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What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 4-10 Jun 2015

While the weather makes up its mind, find something else to do rather than scan the skies to see if outdoors is a good idea or not.  There’s plenty on…

Jaleo Flamenco: ‘A Compás,’ Hertford Theatre, 5 Jun, 7.45pm

jaleo flamenco

Head to Herford for a bit of Spanish heat this weekend – Jaleo Flamenco are in town with their latest show ‘A Compás’ – which looks like suitably hot stuff: all stamping feet, clapping hands, and strumming guitars.  Jaleo was founded in Seville, and have been touring around the world ever since.  Check out the trailer for some evocative images to tempt you over there.

Hertford Theatre, The Wash, Hertford, SG14 1PS,

Open Farm Sunday, Foxholes Farm, Hertford, 7 Jun, 11am-3pm


No, not The Archers (although it’s all hotting up over Open Farm Sunday in Ambridge).  Turn the radio off and head to Foxholes Farm (Best Local Food Producer in the Muddy Herts Awards!) for their Open Farm Sunday this weekend.  There’ll be loads to see and do – tractor rides, machinery displays, butchery demonstrations, cheese tasting (yes please!), a hog roast (yum…), local beer, as well as cream teas and ice cream.  Lots for the kids, lots for the grown-ups.

Foxholes Farm, London Road, Hertford, SG13 7NT,

Chroma Ensemble Concert, Greene Room, Kings Arms, Berkhamsted, 7 Jun, 7pm


The Greene Room at the Kings Arms in Berkhamsted is the venue for all sorts of arty and literary goings-on, and regularly hosts The Chroma Ensemble — a London chamber ensemble who like doing new things with old music.  This weekend’s concert is all about Bach and Bartok – with some others thrown in for good measure – and it’s the last in this season’s Berkhamsted outings for the group.  Catch ‘em before they’re gone.

The Greene Room, The Kings Arms, 147 High Street, Berkhamsted, HP4 3HL,

The Berko Speakeasy: A Cabaret of Short Stories, Greene Room, Kings Arms, Berkhamsted, 10 Jun, 7 for 7.45pm start

And while we’re talking about The Greene Room, grab a ticket for ‘A Drop of Sunshine’ — the latest literary shenanigans from The Berko Speakeasy.  If you’ve not been to one of their ‘cabarets of short stories’ before, you’re missing a treat.  Glass of wine, and some really talented actors half-reading, half-performing some amazing short stories by serious literary folk like Hilary Mantel and Katherine Heiny.  Definitely something not to be missed on the Berko arts scene.  But tickets do sell out, so don’t necessarily expect to just rock up on the night.

The Greene Room, The Kings Arms, 147 High Street, Berkhamsted, HP4 3HL,

Frances Kearney: ‘Running Wild,’ University of Hertfordshire Galleries at the Museum of St Albans 29 May-12 Jul


The University of Hertfordshire Galleries at the Museum of St Albans have some interesting exhibitions, and the current one – ‘Running Wild’ by Frances Kearney – looks like it’s worth a peek.  Kearney gets to grips with the outdoors and children’s increasing disengagement from it in some massive photographic pieces.  She’s exhibited all over the world, so it’s a great chance to see her work for free a bit closer to home.

Katherine Ryan: Glam Role Model, Alban Arena, 5 Jun, 8pm

katherine ryan

I love a bit of Katherine Ryan – I just think she’s very funny and cleverer than people expect her to be (which I suspect is probably the point).  She’s on the telly lots – panel shows seem to love her, too – and this is her second UK stand up tour.  She’s playing (or has played) various venues in Herts, but this weekend she’s in St Albans.  There aren’t many tickets left, though.

Alban Arena, St Albans, AL1 3LD,

Forget Me Not, Nude Tin Can Gallery, St Albans, until 13 Jun


And while you’re in St Albans – or if you are already – the Nude Tin Can Gallery (St Albans’ newest art gallery) has 15 artists exhibiting their work around the theme of ‘Forget Me Not’ – all in very different styles.  It’s a neat little gallery – small, but perfectly formed – and it’s worth adding to your list of places to pop into when you’re passing.

The Nude Tin Can Gallery, 125 Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL1 4JE,

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