5 things to do in April in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 11:47 04 April 2017 | UPDATED: 11:47 04 April 2017

Mattisse, Blue Nude

Mattisse, Blue Nude


Head outside and enjoy some of Herts’ top April events

Bake for Heroes (antpkr, Getty Images/iStockphoto)Bake for Heroes (antpkr, Getty Images/iStockphoto)

1. James Wong at David’s

Botanist, best-selling author and broadcaster James Wong will discuss and sign copies of his new book, How to Eat Better, at David’s Bookshop in Letchworth on April 11 from 7.30pm.

Wong is a Kew-trained botanist and BBC presenter of programmes such as award-winning Grow Your Own Drugs and coverage of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show as well as a regular on Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time.

James WongJames Wong

Tickets are £6, deductable from the cost of the hardback book (£20) on the evening. To book, call 01462 684631 or drop in.

2. Mine’s several pints

The third Berkhamsted Beer Festival, BerkoBeerFest, promises bigger and better things after moving to Berkhamsted Civic Centre.

On April 21-22, the festival formerly at Haresfoot Brewery, will have 24 cask-conditioned ales from 16 breweries in and around the Chilterns, plus six ciders. Saturday will showcase live music from local bands.

‘The festival is a celebration of the Chilterns and, with so much great beer on offer locally, it keeps our beer miles to a minimum,’ says organiser Nigel Oseland.

3. Raise some dough

Help for Heroes is asking Herts bakers to put on their aprons and get baking to raise lots of dough for Armed Forces veterans and their families who are in need.

The charity is encouraging as many people as possible to host a tea and cake event at work, home, school or community centre in return for donations to support injured, sick and traumatised servicemen and women.

The national Bake for Heroes campaign runs from April 15-30. To register or for more information, go to bakeforheroes.org.uk or call 01980 846459.

4. Matisse in Hitchin

An exhibition of Henri Matisse’s late works is coming to Hitchin.

The French artist’s vibrant cut-out creations will be on show at Hitchin Town Hall throughout April and until May 6.

Matisse: Drawing with Scissors – Late Works 1950-1954 is part of the Hayward Touring Exhibition from the Southbank Centre and features 35 posthumous prints of works he produced in the last years of his life while confined to bed. It includes many of his best-known works, such as The Snail and the Blue Nudes.

The free exhibition, which will be shown in the Lucas room, is part of a programme of national exhibitions planned at the venue.

5. Spring in Tring

A fortnight of events celebrating the arrival of spring kicks off in Tring this month.

The Spring Fayre aims to promote wellbeing through outdoor pursuits, with 30 activities on offer, kicking off with a petting zoo, photo competition and stalls in Church Square on April 22 and ending with a family fun day in and around St Peter and St Paul Church on May 6.

For a ful list of events, visit tringtogether.org.uk

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