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5 things to do in Hertfordshire in October

PUBLISHED: 13:30 03 October 2017 | UPDATED: 13:30 03 October 2017

Hospice of St Francis Mud Pack Challege (photo: Bruce MacAlpine)

Hospice of St Francis Mud Pack Challege (photo: Bruce MacAlpine)

Bruce MacAlpine

Check out Hertfordshire Life’s five things to do in October

Fancy dessert on a plate isolated on white background (photo: Elena Elisseeva, Thinkstock)Fancy dessert on a plate isolated on white background (photo: Elena Elisseeva, Thinkstock)

1. Hertford Food & Drink Festival

Foodies will want to head to Hertford for its annual food and drink festival on October 6-8.

On Friday, restaurants around the town will host a variety of cookery classes and promotions, then the following day there’s a farmers’ and charter market and live cooking demos with Hertford baker Cynthia Stroud of BBC Two’s The Sweet Makers and MasterChef semi-finalist Theo Michaels.

Hertford Castle opens its gates on Sunday for a beer and world food festival – the grounds will be filled with stalls serving dishes from around the globe while a marquee serves local and national beers, ales and ciders. There’ll be live music too.

Richard Osman (Endermol UK)Richard Osman (Endermol UK)

2. An apple a day

With Apple Day celebrated nationally on October 21, there are lots of scrumptious family events taking place in Herts this month.

On October 7, apple picking will take place in the community orchard at Chorleywood House Estate from 11am-3pm and at the Rivers Heritage Site and Orchard in Sawbridgeworth from 10am.

On October 8, Apple Day will be celebrated at Tewin Orchard from midday until 4.30pm, and at Highfield Park in St Albans from 2-4pm.

All things apple will be enjoyed in Hitchin town centre from 10am-2pm on October 14, and at Shenley Park on October 15, from midday until 6pm.

3. A new vision

Animal Vision at Tring’s Natural History Museum is a free family exhibition that explores how and why animals see the world differently.

Until November 12 visitors can experience how a range of animals see, test their vision at an ‘eyeball wall’ and learn how eyes process light to experience colour and why vision can be fuzzy or focused. There’s also the chance to look creatures in the eye, including a huge horseshoe crab, a deadly box jellyfish and a four-eyed fish.

4. Osman’s greatest

What’s the best chocolate bar ever? Mars bar surely? Best Christmas film? Disney character? Comedian Richard Osman, of BBC One’s Pointless, gives you the chance to vote on these and other major controversial arguments of our time in his new book, The World Cup Of Everything.

Cholrleywood Literary Festival presents an evening with Richard Osman on October 5, when you get to have your say with the author and try and win the cup.

The event takes place at St Clement Danes School, Chorleywood. Tickets from £15 including book. See

5. Mud glorious mud

Get ready for The Hospice of St Francis’ filthiest fundraiser of the year – The Mud Pack Challenge.

The five or 10-mile obstacle course through the grounds of Ashridge House on Sunday, October 15, is open to all.

Fran Martin, events manager at the Berkhamsted hospice, says, ‘This is your chance to join in the muddy mayhem. Last year hundreds of people raised over £100,000.’

Entry is £35 and participants are asked to raise at least £50 each. To secure your place, visit or call 01442 869555.


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