Fri 25 – Mon 28 May
Rob Luft, Club 85, Hitchin, Sat 26 May
I don’t know Rob Luft, but he’s a jazz guitarist who has been compared to Paco de Lucia and he’s coming to Hitchin! Sounds amazing. 8pm.
Benington Lordship, Sun 27 and Mon 28 May
While you’re waiting for the big chilli festival here in August, the gardens are open this bank holiday weekend. 12-5pm.
Herts County Show, Redbourn, Sat 26 and Sun 27 May
The big one. Bound to delight anyone who thought they were moving out of London to the countryside. This is the real countryside! Shire horses, sheep shearing, eagles, goat parades, JCB racing and stunts. It’s all here.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, St Albans Cathedral, Sat 26 May
Charity concert with pupils from Tring Park School for the Performing Arts performing a concert version of Joseph, organised by Suzy Harvey, High Sheriff of Hertfordshire. Proceeds from the concert will be shared between St Albans Cathedral and the ‘Love Herts’ Appeal at Hertfordshire Community Foundation, which helps vulnerable people across Herts. 7.30pm.
The Shape of Light, Tate Modern, Wed 2 May to Sun 14 Oct
This new exhibition chronicles 100 years of photography and abstract art, exploring the development of abstraction with photography from early pioneers to our 21st century digital innovators with over 300 works by artists such as Man Ray and Jackson Pollock.
Shaw’s Corner, Ayot St Lawrence – open now until Oct
Happy days. Shaw’s Corner is open again for the season and with this weather (I should stop saying this, it could change), this is a great place. There isn’t a cafe, but you can sprawl on the lawn with an ice cream or a ginger beer, and don’t forget to visit George Bernard Shaw’s writing hut. He used to hide out here and called it London so that whoever opened the front door at the house could say that he was out and in ‘London’. If you do need more sustenance, head for the Brocket Arms.
As the weather gets better each day, a visit to Henry Moore’s former home and sculpture gardens is a must. It’s one of my favourite places in Hertfordshire. Out of the Block is a wonderful new exhibition celebrating Moore’s carvings, with some incredible films where you can see him choosing marble in Italy and at work in his studio. The gardens are expansive and uplifting and it’s a very special place. There’s a new cafe, shop and archive. Make a date to visit! I keep meeting people who have never been here. You are in for a treat.