Is your Hertfordshire diary ready for 2011?
PUBLISHED: 18:01 07 January 2011 | UPDATED: 20:39 20 February 2013
Another year, another fun-packed diary of not-to-be-missed events. Kate Everett helps ensure you are kept in the loop with her guide to 40 of the best 2011 diary entries
Snowdrops at Benington Lordship Gardens
See the famous drifts of natural snowdrops that cover most of the moat and grounds around the Norman castle and house.
Knebworth Park Jog
Choose from either the 5km or 10km cross country routes around the stunning grounds of Knebworth Park. The course is multi-terrain over muddy stretches, grass and track, so prepare to get dirty!
The East of England Food Festival
Enjoy a rich variety of homemade dishes and regional produce while you take in the beautiful scenery of Knebworths grounds.
16-17 April Knebworth House
Ashridge Estate Easter Egg Trail
Join the National Trust Ashridge Estate Easter Egg Trail through the woods, answering questions along the way to earn a chocolate treat. There will also be face painting, storytelling and a childrens entertainer all in the Cadburys play area.
22-25 April, Ashridge Estate, Berkhamsted 01442 851227
Henry Moore at Hatfield
As Hatfield House celebrates 400 years of history, culture and entertainment, one of the highlights of the anniversary year is a major exhibition of outdoor sculpture by British artist Henry Moore. The exhibition, the largest of the artists work ever held at an English historic house, will feature monumental works in the spectacular setting of the West Garden.
23 April-30 September,
The Herts Garden Show
30 April-2 May, Knebworth House
Hoddesdon May Fair
An array of craft and charity stalls alongside a full entertainment programme, including majorettes, Morris dancing and maypole dancing, with local dance and theatre groups performing throughout the day.
30 April, High Street, Hoddesdon
Watford 10k Charity Fun Run
2 May, Cassiobury Park, Watford
Festival of Living Crafts
See hundreds of craftsmen and women from all corners of the British Isles showing their work, from stunning jewellery, ceramics and art to fashions, glass and leather articles.
5-8 May, Hatfield House
This event celebrates the canals, the community and the environment. The highlight of this festival is the vast array of colourful canal boats.
21-22 May www.rwt.org.uk
Ashwell Music Festival
Preston Gardens Open Day
Take a wander around beautiful gardens in the small village. Taste delicious teas in the Village Hall; see the Grand Plant Stall on the Green, Flower Festival in the small Arts & Crafts Church of St Martin.
29 May, Preston, near Hitchin
Herts County Show
Grand Ring events, show jumping, breeds of horses, rabbits and other small animals, trade stands, cars, food, flower and garden marquees, vintage vehicles and childrens entertainment.
The Show Ground, Redbourn
Waltham Cross Summer Fair
Held in the pedestrianised area of town, this is a free family event incorporating craft and charity stalls alongside entertainment from local dance and theatre groups. Includes a traditional street market.
4 June, High Street, Waltham Cross
Whitwell Steam and Country Fair
11-12 June Codicote, near Stevenage. 01438 871431 www.whitwellsteam.com
St Albans Half Marathon
Stevenage Festival 2011
Fine art, photography, poetry, theatre and music at the Gordon Craig Theatre and around Stevenage.
18 June-4 July
St Albans Festival
A packed programme of entertainment and celebration throughout St Albans, includes St Albans Festival Pilgrimage on 18 June.
18 June-3 July
Bishops Stortford Carnival and Fun Day
18 June 01279 652274
Welwyn Garden City Orchestra and Chorus
In their 90th year of music making the Welwyn Garden City Orchestra and Chorus are to perform Haydn's great masterpiece, The Creation. Professional soloists will join the orchestra and chorus to play the parts of the angels.
25 June, St Francis Church,
Welwyn Garden City
Therfield Village Fete
Enjoy a great local and family atmosphere while browsing the array of stalls and activities.
25 June, 07825 116119
Waltham Abbey Town Show
Go back in time and see all the spectacular events of past Tudor life and a funfair on Sunday evening
Rhythms of the World International Music Festival
This is a registered charity operated entirely by volunteers and features music, arts, dance and cuisine from around the world and the local community. There are around 120 music acts over the course of the two-day Festival.
9 July, Hitchin Priory
01462 420500 www.rotw.org.uk
Hoddesdon Vintage and Classic Vehicle Display
More than 150 vehicles will be on display ranging from early 1900 vintage models to modern day classics including Ford Capris, Cortinas, Escorts, Jaguars, motorbikes, scooters and more. Live music will be performed.
9 July, High Street, Hoddesdon
Codicote Village Day
Enjoy the annual parade and festival with stalls, fairground rides and performances such as street dance troupe, Codicote school performances and live music.
16 July, Codicote Sports and Recreation Ground
Highfield Park Fair
Attracting around 2000 visitors with mini fairground rides, coconut shy, beer tent and barbecue.
23 July, Highfield Park, St Albans
01727 847242 www.highfieldparktrust.co.uk
Date in the Park
Be a part of the first ever Date in the Park! People of all ages can enjoy music, food and rides, whilst using their charms to attract partners. There will also be useful tips and advice offered at the Love Boxes.
23-24 July, Aldenham Country Park 0845 0337279
Folk by the Oak
This folk festival set in the grounds Of Hatfield House offers craft fair, workshops, childrens activities, storytelling, circus skills, music stalls and a selection of tasty produce and a real ale bar on site.
24 July, Hatfield House
Murder on the Standon Express Music Festival. Live bands and an outdoor pool during the day, nightclub in a barn, food and dancing during the night.
Art in Clay
See more than 170 of the best ceramicists from all over the UK and Europe. From large sculptural pieces for the garden to tiny delicate porcelain dishes, wall-art ceramic pictures, ceramic lamps, animal sculptures and more.
5-7 August, Hatfield House
Pendley Shakespeare Festival
The Winters Tale from 2-6 August and The Merry Wives of Windsor 9-13 August, performed at Pendley Manor, near Tring.
01442 820060 www.pendleyshakespearefestival.co.uk
Waltham Cross Classic Car Day
Hear live music from local bands
and see 80-plus vehicles from 1940s to up to date classics
13 August, High Street, Waltham Cross
The Knebworth Country Show
Family Show with all day entertainment including birds of prey, working dogs, childrens entertainment as well as arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees.
Knebworth House, Knebworth
Hatfield House Country Show
This is a wonderful event for families and children to experience all kinds
of animals close up; sheep, horses, dogs and many more.
Celebrating everything chilli with stalls, tastings and activities.
Benington Lordship Gardens
08701 261709 ww.beningtonlordship.co.uk
Hertfordshire Game and Country Fair
24-25 September, Redbourn
Royston Arts Festival
29 September-2 October
Herts 10K Challenge
Raising money for Grove House Hospice.
Sunday, 9 October, Rothamsted Research Centre, Harpenden