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Mon 12 - Sun 18 Nov 2018


MUSIC: Berko Rocks, Ashlyns School, Berkhamsted, Wed 14 Nov

Local talent and those from further afield, including  The Devines and two-time BBC Jazz Awards winner Ian Shaw, will be teaming up to bring Herts a night of musical entertainment. Proceeds from the event will go to People Not Borders, a female led charity that supports refugees.


CYCLING: She Who Dares bike ride, Wed 14 Nov


Fancy a mid-week cycle? She Who Dares organises loads of female only events around Herts, from kayaking to Tai chi. This week’s event is a 15 mile bike ride followed by coffee at Hopleys Cafe.


ART: ‘Misty Mountain’ Brush Party, The Kings Arms, Berkhamsted, Thurs 15 Nov 

Paintbrush in one hand, gin and tonic in the other. The ‘Misty Mountain’ Brush Party at The Kings Arms in Berkhamsted is a painting class with a twist, a.k.a. booze behind the bar and music. All arty resources provided.


STYLING: Winter Styling Event, Berkhamsted Town Hall, Thurs 15 Nov 

Calling all pears, hourglasses, apples and bananas! Stylist Margarita Salomó is hosting a workshop in Berkhamsted Town Hall offering tips on dressing for your body shape and curating a capsule wardrobe this Winter.


CHRISTMAS MARKETS: Frost Fair, Aldenham Country Park, Thurs 15 – Sun 18 Nov & Tewin Bury Farm Hotel, Sun 18 Nov

The season of Christmas Markets is upon us. Hert’s Frost Fair has a change of locale this year moving from Hatfield House to Aldenham Country Park. There’ll be over 150 stalls selling a curation of handcrafted goods, street food, the big man himself and musical entertainment. Tewin Bury Farm Hotel’s Christmas market is hosted in the venue’s biggest biggest barn, Meadow Barn, and will have your usual stalls with gifts and food and a pop-up cafe. Santa will be there for the little ones.


CINEMA: Screening of The Post, Tring Cinema, Fri 16 Nov

If you didn’t manage to watch the goddess that is Meryl Streep in the Oscar nominated The Post the first time around then don’t worry. The film will be having a one off screening at Tring Cinema where there’ll be a cash bar stocked with homemade chocolate, fresh popcorn and a load of booze- sounds good, right? Film starts at 8:30pm.


CULTURE: Dan Snow book signing, Chorleywood Bookshop, Fri Nov 16

We love a bit of BAFTA award-winning Dan Snow and he’s popping up at the dynamic Chorleywood Bookshop tonight to share his love of history, talking about his new book This Day in History. It takes a look at major events on each day of the year, going back a whopping 3000 years. That’s quite a tome by the sounds of it and you will receive your own copy included with your ticket (£20). The following weekend book lovers, make a date to see Michael Palin signing his new book Erebus, The Story of a Ship at the bookshop.


MUSIC: Alke Quartet, Berkhamsted Civic Centre, Sat 17 Nov

Violinists Soh-Yon Kim and Henry Chandler, cellist Karen French, and Benjamin Harrison on viola make up the young and talented Alke Quartet, formed in 2011 by members of Southbank Sinfonia. On the program tonight are works by Haydn, Janáck and Schubert as part of the 65th Berkhamsted Music season which runs until Feb. £15 (season ticket £52)


SHOPPING: Antiques & Collectables Market, Stable Yard, Hatfield House, Sat 17 Nov

I do like a good rummage round an antiques market – you never know what you might find – and with the background of Elizabeth I’s old gaff, you can dream of finding something really special and collectible that would send Fiona Bruce into a flat spin.

EXHIBITION: Kimberley Harris, Montague’s Gallery, Kings Langley, Sat 17 – Sun 18 Nov

A Lustrous Glow by Kimberley Harris

Need some new art or thinking of a special Christmas pressie? Kimberley Harris unveils her solo exhibition Field of Dreams on Sat afternoon and you can come to view her Turner-inspired landscapes and enjoy a glass of fizz on the Sat or Sun. Her art focuses on the natural beauty of our countryside and her new collection of oil paintings will be available to buy.

MUSIC: St Albans Bach Choir, St Albans Cathedral, Sat 17 Nov 

To commemorate the centenary of Armistice day, St Albans Bach Choir will be performing songs by wartime composers Elgar, Butterworth and Vaughan Williams. The choir have previously played at the Royal Albert Hall and have been featured on the BBC’s Big Sing.

JEWELLERY: Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery Christmas event, Sat 17 Nov

Award winning bespoke jewellers Harriet Kelsall is holding a Christmas event in their Herts jewellery centre promising mince pies, mulled wine and 10% off full price dress jewellery. The event has talks from the brands senior designer, live demonstrations and beading workshops for the little ones. Herts musician Izzy Rowland will be making some noise (in a nice way) and there’ll be a Christmas cracker prize draw too. Read my interview with Harriet here.


SCREENING: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald, Warner Bros. Studios, Sat 17 & 18 Nov

The studios have been given their usual Yuletide makeover including Christmas trees in the Great Hall, special effects in the Gryffindor Common Room and loads of festive props from the films. This weekend you can go along for exclusive screenings of the new Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald. On the expensive side at £149, your tickets include a studio tour and food and drink from Harry Potter’s local. Head prop maker Pierre Bohanna will be there to introduce the screenings and you’ll be some of the first to see costumes and props featured in the film.


EVENT: The Secret Harpenden Wedding Fair, Rothamsted Manor, Sun 18 Nov

There are over 35 exhibitors from the Harpenden area and beyond tempting you with their wedding offerings at this fair in the stunning Rothamsted Manor. There are fashion shows at 12.30pm and 2.30pm so you can see the latest wedding dress designs. The manor itself is a wedding venue so you might find you’ve sorted everything for your big day in one fell swoop.

YOGA: Workshop, Tring Museum, Sun 18 Nov and various other dates

Feeling the festive stress already? Tring Museum will be hosting a series of themed yoga workshops every month until March. November’s theme is the natural world and the workshop will be followed by drinks and snacks. A ticket will also get you an exclusive preview of the Walter Rothschild exhibit, the largest personal natural history collection in the world.

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SCREENING: 2001: A  Space Odyssey, Science Museum, London, Thurs 1 Nov – Sat 24 Nov

To celebrate 50 years of the 1968 epic, you can head to the Science Museum’s IMAX cinema to watch Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece exploring our prehistoric past and the rise of man versus machine. Oscar winning director Christopher Nolan has created a new print from the original which will look stunning on the giant IMAX screen. Then follow the museum’s Kubrick trail to discover the rich collection of objects from the history of space travel.


DRINKS: Montague Ski Lodge, Montague Hotel, London W1, Fri 16 Nov – Sun 20 Jan

If you can’t make it to the Alps this season, fear not, you can trot into London instead and chill out in the pop-up Montague Ski Lodge. The Wood Deck will be adorned with pine trees, ski racks, piste maps, snowmen and falling snow. You can sit under woolly rugs and enjoy 12 different types of Schnapps and flavoured vodka, hot spiced cider, hot choc or mulled wine from the bar. Or head inside to the log cabin with sofas, armchairs and the obligatory Christmas tree.

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