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With children back at school, now might be a good time to think about sorting out a few jobs around the house, as always we’ve got a host of trades people, and many other local businesses besides, so have a flick through and see who you might need to call... It’s a good month to get out and about with St Albans Feastival, the Beer & Cider Festival and Pub in the Park to name but a few! If you run your own business we’d love to include you, it’s so easy, just book your space online today!

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NOW for some Entertainment The Alban Arena That'll be the Day 1st Sept Elvis - The King is Back 3rd Sept The Illegal Eagles 7th Sept T.Rextasty 8th Sept Diana Ross 9th Sept Lost in Music 10th Sept Dr Hook Starring Dennis Locorriere 11th Sept Vincent Simone - Tango Passions 15th Sept The Dualers 16th Sept The George Michael Legacy 17th Sept What's Love Got to do With It 21st Sept Sarah Millican: Bobby Dazzler 22nd - 23rd Sept www.alban-arena.co.uk

Sandpit Theatre

St Albans Comedy Club 2nd Sept 7.30pm With The Sinnerman, Paul Sinha (The Chase and QI), Alison Spittle, Alfie Brown and David Luck. £12.50 www.sandpittheatre.co.uk

Eric Morecambe Centre

The Story of Guitar Heroes 2nd Sept 7.30pm With world-class musicians and state-of-the-art video projection, journey through five decades, from 1950s Rock & Roll through to the most inspirational guitar heroes of the modern era. The Psychology of Serial Killers 9th Sept 7.30pm Discover how serial killers are classified. What are the differences between lust killers like the BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) Killer and visionary killers such as David Berkowitz (Son of Sam) Common Serial Killer Myths debunked, you may be surprised by what you learn! Roy Ayers Ubiquity 14th Sept 7.30pm Celebrate the 45th anniversary of their seminal 1975 album Mystic Voyage. I’m Still Standing 17th Sept 7.30pm A musical celebration of the 50 year career of Sir Elton John with all his greatest hits performed by Joel Buckingham backed by an amazing live band. 4

I Spy With My Little Eye 18th Sept 2.30pm This fantastic family musical celebrates everything great about being a kid, and everything great about having one. £12.50 The Wonder of Stevie 20th Sept 7.30pm Voted one of Britain’s top soul singers, mesmeric vocalist Noel McCalla, award-winning saxophonist Derek Nash (Jools Holland’s Orchestra) and their world-class live band present a diverse catalogue of Stevie Wonder classics. Eric Morecambe Centre, Harpenden AL5 2FR www.the-emc.co.uk

Workshop: Let’s Create

3rd Sept 9.30am - 1pm A free choral workshop with the Hardynge Choir Featuring: Haydn’s Creation and a specially commissioned new work by the choirs’ President Sasha Johnson-Manning. Non-members are welcome to join the Choir for a memorable workshop led by Musical Director, Rufus Frowde. Please book: chairman@hardyngechoir.org St George’s School, Harpenden AL5 4TD

Luna Cinema

Waddesdon Manor £18.50, child £12.50 8th Sept Moulin Rouge! 7.45pm 9th Sept No Time to Die 7.45pm 10th Sept West Side Story 7.45pm 11th Sept Rocky Horror Picture Show 7.45pm www.thelunacinema.com

Pub in the Park

9th - 11th Sept With McFly, Sophie Ellis-Bexter, Kaiser Chiefs, Melanie C, Dodgy, Beverly Knight, Aswad and top chefs, amazing food and more. Verulamium Park www.pubintheparkuk.com

St Albans Organ Theatre

Organ Concert 10th Sept 2.30pm Featuring Cameron Lloyd Sunday Opening 11th Sept 3pm Please book, £7, child £3 www.stalbansorgantheatre.org.uk

Open Rehearsal

13th Sept 8pm free If you’re interested in joining a thriving and friendly amateur choir, go along to Harpenden Choral Society’s Open Rehearsal of Handel’s Messiah. URC Church, Vaughan Road, Harpenden AL5 4ED www.harpendenchoralsociety.org

Amadeus Chamber Orchestra Concert 24th Sept 7.30pm £18, child £3 St Saviour's Church, St Albans AL1 4DF www.amadeuschamberorchestra.org.uk

The Ghost Train

30th Sept - 8th Oct 8pm & 8th Oct 2.30pm Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6ST www.barntheatre.co.uk

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An amazing opportunity to experience the world of art first-hand, to meet and get to know the talented artists in our Hertfordshire community. Many of the artists and makers will also be running special events and workshops with opportunities to get involved and spend time with them at their venue, enjoy demonstrations, and take part in artist-led workshops too. www.HVAF.org.uk


