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st albans June 2018


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Welcome to June June brings us the longest day, warm summer evenings, the end of exams and a time to enjoy festivals, outdoor theatre and cinema and lots more. As always, we’ve squeezed in as much as we can, including the opening of the new St Albans Museum + Gallery, and another competition to win a complimentary dinner for two at Bills, have a look at page 6 to make sure you’re in with a chance of winning. If you run your own business, why not get in touch, we offer a helpful, friendly service, working hard to make the magazines the best they can be. Readers tell us they find them useful and keep them handy for the many events and local businesses included. Don’t forget the magazines are monthly so if you miss your copy you can always pick one up in town or read them on our website or social media pages.

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Out & About 12 Heartwood, Ashridge & more

St Albans Film Festival 16 films, talks & workshops

Outdoor Theatre & Cinema 16 Alice, Sherlock & Shakespeare

NOW for Some Art 20 art for everyone

Childwickbury Arts Fair 21 artists in action

Jolly June 24 fun, festivals & fayres

St Albans City Walks 30 walking through history

Out of Town 32

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NOW for some Music 36 classical, punk & jazz

Do Something for Charity 38 thinking of others

What’s on in June 42 & July 44 Index of Businesses 46 accountants to windows & doors

Alban Street Festival 48 celebrating St Albans

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WIN Dinner at The competition we ran in March was so popular that we asked Bill’s if we could do the same again, and they said yes! They are again offering one lucky couple the chance to enjoy a complimentary dinner for two to the value of £100. This time there will be an added bonus as they’ve just opened a ‘secret garden’, a perfect secluded setting for dinner or drinks. Seating up to 24 people it’s beautifully designed to reflect the eclectic nature of the restaurant, with garden mirrors, fairy lights and foliage creating the ultimate daytime or evening ambience. Enjoy basking in the sun on a hot day or savour a drink in the cool breeze as the sun goes down during what’s predicted to be a hot summer. Try some of the new dishes on the menu, including a Warm Chicken, Avocado and Parmesan Salad and Sea Bass with Avocado Salsa, or for something more indulgent, the Pan Fried Chicken with Truffle and Wild Mushrooms. With new daily dinner specials throughout the week, there’s something for everyone. Don’t forget to enjoy one Bill’s famous cocktails now on offer including a classic Campfire Espresso Martini, or an English Country Garden for a quirky alternative to G&T. Call ahead to book a table or book the garden for a summer party everyone will love. For your chance to win email BILLS JUNE to by 17th June T&C - One prize available: Dinner for two including drinks up to the value of £100. Must be pre-booked in advance. There is no cash alternative to this prize and it is non-transferrable. Prize must be used by 30th June and cannot be used on Father’s Day.


Planning a Party? Celebrate in style with a party at The County Club, St Albans A private members club that has been in the heart of the city for over 125 years The Club is perfect for parties and we’ve hosted many 30th, 40th and 50th birthdays. We have a great bar, function room and outdoor terrace and can also cater for buffets The Club is just 100 yards from the City Station and has onsite parking If you would like to view the Club or check availability, please call or email us, and we’ll do all we can to make your party special 29 Ridgmont Road St Albans AL1 3AG 01727 759445




23rd & 24th June 11am - 5pm This year Rothamsted celebrates their 175th Birthday. Take the family, young and old, and find out what they do at the Research Centre. Engage with the science, the farming and the people, and enjoy this fantastic weekend. Speed date an expert, ride a tractor, puzzle over the trove of astonishing exhibits and test the interactive displays. Vote for the most fascinating poster, find out what the future of farming could look like, gain a taste of the technological transformations underway and much more.



Out and About

Dovecote 24th June 11am - 2pm free A rare chance to see inside Ashridge’s 18th century dovecote. Park in the recreation ground car park on Stocks Road in Aldbury and walk to HP23 5RX

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Heartwood Forest Heartwoof 3rd June 11am Enjoy a fun day out with your furry friend and sample some canine-themed stalls and activities. Chat to the team from The Woodland Trust for advice about dog-walking in the woods. Please wear sturdy footwear. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult, free Heartwood Through The Lens 19th & 26th June 10.30am Join this walk around the Forest and take the opportunity to photograph the Wild Flower Meadows and Woodland under the guidance of two experienced photographers. Limited to 6 people so please book, £5 per person If it’s raining on 19th June, the walk will be moved to 20th June. The ground may be muddy, and uneven in places. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Butterfly Walk 30th June 11am Take a summer walk through the woodland and learn how to spot some of the native species of butterfly that live there.

Ashridge Totally Batty Walk 8th June & 6th July 8.30pm - 10pm Hopefully you will catch a glimpse of these amazing creatures with the help of one of the rangers. Meet at the Visitor Centre. Adult £8, child £5, please book Walk the Chalk 9th & 10th June 10.30am - 4pm Follow the family nature trail on Ivinghoe Chalk Hills and learn about some of the rare plants and creatures. Meet at Ivinghoe Beacon Car Park (on Beacon Road, grid reference SP963159). £2 Fun Ride 17th June 9am - 11am Bring your horse for a way-marked two-hour ride through some of Ashridge’s most beautiful landscapes. Adult £20, child £10, please book


16th June 4pm - 9pm Emilio of E&M Catering plus a selection of other chefs will be offering their cooking talents. This monthly event runs until August and brings together a diverse collection of local street food vendors with foods from around the world. Quench your thirst with a locally brewed beer or cider, or enjoy a chilled glass of Prosecco from the bar there’s something for everyone. While a DJ will bring an assortment of music from all genres. Harpenden Common

