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What’s on in Hertfordshire in November

PUBLISHED: 19:46 31 October 2018 | UPDATED: 19:46 31 October 2018

Brendan Cole's All Night Long, Watford Colosseum (photo: Shane Finn/Visual Devotion)

Brendan Cole's All Night Long, Watford Colosseum (photo: Shane Finn/Visual Devotion)

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If you’re looking for things to do in Hertfordshire this month, we have gathered lots of events for November 2018

• Christmas wrapped up

November 2-4, Redbourn. November, 15-18, Aldenham

Get your Christmas sorted early at two big festive fairs offering special things you won’t find in the shops. Herts Mistletoe Fair on November 2-4 at the County Showground, Redbourn has four heated marquees with artisans selling crafted gifts, decorations and great food. New this year is a vintage tea room, while Santa is back with his Shetland pony sleigh.

The Frost Fair has a new home this year – usually at Hatfield House, it will be at Aldenham Country Park near Elstree. From November 15-18 there will be more than 150 exhibitors offering gifts and festive goodies for the home plus fine foods direct from the producers. There will also be festive music, entertainment and Father Christmas.

• More bang for buck

November 3, St Albans, Tring, Watford & Ware

Home firework display a bit more ‘oh’ then ‘ahh’? Then enjoy one of the many professional displays around the county. These days the big show offer much more than just the display. St Albans Cathedral Fireworks Spectacular in Verulamium Park has a food village with Tring Brewery providing refreshments. There’s a funfair, food and drink and live entertainment compered by Vibe 107.6FM at Cassiobury Fireworks in Watford, Tring’s Festival of Fire at Tring Park Cricket Club includes food stalls, a beer tent, swing band and rock choir, while at Ware Fireworks Display there will be side shows and food stalls.

All the events take place on Saturday, November 3.

• Grimm reimagining

November 4, Letchworth

This contemporary retelling of Hansel and Gretel at The Broadway in Letchworth features words by poet, playwright and novelist Simon Armitage with chamber music by Matthew Kaner. In this version the siblings are refugees and the world they enter is even darker than the Brothers Grimm fairy tale. With shadow puppetry and animations, one reviewer described it as ‘an extraordinary piece of theatre’.

Suitable for over 12s, tickets £10

• All Night Long

November 6, Watford

It’s the last chance to see the critically-acclaimed dance show created and hosted by Brendan Cole. All Night Long takes audiences into the world of ballroom with dance, music, comedy and passion. The Strictly Come Dancing star is joined by a cast of championship dancers and a 13-piece band and singers. From the powerful paso doble to the elegant foxtrot, it’s a high energy dance show with a difference.

Tickets from £27.50

• Hiding a lion

November 6, Bishop’s Stortford

Helen Stephens’ magical children’s book How to Hide a Lion is transferred to the stage with puppetry, humour and jazz. When a lion is chased out of town little Iris begins a mission to squash her friend into a variety of tight spots as the misinformed town folk track him down.


• Find your family

November 6, Hertford

If you are researching your family tree, Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies is hosting its last Family Tree Detectives session of the year on November 6 on the topic of military records to tie in with the Armistice centenary. Curators will guide participants on how to use the wealth of information in the archives. The session at County Hall, Hertford is open to everyone from beginners to dedicated researchers.


• Crown Jools

November 9, Watford

A heap of talent will descend on Watford Colosseum for Jools Holland’s annual tour. The indomitable pianist and his acclaimed Rhythm and Blues Orchestra will be joined by singers Marc Almond, Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall, and original Squeeze member Gilson Lavis on drums. With boogie-woogie classics and his huge collection of compositions, Jools is one to see live.


• Book this

November 16, Chorleywood

Chorleywood Bookshop continues its run of impressive events with Dan Snow bringing his passion for history. His new book This Day in History looks at significant events on each day of the year, going back 3,000 years. Events as diverse as the signing of the Armistice treaty in 1918 to Rosa Parks refusing to give up her bus seat in Alabama. The event at The Junction, Christ Church, Chorleywood, costs £20 and includes a copy of the book.

Another TV favourite, Michael Palin, will be signing his new book Erebus, The Story of a Ship on November 24 at the bookshop.

• Classic show

November 17, Berkhamsted

Alke Quartet will perform works by Haydn, Janáck and Schubert as part of the 65th Berkhamsted Music season. Violinists Soh-Yon Kim and Henry Chandler, cellist Karen French, and Benjamin Harrison on viola will be at the Berkhamsted Civic Centre on November 17. The quartet was formed in 2011 from members of Southbank Sinfonia. 
A programme of classical concerts runs until February.

£15 (season ticket £52)

• The Nutcracker

November 17, Radlett

Be enchanted by one of the most famous ballets of all time. With its combination of beautiful choreography and Tchaikovsky’s score, this production of The Nutcracker by the Vienna Festival Ballet at Radlett Centre on November 17 will delight all ages. Given a nutcracker doll for Christmas, Clara begins a magical adventure to combat the mouse king and join the sugar plum fairy in the Land of Sweets. An early Christmas treat.

• Festive magic

November 17-January 27, Leavesden

The wizarding world is gearing up for a magical Christmas at Warner Bros Studio Tour as the Harry Potter film sets are specially decorated for the festive season. Visitors can also discover how the filmmakers created fire, ice and snow that never melts. During December 10-12 the set of the Great Hall will be transformed for a feast. Enjoy drinks and canapés and a two course meal, with dessert served on Platform 9¾. At £240 a ticket, it’s not cheap, but there’s the added thrill of exploring Diagon Alley after hours.

• Planet Jupitus

November 29, Hoddesdon

Phill Jupitus is extending his current Juplicity tour to the end of the year including a date at The Spotlight in Hoddesdon. Known for his regular appearances on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, QI and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, the comic explores the chaos of his life and the uncertain world that surrounds it. Punctuated by poetry and music, one thing’s for sure, it promises to delight (and possibly outrage).



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