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St Albans Cathedral

Out & About St Albans Museum + Gallery

Taking Over the Museum Cells until 18th Sept See art work by people on probation who are thinking about the transition from prison to the outside world. Town Hall, St Peter's Street AL1 3DH www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk

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More to Explore: The Cathedral in the 20th & 21st Centuries 18th Sept 1.30pm Free, please book Organ Concert: Paul Griffiths 21st Sept 12.30pm www.stalbanscathedral.org

Shaw’s Corner Open Day

12th Sept 10am - 4pm Home of playwright Bernard Shaw for 44 years remains as he left it, where you can see the beautiful Arts and Crafts inspired interiors and find fascinating links with the past. The tranquil gardens provide space to reflect on the wit and wisdom of this great man of words. £9.50, child £4.75 Welwyn AL6 9BX www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Sustainable St Albans

3rd Sept 12- 5pm With over 300 classic cars, bikes and tractors, live music, village stalls, children's funfair and a miniature steam railway. Free entry, but donations for local charities are welcome. Redbourn Common AL3 7BU www.redbournclassics.co.uk

Creating Climate Resilient Communities 12th Sept 7.30pm - 9.30pm Free, please book Harpenden Arms AL5 2TR www.eventbrite.co.uk Harpenden Sustainability Market 18th Sept 10am - 3pm www.sustainablestalbans.org

Brambleton Model Railway Open Day

Chiltern Open Air Museum

3rd Sept 2pm - 5.30pm See the railway run as it was originally intended, including a variety of rolling stock (O gauge circuit) and live steam narrow gauge (16 mm). £3, child £2 Off Highfield Oval AL5 4BX www.brambleton.org.uk

Mill Green Museum

4th Sept: Welwyn Harmony A Capella Group 2pm 25th Sept: Hatfield and Welwyn Choir 2pm Bring a blanket or chair. £5, child £2.50 Lea Valley Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers 11th Sept 10am See demonstrations of this traditional craft. £5, £1.50 Mill Green Museum, Hatfield AL9 5PD www.millgreenmuseum.co.uk

Harpenden Photographic Society

Floral Fine Art 6th Sept by Cherry Larcombe, via Zoom Practical Photography Evening 20th Sept Bring your camera and enjoy taking photos together. Harpenden Trust Hall, Southdown www.harpendenphotographicsociety.co.uk

Open Wednesdays

7th, 14th, 21st & 28th Sept 10.30am - 4pm Includes tours of the historical garden, the Victorian farm buildings and dairy. £7.50 Luton Hoo Walled Garden, Beds LU1 4LF www.lutonhooestate.co.uk

Ayot St Peter Church Open Day

10th Sept 10am - 5pm This listed Victorian church in the ‘arts and crafts’ style, still has the original organ, some well-preserved Victorian stained glass, and a short walk away is the disused churchyard with some interesting graves. Ayot St Peter Church, Welwyn AL6 9BG www.ayotstpeter.com 18

Learn about Maypole Dancing 17th & 18th Sept Try Maypole Dancing, learn about the different dance traditions and watch dancing demonstrations. Learn about Traditional Rural Skills in the Chilterns 24th & 25th Sept Learn about what bodgers made and about the fire kiln and saw pit, straw plaiting and see what the blacksmith is making in the forge. www.coam.org.uk

Hatfield House CJ’s Birds of Prey Experiences 18th Sept Flying displays: 12pm & 2.30pm See the Crowned Hawk Eagle, the stunning Snowy Owl and more. Included in park ticket price Firework Champions 24th Sept 4pm - 7.30pm Three UK firework companies compete against each other with a 10 minute firework display choreographed to music, ending with a finale display. www.hatfield-house.co.uk

Floral Demonstration 'Autumn Glory'

22nd Sept 7.30pm Harpenden Evening Floral Group, all welcome. £8 01582 712315 All Saints Church, Harpenden AL5 4UU

St Albans Feastival 25th Sept 12 noon - 6pm Promising to be an incredible foodie experience, as the city centre will be filled with food and drink stalls, street entertainment, bars with live music, art and crafts, cookery demonstrations and fun for all ages.

