What's on in Hertfordshire in September
PUBLISHED: 09:59 28 August 2019 | UPDATED: 12:37 28 August 2019
Pub in the Park is coming to St Albans
If you're looking for things to do in Hertfordshire this month, we have gathered lots of events for September 2019
- Big beach
There's nothing like feeling the sand between your toes but you don't have to head to the coast this summer to experience it. Watford's Big Beach returns to The Parade by the pond for heaps of free family friendly activities. Arts and crafts, children's activities and exercise classes are all planned. Buckets and spades at the ready...
- Herts Pride
August 31, Watford
Now in its seventh year, this family-friendly pride festival celebrates Hertfordshire's LGBT community. Entertainment includes music by Rozalla (Everybody's Free to Feel Good) and XFactor finalist Seann Miley-Moore. There's drag queens - and even a drag king - a fun dog show, fun fair, cabaret, market and food stalls and local and national talent performing. Entertainment is all under a big top in Cassiobury Park in Watford from midday, so even if it rains the show can go on. It's totally inclusive, suitable for all ages and all communities are welcome. A festival of Hertfordshire's diversity.
See the website for ticket prices. hertspride.co.uk
- Ibiza in Hatfield
August 31, Hatfield
Dance yourself dizzy to Ibiza anthems performed live at Hatfield House. Bring a picnic and enjoy the chillout set as the sun sets, then get ready as DJ Goldierocks turns up the volume before passing over to the Urban Soul Orchestra and vocalists to bring iconic tunes to life against an amazing light show. A family- friendly symphony for the senses.
Adults £39.50, five-16s £17.50. classicibiza.co.uk
- Cool festival
August 30-September 1, Knebworth
Rediscover your 1990s self as Cool Britannia takes you back to the days of Brit Pop and dance anthems. The festival at Knebworth House premiered last year and the 2019 line up is even better. See James, Basement Jaxx, Embrace, The Coral, Sleeper, The Bluetones, The Farm, Echobelly, Dodgy, Gabrielle, Soul II Soul. Fun Loving Criminals, the list goes on. Ministry of Sound ensures it's a great dance party with club classics from big name DJs including Maxi Jaxx (Faithless), Phil Hartnoll and Norman Jay. There's a fun fair, street food, posh nosh and even a Circus of Horrors too.
- Étape D'Amwell
September 8, Amwell
If you love the Tour de France look out for Herts' own big race. Run by the Rotary Club of Amwell, the Étape d'Amwell is open to cyclists of all abilities. Test your legs on the routes - there's three through Herts and Essex countryside covering 50km, 100km and 150km. The courses are signposted and feed stations keep riders going. If sprinting is your thing, push yourself on the timed sprint section. Entrance is £15 for the 50km, £20 for the 100km and £25 for the 150km. Money raised goes to Rotary Club charities.
- Pub in the park
September 13-15, St Albans
Food and music festival Pub in the Park is the brainchild of TV chef Tom Kerridge and makes its Herts debut in St Albans' Verulamium Park this month. You will find Michelin-starred chefs including Angela Hartnett, James Martin and Atul Kochhar alongside music acts such as Tom Odell, Scouting for Girls, Stereo MCs, Razorlight, Will Young, The Rifles, The Christians and Toploader. See chef demonstrations and join in with masterclasses. There's pop-up pubs and restaurants including Kerridge's The Hand and Flowers and local favourites Dylans Kings Arms and Thompson plus an artisan market packed with foodie treats. A big serving of delicious fun. Tickets from £30 for adults, £20 children. pubintheparkuk.com
- Heritage discovered
September 15, Hertford
Explore Hertford Castle as it opens its gates for England's big history festival Heritage Open Days. The castle is the setting for a Viking camp and battles, plus falconry displays and archery workshops (below). Inside the castle, discover the basement, dungeons, Robing Room and Downshire Suite. It's all free.
Check the Heritage Open Days website for other participating venues in the county. heritageopendays.org.uk
- Tribute to british comic lyricists
September 15, Potters Bar
You'll know the songs but maybe not the duo who wrote and performed them. Tim FitzHigham and Duncan Walsh Atkins pay homage to Flanders and Swann at a matinee performance at Wyllyotts Theatre in Potters Bar, celebrating the much-loved words and music of the 1950s dinner-jacketed act who penned more than 100 comic songs. Classics include: The Hippopotamus Song (Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud), The Gas Man Cometh, The Gnu Song, Omnibus (or A Transport of Delights), and Madeira M'Dear. A fresh take on the work of two of Britain's most iconic comedy songsmiths.
