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What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 2-9 Apr 2015

It’s Easter weekend, so the whole county is awash with chocolate and chicks.  If that’s not your thing, don’t despair: there’s a load of other good – and grown-up – stuff going on.  So, dodge those bunnies, leave the eggs to others, and head out and have fun.

‘Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage,’ Watford Palace Theatre, 8-11 Apr

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Robin Soans’ play ‘Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage’ explores the experience of Welsh rugby international Gareth Thomas when he was ‘outed’ by Sun journalists (how thoughtful of them) on the eve of one of the most important games of his career.  It’s had the critics cheering – and singing and waving their scarves? – and his mother loves it (watch the trailer!).  The Times critic says it “wrenches the gut and makes the soul sing” – but there’s apparently a fair bit of humour, dark and otherwise, in there too.

Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, WD17 1JZ, watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk

French Market, Hatfield House, 5 Apr, 10am

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Head down to Hatfield House this weekend for a continental treat at their French Market.  There’ll be traders from northern France selling all sorts of goodies – munch on baguettes and croissants (well, they won’t keep, will they?) and stock up on charcuterie, fromage and saucisson; olives, herbs and spices; soaps, bags, and other bits and bobs.

Hatfield House, Hatfield, AL9 5NQ, hatfield-house.co.uk

Benington Lordship Gardens, Stevenage, 5-6 Apr, 12-4pm

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I think Benington Lordship Gardens must be the only garden open over the Easter weekend that won’t be full of Easter eggs and other people’s children.  The gardens aren’t open very often, and they’re full of Spring flowers right now – so it’ll be the perfect place to enjoy some peace and quiet in a beautiful setting.  And, relax….

Benington Lordship, Stevenage, SG2 7BS, beningtonlordship.co.uk

Scarlet Bindi: The Collections, Bushey Hall Golf Club, 4 Apr, 10am-5pm

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Looking for something a little different, fashion-wise?  Scarlet Bindi specialises in the latest Indian fashion, and they’re presenting their SS15 collections from a range of new and upcoming international designers here in Herts.  There’s a chance to have a good browse or – if you’re feeling adventurous – to be sized up for a made-to-measure outfit.

Scarlet Bindi: The Collections 

Easter Afternoon Tea, Hitchin Priory, 3-6 Apr

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I do like an afternoon tea – sarnies, cake, hot pot of tea.  And the afternoon tea this weekend at Hitchin Priory looks like it would tick all my teatime boxes: finger sandwiches, scones, cakes and pastries, the lot.  Oh, and an Easter treat.  Easter Sunday is booked up already, but there’s space on the other days.

Hitchin Priory, Tilehouse Street, Hitchin, SG5 2DL, hitchin-priory, call 01462 420500 and quote ‘Easter Eggstravaganza’ to book.

New Rhythms: Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, until 21 Jun

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This free exhibition at Kettle’s Yard, ‘Henri Gaudier-Brzeska: Art, Dance and Movement in London 1911-1915,’ has been open for just a couple of weeks now, and it looks brilliant.  It’s a collection of the sculpture, drawings and paintings of Gaudier-Brzeska (who later died in the trenches at just 23) and some of his longer-lived contemporaries – Jacob Epstein, Wyndham Lewis, Auguste Rodin and so on – in relation to the dance scene of the time, which included the Ballet Russe and the advent of the tango in London.  Looks brilliant, and the images are so strong and so striking.  I’ll definitely be heading to this one.

Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge, CB3 0AQ, kettlesyard.co.uk

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