Mon 23 – Sun 29 April
Claire Martin & Liane Carroll, The Maltings, St Albans, Tues 24 April
I’ve got tickets for this and I can’t wait. Herts Jazz Club has recently moved from Welwyn Garden City to a new home at The Maltings, St Albans. On Tuesday, singer Claire Martin and singer and pianist Liane Carroll will be performing together and it’s very exciting indeed. At the time of writing there is a handful of tickets still up for grabs. Hurry, hurry! 7.30pm.
Candoco, Broadway Theatre, Letchworth, Thurs 26 April
Ampthill Literary Festival, Sat 28 April
This looks good and necessitates a trip over the border to Beds. Chocolat’s Joanne Harris is doing her unique #Storytime. According to Joanne Harris, this is a kind of musical storytelling show combining original music, songs and stories as part of an exploration of different forms of narrative. Basically, Jackanory, with drums. John Suchet is also making an appearance. And the wonderful Berko novelist Rowan Coleman is talking to Nancy Stevens, and will be sharing the stage with local author Ruth Hogan. Ruth’s debut novel The Keeper of Lost Things has been a whirlwind success since its appearance on the Richard and Judy Book Club. In the morning there is a fringe event for children aged 3-8 when Four Little Hens author, Heather Trefusis, will entertain the children with stories about her four rescue hens. Ampthill Parkside Hall, Woburn Road, Ampthill, MK45 2HX
Twists and Turns, Dickens’ Museum, Sun 29 April
This event is with the brilliant Ben’s City Tours. Follow in Dickens’s footsteps as he wandered the streets near his home, seeing places and hearing about people and events that inspired him to write Oliver Twist. Walk the streets which once housed some of the worst slums in London and see where Dickens set Fagin’s den of thieves. The tour starts at the Charles Dickens Museum. Approx 90 minutes. 11am.
Pulp Fiction, Natural History Museum, Tring, Sat 28 April
A film where undoubtedly some people in the audience will be calling out lines, or at least whispering them ahead of the actors. This well-known and well-loved classic will be screening in the temple of taxidermy, the Natural History Museum in Tring. 8.30pm.
The War of the Worlds, Old Town Hall, Hemel, Weds 25 April
The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons invade the stage in this funny yet faithful new adaptation as they use musical instruments, puppetry and, erm, enthusiasm to recreate deadly heat-rays, giant fighting-machines, squidgy tentacled Martians and interplanetary warfare on an epic scale. 8pm.
Classic Car Boot Sale, Granary Square, Kings Cross, Sat 28- Sun 29 April
Classic cars, vintage fashion, vinyl, street food and music. Vintage treasures and lots of style in the shadow of Central Saint Martins. 10am-6pm.
Out of the Block: Henry Moore’s Carvings, Henry Moore Studios & Garden – until October
One of my favourite places in Herts is now open for the summer season. There’s a wonderful new exhibition celebrating Moore’s carvings but you’ve also got wonderful gardens, sculptures galore, spring lambs running around bronzes, a fab new cafe, and you can also visit Henry Moore’s house. An inspiring day out for all.
Beatriz Milhazes, White Cube Bermondsey, until 1 July
Ooo! Abstract colour and exuberant design. Just what we need. Beatriz Milhazes is a Brazilian painter who is full of energy and her work echoes European 20th-century modernists such as Kandinsky and Matisse.
Beatriz Milhazes, White Cube. SE1
Book for: Vamos, A Brave Face, Hertford Theatre, Tues 1 May
What’s going on here? Well, Vamos Theatre is a full mask company, the best in the UK. It takes on challenging themes, using mask skills to create engaging storytelling and emotional insight. Vamos guides audiences across borders and boundaries, and in A Brave Face, the location is Afghanistan and the story is about Ryan, a soldier, and his young sister. The subject is Post-Traumatic Stress. Ages 12+. 7.45pm.
Book for: Geronimo, Knebworth House, Sat 30 June & Sun 1 July
Geronimo is the ultimate family festival that’s known as ‘Glasto for Kids’. Now in its 4th year, Geronimo will continue to celebrate its success at Arley Hall in Cheshire, but it’s venturing further afield, and has chosen a new field, or rather parkland, at Knebworth House. On the main stage you can expect to see Justin Fletcher and Mr Bloom among other talented and friendly faces. Delights on the ground include activities with two circuses, a Victorian fun fair, den building, zip wires, family crafts, a gaming bus, willow weaving and more. Once you’ve bought a ticket, most of the activities are free, and a day ticket (£25) includes entrance to the Dino Trail at Knebworth House.