St Albans Beer & Cider Festival

28th Sept - 1st Oct A fantastic pageant of real ale, craft beer and cider, with street food, live music and lots of attractions. Weds & Thurs 12pm - 11pm /Fri & Sat 12pm - 11pm The Alban Arena AL1 3LD www.stalbansbf.org.uk

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NOW for the Kids Summer Spectacular

until 4th Sept A packed programme of summertime fun. Get lost in the a-maze-ing Maize Maze. Visit the new splashtastic Puddle Play Park for a splashing good time. Peter Rabbit™ and his friends will be on the Outdoor Show Stage, Peter Rabbits Adventure Playground, funfair rides, adventure play, JCB rideons, indoor soft play, tractor ride, farmyard animals and more. Willows Activity Farm, St Albans AL4 0PF www.willowsactivityfarm.com

Summer of Sport

until 4th Sept 10am - 4pm free There’s so much to do, with a 5-aside football pitch, cricket pitch, athletics track, volleyball court, tennis court, table tennis table and family games. Wednesdays until 4th Sept 11am - 3pm National Trust Soft Archery Mondays & Fridays until 4th Sept 11am 1pm Coach led active fun and games Dunstable Downs, Whipsnade Road LU6 2GY www.nationaltrust.org.uk

The Ultimate Animal Challenge

until 4th Sept Follow the trail around the Zoo, testing your skills against the best of the best, before taking on the final challenges in the event hub. www.zsl.org

Stockwood Garden Party

3rd Sept 11am - 3pm free A great family day out with theatre, storytelling, puppetry and a finale parade at the end of the day. Stockwood Discovery Centre LU1 4LX www.culturetrust.com

Day Out With Thomas

3rd & 4th Sept 10.30am - 5pm Please book Join Thomas and The Fat Controller for a day of discovery, adventure and friendship. With interactive re-enactments, miniature train rides and Thomas short train rides. Buckinghamshire Railway Centre HP22 4BY www.bucksrailcentre.org 30

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Archaeological Collections Tours

Chilli Fest

2nd - 4th Sept 10am - 5pm The ultimate chilli experience, bringing you the best artisan produce, live music, family fun, children’s activities and the chance to walk around the gardens. £16.20, child £8.10 Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury HP18 0JH www.waddesdon.org.uk

5th & 19th Sept Join the collections team and discover a treasure trove of unique objects spanning 2,000 years of England's history. These objects are not normally on display, and form around a third of the stored collection. Please book, £5 Wrest Park, Silsoe, Beds MK45 4HR www.english-heritage.org.uk

RAF Museum London

Battle of Britain Concert 10th Sept 1pm An afternoon of 40s music with the D-Day Shuttleworth Darlings and the RAFs’ very own Squadronaires. Collection at Night with Live Music There’ll be something for everyone with lots of gates 5pm £5 activities, living history and a vintage mini - Lawrence Hill 2nd Sept fairground. Bring chairs or a rug or if you want to - Becky ‘Briar Rouge’ Bennet 30th Sept enjoy the event in style, why not hire a deckchair! Park by the Hangars, and enjoy live music with Please book £18, child £10 a burger and a beer, keep an eye on the sky and Pillows and Pilots you might see a visiting or resident aircraft. 24th & 25th Sept Vintage Air Show Grab your sleeping bag for an evening of fun 4th Sept 9.30am £36, child free with a science show and craft activities. Enjoy a Put on your finest vintage clothes for a film screening on the airfield, silent cinema style, celebration of all things vintage. Enjoy the then settle down for the night surrounded by the Swiss Garden, activities and a thrilling aircraft. Snacks will be served and breakfast in spectacle in the skies! the morning. For early risers there’ll be Spitfire Photography Experience Day fascinating tours in the galleries. Age 7 - 15 16th Sept 10am £148.75 RAF Museum London NW9 5LL Designed for those competent with a camera, but www.rafmuseum.org.uk will be fun for entry level users too. The day is Knebworth House themed around the Supermarine Spitfire Mk V DogFest 10th & 11th Sept (AR501) with a chance to capture images and get up close and personal to this historic aircraft. Try your paw at dog diving, agility, enter the Fun Dog Show, raise money for the Dogs Trust in the Tour of the Swiss Garden Trees Big Dog Walk, enjoy dog displays and get advice 16th Sept 10.30am £20 from the pros. Join the Head Gardener and hear all about the Petrolheadonism 24th & 25th Sept historical and magnificent trees. A family weekend of cars and entertainment. Autumn Swiss Garden Tour Knebworth House, Stevenage 24th Sept 11am £20 www.knebworthhouse.com See the Garden changing colour as autumn approaches. The tour includes a brief history of Bletchley Park the Garden, then afterwards explore the world 1940s Weekend 24th & 25th Sept 9.30am famous Collection. Step back in time for a weekend of vintage Clayton and Shuttleworth Tour entertainment. Why not dress to impress in 24th Sept 1pm £20 1940s clothes or learn some dance moves with The Clayton and Shuttleworth company started Swing Dance MK. Enjoy live music from the in 1845 and built the first portable steam Bluebird Belles, the Bailey Dolls, the Bevin Boys engines, traction engines, thrashing machines, and the Last Chance Rag Time Band. Try your combined harvesters, and aircraft, steam lorries hand at codebreaking, watch the re-enactments, and bridges. See some of these and hear the visit the market stalls and lots more. stories and legacy that has been left behind. Included with admission www.bletchleypark.org.uk Art in the Garden 29th Sept 10.30am £20 All styles welcome in a non-judgemental space, 32

