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Welcome to April With spring here there’s lots to do outside in the open air from St George and the Dragon Festivals, Easter activities including Egg Hunts and trails, spring walks, new born lambs and a chance to see bluebells in all their glory. If you prefer something indoors why not join an art class, take up singing or maybe take a trip to the theatre. There’s also a fantastic new charity initiative, Tap2Beat where you can donate to local homeless charities using contactless payment, see page 30. If you run your own business, and are interested in advertising with us, please get in touch, we offer a helpful, friendly service, working hard to make the magazines the best they can be. They’re 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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NOW for Some Art All or Nothing Somewhere, Some Place until 9th April Tues - Fri 12 noon - 4pm & Sat 11am - 5pm Art exhibition of original contemporary paintings Nude Tin Can Gallery, 125 Hatfield Road AL1 4JS www.nudetincan.com

Open Studios Call for Artists 12th Sept - 4th Oct Registration until 30th April Professional and amateur, visual artists, makers and designers who live or work in or near Hertfordshire are invited to be part of Herts Open Studios. To be part of this event, artists must first become a Herts Visual Arts member, and then apply to take part in the event. Being part of Open Studios is a cost-effective way for artists to reach a county-wide audience. ‘More creativity, more fun, more buzz, more laughter in our lives’ www.hvaf.org.uk

Five Slides - Artists Event 26th April 2.30pm Find out more about other Hertfordshire artists’ practices at this informal event, starting with 10 artists presenting their work in five slides. Please book either to present or as a non-presenter. £5 St Albans Museum + Gallery AL1 3DH www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk

Lecture: Thomas Hetherwick

30th April Thomas Hetherwick is an award-winning British designer. He and his studio team bring craft, 25th April 10am - 4.30pm design and urban planning together in a single High Street Methodist Church, Harpenden workspace. The Olympic Cauldron from the Featuring the inspirational work of local London Olympics being one of his designs. photographers. With subjects ranging from His innovative approach is in demand all over landscape, portrait, macro and street to sport the world and the lecture will highlight the broad and the natural world. Free entry range of his designs. Lecturer Anthea Streeter. The Society is always keen to welcome new For more information members and caters for all abilities, from beginner www.theartssocietyharpendenareadfas.org.uk to the more advanced photographer. A varied programme gives members the opportunity to enjoy and improve their photography, and visiting speakers give them the chance to learn and be inspired by different styles and genres. If you’re interested in joining, friendly HPS members will be on hand on the day to answer any questions. www.harpendenphotographicsociety.co.uk

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Wrest Park Easter Adventure Quest 4th - 19th April 11am - 5pm Join the hunt for dragon eggs and crack the clues as you follow the trail through the gardens. Intrepid adventurers who track down the eggs will get a certificate and delicious chocolate treats. £1 per child plus normal admission. St George's Festival 25th & 26th April 11am - 5.30pm Celebrate our green and pleasant land with a weekend of shows, battles, games, activities and performances, culminating in England's most legendary battle. Cheer on St George as he mounts his mighty steed and takes on his fiery green nemesis in the ultimate, dramatic show down. There's junior jousting, the chance to become a heroic knight, have a go circus skills, games, a WW2 obstacle course, and interactive medieval music workshops. Wander through the living history encampments and discover what life was like in England throughout the ages. A fun day out for all the family. Wrest Park, Silsoe MK45 4HR www.english-heritage.org.uk


St Peter’s Street AL1 3DH 01727 864511 Exhibition: Handley Page until 7th June Local aviation company who manufactured planes for over 60 years. Free Aeroplane Spotter Trail 4th - 19th April Do you know your biplane from your bomber? Search for the silhouettes of WW2 planes hidden around the museum and then find out more about them in the Handley Page exhibition. Free 50 Artists - 80 Stunning Works - The First Hertfordshire Open 4th April - 21st June Explore a spectacular showcase of works from artists connected to Hertfordshire. Bringing together art in all its mediums, paintings and prints, film, photography and sculpture, the very first Hertfordshire Open creates a visual and sensory spectacle for all ages to enjoy. Free Paper Plane Engineering 8th April 10.30am - 12.30pm / 2pm - 4pm Test your paper engineering skills by making and flying paper planes in the Assembly Room. How far will yours fly? Free Aeroplanes and Aviation 9th April 10.30am - 12.30pm / 2pm - 4pm Land in the Learning Studio for a day of aerodynamic aviation themed crafts for all the family. Inspired by the Handley Page exhibition. £2 Try your hand at… Family Workshop 15th April 10.30am - 12.30pm / 2pm - 4pm Want to give your pictures some punch? If so this workshop led by artist Sarah Moroney will develop your artistic style to create a piece of work to take home. £2 per child accompanied by an adult

