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What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 25-31 Aug 2016

A week of sunshine?  Hoorah!  A Bank Holiday weekend on the horizon?  Get those brollies out…

Sundown Sessions &Tiki Party, Hermitage Rd Bar & Restaurant, Hitchin, 28 Aug, 5-11pm

sundown sessions tiki party

As well as the regular live music Sundown Sessions on Fridays, head over to Hermitage Rd for a tropical treat this Sunday at their Tiki Party.  BBBQ menu with 6 hours of live music — and cocktails, obvs.  And they’re raising money for Macmillan, too — aiming to raise £20,000 this year to celebrate their 20th year

Harpenden Folk Roots and World Music Festival, Harpenden Public Halls, 27 Aug, 2-10pm


Yes, summer’s drawing to a close (albeit a hot and steamy one), but there’s still time to squeeze in a few more festivals.  How about the Harpenden Folk Festival this weekend?  Headlined by Lindisfarne, with Julie Felix, Dexter, Polly and the Billets Doux, and more.

Benington Chilli Festival, Benington Lordship Gardens, 27-29 Aug, 10am-5pm

beningon chilli fest

Heat things up a bit even more at the annual Benington Chilli Festival.  Seriously though, there’s chilli everything — chutneys, sauces, pickles, seeds, cheese, chocolate, ice cream, cider, beer, pizza, sausages, pancackes, you name it.  Lots of entertainment going on, too, with escapology, juggling, and comedy.  There’s a chilli eating competition, too, if you’re feeling brave…

Musical Mystery Tour, Hertford Music Festival, 28 Aug

Always Tomorrow

Always Tomorrow

More than 40 venues around Hertford are hosting musicians performing everything from rock to reggae, folk to funk to punk, classical to jazz.  And they’re not necessarily your regular music venues either.  Sounds like a cracking music crawl.

Open Air Cinema, Hertford Castle, 26-27 Aug, 8.30pm (doors 7pm)

blues brothers hertford cinema

Couple of ‘classic’ films in the great outdoors this weekend.  Get your shades on for The Blues Brothers on Friday or get your breath taken away all over again (mostly with how young Tom Cruise looks) with Top Gun on Saturday. Sold out last year, so don’t leave it until the last minute to book your tickets, ok?

Luna Cinema, Hatfield House, 26-28 Aug, 8pm (doors 6.30pm)


More open-air cinema, this time against the stunning backdrop of Hatfield House.  Take your pick from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Grease (sing along… summer lovin’… happened so faaaast…), or Labyrinth.

New Writing Night: White Lies, Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans, 25-28 Aug

white lies maltings arts theatre

Holly Road Productions are presenting 6 new short plays on the theme of “White Lies” starring just 4 actors who’ll only have a day to rehearse each play.  Great chance to see a load of new work for the very first time.

Festival of Love, Southbank Centre, London



Feeling romantic?  Take the one you love to one of the many and varied events at the Festival of Love going on at the Southbank Centre.  ‘Quirky’ doesn’t even begin to cover it.  And this weekend is the Big Wedding Weekend!  People will actually be getting married there.  Madness…

Notting Hill Carnival, 28-29 Aug


Get your carnival vibe on at Europe’s biggest street party.  An incredible annual event, celebrating the diversity of London and its people — an amazing array of sounds, colourful sights and social solidarity.  And a cracking great big party.  It’s Children’s Day on Saturday, and the Grand Finale on Sunday.  Love it.

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