Welly Walks 16th June & 21st July 11am - 12 noon Meet with other young explorers to go on a welly walk exploring different parts of this fantastic site. You’ll be outside unless the weather is bad, so make sure you are suitably dressed. Ages 3 - 7, £3 Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton LU1 4LX

Harpenden Common Walk 21st June 6.30pm - 8.30pm Come and find out more about the largest green space in Harpenden. Join the Town Council for a gentle stroll around the Common and learn about its habitats, wildlife, use and works. Meet at Harpenden Common Golf Club car park, Cravells Road AL5 1BL

Open Food Gardens Come and see what fruit and vegetables are grown in local gardens and get free advice to help you grow your own. Just turn up between 3pm 5pm on any of the following dates. 27th June 13 Abbey View Rd, St Albans AL3 4QL 8th July 23 Gresford Close, St Albans AL4 OUB 22nd July 30 Gustard Wood (off The Slype), Wheathampstead AL4 8RR 29th July 47 Beaumont Ave, St Albans AL1 4TW

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St Albans Film Festival 26th June - 1st July

Outdoor Theatre Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 10th June 2pm - 4pm Take a trip down the rabbit hole with Chapterhouse Theatre Company and join Alice as she stumbles into the magical world of Wonderland. Presented in beautiful Victorian costume and alive with song, dance and original music, this is a production to delight the entire family. Adult £16, child £10 Hatfield House AL9 5NB The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 28th June gates 6pm, performance 7pm Picnic with family and friends in the picturesque surroundings of the Swiss Garden and lose yourself in this gripping tale. Bring a low-backed chair, and wrap up warm. Adult £16, child £10 The Shuttleworth Collection, Beds SG18 9EP The Taming of The Shrew 28th - 30th June & 5th - 7th July £15, £13, concs £11 Inn on the Park, Verulamium Park AL3 4SN

Outdoor Cinema Bring low back chairs and blankets Sundown Cinema: Hitchin Lavender SG5 3UA 13th June: The Lost Boys 8pm 20th June: Blade Runner 8pm 27th June: Terminator 8pm The Luna Cinema: Hatfield House AL9 5NB 14th June: The Darkest Hour 9.30pm 15th June: Moulin Rouge! 9.30pm 16th June: Pretty Woman 9.30pm Adult £15, child £10 Sundown Cinema: Shuttleworth Collection SG18 9EP 29th June: Top Gun Gates 10pm 30th June: Dirty Dancing 10pm Adult £14, child £7


Open Air Cinema St Albans Cathedral 27th June Ferris Buellers Day Off 6.30pm 28th June Bridget Jones’ Diary 6.30pm 29th June Sing 10am 29th June Black Panther 3.30pm 29th June Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri 7pm 30th June Days of Thunder / Talladega Nights 6pm 1st July Chariots of Fire 1pm Other Events What Doesn't Kill Me - Documentary & Q&A 28th June 7.30pm - 9.30pm Maltings Arts Theatre AL1 3HL Workshop - Virtual Reality 29th June 12.30pm St Albans Town Hall AL3 5DJ 10 Films With My Dad 29th June 7.30pm The Fleetville Larder AL1 4JS Workshop - St Albans Photography Walking 30th June 10.30am Fighting Cox Pub AL3 4HE Workshop - The Art of Screenplays 30th June 11.30am Torrington Hall, Holywell Hill AL1 1HD Workshop - Running a Creative Company in the Digital Age 30th June 2.30pm Torrington Hall, Holywell Hill AL1 1HD Workshop - The Art of Script Editing 30th June 4pm Torrington Hall, Holywell Hill AL1 1HD Hector: ‘Anywhere away is where he wants to be’ 30th June 7.30pm free Torrington Hall, Holywell Hill AL1 1HD Documentary Film - Senna 1st July 7.30pm The Pudding Stop AL3 4DD Check the website for other events


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NOW for Some Art

Rhodri Jones, and many others including Sam Smith who went from volunteer one year to overnight success the next. He is a self-taught hobbyist painter who exhibited last year and was so popular that he sold out on the first night and could have sold one painting, the Blue Lady, many times over. Home made cakes and refreshments will be served in the marquee overlooking the wild flower meadow, and the Brocket Arms will be holding its annual beer festival at the same time, making it a quintessentially English village day out. Funds raised by the sale of art go towards maintaining the Palladian Church. Entry £1, child free Ayot St Lawrence Palladian Church AL6 9BZ

Spotlight on the Art of Book Binding Digswell Arts Trust Open Studios 2nd & 3rd June 11am - 4pm Local artists will be opening their studios to the public with a wide range of work on show. You will also be able to explore the printmaking facilities and workshops. The Forge, Digswell AL6 OBU

Art in the Nave 8th - 10th June 11am - 4pm Art exhibition and sale with over 50 artists exhibiting paintings, prints, sculpture, glass and pottery for you to view and buy. St Mary’s Church, Hemel Hempstead HP1 3AE

29th June 12.30pm -1.15pm Waddesdon Manor houses some of the most luxuriously bound 17th and 18th century books in the country. Learn about the art of bookbinding and discover what a binding can tell you about its contents, previous owners and the industry that produced it, meet at the main door. Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury HP18 0JH

