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Welcome to September

This month there’s lots to do so get out enjoy the sunshine and try something different, we’ve found Festivals, Open Days, Art Shows, Air Displays, a Dogfest and lots more, and are excited to see the Eric Morecombe Centre opening with it’s first event taking place this month. And as always we’ve included a selection of local businesses from Accountants to Windows and Doors. If you’re interested in advertising we’d love to hear from you. The magazines are monthly, if you don’t have a copy handy, you can always find them on Twitter, Facebook or our website.

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Wood End Primary School Harpenden AL5 3EF Tuesday 7pm, Wednesday 7pm and 8.10pm - mixed ability class The Pilates Workshop St Albans AL4 9PU Wednesday 12pm - over 60s class Thursday 6pm - mixed ability class

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Open Days Every September free events take place across the country to celebrate our history and culture, giving us the chance to see hidden places and try new experiences. This year’s theme is Edible England. Exhibition: Kingsbury Barn Pottery 10th - 12th Sept 10am - 4pm ** With work for sale from artists showing a wide range of ceramics and sculptural forms. Artists will be on hand to talk about their work. Branch Road, St Albans AL3 4SE Ayot St Peter Church 11th Sept 10am - 5pm ** This listed Victorian church in the "arts and crafts" style is in exceptional condition. The church was completed in 1875 and still has the original organ which is played every Sunday. It will be decorated with flowers and produce for Harvest Festival. Walk along the lane to see the disused churchyard, with many interesting old graves. Welwyn AL6 9BG St Albans Signal Box & Railway Museum 11th & 12th Sept 10am - 5pm ** Built in 1892 and restored in 2009 by local residents, it has a large garden and signals to operate. There will be demonstrations of how trains were controlled and a chance to pull levers and ring bells. The museum is full of artefacts and has a film showing it in operation in the 70s. In the garden a railway with Thomas the Tank Engine will be running. St Albans AL1 3AG Verulamium Museum 11th & 18th Sept 11am - 3.30pm ** Explore Roman life, admire the intricate mosaics, and see recent discoveries such as the Sandridge Hoard, a collection of 159 Roman gold coins. There will be a discovery area, activity sheets and dressing up clothes for children. You can also visit the Roman Hypocaust, the Roman Theatre and the Roman city walls. St Michaels Street AL3 4SW Rothamsted Manor House 11th - 19th Sept 10am - 4pm ** With self-guided tours of the Grade 1 Jacobean Manor House and gardens, cream teas, 16th century murals, lawn games, cookery demos, local stallholders, a scavenger hunt, a photography competition and more. Harpenden AL5 2BG St Peter’s Church 12th Sept 2pm - 5pm * See the view from the tower, the highest point in St Albans which on a clear day offers distant views 4

of the Wembley Arch and Canary Wharf. The large churchyard has an orchard, wildflower meadow, storyteller's circle and Garden of Hope with Tree of Life memorial sculpture. Please book Tower Tours on the day. St Peter’s Church, St Albans AL1 3HG Shuttleworth 15th Sept 10am - 5pm * Walk round the Swiss Garden and woodland sculpture trail, enjoy views from North Park’s gentle hills, stroll around the paddocks by the grass airfield. Venture inside Shuttleworth House with its grand period rooms, visit the Shuttleworth Collection, showcasing the best of early aviation, vintage vehicles, and Clayton and Shuttleworth industrial heritage. Beds SG18 9DX Luton Hoo Walled Garden 15th Sept 10.30am - 2pm ** The Woodyard café will be open in the Shooting Lodge, and plants and produce will be available to buy. Beds LU1 4LF Piccotts End Medieval Cottage & Wall Paintings 18th & 19th Sept tours from 10am * A 16th century Grade I listed Tudor Hall House, with rare and important paintings from just before Henry VIII's break with Rome. Hemel Hempstead HP1 3AU St Albans Clock Tower 18th & 19th Sept 10.30am - 5pm ** Climb the 93 steps to the top of the only medieval town belfry in England and enjoy magnificent views of the city and surrounding countryside. Listen to the hypnotic, ticking rhythm of the Victorian turret clock. Marvel at the great Medieval bell, Gabriel, which is still rung every hour on the hour. Children can win a bag of chocolate coins by playing “Hunt the Keys”. Market Place, St Albans AL3 5DR Walk:The Trees of St Albans 19th Sept 11am * A guided walk around the central St Albans trees, hear interesting stories associated with them with Kate Bretherton, creator of The Remarkable World of Trees exhibition. St Albans Museum & Gallery AL1 3DH Working Watercress Beds 19th Sept 11am - 2pm * An opportunity to see a working watercress bed, a familiar sight years ago. The whole process is explained, and you can make your own way round or join a guided tour. Hemel Hempstead HP1 2BS *Please book ** No booking required 07983 588313


