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Mon 18 – Sun 24 Sept 2017

W1A, BBC2, 10pm, Mon 18 Sept

Oh happy day. Head of Values Ian Fletcher is back, and so is Siobhan from Perfect Curve. If you’re a fan of the programme that reveals what really goes down at Broadcasting House every day, I would tune in. It’s the last series. Allegedly. Monday eve, BBC2, 10pm.


Cressida Cowell, St Francis’ College, Letchworth, Weds 20 Sept

Head of talent when it comes to illustration is Cressida Cowell, creator of the How to Train Your Dragon series. Cressida will be at St Francis’ College, Broadway, Letchworth, talking about her new children’s novel, The Wizards of Once. This is an event organised by the marvellous David’s Bookshop. St Francis’ College, SG6 3PJ. 4:30pm.


Back to the Books, BiblioManiac, Harpenden Arms, Thurs 20 Sept

Don’t you just love Rowan Coleman? And do you know Katherine Sunderland, also known as BiblioManiac? She’s a fab book blogger, based in Harpenden, and is always up to something good. This event is at the Harpenden Arms, and the guests are Rowan ColemanAngela ClarkeAnna Mazzola and Tammy Cohen, all talking about their latest books. 8 -10pm. £10. Ticket includes one drink, and a goody bag. 188 High Street, Harpenden, AL5 2TR


Dahlia Festival, Anglesey Abbey, until 1 Oct

I absolutely love Anglesey Abbey and don’t get there often enough. This week there is a host of dazzling dahlia events that sound simply marvellous, from floating dahlias, to sculptures and workshops where you can make your own dahlia pom poms. Quy Road, Lode, CB25 9EJ.

Anglesey Abbey Dahlia Festival

London Design Festival, V&A, Mon 18 – Sun 24 Sept

The V&A is the main hub for the London Design Festival and this is the reflection room by Flynn Talbot. I can’t wait to see this, I love an immersive coloured light experience! The Prince Consort’s Gallery has been transformed by LED lights. Free.

London Design Festival, V&A

King Lear, live from The Globe, Hertford Theatre, Thurs 21 Sept

Here we go. On Thursday at Hertford Theatre, King Lear (played by Kevin McNally) will be broadcast live from Shakespeare’s Globe. You know the story: King Lear divides his kingdom between his three daughters but of course the story unfolds as we see the consequences of his decision. 7.30pm.


Villa Walala, Broadgate, London Design Festival, Mon 16 – Sun 24 Sept

This is one of the installations created for the London Design Festival and I don’t quite know what these office lunchers are doing sitting around when they could be climbing on top of this and bouncing off the walls. Perhaps that’ll be an after-work activity. Villa Walala is an inflatable sculpture by textile designer Camille Walala and if you work near Liverpool Street you can pop along and have a look at it. It’s in Exchange Square, Broadgate. Camille says: ‘I think that, to turn a corner into Broadgate, and find a huge, bouncy, pink and patterned house will be hugely entertaining.’ If you’re in the area this week, keep your eyes peeled.

Villa Walala, Broadgate

Hubcap Moon, The Carpenters Arms, Harpenden, Sat 23 Sept

Look how happy these musicians are! OK, so I admit that sun and beer and being outside can put a smile on most people’s faces. But these merry minstrels are high on life thanks to making sweet music in Harpenden. On Saturday they’ll be tuning up and getting down to business in The Carpenters Arms. The gig is to support The Royal Marsden cancer charity. Music includes Cajun, skiffle, bluegrass. Expect mandolins, accordians and rich voices. 8pm. 14 Cravells Road Southdown, Harpenden AL5 1BD

Hubcap Moon

The Magic Flute, Vyne Theatre, Berkhamsted, Sun 24 Sept

More live action and this time it’s The Magic Flute broadcast live from The Royal Opera House at the Vyne Theatre in Berko. The perfect escape on a Sunday afternoon and this production by David McVicar is magical, with dancing animals and flying machines. 2pm. Northbridge Road, Berkhamsted. HP4 1EH


Open morning, Bishop’s Stortford College, Sat 23 Sept

There are many similarities between choosing a school and house hunting. You get do have a good nosey around and have a peek in the cupboards. Bishop’s Stortford College is a truly inspiring day and boarding school for students 4-18 years and has 130 acres of grounds with facilities far too numerous to list here. You can read the Muddy review, and then go along and see for yourself on Saturday. 9.30am – 1pm.

Bishop’s Stortford College Open Morning

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