Arts on Prescription

Courses in the arts are on offer for adults with mental health issues offering the chance to try out different art forms such as creative writing, visual arts and drama. Winner of “Community Project of the Year 2018” at the Mayor’s Pride Awards in St Albans, the programme has found Art on the Common that around 75% of participants have reported an 9th & 10th June 10am - 5pm improved sense of wellbeing after taking part in With 45 pitches featuring exceptional work by the the classes. One participant said: “This has most talented artists in the region this event has actually given me hope. Hope for a future. Better established itself as Hertfordshire’s premier hope for possibilities when pretty much all hope outdoor art show. was gone.” A wide range of affordable works will be on show Arts on Prescription developed out of the growing including paintings, ceramics, textiles, jewellery, evidence suggesting that participating in an art fine art photography, wood and handmade form can have a beneficial impact on a person’s greeting cards. You can meet the artists and sense of health and wellbeing. The project was purchase a unique piece of artwork or designer introduced to the district in 2016 as a form of jewellery. social prescribing where GPs and counsellors A percentage of all artists’ sales plus their pitch prescribe non-medical alternatives, such as charges will be donated to Cancer Research UK. community activities for issues such as stress. The project has worked with local organisations such as Mind in Mid Herts and Trestle Theatre. Ayot St Lawrence Annual Art Show Sessions cost £2 - £5 each for a nine week 9th - 11th June course and people can be referred through a This year the Art Show will introduce a number of healthcare professional. new artists including landscape painters Jasmine For more information contact Rose Gooding Rae and Rory Brown, and welcome back Andrew King, Anne Songhurst, Susan Gray, 01727 819303





Jolly June M Festival 30th June 2pm A day of fantastic live music across two large outdoor stages. With food, drink, entertainment, activities and a firework finale, it's an event not to be missed! Marlborough Science Academy, St Albans AL1 2QA

St Albans Steam & Country Show 30th June & 1st July 11am - 6pm The show with something for everyone, with many new attractions this year including Jonathan Marshall from Game of Thrones, Dima from Britain’s Got Talent, a Food and Drink Festival, Cooking Demonstrations, Fabulous Shopping, Festivals of Dogs, Living History Show, Motorbike Displays, Rural Crafters and more. Highfield Park, Hill End Lane, AL4 0RE

Fields of Lavender Open 26th May Hitchin Lavender has around 25 miles of lavender rows that you can walk through and pick your own flowers. They also grow sunflowers and have a wildflower area. The farm has spectacular views of rural Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire and there are many interesting walks to take around the local area. Inside the 17th century barn lunches and home-made cakes are available to buy as well as a large variety of lavender plants. Why not go along and experience this special place. Hitchin Lavender, Hitchin SG5 3UA


Doggy Cafe: The Royal Tea Party 9th June 10am - 5pm Come and celebrate the Queens official birthday with afternoon tea, including some of her favourite cakes and sandwiches and of course lots of tea! There will be fun, games and more. Everyone and their dogs are invited, so let's celebrate together! Inn on the Park, Verulamium Park, St Albans

Gorhambury House Talk: Gorhambury House 13th June 10.30am - 12 noon £15 The Countess of Verulam lived at Gorhambury from 1977 to 2012. She is a celebrated artist represented in London and in Hungerford by Cricket Fine Art. Enjoy this rare opportunity to hear her discuss her art and experiences of living at Gorhambury. Gorhambury Gardens History and Tour 27th June 10.30am - 12 noon £15 Mark Todhunter, Head Gardener at Gorhambury for the past ten years, trained at Hatfield under the guidance of the late Marchioness of Salisbury from 1981 - 1994. He has been instrumental in implementing a new scheme for the garden designed by the celebrated landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith. Mark will give a brief history of the gardens at Gorhambury before taking you on a guided tour. Call 01727 855000 to book your place for both events The Gorhambury Estate, St Albans AL3 6AH

Harpenden Summer Carnival 9th June 12 noon This year’s theme is The Wild West and includes Wild West Rope Shows, Line dancing, Rodeo, Archery and many more activities in the Cowboy Corner. There will be the usual favourites including the Savills sponsored Dog Show, craft stalls, bouncy inflatables, balloon modelling at The Harpenden Trust stall, children’s activities and refreshments.

Bedford International Kite Festival 9th & 10th June 10am - 5pm free Watch an array of international kite flyers display their skills. This event not only celebrates the longloved pastime of kite flying but offers a weekend of fun for all the family. There’ll be a host of attractions, including inflatables, food stalls, fairground rides and craft and trade stalls. So kick back and enjoy the entertainment in the skies. Russell Park, Bedford MK40 3RH

NOW at Knebworth House Father's Day Medieval Jousting 17th June 11am - 5pm The turrets of Knebworth House provide a spectacular backdrop to the costumed knights on warhorses galloping at full tilt across the arena in a fantastic display of horsemanship. Cheer on the Knights of Arkley as they demonstrate their skills in hand-to-hand combat. Jousting displays at 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Try your hand at archery with The Green Dragon Bowmen, £2. Entry £9.50 also includes Fort Knebworth, Adventure Playground, dinosaur trail, Park and gardens. Garden Theatre - The Tempest 28th June 6.30pm - 9.30pm, performance 7.30pm Performed by all male theatre company, The Lord Chamberlains Men. Shakespeare’s late, great gem, examines the power of true love, our capacity for vengeance and what it takes to forgive. Bring a chair and a picnic and enjoy this fast-paced production of one of Shakespeare’s finest plays. Adult £16, child £10, ages 14+

