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What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 9-15 Apr 2015

Always good to have a plan for the week ahead, I reckon.  This week’s a bit heavy on eating and drinking — it’s not like you’re full of chocolate or anything, right? — but I’ve made sure there’s a spot of art and culture in there for you, too.

East of England Food Festival, Knebworth House, 11-12 Apr, 10am-5pm

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Fancy a feast?  The East of England Food Festival is coming to Knebworth House this weekend, and chances are there’ll be a bit of just about everything you can imagine getting your chops around to choose from.  Masterchef Ondine  Hargrove will be there, as well as telly chef Matt Tebbutt.  Tickets include entrance to the gardens, dinosaur trail, park and adventure playground, so making it a big family day out is as easy as pie!  (Ouch…)

Knebworth House, Knebworth House, Knebworth, SG3 6PY, knebworthhouse.com

The Picture of Dorian Gray, Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 15 Apr, 8pm

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For such a tiny theatre, Hemel’s Old Town Hall certainly pulls in some interesting offerings.  The European Arts Company, just back from its West End run of ‘The Trials of Oscar Wilde’ stays with the theme and presents their adaptation of Wilde’s novel ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ – in which a beautiful, narcissistic chap stays looking young and delectable while his portrait ages horribly in the attic.  Forget Christian – Dorian was the original Mr Gray.  Just without the cable ties.

Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 3AE, dacorum.gov.uk

Whisky Tasting, The Angels Share, Hitchin, 10 Apr, 7pm

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Enjoy a wee dram now and again?  The Angels Share – an Indian tapas restaurant in Hitchin – is holding one of its legendary whisky tasting evenings this Friday: an Indian meal with 5 whiskies to taste alongside it, including a 20-year-old Macallan (which should be quite a treat).  And live music as well from 8.30pm.  You’ll have to call or text to book in advance, though – these events are popular.  Sounds like a brilliant, relaxed night out.  I keep meaning to make it over there for one of these – let me know what they’re like if you get there before I do?

The Angels Share, 2 Arcade Walk, Hitchin, SG5 1EE, 07920 426 727, theangelssharehitchin

White Art Club: Ben Riley, Berkeley Gallery, Berkhamsted, 16 Apr, 6-9pm

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This one’s a bit in advance, but the tickets are selling fast and I wouldn’t want you to miss out.  Berkhamsted’s Berkeley Gallery is launching its White Art Club with a personal appearance – over drinks and canapés – by artist Ben Riley – who creates portraits of iconic figures out of broken records and ground-up vinyl discs.  It’s Riley’s last appearance in this country before he heads off to take New York by storm – how very exciting.

The Berkeley Gallery, 39 – 43 Lower Kings Road, Berkhamsted, HP4 2AB, berkeley-galleries.com

Crafty Fox Market, Peckham, 11-12 Apr, 11am-5pm

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Heading into London?  Want to do something a bit different while you’re there?  The Crafty Fox Market – ‘crafting is the new clubbing,’ they reckon – are holding their first Spring market at the Bussey Building in Peckham.  And it looks like they’ve not only got some great stalls to browse but some deliciously crafty workshops for you (and any kids you might have in tow) to do as well, should you enjoy that sort of thing.  There’s also a DJ and a full bar.  I’m not even that crafty, but I so want to go.

Crafty Fox Market, Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST, craftyfoxmarket.co.uk

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