Verulamium Museum St Michael's AL3 4SW 01727 751810 Crafts in the Colonnade 16th April 2pm - 4pm, drop in Take part in themed craft activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult. £1.50 From the Verulamium Vault 23rd April 2pm Handling session and unique stores tour with Curator David Thorold. For adults & children aged 10+ £5 www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk






arrangement or a hand-crafted gift for someone special. All materials provided. Then explore the Swiss Garden at your leisure. £45 Cheese and Wine Night 7th April 5pm - 8pm Enjoy cheese and wine at this open house evening as you learn about the interesting building and the family who lived here. Explore the House and grounds and see areas not normally open to the public. £10 Murder Mystery: The Mystery of the Missing Egg 10th April 7pm Join Dorothy Shuttleworth and travel back to the 1940s when her Peacock Breeding and farm was at its peak. Her 4-toed rare Peacock is the envy of the country, so when a Faberge Egg made to celebrate it Bletchley Park goes missing, suspicion falls on staff and guests - but all events are included with admission would they resort to murder? A classic immersive Exhibition: Never Alone whodunit evening, includes a 3 course dinner. £60 3rd April - 1st Nov 9.30am There are now more devices connected to the internet ‘Bring a Picnic’ Bank Holiday than people on the planet. These can make us safer, 13th April 9.30am - 5pm A rare opportunity to picnic in the lovely surroundings bring people together and make life easier. Yet for many, the connected world is still uncharted territory. of the Swiss Garden. £8.50, child £2, concs £7.50 Spring Walk & Lunch with the Head Gardener This exhibition gives you the chance to think about 24th April 10.30am - 2pm decisions you make when you click ‘OK’. Discover stories from Bletchley Park’s history that prove Hear about the garden’s story and how it is cared for. concerns about privacy and surveillance are not Enjoy lunch in the Garden Room and chat to the unique to the internet age. garden team about what you’ve seen. Highlights include swathes of daffodils, Rhododendrons, spring Easter Holiday Activities drop-in, ages 5 - 14 flowering shrubs and alpine plants in the Rock 7th - 16th April 11am - 3.30pm Garden. Age 16+ £35 Fun family-friendly activities involving mysterious Access all Areas and Lunch with the Head maps. Take on the role of a codebreaker during Engineer 30th April 10am WW2, crack secret coded messages. Have a go at making a sliding map puzzle or create your See behind the scenes, get up close to the exhibits own maze. and learn their stories from the man who maintains 10th - 13th April 11am - 3.30pm this historic collection. Experience the engineering Nigel Amies, historical educator, will be the Morse hangar from the other side of the barrier and watch as Trainer and Drill Sergeant. Find out about WW2 kit work is carried out on some of the last surviving and equipment and have a go at a Morse code aircraft of their kind. Take a vintage bus to the House message of your own. Make sure to turn up for Home and enjoy lunch while the Head Engineer answers Guard drill on the lawn – broom handles provided! your questions. £65 Shuttleworth Collection, Biggleswade SG18 9EP Family Tours: Amazing People, Amazing www.shuttleworth.org Machines 4th - 6th, 17th - 19th April 11am - 3pm Could you have been a Codebreaker, a Wren or a RAF London dispatch rider? Hear about the amazing people and machines that helped break the Enigma cipher during Animal Easter Trail 4th - 19th April 11am - 3pm WW2. Explore life at Bletchley Park in 1941 and take The Easter Bunny’s animal friends are hiding in the Museum, find them all for an Easter egg treat. £3 part in some secret war work. Ages 5 - 14 RAF London NW9 5LL www.rafmuseum.org.uk Children’s Author Workshop: Christopher Edge 18th April 1pm - 2.30pm & 3pm - 4.30pm de Havilland Aircraft Museum Join Christopher Edge for a workshop based on his Children’s Easter Activities latest book, ‘The Longest Night of Charlie Noon’. 7th - 19th April Tues - Sundays & Easter Monday Includes a talk, fun activities and Q & A session. Explore the timeline of flight with the iconic aircraft, Ages 8 -14, please book £6 and have fun unscrambling the Big Bugs anagram Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes MK3 6EB hunt. Make your own 3D Queen Bee, and find out www.bletchleypark.org.uk how insects inspired the aircraft names. de Havilland Aircraft Museum, Shuttleworth Collection London Colney AL2 1BU 01727 826400 Easter Floristry Workshop 4th April 10am - 1pm www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk Led by qualified florists, create a floral table

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Lots on in Luton Wardown House, Museum and Gallery LU2 7HA Historic Hats 21st & 22nd April 11am Join a study day for a close look at hats from the 1800's with a chance to go behind the scenes for a look in the hat store. Stockwood Discovery Centre LU1 4LX Exhibition: Vauxhall - Made in Luton 6th April - 6th Sept A unique opportunity to get close to some of the iconic vehicles produced over the last 100 years. Luton Library Theatre LU1 2NG Little Red Riding Hood 6th April Featuring beautiful puppetry, fantastic storytelling. £8, Age 3+ Comedy of Maths Errors 9th April 7.30pm Matt Parker shows us the bizarre ways maths trips us all up. Being wrong has never felt so right. £14, £12.50 Age 12+ Dust 16th April 11am This emotional new play is a joyous reminder about just how playful the world can be. £8 Ages 4 - 9 The Druids 25th April 7.30pm This live show is a must for lovers of Irish song music and history. It’s both entertaining and educational. £15, £17.50 Hat Factory Arts Centre LU1 2EY Same Same... But Different 9th April 2pm Three dancer-musicians celebrate the individuality, diversity and bonds which connect us all. £8, Age 3+ www.culturetrust.com





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Hand-picked by Adele herself the outstanding Katie Markham (pictured) leads a super-talented six piece band through all your favourite Adele hits. Steve Steinman’s Anything For Love – The Meat Loaf Story 30th April 7.30pm £30 With incredible stage set and live band, combined with Steve’s well-known sense of humour and stage presence, the show can only be described as ‘awesome’. Featuring Meat Loaf’s greatest hits of all time including Anything For Love, Bat Out Of Hell, Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad, Dead Ringer For Love and many more. The Radlett Centre, WD7 8HL www.radlettcentre.co.uk

