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What's on in Hertfordshire: May 2010

PUBLISHED: 08:31 29 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:07 20 February 2013

16th May - The Man Who Cycled the World, adventurer Mark Beaumont’s personal story at The Radlett Centre, Hertfordshire

16th May - The Man Who Cycled the World, adventurer Mark Beaumont’s personal story at The Radlett Centre, Hertfordshire

Find plenty of events to keep all the family entertained across Hertfordshire this month

GENERAL INTEREST


2nd Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Car Rally, 10am to 4pm, Capel Manor Gardens


4th Lunchtime talk: The Government gets involved 1845-1902, British Schools Museum, Hitchin from 12.30pm


7th School Reunion did you attend the Queen Street School Hitchin before 1969 or the Queen Street Centre from 1970 to 1990? Join in the 200th anniversary celebrations at the British Schools Museum, Hitchin
from 11am to 2pm. 01462 420144


9th Plant Fair, with plants from volunteer growers and local nurseries, Ashridge Estate


11th Lunchtime talk: Some Special Pupils 1850-1945, British Schools Museum, Hitchin from 12.30pm


12th Watford and West Herts Chamber of Commerce Golf Day. 01923 442442


15th Saturday Study Afternoon: Britain the land without music? Presented by Julian Williamson, Benslow Music Trust, Little Benslow Hills.
01462 459446

18th Lunchtime talk: Wars and Change 1902-1969, British Schools Museum, Hitchin from 12.30pm


18th and 20th Gallery Tours for grown-Ups, Natural History Museum, Tring


19th Talk: The Life and Works of Henry Moore, Hertford Museum. 01992 582686


20th Radlett Art Society lecture: Andrew Davies on 20th century English cathedrals and their art work, Radlett Centre from 7.30pm


25th Lunchtime talk: May Jill Grey Collector extraordinary, British Schools Museum, Hitchin from 12.30pm


29th Alfresco Living Day, Riverside Shopping Centre, Hemel Hempstead


29th Isabel Hospice Jumble Sale, Thundridge Village Hall from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. 01920 462992



EXHIBITIONS


From 1st Henry Moore Sheep, Hertford Museum


From 1st What the Postman Saw, Bushey events on postcards from the collection at Bushey Museum


Until 27th Elaine Kellys works in kiln formed and sand casted glass, Trestle Arts Base, St Albans


3rd-28th Chris Odell paintings in watercolour, oil and acrylic, Foyer Gallery, Letchworth Arts Centre


From 4th Kate Burgess Exhibition, Caf Gallery, Letchworth Arts Centre


5th-31st Marije Rowling Exhibition, Main Gallery, Letchworth Arts Centre


8th-16th Watford and Bushey Art Society Annual exhibition and sale of paintings by local artists, Harlequin Gallery, Watford


15th-16th Ardeley Art Exhibition, Ardeley Village Hall



WALKS & NATURE


From 1st Barnet and Monken Hadley historical and ghost walks. 020 8440 6805


1st Hunsdon Mead Guided Walk from Royston. 01727 858901


6th Bluebell Walk around Gobions Wood Nature Reserve, Potters Bar. 01438 861833


9th Bluebell Walk around Pryors Wood Nature Reserve, Stevenage. 01438 861833


9th Guided Walk, College Lake Nature Reserve, Tring, meet at 10am


11th Friends of Ashridge led gentle stroll observing the wildlife around the Ashridge Estate. 01442 823727


22nd Butterfly ID Course for beginners. Join Steve Kiln from Butterfly Conservation for a walk around Hunsdon Meads Nature Reserve, Royston. 01727 858901


8th Introduction to Birdwatching, guided walk and talk, Ashridge Estate


9th Hidden Hertford Walk: Hertford in the age of Robert Walpole, from Hertford Museum. 01992 582686


9th Birdlife in Spring, early morning walk, Ashridge Estate


12th Wildflower Identification Guided Walk, Hatfield Forest from 5.30pm to 7.30pm


13th Micro Molluscs and Super-Sized Squid, join Curator Jon Ablett as he talks about the collection of nine million specimens at the Natural History Museum, Tring


18th Ware Pub Walk with a local guide. 01920 421466


25th Guided walk with the National Trusts regional Archaeologist to explore hidden archaeology in the parkland surrounding Ashridge House, Berkhamsted


From 29th Chiltern Way Walking Festival, join a series of 14 guided walks around the Chiltern Way route. 01494 771250



FARMERS MARKETS


1st Great Hormead: Village Hall 10am to 12.30pm


1st Hatfield: White Lion Square 9am to 2.30pm


8th Tring: The Market, Brook Street 9am to noon


9th St Albans: Market Place 10am to 4pm


16th Wheathampstead: East Lane Car Park 10am to 1pm


21st Hexton: St Faiths Church 1pm to 4pm


22nd Tring: The Market, Brook Street 9am to noon


28th Harpenden: Lower High Street from 10am to 2pm


29th Hitchin: Market Place 8am to 2pm


29th Little Hadham: Village Hall 9am to noon



CHILDREN & FAMILY


1st Hertford Museum Family Saturday: Around the World
and Back Again. Drop in from 10.30am to 3.30pm


