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5 of the best events in Hertfordshire in May

PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:00 03 May 2017

Living Crafts

Living Crafts


We have hand-picked five of the best things to do around Hertfordshire this month

The restored lake, Barclay ParkThe restored lake, Barclay Park

World of crafts

One of Europe’s biggest showcases of designers and craftspeople will be at Hatfield House from May 4-7.

British-made contemporary and traditional artisan pieces ranging from glass, ceramics and jewellery to textiles, metal and woodwork will be on display from around 300 exhibitors at Living Crafts.

Now in its 43rd year, the event will also host craft demonstrations, workshops and entertainment. Highlights include an open air gallery featuring contemporary sculpture, a living history crafting village, the chance to talk to up-and-coming designers in the emerging designers pavilion, and an Arts in Herts marquee. Demonstrations including sculpting, blacksmithing, bodging (that’s making chair legs, if you didn’t know), basket making, glass blowing and jewellery making.

Preston Gardens Open (Getty Images)Preston Gardens Open (Getty Images)

Tickets and workshops for adults and children can be booked at

Ashwell at Home

One of the biggest village days in Herts takes place on May 14, as the quaint streets of Ashwell are filled with attractions.

This year marks the 1,100th anniversary of the founding of the village and there is something to see or do to mark each century of its history. Visitors to the Ashwell at Home event can enjoy a wide range of activities including open gardens, children’s workshops including storytelling and crafts, a cricket match on the village recreation ground, a funfair, veteran cycles, live music, street entertainers, lunches and teas and much more.

Tickets are £6 (under-18s free) available at or on the day.

Leavesden heritage day

Free family activities that explore the past will be on offer at a heritage day in Leavesden Country Park.

Organised by Three Rivers District Council leisure team, and with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, historical societies, archive services and artists will explore the rich heritage of Abbots Langley, Bedmond and Leavesden. There will also be a living history guided walk through the park with costumed characters and performances from local school children.

Preston open gardens

Gardeners should head to Preston on Sunday May 28. for the annual Preston Gardens Open Day.

A large number of private gardens in this pretty village near Hitchin wil be open offering inspiration for a variety of garden sizes, styles and planting including unusual plants, wild areas and water features.

The church of St Martin will be decorated with flowers and open to visitors while there will be stalls and a barbecue on the green in front of the Red Lion pub and teas in the village hall.

The event is open from 12.30-5pm. Entry is £5 (children free). There is also free parking.

Barclay Park celebration

A festival of fun in the great outdoors will mark the 80th anniversary of Barclay Park in Hoddesdon.

Broxbourne Borough Council and volunteer group Friends of Barclay Park have arranged a packed programme for May 13-14. Local groups, businesses and stallholders will descend on the beautiful green space. There will be a sport and health zone, a drama and dance area, a play park for younger children and vintage cars.

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