Mon 7 – Sun 13 Aug
An audience with Philippa Gregory, Rhodes Theatre, Bishop’s Stortford, Thurs 10 August
If you love Elizabeth Tudor, you may not love Philippa Gregory‘s latest book, The Last Tudor, published this week. This author continues to spin yarns about powerful women in history, and is brilliant at imagining the inner lives of famous women and drawing out their stories. This book is about Mary, the youngest sister of Jane Grey, although inevitably, the story is also about her cousin Elizabeth, who does not shine in this novel. 7.30pm.
The Mikado, Hatfield Forest, Thurs 10 Aug
Ko-Ko, Yum-Yum, illegal flirting, brightly coloured costumes and song. And hopefully the sun will shine. This production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado is from the wonderful company Illyria and is in the stunning National Trust location of Hatfield Forest, near Bishop’s Stortford. Hampers at the ready. Gates open 6pm. Performance 7.30pm. CM22 6ME
Formentera in London, Aqua Nueva rooftop bar, Regent Street
This week the weather has never been less Ibizan or Formenteran. But if you happen to work in London, or even if you are going to the Smoke for a night out, you might like to head up to one of the rooftop bars that have popped up with optimism all over London. Take a minute, if you will, to admire these drinks. You will find them at Aqua Nueva on Regent Street. So central! So easy to get to! Kick off with Sunset on Regent Street: Ciroc red berry vodka, Aperol, raspberry, lime and probably a few other bits thrown in. The sun may not be shining, but I guarantee that a view over Regent Street with a cheeky cocktail in your hand will make you feel a lot more Med. 5th Floor, 240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street), W1B 3BR
Al Gore, Welwyn Garden City cinema, Fri 11 Aug
I was lucky enough to hear Al Gore talk about An Inconvenient Truth when he was in London, and was riveted. This is a live streaming of him introducing the follow-up, before the screening of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. The film will be on general release from Friday 18 August. 7pm.
Meraki Festival, County Showground, St Albans, Fri 11 – Sun 13 August
Meraki is a new festival, but the name seems to have stuck early on and I predict that it will grow and grow. Nostalgia abounds, with Tony Hadley, Belinda Carlisle, Lemar, Odyssey and Jason Donovan. Sophie-Ellis Bextor takes to the dancefloor and stage on Saturday night. There is also loads of comedy, films and other festival stuff going on. Should be good.