Fri 29 June – Sun 1 July
Now in its 5th year, the St Albans Film Festival has really hit its stride. In addition to the big films – The Greatest Showman, Sing, Black Panther, Bridget Jones’s Diary and more – there’s a whole programme of workshops and site specific events. Stand up comedy at Fleetville Larder (winner of this year’s Best Deli in the Muddy Awards) and an affordable, pay what you can film, as well as a virtual reality workshop at the brand new museum and gallery. Be quick, these tickets will fly.
Hitchin Lavender, Cadwell Farm, Ickleford
Hitchin Lavender is open and ready for you! It’s open again for the season and it’s a fairly short one so it’s best to see it at its peak. Make the most of it! SG5 3UA
Eddie Farmer, The Magic Show, Hertford Theatre, Sat 30 June
Eddie Farmer sold out at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe and now he’s in Hertford with a brand new show. Magic, secrecy, illusion and showmanship. What unfolds on the night depends on the audience’s decisions (you’ve been warned – if you fear audience participation, run away now) but if you’ve got the nerve, you can look forward to an intriguing evening. 8pm.
Henry Moore Studios and Gardens, Perry Green
It’s the perfect weather to visit the heavenly Henry Moore Studios and Gardens. If you haven’t been, put it on your list for this summer. There’s a new visitor centre, cafe and shop and it’s just the most fantastic place. It’s one of my top places in Herts.
Antony Gormley, Kettles Yard, Cambridge – until 27 Aug
Ooo! I need to nip over the border to Cambridge. Kettles Yard has been transformed beyond recognition, and once I got over the initial shock, I loved what I saw. I visited during the week of opening, so I think the whole team was in shock due to the queues, but I imagine it’s settled down now. ‘SUBJECT’ highlights many of Antony Gormley’s interests, including how sculpture can activate both the space that it occupies and the body of the viewer. The exhibition offers a series of physical and metaphysical encounters, exploring our relationship to space and our sense of self.
Geronimo, Knebworth House, Sat 30 June and Sun 1 July
Geronimo is the ultimate family festival that’s known as ‘Glasto for Kids’. Now in its 4th year, Geronimo will continue to celebrate its success at Arley Hall in Cheshire, but it’s venturing further afield, and has chosen a new field, or rather parkland, at Knebworth House. On the main stage you can expect to see Justin Fletcher and Mr Bloom among other talented and friendly faces. Delights on the ground include activities with two circuses, a Victorian fun fair, den building, zip wires, family crafts, a gaming bus, willow weaving and more. Once you’ve bought a ticket, most of the activities are free, and a day ticket (£25) includes entrance to the Dino Trail at Knebworth House.
Book for: The Little Welly, Herts Showground, St Albans, Sat 7 – Sun 8 July
This is a festival about mud. No, it’s not Glasto, but Little Welly. It’s an obstacle course and a festival rolled (in mud) into one. It’s in various locations: Kent, Surrey and Oxfordshire and it arrives in Herts at the beginning of July. Hay bales, tyres, army walls, spider tunnel, in and out ditches, log fence and water pit. Who ever said that children today don’t have enough exercise?
Michael Jackson On the Wall, National Portrait Gallery, from Thurs 28 June
This promises to be amazing. An exhibition exploring the influence of Michael Jackson on some of the leading names in contemporary art, spanning several generations of artists across all media. It opens on 29 June to to coincide with what would have been Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday (on August 29, 2018).