What’s on in Hertfordshire in March

PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 March 2020 | UPDATED: 20:34 17 March 2020

Important Notice regarding COVID-19

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If you’re looking for things to do in Hertfordshire this month, we have gathered lots of events for February 2020

The government advice regarding COVID-19 on March 16th recommended that we should avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues.

This is very likely to impact the events listed here and those printed in our April issue which went to print before this announcement.

We recommend you check the website or social media of the organisers or venue for more details about cancellations, postponements and possible refunds.

We will resume updating this article when the government advice allows events involving large numbers of people to resume again.

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Mouth of the South

March 2, St Albans

Cheeky chappy Rob Beckett is back on tour and bringing his new stand-up show Wallop to Alban Arena. He's had a busy few years which means he has lots to say. Known as the Mouth of the South for his somewhat large grin, Rob has been a staple on our screens for some time now, regularly appearing on 8 Out of 10 Cats, Mock The Week and Live at the Apollo. 

Tickets £23. 

alban-arena.co.uk 

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Wild Stories

March 9, St Albans

Happy explorer (we can't ever imagine him losing his temper) Ben Fogle brings his wandering to Alban Arena on his Tales from the Wilderness tour. Mild mannered he may be, but this modern day adventurer has extraordinary stories of the wilderness, from walking to the South Pole to scaling Everest. In between he's swum with crocodiles, saved elephants and dodged pirates. If that's not impressive enough, he was marooned for a year on an uninhabited island, crossed the Empty Quarter desert by camel, rowed the Atlantic, tracked the migration of wildebeest, swam from Alcatraz and survived a flesh-eating disease. 

£27.50

alban-arena.co.uk

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Strictly Dancing

March 14, Hemel Hempstead

If you want a Strictly fix then go and watch the local talent (or not so talented) click their heels at the fundraising grand finale of Strictly Learn Dancing. Participants have been learning the dances for weeks and will be showing off their newly learnt skills in the quickstep and rumba, and everyone's welcome to join the fun at the Laureate Academy, Warners End Road. It's the eighth annual dance event in aid of The Hospice of St Francis based in Berkhamsted. Last year's show raised over £16,000. As well as judges there's also an audience vote. In the words of Craig Revel Horwood 'Fab-u-lous darling!'

£15

stfrancis.org.uk

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Zog

March 14-15, Watford

Freckle Productions brings another of Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson's creations to the stage. This one is also large, but keen to learn. In fact Zog is so eager to win a gold star at Madam Dragon's school that this accident- prone dragon bumps, burns and roars his way through the place. Luckily, the plucky Princess Pearl is on hand to prepare him for his biggest challenge yet… a duel with knight Sir Gadabout the Great. This magical production at Watford Colosseum has new songs and promises to be bigger, brighter and more roarsome than ever. Suitable for all ages.

£14-19. 

watfordcolosseum.co.uk

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Little Lambs

March 14-15, St Albans

Mary had a little lamb… but Oaklands College has many more - well over 100 - and you can see these woolly wonders at a lambing weekend. As well as learning about lambing, the equine and animal care departments will be on hand to introduce some of the other animals in the Oaklands family including reptiles, rabbits and horses. There's also donkey rides, a farmers' market, a family games area and refreshments, while children can learn fun farm facts by completing a farm trail. Entry is free but due to popularity please register online. 

oaklands.ac.uk

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Aida

March 19, Stevenage

A moving love story set against the backdrop of war, Aida princess of Ethiopia falls in love with Egyptian general Radames, and he in turn is besotted with her. When he is chosen to lead the war with Ethiopia by his king, Aida is left to choose between her lover or her father and country. This new production of Verdi's opera Aida by the Russian State Opera has sumptuous sets and beautiful costumes. Sung in Italian with English subtitles this gripping opera at Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage includes one of the most famous operatic arias, Se quel Guerrier io fossi. £36.

