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Welcome to June

At last there's lots of events happening, and we’re thrilled to tell you all about them, just have a flick through and you’ll see everything from the Roman Theatre Open Air Festival, the Hertfordshire Festival of Music and Outdoor Theatre and Cinema to the Sustainability Festival, Shuttleworth Air Shows, Scavenger Trail, the Splash Park and more. There’s definitely something for everyone! As always, we’ve included a selection of local businesses too, from Accountants to Windows and Doors. If you’re interested in advertising, we’d love to hear from you. The magazines are monthly and if you don’t have a copy handy, you can always find them on Twitter, Facebook or our website.

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You Can’t Stop The Beat! 29th June An entertainment extravaganza, featuring songs from musicals including Mary Poppins, Hairspray, The Sound of Music and Matilda. Olympiaganza 5th & 6th July Two battling rival groups attempt to cover the Roman Theatre Open Air Festival entirety of Greek mythology in an evening. This Roman Theatre of Verulamium AL3 6AE The biggest festival yet with 14 shows, 8 companies theatrical extravaganza promises to be an and 69 performances presenting a diverse range of unforgettable feast for the eyes, ears and soul. Belshazzar’s Feast plus Rakoczy 7th July incredible theatre, opera and music over 7 weeks. An inspired collection of songs and tunes; classical, Peter Pan 28th May - 27th June pop, musichall and traditional folk, all laced with A musical version of JM Barrie’s classic play, told good humour. with OVO’s customary irreverence and wit. With magic, mischief, music and make-believe, and just a A Spoonful of Musicals 11th July A fun-filled show packed with Musical Theatre sprinkle of fairy dust. favourites for all ages with songs from Frozen, Iolanthe 30th May - 17th June Annie, The Jungle Book, Matilda and more. A witty and magical operetta telling a tale of Showtime! - Hits from Hollywood, Broadway & forbidden love causing an absurdist fusion of two Beyond 11th July worlds, the magical fairies of Fairyland and a A dazzling performance of West End Stars singing bamboozled House of Peers. songs from the big screen, Broadway stage and Express G&S 31st May beyond including Wizard of Oz, The Greatest The complete works of Gilbert & Sullivan Showman, Mamma Mia and more. in 75 minutes. www.maltingstheatre.co.uk Little Red Riding Hood & the 3 Funky Pigs 1st June Abbey Theatre A modern twist on two classic fairytales packed with Two songs and fun for all the family. 1st - 5th June mainstage & live streamed The Comedy Of Errors 4th June - 4th July A moving and funny play about a bickering couple A hilarious and anarchic adventure of errors and and the dozen regulars who pass through their pub lashings of sunsoaked silliness. all played by just two actors. I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change Skylight 7th - 15th June 22nd - 26th June mainstage & live streamed This feel-good musical comedy takes on the truths David Hare's chamber piece, as powerful and myths behind that contemporary conundrum today as it's ever been. A schoolteacher receives an known as 'the relationship.' unexpected visit from her one-time lover. As they move between tender passion and vicious political The Winter’s Tale 24th June - 10th July polemics, the lines between past and present begin Shakespeare's timeless tragicomedy of obsession to blur. and redemption is a rollercoaster ride of courtroom dramas, mistaken identities, a man-eating bear and Westminster Lodge AL1 2DL 01727 857861 www.abbeytheatre.org.uk a beautiful statue, weaving high drama and low comedy to tell a story of heartbreak, reunion and Hertford Open Air Theatre newfound hope. The Tale of Peter Rabbit & Benjamin Bunny Sunday in the Park is Yours - Open Mic Night 19th June 2.30pm £10 27th June Bring a picnic, or treat yourself from the food stalls Audience members are invited to take to the mic, and bar, sit back, relax and enjoy the show. whether you’re a budding vocalist, just fancy a sing A Midsummer Night’s Dream song, or would like to just enjoy the tunes. 19th June 7pm £10 Return To The Stage 28th & 29th June Shakespeare’s classic comedy of love and intrigue, A medley of musical theatre favourites including magic and mayhem. This funny and enchanting new songs from Mamma Mia, Rent, West Side Story and production is a treat for the whole family. Les Misérables. www.hertford.gov.uk 4

