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What’s On This Week

So the rules and regs have changed a little, but there's still loads to do across Herts & Beds this week. Enjoy!

N. B. We’ve tried to keep things as up to date as possible, but please do check the relevant websites before heading out.

Heritage Open Days, Various Locations, 11-20 Sept

Mosaic, Verulamium, St Albans

The wonderful Heritage Open Days are the perfect chance to get that new season culture hit. We very much recommend taking a tour of Berkhamsted’s Norman Castle (originally built as a timber structure by William the Conqueror’s half-brother, Robert of Mortain. Who knew).

42nd Street, Sandpit Theatre, St Albans, 20 Sept

42nd Street, The Sandpit Theatre

The sensational St Albans Sandpit Theatre will be screening the toe-tapping hit Broadway musical, 42nd Street on Sunday the 20th. This American fairy tale tells the story of a young performer, destined for greatness. the leading lady suddenly get’s injured and Peggy’s up! book in to find out how she fares.

The South Terrace Grill, Ashridge House, 11 & 18 Sept

The South Terrace Grill, Ashridge House

Soak up the late summer evenings listening to Cafe del Mar with a sundowner. Ibiza? Not quite, but how about the terrace of the glorious Ashridge House. Much more civilised. And you get to indulge in gourmet grill platters from the South Terrace Grill as part of this al fresco treat of an evening. Book in here (there’s even an option to upgrade your reservation to include a bottle of Veuve Cliquot for the table on arrival. Sign me up.)

Lazy Sunday Music Series, Wrest Park, 6, 13, 20, 27 Sept

Lazy Sunday Music Series, Wrest Park

Roll out that picnic blanket, open a bottle and spend a chilled out Sunday afternoon enjoying beautiful music and company in the historical grounds of Wrest Park. Alternatively, wander the grounds and discover the gorgeous gardens with a fab chilled out soundtrack. Delightful.

MK Calling, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, 11 Sept – 1 Nov

MK Gallery reopened its doors on 11 September and will be extending its pre-lockdown exhibition MK Calling. The show features work from over 130 contemporary artists, both established and up-and-coming, with one third of the pieces produced by local talent.

MK Calling, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes

Never Alone, Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes, until 2 Feb 2021

Never Alone, Bletchley Park

Did you know there are now more devices connected to the internet than there are people on the planet? This exhibition in Hut 12 investigates the stories behind the rapidly expanding ‘Internet of Things’ and invites visitors to think about the choices they make while connected to the internet.

FURTHER AFIELD

London Design Festival, various locations, 12 – 20 Sept

London Design Festival, various locations, 12 – 20 Sept

Now in its 18th year, this cool festival features commissions and installations across the city, including The Hothouse, located in the newly coined International Quarter (Stratford). The glasshouse installation provides a controlled habitat for cultivating plants that would not ordinarily grow within the UK’s climate. 

Aubrey Beardsley, Tate Britain, until 20 Sept

Aubrey Beardsley
Aubrey Beardsley, Tate Britain, until 20 Sept

Here’s the last call to see this awesome retrospective exhibition of Aubrey Beardsley’s work, from his early medievalist and mythological subjects to his bold illustrations covering themes of sex, death and humour.

Electronic: From Kraftwerk to the Chemical Brothers, The Design Museum, London, until 14 Feb

Electronic: From Kraftwerk to the Chemical Brothers, The Design Museum

From underground raves to the pioneering sounds used in Dr Who, this exhibition explores the history and culture of electronic music throughout the ages. 

Ai Weiwei: History of Bombs, Imperial War Museum, London, until 24 May 2021

Part of Refugees, a free season of exhibitions, artistic commissions and immersive events taking place across IWM London and IWM North, this exhibition draws on renowned artist Ai Weiwei’s ongoing investigation into politics and power. 

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