What's on in Hertfordshire: December 2009

PUBLISHED: 12:02 08 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:22 20 February 2013

Film Noir: Shots in the Dark - Scarlet Fever

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Don't miss out on any December events with our guide to walks, talks, exhibitions, music, theatre and Christmas events across Hertfordshire


4th Annual sponsored Sleepout, St Albans Abbey

4th Jingle Bell Rock dinner and dance in aid of Isabel Hospice, Tewin Bury Farm, near Welwyn. 01438 717406

5th The Sri Lankan Cultural Festival, Jackmans Community Centre, Letchworth Garden City, 7.30-11.30pm. Tickets, 01462 686075

10th Interarts Dacorums integrated arts project for young people, Old Town Hall

17th Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe: learn about the ancient and present-day folklore and customs associated with these Christmas plants with Roy Vickery from the South London Botanical Institute, Natural History Museum, Tring from 8pm


From 6th Join the Father Christmas Trail through Hatfield Forest

6th Hidden Hertford Walk: Old Cross and Cowbridge. 01992 582686

From 6th Barnet and Monken Hadley historical and ghost walks. 0208 4406805

16th Ware Ghost Walk, 8.15pm from Ware Library. 01920 421466

27th Christmas Walk followed by mulled wine and mince pies, Ashridge Estate

27th Birding walk at Tring Reservoirs, 5 miles. Meet 10am at Startops End car park, off B489 by Grand Union canal, opposite White Lion pub. 2 per person to Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust. 01707 324313

29th Cock-a-HOOP! Four-mile walk exploring the new Hitchin Outer Orbital Path (HOOP), from Cambridge Road, Hitchin. 01462 459395


1st Willow Foundation 10th anniversary Christmas Carol Concert at St Albans Cathedral, 7.30pm. Tickets 7 adults, 3 under 16s. 01707 259777 or www.willowfoundation.org.uk

4th Isabel Hospice Lights of Love Ceremony, Jackson Square, Bishops Stortford from 5pm

4th Isabel Hospice Lights of Love Ceremony, Manor House, Buntingford from 6pm

5th Salvation Army Festive Carol Concert, Victoria Hall, Akeman Street, Tring. 01442 826137

5th Isabel Hospice Lights of Love Ceremony, Bakers Walk, Sawbridgeworth from 4pm

6th Reflections at Christmas; celebrate a loved one and dedicate a candle, followed by a special service with hymns and readings, St Elizabeths Centre Chapel, Much Hadham. 01279 844347

12th Isabel Hospice Lights of Love Ceremony, Halsey Masonic Centre, Cheshunt from 4pm

12th Isabel Hospice Lights of Love Ceremony, Hertford Castle, Hertford from 4pm

12th Chipperfield Choral Society Christmas Carol Concert, St Pauls Church, Chipperfield. 01442 834762

19th Carol Singing at the Shell House, Hatfield Forest from 2.30pm to 3.30pm

19th Christmas Carols at Hertford Castle


Until 21st Christmas Craft Fair, Letchworth Arts Centre

5th Annual Christmas Fair, British Schools Museum, Hitchin from 10am to 3pm

5th Royston Christmas Craft and Gift Fair, Royston Town Hall from 10.30am to 4.30pm

5th-6th Festival of the Trees, Town Hall, St Albans. Over 50 spectacularly decorated trees. Proceeds to Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust. 01727 858901 or www.hertswildlife trust.org.uk.

5th-6th Knebworth Crafts and Country Gifts Show, Knebworth House

6th Ashridge Christmas Fair 10am to 4pm

6th Christmas Carousel, Capel Manor Gardens, Enfield from 10am to 4pm

6th Jingle Bells and Bows Fun Run for Isabel Hospice, Stanborough Lakes, Welwyn Garden City

8th-9th Seasonal Family Workshops, cards and decorations, Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead

9th Bumps Babes and Beyond Christmas Shopping event, showcasing local businesses, Berkhamsted Town Hall from 7.30pm to 10pm

10th Toddler Session: Christmas Lanterns, Hitchin museum

12th Ware Brass Christmas Evening, Fletchers Lea at Ware Priory. 01279 658204

13th Christmas Wreath Making workshop, Ashridge Estate

16th Turkey and Tinsel Christmas Lunch on a trip along the River Lee, Lee Valley Boat Centre

