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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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