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Fri 6 – Sun 8 Oct 2017

George Street Gin & Jazz, St Albans, Fri 6 Oct

As some of you will know, George Street is one of the most beautiful streets in St Albans with so many brilliant and special small shops and businesses that cleaned up in the Muddy awards this year. George Street Canteen won Best Cafe, Maison Hartley won best Interiors Store, Thirty Nine 10 won best Wine Merchant and Suckerpunch St Albans won Best Bar. Dylanskingsarms was a finalist for Best Pub and Cerimonia a finalist for Best Men’s Store. Wharton Goldsmith was a finalist for Best Jewellery Store. Oh, and Trinder Hair Studios, just around the corner, won Best Hair Salon. George Street has a wonderful spirit which is going to be celebrated on Fri 6 Oct, with gin, jazz and food. George Street will be car free and you’ll be able to pad about in bare feet on bright green grass.

George Street Gin & Jazz

Martin Burke cooks, Hertford Food & Drink Festival, Sat 7 Oct

Martin Burke is a much-loved chef known across Herts and Beds for his innovative vegetarian cookery. He’ll be doing demos at the Hertford Food & Drink Festival on Saturday and there are loads of good things going on during the day and the whole weekend sounds absolutely brilliant. Find out more from the festival website.

Martin Burke

The Hertford Gin Club Festival, Sat 7 Oct

Herts is going to be awash with gin this weekend. This is the Hertford Gin Club throwing a party at the festival. Please remember to pace yourself and have lots to eat! Buy a ticket, choose a time, and then rock up to choose from over 50+ gins, priced at just £5 each. The ticket price includes mac ‘n’ cheese. I’m mighty pleased to hear it. Good for soaking up gin. Two sessions to choose from: 6.30 – 8.30pm; 9.00 – 11.00pm.


Tring Eco Fair, Tring Baptist Church, Sat 7 Oct

The marvellously modest Andrei Lussmann is one of the speakers at the Tring in Transition event on Saturday. Andrei wins all kinds of awards for sustainable business practices at Lussmanns Restaurants and is a member of the Sustainable Restaurant Association and Food Made Good, but he tends to keep quiet about them most of the time. There will also be a talk by Bettina and Trevor of Gillyflower, the Berkhamsted flower growers who grow seasonal British flowers blooms.

Tring Eco Fair

St Francis’ College, Letchworth, Open Morning, Sat 7 Oct

I went to visit St Francis’ College earlier this year and have been back a few times to various events, including the art show and also an evening of talks that were powerful and empowering. On Saturday 7 October, there’s an open morning, so this is your chance to have a look around. I should add that it’s a girls’ school, so you probably do need to go with someone who might one day be a student here. It’s a wonderful school that is very much part of the Letchworth community.

Open morning

May Morris: Art and Life, William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow, Sat 7 Oct – 28 Jan 2018

May Morris was the youngest daughter of William Morris who was great friends with George Bernard Shaw who lived in Hertfordshire for most of his life at Shaw’s Corner, which is open until the end of October. May Morris made a wide variety of work, including wallpaper, jewellery and embroidery. I don’t think the story of her work has been told before, and I’m looking forward to seeing this. E17 4PP

May Morris

Apple Day, Tewin Orchard, Sun 8 Oct 

Celebrate all things apple in Tewin. Activities for all: guided walks around the orchard, scavenger hunt for kids, experts to give advice on how to look after your own fruit trees and, as you’d expect on a Sunday afternoon, tea and cakes and apple juice to taste and buy. 12pm – 4pm. Toodle pip!

Tewin Apple Day

Jon Sopel, If Only They Didn’t Speak English, Notes from Trump’s America, Letchworth, Sun 8 Oct

This looks like a goody and a different kind of Sunday afternoon activity. Jon Sopel is British journalist who has a unique insight into what goes on in North America. He’s travelled on Air Force One, interviewed President Obama at the White House and has been eye to eye with President Trump. This is likely to sell out, so be quick! Tickets £6, redeemable if you buy the book. 3.30pm. This event is at the Spirella BallroomSG6 1GD

David’s Bookshop

Why the Whales Came, Broadway Theatre, Sun 8 Oct

Danyah Miller is a force to be reckoned with. Combine her talent for storytelling with Michael Morpurgo‘s tale Why the Whales Came, and you’re in for a treat. The Broadway Theatre has a brilliant programme on offer over the next few months and this is just one example of what we’ve got to look forward to.


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