NOW for some Music Mozart’s Mass in C Minor 4th April 7.30pm Performed by Music Makers Choir of Harpenden with Musical Director Christopher Hann and professional orchestra, also including inspiring works by Bruckner, Haydn and Schubert. £17, concs £15, students / child £8 High Street Methodist Church, Harpenden 07947 800153 www.musicmakerschoir.wordpress.com

The Radlett Centre We Love Little Mix - The Ultimate Little Mix Party! 6th April 6pm £16 Featuring four fantastic singers and dancers who really capture the look, sound, and dance moves of one of the UK’s best loved Girl-Bands. With live vocals, breath-taking costumes and an impressive light and video show enjoy all your favourites including DNA, Wings, Salute, Black Magic, Love Me Like You, Shout to my Ex, No More Sad songs, and many more. Go Now! The Music of The Moody Blues 18th April 7.30pm £24.50 Experience this timeless music live, Gordy Marshall played drums with The Moody Blues. Together with Mick Wilson (lead singer of 10cc for 20 years) they present a super-group of world class musicians, singers and songwriters. In this show, all the classic hits are celebrated, including Nights in White Satin, Go Now and Tuesday Afternoon. Someone Like You - The Adele Songbook 24th April 7.30pm £22, £16 A stunning live concert celebrating the music of one of our generations’ finest singer-songwriters.


Simon Gledhill Concert 11th April 7.30pm £12.50 St Albans Organ Theatre Camp Road, St Albans AL1 5PE www.stalbansorgantheatre.org.uk

St Saviour’s Church For Folk’s Sake 18th April 5.30pm - 11pm An evening of live music with 14 artists, plus a fully licensed bar and food stalls. Organised by local musician Alex Scott who has battled cancer 3 times, and is raising money and awareness for Cancer Research UK. www.eventbrite.co.uk St Albans Chamber Choir – Dixit Dominus 25th April 7.30pm Musical genius from the Baroque and Romantic eras conducted by John Gibbons with Emma Huggett soprano Charlotte Bateman alto and the strings of Ealing Symphony Orchestra George Frideric Handel: Dixit Dominus Alessandro Scarlatti: Dixit Dominus Felix Mendelssohn: Warum toben die Heiden Johannes Brahms: Warum ist das Licht gegeben £15, child £5 St Saviour’s Church, St Albans AL1 4DF stalbanschamberchoir.org.uk

Encore Screening: Michael Ball & Alfie Boe: Back Together 26th April 2pm £15 Ball and Boe reunite to tour their third album 'Back Together' following the number one hits ‘Together’ and ‘Together Again’. The superstar pair will take on their favourite musical theatre, pop and rock tracks, including songs from The Lion King, The Greatest Showman and The Phantom of the Opera as well as a brilliantly arranged 'Queen Medley'. Hertford Theatre, The Wash Hertford SG14 1PS www.hertfordtheatre.com

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Walks, Talks & More Luton Hoo Walled Garden Spring Walks 1st & 8th April 10am A three hour walk in the ancient private landscape, not otherwise open to the public. Please book £5 Spring Open Day 15th April 10.30am - 1pm With children's activities, a plant and produce stall and a historic garden tour, ages 4+ £3 Bluebell Walks 22nd & 29th April 10am & 2pm Walks take approximately two hours. Please book £5 Talk: Gertrude Jekyll in Bedfordshire 24th April 10.30am. Please book £5 Estate Office Lecture Room, Luton Hoo LU1 4LF www.lutonhooestate.co.uk/events

Incredible Edible Come and Grow 5th April 1pm - 4pm Civic Centre AL1 3LD 25th April 10am - 1pm Russell Avenue AL3 5HB A chance to help plant and maintain the Incredible Edible community gardens. Just turn up. www.foodsmilesstalbans.org.uk

Herts & Middx Wildlife Trust Discover Hedgehogs 8th & 15th April 2pm - 3pm Learn basic hedgehog facts; where they live, what they eat, the problems they face and why they're in decline. Meet a rescue hog and see where they are being nursed back to health. £8, child £6 Hornbeam Wood Hedgehog Sanctuary AL5 5HA Talk: The Wonderful World of Wild Bees 15th April 6.30pm - 9pm Join the Trust's Senior Reserves Officer and bee enthusiast, Josh Wells, for a talk on the wild bees that you can find in Hertfordshire, how they live and how to help them. £5, concs £4 Park Hall, Leyton Road, Harpenden AL5 2LX Please book at www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk

Rye Meads Wildlife Watch 27th April 2pm - 4pm Join an experienced volunteer in one of the hides and discover what wildlife is around. A fantastic opportunity to improve your bird ID skills and enjoy nature. Free Rye Meads, Stanstead Abbotts SG12 8JS ww2.rspb.org.uk


Batchwood Hall Bowling Club Come and see what we can offer you and your family Batchwood Hall Bowling Club welcomes you to come and try the sport on our green from 11am - 4pm on the following open days: Sunday 19th & 26th April & Saturday 16th May We are situated in the beautiful surroundings of Batchwood Hall between the Tennis Centre and Golf Club. Plenty of free parking is available. Batchwood Hall Bowling Club is proud to have supplied three District Presidents and two County Presidents during the course of our history. In 2010, one member played in the County squad helping Hertfordshire to win, for the first time ever against all other Counties in the Country, the coveted “JohnsTrophy�.