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Out & About Autumn Festival 28th Aug - 12th Sept

An autumnal celebration with spectacular displays of home-grown Dahlias. Aylett Nurseries, St Albans AL2 1DH

Luna Cinema on Harpenden Common Doors 6.30pm, films 8pm 2nd Sept Rocketman / 3rd Sept Pretty Woman 4th Sept Grease

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Chilli Fest 3rd - 5th Sept 10am - 5pm

With exhibitors all passionate about chilli, the festival guarantees to bring you the best of local artisan producers as well as independent traders from across the country. Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury HP18 0JH

Family Fun Run and Doggy Jog

5th Sept 10am, 10.15am & 10.30am A fun family day out in support of Harpenden Town Mayor’s charities. With a “Clue Quest” for children and obstacles and mini challenges for dogs. £3.50 Rothamsted Park

Pub in the Park 10th - 12th Sept

With amazing chefs, musicians and artisanal producers. Verulamium Park, St Albans AL1 3JE

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DogFest 11th & 12th Sept 9am - 5pm The ultimate dogs day out, with a puppy academy, the best breed meetups, awesome doggy-displays and ‘have-a-go’ activities. £20, child £13 Petrolheadonism Live 18th & 19th Sept With over 1,000 cars on display from Supercars to Classics, Americana to the Highly Modified and the ‘Interesting’ plus a £50m+ Hypercar Enclosure. With over 50 car clubs set to attend, there’ll be an incredible array of classics and modern classics. Tickets include access to the Adventure Playground, interactive Splash-Play, Dinosaur Trail and Formal Gardens. £27.50, child £12.65

Sandridge 10k 12th Sept

The event will start and finish in Sandridge, with runners using a GPS tracked audio guided route through the beautiful countryside surrounding the village. Why not sign up for health, for fun and for the children of Sandridge Primary School.

Harpenden Food & Drink Festival

18th Sept 12 noon - 4pm With more than 70 food and drink stalls, a music stage, pop up restaurants, cookery theatre, tasting tents children's entertainment and street performances. The event will be held alongside Harpenden Beer Festival. High 10 Street Harpenden

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picnic to enjoy at the Frogmore Meadows Nature Reserve, half-way along the route. £15, child £5

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Out & About

Harpenden Floral Decoration Club meeting with a floral demonstration. All welcome 01582 621757 Salvation Army Hall, Harpenden

Statty Funfair 7th - 11th Sept Annual fun fair on the common. Harpenden Common AL5 1PD

Record Fair 11th Sept 10am - 4pm Family Fun until 5th Sept

Choose from football, cricket, table tennis, volleyball, athletics and more, then fly a kite, build a den or go on a nature adventure. Dunstable Downs LU6 2GY

1000’s of records, CD’s and memorabilia. Free Eric Morecombe Centre, Harpenden

Potato Shindig! 11th Sept - 2nd Oct

There’s more than 20 tonnes of potatoes waiting to be harvested (that’s the equivalent of three and a half elephants) Paying children can dig up a bag of spuds. Teddy Bear Trails until 5th Sept 9.30am - 5pm Willows Activity Farm An adventure inspired by Alan Turing's teddy bear Sustainable St Albans Porgy. Pick up a free teddy bear trail sheet, and find all the hidden codebreaking teddy bears. Explore and Film: Tomorrow 14th Sept 7.30pm find out more about some famous Bletchley Park Watch and discuss an uplifting film about actions bears and their owners. Bletchley Park MK3 6EB taken around the world to tackle climate change. Bennets Club, Leyton Road, Harpenden AL5 2HU Join in With #CountdownToCOP St Albans Museum + Gallery Environmental groups in St Albans District have set up Exhibition: Behind the Mask until 5th Sept the St Albans Climate Action Network. Visit the The Trestle Trust turned 40 this year and to celebrate, website below to see 16 steps which are powerful the theatre company is holding an exhibition of some ways to reduce your carbon pollution. Find a step of its most famous masks. that’s right for you, and track your carbon impact. Exhibition: The Chroniclers until 31st Oct Sustainable St Albans are sharing a blog every Bringing together some of the finest examples of Sunday on their website until the international climate medieval manuscripts. talks in November, COP26. each blog will focus on one of the 16 steps. Herts & Middx Wildlife Trust Please book for all events Introduction to Barbastelle Bats 2nd Sept 7pm online Learn about the work of the Hertfordshire Barbastelle Bat Project. Suggested donation of £5 Discover Hedgehogs 14th Sept 2pm Learn basic hedgehog facts, where they live, what they eat, and why they’re in decline. Meet a rescue hog and see where they’re being nursed back to health. Adults only £8, please book Workshop: Spoon Carving 15th Sept Spend a day in the wildlife garden at the Trust's Head Office in St Albans, learning to carve a spoon from local wood. Adults only, £55 Learn to Sketch Corvids 21st Sept 2pm online Local artist, Martin Gibbons, will show you how to begin field sketching birds by looking at the basics of shape, form, depth and adding detail. Aimed at adults and older children. Suggested donation £5 Chess Valley Challenge 26th Sept 9am Challenge yourself, friends and family to take this self-led sponsored 10 mile walk on the beautiful Chess Valley Way and raise funds for the Trust. Bring a 12

