Muddy guide to the weekend, Thurs 6 April
I hope you’ve been enjoying this gorgeously warm spring weather and that all your bits are ready for exposure at the weekend. Every time I speak to someone about the predicted temperatures, they seem to go up and up. At the time of writing, I’ve just been told that it’s going to be 24 degrees on Sunday. Ready, steady, sizzle!
London Coffee Festival, Fri 7 – Sun 9 April
Espresso martinis, bearded baristas, and an opportunity to blast your way around what the hippest and most stripped back coffee shops London has to offer. Over 300 coffee experts will be brewing up in The Old Truman Brewery this weekend, which is only 10 mins’ walk from Liverpool Street. The place will be alive with music, food demos and tastings, coffee cocktails, talks and drinks and eats. Open to the public from 4pm on Friday, it will bubble along until Sunday. Great fun. You can buy a ticket for £16.50 for a three-hour session, which includes workshops, a masterclass, food tastings, and as much as you can drink.
Burritos, beats and beer at Gatefold, Sat 8 April
Nic and Jak Utley are leading a vinyl revolution in Hitchin. On Saturday, local food business Cantina Carnitas is taking over the turntables and you can enjoy whatever they are planning to put on the menu. At the time of writing, beer, beats and burritos have been promised. Hermitage Road in Hitchin is getting hipper by the minute.
Gillyflower, spring flowers workshop, Sat 8 April
Another Gillyflower spring workshop at the fab Frithsden Vineyard. Using spring flowers all grown in Herts by Gillyflower, including tulips, narcissi, anemones, ranunculus and greenery, you make and then leave with your own seasonal arrangement without the need for oasis! The food at the Vineyard is also amazing and it’s the perfect environment for creativity. 11am – 1pm. £50. This includes all materials and refreshments.
Music from the Black Barn, Forty Hall Farm, Sat 8 April
I haven’t actually been to this but I promise to try it out. It’s in the barn, not the house, it’s cash only and you buy tickets when you arrive. It’s organised by local volunteers and it’s on every month. Music includes R&B, folk, glam rock, soul, ska and jazz. From 7.30pm.
Lion King, Vintage Cinema, Tring Museum, Sat 8 April
Only a handful of tickets left at the time of writing to see the Lion King at the Natural History Museum in Tring. Be quick! 7pm
James Wong, David’s Bookshop, Tues 11 April
James Wong is a botanist who trained at Kew, and he is in Letchworth early next week to talk about his new book How to Eat Better. Tickets are £6, and of course if you buy the book, this goes towards the price. David’s has a wonderful new cafe now, so even better for evening events. 7.30pm.
I Capture the Castle, Watford Palace Theatre, until Sat 22 April
Yes, I have already mentioned this before, but last night I went to see it, and it’s a glorious evening of charming storytelling, music and dance. The cast work brilliantly together and there’s a sweetness at its core. It’s on until Sat 22 April, and then it moves to Oxford and then Bolton. It’s a Herts production by the Watford Palace artistic director Brigid Larmour, and if it does end up in the West End, the tickets are bound to be more than £24. It’s a delight. I’m even thinking of going again, with others. Parking nearby at the Sutton car park.
Write Away! Harpenden Arms Tues 25 April
I’m mentioning this now because the last event sold out. This is a crime writing workshop, organised by Katherine Sunderland, the founder of Bibliomaniac, a local literary force to be reckoned with. I went to one of the crime gatherings earlier this year and one of the authors was Leigh Russell, who is also running this writing workshop, along with Helen Cox. The room upstairs at the Harpenden Arms is big and conducive to creative crime. 8-10pm. £25