During our playing season from April to October we run a full programme of matches against local clubs in a spirit of friendly rivalry. Club, District and County competitions are also entered by members; fiercely competitive on the green, but with rivalry forgotten and best wishes to the winner in the next round as the competitors share welcome refreshments afterwards. Batchwood Hall Bowling Club offers you a warm welcome, excellent facilities and easy parking. Contacts: Jackie 01727 836036 / Brian 07531 818745 Club Address: Batchwood Drive St Albans AL3 5XA www.bowls-clubs.co.uk/BHBC



Hatfield House Exhibition: Lord Burghley 4th April - 27th Sept Elizabeth I learned of her accession to the throne when living at Hatfield. She ruled for over 40 years and at her side for most of that time was William Cecil, Lord Burghley. This exhibition celebrates his achievements and legacy on the 500th anniversary of his birth. Easter Bunny Park Trail 4th April 10.30am - 12 noon Follow the trail on the Woodland Walks and find the coloured wooden bunnies, put your answer sheet into the box ready for the winners to be announced at a later date. Tudor Legacies: Meet the Six Wives of Henry VIII 5th April 11am - 4pm A chance to interact and engage with the ‘Real Housewives Of Hampton Court’. Find out what it was like to be married to one of history’s most infamous kings, as the six wives regale you with their experiences in a royal court full of scandal, intrigue and beheadings. Hatfield House AL9 5HX www.hatfield-house.co.uk

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Eggs, Lambs & Dragons St Albans Clock Tower 10th April 10.30am - 10.45am Every Good Friday the Mayor of St Albans opens the Clock Tower. Pausing by the front door holding the replica, Victorian, solid iron, 7lb ceremonial key and walking over the threshold as the first visitor of the season. The Clock Tower is then open every weekend and bank holiday until the last Sunday of September. High Street, St Albans AL3 4EL

St Albans Vegan Market 5th April 10.30am - 4pm With up to 70 stalls selling a variety of vegan fast food, healthy eats, artisan savouries, sweet bakes, craft cheeses, handmade cosmetics, ethical clothing, locally made arts and crafts, and charity stalls. St Peter’s Street


Walk: Around Edward Bulwer-Lytton Country 4th April 10am - 1pm A 4/5 mile walk from Old Knebworth to Graffidge Wood and the Keeper’s Cottage, with local historian and writer, Mike Clarke. £7 please book Talk: Charles Dickens & Edward Bulmer-Lytton – a Literary Bromance 7th April 7.30pm A talk by Clare Fleck and Henry Lytton-Cobbold of Knebworth House on the remarkable story of two of the greatest Victorian writers. £5 please book Walk: Along Edward Thomas' Icknield Way: 18th April 10am - 1pm Edward Thomas (1878-1917) was a poet who wrote extensively on travel. An obsessive walker from childhood, he loved the solitude and natural beauty of the pathways of southern England. £7 please book British Schools Museum, Hitchin SG4 9TS www.britishschoolsmuseum.org.uk

BerkoBeerFest 25th April 12 noon - 11pm Back for its 6th Festival, with lots more beer, music and comedy. 48 cask and keg beers from local breweries and over 12 ciders. Come and enjoy the day! Berkhamsted Cricket Club HP4 1HE

Ashridge Estate Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt 6th - 9th April 10am - 4pm £3 10th - 13th April 10am - 4pm £5 Stretch your legs and learn about some amazing nature, complete the Easter trail and receive a chocolate egg at the end. Easter Crafts 14th - 17th April 10am - 4pm Make a nature-themed craft at the visitor centre. £2 Gentle Stroll - Signs of Spring 15th April 10.30am - 12.30pm A volunteer led walk looking for spring wildlife. Meet at the visitor centre. £3 18th & 19th April 10am -1pm & 2pm - 5pm 20th April 2pm - 5pm Watercolour Workshops Join local artist Niki Bell to paint the famous bluebells. Materials and refreshments provided. Please book, adult £35 Dockey Wood Bluebells 25th & 26th April & 2nd, 3rd & 8th - 10th May 10am - 4pm Learn more about this special woodland and its bluebells. The wood is free to enter at other times. £3, child £1 30th April & 9th May 6pm - 7.30pm Blissful Bluebells Walk Join mindfulness coach Michelle Ryan for a relaxing walk among the bluebells in the evening light. Please book £8, child £5 Ashridge Estate, Nr Berkhamsted HP4 1LT www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Royal Gunpowder Mills Walking Tour 18th April Described by Historic England as the ‘most important site for the history of explosives in Europe’. The remarkable and beautiful landscape chronicles the development of explosives, propellants and rocket motors and fuels from the Civil War to the Cold War, including rare surviving WW1 factory buildings, and intriguing structures and earthworks. The Royal Gunpowder Mills is a Scheduled Monument with over 20 listed buildings, and is also designated a site of Special Scientific Interest for its wildlife. Its alder woodland is undergoing conservation, and the site features a unique three level industrial canal system (now mostly dry). Refreshments will be provided. Waltham Abbey EN9 1JY www.royalgunpowdermills.com

Heartwood Forest Walk: Heartwood Geology and Landscape 5th April 11am - 12.30pm A 2km walk taking in the top 10 selected events in geological and human history which have dramatically changed and shaped the landscape at Heartwood. Please book Heartwood - SOB Photo Walk 23rd April 10am - 12pm As part of the 'Save our Bluebells' campaign, enjoy this walk to photograph the bluebells at their best with two experienced photographers. Please book www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/events

