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What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 26 May-1 June 2016

Long weekend coming up, my lovelies — and you know what that means.  No, not rain.  Well, it probably does, but let’s look on the bright side.  It means Sunday doesn’t count as a school night!

Live Music from Vicky Nolan, The Radcliffe, Hitchin, 27 May, 8pm

vicky nolan

Vicky Nolan, local singer, will be performing at Hitchin’s Radcliffe for the first time this weekend.  She’s got a gorgeous voice — check her out here — and it’s a super-stylish pub with some serious food to make you happy.  Great weekend combo, I reckon.

Sunday Jazz Brunch, The Gatsby, Berkhamsted, 11.30am-4pm

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Another great lazy weekend choice — a jazz brunch at Berkhamsted’s Gatsby.  Gotta love a brunch that runs until four in the afternoon, haven’t you?  And it’s a classy venue, all jazz age styling and cheeky cocktails.  Love it.  You’ll definitely need to book though — it’s the place to be on a Sunday.  Call 01442 870403.

Susie’s Vintage Fair, The Cricketers, Weston, 30 May, 12-5pm

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Not just any old vintage fair — this is a vintage fair at an award-winning pub with great atmosphere, a sunny *fingers crossed* terrace and perfect pizza.  There’ll be vintage loveliness from Susie’s Vintage Warehouse, live music from The Soul Man, as well as lots of fun and games to keep the kids happy while you eat, drink and buy lovely things.  Bank Holiday Monday perfection.

Graeme Of Thrones, Alban Arena, St Albans, 26 May, 8pm

Photography by Paul Wilkinson Photography Ltd.

Photography by Paul Wilkinson Photography Ltd.

I’ve totally missed out on the whole Game of Thrones thing — which I’m reliably informed is my loss. This show is coming direct from sold-out West End dates, and chronicles Graeme’s unique journey through the Seven Kingdoms.  not quite the same budget as the telly version, but it’s a rollercoaster ride (er, parody) of beheadings, incest and war. See it before they get sued…

Summer Cocktails Masterclass, Auberge du Lac, Brocket Hall, Welwyn, 26 May, 6.30-7.30pm

cocktail masterclass

Cocktails?  Yup, I’m so there.  Learn to make three delicious cocktails from the experts at Auberge du Lac — and then enjoy them, along with an oh-so-sophisticated selection of canapés.  Sounds glorious…

Letchworth Food and Drink Festival, Letchworth Garden City, 28-29 May, 10am-4pm

letchworth street food festival

Love a good food festival — lots of lovely things on cocktail sticks to try!  This year’s Letchworth Food and Drink Festival is packed with local produce, culinary activities, a free taste trail , live music, a children’s theatre tent, food art, and various food and drink classes and demonstrations — including a bake off, whisky tasting classes  and — seriously — the world champion gnome bowling competition.

Open Exhibition – Summer Fiesta, Upstairs Gallery, Berkhamsted, 25 May – 18 June

upstairs gallery exhibition

The Upstairs Gallery in Berkhamsted is a bit tucked away — well, it’s upstairs (obvs) for a start — but it’s worth sniffing out.  Gorgeous and regularly-updating work from local artists of all sorts of persuasions.  Right now, it’s all about celebrating summer, with wall-hung paintings, drawings, printmaking, mixed media, textiles and ceramics.  Definitely worth a look.

Classics in the Park Car Show, Knebworth House, 29-30 May

classics in the park

A new event a Knebworth this year — two whole days of classic cars from 1940 through to the ’80s, along with music and live entertainment in the grounds of the Park.  It’s free, too, once you’ve bought your ticket to the park — which also gets you into the Gardens, Dinosaur Trail, Adventure Playground and Park admission tickets.  And there’s lots of free parking for your not-so-classic car.

London Wine Week, various locations, 23-29 May

london wine week

What more do I even need to say?  More than 500 different wines available to try, a series of long-table banquets, and a whole week of unique tasting events — masterclasses, tutored tastings, supper clubs, meet the maker evenings, parties and pop-ups.  More than 100 venues across the city will be throwing open their doors offering £5 tasting wine flights and specially created food and drink pairings for those wearing a festival wristband — which are just £10.  Seriously.  Get yourself one and you’re off!

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