What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 15-21 Dec 2016

If you’ve got a spare minute from the Christmas preparations – if you do, what’s your secret? – there’s plenty going on this week to keep you busy. A few different takes on your usual Christmas Carol shows, markets, some neat bits for the kids, and a National Theatre Live screening. Enjoy!

Carol Singing, The Fox at Willian, 19 Dec,


The lovelies at The Fox are holding their annual carol singing bash in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Christmas jumper wearing is, of course, encouraged. Have a bite to eat while you’re there!


ShooShoobaby’s Christmas Party, The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 17 Dec, 8pm


This hilarious musical double act will give you a sparkly and flamboyant Christmas Party fit for a Muddy Queen! Expect instruments like the autoharp, musical saw, and kazoo (oo-er) as the duo rework much-loved Christmas tunes. There’s also the chance for some audience participation, (oh yes there is), so get in on the fun!


Watford Philharmonic Society Present ‘A Celebration of Christmas,’ Watford Colosseum, 14 Dec, 7pm


For a more traditional (and tuneful?) Christmas evening, head to Watford Colosseum to hear Watford’s Philharmonic Society do their thing. Accompanied by a lovely live orchestra, there will be festive songs a plenty from all around the world. Always a popular one, this.


Christmas Cracker, Maltings Arts Theatre, 17 Dec, 8pm


So we’ve had ShooShoobaby and the Watford Philharmonic Society’s offerings — how about some Christmas jazz? You can’t say I don’t try to cater for all tastes! Have yourself a merry little Christmas and enjoy some smooth and seasonally themed jazz classics, including Sinatra and Simone. Oh, and there will be mince pies and mulled wine. Yum.


National Theatre Live: No Man’s Land, Watford Palace, 15 Dec, 7pm


Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End starring in Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, and you can catch a screening of it at Watford Palace this week. One summer’s evening, two ageing writers meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking through the night. As the drinks flow, the stories become increasingly unbelievable, and the conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister young gents. Sounds intriguing…


Christmas Musicfest, Haresfoot Brewery, Hemel Hempstead, 17 Dec, 7pm


Haresfoot Brewery are hosting no less than four bands at their Christmas Musicfest, accompanied by a special festive BBQ by Hazeldene Farm. How yummy does that sound? If you’re getting fed up of roast dinners before the big day even arrives, spice things up at the brewery and help to raise funds for the wonderful Hector’s House in the process.

Haresfoot Brewery

Vintage, Antiques & Collectors’ Market, Hatfield House, 17 Dec, 10am – 5pm


It’s vintage market at Hatfield House this weekend! How about seeking out some quirky bits and pieces to add some sparkle to your home in time for Christmas. There’ll be furniture, silverware, china, glass, book, prints, postcards, and more. Blimey, you could get a whole new dinner set if you’re lucky! Try bartering for a bargain to get a great deal.


Farmers’ Market, Hatfield House, 18 Dec, 10am-2pm


And on Sunday, it’s Farmers’ Market day. So you can stock up on your cheeses, wines and beers in time for Christmas! Just try not to scoff them all before the big day. Shopping local really is the way to go, you won’t get much fresher than that! Plus, Hatfield House is just gorgeous at this time of year.


Leaping Frog Puppet Making Workshop, Inn on the Park, Verulamium Park, St Albans, 17 Dec, 11am -12.30pm


Keep the glitter and glue outside the house, and bring the kids to Inn on the Park, where they can take part in a lovely workshop and make a unique froggy puppet to take home. Stick around for the Live Puppet Show itself at 5pm and they put their work into good use.


Adventures in Moominland, Southbank Centre, London, 16 Dec – 23 Apr


This looks so adorable! Gotta love the Moomins. If you’re about town doing some last minute Christmas shopping this week, you can check out this new exhibition and take a wondrous journey through Moominland – clamber through forests, huddle in caves or set sail on the high seas to try and find the Moomin family. Sounds like a very nice escape from the hustle and bustle of the city — don’t mind if I do!



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