NOW at Whipsnade Superheroes & Villains 26th May - 3rd June Join Captain Z as he leads the fight against some of the biggest threats facing wildlife. Celebrate the world’s most incredible animals and their amazing superpowers as you take part in a self-guided Superpowers Trail around the zoo. Nature Night Camping 9th June 6.30pm - 10am Pitch your tent and discover what both native and exotic animals get up to at night, and go on a torchlight expedition around the zoo. £75, fun for all the family, ages 5+

Geronimo Festival 30th June & 1st July 10am - 5pm This festival for children will create magical memories for festival-goers of all ages, often referred to as ‘Glastonbury for kids’, The line-up is a mash-up of the best and most unique acts, activities and attractions to be found in the UK, offering something for everyone. Ticket includes entry to the Park, Gardens, Adventure Playground and Dinosaur Trail.

Special Children's Days 16th & 17th June These special days welcome children with special needs and their families and friends, starting with a special welcome with animal-costumed characters. Singing Hands: Introduction to the world of animals through Makaton themed signs, songs, rhymes, stories and games Sensory Storytelling: Immersive and interactive stories about the natural world Hands on Habitats: Investigate the natural world with hands-on activities Live Talks: Animal talks accompanied by British Sign Language interpreters Sunset Safari 23rd June 6pm - 10pm. Explore the Zoo after hours, chill with penguins, visit the majestic lion pride and spot cheetahs in the half light. Watch animal feeds and spend time with friends and family against a backdrop of music and street atists.


NOW at the Local Theatres Abbey Theatre Dumb Show by Joe Penhall 8th - 10th & 12th - 16th June Performed by Company of Ten. This hilarious play about the ethics of tabloid journalism focuses on a TV comic, whose career and personal life are in decline. He’s escorted to a hotel room to meet two journalists pretending to be bankers. They ply him with drink and entice him with promises of money and sex. It’s up to the audience to decide which character is actually the least immoral. Happy Birthday by Marc Camoletti 29th June - 1st July & 3rd - 7th July Performed by Company of Ten. Bernard is having an affair, and so is his wife. They’re spending the weekend at their country house where Bernard has also invited his mistress to celebrate her birthday. To throw his wife off the scent he invites his good friend Robert to pose as his mistress’s boyfriend. But Robert is actually Bernard’s wife’s lover. A crazy, frantic farce which trips in and out of bedrooms, will have you on the floor laughing. Abbey Theatre, St Albans AL1 2DL

The Sandpit Theatre Little Shop of Horrors 6th - 8th June 7pm Sandringham School's Drama Faculty present their take on the deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical. £8, £6 Annie the Musical 16th June 2.30pm & 6.30pm Presented by Spotlight, with unforgettable songs, It’s a Hard Knock Life, Easy Street and Tomorrow and more. £14, £10 The Sandpit Theatre, St Albans AL4 9NX

High Street Methodist Church Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe 22nd June 7.30pm & 23rd June 2.30pm & 6.30pm Performed by High Street Players Join Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy as they embark on a magical tour to the Land of Narnia through the wardrobe. Tickets from Manor Pharmacy or online from The High Street Methodist Church, Harpenden


NOW at the Alban Arena Justin Hayward 3rd June 7.30pm Legendary singer-songwriter and voice of the Moody Blues, Justin Hayward, will be performing classics like Nights in White Satin, New Horizons, Question and The Voice. £39, £37.50 The Life and Music of Maria Callas 5th June 7.30pm The show explores Callas’s love affair with Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis. Featuring music from La Bohème, Madame Butterfly, La Traviata, Tosca, Carmen and more. £32.50 Brian Conley 6th June 7.30pm With brand new comedy, sketches and songs as well as some of his best-known material from stage and screen. £25.50 An Audience with Liverpool Legends 7th June 7.30pm A chance to see John Barnes, Jan Molby and Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock on stage together. Giving you an insight into their careers, from previous clubs, to putting on the famous red jersey, to representing their country. £30, £28.50 Tim Vine 8th June 8pm Lots of silly new jokes, homemade props and daft ditties. What a lot of nonsense. £23.50 Boney M - The 40th Anniversary Tour 9th June 7.30pm Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to relive the classic disco era. £29.50 Esther Rantzen 14th June 8pm Dame Esther and her daughter, the presenter and journalist Rebecca Wilcox, discuss their careers, personal lives and family ties. £22.50 Bing Live: Bing Goes to the Theatre 20th - 24th June 1pm (Sat & Sun 10am) Full of fun, laughter and music. £16.50, £14.50 Wind in the Willows 27th - 30th June 7.30pm (Weds & Sat 2pm) Brilliant Theatre Arts proudly presents their new musical. £19.50, £15 The Alban Arena AL1 3LD 01727 844488


