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What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 18-24 June 2015

It’s the weekend (nearly).  It’s Fathers Day on Sunday (don’t forget to get a card, should you need to).  The sun has been out so we know it’s there, at least, and there are plenty of indoor and outdoor things to do this weekend and beyond.

Rhythms Of The World, Hitchin Priory, 20-21 Jun

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Kicking off the festival season in Herts, Rhythms of the World is gearing up for a weekend of music from all over the world – as well as just around the corner.  With more than 125 acts to choose from, the expected 30,000 festival-goers – including me and my youngest on Saturday – will have plenty to choose from.  There’s a family area, too, with crafts, music, body stencils and more – as well as lots of delicious food.  Definitely look out for what Cookery-Eatery are up to while you’re there, too.  Should be a great weekend.

Aviva Women’s Tour finish, Hemel Hempstead, 21 Jun, 11am-5pm

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Like your cycling?  The Aviva Women’s Tour – in its second year now – is finishing up in Hemel Hempstead on Sunday.  The finish line is right on the Leighton Buzzard Road, and there’ll be a fair in Gadebridge Park, with all sorts of cycling-related stuff going on – as well as fairground rides, bits to eat and drink, and various other stalls.

Imagine Watford, 20 Jun-4 Jul

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I’m not saying just imagine Watford – that would be silly.  There’s a great big Imagine Watford festival kicking off this weekend, bringing all kinds of things to see and do to the town.  I’m not even quite sure how to describe it – the organisers call it a “festival of extraordinary open air moments” that will make Watford town centre a “place of wonder and excitement.”  Well, I’m prepared to give that a go. I’ve had a quick look and there promises to be dance, music, aerial theatre, magic, circus, architecture (huh?), bungee acrobats, laundry (what?), and puppets – and I’ve not even scratched the surface of the list. It’s got to be worth a look.

Letchworth Festival, 13-28 Jun

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Letchworth Festival is in full swing, with loads of bits and bobs going on throughout the city.  Not all of them are going to appeal to everyone, for sure, but there are a couple of things that caught my eye.  This Friday, there’s a wine tasting evening (7.30-10pm) which looks good – well, it’s got wine and it’s in the evening, so what’s not to like?  It’s at Letchworth Golf Club, and your £10 gets you six wines to taste from the various ones that will be there to try.  On the Saturday, there’s the Fiesta de la Concha (8-10pm) at the La Concha wine bar near the station.  There’ll be flamenco dancers and plenty of Spanish guitar on the terrace, as well as lots of lovely tapas and cocktails.

Lewis Schaffer is Free Until Famous, Hertford Theatre, 19 Jun, 8pm

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Lewis Schaffer’s much-loved – and out of the ordinary – stand-up show ‘Lewis Schaffer is Free Until Famous‘ is leaving London and going on tour, and he’s at Hertford Theatre this weekend.  Time Out reckons it’s “A bloody good laugh and unlike anything else on the comedy circuit!” and one critic described an hour with him as “hilarious, cathartic and exhilaratingly appalling.”  The schtick (the “…is Free” bit) is that you don’t pay to get in – the tickets are free – but you donate what you think it was worth at the end.  ​For this one, you can’t book online – only at the theatre box office or by calling 01992 531500.  It’s definitely one for the grown-ups, though – bit rude by all accounts.

Alban Weekend, St Albans, 20-21 Jun

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It’s St Alban’s Day this weekend, and the whole town will be celebrating its saintly namesake.  Saturday sees the Alban Pilgrimage – a carnivalesque procession through the city’s streets, with giant puppets re-enacting Alban’s last steps.  The procession leaves St Peter’s Church at 11am, and winds its way through city centre to reach the Cathedral at about noon.  Seriously, it’ll be nothing like anything you’ve ever seen in St Albans.  The market’s on as always, too, and that’s worth a visit on its own.  Sunday is the Alban Street Festival (12-6pm), with things to see and do all over town – a couple of stages to keep you entertained, a “performers’ piazza” full of street theatre, a family tent, an active zone, a makers’ market, and even a beach.

Fathers Day Sports Cars and Classics Show, Knebworth, 21 Jun

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If you’re a dad – or know one – who likes his cars, it’s worth dropping a few hints about Knebworth’s Fathers Day Sports Cars and Classics Show this weekend.  For no extra charge, you can wander happy as a clam among row upon row of classic cars, sports cars, just plain fancy cars, the lot.  Think, MG, Triumph, Jaguar, Porsche, Lotus & TVR.  And there’s an American car bit, too – as well as (ooo, I can smell the engine oil) trade and autojumble (love that word) stands.  And while you’re doing that, your non-petrol-head family and friends can enjoy all the other bits that Knebworth has to offer.

Soul Ladies Collective, The Forum Suite, Stevenage 26 June

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A shiny new events company – Fizzy Lemon Events – is on a mission to get Stevenage up and dancing, and they’re kicking off with a gig at The Forum Suite next week.  The Soul Ladies Collective and their band will be knocking out soul and Motown classics all night, and then a vinyl-only DJ (so old-school) will be keeping you shaking your tail feathers until 1 in the morning.  I’ll be there, burning up the dance floor – so brace yourself, Stevenage!

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