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5 things to do in March in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 11:42 06 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:42 06 March 2017

Joanna Trollope

Joanna Trollope

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Here are 5 unmissable events happening in Hertfordshire in the month of March

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Exhibition of theatre giant

Edward Gordon Craig, who gave his name to Stevenage’s theatre and was known as one of the most radical and influential forces on the world’s stages, is the subject of a newly curated exhibition at Stevenage Museum which runs to June 3.

Born in Stevenage in 1872 to actress Ellen Terry and architect Edward William Godwin, Craig went on to make an indelible mark on theatre history. The exhibition, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, reflects his achievements, with items from the extensive collections of his artwork and publications at the V&A Museum and Eton College Library on display, some for the first time.

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Trollope on Trollope

Queen of the ‘Aga Saga’, Joanna Trollope (above), a bestselling romance novelist with 17 books to her name, will be appearing at Christ Church, Chorleywood on March 28 at a talk arranged by Chorleywood Bookshop.

Among subjects under discussion will be her latest book, City of Friends, and a writing career that has spanned more than 40 years as well as details of her life during which she worked in the Foreign Office and as a teacher before taking up her pen.

Bootleg Sergeant Pepper’s

Nostalgia in abundance is expected at the Alban Arena, St Albans, on March 30 when the Bootleg Beatles take to the stage in tribute to the Fab Four as the world looks back 50 years to the release of the iconic album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The group are following a successful 2016 during which they headlined Fairport’s Cropredy Convention in Oxfordshire, and audiences are promised the music, costumes and banter from the Beatles’ heyday. Renowned for bringing their idols vividly to life, the Bootlegs will present sets from different periods of the Beatles’ career

Mother’s (& dogs’) Day

What are you doing for Mother’s Day? What about a fabulously fun day of dogs in the grounds of Hatfield House?

Digswell Place Group Riding for the Disabled Association is hosting its third Dogs and Daffs Day, supported by Hertfordshire Life, at the stately home on March 26 from 10am-5pm. Walkers can enjoy Hatfield Park exclusively with a choice of four rambles (£5 per adult, children and animals free), while from midday pets can take part in the popular dog show (£3 a dog). This includes a category just for mums, as well as many others for dogs of all shapes and sizes. There will also be dog displays with anyone welcome to take part.

The Stable Yard shops and Coach House restaurant will be open as well as stalls specially put up for the day, including vets’ advice and photography.

All money raised will support the charity which gives disabled people horse riding sessions in Welwyn, bringing emotional and physical benefits.

Finding Little green men?

Fans of science fiction and the search for life beyond Earth have several events to catch their attention this month, beginning with a talk on March 2 at St Albans Cathedral delivered by the cathedral’s newly-installed canon scientist, Prof David Wilkinson, on ‘Science, Religion and the Search for Extra-terrestrial Life’.

March 2 also sees the launch of a season of science-fiction films in the music and media building at the University of Hertfordshire with a showing of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Later comes ET: The Extra-Terrestrial on March 16, The Thing on March 23 and Blade Runner on March 30.

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