NOW at the Cathedral St Albans Museum + Gallery opens 8th June Enjoy a weekend of lively events and activities to celebrate the opening of this landmark cultural site. Explore the rich and fascinating history of St Albans at the new museum and gallery - with exhibitions, art installations, restored historic spaces, trails and activities - there’s something for everyone to enjoy. If you can’t make it to the opening weekend, don’t worry, the museum will be free to visit and is open 7 days a week. There will be an array of great events from monthly museum lates and free lunchtime talks to printing workshops with professional artists and family festivals. Alongside a huge roster of events, the new spaces will also host regularly changing exhibitions. Come and see First Impressions, a major new exhibition exploring 500 years of printing in St Albans’; or lose yourself among art installations from Susie MacMurray and Lyndall Phelps. A wonderful new café and shop will stock local, seasonal products. Workshops: Typography Prints 19th June & 5th & 7th July As part of the 'First Impressions' season, these workshops with Jen Roffe, printmaker and lettering artist are the perfect way to learn a new skill. £45 includes materials and beginners brush lettering kit, please book. Just visit the website to see what else is planned Market Place, St Peters Street AL3 5DJ

Exhibition: Pilgrimage Puppets 25th May - 29th June See the stunning puppets used for the Alban Pilgrimage, with lions, romans, Alban, Amphibalus and many more characters from this historic event. Exhibition: 1066 Medieval Mosaic 7th June - 27th August A re-creation of the Bayeux Tapestry, made by using 3 million tiny pieces of steel, officially a World Record breaking piece of art. Talk: Energy for Everyone? 7th June 7.30pm Professor Bill David FRS talks about the challenges of securing future sustainable and affordable energy. £10 Hertford Choral Society Summer Concert 9th June 7.30pm Sarah Fox (soprano), Robert Gildon (baritone) with Chameleon Arts Orchestra. Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony, Finzi’s Eclogue for piano and strings and works by Mendelssohn and Sumsion. Lunchtime Organ Recital 13th June 12.30pm Marnus Greyling, Organ Scholar, St Albans Cathedral Talk: Faith and Football 14th June 7.30pm Stephen Poxon, freelance writer, will talk about his latest writing project. £10 The Alban Pilgrimage 23rd June 11am: Pilgrimage Procession from St Peter’s Church to the West End of the Cathedral. Festival Eucharist, Children’s Worship and Activities. 4pm: Festival Evensong and Procession to the Shrine Talk: John Whethamstede: Renaissance Abbot 28th June 8pm Prof James Clark talks about the rediscovery of the remains of John Whethamstede (c.13901465), and how it reconnects us with one of St Albans’ most colourful abbots, but also with one of the most dramatic eras in its medieval history. £10




Historic People and Places Brought to Life! Fully qualified guides have been showing people around our City and District for 50 years. Join us on any one of our walks and hear about the fascinating yesteryears from the Romans to Victorians. Walk well known and lesser known places. You will be surprised by the many tales about people who have built, lived and worked here for 1000 years.

Walks for June & July Meet at the Old Town Hall, St Peter Street unless otherwise stated Buy tickets from the guide on the day, please see below Walks last about one and a half hours Adult £5, child £2 (5-15 years) Visit our website for full details of our walks and other information Discover Wheathampstead 2nd June @ 2.30pm Meet in the East Lane public car park at the rear of the Bull Historic St Albans - A City Revealed 3rd, 10th, 17th June, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th July @ 11am A Roman City Revealed 2nd, 16th, 30th June, 14th, 28th July @ 2.30pm Meet outside Verulamium Museum A Monastery Revealed 10th June @ 2.30pm Fishpool Street - Rags and Riches 9th, 23rd June, 7th, 21st July @ 2.30pm Meet outside Verulamium Museum Aristocrats, Paupers & Philanthropists 3rd June, 22nd July @ 2.30pm Coaching Inns 17th June @ 2.30pm Historic Pubs of St Albans 8th July @ 2.30pm Victorian St Albans 1st July @ 2.30pm There’s More to the Tudors than Henry VIII 15th July @ 2.30pm Family Walk 29th July @ 2.30pm

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Out of Town RAF London ‘Cher Ami’ 1st & 2nd June 1pm, 2pm & 3pm, free, age 4+ Hear the fascinating story of a pigeon who rescued an entire battalion of soldiers during WWI. Three Pilots - One War Live Performance 2nd & 3rd June 12.30pm & 2.30pm Free A unique insight into the everyday lives of three men from three different countries who served during WWI, shown in a programme of live dance. Armed Forces Day 30th June 11am - 4pm Free Join in a celebration of 100 years of the RAF to remember and celebrate Service personnel with music and activities throughout the day. An event for the whole family to enjoy. RAF Museum London NW9 5LL

Shuttleworth Collection Airshow: Fly Navy 3rd June 9am - 6pm A celebration of naval heritage aircraft from the early 1900s to 1960s. Follow the Richard Shuttleworth trail, enjoy live music, take a free ride on vintage buses, explore the Swiss Garden and The House, and make an aircraft model. Adult £27, child free Evening Airshow 16th June 12 noon, air display 6pm A chance to see Edwardian aircraft take to the skies. This unique collection of aircraft from the early years of aviation are unlike any found elsewhere in the UK. Also enjoy a Swiss Garden tour and vintage bus ride. Why not camp over and enjoy a whole weekend of entertainment. Father’s Day Afternoon Tea 17th June Treat Dad to a home-baked savoury afternoon tea in this grand setting. The House will be open for


viewing, with stewards on hand to tell you more about the history of the family and Old Warden Park. Includes a glass of ale or wine, please book adult £20, child free. Hurricane Photography Day 20th June Hurricane P3717 is a survivor of the Battle of Britain with a combat record that includes the destruction of a Messerschmitt Bf 110 on 30th August 1940. This is a close-up photography day led by aviation photographer Darren Harbar, with a chance to take a seat in this Battle of Britain fighter! Teaching technique and camera skills advice will be available, plus a chat from one of the aircrafts current pilots. Places limited, please book, ages 16+ de havilland Moth Club Charity Flying Weekend 23rd & 24th June flying: 10.30am - 4pm With all proceeds going to charity, just turn up on the day, first come first served. Flights £95. Limited Offer: £10 Moth flights for young people The de Havilland Moth Club will offer a limited number of flights to those aged 13 - 18 on a firstcome-basis, but it’s necessary to register interest in advance. Please send an email marked ‘YP CHARITY FLIGHTS’ to: Closing date is midnight on 15th June The Shuttleworth Collection, Beds SG18 9EP