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Enjoy this summer celebration of classical music, based in and around the historic town of Hertford. 4th June 6.30pm & 8.30pm Albion String Quartet Hertford St Andrew's Church SG14 1HZ 5th June 12 noon Relaxed Rehearsal with HFoM Festival Orchestra All Saints Church SG13 8AY 1.30pm - 2.30pm 4pm - 5pm Fairytale Stories - Hansel & Gretel / The Snow Queen Hertford St Andrew’s Church SG14 1HZ 2pm - 3.30pm Historic Walk Around Hertford The White Hart, Salisbury Square SG14 1BW 5.30pm & 8pm HFoM Festival Orchestra with Chloe Hanslip & Tom Hammond All Saints Church SG13 8AY 9.30pm ZRI - The Brehouse Session McMullen Brewery Courtyard, Old Cross SG14 1RD 6th June 1pm & 3.30pm 1670 - A Meeting of Friends All Saints Church SG13 8AY 6pm & 8.30pm Florian Mitrea at Benslow Peter Morrison Hall, Hitchin SG4 9RB 8th June 6pm & 8pm Chloe Hanslip: A Masterclass Queenswood School AL9 6NS 9th June 12 noon Soundbites: Florian Mitrea in Recital All Saints’ Church SG13 8AY 10th June 5pm Judith Weir in Conversation Queenswood School AL9 6NS 6pm & 8pm Chloe Hanslip & Danny Driver in Recita Chapel at Queenswood School AL9 6NS www.hertsmusicfest.org.uk


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Wrest Park

Kids Rule! 29th May - 6th June 10am - 5pm Watch performances, listen to storytellers and spend time as a family in the great outdoors. Please book Bloomimg Gardens 12th - 13th June 10am - 5pm Explore the beautiful historic gardens and dig deeper into the history of garden design. Enjoy musical performances, kids’ crafts and more. Please book Wrest Park MK45 4HR www.english-heritage.org.uk

Hatfield House

Meet Henry VIII, his Wives & his Children 6th June 11am - 4pm Meet the Tudor Legacies, a living history group of Tudor enthusiasts, giving you the chance to meet Henry VIII, his wives and his children. Exclusive Tours House & Garden 9th June 11am - 4pm £160 House 23rd June 10am -1pm £90 Champagne tours of Hatfield House giving you over 400 years of Jacobean splendour. Living Crafts 17th - 20th June 10am - 5pm A one-stop creative shopping experience, discover unique beautifully hand-crafted pieces. Blooming Bubbles 24th June 6pm Join Head Gardener Andrew Turvey for an evening tour of the Historic Gardens. £60 www.hatfield-house.co.uk

24th June 4pm - 8pm Enjoy a great selection of street food, music and an outside bar. Market Place, St Albans

Waddesdon Manor

The Lord Chamberlain's Men - Macbeth 24th June 7pm Bring a chair and a picnic, and prepare to be transported watching Macbeth as Shakespeare saw it first performed; in the open air, by an all male cast with Elizabethan costumes, music and dance. www.waddesdon.org.uk

Welwyn Festival

25th June - 3rd July Held annually this festival raises thousands of pounds for local projects and charities. With a street market, art exhibitions and a costume parade through the High Street this promises to be a festival full of fun. www.welwynfestival.org.uk

Talk: How Memories are Made

28th June online 7.30pm With Soroptimist women's group, in recent months many of us have been sorting through ‘stuff’ in our homes and will have found some real treasures. Learn how to make the most of these items. www.sigbi.org

