What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 13-19 Aug 2015
Weather’s a bit dodgy – umbrella or sunscreen? flip-flops or sneakers? should I take a cardie? – but there are still plenty of bits and bobs going on, indoors and out, to keep you entertained.
Knebworth Country Fair, 15-16 Aug
If it’s a sunny weekend, Knebworth Country Show could be fun. It’s on both days, and there’s lots to see and do – and I bet there’ll be at least one ice cream van. (It’s not a proper summer if you don’t have an ice cream a day, right?) There’s all the usual country fair fare: sheep, ferrets, dogs, arts and crafts, as well as circus skills, medieval folk and more. Your tickets will get you into the park, gardens, dinosaur trail and adventure playground too, so a bit of a bargain all round.
Henry V, Pendley Manor, Tring, 12-15 Aug, 8pm & 16 Aug, 3pm
The Pendley Shakespeare Festival is a bit of an institution now, having been running since 1947. This year, Twelfth Night sold out, and there’s just time to catch Henry V – although tickets are few and far between now. It’s always good, the atmosphere and setting are great, and it’s oh-so-eerie when the performance is punctuated by the calls of the peacocks who roam the grounds. See if you can spot the gorgeous, ghostly albino one.
Pendley Manor, Cow Lane, Tring, HP23 5QY, pendleyshakespearefestival.co.uk/whats-on
Broadway Cinema Outdoor Screenings, Letchworth Garden City, 14 & 16 Aug
Grab a blanket and some popcorn, wrap up warm, and head to Letchworth’s Broadway Gardens for outdoor screenings of 2 classic family favourites. Friday evening, it’s Raiders of the Lost Ark (oh, Harrison…) and Sunday evening, check out Back to the Future. At just £5 a ticket, it’s a bit of a steal.
Broadway Cinema, Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3DD, broadway-cinema.com
The Funky Summer BBQ, The Victoria, Hitchin, 15 Aug, 4-11pm
Enjoy a sunny afternoon in the courtyard garden of The Victoria pub in Hitchin, scoffing barbequed food and soaking up the summery sounds of funk and soul, Latin and ska, blues and world beats. A proper mix, brought to you by the cheery folk behind the Rhythms of the World festival.
The Victoria, 1 Ickleford Road, Hitchin, SG5 1TJ, thevictoriahitchin.com
The London Wonder Ground, South Bank, London, until 27 Sep
Mr C and I had a bit of a wander round the London Wonder Ground last weekend when we sneaked off up to town for a Hot Date. It’s a brilliant sort of grown-up fun fair with all kinds of things to do and see, places to eat and drink – including a carousel that’s a bar (but doesn’t go round very fast, thankfully), and weird and wonderful shows going on throughout the summer. There are family-friendly bits – like, Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall – and some bits that are probably best left until after small folk are safely in bed – like, Lili La Scala’s Another ****ing Variety Show. Something for, er, everyone?
Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon, National Portrait Gallery, until 18 Oct
If I could look like anyone in the world, it would be Audrey Hepburn. Next best thing, seeing as that’s deeply unlikely? An afternoon spent mooching around this amazing-looking exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. There are more than 70 images, including portraits, magazine covers, film stills and all sorts of archive material to keep you occupied, and I’m sure it’s all perfectly lovely.