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Welcome to July

This months magazines are packed with events from the Roman Theatre Festival, the Comedy Garden, Childwickbury Arts Fair, the IOFesitval and the Hitchin Festival to Todd in the Hole, NGS Open Gardens, Open Air Cinema and lots more. While it’s been hot we’ve seen lots of dogs out in the sun, so we’d just like to remind everyone to only take your furry friends out when the pavements are cool enough for their paws. And as always, we’ve included a selection of local businesses from Bathing Mobility 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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Out & About

Swiss Garden Photography Workshop 31st July Workshop in The Garden Room, with Lunch and Q&A session. £85 www.shuttleworth.org

Sustainable St Albans

Open Food Gardens Explore fruit and veg grown in local gardens, free Berners Drive Community Garden AL1 2JB 11th July 10.30am - 12.30pm Please check websites for changes 47 Beaumont Ave AL1 4TW Welwyn Festival 25th June - 3rd July 11th July 2.30pm - 4.30pm With a street market, art exhibitions and a costume 27 Glenferrie Road AL1 4JT parade through the High Street this promises to be a 17th July 2pm - 4pm festival full of fun. www.welwynfestival.org.uk 62 Sutton Road AL1 5JJ 24th July 2pm - 4pm Herts and Middx Wildlife Trust Harpenden Sustainable Market Butterflies for Beginners 1st July 7pm online Learn to identify common butterflies found locally and 18th July 11am - 3pm Harpenden Common discover where to find them. Aimed at adults but all www.sustainablestalbans.org welcome. Suggested donation £5 Workshops: Discover Hedgehogs Tring Natural History Museum 13th & 27th July 2pm Natural History in the Making: Pottery Learn basic hedgehog facts, the problems they 14th July & 11th Aug 6pm online face and why they’re in decline. For families, Craft your own Museum-inspired plant pots with this suggested ages 6 -16. £8, child £6, please book online workshop and at-home kit, as you take www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk inspiration from the Museum's collection of curious creatures. You will receive a craft kit in the post. £48 Festival on the Field 3rd July www.nhm.ac.uk Mass Karaoke phenomenon Massaoke will be headlining this year’s Festival. Rothamsted Manor Sir John Lawes Playing Fields AL5 4QP Afternoon Tea 18th July from midday. www.festivalonthefield.co.uk A perfect way to celebrate a special occasion or just to treat yourselves. £23.95, child £10.25 Shuttleworth Film: Military Wives 23rd July 7.30pm Military Drive-in Air Show The story celebrates a band of misfit women who 4th July gates 10am, flying from 2pm form a choir on a military base. £10, child £6 See the Collection’s impressive collection from the Sopwith Pup to the Spitfire with current and vintage Rothamsted Manor, Harpenden AL5 2JQ military visitors. Park in your own box with room to www.rothamstedenterprises.com set up your picnic. Catering and refreshments will be Harpenden Street Food Social available to buy in your drive-in zone 24th July 4pm - 9pm Jazz on the Lawn 9th July gates 6pm Listen to Woburn Jazz against the stunning backdrop Local street food vendors with food from around the world, locally brewed beer, cider and music of the House, bring chairs or a blanket and a picnic. and children's activities. Flying for Fun Evening Drive-in Air Show High Street, opposite Boots AL5 2RU 17th July gates 12 noon, flying from 5.30pm www.harpenden.gov.uk Celebrating 75 years of flying with the Light Aircraft Association. Park in your own box with room to set Afternoon Tea at Bletchley Park up your picnic. Catering and refreshments will be Selected Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays available to buy in your drive-in zone 12 noon - 4pm Indulge in one of the finest British traditions in the ModelAir Scale Weekend 24th & 25th July Mansion once used by the WWII Codebreakers, gates 9am, flying from 10am For lovers of model flying, this is the chance to enjoy with stunning views across the grounds. From £18 www.bletchleypark.org.uk radio controlled, free flight, and control line flying. Just watch or bring along your own and take part. Luton Hoo Walled Garden Walk & Lunch with the Head Gardener Open Wednesdays 10.30am - 4pm 30th July 10.30am - 2pm Produce and plants from the garden will be available A tour of the Swiss Garden with the Head Gardener, to buy. The garden is looking lovely as the gardeners who will share the garden’s story and explain how it and conversation team have all been very busy. is cared for today. Enjoy lunch and chat with senior Please book, £5, 01582 721443 members of the garden team. £35 Luton Hoo Walled Garden LU1 4LF www.lutonhooestate.co.uk 6


