Fri 15 – Sun 17 June
Letchworth Festival, Sat 16 June – Sun 1 July
A mind boggling programme of music, drama, open gardens, walks, pop-up cafés and sporty activities. Here are a couple of highlights:
The World’s End film location tour, Sun 17 June
If you can remember this film, you might like to retrace the steps of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and co as they rumbled around Letchworth. The tour guide is an extra from the film. 3-5pm.
The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes, Ruth Hogan, David’s Bookshop, Mon 18 June
Ruth Hogan, author of The Keeper of Lost Things, will be talking about her new book, The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes at David’s on Mon 18 June.
Barry Parker: Architecture for All, Broadway Gallery
I thought this exhibition was going to be brilliant and it was. It is!! Join Broadway Gallery and the Garden City Collection to explore the life and work of Barry Parker (1867-1947), the architect of the world’s first Garden City and a key figure to the Arts & Crafts movement. It’s the first ever exhibition to examine Barry Parker’s contribution to architecture, showcasing some of the 4,500 objects from the Parker Collection, including architectural plans and drawings, photographs, furniture and fine art. It’s completely fascinating and you’ll be fashioning an outdoor bedroom before you know it, or at least, opening a few more windows before you go to sleep. Kevin McCloud would have approved of Barry Parker’s approach to design. There are also some brilliant contemporary photos of people who live in homes designed by Parker.
RA Summer Exhibition, now open
It’s here! It’s the 250th year of the Royal Academy of Arts summer exhibition and this year, Grayson Perry RA and his committee of fellow artists have handpicked over 1,300 artworks in an array of mediums. This is always great fun and this year it could look very different.
Henry Blofeld, David’s Bookshop, Fri 15 June
Henry Blofeld is a cricket broadcasting legend and has been the voice of Test Match Special for over forty years. His voice is the sound of summer to thousands of cricket lovers all over the world. This autobiography is a celebration of his career commentating on the sport he loves. Expect anecdotes galore. 1pm
St Albans Museum + Gallery
The new St Albans Museum + Gallery in the former town hall is the talk of the town. Two years under wraps and it’s finally open. There’s a real buzz about it and everyone is celebrating the fact that the city now has a proper museum and gallery. This piece is by Susie MacMurray who has a range of artworks in the gallery including a site-specific installation.
James Taylor Quartet, Hertford Theatre, Sat 16 June
Funky acid jazz on a Sunday night! That’s Hertford for you. Catch the James Taylor Quartet while you can – they’re in town for one night only. 7.45pm
Hertfordshire Festival of Music, Fri 15 – Sat 16 June
This festival celebrates the music of ‘fantasy, fable and folklore’ and takes place at various locations, mainly in and around Hertford, with a couple of concerts at the Watford School of Music. Violinist Tasmin Little is being interviewed on Sat 16 June in the Friends Meeting Place (one of the most beautiful locations in Hertford) and then in the evening she’s playing with pianist John Lenehan at All Saints Church for the festival finale which includes music by Debussy, Schumann and Ravel.
Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up, V&A, opens Sat 16 June
A new production of Swan Lake by The Royal Ballet with additional choreography by Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. Live recording. 2pm.