Bletchley Park Father's Day BBQ 17th June 12 noon - 5pm Enjoy live music, a BBQ and dancing from JiveSwing while relaxing in historic and picturesque surroundings. Sample Bletchley Park’s own beer created by The Concrete Cow Brewery in Milton Keynes and named Station X; one of the terms used to describe Bletchley Park during WWII. Entry included in admission price World's Largest Swing Dance Lesson World Record Attempt Event 23rd June 5.30pm - 10pm, free Ever wanted to be a record breaker? If so now’s your chance, swing dance group, JiveSwing will be on hand to help you prepare for the lesson ahead. Refreshments will be available from Howe & Co Fish and Chips, Bandit Street Food and The Rum Runner Cocktail Bar. A Guinness World Records representative will be judging the attempt. At the end of the lesson all participants will complete a 3 minute dance. This is an outdoor event so bring sensible footwear as it will happen in any weather. Ages 10+ Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes MK3 6EB

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NOW for some Music Maltings Arts Theatre Herts Jazz Club All performances at 7.30pm 5th June: Rossano Sportiello Trio £12 - £16 12th June: Mark Nightingale Sextet £12 - £16 19th June: Pete Long’s Sextet £12 - £16 26th June: James Pearson Trio £10 - £13 Rosie Hodgson, Rowan Pigott and Elizabeth & Jameson 1st June 8pm Rosie and Rowan blend traditional and original folk songs, with voice, fiddle and guitar. Elizabeth & Jameson comprises Hannah Elizabeth of Said The Maiden and Griff Jameson from Fred’s House, together they offer traditional folk meeting quirky rock/pop, this is simplistic, classic song writing at its best: a stripped back, harmony-driven sound with guitar, violin and exquisite vocals. £12, £11, £7.50 The Dovetail Trio & Granny’s Attic 16th June 7.45pm The Dovetail Trio present England’s traditional songs with a bold and fresh approach exploring familiar narratives with energy and a passion for musical heritage. With the distinctive voices and instrumental talents of Folk Award nominee Jamie Roberts, BBC Performing Arts Award winner Rosie Hood, and singer and melodeon, mandolin and fiddle player Matt Quinn. Granny’s Attic started playing together at school and continue to make waves as a trio having gone their separate ways to study music at university and play with other musicians. £14, £13, £7.50 Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans AL1 3HL

St Albans Organ Theatre Vintage Afternoon Tea 3rd June Tickets in advance only for this popular event.


Chris Stanbury 9th June 7.30pm One of the UK's most versatile young musicians. Musical Sunday Afternoons 10th June & 8th July 2pm - 4.30pm Pop along for an informal afternoon to listen to the self-playing instruments. Adult £7, child £3, family £15 Camp Road AL1 5PE

Bedford Esquires The Chameleons 7th June Arguably the most widely influential guitar band ever to come out of Manchester. £17 The Lovely Eggs 15th June An underground surreal-psych punk rock duo, with a fierce ethos that music should have no rules. Bedford Esquires, Bedford MK40 2QG

St Saviour’s Church Classic Sibelius 23rd June 7.30pm St Albans Symphony Orchestra Sibelius: Violin Concerto, Finlandia, Scene with Cranes, Symphony no 5 £16, £11, student £5, child £1 Light and Love 30th June 7.30pm St Albans Chamber Choir £15, concs £5 St Saviour’s Church, Sandpit Lane AL1 4DF 07976 800445

UHArts Bohemian Beauties 24th June 7.30pm de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestras’ final concert of the season opens with Janacek's Suite from the opera Cunning Little Vixen which is woven through with Moravian folk. Bohuslav Martinu's Rhapsody Concerto for Viola and orchestra is also based on Moravian folk songs. Weston Auditorium, Hatfield AL10 9EU

St Albans High School for Girls A Time for All Seasons 30th June 7.30pm St Albans Choral Society and Beaumont School Vocal Ensemble perform folk songs arranged by contemporary British composers John Rutter, Cecilia McDowall, James MacMillan and Bob Chilcott. Sophie Edwards, soprano; Richard Harvey, piano; George Vass, conductor. £16, concs £14, child £1 St Albans High School for Girls AL1 3SJ


Do Something for Charity

Hospice of St Francis 3rd June Garden Party Family-friendly event in the grounds of Ashridge House with pony rides, face painting, circus skills, cream teas, live jazz, Pimm’s and locally produced food and drink, £7 16th June Midnight Walk A Saturday night out with a difference, enjoy a magical Midnight Walk, with parts of the route lit by candlelight. Walkers are encouraged to carry tea light lanterns, to be placed together at the end as a symbol of the care and support the Hospice offers patients and their families.

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UK registered charity no 297489 8th July Wing Walk Take to the skies in this unique opportunity, where you will be standing on the top of a bi-plane.

