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5 things to do in August in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 12:20 03 August 2017

Belinda Carlisle

Belinda Carlisle

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We pick five unmissable events happening in county this month

Kite runners

Let’s go fly a kite on Therfield Heath on August 6 at the ever-popular Charity Kite Festival.

The colourful event is organised by the Rotary Club of Royston and attracts thousands of spectators each year, giving visitors the chance to watch expert kite flying as well as join in with their own kites (or ones bought on at the gate). There are food and drink stalls on site or bring a picnic.

Admission from 10.30am to 4.30pm is £3 for over 14s. All proceeds will go to the local Home-Start project.

Van Hage circus

If you fancy clowning around, head to Van Hage Garden Centre in Great Amwell where John Lawson’s Circus will be performing an exciting show for both children and adults to enjoy.

Highlights include knife-throwing, aerial displays, uni-cycling and lots of giggles with Bippo The Clown.

The show opens on Saturday August 19 until Monday August 28, with three shows a day at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Tickets are £6.50 (children under two go free). Book at vanhage.co.uk

Pop legends

Some of the biggest names in pop over the past 30 years will be performing at the County Showground in Redbourn.

The Meraki festival from August 11-13 will include live music from Jason Donovan, Tony Hadley, Lemar, Rebecca Ferguson, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Belinda Carlise (left) and Bonnie Tyler, and that barely scratches the surface of what’s on offer. All-inclusive activities include comedy, DJ sets, laser tag, a movie house, spa and hot tubs and, to top it off, there’s a ‘family field’ with everything from a splash party to music lessons.

Tickets for adults start at £45. Visit merakifestival.com for more.

Hot ticket

A hot date for your diary this month is the annual Benington Chilli Festival, with more than 60 independent chilli traders selling everything from chutneys and pickles to chocolate and cheese.

Held in the lovely grounds of Benington Lordship Gardens near Stevenage, there will be hot food from around the world and artisan beers to tickle your taste buds, as well as a chilli-eating competition for the brave, live music and children’s entertainment.

The festival runs over the bank holiday weekend, Saturday 26 to Monday 28, from 10am-5pm.

Admission is £8.50, £5 for 12-15s and free for under 12s.

Shopping fun

There are loads of free activities at the Letchworth Community Museum to keep little ones out of mischief this month.

Children’s Week is part of the Garden City Collection’s latest exhibition, which tells the story of Letchworth’s shopping past. The display will bring to life period shop interiors and show how people used to shop in Letchworth’s favourite establishments. This is an interactive exhibition with the chance to role play in costume, weigh and measure items, listen to stories via a telephone and watch films.

On August 1, fives and older can design and make – with the help of an artist – a product that could be sold in a shop. On August 3 and 4, sevens and above can create their own shops in the online game Minecraft, and there will be craft activities available for youngsters not old enough to join in. Due to high demand, advance booking is essential.

Call 01462 476075 or email gcc@letchworth.com

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