Fri 6 – Sun 8 July 2018
Wimbledon afternoon tea, Sopwell House, until Sun 15 July
This looks yummy. Green manicured lawns in the gardens at Sopwell House and macarons to match. Champagne tea delight at Sopwell during Wimbledon fortnight. £44.95.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Vyne Theatre, Sat 7 July
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is the new award-winning five-star hit musical for today. Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight. Live recording. 7.30pm.
The Greatest Showman, Knebworth House, Sat 7 July
Hugh Jackman doing his thing under the stars at Knebworth House. And take a closer look at Luna Cinema, there’s a full progamme of open air screenings this summer at various locations in Herts.
Clear out the clutter, Broadway Gallery, Letchworth, Sun 8 July
You dream of a minimalist interior, don’t you? With a home that only has room for the very useful and the very beautiful? (And I’m not talking about that useful drawer that’s home to Christmas cracker gifts). To celebrate the interiors created by Arts & Crafts designer and architect Barry Parker, this event will help you to sort out your head and heart before you set off home to sort that shed or spare bedroom – or even your entire life. Local decluttering experts will talk and answer questions and this promises to be an interesting and inspiring afternoon, followed by a champagne reception in the gallery where you’ll have a chance to have a good look at Barry Parker’s work – and admire those clutter-free, neutral and restful interiors. £10. 4-6pm.
Hitchin Lavender, Cadwell Farm, Ickleford
Hitchin Lavender is 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
Summer Beer Festival, The Fox at Willian, Fri 6 – Sun 8 July
A brilliant country pub in a great location. If you’re a fan of good beer, I can recommend this festival at The Fox at Willian.
Chilfest, Tring, Fri 6 and Sat 7 July
Gold! It’s Tony, and it’s Chilfest. An amazing line up this year: Friday night it’s Tony Hadley taking centre stage for the evening accompanied by an impressive 35-piece orchestra and special guests.Saturday’s music extravaganza is headlined by 80s icon Marc Almond, and also includes Hertfordshire’s Kim Wilde, Go West, Mica Paris, The Beat, Nick Heyward and more.
The Little Welly, County Showground, Sat 7 and 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?
Hoglands (Henry Moore’s garden) and Foxglove Cottage, Perry Green and Much Hadham, Fri 6 July
Double bubble blooms with the National Garden Scheme opening two gardens in Perry Green and Much Hadham. Hoglands is the garden in the former home of Henry and Irena Moore and Foxglove Cottage is nearby. Admire luscious lupins – if they still look like this after our June heatwave.
George Street wedding show, St Albans, Sun 8 July
Seek wedding inspo in the most beautiful street in St Albans. Hosted by Cerimonia (a stylish wedding store if ever there was one) this is a day where several excellent local businesses get together to guide you through your wedding planning decisions.
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.
Michael Jackson On the Wall, National Portrait Gallery
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 opened on 29 June to to coincide with what would have been Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday (on August 29, 2018).
Nick Sharrat: Pirates, Pants & Wellyphants, River & Rowing Museum, until Sun 16 Sept
If you’ve got kids, you’ll have a book somewhere in your house with Nick Sharrat’s fabulous illustrations. An interactive exhibition of his work starts this month and a drawing workshop takes place with the man himself on 14 July (book now as it’s bound to be a sell-out). This delightful, gentle museum is a great place to take kids but there’s plenty of adult amusement with all you ever wanted to know (or not know) about rowing, visiting painting and sculpture exhibitions, a cafe with posh nosh, and a short stroll to the river and shops of Henley.
Teeth, Wellcome Collection – until 19 Sept
Dentistry, fairground entertainment, happy smiles and horrific tales. 150 objects, including ancient protective amulets and dental bling, dentures and drills, sketches and spittoons, tooth transplants and toothpaste ads, If you catch a train home from Euston or Kings Cross, you might like to pop in here one evening. Open until 6pm during the week and until 8pm on Thursdays. Free.