Chiltern Open Air Museum Easter Lambing 10th - 13th April 10am - 5pm Take part in fun family crafts, Easter trails and activities. Meet the gorgeous spring Oxford Down lambs, explore the traditional farm and lambing fold and learn about lambing traditions of the Victorian Chilterns. St George and the Dragon 25th & 26th April 10am - 5pm Celebrate St George's Day with a weekend of knight and dragon inspired fun. Be enthralled and entertained by a magical mounted masquerade. A ripping yarn of good and evil full of mayhem, myth, mystery, fighting and romance and, of course, the Dragon. Take part in a dragon trail, dragon inspired crafts, meet St George and take a selfie with a real, armoured knight. Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles, HP8 4AB www.coam.org.uk

Lambing Days 4th, 5th, 10th - 13th, 18th & 19th April 10.30am - 4pm See a modern sheep farm at work, with over 2000 sheep to give birth, it’s a great chance to see lambs being born, taking those first few steps and suckling their mothers for the first time. There will also be pony rides, sheep shearing, tractor and trailer rides and wool spinning. Please wear wellies if the weather’s bad. Watergate Farm, Hockliffe LU7 9LN www.watergatefarmturkeys.com



over a cuppa can be all that’s needed to make life less daunting. You don’t need any qualifications, but will need to spare a few hours on a regular basis. Volunteers receive training and are then matched with a suitable patient/family. 01442 890222 www.renniegrove.org Reduce, Re-use and Recycle Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s charity shops are embracing “Reduce, Reuse Recycle” by taking measures to reduce waste. Items they can’t sell are sold on for recycling which generates an income for the charity of around £162k per year. RGHC is also helping to protect the environment, by removing cellophane wrapping on greetings Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament cards, phasing out glitter and gold foil on stationery, Harpenden Common Golf Club recycling mobile phones and spectacles, selling 2nd April nylon shopping bags made from two and a half In aid of The Harpenden Trust and the Luton plastic bottles and working with a buying specialist & Dunstable Hospital Charitable Fund. to recycle books, DVDs, vinyl and CDs. The pairs event - 4 Ball Better Ball Stableford. Find your nearest shop at www.renniegrove.org or Coffee and bacon rolls will be served at 12 noon for visit eBay and search Rennie Grove Hospice Care. a shotgun start at 1pm; there will be a buffet and award ceremony at the end of play. Tickets £130 per pair. To enter email jane.juby@harpenden.gov.uk or visit the Town Council Info Point

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TAP2BEAT An innovative way to raise money for charity has been launched in St Albans, using contactless payment through glass activation. Tap2Beat created by OnBrand will be fundraising for homelessness utilising their office window to encourage passers-by to ‘tap to donate’ for charities including: Open Door, Centre 33, Herts Young Homeless, Emmaus and Druglink by setting a £3 donation per tap. OnBrand Group Ltd, 12-14 Victoria Street, St Albans AL1 3JB www.onbrand.co.uk

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NOW at The Alban Arena Jonathan Pie 2nd April 7.30pm £27.50, £19.50 This exasperated news reporter has been described as ‘brilliant, brave, raw and analytical without forgetting to be funny’ Electro Swing Project 3rd April 7.30pm £22 Where 1920’s meets 2020’s in an unforgettable night of dance, circus and electro swing music. Calling Planet Earth 4th April 7.30pm £22.50 A journey through the electrifying 80’s, with songs from Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, The Human League, Ultravox, Tears for Fears, Depeche Mode, OMD, Japan, ABC, Soft Cell and many more. Miami Pro 5th April 2.30pm £19 The biggest fitness model championships in the UK and Europe. The Bootleg Beatles 7th April 7.30pm £35, £32.50 The world’s premier Beatles tribute band with their flawless recreation of the greatest songbook of all time. David Baddiel - Trolls: Not the Dolls 9th April 7.30pm £27 A comedy journey into our culture’s most dank virtual underground. You will come back safe and more able to deflect your own trolls. Tubular Bells 11th April 7.30pm £25 The team at Us and Them bring you a stunning performance of the works of Mike Oldfield. The Greatest Hits of Motown: How Sweet It Is 12th April 8pm £26 Live show delivering outstanding performances for the best Motown experience you will ever have. The Tiger Who Came To Tea 14th - 16th April £14 Direct from the West End, join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show. Rapunzel 17th April 2pm & 5pm £14, £12 Featuring high energy choreography, loveable characters, colourful set and costumes this promises to be a treat for all the family. Rock and Roll Revolution 18th April 7.30pm £21.50 Award-winning band The Bluejays take you on a jiving journey through the fabulous 50s. The Bowie Collective 19th April 7.30pm £25 This group of rock musicians, artists and performers recreate Bowie’s most iconic recordings against a spell-binding backdrop of lights and visual magic. From The Jam: Setting Sons 40th Anniversary Concert 20th April 8pm £25 Celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Jam’s 4th studio album ‘Setting Sons’. Rob Brydon: Songs and Stories 22nd April 7.30pm £37.50 Join comedian, singer, actor, presenter and impressionist for an evening of toe -tapping tunes and side-splitting laughter. The Illegal Eagles 23rd April 7.30pm £27.50, £25.50 This critically acclaimed show features the very best from the Eagles’ including ’Hotel California’, ‘Desperado’, ‘New Kid In Town’, ‘Life In The Fast Lane’ and many more. The Sensational 60’s Experience 24th April 7.30pm £28.50 Without doubt the most explosive 60’s show touring the UK. Vienna Festival Ballet: Swan Lake 25th April 2.30pm £16.50 - £24.50 The most popular ballet in the world, captures the full range of human emotions - from hope to despair, terror to tenderness and melancholy to ecstasy. Saturday Night Fever 28th April - 2nd May 7.45pm & Saturdays 2.30pm £12 - £22.50 With 32 St Albans Musical Theatre Company.