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Heritage Open Days Heritage Open Days, England’s largest festival of history and culture is your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences and it’s all free! Kingsbury Barn Pottery Exhibition 9th - 11th Sept 10am - 4pm Branch Road AL3 4SE With 20 ceramic artists showing a range of ceramics and sculptural forms. St Albans South Signal Box 9th - 11th Sept 10am - 5pm Ridgmont Road, St Albans AL1 3AJ Operate signals, ring the platform bells, change points, see Thomas The Tank Engine and more. Bletchley Park 9th - 18th Sept 10am Step back in time to experience stories of the extraordinary achievements of the men and women who worked here. Please book www.bletchleypark.org.uk St Albans History Fair 10th Sept 10am - 3pm Marlborough Road Methodist Church, St Albans Attractions include a large model of the Clock Tower, a display of historic town maps and short talks on local historic events. www.stalbanshistory.org Smallford Station, Hatfield & St Albans Railway 11th Sept 10am - 4pm Smallford Station Car Park, St Albans AL4 0HF Guided Walks 12 noon & 2pm See the improved Smallford station and an exhibition illustrating its history and the Railway it served. Hertford Castle 11th Sept 12 noon - 4pm Hertford Castle SG14 1HR With medieval encampments, birds of prey and the chance to be a real-life Viking. www.hertfordcastle.co.uk Shuttleworth 15th Sept 10am free Enjoy the House, Collection, sculpture trail and more. www.shuttleworth.org Rothamsted Manor 17th & 18th Sept 10am - 5pm Harpenden AL5 2BG Celebrate the world’s oldest centre for science and innovation, with tours of the Manor House and Garden, science activities and more. www.rothamstedenterprises.com Mill Green Museum 18th Sept 10am Mill Green Museum, Hatfield AL9 5PD Explore the Watermill and visit the exhibitions: '1000 years of milling' and ‘the history of football in Welwyn Garden City’. Please book. www.millgreenmuseum.co.uk Abbey Gateway Tours 18th Sept 10am - 3.30pm St Albans School, Abbey Gateway AL3 4HB One of the oldest monuments in St Albans, which since 1871 has been the home of St Albans School. 34 www.heritageopendays.org.uk

Caring & Sharing

‘I’m Giving My Life’s Work Away!’

Local artist Ray Postill is selling his paintings to raise money to assist the human disaster in Ukraine. Money raised will go to the BEARR Trust, a London-based charity with a distribution network across Ukraine, and the first charity to provide urgent aid following the invasion. Over 20 years, self-taught artist Ray Postill has painted over 250 pictures, from iconic portraits to art deco, from cartoons to landscapes. Have a look on Rays website to view the pictures, any purchases will be carefully wrapped, insured and delivered to your door. www.artsforukraine.org.uk

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St Albans Inflatable 5K 3rd Sept The world's largest Inflatable 5K Age 5+ Please book Hertfordshire County Showground AL3 7PT The Great Big Walk 24th Sept 10am A half marathon sponsored walk from Markyate to St Albans. Dogs welcome. £15, child £7.50 www.hyh.org.uk

Walk for Parkinson's 11th Sept 10am

Taking place at the childhood home of the Queen Mother. Routes: 2 miles and 6 miles Dogs welcome. Registration closes 4th Sept £12, child £6. St Paul's Walden Bury, Hitchin SG4 8BP www.events.parkinsons.org.uk

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Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge 11th Sept This dog-friendly event offers walkers a choice of routes from 6.5 and 18 miles through the Chiltern countryside. £15, child £7.50, under 5s free www.renniegrove.org/C3peaks. Herts 10K 9th Oct 10am Sign up and start training today! See page 22 Run and Raisesome! To encourage you to sign up f or the Herts 10K, Verdi’s Italian restaurant in Clarence Park, St Albans has renamed their Rum and Raisin ice cream to ‘Run and Raisesome!’ The promotion runs until 10th September. www.Herts10K.com

The Hospice of St Francis

Welsh 3 Peaks 16th - 18th Sept Take on three of the highest peaks in Wales, from the summit of Pen Y Fan (886M), Cadair Idris (893m) and Snowdon (1,085m). Registration £95 Classic & Special Interest Car Show 25th Sept Featuring a wide range of impressive cars. Dudswell, Tring Road HP4 3TA www.stfrancis.org.uk

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