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Fri 13 – Sun 15 Oct 2017

Made in Dagenham, Hertford Theatre, Fri 13 and Sat 14 Oct

This looks like a right rollicking, sing-your-heart-out fun show. The production is by the talented Hertford Dramatic and Operatic Society, an upbeat theatre company that is part of the fabric of our county town. These troubadours have been performing in Hertford for 93 years to be precise, although I don’t think that any of the original members will be showing up in the Made in Dagenham musical. If you don’t know the story, it’s about Rita, who lives in Dagenham and works at the Ford plant, sewing upholstery for car seats. She questions why she’s being paid less than a man. You can imagine the rest. Or can you? Expect great choreography and high energy performances. Fri and Sat, 7.30pm. Saturday matinee: 2.30pm.


Apple Day, Hitchin Market Place, Sat 14 Oct 

You can’t go far without tripping over apples this time of year, from windfalls in the garden to the more sophisticated events popping up all over the county. This event is organised by the Triangle Garden, the community garden that has been featured on television! There’ll be all kinds of apple goings on in Hitchin market place on Saturday. Apple cakes, juices, and produce from the garden. 10am-2pm.

Triangle Garden

Frithsden autumn fair and harvest supper, Sat 14 Oct

Hertfordshire fizz, what’s not to like? It’s all happening at Frithsden Vineyard this Saturday, by day and by night. During the day, from 11am – 5pm, there’s a BBQ and a free tour of the vineyard. The food here is great, so if you can fit in lunch and or afternoon tea, this is a good move. And then in the evening, there’s an event! It’s one of the extremely popular suppers in the Vineyard Cafe. At the time of writing, there are a couple of places left. A few snippets from the menu: Pan-roast guinea fowl with crushed new potatoes and roasted root vegetables; apple and blackberry crumble with Chantilly cream. Vegetarians welcome and well catered for. £33 per person. 7.30pm.

Frithsden Vineyard

Herts Jazz Festival, Fri 13 – Sun 15 Oct

This annual event has grown and grown and this year the BBC will be recording some of the gigs. There’s free music to be enjoyed in the foyer of the Hawthorne Theatre on Friday to Sunday, and there are lots of ticketed events, so be quick. At the time of writing, tickets for Georgie Fame had sold out.

Jazz Festival

Tipis4Hire open days, Rothamsted Manor, Harpenden, Sat 14 – Sun 15 Oct

All things wedding from tipis to Swig and Filly horse box bars at the fine wedding venue that is Rothamsted Manor. Two open days on Saturday and Sunday, so it’s pretty much a wedding weekender. If you’re planning a wedding, this could be for you.


Shenley Apple Day, The Walled Garden, Shenley Park Estate, Sun 15 Oct

More apples. Bring it on! This time it’s the Walled Garden at Shenley Park, famous for its apple juice. I’ve tasted this apple juice in the George Street Canteen in St Albans and it’s delicious. Many different varieties of apple to try and buy, craft stalls, home-made refreshments and apple games. Come January, you can help to wassail the orchard. 12pm – 6pm.

Shenley Park Apple Day

Get tickets for: Kaleidoscope fashion photography evening, Hertford Theatre, Mon 16 Oct

Monday night. Monday! Don’t hunker down at home, get out and have fun! I’m going to this event, so I may see you there. The stylish ladies at The Women’s Society have organised this fashion photography event and it sounds brilliant. Tickets are £20 and a percentage of sales will be donated to the charity Willow Foundation, which, as some of you may know, creates special days out for seriously ill young people, aged 16 – 40. The evening includes all kinds of delights and you’ll be well looked after on the drinks and canapé front, and there’s even a goody bag to take home – with a True Grace candle for those autumn evenings. There’s a talk by Ash Johnson, founder of Pyrus. See you there. 7-9pm.


Book tickets for Eight Ghosts: Sarah Perry at Audley End, Tues 31 Oct

Ooo, this sounds exciting. English Heritage is publishing a book this month: Eight Ghosts: The English Heritage Book of New Ghost Storieswritten by eight of the most prominent novelists and short story writers. Each story is set within and inspired by an English Heritage property. Sarah Perry will be reading her story at spooky site Audley End on Tues 31 Oct. Catch her if you can, tickets are flying. The evening will include a twilight tour of Audley End. Scary stuff. 6.30 – 9.30pm. Tickets are £36 and include a copy of the book, twilight tour, and drinks.


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