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NOW at the Cathedral Tower Tours 4th & 25th April 10am 11.30am 1pm 2.30pm 5th April 2pm 3.30pm / 22nd April 11am 12.30 £9.50 please book Palm Sunday Procession 5th April 9.30am Meet by the Clock Tower on the High Street, to join the procession to the Cathedral. Bring some greenery to wave as you walk and recall Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem. Address & Compline 6th - 8th April 8pm Maundy Thursday 9th April Chrism Eucharist 11am / Maundy Eucharist 8pm Good Friday 10th April Pre-school Children’s Service 10am Preaching of the Passion 12 noon The Liturgy of Good Friday 1.30pm Unity at the Cross 8pm Easter Eve 11th April Evensong 4pm Easter Vigil 8pm Easter Day 12th April Parish Eucharist 9.30am Matins 11.15am Evensong 3.30pm Weekend Wisdom Tour: Images for Easter Day 12th April 1.30pm Stories of Jesus’ death and resurrection told in the stunning glass, paint and stone of the cathedral. Free Easter Monday Pilgrimage 13th April People young and old walk to meet and gather in the Cathedral from 2pm, service 3pm. Family Discovery Morning: Spring! 16th April 10am - 12.30pm free Explore the Cathedral with this trail bringing animals and nature to life. Then get creative with Easter activities. Ages 3 -11 children must be accompanied by an adult Mozart Requiem 25th April 7.30pm With St Albans Choral Society. From £10 The Alban Bun - The Original Hot Cross Bun The Alban Bun, now available at the Abbot’s Kitchen Café, has been a part of the Cathedrals Easter tradition for nearly 700 years. This predecessor of the Hot Cross Bun is said to originate in St Albans, where in 1361, a monk - Brother Thomas Rocliffe, developed an original recipe and gave the bun to the poor on Good Friday. www.stalbanscathedral.org


Event Cinema The Royal Opera House Live: Swan Lake 1st April 7.15pm Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting, when one of them turns into a beautiful woman and he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night. Exhibition on Screen: Easter in Art 7th April 8.15pm 9th April 3.15pm A stunning film on one of the most significant events in history - displaying some of the greatest artworks ever produced. Exhibition on Screen: Easter in Art This beautifully crafted film explores the art of the Easter story, from the time of the early Christians to the present day. Shot on location in Jerusalem, the USA and throughout Europe, it explores the different interpretations of Easter through the ages. The Metropolitan Opera Live: Tosca 11th April 7.55pm Puccini’s melodrama about a volatile diva, a sadistic police chief, and an idealistic artist has offended and thrilled audiences for more than a century. With its rather grungy subject matter, the directness and intensity of its score, and the crowd-pleasing dramatic opportunities have made it one of a handful of iconic works that seem to represent opera in the public imagination. Live from the Royal Albert Hall: David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet 16th April 7.15pm This film will be followed by a Q&A with David Attenborough himself, live from the Royal Albert Hall. In his 93 years he has visited every continent and has explored and documented from the wildest of places. For the first time, he reflects upon the defining moments of his lifetime as a naturalist and the devastating changes he has seen. Honest, revealing and urgent – this is a stirring first-hand account of humanity's impact on nature and his hopeful message to future generations. The Royal Opera House Live: Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci (Opera) 21st April 7pm Damiano Michieletto’s Olivier Award-winning production of Mascagni’s greatest opera tells a tragic tale of forsaken love and violent revenge. Campus West, WGC AL8 6BX www.cwentertainment.co.uk

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NOW at the Local Theatres Maltings Arts Theatre Ladies Day 2nd - 4th April 8pm & 4th April 3pm A comedy set in Yorkshire in 2005: the year in which Royal Ascot relocated to York racecourse. Focusing on four fish factory workers, for whom life is one hard slog, until the day they get tickets to Ladies’ Day at the races. £13.50, £11.50 Meet Me At Dawn 16th - 18th & 23rd - 25th April Two women wash up on a distant shore following a violent boating accident. Dazed by their experience, they discover that this unfamiliar land is not what it seems. £13.50, £11, £7.50 The Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans AL1 3HL www.maltingsartstheatre.co.uk

The Old Town Hall Any Suggestions Doctor? The Improvised Doctor Who Parody 4th April 7pm Travel anywhere in time and space with a live radiophonic workshop, incredible props and a collection of hilarious improv comedy performers. All ages, £13, concs £11 The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead HP1 3AE www.oldtownhall.co.uk

