Your complete October Hertfordshire diary

PUBLISHED: 10:22 28 September 2011 | UPDATED: 20:03 20 February 2013

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1st Thatll Be The Day, Gordon Craig Theatre

1st 80s Music Night with Our Friends Electric, Letchworth Arts Centre

1st The Squadronaires, celebrating the 90th anniversary of the British Legion, Hertford Theatre. 01992 531500

1st A Night of Jazz, in aid of Isabel Hospice, Memorial Hall, Welham Green. 01707 658531

2nd Sweet Music in the afternoon, Letchworth Arts Centre

3rd-12th Harpenden LOS presents Guys and Dolls, Harpenden Public Halls

5th London Mozart Players String Octet, Radlett Centre

6th Straight No Chaser, male acapella group, Gordon Craig Theatre

6th Talon Best of the Eagles, Gordon Craig Theatre

7th A Night at the Proms, Gordon Craig Theatre

7th Julian Smith, soprano saxophone, Gordon Craig Theatre

7th The Navarra String Quartet, Benslow Music, Hitchin. 01462 459446

7th Soweto Gospel Choir, Alban Arena

8th Voices for Hospices with the GSA singers. Haileybury College. 01279 842141

8th Dancemania 2011, an evening of street and hip hop dance, Gordon Craig Theatre

8th The Hollies, Alban Arena

8th An Evening of Beethoven & Betjeman: Crispin Bonham-Carter reads poems by John Betjeman and The Montagnana Ensemble perform The Beethoven Septet, Judi Dench Theatre, Abbot's Hill School, Hemel Hempstead. 01442 843428

11th-15th Half a Sixpence, Arrow Light Opera Company, Watersmeet Theatre

13th The Drifters, Gordon Craig Theatre

15th The Sensational 60s, Gordon Craig Theatre

15th St Albans Choral Society with Orchestra Nova perform classic and contemporary works by Cecilia McDowell, Homewood Road United Reformed Church, St Albans. 07884 231958

16th Organ concert Joanne Naulis, Gordon Craig Theatre

16th Rhythm Of The Dance featuring The 3 Irish Tenors with The National Dance Company of Ireland, Alban Arena

18th Moscow Ballet performs Sleeping Beauty, Gordon Craig Theatre

20th Forces Sweethearts, original singalong nostalgia show,Gordon Craig Theatre

21st Motown and Philadelphia, hits and memories, Alban Arena

22nd St Albans St Cecilia Festival Society Biennial Concert, Mendelssohns Elijah, St Albans Abbey. 01582 763113

23rd The Illegal Eagles, Alban Arena

23rd Joe Brown,Gordon Craig Theatre

25th The Snow Queen, performed by Ballet Theatre UK, Rhodes Theatre

27th-29th Annie, the musical, Gordon Craig Theatre

28th Jazz night featuring The Roger Nobes Quartet, Queen Mother Theatre

30th Stylistics, Philadelphia's finest, Alban Arena

30th A Night at the Opera, Gordon Craig Theatre

30th Jazz Night with Ian Millar and Dominic Spencer, Letchworth Arts Centre

30th The Snow Queen, performed by Ballet Theatre UK, Watersmeet Theatre


Until 1st Man of the Moment by Alan Ayckbourn, Barn Theatre

4th Rivers To Cross presented by Gazebo Theatre Company, Old Town Hall Theatre, Hemel Hempstead

4th The Vagina Monologues, Gordon Craig Theatre

5th Milton Jones Lion Whisperer, plus support, Alban Arena

5th- 8th The Body, a troubled marriage and a surreal situation, The Market Theatre, Hitchin

7th- 15th Happy Now? Presented by Company of Ten, Abbey Theatre, St Albans

7th-22nd Family Business by Julian Mitchell, a warm and witty look at complex family relationships, Watford Palace Theatre

8th Comedy double with Kent Valentine and Diane Spencer, Old Town Hall Theatre, Hemel Hempstead