Classics on the Common 22nd Sept

Enjoy a variety of cars, with everything from 1913 model T Ford and a 1916 Stanley Steamer, to Rolls Royces and Maseratis making appearances in the past. Little wonder that this is one of the biggest one day events in the classics calendar. Free but donations welcome. Harpenden Common

Luton Hoo Walled Garden

This beautiful walled garden has lots to offer, including a farm balancing environmentally friendly working with traditional values. Open Wednesdays until 29th Sept Guides can show you around and share the history. Please book Volunteering Many changes have taken place in the Garden over the years, and it’s still buzzing with activity. If you’re interested in getting involved please email Luton Hoo Walled Garden LU1 4LF 07983 588313


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Music & Art City Summer Scapes

A new arts initiative showcasing 28 local artists’ work outside, was launched in August in St Albans City Centre, and will move to Verulamium Park in September to be displayed along the railings by The Fighting Cocks pub.

Harpenden Writers

Calling All Writers Celebrating their 25th Anniversary next year the Writers are looking for new members. They meet monthly for workshops, read arounds and talks by established writers and editors. To join please email: Next Meeting 3rd Sept 10am - 12 noon, £5 Friends Meeting House, Harpenden AL5 1PD

Organ Concert

12th Sept 3pm With Tom Winpenny, Assistant Master of Music at the Cathedral. Free.

Art on the Common

18th & 19th Sept Sat 10am - 5pm & Sun 11am - 5pm Featuring 50 of the best local artists, with artwork including paintings, ceramics, glass art, jewellery, photography and wood turning. Meet the artists, buy a unique piece of art and support a worthy cause, 15% of sales will be donated to Cancer Research UK. Harpenden Common

Harvest Festival Weekend

18th & 19th Sept With a market, live music, bar and kids activities. St Saviour’s Church, St Albans AL1 4DF

Ayot St Lawrence Art Show

18th - 20th Sept Sat & Sun 10am - 5pm, Mon 10am -2pm A range of art in a variety of styles and mediums. The Palladian Church, Ayot St Lawrence AL6 9BZ

The Earthly Rose

25th Sept 7.30pm Hardynge Choir Concert featuring Fauré’s Requiem, Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine, Sing by David Willcox and The Earthly Rose by Ēriks Ešenvalds. Please book High Street Methodist Church, Harpenden 28


Wild Camping Week 31st Aug - 6th Sept from 9am daily Enjoy camping in the stunning Grade 2 Historic Parkland with a clear view of the airfield. £40 - £80 Beers, Burgers and Live Music 3rd Sept 6pm - 10pm See the Shuttleworth Collection at night and enjoy a burger plus a pint or two from local breweries and live rock n roll music. Keep an eye on the sky, and you might see some visiting aircraft. £10, child free Vintage Working Weekend 4th & 5th Sept 10am - 5pm Celebrate Richard Shuttleworth’s love for the machinery he collected and maintained in the 20s and 30s with vintage steam and working vehicles and a Flying Display on Sunday. Spitfire Photography Day 9th Sept Designed for those competent with a camera, but also fun for entry level users and compact camera owners too. £175 The Great Balloon Race 10th - 12th Sept See the skies fill with colour as these gentle giants take flight. Be wowed by the SkyRascal paramotor display team who will perform aerial displays of agility. And a UK first from SkyDance, an aerial spectacle suspended 100ft in the air from a crane. The balloons will return to put on a NightGlow to music as they light up the night sky. Swiss Garden at Night with Live Music 11th Sept 6pm Relax with live music from Kylie Tribute act with Becky Bennett. Explore the garden or enjoy a picnic on the West Lawn, with wonderful views of The Swiss Cottage, Dolphin Tazza and the magnificent trees at Shuttleworth. £20, child free ModelAir Festival of Flight 18th & 19th Sept 9am - 6pm For lovers of model flying this offers the chance to enjoy radio controlled, free flight, and control line flying. Watch the action or bring along your own and take part. Bond Day: Fly-in and Car Show 25th Sept 10am This action packed day has all things ‘Bond’ from Aston Martins to an autogyro fly-in. If you’re a ‘petrol head’, Bond fan, have aviation interests or just want a fabulous day out this is for you. a

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