Mon 30 April – Mon 7 May
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.
3 Brewers at The Fox at Willian, Thurs 3 May
Mark Fanner from the 3 Brewers of St Albans will be at The Fox at Willian for one night. What happens next is anyone’s guess. But it should be flavourful and fun. Learn about brewing and drinking and taste all of the beers together with matching bar snacks. Places are limited, so be quick! You’ll be in with a chance to win a cask to take home. Tickets are £25. 7pm.
A social history of egg collecting, Henry Moore Foundation, Thurs 3 May
We like to celebrate the quirky at Muddy Stilettos. This evening should not disappoint! Artist and musician Andy Holden lives and works in Bedford and has recently exhibited at Tate, Kettle’s Yard, Glasgow International and Bristol’s Spike Island. For the last five years he has worked collaboratively with his father Peter Holden, a well-known ornithologist, to produce a number of works and performances which examine birds, nests and egg collecting. Andy tells the tale of a peculiarly British history of egg collecting, which explores our attitudes towards science, nature, knowledge and the urge to collect in the former home of sculptor Henry Moore. 6-8pm.
Yarrow+Yoga Spring Detox, Hemel Hempstead, Sat 5 May
Stretch, breathe, meditate, walk and forage. This looks and sounds great and I’m going along to sample it myself. Yoga Atelier offers classes and workshops in yoga, meditation, nutrition and all-round wellbeing. This takes place in the Hemel Food Garden and I’m intrigued. See you there.
Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer & Thomas Benjamin Wild Esq, Club 85, Hitchin, Sat 5 May
This looks like fun. Dress code optional, although chap/chapess styling is actively encouraged. 8.30pm. Doors 7.45pm.
Barry Parker, Architecture For All, Broadway Gallery, from Fri 4 May
I think this exhibition is going to be brilliant. Join Broadway Gallery and the Garden City Collection to explore the life and work of Barry Parker (1867-1947), the architect of the world’s first Garden City and a key figure to the Arts & Crafts movement. This will be the first exhibition to examine Barry Parker’s contribution to architecture, showcasing some of the 4,500 objects from the Parker Collection, including architectural plans and drawings, photographs, furniture and fine art.
Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales, Hertford Theatre, Sat 5 May & Sun 6th May
Under the sea, out on the farm and into the jungle, these terrific tales are woven together with live music, puppetry and a whole host of colourful characters from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s best-loved titles: Tiddler, Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and a Squeeze. Funky moves, toe tapping tunes and giggles are guaranteed! 11am and 2pm each day.
Guided walk, Hertford, Mon 7 May
This sounds great. Join the radicals, dissenters and rebels and learn a lot about local history while you walk. 2pm.
Book for: Emma Healey, David’s Bookshop, Tues 8 May
Fans of Emma Healey’s Elizabeth is Missing should make a point of heading to Letchworth to meet her. Emma will be talking about her new book, Whistle in the Dark. The story? Jen’s 15-year-old daughter goes missing for four agonizing days. When Lana is found, unharmed, in the middle of the desolate countryside, everyone thinks the worst is over. But Lana refuses to tell anyone what happened, and the police draw a blank. The once-happy, loving family return to London, where things start to fall apart.