9th Bob, the Man on the Moon, Trestle Arts Base, St Albans


15th Teddy Bears Picnic, Hatfield Forest from 11am to 2pm


16th The Magic Circus, puppet show for children aged five to 11, Radlett Centre


18th Gonzo Moose presents, Is That a Bolt in Your Neck for children aged eight-plus, The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead


22nd Poppys Wild Magical Machine for children aged three-plus, The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead


27th Create a Fantastic Fish to take home, Natural History Museum, Tring


29th-30th The Little Big Club live in concert, Alban Arena, St Albans


31st Make an incredible bird hat from paper and card, Natural History Museum, Tring



BANK HOLIDAY & SPECIAL EVENTS


Until 16th The Baldock Festival will feature a packed programme of events including a Beer Festival, Fire Station Open Day, live music and a Medieval Street Fair, log on to www.baldockfestival.org

Until 3rd Kimpton May Festival Once Upon a Time, procession on 1 May from 12.30pm www.kimptonmayfest.co.uk


1st-3rd Hertfordshire Garden Show, Knebworth House


2nd-3rd Beltane Summer Festival, Celtic Harmony Education Camp, Brickendon


3rd Barking mayhem 2010, Companion Dog Show and German Shepherd Rally, Gravely www.barkingmayhem.com


3rd Watford Celebration, festival showcasing the cultures, faiths and talents of Watfords community, Watford Colosseum www.watfordcelebration.org


3rd Aldbury Village May Day Fair, Aldbury Village, near Tring from noon to 5pm


3rd May Day Celebrations, maypole dancing, Victorian games and country dancing, British Schools Museum, Hitchin from 10am to noon


6th-9th Festival of Living Crafts: Art, Design and Innovation, Hatfield House


8th Friends of Tring Church Heritage, Family Fun Day, Tring High Street


8th South Hatfield Fete, High View and St Johns Bishops Rise from 2pm to 5pm. 07906 476856


8th-9th Maple Lodge Conservation Society Open Weekend, Maple Lodge Nature Reserve, Maple Cross. 01923 230277


9th Hertford Castle Open Day with falconry displays, tours and childrens entertainment from 11.30am to 3.30pm


13th Welwyn Garden City Golf Day for Isabel Hospice. 01707 382547


15th Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies RetroHerts Open Day from 10am to 4pm, Pegs Lane, Hertford


15th Party in the Park: The Spirit of Tring. Live music, proms and firework finale at the Grass Roots Stadium, Tring from 6pm to 10.30pm


15th-16th The Rickmansworth Canal Festival, music and entertainment, environmental fair, medieval living exhibition and trade stalls, Batchworth Lock Canal Centre, Rickmansworth www.rwt.org.uk


16th Isabel Hospice Sunday Cycle Ride from Woolmer Green Village Hall. 01707 382500


22nd Peace Hospice Starlight Walk, Watford. 01923 330340


23rd On Your Bike Sponsored Cycle Ride 25km or 50km around the Bishops Stortford countryside for Isabel Hospice. 01707 382500


23rd St Clare Hospice May Fayre, stalls, refreshments and crafts from 11am to 3pm


29th May Madness, Morris dancing, Arsenal football coaching, games, stalls and entertainment at King George Recreation Ground, Bushey from noon to 3pm


29th-30th Hertfordshire County Show, 300 trade stands and arena events, The Showground, Redbourn www.hertsshow.com


30th Japanese and Ford Performance Car Show, Knebworth House


From 30th Summer Celebrations, Celtic Harmony Camp, Brickendon


30th Join the Mary Gethin Walk around Furneaux Pelham in aid of Isabel Hospice followed by a hog roast. 01279 777610


31st Mini and VW Car Show, Knebworth House



MUSIC & DANCE


1st Swan Lake, Vienna Festival Ballet, Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar


2nd Singer-songwriter Clare Teal, Radlett Centre


2nd Rat Pack Live, tribute to Frank, Dean and Sammy, Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage


5th Counterfeit Stones, Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage


7th Saxophonist Snake Davis, The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead


7th Abba Forever, Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage


8th Feel the Spirit, Harlow Chorus, Hockerill Church, Bishops Stortford from 7.30pm


8th Desperado The Heart of The Eagles, Alban Arena, St Albans


9th No Jacket Required Phil Collins tribute, Alban Arena, St Albans
12th Jason Hawkins lunchtime concert, 1pm, Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans


13th Let The Good Times Roll, Court Theatre, Tring


13th Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen tribute act, Market House Hotel, Sawbridgeworth


14th Adventures in Anti-Cool, Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans


14th Concert Dinner, James Sherlock and Peter Foggit (piano duo), West Lodge Park Hotel, Hadley Wood. 020 8216 3900


14th and 21st Battle of the Bands, Rhodes Arts Complex, Bishops Stortford


15th Paul Lamb and King Snakes, Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans


