What's on in Hertfordshire in May
PUBLISHED: 09:59 30 April 2019 | UPDATED: 12:33 30 April 2019
Bubble Rush is coming to Gadebridge Park, Hemel Hempstead
If you're looking for things to do in Hertfordshire this month, we have gathered lots of events for May 2019
• Tring in spring
April 27-May 18, Tring
Tring Together Spring Fayre really does have something for everyone and this year there's three weeks of events in the west Herts town. There's live music, a fashion show and a quiz night. Pick up homegrown produce at Tring Farmers' Market and help a good cause by supporting the charity stalls. There's an 'appreciating animals' zoo where children can stroke baby animals including lambs, piglets and kids; a family fun day and Aldbury May Fair. Shake off the winter with exercise taster sessions including nature walks and yoga or get snapping and enter the Spring Fayre Photo Competition.
• Theatre Week
April 29-May 3, Hertford
Enjoy six plays over six nights as drama groups come together for Hertford Theatre Week. Founded in 1962 by Hertford Dramatic and Operatic Society it has become a leading full-length drama competition with groups from all over the country competing to win a place in the National Drama Festivals Association All Winners Festival. This year's programme includes The Graduate, the story of a young academic and his affair with Mrs Robinson made famous by the 1968 film and Dinner – a group of very different guests thrown together – what could possibly go wrong?
Tickets £15 per night or £45 for the week. hertfordtheatreweek.org.uk
• Queens on trial
May 1 & 23
There's a double helping of queenly history as Letchworth's David's Bookshop hosts renowned experts to discuss and sign their new books. Historian Alison Weir will talk about Anna of Kleve: Queen of Secrets at Forescue Hall, Letchworth on May 1, looking at whether Henry VIII's fourth wife was an innocent or someone much more worldly. It's the fourth book in her bestselling series Six Tudor Queens. Ticket price £6 deductable from a hardback purchase (£18.99).
The extraordinary life of Queen Victoria has been chronicled by historian and TV presenter Lucy Worsley (above) who will be discussing Queen Victoria at St Francis College, Letchworth on May 23. Lucy looks at how Victoria transformed from dancing princess to the Widow of Windsor and became one of Britain's greatest monarchs, revealing her complex, often-flawed, but essentially pitiable character along the way.
Tickets: £10.99 including a paperback copy. davids-bookshops.co.uk
• Fabulous Shopping
May 3, Radlett
There's nothing like a bit of retail therapy and when it's for a good cause it's even better. More than 25 stalls selling everything from gorgeous clothes, jewellery, shoes and hats to fabulous homewares will be at the Radlett Centre to help fight breast cancer. The event has been organised by 10 mums who make up South Herts Breast Cancer Now. The charity's aim is that by 2050 anyone who has breast cancer will live, and live well. Money raised by the event goes to research. Entry £5.
• Forever young
May 3, Watford
It's 35 years since Brit Award winner Paul Young released his number one album No Parlez? And if it's been too long, the 80s singer is back touring 35 Years of No Parlez PT2. The show, which celebrates hits from the debut album, including Wherever I Lay My Hat, Come Back and Stay and Love of the Common People will be at Watford Colosseum on May 3. No Parlez? stayed at number one for five weeks in 1983 and was the soundtrack to many a teenage hairbrush vocal. £24.50
• May festival
May 3-6, Kimpton
Now in its 55th year, Kimpton May Festival is one of the biggest village events in the county. There's a cinema night, live music night, charity fun run, art show in the village church with more than 100 artists showing and selling their work, the much-loved fancy dress carnival and village fayre on the rec with arena shows, stalls and games. And The Boot is good for a pint and bbq too.
• Double the entertainment
May 10-19, Ashwell
There's a double helping of entertainment in the village of Ashwell as it plays host to its annual music festival and Ashwell at Home.
From May 10 to 19 there's an eclectic programme of music for the 66th festival, with the Church of St Mary providing a beautiful backdrop for many of the concerts. There's Goldfield Ensemble weaving Fens folklore for children, a young musicians' concert, award-winning brass from Foden's Band and hot jazz by Basin Street Brawlers, plus Abba tribute band Planet Abba, all rounded off by evensong on the last Sunday.
On May 12 Ashwell celebrates its creativity with open gardens, arts and crafts displays, workshops and walks and talks, including by acclaimed local sculptor John Mills. Children will love the treasure hunt and fun fair.
May 11-12, Knebworth
It's festival time but this one celebrates everything about our four-legged friends. The two day event at Knebworth House has expert talks and Q&A sessions, Dogs with Jobs will be showing their talents and there's plenty of have-a-go activities including the popular dog diving, Big Dog Dig and agility course. There's also live music, shopping and street food. TV's Supervet, Noel Fitzpatrick, will open The Great Dog Walk, with Clare Balding headlining on the main stage. We're looking forward to the wag and tone aerobics sessions. It's not known as the Glastonbury of the dog world for nothing.
Adults £17.66, six-16s £11.24. Family ticket £45 (two adults/two children). dog-fest.co.uk
• Bubbly Fun
May 12, Hemel Hempstead
If you've done a regular 5k and fancy a new challenge, try this family fun run with a difference. Bubble Rush returns to Gadebridge Park in Hemel Hempstead and anyone from tots to teens, grown-ups to grandparents can have a go. The event in aid of The Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted will have you running, jogging or walking through masses of multi-coloured foam. This year the hospice celebrates 40 years of care and is encouraging families to get creative with their bubbly fundraising with sponsored car washes, Aero cupcakes or homemade lemonade – there's a prize for the most creative.
Registration: children £10, adults £20 (infants free). stfrancis.org.uk/bubblerush
• Outdoor cinema
May 17-19, Harpenden
As the evenings get longer and balmier (we hope), grab a blanket and picnic and head to one of the many outdoor cinema screenings. Luna Cinema has a fantastic line-up of films this season, kicking off with The Greatest Showman, Bohemian Rhapsody and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again at Harpenden Common from May 17-19. Look out for the programme of screenings at Knebworth House, Hatfield House and Highfield Park over the coming months.
Sundown Cinema's 2019 screenings with venues including Hitchin Lavender, The Cricketers in Weston, Ashridge House, Putteridge Bury and Luton Hoo kick off in July. In the words of The Greatest Showman, 'This is where you wanna be.' Luna Cinema adult tickets from £15.50.
• Facing the beast
May 18, St Albans
Reginald D Hunter is bringing his new stand-up show, Facing the Beast, to Alban Arena. Having trained in drama, the American performed his first comedy act as a dare and then realised he was quite good at it. He's been in the UK making audiences laugh with his often controversial humour for over two decades. While his observations on subjects such as race and sexuality are brutally honest, they are always well thought out. He's a regular on Have I Got News For You and toured America's south for the celebrated Reginald D Hunter's Songs Of The South. £23
• Open gardens
May 26, Preston
Fancy some garden inspiration? Then head to Preston where a large number of homes in the pretty village will open their gates for Preston Gardens Open Day. Wander around a variety of gardens of different styles and planting with details including unusual plants, wild areas and water features. The small Arts and Crafts church of St Martin will be beautifully decorated for the flower festival and there will be stalls and a barbecue on the green and teas in the village hall. Or have lunch at the UK's first community owned pub, The Red Lion. Garden entry £6, children free. Maps supplied.