Mon 9 – Sun 15 April
The Jungle Book, Broadway Theatre, Mon 9 April
No need for explanation. Although this is a new production by Immersion Theatre with singalong catchy tunes and a chance to meet the characters after the show. And given the weather has been a bit dodgy so far, it’s the perfect afternoon activity for a Monday afternoon. 2.3opm.
Printmaking Workshop, Hitchin Lavender, Tues 10 April
This sounds like fun. A two and a half hour printmaking workshop at Hitchin Lavender Farm, where you can learn to cut your own designs in lino and then print cards, tags and whatever else you can think of. Suitable for beginners! 10am. Cadwell Farm Hitchin SG5 3UA
London Coffee Festival, Thurs 12 – Sun 16 April
The mere thought of this wakes me up in a jangly way. The only way to cope with this festival is to start the day with an espresso martini. There are over 250 artisan coffee and gourmet food stalls, tastings and demonstrations from world-class baristas, interactive workshops, street food, coffee-based cocktails, live music, DJs, art exhibitions and you’ll find yourself talking very fast when you attempt to recount your experiences of the day.
The Shell Brand Story, Museum of Brands, opens Thurs 12 April
Ever wondered what goes into an iconic brand? How it starts, how it adapts to stay relevant? This new exhibition also unveils Shell’s ‘Brand ID’ digital experience, where you can put essential branding principles into practice by creating and personalising your very own brand, and take away a digital souvenir. Brand new you.
Dylan Thomas: Clown in the Moon, Old Town Hall, Weds 11 April
Clown in the Moon is the title of a poem written by Dylan Thomas when he was 14. Rhodri Miles (Eastern Promises, Atlantis, Game of Thrones) is a dramatic portrait of the poet’s chaotic, frequently hilarious, and all too brief life. Located in a BBC studio, it sets some of Dylan’s famous broadcasts and iconic works alongside vivid reminiscences of his clownish antics in pubs, bars and parties, and his encounters with a host of eccentric and volatile women. 8pm.
Courtney Pine, Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, Thurs 12 April
The king of British jazz sax! Courtney Pine will be playing music from his new album, Black Notes From The Deep. Be quick, this is bound to sell out. The words ‘living legend’ aren’t an overstatement.
Courtney Pine, Saffron Hall, Audley End Road, Saffron Walden CB11 4UH
Shappi Khorsandi, Mistress and Misfit, Hertford Theatre, Fri 13 April
Known for her whipcrack jokes and a huge amount of charm, Shappi Khorsandi is taking time off from her television engagements (Life At The Apollo, Have I Got News For You, Q.I.), to tour the country. She arrives in Hertford on Friday in Georgian England as Emma Hamilton, aka Nelson’s mistress. Gird your loins for an evening of razor sharp wit and irreverent entertainment. 8pm.
Hope to Nope, Design Museum – until 12 August
This is a brand new exhibition and I’m really looking forward to seeing it. Discover how graphic design and technology have played a pivotal role in dictating and reacting to the major political moments of our times.
Out of the Block: Henry Moore’s Carvings, Henry Moore Studios & Garden – until October
Happy days. One of my favourite places in Herts opens again for Easter and 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.
A big day out with Peter Rabbit™, Kew Gardens, until Sun 15 April
The start of a new trail based on Peter Rabbit and other famous Beatrix Potter characters. More permanent pleasures include the tree top walk, the 17 metre tall Hive sensory experience, a 14,000 tree arboretum and the Palm House.
The Making of Harry Potter, Watford, until Sun 23 Sept
This WB Studio Tour company never runs out of new reasons to get families back to this paean to the boy wizard. A new special feature dedicated entirely to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth instalment of the magical film series, revealing secrets behind the characters, costumes and props that made it so special.
Kate Terry, A System of Parallels, Broadway Gallery, Letchworth, until Sun 22 April
Last chance! Well, you’ve got until 22 April. I loved this exhibition and have been back to see it recently. British artist Kate Terry has created a thread installation for the gallery that has to be experienced. There are also drawings and sculptures and lots of Farrow and Ball paint. Uplifting and colourful.
Broadway Gallery The Arcade, Letchworth, SG6 3EW
Barbara Hepworth: Finding Form, River & Rowing Museum, Henley, until 3 June
Now you can see Barbara Hepworth’s work without making a trip to Cornwall. Although I went to St Ives last October and sitting in Barbara Hepworth’s garden in the sun was complete bliss. This retrospective at the Rowing Museum covers the sculptor’s work from the 1930s to the 1960s, borrowing pieces from the Tate and National Portrait Gallery. A must-see.
Fly the Link trainer, De Havilland Museum, London Colney
You’ve always wanted to do this, haven’t you? Get into the LINK cockpit and fly? Produced to help to train pilots, it was used extensively during World War Two. You’ll have an instructor by your side who will guide you through the trainee pilot test.
The de Havilland Aircraft Museum Salisbury Hall, London Colney, AL2 1BU