8th Comedy Club, Gordon Craig Theatre

9th The Comedians, Gordon Craig Theatre

11th Henry V presented by Company Boudin, Old Town Hall Theatre, Hemel Hempstead

12th The Boyfriend, charming 1920s musical,The Radlett Centre

13th Dave Spikey,comedian, Harpenden Public Halls

12th-15th Pack of Lies by Hugh Whitemore, Court Theatre, Pendley, Tring

13th-15th Not Now Darling, classic farce, Gordon Craig Theatre

14th-29th The Swap, Steve and Clare wake to find they have changed bodies, The Market Theatre, Hitchin

14th-22nd A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Barn Theatre

14th Three top comedians perform with side splitting results, The Cheshunt Club, Albury Ride

17th Comedy Club with hilarious Screaming Blue Murder, Old Town Hall Theatre, Hemel Hempstead

18th Oh Whistle...Two Ghost Stories by M.R. James presented by Nunkie Theatre Company & Beyond Eternity, Old Town Hall Theatre, Hemel Hempstead

18th Fascinating Ada, Britain's best comedy trio, Alban Arena

19th-22nd The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Court Theatre, Pendley, Tring

20th-22nd Trestle Unmasked presents The Man with the Luggage, Trestle Arts Base

23rd Top stand up Lee Hurst presenting his game show Man v Woman, Wyllotts Theatre

25th Puppetry of the Penis, a special form of Australia 'origami,' Alban Arena

27th Jason Byrne Cirque Du Byrne, comedy favourite, Alban Arena

27th-29th I Love You Because presented by Brilliant Productions, Abbey Theatre, St Albans

28th Lee NelsonLive! Alban Arena

29th Roll Out The Beryl - a celebration of comedy actress Beryl Reid , Letchworth Arts Centre

28th Comedy with Shappi Khorsandi, Harpenden Public Halls

28th and 29th The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, a dark and comic version of this classic short story, Watford Palace Theatre


Until 1 January, 2012 My Dear Students Artists of the Herkomer School, Bushey Museum and Art Gallery

Until 1 January, 2012 Bushey Then and Now, 20th century gems from the Greville Collection, Bushey Museum and Art Gallery

Until 2nd Herts Open Studios 2011,

Until 2nd Royston Arts Festival

6th A lecture by Hilary Guise on The Phillips Gallery, Washington, The Radlett Centre

Until 23 October, Take One Childrens Art, creative work from the pupils of Little Reddings Primary School, Bushey Museum and Art Gallery

1st and 2nd Royston Arts Society Annual Open Exhibition, Royston Town Hall. 01763 243053

3rd-28th Painting and wood engravings by Witold Leonowicz, Letchworth Arts Centre

3rd-7th Watercolour class, Autumn Colours in the hedgerow,

From 5th Open Exhibition of over 60 local artists, Letchworth Arts Centre

10th 14th Watercolour class, A scene from the Lake District,

17th 21st Watercolour class, A white country house at Buttermere,

23rd Big Draw event, The Letchworth Museum and Art Gallery. 01462 685647

24th Big Draw event, Bishops Stortford Museum. 01279 651746

25th and 26th Hertford's Big Draw, two days of drawing and painting, Hertford Museum. 01992 585724

28th-30 th Hertford Art Society Members Show, Millbridge Rooms, The Wash, Hertford

From 31st October Costume Evening Wear, a display of evening clothes and accessories, Bushey Museum and Art Gallery


2nd Take it easy with a gentle ramble around Berkhamstead, in aid of charity.

8th Seasonal six mile guided walk, Ashridge Estate

9th The Macmillan Countryside Walk with three distance options and suitable for all the family,

15th and 16th Fallow Deer Rut at Ashridge Estate

15th and 16th Family Deer Walk at Ashridge Estate

16th Fungal Foray, Mardley Heath, Welwyn Garden City. 01707 390064

18th Gentle two hour stroll discovering local wildlife, Ashridge Estate

22nd Walking Festival, a walk through glorious Herts countryside surrounding Shaws Corner. 01438 820307

25th From Otters to Orang utans, 8pm Howlands Baptist Church, The Commons, Welwyn Garden City. 01438 798213

