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5 things to do in Hertfordshire in February

09:30 07 February 2017

Farm frolics at Willows Activity Farm (February 11 and 19) (pic: Kari Hoglund, Thinkstock)

Farm frolics at Willows Activity Farm (February 11 and 19) (pic: Kari Hoglund, Thinkstock)

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Here are five picks for things to do in February in Hertfordshire

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1. On Broadway

A new touring production based on the TV series Waiting for God, starring Roy Hudd and Nichola McAuliffe, is part of the inaugural season starting this month at Letchworth’s new 400-seat theatre at the Broadway cinema. The tour is produced by James Seabright, who will also present a concert production of new musical The Sorcerer’s Apprentice on February 7. The inaugural season also includes one-off performances from acts including magician Jamie Raven, comic Arthur Smith and West End star Cassidy Janson. There are also productions from companies including Pilot Theatre, which will stage The Machine Stops, Horrible Histories (right) and the Reduced Shakespeare Company.

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2. Port of call

Folk-rock pioneers Fairport Convention return to Alban Arena on February 12 as part of their 50th-anniversary tour. The group first played together in 1967’s Summer of Love and despite line-up changes have thrived with studio and live performances ever since. Fans can expect tracks from new album 50:50@50 as well as classics. Three of the band’s most iconic albums – Full House, Angel Delight and Babbacombe Lee – were conceived in Herts when the group lived with their wives, children and roadie at the Angel pub in Little Hadham, between 1970 and 1971.

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3. Farm frolics

Hundreds of lambs will see the light of day for the first time in St Albans this month as they are born during the Willows Activity Farm February Frolics event between February 11 and 19. Visitors will be able to see the spectacle for themselves, with Tuck the Shepherd on hand to supervise the newest members of the flock and give bottle-feeding demonstrations every day. Young visitors also have the chance to try ‘fleecy arts and crafts’ in the Busy Bee Marquee and enjoy performances from Peter Rabbit, Lily Bobtail and Benjamin Bunny in the Peter Rabbit Theatre.

4. Festival of literature

Great British Bake Off winner Jo Wheatley (left), Chocolat author Joanne Harris and poet Roger McGough will be among top names at the Bishop’s Stortford College Festival of Literature from February 2-9. Now in its eighth year, the festival encourages all ages to discover the magic of words. Events include a celebration on February 6 of the local literary community, with writers Alice Audley, Hina Belitz, Sara Hirsch and Lucy Saxon sharing how they have succeeded in writing, journalism and performance poetry. Next day, Dave Cornthwaite will discuss his adventures, most of them self-powered and 1,000 miles long, while award-winning journalist Luke Harding will follow with an insight into life as a foreign correspondent.

5. Kerridge’s happy diet

Celebrity chef Tom Kerridge will swap cooking tips for dietary advice on February 15 when he will be at Barbirolli Hall at St Clement Danes School in Chorleywood to share how he has shed 11 stone over the past three years. Kerridge, whose visit has been organised by Chorleywood-based Chiltern Books, explains, ‘Most people find it hard to keep to a long-term diet, but this one is different. The recipes feature ingredients that trigger the release of the ‘happy hormone’ dopamine in your brain, so it’s a diet that will make you feel good!’

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