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Celebrating the Return of Live Music

Celebrated baritone Roderick Williams will sing English music including Songs of Travel by Ralph Vaughan Williams. There will be live improvisation to the 1925 silent film The Phantom of the Opera. Organ recitals will be presented by Thomas St Albans music-lovers are anticipating a joyful Trotter and Daniel Hyde. return to live music in July, at the 31st St Albans St James’ Baroque will provide the grand finale, International Organ Festival. following immediately on from a screened PrizeThis year’s programme features some of the Giving for this year’s online-only Competition. biggest world-wide stars of British classical music. St Albans Cathedral will host the whole Festival. The hugely influential violinist Nicola Benedetti The venue is certified Covid-secure, and detailed will perform Beethoven’s Concerto with the arrangements are being made to reassure boundlessly adventurous Aurora Orchestra. audiences that the events will be made as safe as Exciting young saxophonist Jess Gillam will possible. If anyone finds they can no longer present an eclectic programme with her personal attend any event, for any reason, they can claim a Ensemble. Festival favourite Angela Hewitt will full refund. perform solo piano music by Bach and Brahms. Tickets can be bought now from the Cathedral’s Tenebrae Choir will celebrate the power and Box Office, www.stalbanscathedral.org or on intimacy of the human voice with their renowned 01727 890210. passion and precision.

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Time To Get Active Adventure Trail

The Strange Case of Harry Holywell This self led trail takes you to corners of St Albans you might not have been to before, with a fun murder mystery to be solved. Download the trail and join in the fun, crossing off suspects by solving clues uncovered on the historic city streets. It starts and ends at the theatre. Free Westminster Lodge AL1 2DL www.abbeytheatre.org.uk

Welwyn 10K 25th June - 3rd July

Set in the beautiful countryside of Welwyn village. Complete this road course as many times as you like, starting from Singlers Marsh. Using the Run Nation app or website to submit your times and see the leader board during the Welwyn Festival. www.welwyn10k.org.uk

The Hospice of St Francis

Skydive 3rd July Are you after a hair-raising, adrenaline-fuelled challenge? If so sign up today by emailing shannen.avis@stfrancis.org.uk North London Skydiving Ctr, Cambs PE15 0FB Berkhamsted Golf Day 14th July An 18 hole Stableford, best three from four competition, with a shotgun start at midday, followed by a BBQ, raffle and auction. Teams of four or individuals, £90. Berkhamsted Golf Club HP4 2QB Fitness and Wellbeing Festival 18th July 10am - 4pm With classes from Meditation to Zumba, talks and demonstrations, a shopping village selling wellbeing and fitness products, healthy food and drink stalls. Visit the website for further details Dudswell, Herts www. stfrancis. org.uk

RAF London

ActiveFest 24th July - 15th Aug Join in this outdoor festival of fitness and fun, tackle The Hercules, the outdoor obstacle course; race against your friends or compete for the top spot on the leader board. You will face the ninja wall, crawl under cargo nets and swing over water to get to the finish line. Sign your little ones up for a parent and baby yoga session or get them moving in the activity classes. Visit the website for more information. www.rafmuseum.org.uk

Race for Life 22nd Aug

10k 10am / 5k 11.15am The route is an amazing journey through a piece of history, hilly in places and fairly challenging, setting off from Westminster Lodge before traversing the open fields, enjoying splendid views of the Abbey and then journeying around the lake. The 10k course is two laps of the 5k route. £14.99, child £10, under 6 free Verulamium Park, St. Albans AL1 2DL www.raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org

Hertfordshire 100 29th Aug

The 3 routes take advantage of the rural roads and allow riders to choose their challenge of either 100, 64 or 33 miles. A portion of every entry is donated to Helping Rhinos. www.sportiveuk.co.uk

