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5 things to do in Hertfordshire in June

PUBLISHED: 10:33 06 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:32 14 June 2017

Punch and Judy entertains little'uns at Ashridge garden party (courtesy: Hospice of St Francis)

Punch and Judy entertains little'uns at Ashridge garden party (courtesy: Hospice of St Francis)

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We round up five top events happening this month in Hertfordshire

Garden party invite

With Pimms on the lawn, cream teas on the terrace, live jazz and children’s games and shows (right), the stunning gardens of Ashridge House will again host the Hospice of St Francis Garden Party.

The annual event on Sunday June 11 includes regular attractions plus new activities including pony rides and archery taster sessions. The ‘shopping village’ promises local speciality food and drink, jewellery, crafts, home, fashion and garden accessories, toys, clothes, plants and more.

All proceeds from the day, sponsored by estate agent Knight Frank, will help the hospice raise the £5m needed annually to provide free care and support for people living with and affected by life-limiting illnesses in Herts and Bucks.

Advance tickets (see stfrancis.org.uk/gardenparty) are £5 or it’s £7 on the gate (free for under-16s).

Figaro, Figaro

Two performances of The Marriage of Figaro take place in the county this month.

The Herts and Beds-based Felici company will perform the Mozart’s comic opera at St Francis Church, Welwyn on Saturday June 17 and at an open air venue, Hill Farm in Pirton, the following Saturday. The latter promises a mini-Glyndebourne with picnicking and champagne.

Tickets are available by calling 07712 530550 or emailing bookings@felici.company

Neverland in Hatfield

Peter Pan will bring his magic to Hatfield House this month at an outdoor picnic performance of JM Barrie’s classic tale.

Presented by Chapterhouse Theatre Company in arrangement with Samuel French and in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital, the new adaptation by award-winning writer Laura Turner will take place in the Elephant Dell on Sunday June 11 and promises beautiful costumes, music and songs.

Bring a low back chair and picnic for the afternoon show. See hatfield-house.co.uk/event/peter-pan for more.

Ladies’ shooting day

Herts women are being encouraged to give it both barrels on Saturday June 10 for National Ladies’ Shooting Day. As part of the world’s largest all-women clay shooting event, a Herts shoot will take place at Atkin Grant and Lang gun makers’ shooting ground near Markyate. The shoot, organised by the Shotgun and Chelsea Bun Club, is one of 29 simultaneous women’s clay pigeon activities across the UK.

Club founder Victoria Knowles-Lacks said, ‘Our events are suitable for women with all levels of experience, so it doesn’t matter if you’re a complete beginner.’

For full information and ticket details, visit shotgunandchelseabunclub.co.uk

Down on the farm

Herts farms will open to the public for the 12th annual LEAF Open Farm Sunday on Sunday June 11. The fun and informative family day aims to show visitors the importance of farming by allowing them to see just what farmers do and how their work impacts our lives. Activities in the past have included demonstrations, trailer rides, pond dipping, walks, bug hunts and mini-farmers’ markets.

Farms taking part include Lower Wilbury Farm in Letchworth, Boltons Park Farm in Potters Bar, Appleby Street Farm in Cheshunt and Luton Hoo Estate near Harpenden.

Visit farmsunday.org

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