- Literary festival
September 19, Chorleywood
Chorleywood Bookshop's Autumn Literary Festival returns with a wide range of leading authors in a celebration of the written word.
Military historian Max Hastings takes a fresh look at the daring 1943 dambusters raid in his new book, Chastise. John Sopel gives an insight into life behind the scenes at the White House when he discusses his book, A Year at the Circus: Inside Trump's White House. Gyles Brandreth talks the pros of poetry and Jo Brand will give her down to earth take on being a woman with her book Born Lippy. Simon Heffer, Robert Harris and Sir Tim Waterstone are also due to appear.
Tickets from £8. For the full festival listing, visit chilternbookshops.co.uk
- Byrne's back
September 18, Radlett
After appearing on almost every comedy panel show to grace your TV screen in the last decade and more, comic Ed Byrne is back on tour. Following his last hit tour, Spoiler Alert, Ed is taking his show to the Edinburgh Fringe before touring it around the country.
Join him for his If I'm Honest show at the Radlett Centre as he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has any traits that are worth passing on to his children.
Tickets from £28. radlettcentre.co.uk
- Baptiste & beyond
September 20, Watford
Comedy tour de force Alex Lowe (AKA Barry from Watford, a regular on BBC Radio Two's Steve Wright in the Afternoon) is coming to Watford Palace Theatre. But for this evening Barry is being left at home as Alex recreates another of his characters, Clinton Baptiste, of Peter Kaye's Phoenix Nights. Baptiste is a hapless clairvoyant, medium and psychic who loves to impress audiences with his less than impressive readings. Eighteen years after the show aired Baptiste has been revived. In The Paranormalist Returns he takes audiences on a hilarious journey through his life, out the other side, and who knows where.
Tickets £18. watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk
- Classic celebration
September 20-21, 27-28, Sarratt
Sarratt Festival of Music is back for its 20th year, bringing back favourite artists from the past two decades. Over two weekends the family-friendly classical music festival has a varied programme including the 30-strong Choir of Christ Church College Oxford singing ancient and contemporary compositions, a virtuoso solo guitar concert by Craig Ogde, a classical-jazz crossover collaboration in the style of Menuhin and Grappelli, and concert pianist John Lill with a repertoire of Schumann, Chopin and Brahms.
All events take place in the evening at Sarratt Village Hall. Adult tickets per concert are £21, under 18s £10. sarrattfestivalofmusic.co.uk
- Taking liberties
September 21, Hertford
Geoff Norcott is hitting the road with his unique brand of provocative stand-up and whatever the contentious subject, you can be sure he'll be honest and blunt.
From party politics to Brexit, Geoff has realised the main thing that motivates his political persuasion is that he hates being told what to do - whether it's Eurocrats, ministers, cultural icons or his wife of 15 years. Taking Liberties at Hertford Theatre is both a statement on what Norcott fears is happening and his intent to playfully push the envelope. Described as a 'class act with a mature, sharp take on modern politics' by The Sunday Times.
Tickets from £14.85. hertfordtheatre.com
- Big fish, little fish
September 22, Watford
The award winning Big Fish Little Fish family rave returns to Watford Colosseum with a Vikings and dragons themed event. Release your inner raver as DJ Aston Harvey plays acid house, techno, and drum 'n' bass throughout the afternoon for this event for families with babies to
eight year olds. There's also crafts, confetti, bubbles, pyrotechnics, giant balloons, a baby chill area and licensed bar. Dance, laugh and craft. Dad dancing definitely allowed.
Adult tickets £11, children £8. watfordcolosseum.co.uk
- Chamber music fest
September 26-29, Hatfield
Pour l'amour de la musique, this year's Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival takes inspiration from French composers. Making their festival debut are internationally renowned artists including principal harpist of the Vienna Philharmonic Anneleen Lenaerts, principal flautist of the London Sypmphony Orchestra Adam Walker, soprano Siobhan Stagg and British pianist Charles Owen, along with returning oboist Nicholas Daniel and the Navarra Quartet. The rich and varied repertoire includes three school concerts, The Carnival of the Animals family concert, talks and a masterclass with Navarra Quartet.