Virtual Herts 10K/Half Marathon 10th Oct Why not sign up and start your training today. www.renniegrove.org

Redbourn Road Rider 4th July 7am

85 miles, 50 miles or 25 miles road cycling from St Albans. Register for free to find out all event details. www.timeoutdoors.com

Vitality 10,000 11th July 9am - 3pm

A chance to celebrate ‘you’, by running for your head and heart in the beautiful surroundings of Hatfield Park. There are socially distanced, and non-socially distanced starts where runners will set off in pairs at two-second intervals. All finishers will receive a medal and New Balance technical T-shirt. www.hatfield-house.co.uk 22

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NGS Open Gardens

The National Garden Scheme opens up over 3,500 exceptional private gardens and raises money for nursing and health charities. Here’s a selection of this year’s gardens, free entry for children to all gardens listed. 71 Stansted Road Bishop's Stortford, Herts 1st - 4th July 11am - 5pm An intriguing wildlife garden, in the heart of town. Designed to encourage wildlife, with a wildflower meadow, three ponds and an extensive woodland border. Please book £10 Two Gardens Aspley Guise, Beds 3rd July 1pm - 5pm Hollydale is set on three levels around a Grade II Listed Georgian house, this classically styled garden is a series of rooms, flower gardens, leisure area for entertaining, vegetable garden, herb garden, fruit tree orchard and chicken pen. Glade House is a colourful, multi-level garden set around a thatched house, over 400 varieties of perennials, shrubs and herbs, plus seating areas where you can enjoy varied vistas within the garden. Please book £5 Scudamore Letchworth Garden City, Herts 4th July 11am - 5pm Garden of mature trees, many mixed herbaceous borders with shrubs, pond and stream, wet bed, wilder garden and orchard/vegetable area. Please book £5 9 Tannsfield Drive Hemel Hempstead, Herts 4th July 1.30pm - 4.30pm This small town garden is decorated with over 450 plants which, with the ever-present sound of water, creates a welcoming oasis of calm. Narrow paths divide, leading visitors on a voyage of discovery of the garden's many features. £3.50 14 Watling Street St Albans 9th July 6pm - 9pm A vibrant garden with striking plants including Chinese rice-paper plants, foxglove trees, chusan palms, cardoons, echium and honey flowers. The back garden includes a bog garden, giant rhubarb, ligularia and hosta and a glade of bamboo and maple trees. At 7.30pm local author Sue Stuart-Smith will speak about her book, The Well Gardened Mind Rediscovering Nature in the Modern World. £3.50 24

Beesonend Gardens Two Gardens Harpenden 11th July 2pm - 5:30pm 2 Barlings Road is packed with perennials, shrubs and climbers and a formal pond, a courtyard suntrap and shade garden. 7 Barlings Road is a professionally landscaped garden designed for minimal maintenance and maximum impact with mature trees, climbers, water feature, children's play area, pagoda and plant-filled borders. £5 Lindy Lea Steppingley, Beds 11th July 2pm - 5pm Set within an acre, this is a haven for wildlife with two water features, cottage garden style perennial plantings, variety of shrubs and mature trees. There is also a vegetable garden and a sunny terrace furnished with pots and climbers. Please book £4 102 Cambridge Road St Albans 16th July 5.30pm - 8.30pm / 18th July 2pm - 6pm A modern take on the classic garden in two halves: ornamental and vegetable, with borders packed with perennials and annuals, a pond and a mature Japanese maple. Access via the house, so please wear a mask. £4 15 Gade Valley Cottages Great Gaddesden, Herts 18th July 1.30pm - 5pm Paths lead through a woodland area to a wildlife pond. Seating offers views across the Gade Valley or quiet shady areas with sounds of bubbling water. £4 Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa 25th July 12pm - 5pm Gardens and parkland designed by Capability Brown lie in a conservation area, featuring lakes, woodland and pleasure grounds, Victorian grass tennis court, sunken rockery, Italianate garden and topiary garden. Please book, £5 35 Digswell Road Welwyn Garden City, Herts 25th July 2pm - 5:30pm Town garden with a small meadow packed with herbaceous plants and grasses. The contemporary planting gives way to the exotic, with a lush jungle garden with bamboos, bananas and tree ferns. £4 44 Broadwater Ave Letchworth Garden City, Herts 30th July 6pm - 9pm Out of the ordinary, unusual herbaceous plants and shrubs, constantly evolving to include lots of colour and texture. Topiary underpins the whole garden. Attractive front garden designed for year-round interest. £5 www. ngs.org.uk