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Thoroughly Modern Millie 4th April 7pm Overture Performing Arts take you back to the jazz age in New York in this high-spirited musical, when "moderns," including a flapper named Millie, were bobbing their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce and rewriting the rules of love. £12, £10 Film: In Search of Haydn 5th April 3pm This biographical account of Haydn’s life is a visual and aural extravaganza, including performances by some of the world’s most celebrated musicians. £10 Abbey Theatre Easter in Art 12th April 3pm Seussical The Musical See the story of Christ’s death and resurrection 2nd - 4th April 7.30pm & 4th April 2.30pm which has dominated western culture for over Based on the stories of Dr Seuss, and narrated 2000 years depicted by the greatest artists in by The Cat in the Hat, this imaginative musical history. £5 features well-known characters such as Horton Live Cinema: 42nd Street 28th April 7pm the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz and Mayzie La A beautiful revival of an American classic with Bird. Join Jojo on his adventures to Whoville in the Land of the Whos, a microscopic planet on a Bonnie Langford, Tom Lister, Clare Halse and Philip Bertioli. Featuring iconic songs, We’re In speck of dust. The Money, Dames and I Only Have Eyes For Building the Wall You. Filmed live at the Theatre Royal, Drury 24th, 25th & 28th - 30th April / 1st & 2nd May Lane. £13.50, £10 8pm 26th April 2.30pm The Sandpit Theatre, St Albans AL4 9NX America, 2019. The President is impeached, a wall has been built on the border with Mexico and www.sandpittheatre.co.uk Rick is in prison awaiting sentence for the crime The Radlett Centre of the century. He grants just one interview to Bubble Man 7th April 11.30am & 2pm Gloria, an African American historian. As this Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences for over extraordinarily relevant new play unfolds, the 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of truth is chillingly and inevitably exposed - or is it? bubbles. He explores their breathtaking dynamics Abbey Theatre, St Albans AL1 2DL and combines comedy and artistry with audience www.abbeytheatre.org.uk 01727 857861 participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerised. The Radlett Centre, WD7 8HL www.radlettcentre.co.uk


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High Street Methodist Church Still Life 16th - 18th April 8pm The play by Noel Coward, that Brief Encounter was based on, performed by the High Street Players. £10 from the Church office or www.hsplayers.org.uk High Street Methodist Church, Harpenden AL5 2RU

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until 11th April Thurs - Suns Easter at The Barn gifts, jewellery, paintings, furniture & more www.sarahcollinsbarn.com 1st, 7th, 11th, 16th & 21st Event Cinema at Campus West page 36 2nd - 4th Seussical The Musical page 20 4th Easter Floristry Workshop page 10 Craft Fair St Albans Organ Theatre, 11am - 4pm Thoroughly Modern Millie page 20 Mozart 'C minor Mass' page 22 4th - 23rd Events at the Museums page 6 5th Vintage Tea Party St Albans Organ Theatre, Camp Road AL1 5PE, 2.30pm, please book www.stalbansorgantheatre.org.uk St Albans Vegan Market page 28 5th - 13th Easter at the Cathedral page 36 6th - 9th Children’s Easter Paper Plate Pals Aylett Nurseries, St Albans AL2 1DH, 10am - 4pm 6th - 9th & 14th - 17th ArtShed! Holiday Art Camps page 5 6th - 17th Ashridge Easter Events page 29 7th Cheese & Wine Night at the House page 10 Bubble Man page 20 7th - 19th de Havilland Children’s Easter Activities pg 10 8th Exciting Science Live Harpenden Public Halls bucket-loads of incredible experiments, 2pm, £10 Italy & the Mystery of the Extra Lire St Mary's Church, Childwickbury AL3 6JJ, St Albans, Harpenden & District Philatelic Society, 8pm 8th & 15th Discover Hedgehogs page 26 9th Do Not Disturb page 20 10th Harpenden Easter Egg Hunt Harpenden Cricket Club, Southdown Road AL5 1PG, 1pm - 4 pm 10th - 13th Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt Claydon House, Bucks MK18 2EY, 12 noon - 4pm, £2.50 Day out with Thomas Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Aylesbury HP22 4BY, 10.30am - 5pm 11th Tubular Bells page 32

15th Talk: The Wonderful World of Wild Bees pg 26 16th Family Discovery Morning - Spring! page 36 Spring Smartphone Safari St Albans, 2pm, please book, £15 www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk 16th - 18th Still Life by Noel Coward page 20 18th Textiles with Mary Hearne The Hat Factory Arts Centre, Luton LU1 2EY, 11am - 12.30pm www.culturetrust.com 18th - 20th Watercolour Workshops page 29 19th & 26th Batchwood Hall Bowling Club Open Days pg 27 22nd & 29th Luton Hoo Bluebell Walks page 26 23rd Heartwood - Save Our Bluebells Photo Walk page 29 24th Rothamsted Cinema: Yesterday Rothamsted Conference Centre, 7.30pm, 01582 938500 Spring Walk & Lunch with the Head Gardener page 10 24th, 25th & 28th - 30th April & 1st & 2nd May Building the Wall page 20 24th April - 2nd May City of Tomorrow page 20 25th Exhibition: Harpenden Photographic Society page 4 Dixit Dominus page 22 Hemel Hempstead 60th Anniversary Model Railway Exhibition Leverstock Green Community Centre HP3 8QG, 10.30am - 4.30pm 25th & 26th Dockey Wood Bluebells page 29 St George’s Festival page 6 St George & the Dragon page 29 26th Harpenden Street Food Social opposite Harpenden Library, 10am - 2pm Harpenden Farmers’ Market 10am - 2pm 28th Talk: ‘175 years of the ‘Arc & Arc’ Harpenden Public Halls, St Albans Architectural & Archaeological Society, 8pm Moor Park Golf Day www.stfrancis.org.uk 30th Talk: Thomas Hetherwick page 4 Blissful Bluebells Walk page 29



