Mon 13 – Sun 19 Nov 2017
Tamed: Professor Alice Roberts, Alban Arena, Mon 13 Nov
Alice Roberts is in St Albans on Monday to answer the big question: How do you tame wildnerness? Archaeology, history and genetics will be covered as she tells the stories about species who are now our allies. Sounds good for a Monday night. Doors open 6.30pm. Show starts 7.3opm.
Child of the Divide, Broadway Theatre, Tues 14 Nov
This is the perfect story to mark the 70th anniversary of the partition of India. It’s 1947 and 16 million people are moving between India and the newly-formed Pakistan. Pali loses hold of his father’s hand and he is on his own. He is taken in by a Muslim family and given a new name, faith and life. What will he choose when his real father finds and claims him? Muslim, Hindu, or child of the divide? Presented by Bhuchar Boulevard. 1.30pm and 7.30pm. Ages 7+
Simon Jenkins, Britain’s Best Railway Stations, Spirella Ballroom, Letchworth, Tues 14 Nov
Bestselling historian Simon Jenkins is in Letchworth on Tuesday, at the wonderful Spirella Ballroom, to talk about his fave railway stations, and all things relating to significant journeys (and possibly more mundane daily commuting). Architecture, engineering and romance will be covered. As far as I can see, the only Hertfordshire station he has included in his book is Hertford East, but perhaps on the night he’ll get a few more suggestions from the audience. Tickets are £6, deductible from the cost of the hardback. Organised by David’s Bookshop. Spirella Ballroom, SG6 4ET. 7.30pm.
Festive wine and food, Flagship Wines at Carpenter’s Nursery, Sandridge, Thurs 16 Nov
Taste and choose wine to go with your goose, turkey or kale and beetroot roast. This is an evening with Julia Jenkins from the fantastic wine shop Flagship Wines who together with Katy at Carpenter’s Nursery, will guide you through the best of the festive wine paired with food you might want to feed your guests. If you don’t know Carpenter’s, you need to visit – loads of local producers and veg grown on site. And Flagship Wines is completely brilliant. £20. 7pm. AL4 9LJ.
Lights on, Welwyn Garden City, Thurs 16 Nov
It’s time. If you’re anywhere near WGC on Thursday, it’s the big switch on. You know what to do. Wait for 6.30pm and then make appreciative Ooh and Ahh sounds. And of course it’s late night shopping, so John Lewis will be open. Food stalls, huskies, grotto and music on and around Howardsgate.
Rob Brydon, Gordon Craig Theatre, Fri 17 Nov
Does Rob Brydon need any introduction? I don’t think so. Here he is in St Evenage, with his sellout I Am Standing Up tour. 8pm.
Frost Fair, Hatfield House, Thurs 16 – Sun 19 Nov
The Old Palace isn’t always open to visitors, but part of the Frost Fair takes place in the Old Palace so now’s your chance to have a look around. The Frost Fair is an annual event that gets better each year, with 240 exhibitors, including Sarah Cooke of Halia Rose, who is in the Muddy Herts Little Black Book. Time to start shopping for crafty things that you won’t find in the shops.
Follies, National Theatre Live, Vyne Theatre, Berkhamsted, Sun 19 Nov
Are you a Sondheim fan? This is Follies, being staged for the first time and beamed straight in – live – to Berko. Get your homework done early, it’s Sunday night! It sounds fabulous and dazzlingly zingy. And it’s Imelda Staunton! And Tracie Bennett and Janie Dee. It’s 1971 in New York and the Follies girls are having a party on stage at the Weismann Theatre. It’s the last hurrah before the building is demolished the following day. With a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it sounds simply marvellous. 6pm.
The Navigator, Broadway Theatre, Letchworth, Sun 19 Nov
This sounds great. It’s a musical, inspired by the true stories of men and women who served during the Second World War. The Navigator is the story of a Lancaster bomber crew and the women who shared their lives. This evening is a chance to see the West End cast perform ahead of the show’s London debut. Second World War Bomber Command veterans will be there on the night. 6pm.
Ashlyns Craft Fair, Berkhamsted, Sun 19 Nov
There are school fairs. And then there’s the Ashlyns Craft Fair in Berko, which takes the concept of school Christmas fairs to a whole new level. Jam-packed with impressive crafty makers and bakers, this is worth making a special trip to the west of the county. From 11am.