19th Showaddywaddy, Radlett Centre


21st Marcus Bonfanti and Paddy Milner, Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead


22nd Swan Lake, Vienna Festival Ballet, Radlett Centre


22nd From Pop to Doowop, Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans


23rd In The Flesh: The Pink Floyd Show, Court Theatre, Tring


23rd Giselle, Independent Ballet Wales, Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage


24th Essence of Ireland, Radlett Centre


24th Lady of the Lake, Independent Ballet Wales, Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage


26th Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Alban Arena, St Albans


27th Jive Aces, Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage


27th Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band, Radlett Centre


28th Fairport Convention, Court Theatre, Tring


28th Briefcase Blues Brothers, Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage


29th Rocket man, Elton John Tribute, Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage


29th Big Girls Dont Cry, celebrating the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Radlett Centre


30th Jazz Night, Letchworth Arts Centre


30th Essence of Ireland, Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage



THEATRE & COMEDY


Until 1st Sweet Panic by Stephen Poliakoff, Company of Ten, Abbey Theatre, St Albans


Until 8th Mrs Reynolds and the Ruffian, starring The Bills Trudie Goodwin as Mrs Reynolds, Watford Palace Theatre


4th-8th Pirates of Penzance by Vale G&S, Court Theatre, Tring


4th-8th Disneys Beauty and the Beast by Green Room Productions, Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar


4th-5th Sean Lock Lockipedia, Alban Arena, St Albans


5th-8th Hello Dolly, by Broxbourne Theatre Company, Broxbourne Civic Theatre, Hoddesdon


6th Knife Edge by Hard Graft Theatre, Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans


7th Ruby Wax, Rhodes Arts Centre, Bishops Stortford


8th Comedy: Die Roten Punkte, the Robot/Lion Tour, The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead


11th Sherlock Holmes The Last Act, Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead


11th-15th Oklahoma! by PHEOS Musical Players, Watersmeet Theatre, Rickmansworth


13th An Evening with Pam Ayres, Alban Arena, St Albans


14th Jimmy Carr Rapier Wit, Alban Arena, St Albans


15th Richard Digance, Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage


15th Best of Leicester Comedy Festival: On Tour, Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead


15th The Hairy Bikers Big Night Out, Alban Arena, St Albans


15th Comedy Night with MC Paul B Edwards, Letchworth Arts Centre


16th The Man Who Cycled the World, adventurer Mark Beaumonts personal story, Radlett Centre


17th Hemels Hilarious Comedy Club, Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead


17th-22nd Stepping Out, the musical, Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin


18th-22nd Elods presents The Pajama Game, Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar


18th The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Radlett Centre


18th-22nd The King And I by St Albans Operatic Society, Alban Arena, St Albans


19th-22nd The Taming of the Shrew, by Prospect Theatre Company, Court Theatre, Tring


19th-29th The Somme Sagas: Spell of the Whistles, Market Theatre, Hitchin


19th-22nd Buddy, Stevenage Lytton Players, Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage


21st Face Front Inclusive Theatre presents Counting the Ways, performed in spoken English and sign language, Trestle Arts Base, St Albans


27th Ernest and the Pale Moon, Trestle Arts Base, St Albans


28th Erics Tales of the Sea, one-man show, The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead


28th The Glenn Miller Mystery, Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans


29th Gusset, comedy drama, The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead



GARDENS


From 2nd Benington Lordship Gardens opens for May Bank Holiday weekends


4th Glorious Gardens with Christine Walkden, the Cricket Club Ground, Furneaux Pelham. 01438 717406


8th British Iris Late Spring Show, 10am-4pm, Capel Manor Gardens


8th and 9th Plant Sale, Shaws Corner, Ayot St Lawrence


9th EA Bowles Society Open Day, Myddleton House Gardens, Bulls Cross


9th Reveley Lodge Open Gardens, 88 Elstree Road, Bushey Heath from 2pm to 4.30pm


9th Spring Plant Fair, Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre from 11am to 4pm


16th Garden Open Day for charities, the Beale Arboretum, West Lodge Park Hotel, Hadley Wood. 0208 2163900


16th Peace Hospice Afternoon in the Garden at Hunton Park from 1pm to 5pm with entertainment, stalls and demonstrations and gardening question time with Radio 4s Liz Barclay. 01923 335348


29th My Garden in Spring, Myddleton House Gardens, Bulls Cross


29th-31st Lee Valley Cactus and Succulent Show, 10am to 5pm, Capel Manor Gardens


30th Isabel Hospice Teas in Gardens, Jenningsbury, Hertford Heath
from 2pm to 5.30pm


30th Hardy Plant Society Open Day, Myddleton House Gardens, Bulls Cross


30th Preston Gardens Open Day, 14 gardens open, stalls on the green and teas in the Village Hall from 1pm to 5pm. 01462 433859


30th Datchworth Open Gardens and Scarecrow Festival, 14 village gardens will be open displaying scarecrows and flowerpot men, decorated church, stalls and barbecue from 12pm to 5pm www.datchworth.info

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