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Going Alfresco Open Air Cinema & Dining

Hitchin Festival

A month-long celebration of the culture and entertainment on offer in Hitchin, including poetry, art exhibitions, concerts, theatre and kids entertainment. Here’s a sample of what’s planned, visit the website for all events: The Priory (Historical Drama set in Hitchin) 1st - 3rd, 8th - 10th, 15th - 17th, 22nd - 24th & 29th - 31st July 7.30pm £11.50 - £13.50 Set at the time of the dissolution of the monasteries, the play centres on the forced transference of the Priory and convent buildings to Sir Edward Watson and then seven years later, becoming the family home of the Radcliffe’s. The Market Theatre SG5 1AE Escape Benslow Music! 2nd July 6pm An escape room game following a three-course dinner. Split into teams and shackled by the wrist (optional), players must work together to crack in to a safe, solving a series of puzzles and clues along the way. Benslow Music SG4 9RB Traditional Treasures: a handful of England’s quirky customs in story, song and pictures 6th July 7.30pm British Schools Museum SG4 9TS Music for a Summer Evening 10th July 7.30pm Hitchin Symphony Orchestra present a concert including works by Finzi, Holst, Schubert, Sibelius and Vaughan Williams. £8 St Marys Church, Hitchin SG5 1DW Benslow Buskers: Four Winds (Saxophone Quartet) 11th July The Market Square Herts Visual Arts Big Art Fair £2 17th July - 10am - 5pm 18th July - 10am - 4pm Hitchin Town Hall SG5 1JE African Drumming Workshop 25th July 1pm £15, child £7.50 A great way to raise your energy levels and spirits. Experience the energy of a drumming circle. No previous experience required. All welcome Benslow Music SG4 9RB www.hitchinfestival.co.uk 26

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

Luna Cinema

Highfield Park doors 7.45pm, film 9.15pm 30th June - A Star is Born 1st July - Back to the Future 2nd July - Dirty Dancing 3rd July - The Greatest Showman sing-a-long www.thelunacinema.com

The Fighting Cinema

Films presented by St Albans Film Festival 8th July - Parasite 9th July - Sing-a-long Rocketman £30.32 includes 2 course dinner Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, St Albans AL3 4HE www.eventbrite.co.uk

Shenley Park Walled Garden Open Air Theatre

All events £13.50, child £8 The Tale of Peter Rabbit & Benjamin Bunny 10th July 3pm Join Peter and his naughty cousin Benjamin on their hair-raising adventures in this enchanting adaptation of the Beatrix Potter classic. Midsummer Nights Dream 10th July 7pm Be bewitched by Shakespeare's classic comedy of fun and frolics, magic and intrigue this summer. Treasure Island 24th July 3pm Join plucky Jim Hawkins on his pirate adventures as he battles buccaneers to find buried treasure in this exciting, swashbuckling classic. Shenley Park, Radlett WD7 9JP www.shenleypark.co.uk


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Out & About

NOW for the Kids Summer Reading Challenge

Get ready for Wild World Heroes, online and in your local library. Wild World Heroes will feature amazing books, awesome rewards, and plenty of ideas for taking care of our environment. www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk

