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What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 27 Oct-2 Nov 2016

Yes, Halloween is on the way — but it’s not all ghosts and ghouls this weekend.  There’s plenty going on without the need to pull out your polyester witch’s hat and stick on a couple of warts.  Trick or treat?  Definitely a treat…

Meet the Wine Producer, The Radcliffe, Hitchin, 2 Nov, 7-9pm


At The Radcliffe in Hitchin this Wednesday, it’s wine o’clock – for two solid hours. Need I say more? Sample some of the finest French wine and even learn a little about its production in a gorgeous setting.  Just pop along for a relaxed, informal evening. You can’t go wrong.

The Lost Boys (1987), University of Hertfordshire, 27 Oct, 7.30pm


They’ve saved best ‘till last in the Vampires on Screen series at the University of Herts. The third and final screening is The Lost Boys – 80s cult classic with a killer soundtrack. Check out this vampiric comedy horror this week.  Dare you to go in fancy dress…

Halloween Scream-ing of Beetlejuice and The Silence Of The Lambs, Watford Colosseum, 30 Oct, 6pm & 8.30pm


More spooky films for you this weekend – a bit of comedy with Beetlejuice followed by horror thriller Silence of the Lambs. Anthony Hopkins is just THE most terrifying character in this blockbuster – it gives me chills every time. He doesn’t even have to say anything: he’s just got that look about him. Why not go to both, if you’re feeling super-spooky?

Hare in the Hat Day of Magic, Haresfoot Brewery, Berkhamsted, 28 Oct, 10am-10pm


Any budding Muddy magicians out there? Halloween is fast approaching – and what better way to get in the mood than attending a Magic Convention at Haresfoot Brewery in Berkhamsted? It’s serious stuff as well, with lectures on Card Magic, Gimmick Magic and Mentalism… sounds spooky, yet strangely intriguing.  And I could do with a trick or two up my sleeve…

Jo Caulfield: The Customer Is Always Wrong, Harpenden Public Halls, 28 Oct, 7.30pm


Jo Caulfield’s ‘The Customer is always Wrong’ takes a hilarious look at those little things in life that are never as straightforward as they ought to be. I feel it, Jo. There’s always something, isn’t there? Head over for a good old laugh at life’s little left turns.

The Collector, The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 1 Nov, 8pm


The Old Town Hall really is a gem. This highly-acclaimed show comes straight from a sell-out run of shows in London, now embarking on a National Tour. The Collector is a compelling tale of murder, evil and betrayal set in occupied Iraq and born out of Henry Naylor’s own experiences of a visit to Bagram Airbase in 2003. This is relevant, political theatre at its best – right on our Muddy doorstep!

Watford Philharmonic Society present Remembrance, Watford Colosseum, 29 Oct, 7.30pm


This is the first concert of the new 2016/17 season for Watford Philharmonic Orchestra and what better way to start than with a gorgeous commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. This special performance features Mozart’s wonderful Requiem and Massenet’s Meditation de Thais played on the Western Front violin. Stirring stuff.

Sand in the Sandwiches, Harlow Playhouse, 1 Nov, 7.30pm

NPG P150(6); Sir John Betjeman

NPG P150(6); Sir John Betjeman

How about celebrating national treasure John Betjeman, much-loved poet famed for his light verse, laughter and passion. This new play travels through his boyhood to life as Poet Laureate, giving a lovely, entertaining insight into the world of this poetry legend. Edward Fox is one of the biggest names in British acting, with two BAFTAs under his belt. Not bad, eh?


Jess and Joe Forever, Watford Palace Theatre, 1 & 2 Nov, 8pm


This one’s for all the lovers out there. (Sorry, that is so high-school disco). This is a heart-warming story of growing up, fitting in (or not,) and most of all, friendship. Spanning several summer holidays together, Jess and Joe’s tale is one of coming of age, and exploring whether you can really belong anywhere. Big questions – and if they have the answer I will be writing them down… jess-and-joe-forever

Museums at Night, various locations, 27-29 Oct


If you’re in London this weekend, why not check out some of the special events at the capital’s biggest attractions? Think British Museum, National Gallery, Houses of Parliament, Somerset House, and Natural History Museum – all opening their doors to the culturally curious who want to experience something new and exciting. Do check out the full list because you may uncover a hidden gem!  Oh, and apparently there are cocktails.  ‘Nuff said?

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