28th-31st Hallowe'en Ghost Walk in High Barnet and Monken Hadley,

020 8440 6805

29th Ashridge Boundary Trail Walk, 7 miles, Ashridge Estate

30th Heartwood Forest Walk, meet 10.30 am in village hall car park, Sandridge High Street


8th Vampirates, twins Grace and Connor Tempest are separated by a violent storm, Old Town Hall Theatre, Hemel Hempstead

11th-12th The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle favourites, Watford Colosseum. 0845. 075 3993

15th Children's mosaic workshop, 8 years and over 10.30 am to 3.30 pm, Old Town Hall Theatre, Hemel Hempstead

17th Elmer the Elephant, performed by Blunderbus Theatre Company, Harpenden Public Halls

22nd -30th Willows Farm Pumpkin Festival, activities and a free pumpkin for every child! http://www.willowsfarmvillage/

24th-28th Fun activity days for the kids, Cuffley Camp Outdoor Centre

24th-28th Halloween Activities at Ashridge Estate. 01442 851227

26th-28th Pumpkin Trail and Treats, an afternoon of spooky fun! Knebworth House

28th Discover the collection of Creepy Crawlies at Ashridge Estate

29th Halloween Hunt 11am 12.30pm, King George Recreation Ground, Bushey 020 8207 7568.


2nd Isabel Hospice 10k, 5k and1k fun run. To enter visit

Until 2nd Love Food Autumn Festival of Honey, Food and Drink, Butterfly World, Chiswell Green.

5th Autumn Fair in aid of the NSPCC, Micklefield Hall, Sarratt, nr Rickmansworth 10am - 4pm

5th Antiques and Collectables Valuation Day, St Mary's Church, Apsley, with valuers from Amersham Auction Rooms. Appointments essential, call Jean Chrisp on 01442 215245

6th-8th Hoddesdon Town Charter Fair, High Street

7th Golf Day at The Grove, in aid of the NSPCC with evening gala dinner, email

8th Herts Air Ambulance Clay Pigeon Shoot, Lee Valley Shooting Ground 9.30am 4pm

9th Herts 10K run, Harpenden, in aid of Grove House Hospice.. 01727 731002,

9th The Great Push World Mental Health Day, 11am 4pm, Letchworth Centre

9th The Willow Foundation 10k run, Hatfield House

16th Charity Lake Leap, charity bungee jump in aid of charities supporting the homeless in Herts, Stanborough Lakes in Welwyn Garden City

16th Isabel Hospice service of Thanksgiving, 3pm Marychurch, Hatfield

16th Chill Out Sunday, Grove House Hospice pamper day, 5 entry.. 01727 731008

19th Lunchtime Organ Recital, 12.30pm, St Albans Cathedral

27th Golf Day in aid of Isabel Hospice, Brockett Hall. 01707 382500

29th Social Dance Evening in aid of Isabel Hospice, Newgate Street Village Hall. 01707 873894


Until 6 November, The Secret World of Museum Science, discover what goes on behind the scenes at the Natural History Museum, Tring

1st Tower Tour of St Albans Cathedral

3rd Book Launch: Bomber Command: Failed to Return, with World War II veteran Jack Bromfield 7.30pm David's Bookshop, Letchworth

5th Lets Talk Football with Dermot Gallagher, Gordon Craig Theatre

8th Apple Day in aid of St Elizabeth's Hospice,

8th An Audience with Michael Portillo, former conservative MP, Rhodes Theatre

8th Arlington Characters Come to Life, Ashridge Estate

8th Learning to Read, a talk, British Schools Museum

8th & 15th Archery Beginners and Field Archery Courses, Celtic Harmony Camp

8th & 9th Stotfold Mill Working Steam Weekend at Stotfold Watermill & Nature Reserve. 01462 734541

9th NCT Nearly New Sale, 10.30am-noon, Stanborough School, Lemsford Lane, Welwyn Garden City

