pop Up Wood Fired Restaurant Adventure


Settlement Showcase, Letchworth, Thurs 5 – Sat 14 July


Letchworth is a hotbed of creativity and if you pop along to The Arcade, you can see some of the art work produced in recent creative writing and arts & crafts classes at The Settlement. There some great courses at The Settlement, so check out the programme for autumn.

Settlement Showcase


Folk by the Oak, Hatfield House, Sun 15 July

As well as bringing together an exceptional line-up of folk, roots and acoustic talent, which this year includes international festival favourite Amy MacDonald, the legendary Billy Bragg, and critically acclaimed Eliza CarthyFolk by the Oak is a festival designed as a great family day out. For one day only which means that you don’t have to camp.

Folk by the Oak


From Renaissance to Ravel, The Kings Arms, Sun 15 July

Daniel Pioro and Clare O’Connell of Chroma play French chamber music at the Kings Arms in Berko on Sunday evening. Daniel has been on the radio this week and you can have a listen. 7pm.



Hitchin Lavender, Cadwell Farm, Ickleford

Hurry, hurry! It’s at its peak now. The season at Hitchin Lavender is a short one although it’s swiftly followed by sunflowers. Catch them while you can. SG5 3UA

Hitchin Lavender


Book for: Fanny’s First Play, Shaw’s Corner, Ayot St Lawrence, Fri 20 – Sun 22 July

Shaw’s hilarious heroine, with her “suffrajitsu”, creates mayhem and misery for her long-suffering parents as she struggles to liberate herself from stifling middle class tradition.

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