What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 19-25 May 2016

What do you fancy doing this week?  I’m thinking a night out is in order….

Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales, The Spotlight, Hoddesdon, 22 May, 1pm & 3.30pm

tiddler's tales

Oh, I do love a bit of Julia Donaldson — even though my youngest is pretty much out-growing her books already (*sniff*).  This show for the very little sounds brilliant — I might just have to borrow a toddler and go.  All sorts of characters from Tiddler, Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and a Squeeze come together on stage with singing, dancing, and lots of jolly story-telling fun.


Welwyn Drama Festival, Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, 23 – 28 May

drama masks

There’s a veritable feast of drama this week at the Welwyn Drama Festival.  Six nights — sixteen plays.  And they’re all competing, so they’re really going to be on their game.  Should be a brilliant week — I dare you to see all of them!


Frankenstein – Royal Opera House: Ballet Live Screening, Watford Palace Theatre, 22 May, 2pm


Muddy Herts editorial assistant Georgie is super-excited about this one — and I don’t blame her.  Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett has transformed Mary Shelley’s gothic classic Frankenstein into his first full-length narrative ballet on the Covent Garden Main Stage.  It’s got everything you’d expect — betrayal, curiosity, life, death, love, human nature, you name it.  And a brand new score from Lowell Liebermann.  Looks stunning.


Berko Beer Fest, Haresfoot Brewery, 21 & 22 May

beer fest

If you’re going to have a beer festival in Berkhamsted, the town’s brewery is pretty much the place to have it.  Sample 19 beers from 14 different local breweries, as well as cider, wine and soft drinks.  Enjoy 6 different bands throughout the weekend.  And feast at the Hazeldene Farm barbeque.  Fingers crossed for the sunshine…


Mum2Mum Market, Homewood Road United Reformed Church, St. Albans, 21 May, 2.30 – 4.30pm


Looking for a baby bargain?  Check out the Mum2Mum Market this weekend in St Albans.  You might have seen this company on Dragons’ Den?  It’s the place, so I’m told, for pre-loved children’s stuff — y’know, all the gubbins they need, clothes, highchairs, prams, toys, books, the lot.  And if you want to offload some of what yours don’t need anymore, you can sell it too.  Check out the link for details.


Folk, Watford Palace Theatre, 18 – 28 May, 7.30pm + Sat Mat 2.30pm


This sounds brilliant — a swearing, smoking, Guinness-swigging nun.  A man who’s  lost his job and is seeking solace in music.  And a ballsy, outspoken teenager Kayleigh who listens to no one.


Live Jazz and French Buffet, Inn on the Park, Verulamium Park, St. Albans, 20 May, 6.30pm


Hmmm, I’m thinking this would make a nicely relaxed date night — whaddya reckon, Mr C?  Jazz and food — always a neat combo.  And the Inn on the Park is a lovely wee venue — and if it’s a warm night, then the park is so beautiful, too.


Flamstead Book Festival, Flamstead, 20 & 21 May


I love a good book festival.  And this one has lots of great authors,  local and otherwise.  Topping the bill this year are Edd Kimber — that smiley chap who won the very first Great British Bake Off and has since published 3 cookbooks — and Renee Knight, who’s moved from making documentaries to writing novels.


Rickmansworth Festival, Aquadrome Park and Batchworth Lock, 21 & 22 May

rickmansworth festival

The annual Rickmansworth Festival celebrates canals, the community and the environment, with boats from all over the country — at least 100 of them — as well as all sorts of live music, craft and trade stalls, dog show, canal trips, funfair, bar, food, the lot.


Reginald D. Hunter, The Comedy Loft, Watford, 20 May, 8pm


I do love Reginald D. Hunter.  He’s just so dry and that deep voice…  *sigh* … anyway, enough of all that.  He’s being supported here in Watford this weekend by Micky Sharma, Chris Turner, Darrell Marten, who I’m sure are very lovely too.


The Hitchin Art Exhibition, Oriental Splendour, Churchgate Shopping Centre, Hitchin, 20 – 22 May

kasia burke

A great chance to see some stunning work by properly talented local artists Steve Collett, Frank Radcliffe, Kasia Burke, Roz Down, Andy Croughan, and Sarah Booth.


Wedding Fair, Knebworth House, 25 May, 5.30 – 9.30pm

wedding fair

Planning a wedding?  Not one but TWO of my best friends got engaged recently — something in the water, it seems.  If you’re making lists and dreaming about that perfect dress, head on over to the Premier Wedding Fair at Knebworth House and Barns.  You get to have a peek at Knebworth as a possible venue, too.  How cool would that be?


A Plate in the Sun, Novelli’s Academy, Tea Green nr Hitchin, 24 May, 10.30am – 4pm

a plate in the sun

I’ve not been to the Novelli Academy at Tea Green yet, but I’d certainly love to.  This course looks brilliant — it’s based on spices from around the world, designed by J-C himself, and taught by resident chef Patti Sloley.  Oh, and you get to have lunch there — of course!


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