What’s on in May

1st James Bond Concert Spectacular Watford Colosseum, 7.30pm, £26 Bat Walk Heartwood Forest, 8pm, please book www.woodlandtrust.org.uk 2nd Farewell Celebration St Saviour’s Church AL1 4DF, Carillon Chamber Choir, 7.30pm, £15, concs £13 www.carillonchamberchoir.org May Festival British Schools Museum, Hitchin SG4 9TS, 10.30am - 12.30pm, free 2nd & 3rd DogFest 9.30am - 5pm, £10.50 www.knebworthhouse.com 2nd & 9th Dawn Chorus Ashridge Estate HP4 1LT, 6am, please book www.nationaltrust.org.uk 3rd VE Day! season premiere airshow www.shuttleworth.org 7th Living Crafts www.hatfield-house.co.uk 8th VE Day - 75th Anniversary 11am - 4pm www.hatfield-house.co.uk Open Air Cinema: A Star is Born www.shuttleworth.org VE Day 75 Church Green, Harpenden AL5 2TP, 2pm - 4pm, vintage singer, pipe band, cream teas & bar to raise a toast 8th & 9th VE Day 75 Celebration Bletchley Park, 9.30am - 5pm www.bletchleypark.org.uk 9th Open Air Cinema: Downton Abbey www.shuttleworth.org Howard Beaumont Theatre Organ Concert 7.30pm, £12.50 www.stalbansorgantheatre.org.uk The Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular The Alban Arena 10th Dawn Chorus Heartwood Forest, 6am, please book www.woodlandtrust.org.uk Bubble Rush Gadebridge Park, Hemel Hempstead www.stfrancis.org.uk 12th Talk & Book Signing: Hugh Warwick Sandpit Theatre AL4 9NX, ecologist & author of "A Prickly Affair: The Charm of the Hedgehog", £10, £8, 7pm, please book www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk 15th Beer & BBQ www.shuttleworth.org 15th - 17th Luna Cinema on Harpenden Common 15th: Rocketman / 16th: Grease 44 17th: Knives Out www.thelunacinema.com

16th Batchwood Hall Bowling Club Open Day page 27 Open Garden & Plant Sale Earthworks, St Albans AL4 0TZ, eco-gardens where people of all abilities work & learn together, 12-4pm, free Evening Airshow: Spies & Intrigue! www.shuttleworth.org Salvation Army Spring Fair Leyton Green 17th Dan Friedman Harpenden Public Halls, £27.50 Wheathampstead 10K Marford Road Playing Fields AL4 8AY www.wheathampstead10k.co.uk 19th & 24th Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes The Sandpit Theatre AL4 9NX, filmed live at Sadler’s Wells, London, 7pm, £13.50, £10 21st - 23rd The Railway Children The Memorial Hall, Marford Road, Wheathampstead, 01582 621357 23rd Spring Butterflies Heartwood Forest, 10am, please book www.woodlandtrust.org.uk Slumdunk Festival - A Day to Remember 12 noon - 11pm www.hatfield-house.co.uk 23rd May - 7th June Sustainability Festival 100+ public events www.sustfest.org 24th Harpenden Vegan Market Church Green, Harpenden, 10am - 2pm 25th Bring a Picnic Bank Holiday Monday www.shuttleworth.org 25th - 29th Ashridge Through the Ages Trail & Craft Ashridge Estate HP4 1LT 10am - 4pm, £3 26th Bug Day! Grebe House, Verulamium Park, St Albans AL3 4SN, 10.30am - 2pm, free Redbourn 70 years ago, seen through the camera lens of John Heather Harpenden Public Halls, Harpenden Local History Society, 8pm 26th - 29th ArtShed! Holiday Art Camps page 5 28th Open Day Batford Springs Nature Reserve, scavenger trail, craft activities, pond dipping & sweep netting, bring a picnic, 11am - 3pm, free 29th The Handlebards 2020 Tour - The Comedy of Errors outdoor theatre www.shuttleworth.org 31st Canine Capers Ashridge Estate HP4 1LT, see ProDogs demonstrate agility then try with your dog, 10am - 12.30pm, £3

Work, Party & Fly at Elstree ICE Helicopters are delighted to announce their aerodrome’s close proximity to London, these expansion into a new space at Elstree Aerodrome look set to bring an influx of new visitors. that combines helicopter flight training with offices, The school has created the first fixed-price PPL meeting rooms and fixed base operator facilities. (H), offering greater financial transparency for new By introducing a raft of new helicopter services, the pilots. Type ratings, turbine training, renewals, company’s vision is to make Elstree the new ground school and other aspects of heliport of choice for the capital. Trial helicopter flight training will also be The 9,000 square foot building has a modern offered at the new facilities, which lessons glass front attached to a hangar at the rear, include a student and crew lounge, are shared between ICE Helicopters and Elstree planning and briefing rooms and a Aviation Centre, under the operation of the dedicated flight operations office. available renowned ICE London Group. The Centre combines all the facilities The Centre offers a new ‘Destination’ that can be of a fixed base operator in a modern, for those hired for parties and events of any size in modern, comfortable space where users can thinking fully furnished VIP suites, alongside optional oncome and go, utilise meeting rooms, about site catering. Dedicated small and medium sized enjoy refreshments and watch meeting rooms and offices have been fully aircraft from a viewing platform learning furnished to appeal to those hosting formal, looking out over the airfield. HEMS to fly... casual or boardroom style meetings and are and Police staff can drop in for free available to let. tea and coffee and pilots can have their medicals carried out on site. The investment comes as ICE Helicopters ramps up its helicopter flight training with its growing fleet The investment in the aerodrome will be seen as a positive step for general aviation at a time and team of in-house instructors and examiners. when many airfields are under threat from Staffed entirely by pilots and student pilots, the company offers all levels of flight training courses housing developers. approved by EASA, with bespoke plans to suit all For all enquiries please contact ICE Helicopters abilities and experience. Trial lessons are available on 020 7112 8835 or book@ice.co.uk for those thinking about learning to fly, and with the 45 www.theNOWmagazines.com

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