Hatfield House

Tudor Legacies - The Legacy Continues 4th July 11am - 4pm Henry VIIIs reign has come to an end, but the House of Tudor continues. From one royal court full of scheming, scandal, and beheadings to the next, the reign of Edward VI through to Elizabeth I offers further compelling intrigue into England’s Royal Tudor history. Battle Proms 17th July 3.30pm - 10.30pm A celebration of music, Spitfire, cannons, cavalry and fireworks. This quintessentially British ‘party in the park’ features musical firework displays, ending in a flag waving, sing-a-long spectacular including the ‘last night of the proms’ finale favourites such as Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory. Folk by the Oak 18th July 12 noon - 10.30pm Folk’s finest acts gathered for an uplifting day of music. Artists confirmed: Seasick Steve, Kate Rusby, Sam Sweeney Band, Kitty Macfarlane and Skinny Lister. Exclusive House & Garden Experience 21st July 11am - 4pm An exclusive tour of Hatfield House giving you over 400 years of Jacobean splendour, including champagne on arrival, a two-hour personalised guide through the state rooms and its history. VIP entrance through the station lodge, and complimentary guidebook. £160 www.hatfield-house.co.uk

Knebworth House

The Great British Food Festival 17th & 18th July 10am - 5pm The perfect recipe for a fun, foodie, family day out, with some of the finest local and regional artisan producers, hot food, real ale and wine bars, craft and gift stalls, children’s entertainment, foraging walks and amazing scenery, top chef demos, cake competitions and the popular Men vs Food, all accompanied by live music. Access to Knebworth Park and Gardens is included in the ticket price. £11.50, family £42 Knebworth House SG1 2AX www.knebworthhouse.com 28

Willows Activity Farm

Summertime Celebrations 23rd July - 31st Aug Sunny fun with your Willows favourites; Peter Rabbit’s Adventure Playground, The Big Dig sand and water play, Squirrel Nutkin’s Treehouse, JCB Young Driver’s Zone and the new Bouncy Bounce inflatable pillows, Peter Rabbit and Friends have shows for you to enjoy on the Outdoor Show Stage. www.willowsactivityfarm.com

Whipsnade Zoo

Dinosaurs are Coming! 24th July - 5th Sept Take your family on an adventure back in time to experience life-like, animatronic dinosaurs. Join a Snorassic Sleepover if seeing the dinosaurs during the day isn’t enough for the dino-lover in your family, Pitch your tent opposite the new dinosaur exhibit and experience the zoo after dark. www.zsl.org


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NOW at the Local Theatres

Roman Theatre Open Air Festival

The biggest festival yet with 14 shows, 8 companies and 69 performances presenting a diverse range of incredible theatre, opera and music over 7 weeks. The Winter’s Tale 24th June - 10th July Shakespeare's timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is a rollercoaster ride of courtroom dramas, mistaken identities, a maneating bear and a beautiful statue, weaving high drama and low comedy to tell a story of heartbreak, reunion and newfound hope. Olympiaganza 5th & 6th July Two battling rival groups attempt to cover the entirety of Greek mythology in an evening. This theatrical extravaganza promises to be an unforgettable feast for the eyes, ears and soul. Belshazzar’s Feast plus Rakoczy 7th July An inspired collection of songs and tunes; classical, pop, musichall and traditional folk, all laced with good humour. A Spoonful of Musicals 11th July A fun-filled show packed with Musical Theatre favourites for all ages with songs from Frozen, Annie, The Jungle Book, Matilda and more. Showtime! - Hits from Hollywood, Broadway & Beyond 11th July A dazzling performance of West End Stars singing songs from the big screen, Broadway stage and beyond including Wizard of Oz, The Greatest Showman, Mamma Mia and more. Roman Theatre of Verulamium AL3 6AE www.maltingstheatre.co.uk

The Radlett Centre

Alex Ainley’s Nightingale Jazz Quartet 2nd July An exciting programme celebrating the Great American Songbook, featuring favourites by Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and more. Hits From the Blitz 15th July The unique “feel-good” 1940’s show, as featured

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at Dame Vera Lynn’s Charity Gala Nights and TV’s Dad’s Army. The Snail and the Whale 22nd - 23rd July A heart-warming adventure for ages 4+. Captain Calamity 28th July Silly songs, gigglesome games, super science and beautiful bubbles in this award winning family show. www.radlettcentre.co.uk

