What's on in Hertfordshire in January
PUBLISHED: 08:59 02 January 2020 | UPDATED: 10:53 02 January 2020
Ballet Theatre UK brings The Wizard of Oz to Hertford Theatre
If you're looking for things to do in Hertfordshire this month, we have gathered lots of events for January 2020
- Violin master
January 4, Letchworth & Hoddesdon
World-renowned violinist André Rieu is celebrating his 70th birthday and we are all invited. A special film, Andre Rieu: 70 Years Young, is showing at selected cinemas including The Spotlight in Hoddesdon and Broadway, Letchworth. It features an interview with the violinist, who has sold over 40 million records, as he reminisces about life, love and, of course, music. The film also includes a tour of his Maastricht home and a collection of his most notable performances across the world, including at Schönbrunn Vienna, Radio City Music Hall in New York and the Coronation Concert in Amsterdam. Tickets £18.
- Wizard ballet
January 11, Hertford
Follow the yellow brick road as Ballet Theatre UK brings the much-loved 1939 film to the stage. Follow Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion as they seek the wonderful Wizard of Oz only to find what we all know - that there's no place like home. The full-length, ballet adaptation is accompanied by a classical score. The show, which has had rave reviews, is family friendly and a great introduction to ballet. Tickets from £16.
- Station stop
January 11-12, Stevenage
If you are just a little bit in awe of Rod Stewart's huge model railway based on 1940s New York and Chicago that was in the news recently, then head to Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre for the Chiltern Model Railway Exhibition 2020. There will be some impressively large layouts and plenty of smaller ones to inspire beginner modellers. Experts are on hand to demonstrate and show you how, and there are plenty of traders to get you started or add to your collection. A great day out for both railway enthusiasts and families. Tickets at £10 include free entry for up to two children. And it's all just over the bridge from Stevenage train station.
- Classical jazz
January 12, Radlett Centre
Pianist John Lenehan is performing a one-off concert at the Radlett Centre. Piano Music and All That Jazz will feature classical works inspired by jazz, and jazz musicians paying homage to classical masters. It includes pieces by Debussy, Scott Joplin and Gershwin. The talented pianist has more than 70 albums to his credit, reflecting a huge range of styles and genres. It's not surprising then, that he is ranked as one of the most versatile pianists on the classical scene. The concert is part of the Radlett Music Club season.
Tickets £16, children free.
- Spirit of Dance
January 14, Watford
January 30, St Albans
This award-winning dance show with it's origins in Irish dance is now in its 21st year. Spirit of the Dance combines the precision and energy of Irish dancing with the Latino rhythms of flamenco and salsa. To see a line of dancers thunder out a rhythm with their feet is a breathtaking sight. The show has been performed to 30 million people across 20 countries. Tickets from £27.
- Six wives
January 17, Radlett
Historian David Starkey turns his attentions to Henry VIII and his tumultuous love life for this talk at the Radlett Centre. He argues that far from being a philanderer, the king was just like us - ultimately seeking happiness. He looks at the role of each queen and the romance and dramas of each marriage. From diplomacy to intrigue, the outspoken historian takes a controversial view of the story of Henry's wives and the England they ruled. Tickets £17.
- Garden City Lights
January 17-18, Welwyn GC
Welwyn GC celebrates its centenary this year and to kick off the celebrations the town's landmarks will be illuminated in a festival of light. Included are the Coronation Fountain, the pergola in Anniversary Garden and the Howard Centre. Follow the trail around the town centre to discover many more interactive light installations.
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- Alpaca amble
January 18-25, Anstey
Forget walking the dog, this is much more interesting. Yew Tree Alpacas is offering frosty alpaca walks this month. The 45 minute route around East Herts countryside includes refreshments. The guides will introduce you to your alpaca and show you how to handle it. You can have your own or share with a friend and take turns leading these friendly animals. The farm in Anstey also has a shop so you can pick up some lovely warm alpaca wool socks. Cost from £27. yewtreealpacas.co.uk
- Guitar heroes
January 19, Potters Bar
If you love to wail your air guitar to classic guitar solos, then this 'rockumentary' at Wyllyotts Theatre is for you. Guitar virtuoso Phil Walker takes a trip through the decades to recreate the sounds of the guitar greats. Beginning in the 1950s, the show includes tracks by Chuck Berry and Hank Marvin, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, through to modern greats such as Brian May and Steve Vai. With more than 30 guitars to accurately reproduce the sound and ambiance of each guitar hero, it's backed by video of historic moments.
- Sir Geoff's England
January 23, Bishop's Stortford
World cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst reminisces about the days when footballers didn't have million pound contracts and cleaned the car the day after the world cup final. Yes - the day after he scored a hat trick for England in 1966. He will discuss his career, his 250 goals in the league, the famous hard men, muddy pitches, the genius of Bobby Charlton and Bobby Moore and what he thinks of the current England side. There's a Q&A too, and we're told anything goes. An evening at Rhodes Arts Complex with a football legend. Tickets £25.
- I haven't a clue
January 31, Watford
A Radio 4 institution, comedy panel game I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue is coming to Watford Colosseum with its touring stage show. Two teams featuring Tim Brooke-Taylor, Tony Hawks, Miles Jupp and Richard Osman are famously given 'silly things to do' by host Jack Dee. All the favourite games will be featured, including singing one song to the tune of another, Mornington Crescent and good news, bad news. A quick-witted evening of inspired nonsense accompanied by a bit of piano. Tickets £31.50.
- Happy healing
January 31, Hemel Hempstead
Andy Parson is coming to The Old Town Hall as part of a tour to heal the politically riven country with comedy - we will no doubt need it after the Christmas election. A regular on Mock the Week, Andy will be trying out new material for the second part of his Healing the Nation tour. A seasoned stand-up, there will be plenty of adlibbing. The Guardian called it 'a joke-rich rallying call for a better Britain.' Tickets £12.
- Musical might
January 31, St Albans
Pomp and pageantry are coming to Alban Arena as the Royal Marines Band perform a thrilling concert. The band will play a mix of popular music, from classics and show themes to the world of entertainment, and promise 'a sprinkling of pomp and circumstance'. Think Music in the Park meets Last Night of the Proms. Organised by Rotary in aid of local and national charities.
Tickets from £24.