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What's on in Hertfordshire in November

PUBLISHED: 08:59 28 October 2019 | UPDATED: 11:03 28 October 2019

There's plenty of magic at the Harry Potter Studio Tour London (photo: Warner Bros Studio Tour London)

There's plenty of magic at the Harry Potter Studio Tour London (photo: Warner Bros Studio Tour London)

There's plenty of magic at the Harry Potter Studio Tour London (p

If you're looking for things to do in Hertfordshire this month, we have gathered lots of events for November 2019

- Dr Dolittle

November 9, Hemel Hempstead

Following its success here last year, Wizard Theatre returns to The Old Town Hall in Hemel with The Adventures of Dr Dolittle.

When Dr John Dolittle is taught by his parrot Polynesia to talk to animals, news of his skills travels fast. He soon becomes the go-to for animals across the world in need of help. With the assistance of Jip the dog, Chee-Chee the monkey, Dab-Dab the duck and Gub-Gub the pig, he sets off on a mission to heal illness and understand the animal kingdom. Using pupperty, songs and humour, this fun musical also promotes a key message - be kind to animals. With a morning and afternoon showing, it will charm all ages from four upwards. £7.50. 

- Painting by music

November 10, Hatfield

Renowned illustrator James Mayhew is bringing his unique show merging art with live music to the University of Hertfordshire. 

Accompanied by the de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra, James will create illustrations to match the themes, which are projected on to a big screen. The family concert at the Weston Auditorium features music from Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf and Ravel's Mother Goose. A fun and novel way of storytelling for all ages. Adults £13, children £6. 


- Explorer escapades

November 10, Watford

Modern day explorer Ben Fogle will recount stories from his many travel adventures at Watford Colosseum. Tales from the Wilderness includes his experiences crossing Antarctica, rowing the Atlantic, climbing Everest and swimming with crocodiles. 

As well as presenting shows including Channel 5's New Lives in the Wild, Ben is also UN Patron of the Wilderness. This personal evening of stories from around the world will include a Q&A session, so you can quiz him on his adventures. £31. 


- Animal magic

November 10, St Albans / November 29, Letchworth

Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan's career filming some of the world's most fearsome and majestic animals spans 25 years.

In this personal insight into his globetrotting travels, the presenter of BBC Two's Animal Family and Me shares tales illustrated by his own film footage and photography. With a reputation for relishing dangerous and tough assignments, his stories make for an evening of the weird, wild and wonderful. Catch the show at Alban Arena and Broadway. £22. / 

- Classy brass

November 12, Radlett

The award-winning Elysium Brass Quintet will perform an evening of classical brass music at The Radlett Centre. Formed of graduates of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, the ensemble will play pieces by Maurice Ravel, Paul Nagle and Henry VIII. Tickets for the Radlett Music Club event are £16. Entry for eight to 25 years is free.


- The Gruffalo

November 14-15, Radlett

How much adventure can a mouse have when he goes for a stroll in a wood? In his search for hazelnuts, he meets a cunning fox, an eccentric old owl and a sneaky snake. Will his story of the terrifying Gruffalo save him from ending up as dinner? After all, there's no such thing is there? Tall Stories' magical, musical adaptation of the much-loved picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler is on at the Radlett Centre.Monsterous family fun with plenty of songs and laughter. £13. 


- War detectives

November 12, Hertford

Marking 80 years since the outbreak of the Second World War, Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies hosts Family Tree Detectives, an event shedding light on its records from the conflict, including military service, the Home Guard and Women's Land Army. The event at County Hall is a chance to access the wealth of war records held in the archives with the help of staff,  including the 1939 register and lists of evacuees. £6. 


- Comedy Giants

November 16 / 17, Watford

Two giants of modern comedy are appearing live after years away from the comedy circuit. 

Over a fun-fuelled weekend, Ben Elton and Frank Skinner will bring their new shows to Watford Colosseum. Ben returns on the Saturday after a 15 year absence, trying to make sense of a world which appears to have gone raving mad. 'The last time I toured I was still smarter than my phone,' he says.

Frank, appearing on Sunday, is back after a four-year hiatus with Showbiz. He's been building up to the 44 date tour with shows in the summer that have been hard for critics to pin down - arbitrary but hilarious has been the general consensus. £34 and £29.50 respectively. 


- Hogwarts in the snow

November 16-January 26, Leavesden

Experience Christmas in the Wizarding World as Hogwarts in the Snow returns for the festive season. The sets of the Harry Potter film series at Warner Bros Studio Tour have been given a yuletide makeover. Visit the Great Hall decorated for the Yule Ball, see snow-covered Christmas trees, icicles and an orchestra of magical instruments. Find original props in the Gryffindor common room, feasts in the Weasley kitchen and discover how filmmakers created snow that never melts and flames without fire. From £37. 


- On this day

November 19, Letchworth

Presenter and 'history guy' Dan Snow is coming to The Cloisters in Letchworth with a whistle stop tour of 3,000 years of history. Based on his book On This Day in History he takes an alternative look at events, from the very unusual reason behind Mr Kellogg's cornflakes to the most important British battle you've never heard of. A David's Bookshop event promising insights and surprises. £9.99, including a copy of the book. 


- Bach suites

November 21, Offley

Playing some of the most sublime music written for the instrument,  Robert Max takes a musical voyage through Bach's six cello suites. Robert will play five of the suites on a Stradivarius cello made in 1726 and the sixth on a five-stringed cello, as Bach intended. The two-hour performance in the beautiful setting of Offley Place Country House Hotel will be followed by a wine and canapé reception. 

Proceeds from the concert organised by Benslow Music will go to the Hitchin-based music education trust which is celebrating its 90th anniversary. £35.  


- Choral celebration

November 23, St Albans

Hear the world premiere of The Martyr's Call: A Cantata in Stone by Richard James Harvey at a special concert celebrating the start of St Albans Choral Society's 75th anniversary season. 

The performance at St Albans Cathedral will also feature the premier of Liz Lane's The Story of St Alban accompanied by a chorus of schoolchildren, and John Rutter's joyful Gloria. The event showcases the considerable talents of the 100-strong choir and Orchestra Nova Ensemble. From £10 adults, £5 children. 


- Showing off

November 24, St Albans

Admitting that he was happily sliding into middle-age, Ardal O'Hanlon has been jolted out of complacency by recent world events. The good news, is after six years, the Irish stand-up, writer, and star of such TV hits as Death In Paradise and Father Ted has felt compelled to hit the road with The Showing Off Must Go On. It displays his great talent for a pun and his urge to save the world with comedy. £22. 


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