Luton Hoo Walled Garden Open Wednesdays 10.30am - 4pm Produce and plants from the garden will be available to buy. The garden is looking lovely as the gardeners and conversation team have all been very busy. Please book, £5, 01582 721443 Luton Hoo Walled Garden LU1 4LF www.lutonhooestate.co.uk

Open Food Gardens

Explore the fruit and veg grown in St Albans, Harpenden and the villages 13th June 2pm - 4pm Falconers Field, Harpenden AL5 3ES 20th June 2.30pm - 4.30pm Cunningham Hill Rd, St Albans AL1 5BY 23rd June 6pm - 8pm Marshalswick Community Centre, St Albans AL4 9TU & Marshalswick Lane, St Albans AL1 4XE www.sustainablestalbans.org

Knebworth House

Garden Theatre - Romeo & Juliet 16th June 7pm An inventive take on Shakespeare’s story with just five actors. Expect fast-paced drama, plenty of musical instruments and many a quick costume change along the way. Bring blankets, cushions and chairs, and come prepared for the weather. The Hertfordshire Garden Show 19th & 20th June A wide variety of goods including garden furniture, 14

23rd May - 6th June Here’s a taste of events taking place locally. Rock around the Common 29th May - 6th June Hunt for painted rocks around the Common Colney Heath Common AL4 0NS RSPB Walk: from Redbournbury Mill 1st June 6pm, please book Climate Change, The Decisive Decade 3rd June 5.30pm online, please book Film: 2040 4th June 8pm An optimistic look at the future in a time of climate change. Please book St Pauls Church AL1 4JP & online Concert: Singing the Birds & the Bees 6th June 1pm St Albans Cathedral AL1 1BY


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Shuttleworth

An Evening with Beers, Burgers & Live Music 5th June gates 6pm See the Shuttleworth Collection at night and have a burger and a pint or two from local breweries, while enjoying live music from local musicians. Flying Festival of Britain Drive In Air Show 6th June gates 10am, flying 2pm - 5pm A celebration of innovation and remembering the 1951 Festival of Britain. Enjoy the air display from a plethora of historic aircraft. Spitfire Photography Day 11th June 10am - 4.30pm A Scurry of Chipmunks Drive In Air Show 19th June gates 12 noon, flying 5.30pm - 8pm Once known as the RAF’s primary trainer, the Chippy is 75 this year. Celebrate it with a whisper of Moths, as the Tiger Moth is 90 this year. Enjoy the air display and listen from your FM radio. Fathers Day with a Difference 20th June A petrolhead’s feast of 600 vehicles, Americana, Supercars, Classics and Highly Modified vehicles. Macbeth - The Handelbards 25th June gates 6pm Join this all-female troupe for a bicycle-powered, farcical production. A frantic, delirious, full-of-beans show. The Great Balloon Race 25th - 27th June See the skies filled with colour as these gentle giants take flight, with aerial acrobatics, balloon night glow and a giant fireworks display. www.shuttleworth.org

Bletchley Park

Father's Day BBQ 20th June 9.30am - 5pm This year to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the arrival of the first American codebreakers to Bletchley Park, there will be an American BBQ grill, so treat your dad to a special day out, exploring Bletchley Park. Armed Forces Event 26th & 27th June 9.30am - 5pm www.bletchleypark.org.uk

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90’s Britpop Night 25th June 8pm - 2am Free The Horn, St Albans AL1 3TE www.wearepopscene.com

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The Alfresco Theatre Drive-in

