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PUBLISHED: 12:39 28 April 2011 | UPDATED: 19:16 20 February 2013

8th De Havilland Philharmonic, The Weston Auditorium, Hatfield

8th De Havilland Philharmonic, The Weston Auditorium, Hatfield

Find out what's on in Hertfordshire in May 2011...

Music & dance


1st The Searchers, Radlett Centre


2nd Hertford Voices singing day, St Nicholas Church, Great Munden, 10am-5pm. 01992 589730


4th The award-winning Ballet Black, Watford Palace Theatre


5th The Blues Band, Harpenden Public Halls


6th Emerge: Immerse, Trestle Arts Base


6th Wihan Quartet in Concert, Benslow Music Trust, Hitchin. 01462 459446


6th The Charlton Chasers, Hertford Theatre


6th Forces Sweethearts, Radlett Centre


6th-10th Thought Dance: Emerge, Trestle Arts Base


7th Cinderella, Vienna Festival Ballet, Radlett Centre


7th Emerge: Platform, Trestle Arts Base


8th Edith Piaf celebration of a legend, Broxbourne Civic Hall


8th De Havilland Philharmonic, The Weston Auditorium, Hatfield


8th Singers at the Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City. 01707 872125


12th Larry Garnner and the Norman Beaker Band, Hertford Theatre


14th All that Jazz, All Saints Church, Hockerill. 01277 362 440


14th Hertford Symphony Orchestra, Hertford Theatre


15th Pack Up Your Troubles, Broxbourne Civic Hall


18th Free performance of new dance and music compositions as part of the Mayfest season at The Weston Auditorium, University of Herts, Hatfield.


20th Concert by students of the Purcell School, 7pm, Aldenham Road, Bushey


21st Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Alban Arena


21st Westenders Goes Ballroom, Radlett Centre


21st World Music Evening, with Randolph Matthews and Byron Johnston, Letchworth Arts Centre


24th Hamilton Loomis, Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead


25th Jools Holland in Concert, Alban Arena


26th Jazz singer Clare Teal, Radlett Centre


26th Five Soldiers, Hertford Theatre


27th Die Fledermaus operetta, Hertford Theatre


27th U3 Unsigned Bands Night, Broxbourne Civic Hall


28th Tring Chamber Music, Harps, Bells and Mirrors, The Church of St John the Baptist, Aldbury. 01442 822732


28th Snake Davis, Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead


28th The Rat Pack, Hertford Theatre


29th Jazz Night, Letchworth Arts Centre


31st Doric Quartet in Concert, Benslow Music Trust, Hitchin. 01462 459446


Theatre


1st Barnstormers Comedy Club, Hertford Theatre


3rd An Evening with Neil Morrissey, Alban Arena


4th-7th Singin in the Rain, Broxbourne Theatre Company, Broxbourne Civic Theatre


5th Sweeny Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Hertford Theatre


6th I, Elizabeth, a Dyad Production, Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead


7th Jesterlarf Comedy Club, Gordon Craig Theatre


7th Ha Ha Holmes! The Beast of the Blistervilles, Rhodes, Bishops Stortford


10th Ghosts, London Classic Theatre, Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead


10th Private Peaceful, Harpenden Public Halls


10th-14th St Albans Operatic Society presents Hot Mikado, Alban Arena


10th-14th Calamity Jane, Harrow Light Opera Company, Watersmeet Theatre


10th-14th Radlett Light Operatic Society: Gilbert and Sullivans Ruddigore, Radlett Centre


10th-14th Rickmansworth Players: Stepping Out, the Pump House, Watford. 0844 7451944


12th-14th Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society presents three one-act plays, Knebworth Village Hall. 01438 814166


13th Comedy, Clare Summerskill: Well That Explains It, Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead


13th Fern Hill tales from Dylan Thomas, Hertford Theatre


13th-21st Rock N Roll by Tom Stoppard, Abbey Theatre, St Albans


14th Comedy Night, Letchworth Arts Centre


14th Simon Evans Comedy Night, Gordon Craig Theatre


14th Sometimes I Laugh Like My Sister, Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead


15th Thatll Be the Day, Alban Arena


16th-21st A Dangerous Corner by JB Priestley, Queen Mother Theatre


18th Dom Joly: Welcome to Wherever I Am, Alban Arena


19th Comedy Night, Broxbourne Civic Hall


19th-22nd Land of Liberty, a community play, Rickmansworth Aquadrome. 01923 776611