18th-22nd Christmas Tree Festival, St Johns Church, Boxmoor

19th British Schools Museum annual Christmas Party, Town Hall, Hitchin

21st-23rd Daily Santa Cruise along the River Lee from Lee Valley Boat Centre

22nd Make Christmas pomanders, Hitchin Museum

22nd Christmas Arts and Crafts, John Warner Sports Centre, Hoddesdon. 01992 445375

24th-27th Benslow Music Trust Christmas House Party, Little Benslow Hills


1st Hertfordshire Chorus perform at St Albans Abbey, Christmas concert organised by the Willow Foundation

4th Award-winning comedian John Bishop, Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead

4th Christmas Party Night, live music rock and pop classics, Broxbourne Civic Hall

5th Masters of the House Sing Christmas, Radlett Centre

5th Hertfordshire Chorus perform Handels Messiah by Candlelight, Thaxted Church. 0870 4580445

5th Ware Choral Society perform Handels Messiah, Ware Drill Hall, Amwell End. 01920 462346

6th In concert with Showstoppers for Isabel Hospice, Castle Hall, Hertford. 01992 586010

6th An Audience with James Whale, Radlett Centre

11th Big Joe and his Blues Kings, Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead

12th Festive shin-dig with Screaming Blue Murder, Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead

12th Christmas Magic concert with Hertford Choral Society, All Saints Church, Hertford. 01920 870632

13th Hertfordshire Chorus Christmas Music by Candlelight, Hatfield House. 01707 287010

13th De Havilland Philharmonic, Weston Auditorium, Hatfield. 01727 281127

14th Benslow Music Trust presents students from the Purcell School for Young Musicians, Little Benslow Hills

19th Comedy Night, Letchworth Arts Centre

19th Potters Bar Choral Society Christmas Concert, St Johns Church, Potters Bar. 01707 642393

19th-23rd Giraffes Cant Dance, Trestle Arts Base, St Albans

20th Hertfordshire Chorus Christmas Concert, Haileybury College Chapel. 0870 4580445

22nd Hertfordshire County Youth Orchestra, Weston Auditorium, Hatfield. 01727 281127


Until 12th Tilly Campbell A Tribute, Hitchin Museum and Art Gallery

From 5th Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, Natural History Museum, Tring

From 19th Exhibition: Land of the Lost 2009, featuring work from Anna Fairchild, Hitchin Museum and Art Gallery

19th Exhibition: The Joy of Doodling, Hitchin Museum and Art Gallery

Until Jan 31 Film Noir: Shots in the Dark. Robin Parkers solo exhibition of paintings inspired by the golden age of the Hollywood crime movie, Bushey Museum and Art Gallery


3rd Ware, Great Amwell: Van Hage Garden Company 9am to 1pm

5th Great Hormead: Village Hall 10am to 12.30pm

5th Hatfield: White Lion Square 9am to 2.30pm

8th St Albans: Market Place from 10am to 4pm

12th Hertford: Market Place 9.30am to 1pm

12th Tring: The Market, Brook Street 9am to 12pm

13th St Albans: Market Place from 10am to 4pm

17th Hertford: Market Place 9.30am to 1pm

18th Hexton: St Faiths Church 1pm to 4pm

19th Letchworth: Leys Square 9am to 1pm

19th Stevenage. Call for date. 07889 780833

19th Tring: The Market, Brook Street 9am to 12pm

20th Hertford Heath: Village Hall 9.30am to 1pm

20th Sawbridgeworth: Bell Street Centre Car Park 9.30am to 1.30pm

20th Wheathampstead: East Lane Car Park 10am to 1pm

22nd Hitchin: Market Place 8am to 2pm

Venues: Ashridge Estate, Berkhamsted. 01441 851227; Benslow Music Trust, Little Benslow Hills. 01462 459446; British Schools Museum, Hitchin. 01462 420144; Broxbourne Civic Hall. 01992 445375; Bushey Museum and Art Gallery. 020 8420 4057; Hatfield Forest. 01279 870678; Hatfield House. 01707 287010; Hitchin Museum and Art Gallery. 01462 434476; Isabel Hospice. 01707 382500; Knebworth House and Gardens. 01438 812661; Lee Valley Boat Centre. 01992 462085; Letchworth Arts Centre. 01462 670788; Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead. 01442 228091; Radlett Centre. 01923 859291; Trestle Arts Base, St Albans. 01727 850950

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