What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 10-16 Sep 2015
Busy weekend out there, lovelies. Plenty to enjoy for you and yours. Get on out there — and I’ll see you out and about!
Berkofest, Berkhamsted Cricket Club, 12 Sep, 12-6pm
It’s nearly here! Hope you’ve got those fingers crossed for some sunshine? Berkofest, Berkhamsted’s very own family-friendly festival, is a cracking way to wile away a September afternoon. Lots of live music, culminating in the glorious (and very Squeeze-o-rific, IMHO) Glenn Tilbrook, as well as plenty to eat and do, all MC’d by local boy Robin Ince – and all done and dusted by little people’s bedtimes. Brilliant. Head down to Berkhamsted Cricket Club and have yourself a jolly lovely time. I’ll be there, with Mr C and our two. Come say hello?
The Close-Up Show, Hertford Theatre, 12 Sep (and 17 Oct & 7 Nov), 8pm
Hertford Theatre is transforming itself into somewhere truly magical – for an evening of close-up-and-personal magic. A smaller audience in the smaller Studio at the theatre means you’re right up there in the action – maybe even in it – with 3 magicians doing all those things that you just can’t quite figure out how they do. Sounds brilliant, actually. I’m a total sucker for that sort of thing.
Hertford Theatre, The Wash, Hertford, SG14 1PS, hertfordtheatre.com
St Albans Fashion Week tickets go on sale, 15 Sep
St Albans Fashion Week isn’t until the end of October, but tickets for their big show go on sale this week – and last year, they sold out in 2 hours. Yes, really. So, if you want to go, you’d best get a wiggle on. A very stylish and on-trend wiggle, mind you…
Teddy Bears’ Tea Party, Ransom’s Pavilion, Hitchin, 13 Sep, 3-5pm
Grab your favourite ted – oh, and probably a child or two – and head over to Hitchin for the Teddy Bears’ Tea Party and Heritage Bake-Off at the Triangle Community Garden. If you’re feeling all Mary Berry, you can enter your best family cake recipe into their Heritage Bake-Off, with prizes for Best Looking Cake, Best Tasting Cake and Best Runner Up for both grown-ups and kids – judged by the delightful Emma Ince Goulding of Cookery Eatery. Dress up your ted and he could be up for a prize in the Best Dressed Teddy competition, and there’ll be games for the kids and plenty of space to spread your picnic blanket.
Ransom’s Pavilion, Triangle Garden, SG5 1RB, trianglegarden.org
Old Mother Hubbard and her Cupboard, Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 12 Sep, 11am
One for the very small folk in your life, this one. Old Mother Hubbard has a good old root around in her cupboard in Garlic Theatre’s puppet-led adaptation of the nursery rhyme. Great way to cheer up what might well be a rainy Saturday morning. Check out the trailer.
The Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 3AE, toth.dacorum.gov.uk
Andy Parsons: Live and Unleashed — But Naturally Cautious, Watford Palace Theatre, Sep 17, 8pm
If you like Andy Parsons on the telly – Mock the Week, that sort of thing – here’s a great chance to check him out all live and local on his latest tour. I quite like him, and I like the Palace as a venue – it’s small, it’s gorgeous, and I bet it’s great for stand-up.
Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, Watford, WD17 1JZ, watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk
Festival of Sport, St Albans, Sep 13
If you’re a sporty type (and I’m not), then the Festival of Sport looks like a perfect day for you. Lots of running and cycling and swimming and so on. Choose from 2 Triathlons, an Aquathlon, 4 Duathlons (is that even a thing?), as well as regular running (5k or 10k) and a 100km (100?!) Cyclo Sportive. There’s even a Scootathon for ages 4-8. Your entry fee includes all sorts of things, including timing chips (bring your own ketchup?), t-shirts, medals, trophies (assuming you win, of course), and access to massage at the end (which you will likely need after all that). Get your trainers on, lovelies!
Chilterns Countryside and Food Festival, Ashridge Estate, Berkhamsted, Sep 13, 10am-4pm
The Chilterns Countryside and Food Festival up at the Ashridge Estate is always massive – and there’s always loads to see (and taste!). If the weather’s good, it’s a fairly relaxed day out – wandering round the stalls, tasting all the good stuff on ‘em, watching people do interesting things. And the cafe at the Monument (if you’re still hungry after all that sampling) does enormous bits of delicious cake and tea in proper big mugs.