20th Patrick Monahan: 2011 British Tour, Old Town Hall, Hemel


27th Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club, Harpenden Public Halls


Walks & nature


From 1st Barnet and Monken Hadley historical and ghost walks. 0208 4406805


3rd Evening walk: The Woods in Springtime, Ashridge Estate.
01442 851227


7th Discover Ashridge Walk, Ashridge Estate. 01442 851227


8th Rotary Walk: Rotary Clubs of Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City.
01582 832679


10th Gentle Stroll, Ashridge Estate. 01442 851227


21st Lost Railways of Hemel Hempstead and the Nickey Line: three or five-mile guided walk. 01442 257030


28th High Street Trail, walking tour from Watford Museum. 01923 232297


28th Birdlife in Spring, early morning bird walk on the Ashridge Estate


Children & family


1st-2nd Family fun day with childrens May pole, Morris dancers, Hog roast and beer tent. Hanbury Manor, Ware. 01920 885011


1st-2nd The Wizard of Oz, Alban Arena


4th-5th Peppa Pigs Party, Radlett Centre


6th-7th How the Koala Learnt To Hug, Harpenden Public Halls


7th Chris & Pui Roadshow 2011, with CBeebies presenters, Alban Arena


15th Disney Classics Afternoon Tea, Hanbury Manor, Ware. 01920 885011


18th-21st The Jungle Book, Watford Palace Theatre


22nd Not So Grimm Fairy Tales! The Weston Auditorium, Hatfield


28th May Madness, scarecrow competition, fun and face painting, King George Recreation Ground, Bushey. 020 8207 7568


From 31st Half-term activity days, Cuffley Camp Outdoor Centre


From 31st Doctor Who activities, Hertford Museum


Art & exhibitions


Until June 26th Little and Large, Bushey Museum and Art Gallery


Until June 26th Chance Glass by Bryen Wood, Bushey Museum and Art Gallery


Until June 26th Bushey Then and Now 2, from the Greville Collection, Bushey Museum and Art Gallery


Until September 3rd Mud, Sweat and Beer Everyday Life in Tudor Times, Hertford Museum


Until December, Painting of the Fortnight, a changing display of works, Watford Museum


Until 28th Exhibition by artist Graham Boyd, Space2, Watford Museum


Until 22nd Moore at Hatfield, Hatfield House


Until May 7th Bishops Stortford Art Society Exhibition, Rhodes. 01279 659179


Until 2nd Kimpton Art Show, Parish Church, www.kimptonartshow.co.uk


3rd-27th Hollis Dixon exhibition, Letchworth Arts Centre


3rd-27th Seven in Focus, images from seven Hertfordshire photographers, Letchworth Arts Centre


5th-27th States of Destruction by Ben Bird, Apthorp Gallery, Radlett Centre


Gardens


Until 2nd The Hertfordshire Garden Show, Knebworth House


1st and 29th May Bank Holiday open weekends, Benington Lordship gardens


15th Isabel Hospice Teas in Gardens, The Manor House, Bayford from 2 to 5pm. 01279 755320


15th Charity Spring Opening and Plant Fair, Benington Lordship gardens


22nd Open Garden, tea and stalls for Isabel Hospice Great Munden House, Great Munden, 2 to 5pm


29th Preston Gardens Open Day, Preston, near Hitchin


29th Teas in gardens for Isabel Hospice, Jenningsbury, Hertford Heath from 2.30 to 5pm. 01279 755320


From 31st Potty About Plants, Ashridge Estate


Special events


Until 1st Stortford Music Festival, St Marys Field, Windhill


Until 2nd Hoddesdon May Fair and Heritage Weekend. 01992 785555


Until 2nd Kimpton May Festival www.kimptonmayfest.co.uk


1st and 2nd VE Day Celebrations, Royal Gunpowder Mills


2nd Watford 10k Charity Fun Run, Cassiobury Park, Watford www.watford10k.org.uk


2nd May Day Celebrations, British Schools Museum, Hitchin


5th-8th Festival of Living Crafts, Hatfield House 10am to 5pm


7th Hertfordshire Fire Museum Open Day, Watford Fire Station,1 to 4pm. 01923 232297


7th Barkway Village Market. 01763 849073


7th-8th Stotfold Mill Steam and Country Show, Stotfold Watermill and Nature Reserve. 01462 734541


