What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 1-7 Dec 2016

Definite festive flavour to what’s on this week — although there’s plenty else going on if you’re feeling a bit on the ‘bah, humbug’ side.  I know it’s chilly, and getting even chillier this weekend, but bundle up and head on out there!

Winter House at All in One Season, Letchworth, various dates


There are some tickets left for the astonishingly gorgeous Dutch Winter House at All in One Season in Letchworth. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen — Alice opens her home to literally hundreds of people who browse the gifts and decorations in the beautifully-decorated house and the courtyard lit by twinkling lights.  Seriously — do not miss this one.


Simon Michael: The Brief  & An Honest Man, David’s Bookshop, Letchworth, 3 Dec, 11am


Join David’s Bookshop to hear Ampthill author Simon Michael talk about the first books in his new series of crime thrillers, set in the streets, courts and prisons of 1960s London. And this guy really knows his stuff, practising as a barrister for over 30 years –  he must have seen all sorts! Expect themes of morality, alienation and displacement, as morally compromised anti-hero barrister, Charles Holborne, tries to find his way through the corrupt police force and street gangs.


Book Signing with Farrow & Ball, Chorleywood Bookshop, 3 Dec, 10am-2pm


So if you’re planning a New Year revamp of your home, this may be the book for you. Farrow & Ball are joining Chorleywood Bookshop to discuss all things home decoration – set to become your go-to guide for all things interior. Both practical and inspirational, this is sure to get the mind-cogs going and give you some great ideas as to how you can spruce up your Muddy abode.


Cake Decorating Classes, River Room, Hertford Theatre, 4 Dec, 10am-12pm & 2-4pm


How cute do these cake decorations look?! Not to mention tasty…although of course, they’re far too cute to eat. Maybe. If you need a topper for your Christmas cake, how about letting the lovelies at Hertford Theatre help you along your way. If you’re more of a Santa and Rudolph kinda gal, go to the session at 10am, and if penguins are more your thing (see the adorable depiction above) then head over at 2pm.  You can even take kids, too — should you want to.


Christmas Gift Shopping, Frithsden Vineyeard, Hemel Hempstead, 3 & 4 Dec, 11am – 5pm


Frithsden are offering up the delectable combination of wine and gift shopping — and, get this, mulled rosé and mince pies.  Heavenely!  Pop in and see if you can grab any gifts for your loved ones — or maybe even treat yourself as well.  You know you’re worth it…


Christmas Gothic, The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 2 Dec, 8pm


Christmas time is ghostie time.  Or it is at The Old Town Hall, anyway! This production resurrects Victorian tradition by presenting three tales of terror to get you in the Christmas spirit. Lighting a candle to the frailties of human nature and illuminating the chilling depths of the bleak winter (oo-er), Christmas is a time to remember the past, celebrate the present and look to the future. Great reviews for this one, with particular praise for the way this young performer really holds the audience in the palm of her hand.


We Haven’t Got a Cluedo, Abbey Theatre, 3 & 4 Dec, 8pm & 2.30pm


Based on the popular board game, this production brings to life all the favourite characters and even gives the audience the chance to help solve the crime. So if you fancy yourself as a bit of a Professor Plum, this may be the play for you. Colonel Mustard with the pistol in the drawing room…?  I like to think of myself as more of a Miss Scarlet, if the truth be known.

abbeytheatre.org.uk/ we-havent-got-a-cluedo

Bingham Quartet and Nigel Clayton, Benslow Music Trust, 2 Dec, 8pm


This internationally renowned string quartet has a fresh and exciting approach to new music, having toured extensively in the UK and also performing in Europe, Australia and the Middle East. Treat yourself to an evening listening to these stylish and oh-so talented musicians and you will not be disappointed.


Prints & Presents, Upstairs Gallery, Berkhamsted, until 7 Jan


If you’re arty or you need to buy that arty special someone a gift this year, there are some gorgeous pieces at the latest exhibition in Berkhamsted.  Or just pop in and have a nosey round – there’ll be everything from paintings, to textiles, prints, photography and jewellery.


Christmas Comedy, The Comedy Loft, Watford, 2 Dec, 7.15pm


Check out Pete Firman and co this week, and be prepared to laugh your socks off! Pete, a magician, can both amaze you and make you laugh. All in one. You have to see it to believe it! Oh, and don your Christmas jumper to really get in the festive cheer!


Gladys & Tallulah Christmas Craft Party, Inn on the Park, Verulamium Park, St Albans, 3 Dec, 10.30am – 12.30pm


Take the mini muddies for a jam-packed day full of crafty and festive fun! They’ll have so much to choose from they won’t know where to begin – making hanging decorations, tea light holders, deco page, and decorating small plates to put Santa’s biccies on for the big day. And they’ll feed your little angels with festive grub.  Money well spent, I say!

inn-on-the-park.com /christmas-craft-party-with-gladys-tallulah

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