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5 things to do in Hertfordshire in September

PUBLISHED: 13:07 05 September 2017

Tasmin Little

Tasmin Little


We have rounded up five things to in the county for September 2017

Do you have a bowl worth all the tea in China? (photo: Augustcindy, Getty Images/iStockphoto)Do you have a bowl worth all the tea in China? (photo: Augustcindy, Getty Images/iStockphoto)

1. Antique valuation day

Is there an Oriental-style bowl gathering dust at the back of your cupboard? Dig it out – it might be worth thousands.

BBC Antiques Roadshow Chinese expert Lars Tharp will be at Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers’ Hertford office to value mystery items this month. He once revealed a dog bowl brought in by its owner was actually a late Ming vessel worth up to £9,000, so you may be in for a similar surprise! He’ll be assessing Chinese and Japanese pieces alongside British and European ceramics. Valuations are free, so there’s nothing to lose.

The event is from 10am-2pm on September 29. Booking essential. Call 01992 583508 or email

2. Lifting the curtain at the colosseum

If you’ve ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a major theatre, now is your chance to find out, at a family day at Watford Colosseum.

The Art Deco venue, which underwent a major refurbishment in 2010, is offering backstage tours, sound, lighting and pyrotechnic displays as well as arts and crafts, competitions and a performance on the mighty Compton Organ.

The free event will run from midday-4pm on Sunday 17. Book at

3. International music festival

It’s a village hall music festival, but not as you know it. With leading international artists, the Sarratt Festival of Music punches well above its weight. Celebrated violinist Tasmin Little (right) and Russian pianist Andrey Gugnin begin the event on Friday 22, and the Heath String Quartet with pianist Hannes Minnaar perform the next day. The following weekend it’s the turn of outré acts – percussionists O Duo and the Budapest Café Orchestra.

All concerts begin at 7.45pm at Sarratt Village Hall. Tickets are £20. See

4. Go jump in the river

Fancy an early morning swim down the river Lea? Mudlarks River Swim is back after last year’s success and organisers are eager to make it bigger. There’s a choice of a 700m and 1,800m courses and last year swimmers ranged from young teens to the more mature swimmer.

Mudlarks helps young people and adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues through horticultural therapy and educational and employment opportunities at its allotment gardens and Mudlarks Café in Hertford.

Entry to the swim is £10. The charity aims to raise £1,500. It takes place from 7am on Sunday 10 from Hertford Lock in Hartham Common. To get involved, email or call 01992 537080.

5. 1920s whodunnit

Whether you’re a fan of Cluedo or an avid Sherlock-viewer, there’s a whodunit to solve in Tring – $10,000 has gone from a safe, and the twist is it could’ve been you.

Community charity Tring Together’s 1920s Whodunit Evening costs £20 including a three-course dinner and cocktail. Flapper dress optional. Solve the case at Nora Grace Hall from 7.30pm on Sunday 30.

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