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Fri 8 – Sun 10 Dec 2017

Omid Djalili, Hertford Theatre, Fri 8 Dec

Known as a smart stand-up comedian who is intelligent and challenging, Omid Djalili is on his way to Hertford Theatre. Expect adult content so the theatre recommends ages 16 and over. 8pm.


Gordon House, Paint to Print, Broadway Gallery, Letchworth, until 28 Jan 2018

Gordon House (1932-2004) was unusual because he was both a fine artist and commercial, or graphic, designer. Born in Wales but brought up in Letchworth Garden City, he went to Luton and St Albans School of Art. This exhibition at the Broadway Gallery, which runs until Jan 2018, focuses on Gordon House’s painting and prints in the 1960s. The exhibition will show how he developed artist printmaking and will include his designs for galleries and musicians: he worked with The Beatles on the typographic design and production of The White Album.

Paint to Print

Nicky Pritchard, Forever Green, Nettleden, Fri 8 and Sat 9 Dec

Nicky Pritchard is a hugely talented florist who works from her home and garden studio in Nettleden, near Hemel Hempstead. She also grows a lot of her own flowers. Her Forever Green workshops take place in her garden studio and the numbers are limited so you get lots of help and attention. You can choose from day or evening and there are quite a few dates during December. Lunch is included if you do a daytime workshop and in the evenings you can make a wreath and drink fizz at the same time. Bliss. £70. Fri 8, Sat 9, Thurs 14, Fri 15, Sat 16 Dec.

Forever Green Workshops

Late night shopping, Hermitage Road, Hichin, Sat 9 Dec

Hermitage Road in Hitchin has a fantastic community where all the independent shops support each other. On Saturday from 4pm – 8pm, there’s a late night opening and Christmassy party thing going on. Worth a visit if you don’t know Hitchin. There are so many good shops: Hermitage Rd & Co, the new art gallery Arkeley Fine Art, Gatefold Music, The Little Deli, Fab Gelato and more.

Joglaresa, The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempsted, Sat 9 Dec

Joglaresa is…I’m not sure exactly. It’s a romp, that much I can guarantee. With fidel, harp, bells, bagpipes, dulcimer and voices. Go on, where’s your sense of adventure?


The Box of Delights, Wilton’s Music Hall, until 6 Jan 2018

It’s The Box of Delights, starring Matthew Kelly, at Wilton’s, the world’s most beautiful music hall. I’ve just made that bit up, but if you haven’t been, it is an absolutely beautiful and atmospheric venue.


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