Small Charity Week 18th - 23rd June A campaign established in 2010 to support and raise awareness of the thousands of small charities that make a huge difference to vulnerable communities across the UK and worldwide.

Twenty Outfits

23rd June 4pm - 6pm £10 Twenty Outfits is a fashion charity experience aiming to inspire others to love second hand clothes, to be individual, to reduce waste and most importantly, to raise money for charity. The main event will be a 17th June Talk at Penn House fashion show featuring clothes sourced from charity Enjoy a cream tea while listening to the author of Call shops and styled into 20 unique outfits. the Midwife, Jennifer Worth's daughter, Suzannah Kingsbury Barn, Branch Road AL3 4SE Hart, in the beautiful garden of Penn House, £20. 10th June Skydive What better way to step out of your comfort zone than stepping out of a plane!


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South Herts Cyclists Cycle around Hertfordshire with a local, friendly group with rides to suit different tastes every week. They meet every Sunday at 9am, usually alternating the start between St Albans and Hatfield. New riders are welcome and the ride length can be adjusted to taste. Ladies Only Cycling 9th June 9.30am - Bike Week Ride 7th July 9.30am - Women’s Festival of Cycling Ride Meet at Morrisons, St Albans, near the cycle stands. There will be a ‘Five Miles to Fabulous’ ride with a five to ten mile loop with a coffee stop, at an easy pace using traffic free routes and quieter roads, or a ‘Further Faster’ ride going 15 to 20 miles. Any sort of bicycle is fine, but please make sure the tyres are pumped up and the brakes work.


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18th - 24th June Were you inspired by Team England at the Commonwealth Games? The list of female English successes on the Gold Coast was phenomenal, making the games inspirational on all accounts. The Herts Sports Partnership, based at the University of Hertfordshire, are looking to build on this success with the return of 'This Girl Can in Herts', and will running a week-long campaign focusing on women and girls getting active through sport and physical activity, no matter what their size, age or ability. Why not try Back to Netball, Pickleball, Ladies only Swimming, Yoga and Clubbercise, there’s something for everyone, how will you get involved? For more information contact Alex Varran: 01707 281173

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What’s on in June 42

2nd Craft Fair see page 40 3rd Garden Party see page 38 Vintage Afternoon Tea see page 36 6th - 8th Little Shop of Horrors see page 26 7th June - 27th Aug 1066 Mosaic Exhibition see page 28 8th St Albans Museum + Gallery Opening page 28 9th Hertford Choral Society Summer Concert see page 28 St Peter’s Summer Fair see page 23 Harpenden Summer Carnival see page 24 Boney M - The 40th Anniversary Tour see page 26 9th & 10th Art on the Common see page 20 Bedford International Kite Festival see page 24 9th - 11th Ayot St Lawrence Art Show see page 20 10th St Albans Half Marathon Musical Sunday Afternoon see page 36 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland see page 16 Mini-Beast Safari meet West Lodge, Highfield Park AL4 0RA, 10am - 12 noon, £3 10th - 16th Herts Festival of Music 10th - 17th Titanic Termination Milton Keynes Theatre, enjoy a 3 course meal while the mystery unfolds around you, will you crack the case? £40 12th Donna Taggart Harpenden Public Halls, multiplatinum selling Irish songstress, 7.30pm £18.50 13th Community Fair see page 38 14th Ladies Champagne Afternoon Tea St Michael's Manor AL3 4RY fashion, chat & champagne in aid of Rennie Grove Hospice Care, 2pm - 5pm, £30 Talk: Faith & Football see page 28 Esther Rantzen see page 26 14th - 16th The Luna Cinema at Hatfield House see page 16 15th The Bohemians: Queen Harpenden Public Halls, Queen tribute band, 7.30pm, £18

16th Harpenden Street Food Social see page 12 St Albans Folk Festival Annie the Musical see page 26 Midnight Walk see page 38 16th & 17th Special Children's Days see page 25 18th - 24th This Girl Can in Herts Week see page 41 19th & 26th Heartwood Through The Lens see page 12 20th The Kilkennys Harpenden Public Halls, 7.30pm, £18 21st Harpenden Common Walk see page 12 21st - 24th Cultivate - The Churches Together Harpenden Arts Festival 22nd & 23rd The Best Bits of Shakespeare Kimpton Memorial Hall, 8pm, £8 23rd The Festival of Gardening see page 35 Classic Sibelius see page 36 The Alban Pilgrimage see page 28 The Close-up Magic Show Hertford Theatre SG14 1PS, 8pm 23rd & 24th Festival of Ideas see page 10 24th Alban Street Festival see back cover 26th June - 1st July St Albans Film Festival see page 16 27th The Rhythm Kings Harpenden Public Halls, foot stomping night of R&B & Soul, 7.30pm, £26.50 27th - 30th Wind in the Willows see page 26 28th The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes see page 16 29th Ron Vincent Sings Cat Stevens Harpenden Public Halls, 7.30pm, £18 29th & 30th June & 1st, 3rd - 7th July Happy Birthday see page 26 30th M Festival see page 24 Butterfly Walk see page 12 Upbeat Beatles Harpenden Public Halls, 7.30pm 30th June & 1st July St Albans Steam & Country Show see page 24