Highfield Park

HMS Pinafore 4th July 3pm A tale of mismatched love across different social classes. Josephine is the captain’s daughter and has fallen for lowly sailor Ralph. Yet her father has other ideas – he has promised her to Sir Joseph Porter, the First Lord of the Admiralty. Will love prevail? Climb aboard to find out and enjoy a feast of fun along the way. Come prepared for the weather, you can park close to the venue, bring chairs and a picnic and enjoy a relaxing afternoon watching Opera Anywhere's finest performers. Please book £19, child £6 www.highfieldparktrust.co.uk

Abbey Theatre

Snoopy the Musical 8th - 10th July On top of his doghouse, Snoopy dreams of adventure. Isn’t there more to life than chasing sticks and eating dog food? This musical charts a year in the life of the iconic beagle and his friends, reflecting the trials and tribulations of being a kid and showing what can happen when just one person believes in you. Produced by St Albans Youth Music Theatre. £12, concs £11 Westminster Lodge AL1 2DL www.abbeytheatre.org.uk

High Street Players

Confusions 9th - 11th July 9th & 10th: evening / 10th & 11th matinee Comedy in 4 plays by Alan Ayckbourn. Katherine Warington School, Harpenden AL5 5FH www.hsplayers.org.uk


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Bedford Park Concerts

NOW for some Music & Comedy Musicals at the Manor

Steve Moss, musical director of Mary Poppins, has invited special guests to join him in the Great Drawing Room, Rothamsted Manor to perform hits from blockbuster musical shows. All shows 2.30pm & 7.30pm, £50 Danny Whitehead / Laura Pick 2nd July Danny recently played Raoul Vicomte de Chagny in The Phantom of the Opera and Laura is Elphaba in Wicked. Emma Hatton / Matthew Croke 3rd July Emma supported Jools Holland this year for selected dates on his UK tour, and opened for him at The Royal Albert Hall. Matthew played the title character in the West End production Aladdin. Emma Williams / Scott Davies 9th July Emma four time Olivier Award nominee and Scott who recently played the Phantom in Phantom of The Opera. Daniel Boys / Sophie Evans 10th July Daniel’s credits include Treason in concert and The Pirate Queen in concert, and Sophie played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium. Katie Hall / Oliver Tompsett 16th July Katie is currently Fantine in Les Miserables and Oliver is playing ‘Shakespeare’ in & Juliet at The Shaftesbury Theatre. Scott Davies / Katie Hall 17th July Katie is Fantine, in Les Miserables and Scott recently played the Phantom in Phantom of The Opera. Emma Kingston / Oliver Savile 23rd & 31st July Emma’s credits include; Brooklyn in BKLYN, Cathy in The Last Five Years, Luisa in Zorro and Eva Peron in Evita. Oliver has played Gideon in Sting’s Musical The Last Ship, Whizzer in Falsettos and Fiyero in Wicked. Kerry Ellis 24th & 30th July Kerry played Meat, in Queen’s We Will Rock You, and many other leading roles from Nancy in Oliver! and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady to Ellen in Miss Saigon and Fantine in Les Miserables. www.rothamstedenterprises.com

Olly Murs’ plus Special Guests - Scouting for Girls 29th July As part of his summer tour, Olly says he aims to put a “smile back on the faces of the county” performing his biggest hits, including tracks from his triple platinum album ‘Never Been Better’. Cafe Mambo Ibiza in the Park 30th July This open-air show has a star-studded line-up of DJs spinning the biggest new tracks and iconic club classics. Ocean Colour Scene 31st July This Birmingham band’s story is already the stuff of legend: a rip-roaring rock’n’roll odyssey set to a backdrop of over 20 years of UK pop culture. Bedford Park Proms 1st Aug This will be the 25th Proms and it’s shaping up to be a spectacular evening, with best-selling tenor Wynne Evans and soprano, Victoria Joyce. www.bedfordparkconcerts.co.uk

St Albans Comedy Garden

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28th July - 1st Aug £25 This all-new Comedy Garden promises the ultimate remedy this summer with stand-up comedy starring Dara O’Briain, Sara Pascoe, Alan Davies, Tom Allen, Aisling Bea, Rob Becket, Josh Widdicombe and many more in the glorious surroundings of Verulamium Park. www.stalbanscomedygarden.co.uk


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Shutters The Harpenden Shutter Company

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