gordon-craig.co.uk

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Master Music

March 21 & 28, Watford

Following its successful launch last year, the 2020 Master Music Weekend Festival at Watford's Clarendon Muse returns. Headlining the festival is Brazilian concert pianist Artur Cimirro, who will be making his UK debut playing well-loved classics alongside a contemporary repertoire. The festival also features a piano competition and a special children's classical concert which aims to open up young audiences to the world of classical music. It features Brazil's Daniela Mars who will perform on a range of flutes, accompanied by pianist Benjamin Williams and chamber musician and composer Trevor James. £4-16. 

mastermusicpublications.com/festival20

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Dogs & Daffs

March 22, Hatfield

Do you have a terrific terrier or lovable labradoodle? Then come and show them off at this fabulously fun annual dog show at Hatfield House. There are classes including waggiest tail, best puppy and young handler, plus agility courses, games, specialist stalls and refreshments (the lovely Stable Yard shopping and dining area will be open too). There are also dog walks to enjoy, including a wheelchair and buggy-friendly route, around this beautiful estate. The event, supported by Hertfordshire Life, has raised more than £20,000 for the Digswell Place Group Riding for Disabled Association over the past five years, let's help them raise some more. Look out for our editor, he will be helping with the judging. 

£5, children and dogs free.

dogsanddaffs.weebly.com

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Mother's Day Afternoon Tea

March 22nd, Smallford Farm Shop,  St Albans

A pot of tea or coffee, a selection of delicious finger sandwiches, pastries, and scones served with jam and cream.

£17.50 per person or £22.50 with a glass of prosecco. A £10 deposit required per person at the time of booking.

To book your Mother's Day Afternoon Tea please ask a member of staff, email info@smallfordfarmshop.com or call 01727 747340.

smallfordfarmshop.com

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Fiddler 

March 24-28, Radlett

Radlett Musical Theatre Company returns with one of the most successful musicals of all time, Fiddler on the Roof. Featuring classic songs including If I Were a Rich Man, Sunrise Sunset and Matchmaker, it's a tale of romance and persecution.

The story centres on Tevye and his daughters who live in a Jewish settlement in 19th century Russia. When the daughters find love, it disrupts their father's ordered life and view of the world. This show aims to appeal to both a new generation and those revisiting it.

From £18.

radlettcentre.co.uk

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Summer Holiday

March 24-28, Harpenden

If your summer holiday seems too far away you can get a feelgood fix with this show. Based on the 1963 film starring Cliff Richard, Summer Holiday tells the story of Don and his fellow London Transport bus mechanics on a journey on a London bus through Paris, the Alps, Italy and Greece, picking up people on the way. 

Set to the sounds of The Shadows, it features In the Country, Summer Holiday, Bachelor Boy, Living Doll, and The Young Ones. The show at Harpenden Public Halls is performed by The Harpenden Musical Theatre Company. £15.

harpendenpublichalls.co.uk

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Songs & Stories

March 25, Watford

Rob Brydon is bringing his songs and stories to Watford Colosseum. The comedian, singer, actor, presenter and impressionist is best known for his role as uncle Bryn in Gavin and Stacey and as the host of quiz show Would I Lie to You but is also a master storyteller and accomplished singer and here will be accompanied by a live band. Expect a bit of Sondheim, Roders and Hammerstein and perhaps Paul Simon and Tom Waits. Songs, anecdotes and plenty of laughs. £42

watfordcolosseum.co.uk

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Royal Gardens

March 28-29, Hatfield

March 29, St Paul's Walden

Two beautiful and historic gardens open to the public this month for the National Garden Scheme. Hatfield House invites visitors to enjoy the west garden's spring bulbs, the sundial garden and the Old Palace garden, childhood home of Elizabeth I. 

The childhood home of  the Queen Mother, St Paul's Walden Bury in St Paul's Walden near Hitchin, will open its spectacular formal woodland garden. The Grade I listed garden,  laid out in 1720, covers over 50 acres. Wander the long rides lined with clipped beech hedges leading to temples, statues, ponds and even a terraced theatre. Hatfield House: £6

St Paul's Walden Bury: £5. 

ngs.org.uk 

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