Enjoy live shows and feel-good movies, all served alongside dishes from some of the UK's finest chefs, Tom Kerridge, Rick Stein, Jason Atherton, Paul Ainsworth and Atul Kochhar. 2nd June 5pm - The Greatest Showman (Sing-A-Long) 8.30pm - Dirty Dancing 3rd June 10am - Frozen (Sing-A-Long) 1.30pm - Jumanji: The Next Level 5pm - Jurassic Park 8.30pm - Wonder Woman 4th June 11am - Trolls: World Tour 2pm - The Gruffalo Live on Stage 6pm & 9pm - Mark Watson's Carpool Comedy Club with Dara O'Briain, Mark Watson and Felicity Ward 5th June 11.30pm - The Gruffalo Live on Stage 2pm - Grease (Sing-A-Long) 6pm & 9pm - Björn Again: The ABBA Show 6th June 12 noon & 2.30pm - The Gruffalo Live on Stage 5pm - Ferris Bueller's Day Off 8.30pm - Bohemian Rhapsody Herts County Showground, Redbourn AL3 7PT www.thealfrescotheatre.co.uk

Open Air Cinema & Dining

Enjoy pre-cinema dining in a beautiful heritage room at Ashridge House, or order a gourmet picnic box for two to enjoy in the gardens then sit back, relax and enjoy your favourite film. 28th June - 1917 29th June - Dirty Dancing 30th June - Bohemian Rhapsody 1st July - Mamma Mia 2nd July - Grease 5th July - The Italian Job 6th July - Rocketman 7th July - A Star is Born Ashridge House, Berkhamstead HP4 1NS www.ashridgehouse.org.uk


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retrace the miles they cover every day delivering vital care and support to patients with life-limiting illness, all in your own time. Choose from one or all three legs, taking part over consecutive weekends in June. You’ll receive route maps via Strava, each is roughly 50 miles. You’re encouraged to raise £1 for every mile, so £50 per leg. Sign up now to book your place and receive your cycle jersey. www.renniegrove.org

Time to Get Active

St Albans Half Marathon 13th June

A community event, raising money for local charities and organisations. Those looking for a Dog Walk Challenge challenge can take on the scenic Half Marathon Walk 60 miles with your dog in June wherever or Walking Half, which takes you on a rewarding and whenever suits you to raise money for liferoute through the country lanes of St Albans. The saving research. Commit to this challenge and 5K is open to anyone over 11 years, taking you join a Facebook group full of dedicated dogaround Verulamium Park. Unfortunately there is walkers walking to help beat cancer. Sign up no Fun Run, Runners Village or VIP area this today and get a free Cancer Research UK t-shirt. year, but for every £100 raised in entry fees a Facebook @cancerresearchuk tree will be planted in the UK. Sign up now to secure your place. Muddy Dog - A Battersea Challenge www.stalbanshalfmarathon.com Walk or run any distance between 29th May and Inflatable 5K 19th June 6th June, share a finisher’s photo and donate or fundraise to support the dogs and cats at This new 2 x 2.5k lap course means less running Battersea. It’s free to sign up and you’ll receive a and 28 gigantic obstacles. Warning: these events Muddy Dog Challenge t-shirt and bandana for may cause lots of fun, excitement and even in your dog, plus a rosette if you donate or most cases laughter! Herts County Showground fundraise £25 or more. There are also tote bags www.runningevents.co.uk and Battersea hoodies up for grabs for those Welwyn 10K 25th June - 3rd July who donate or raise even more. This is your challenge, so complete it in a way that suits you. Set in the beautiful countryside of Welwyn village. Complete this road course as many times Whether it’s with friends and family or solo, with as you like, starting from Singlers Marsh during one dog or four, a single stroll, or a 5K run each day of the week. Whatever you choose, you’ll be the Welwyn Festival. Using the Run Nation app joining other like-minded people to help the dogs or website to submit your times and see the and cats at Battersea, and don’t worry, you don’t leader board during the Festival. www.welwyn10k.org.uk have to get muddy! Sign up today www.muddydog.battersea.org.uk Walk Your Ridgeway 27th June

