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Fri 15 – Sun 17 Dec 2017

Rapunzel, Hertford Theatre, until Mon 1 Jan 2018

I’ve just been to Rapunzel at Hertford Theatre and I loved it. Great storytelling, wonderful music and audience participation galore. The panto has been written and produced by Hertford Theatre’s director Rhys Thomas and it’s a wonderful and colourful show. You will leave on a high!


Grand opening, Hertford Coffee Lab, Sat 16 Dec

This is exciting. Hitchin’s much loved Coffee Lab has now arrived in Hertford and there’s a grand opening tomorrow. The Cakemeister is going to be in town, and if you don’t know his cakes, you are in for a treat. 5 Bull Plain, Hertford SG14 1DX.

Hertford Coffee Lab

Dennis Severs’ Christmas house, Spitalfields, until Thurs 4 Jan 2018

Immerse yourself in the former home of Huguenot silk weavers. Dennis Severs’ House in Spitalfields is a beautiful and quirky place and is currently enjoying a festive installation. 18 Folgate Street, London E1 6BX.

Dennis Severs’ House

Carols on the hour, St Albans Cathedral, Sat 16 Dec

Take a break from shopping on Saturday. There’ll be carols on the hour, starting at 11am. Enjoy a burst of beautiful music, then it’s back to the Christmas market.

St Albans Cathedral

Jingle ponies, Ashridge Estate, Berkhamsted, Sun 17 Dec

A fancy dress parade for horses, starting in Barrack Square, processing up Monument Drive and around Monument Green. 11am. Meet at the Ashridge visitor centre.

Jingle Ponies

Christmas Gothic, The Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s, Bedford, Sun 17 Dec

This sounds seriously spooky. Ghosts and candlelight. Three seasonal and terrifying tales told by a spectral woman at The Quarry Theatre. If you want to be scared, this is the thing. 7.30pm. 26 St Peter’s Street, Bedford, MK40 2NN.

Christmas Gothic

Skate at Somerset House, until 14 Jan 

Photo: James Bryant

This year in collaboration with Fortnum and Mason, skating at Somerset House gets better and better. You need to book and it can be busy, but it’s worth it.

Skate at Somerset House

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