8th Isabel Hospice Sunday Cycle Ride, Woolmer Green Village Hall. 01707 382500


8th Open afternoon at Hertford Castle from noon to 4pm


8th Annual National Trust Plant Fair, Ashridge Estate


13th Ghost and Bat Tour, Knebworth House


14th Museums at Night, special opening with live music and a bar from 5 to 9pm, Watford Museum


14th-22nd Rickmansworth Week www.rickmansworthsociety.org


15th Help the Heroes fun day noon to 3pm, Rose Gardens, Bushey. 0208 2077568


21st-22nd Rickmansworth Festival www.rwt.org.uk


21st-29th Ashwell Music Festival www.ashwellmusicfestival.org.uk


22nd Isabel Hospice sponsored circular cycle ride from Bishops Stortford.
01707 382500


22nd The Hospice of St Francis Ashridge Garden Party, Ashridge Business School, Berkhamsted. 01442 869555


28th-29th 2011 Hertfordshire County Show, The Showground, Redbourn www.hertsshow.com


30th Watford Celebration, annual community event www.watfordcelebration.org


30th Mini and VW Car Show, Knebworth House


30th Pop-up Art Market, Hatfield House


30th Big O Broad Oak 10k Road Race and Childrens Fun Run, Hatfield Broad Oak. 01279 718267


General interest


2nd Hertford Voices workshop day, St Nicholas Church, Great Munden. 01992 304606


7th Shillington Lower School PTA Table Top Sale, Shillington Village Hall, 10am to 1pm. 07778 427762


7th Art and Craft Market, High Street Methodist Church Hall, Harpenden


10th Coffee Morning for Isabel Hospice, Markwell Pavilion, Bishops Stortford. 01279 755320


10th Business Growth Show, Noke Thistle Hotel, St Albans, 9am to 3pm


12th The History of Sun Printers, talk by Brian Reynolds, Watford Museum. 01923 232297


13th Isabel Hospice Spring Golf Day, Brickendon Grange Golf Club. 01707 382547


14th Venice Through the Senses of Others, music appreciation
talk, Benslow Music Trust


17th Watford and West Herts Chamber of Commerce Golf Day, Aldenham Golf Club. 01923 335348


18th Snooker Legends Jimmy White and Ronnie OSullivan live, Radlett Centre


19th Radlett Art Society Lecture, Mary Acton: Learning to Look at Modern Art, Radlett Centre


28th Tring Artisan, Arts and Crafts Market, Victoria Hall, Tring


29th Charity Fashion Show and barbecue for The Dominique Conte Foundation for Deaf Children, 10.30am-5pm, Paradise Wildlife Park, Broxbourne. 07505 094655


Farmers markets


6th Barnet: Spires Shopping Centre, 8.30am to 3pm


7th Hatfield: White Lion Square, 9am to 2.30pm


8th St Albans: Market Place, 10am to 4pm


13th Hexton: St Faiths Church, 1pm to 4pm


14th Hertford: Market Place, 8.30am to 1pm


14th Tring: The Market, Brook Street, 9am to noon


15th Wheathampstead: East Lane Car Park, 10am to 1pm


20th Barnet: Spires Shopping Centre, 8.30am to 3pm


28th Hatfield Heath: Village Hall, 9.30am to 12.30pm


28th Tring: The Market, Brook Street, 9am to noon


Useful contacts


Abbey Theatre, St Albans 01727 857861; Alban Arena, St Albans 01727 844488; Ashridge Estate, Berkhamsted 01441 851227; Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City 01707 357117; British Schools Museum, Hitchin 01462 420144; Broxbourne Civic Hall 01992 441946; Court Theatre, Pendley, Tring 01442 823130; First Garden City Heritage Museum 01462 482710; Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage 01438 363200; Harpenden Public Halls 01582 767525; Hatfield House 01707 287010; Hitchin Museum and Art Gallery 01462 434476; Knebworth House and Gardens 01438 812661; Letchworth Arts Centre 01462 670788; Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans 01727 844222; Market Theatre, Hitchin 01462 433553; Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead 01442 228091; Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin 01462 434875; Radlett Centre 01923 859291; Rhodes Arts Complex, Bishop's Stortford 01279 651746; Sandpit Theatre, St Albans 01727 370067; Shenley Park 01923 852629; St Albans Cathedral 01727 860780; Trestle Arts Base, St Albans 01727 850950; Watford Palace Theatre 01923 225671; Watersmeet Theatre 01923 711063

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