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

While the weather struggles to make up its mind, make up yours and head on out to do something fun.  There’s lots to do and see in Herts this week.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Watford Colosseum, 11-12 Jul


If you’ve got small folk to entertain, this would be a lovely way to do it.  Judith Kerr’s book The Tiger Who Came to Tea has been around since I was little, and it’s a very sweet tale of a hungry tiger, a little girl named Sophie and her mummy.  It’s been adapted into a musical by David Woodward (who’s also adapted Fantastic Mr Fox, The Gingerbread Man, BFG, The Witches, Meg and Mog, Spot and Babe the Sheep Pig) and has been a big hit in the West End and on tour – at the Watford Colosseum this weekend.  Perfect for a rainy afternoon, I reckon.

Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, WD17 3JN, watfordcolosseum.co.uk

Style Me Vintage, Rhodes Theatre, Bishops Stortford, 10 Jul, 6.30pm

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Not your average vintage fair, by the sounds of it.  Style Me Vintage, back at the Rhodes Theatre for a third time, has the vintage stalls you’d expect – but it’s also got hair and makeup demos, a catwalk show, a photo booth and dance demonstrations. Oh, and Pimms.  Sounds like a fun night out if your tastes are of the vintage variety.

Rhodes Theatre, 1- 3 South Road, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 3JG, rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk

Radlett Centre, Bratislava Hot Serenadars, 12 Jul, 7.30pm


Staying with the vintage theme, the Bratislava Hot Serenadars are in the Radlett this weekend.  They’re a 17-piece swing band playing alongside a trio of singers, who bring back to life early swing and dance music.  They’ve been getting rave reviews at jazz festivals, and the Radlett Centre is a small enough venue that you’ll feel like you’re right in the middle of the action.

Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, WD7 8HL, radlettcentre.co.uk

Photography Workshop, Butterfly World, St Albans, 15 July 6-8.30pm


Fancy yourself a bit of a nature photographer?  Butterfly World in St Albans are staging a series of workshops to help you hone your skills.  The sessions are led by photographer John Humphrey, and you’ll have a chance to take pictures galore of the butterflies, bugs and birds that abound – only after hours, so no waiting for everyone else to get out of the way.

Butterfly World, Miriam Lane, Chiswell Green, AL2 3NY, [email protected]

Carvings in the Garden, Knebworth House, until 31 Jul

june.carvings-005If you’re heading to Knebworth in the next few weeks, the gardens are currently home to an exhibition of more than 100 carvings using wood from the Estate itself), as well as demonstrations and craftspeople there who you can commission should you have something specific in mind but just can’t find it.

Knebworth House, SG1 2AX, knebworthhouse.com

The Secret Garden, Hopleys, Much Hadham, 12 Jul, 6pm (gates at 5.15)

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I suppose that if a plant nursery is going to host an open-air theatre production, the obvious choice is, really, The Secret Garden.  This production sounds enchanting – particularly if you remember reading this one when you were young.  Chapterhouse theatre company, who specialise in outdoor theatre, are bringing their touring production to Much Hadham this weekend.  You can come early and bring a picnic – and browse through the plants! – or there’s a cafe right there, too.  There’s music and specially-designed puppet creatures to make it all thoroughly magical.

Hopleys, Much Hadham, Herts, SG10 6BU, hopleys.co.uk/concerts-and-plays

Eastenders at 30: In Our Manor, Elstree and Borehamwood Museum, 14 Jul-12 Sep


Ok, how many can you name…?

Hard to believe that Eastenders is 30 years old already, but there you go.  Working with the BBC, Elstree and Borehamwood Museum has an exhibition exploring the past 30 years of Albert Square in all its, er, glory.  One of the perks of having lots of interesting things – including Eastenders — filmed locally.

Elstree and Borehamwood Museum, 96 Shenley Road, Borehamwood, WD6 1EB, ebw-museum.co.uk

Alice in Wonderland, Leys Square, Letchworth Garden City, 11 Jul, 12pm


Never mind a mere 30 years, Alice in Wonderland is celebrating her 150th birthday this year – and Letchworth is heading out to celebrate.  There’ll be all sorts of Alice-themed goings on in Leys Square, with special deals at various local shops and businesses.  Imajica Theatre Company will be performing their ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ – including plenty of song and dance – at 12, 1.30 and 2.30pm, too.  Grab the nearest white rabbit and head on over.  Flamingo croquet, anyone?

Leys Square, Letchworth Garden City 

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