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Mon 1 – Sun 7 Jan 2018

Sculpture Trail, Uni of Herts, Mon 1 Jan and first Monday of the month until end Feb

The University of Hertfordshire has 500 artworks across its campuses. Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore’s assistant John Farnham and Andy Goldsworthy are just some of the artists whose work is displayed in Hatfield. Meet at reception at 1pm on the first Monday of every month until 28 Feb and enjoy a guided walk taking in the 12 outdoor sculptures on College Lane Campus. There are two walks: 1k and 5k. Perfect if you work in the area and want to up your steps this month and next.

Guided sculpture walk University of Hertfordshire, College Lane campus, Hatfield, AL10 9AB

Bride: The Wedding Show, Knebworth Barns, Sat 6 – Sun 7 Jan

What’s on trend this year? Your predictions? Prosecco plunge pools? Selfies with alpacas? Lace spun by unicorns? The future will be unveiled this weekend at Knebworth Barns. Get in!

Wedding Show, Knebworth Barns, Knebworth House, SG1 2AX


The Nutcracker, Royal Ballet live screening, Vyne Theatre, Sun 7 Jan

I’m really looking forward to visiting the Vyne Theatre in Berko this month where you can enjoy a wonderful array of live screenings this year. The perfect Sunday afternoon splurge. Do some stretches before it starts and then enjoy watching others being magnificent in movement as you get cosy. 2pm

The Nutcracker  Vyne Theatre, Northbridge Road, Berkhamsted HP4 1EH


Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter Studios, now until 4 Feb

Hogwarts in the Snow – as regular as Christmas!  The festive makeover will see Christmas trees line the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow covering the majestic Hogwarts castle model. Visitors will even be able to touch samples of the different types of ‘snow’ used during production, each selected for its ability to float like falling snow, crunch under foot or glisten in the light like ice. Trust me, your kids will love it.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden,



Dick Whittington, London Palladium, until Fri 12 Jan

Filed under ‘go big or go home’, we have London Palladium’s offering, starring Julian Clary and Elaine Paige. Oh yeah! And you thought Su Pollard was camp. Fans of ’80s cheesiness will be thrilled to hear that Gary Wilmot co-stars alongside Nigel ‘The Charmer’ Havers.

London Palladium, Argyll St, London,


Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella, Sadler’s Wells, London, now until Sat 27 Jan

Matthew Bourne’s productions are always stunning and this is no exception. He transposes the story of Cinderella to London during the Blitz, rebooting it as a wartime romance between our heroine and an RAF pilot. The reviews have been of the rave variety, with Lez Brotherston’s sumptuous costumes and sets winning Olivier Award.

Sadlers Wells, Rosebery Av, London EC1,


Cézanne Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London, now – 11 Feb 2018

Brings together over 50 of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works which have never been on public display in the UK . Over a working life of some forty-five years, Cézanne made almost 1,000 paintings of which around 160 are portraits and this exhibition offers a fascinating insight into this central aspect of his work.


Modigliani, Tate Modern, now – 2 April 2018

Tate Modern’s comprehensive retrospective of Modigliani’s work is quite a treat. During his brief, turbulent life Modigliani developed a unique and instantly recognisable style. His nudes that are a highlight of the exhibition – with 12 nudes on display, this is the largest group ever reunited in the UK. First shown in 1917, police closed down his only ever solo exhibition on the grounds of indecency. Also expect sculptures, and portraits of his friends, lovers and supporters, including Pablo Picasso and his partner Jeanne Hébuterne.

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