Mon 10 – Sun 16 September
Henry Fraser, Hand to Mouth II, The Grove, Chandler’s Cross, Sat 15 & Sun 16 Sept
Henry Fraser has a huge talent for drawing and painting and for inspiring others. His work is being exhibited at The Grove in Chandlers Cross this month, and I recommend a visit to see his paintings. An accident when Henry was 17 meant that he was paralysed from the shoulders down, but he taught himself to draw and now paints by attaching brushes to a mouth stick. I met Henry a few years ago to interview him for Hertfordshire Life magazine and he is a lovely and completely amazing man.
Val McDermid, Saffron Hall, Thurs 13 Sept
No need for introductions if you’re a fan of crime – I mean, if you enjoy reading crime novels. Saffron Hall is a great venue if you don’t know it and easy to get to if you’re in the east of Herts. You can even order a deli box (at a literary event!) with olives and nuts and nibbly things.
Help with the harvest, Frithsden Vineyard
An annual event where you can help the fine folk at Frithsden Vineyard (Natalie and Simon Tooley) to bring in the harvest. I’m not quite sure how it all works, but I would hope that there are some refreshments after picking. You need to get in touch to see when you can go along to help during September.
The March, various locations, until 29 September
This promises to be an interesting and entertaining night out. Kate Miller is a gifted Hertford playwright. The March is going to several venues so wherever you are in Herts, there’ll be a location that suits you down to the ground. The drama focuses on the Great Pilgrimage of July 1913 and features Hertfordshire women who were active suffragists and suffragettes, including Lady Constance Lytton of Knebworth. Look out for performances in Welwyn, Digswell, Datchworth and Letchworth, Knebworth House and Hitchin.
Book for: Chilterns Heritage Festival, Sat 22 Sep – Sat 6 Oct
In case you didn’t know, you either live in or very close to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. No, not Aylesbury rather the gorgeous Chilterns and for the first time there’s a festival to celebrate the diverse heritage of our region. The Chiltern Society has organised 25 special events which include an Iron Age weekend at Wendover Woods (where families will have the opportunity to meet the Iron Age inhabitants of Boddington Hillfort, and help them with their everyday jobs like grinding grain, making butter and cooking stew), pop-up cinema screenings at the National History Museum in Tring and the Hellfire Caves in West Wycombe, a Roald Dahl guided trail and afternoon tea in Great Missenden, an afternoon at the Wormsley Estate owned by the famous Getty family and history walks around some of the area’s market towns including Berkhamsted and High Wycombe. That little lot should keep you busy. If you’ve always meant to visit some local attractions but never got round to it now’s your chance.
Book for: British Gin Festival, Watford Colloseum, 6 Oct
This gin festivals are exceedingly popular – can’t imagine why. That’s why you need to be quick and get booking for this one.