What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 14-20 May 2015
You’ve had a busy week already. You so deserve a nice night out at the theatre. Or a day out at a food festival. Or a night at the museum. Or a day in a field with, er, lots of cars and Darth Vader. Go for it, why doncha?
‘Man and Superman,’ Hertford Theatre, 14 May, 7pm
I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for Ralph Fiennes, and the chance to see him beamed live into a Herts theatre will have to do if I can’t see him for real. Hertford Theatre is showing the NT live screening of the production of ‘Man and Superman’ tonight, if you’re looking for something to do (and share my predilection for Mr Fiennes). It’s a whopper of a play – 4 hours long – but it’s had a lot of interesting critical attention. After making Mr C sit through ‘Hamlet’ recently, I’m not sure he’s up for another marathon, so I might just have to go on my own…
Hertford Theatre, The Wash, Hertford, SG14 1PS, hertfordtheatre.com
‘Aladdin,’ Rhodes Theatre, Bishops Stortford, 14 May, 7.30pm
Ballet Theatre UK are at the Rhodes Theatre in Bishops Stortford tonight – with a re-telling of the story of Aladdin in classical ballet. The Independent has them down as one of the top 5 touring companies in the country, and the reviews of this production are all about glittering costumes and dazzling dance.
Rhodes Theatre, 1- 3 South Road, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 3JG, rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk
Open Day, Frithsden Vineyard, 16 May, 11am-6pm
If you’ve not been to Frithsden Vineyard, near Berkhamsted, one of their regular open days is the perfect opportunity to pop up for a bit of a nosey. No need to book – just turn up, have a look around (it’s gorgeous up there) and – oh, go on then – taste their wine. There’s a barbeque, too, as well as tea and cake. This weekend should (cross those fingers…) be a nice sunny one to explore the vineyards trails – but you can always retreat to their wine shop if it starts clouding over…
Frithsden Vineyard, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 3DD, frithsdenvineyard.co.uk
Letchworth Food and Garden Festival, 16-17 May, 10am-4pm
Welwyn World Food Festival, 16 May, 11am-4pm
You’re spoiled for local – and world – food choices this weekend. The Letchworth Food and Garden Festival has lots of local produce, heaps of seasonal goodies and plenty of culinary inspiration for you to enjoy. And — get this — Jean Christophe Novelli (sigh…) will be there. The Welwyn Food Festival is all about bringing not only food and drink but also music and dance from around the world right to us here in Herts. There’s a fine food and craft market, tasting and demos, entertainment and bits to keep the kids amused. Take your pick – or go for seconds and have a bit of both.
Museums at Night, 14-16 May
The Museums at Night project takes place twice a year – May and October – and gives us, the great British public, a chance to have a peek at our local museums after hours. Neat stuff. Lots of Herts museums are participating this year, so you can pick one near you – or venture further afield.
Lowewood Museum in Waltham Cross is celebrating the life of Anthony Trollope with an exhibition about his work, a Victorian photo booth to play in, and… um… cocktail jellies (very Victorian). Or, if you’re feeling brave – or ready for a good spooking – head to Knebworth House for a grown-up evening of tall tales and encounters with the unexplained… (You’ll need to book that one in advance.)
Hertford Museum has live music from local bands and a bar – as well as all kinds of interesting museum things to look at. At Watford Museum, it’s all about kinetic animations, zoetropes (nope, me neither), handmade books, retro vinyl, music and locally brewed beer. They’re billing it as a night of mystical, magical wonders – and it does sound promising.
Herts Auto Show, Stanborough Lakes, 17 May, 10am-4pm
If you’re a bit of a petrol head – or have to live with someone who is – then the Herts Auto Show has to be the local highlight of this weekend. Loads of cars and car-related goings on – vintage and otherwise. What more could you ask for? Well, there also seems to be a bit of a Star Wars theme going on this year. Small… Boy…. Heaven.