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What’s on in Hertfordshire in March

PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:21 27 February 2018

Discover how health and beauty has changed over the decades at Hertford Museum

Discover how health and beauty has changed over the decades at Hertford Museum


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

1. Keep young & beautiful

The obsession with our appearance is the theme of Hertford Museum’s exhibition Keep Young and Beautiful! Visitors can explore how generations have enhanced their appearance, altered their lifestyles, and kept in shape over the years.

Drawing on the museum’s collection of health and beauty objects, engage in a range of interactive activities including a historical workout and a ‘match the makeup to the time period’ exercise.

A free exhibition for all ages, it runs until April 14

2. Muddy Mayhem

Unafraid of getting down and dirty? Then Muddy Mayhem wants you. Participants run, jog, clamber, crawl and climb around a 5k route in the grounds of Knebworth House, cheered on by friends and family. It’s guaranteed to put a smile on your (very muddy) face.

Around 700 runners raised a whopping £55,000 last year in aid of Garden House Hospice Care, and the Letchworth charity is looking to set a new record this year.

The fun run takes place on March 17. See ghhospicecare.org.uk for entry details

3. Haunted Hertford

For an evening of frightful excitement, join an eerie guided tour of Hertford. The town has several spiritual residences, according to the organisers of Haunted Hertford, including the Salisbury Arms Hotel – scene of several phantom sightings and a dare-you-enter ‘Room 6’.

Take an atmospheric walk through the spookiest sites on March 9, starting at the weird White Hart to the ghoulish grounds of Hertford Castle.

Tickets from £6 via gohertford.co.uk

4. Gangsta Granny

The West End stage adaptation of David Walliams’ much-loved children’s book, Gangsta Granny, comes to Hertford Theatre this month.

It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means one thing – staying with boring granny, but granny has a secret and Fridays are about to get a whole lot more exciting.

From the acclaimed producers of Horrible Histories, the award-winning production is on from March 22-24.

5. Strictly ballroom

Mad about Mambo? Do the Cha Cha in the kitchen? Then you’re in for a treat as Mr Wonderful, ‘ballroom’s best-loved teacher’, hosts an afternoon tea dance in the Art Deco surroundings of Watford Colosseum.

Go with a partner or on your own and Malcolm Fernandes will improve your dancing whether a complete beginner or a seasoned waltzer. Then head for the cakes.

March 21 from 1pm. watfordcolosseum.co.uk

6. Easter fun

Celebrate the coming of spring at Willows Activity Farm Easter Eggstravaganza. There will be a visit from the Easter Bunny, egg and rabbit hunts (no bunnies will be harmed!), and a farmyard and petting barn introducing fluffy new arrivals. There are chocolate prizes too. March 24-April 15. willowsactivityfarm.com

On Easter Saturday (March 31), head to Wick Wood in St Albans for the Woodland Trust Easter Egg Hunt. Suitable for toddlers to early teens, collect five tokens scattered through the woods in exchange for a choccy treat.

10am-midday. 50p entry. Dress for muddy paths

7. Adventurer’s tale

Top British mountaineer Andy Kirkpatrick has climbed solo on the most difficult routes in the world. An award-winning writer and filmmaker with a unique brand of humorous and motivational storytelling, he can captivate an audience.

In his new show, Psychovertical: A Higher Education, at Radlett Centre on March 14, he looks back at 40 years of climbing and adventures from the Alps to Patagonia


8. The stars of tomorrow

Marking its 74th year, the Welwyn GC Youth Drama Festival promises a wonderful week of entertainment and the chance to see potential stars of the future.

Around 350 young people from Herts and neighbouring counties compete for awards, with shows graded for acting, production, stage presentation and dramatic achievement by a professional adjudicator.

Final judging and an award ceremony will take place on the last Saturday.

Barn Theatre, Welwyn GC, March 5-10. barntheatre.co.uk

9. Be the detective

Outside The Box Theatre presents a hair-raising Murder Mystery event at Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar, where you become the detective.

Seated cabaret style, watch the strange events unfold as you debate with your fellow detectives over afternoon tea or dinner, before quizzing the cast and revealing the true identity of the killer.

March 11, 3pm and 7.30pm. hertsmereleisure.co.uk

10. The Full Monty

It’s the raucous, pop-rock-musical that takes it all off. Based on the cult British film, the Broadway adaption of The Full Monty comes to Harpenden Public Halls on March 20-24.

A group of unemployed steelworkers from Buffalo come up with a bold way to make some quick cash, and soon find themselves exposed, physically and emotionally.

Filled with honest affection, engaging melodies and the odd bit of nudity…


11. Every dog has its day

It’s one of the biggest dog events in the county – as owners and their pooches gather at Hatfield House for exclusive walks, a dog show, agility courses and specialist stalls.

Supported by Hertfordshire Life (we will be there helping to judge the show’s many fun categories), the Dogs and Daffs event on Easter Sunday (March 25) raises funds for Digswell Place Group Riding for the Disabled Association.

The Stable Yard shops and restaurant will be open. Entry is £5. Children and dogs go free. 9.30am-4pm. hatfield-house.co.uk

12. Goblet of Fire returns

Calling all Potter fans! The fateful Goblet of Fire returns to the Warner Bros Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter for the first time since filming, in a special feature opening March 30.

Experience a live demonstration of how the cup revealed the Triwizard champions, and admire the cup’s detailing, constructed from a single piece of wood. Props and costumes from the Triwizard Tournament will also be on display including those of Barty Crouch Jr and Fred and George Weasley.

Until September 23. wbstudiotour.co.uk

13. Spring concert season

The diaries of Captain George Bambridge, one of Wimpole Hall’s last residents, are the inspiration for a series of concerts in the stately home’s Long Gallery.

Played on period instruments by Eboracum Baroque, composers include Bach and Handel, who Cpt Bambridge, a keen concert-goer, documented hearing.

Tickets at £20 include wine in the interval and a rare chance to explore the hall’s ground floor after hours.

Wimpole Estate, near Royston, March 12-26. nationaltrust.org.uk

14. Where Was I?

Comedian and star of Alas Smith and Jones and Not the Nine o’clock News, Griff Rhys Jones, will share his hilarious travel stories at Letchworth’s Broadway Theatre on March 3.

With anecdotes about his travels around the UK and the world for several BBC series, expect tales of abseiling cliffs, cleaning the windows of a New York skyscraper, swimming in the Tay and journeying the arid wastes of the BBC canteen.

Tickets £18. broadway-letchworth.com

15. Russian masterworks

Former G4 singer Matthew Stiff is lead baritone at the annual Joint Schools’ Choral Society performance at St Albans Cathedral on March 7.

St Albans School and the city’s high school for girls will tackle a uniquely powerful programme of Russian and French choral masterworks from the 19th and 20th centuries including Stravinsky’s cantata Zvezdoliki and the epic prologue from Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov.

Tickets £8-£15. stalbanscathedral.org


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