Herts Half Marathon & 10K 6th June

With a half marathon and full marathon distance to choose from, explore the stunning ancient Ridgeway walkway that is Britain’s oldest road. The 26.2 mile route will start in Princes Risborough and meander through ancient woodland and open countryside to Wendover, which is where the Half Marathon route starts. Both routes will take you through Tring Park and finally onto Ivinghoe Beacon. The marathon also Rennie Grove Hospice Care includes a visit to The Hospice’s gardens. Miles in Memory Sign up now to book your place. An opportunity to create the perfect, personalised Hospice of St Francis memorial to a loved one while raising funds for www.stfrancis.org.uk Rennie Grove Hospice Care. Walk a route that holds a special meaning for you and your loved one, with family and friends in June. People can donate in memory, or sponsor you. Tour de Rennie Grove 12th - 27th June Cyclists of all abilities are invited to tackle routes that cover the area that Rennie Grove nurses work within in this virtual fundraiser. You’ll This popular road closed half marathon starts and finishes at Knebworth House with the course taking participants around the beautiful surrounding rural roads. Entry includes a themed medal, t-shirt, refreshments and much more. Half Marathon 9am £34 / 10k 9.30am £28 www.hertshalf.com

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Mini Beast Safari

The Splash Park in Verulamium Park is opening in stages, during weeks commencing 24th May Fri, Sat, Sun 11am - 3pm 31st May (half term) Mon - Sun 11am - 4pm 7th & 14th June Fri, Sat, Sun 11am - 4pm - 1 Adult can take up to 3 children - Maximum of 70 people inside the Splash Park Further plans will be released after 21st June when new government guidance is released.

6th June Run by local experts, you’ll see a variety of mini beasts which may include shield bugs, beetles, ladybirds, spiders and more. Then return to the Visitor Centre, where you can observe and discuss the mini beasts using a variety of magnifying glasses and microscopes. It’s a great educational experience for all the family. £3 Highfield Park, St Albans AL4 0RA www.highfieldparktrust.co.uk

Willows Activity Farm

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Dino-ventures 29th May - 6th June A roar-some family outing with dinosaurs to meet, fossil finding fun, dino hunt, Jurassic arts and crafts and more. Sheep Shearing Weekends 12th & 13th, 19th & 20th June Enjoy some baa-rilliant fleecy fun, plus all your usual Willows favourites from Peter Rabbit’s Adventure Playground and Mr Todd’s Lair to Squirrel Nutkin’s Treehouse, the JCB Young Driver’s Zone and much more. www.willowsactivityfarm.com

Harpenden Scavenger Trail

2nd & 3rd June 10am - 2pm The trail takes you from Harpenden High Street to the Common where you will learn wildlife facts and scavenge for items to create your own piece of natural art. If you're feeling extra adventurous you can take the extended version of the trail. Please book, time slots are between 10am & 2pm www.harpenden.gov.uk

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to find Hertfordshire's incredible people of the past and discover the hidden heroes of the future. Then continue your adventure with the Hertford Town Quest. Please book, ages 6-12. Twirlywoos Live 4th & 5th June The Twirlywoos are ready to welcome young fans along for a theatrical adventure. Expect mischief, music and plenty of surprises as they share the delight of discovery. With inventive puppetry the show promises a cast of all your favourite characters from the hit TV show. Age 1+ Booking essential Hertford Theatre SG14 1PX www.hertfordtheatre.com

21st June 8pm / 23rd June 10.30am Join an information session to find out how to close your residential street for play and community building up to 8 times a year. Free www.eventbrite.co.uk

Make Some Noise 21st June

Whether you’re a musician, a promoter, a venue, or just want to see what the UK music scene has to offer, why not get involved in Make Music Day UK. Organise a gig on doorsteps, livestream from home; book the local bandstand, tune up in town squares, stand on street corners, pub gardens, wherever there is space to perform and make some noise. Working with music-makers across the UK, www.makemusicday.co.uk is running free online workshops and events to help you bring music to your community on 21st June. These sessions are a great way to find out how you can get involved, learn new skills and grow your networks. www.makemusicday.co.uk


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Local affordable advertising, events and what's on in Harpenden and St Albans

harpenden NOW June 21  

Local affordable advertising, events and what's on in Harpenden and St Albans

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