9th Hertford Castle Open Day, learn all about the history of the castle

9th Gothic in the Nave, a special tour of At Albans Cathedral, 3pm

10th Botanical Illustration a water colour and wash technique class, Hopleys

12th Autumn Pruning, practical session in the garden at Hopleys

13th Big Society and Transition, a talk with Oliver Heald MP, Letchworth Arts Centre

13th The History of the W.I. With author Jane Robinson 7.30pm David's Bookshop, Letchworth

14th Christmas Gift Fayre in aid of Multiple Sclerosis, The Bishops Stortford Rugby Club

15th Howard Marks is Mr Nice, Harpenden Public Halls

15th Radio 3s Stephen Johnson delivers The Mahlerian Journey - a music appreciation, Benslow Music Trust. 01462 459446

18th Bentley Priory, a talk by Stanmore resident and historian John Williams, Bushey Centre

21st Behind the Scenes tour of the gardens and nursery at Hopleys

20th An Audience with Ann Widdecombe, Harpenden Public Halls

22nd Ashridge and it's Deer Tea and Talk at Ashridge Estate

23rd-28th Celtic Harmony Camp, a great day out at the Iron Age settlement nr Hertford

29th Art and Craft Market, High Street Methodist Church Hall, Harpenden

29th Richard Keys & Andy Gray, footballing talk and anecdotes, Alban Arena

29th Traditional Charity Christmas Card sale, 9.15am to 3.00pm, Court House, Berkhamsted

30th Mystic Afternoon Tea, psychic entertainment with refreshments, Hanbury Manor.

30th Celebrate the Celtic New Year with a host of music and activities at the Iron Age settlement nr Hertford

30th Samhain Storytelling Evening, Celtic Harmony Camp

30th Medieval Wall Paintings a tour of St Albans Cathedral 3pm

31st Charley Boorman, actor, adventurer and author Craig Gordon Theatre


15th-16th Open Garden at Capel Manor Gardens, a stunning 30 acre estate.

16th Visit fully redesigned 8 Gosselin Road gardens, Bengeo, Hertford.

16th Visit 8 Gosselin Road where the garden has been completely redesigned

23rd 35 Digswell Road, Open Garden packed with interest, Welwyn Garden City.


7th Barnet: Spires Shopping Centre, 8.30am-3pm

1st Hatfield, White Lion Square, 9am- 2.30pm

1st Tring: The Marketplace, Brook Street, 9am-noon

8th Hertford, Market Place, 8.30am-1pm

8th Fowlmere: Village Hall, 9am-noon

9th St Albans: Market Place, 10am-4pm

21st Hexton, St Faiths Church, 1-4pm

21st Barnet: Spires Shopping Centre, 8.30am-3pm

15th Tring Apple Fayre Market: The Marketplace, Brook Street, 9am-noon

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

23rd Woolmer Green, Village Hall, 9am-noon

22nd Hatfield Heath, Village Hall, 9.30am-12.30pm


Abbey Theatre, St Albans 01727 857861; Alban Arena, St Albans 01727 844488; Ashridge Estate, Berkhamsted 01441 851227; Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City 01707 357117; British Schools Museum, Hitchin 01462 420144; Broxbourne Civic Hall 01992 441946; Court Theatre, Pendley, Tring 01442 823130; First Garden City Heritage Museum 01462 482710; Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage 01438 363200; Harpenden Public Halls 01582 767525; Hatfield House 01707 287010; Hitchin Museum and Art Gallery 01462 434476; Hopleys, Much Hadham 01279 842509; Knebworth House and Gardens 01438 812661; Letchworth Arts Centre 01462 670788; Market Theatre, Hitchin 01462 433553; Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead 01442 228091;Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin 01462 434875; Radlett Centre 01923 859291; Rhodes Arts Complex, Bishops Stortford 01279 651746; Sandpit Theatre, St Albans 01727 370067; Shenley Park 01923 852629; St Albans Cathedral 01727 860780; Trestle Arts Base, St Albans 01727 850950; Watford Palace Theatre 01923 225671; Watersmeet Theatre 01923 711063

Compiled by Petra Hornsby

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