What’s on in July 44

1st Larks in The Parks Theatre in the Park: Robin Hood & His Merry Men 2pm 2nd Chalkland Flowers meet at Beacon car park, off Beacon Road, Ringshall HP4 1NF, for a guided walk (some steep slopes) through Ashridge’s chalklands, 2.30pm, £3 4th St Michaels Village Folk Evening #Sandfest30 Sandringham School, celebrating 30 years, live bands & more, 3pm Così fan tutte St Saviour’s Church, St Albans, Dulwich Opera Company, 7pm 5th - 7th The Luna Cinema Knebworth House, doors 8pm, film 9.30pm 5th: Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone 6th: Bridemaids 7th: The Greatest Showman 6th - 8th Childwickbury Arts Fair see page 21 7th Kimpton Folk Festival Heartwood Summer Festival celebrating Heartwood’s 10th birthday, 11am Festival on the Field Sir John Lawes School, 12.30pm Roaring Forties Rothamsted Research, Harpenden AL5 2JQ, 01582 832312, Carillon Chamber Choir, 7.30pm, £15, £13, £5 7th & 8th Wheathampstead Village Weekend this year’s theme is Carnival! Dogfest Knebworth House 8th George Street Wedding Show see page 2 Highland Gathering Rothamsted Park, Harpenden, 10am - 5pm Kapow! Ashlyns School, Berkhamsted, Superhero Challenge, 5k fun-filled obstacle course 11th Lunchtime Organ Recital St Albans Cathedral, Holst’s The Planets, 12.30pm Theatre in the Park: The Importance of Being Earnest 6.30pm, £14, £10 12th - 14th Oh! What a Lovely War Abbey Theatre, St Albans AL1 2DL, 01727 857861

13th Rock For Heroes Radlett Centre, in support of Help for Heroes, 7.30pm, £22 14th Battle Proms 4pm Sense & Sensibility Claydon House MK18 2EY outdoor theatre, please book 0344 249 1895 Elijah – Mendelssohn St Albans Cathedral, St Albans Bach Choir, 7.30pm 14th July - 26th Aug Exhibition: Squatlife Museum + Gallery AL3 5DJ photos of 80s squats in St Albans Exhibition: Walk a Day in My Shoes the railings, Sumpter Yard & St Albans City Centre, photos of those currently homeless 15th Folk by the Oak 12 noon 15th & 16th Sarah Millican: Control Enthusiast The Alban Arena, 8pm, £27.50 21st & 22nd The Great British Food Festival Knebworth House, 10am Big Camp Ashridge Estate, camping & family activities, £50 per pitch for 4, please book Teletubbies Live The Alban Arena, 10am, 1pm & 4pm, £17 22nd Sunday Afternoon Organ Recital St Albans Cathedral, 3pm 24th The Sand Dragon The Sandpit Theatre AL4 9NX, a magical adventure, 11am & 2pm, £6 / £4 25th Classics on the Common Harpenden Common Jason Manford: Muddle Class The Alban Arena, 7.30pm, £27.50 25th - 28th Exhibition: St Albans Art Society Dagnall Street Baptist Church Hall AL3 5EE 10am-6pm 27th The Drifters The Alban Arena 28th Record Fair Harpenden Public Halls, 10am 28th & 29th Decorative Salvage & Vintage Fair Knebworth House, 10am, 30th The Walrus & The Carpenter The Sandpit Theatre, song & slapstick, 2.30pm, £8 / £6 31st July, 2nd, 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th & 30th Aug Ashridge Adventurers family activities, 10.30am & 1.30pm, ages 4+, £4, please book


Index of Businesses Dance & Drama Penny Waterman 4 School of Dance Stagecoach

Accountants WMT Chartered Accountants

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Aerial Installations & Repairs Concorde Aerials 29 Dementia Support Hertswise 4 Beauty Domestic Appliance Repairs Skin & Tonic 39 27 The Cove Spa 39 Leigh Hibon MA Washvac Services 27 Builders Merchants Gibbs & Dandy 17 Education Kumon 23 Building Services Brockhall Building Services 8 Electricians 31 Open Plan Solutions 8 Alban Electrical Services Robinsons Electrical Carpentry / Joinery Services 31 Chris Smyth 14 Fencing Oliver Wood Interiors 14 Verulam Fencing 34 Charities Garage Doors Rennie Grove Hospice Care 45 3 Traid 38 Garolla Children’s Early Learning Gymboree

Garden Centre 22 Burston Garden Centre

Chiropodist Julia Reading Kathy Witchard

Gardening 41 Justin Leon 41 Hearing Services Hearing Healthcare 18 Practice 19 Locksmith

Cleaning Daily Poppins Domestique Linda & Karen Cleaning Services Merrivac College Oaklands College

Lock Around the Clock

35 34

37 14

18 19 Loft Ladders Home Counties Loft Ladders 15 43 Mortgage Services Ashdale Mortgage Services

Conservatory Roof Solutions Nu-Look 9 Organ Theatre St Albans Organ Theatre Cooking Appliances MA Washvac Services 29 Painters & Decorators CB Decorators M & M Decorators

5 40 33 33

Plasterers A Merson Plastering Plumber DJ&M Plumbing Services Ltd


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Pressure Washing Verulam Pressure Washing


Removals Stephens Removals


Restaurant Ayos Bills Roofing GJ Smith Roofing Shutters Just Shutters The Harpenden Shutter Company

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Slimming Vision Weight Consultancy


Soft Furnishings Sue Smyth


Tree Surgeons Fircroft Tree Surgery Ltd


TV Repairs JB TV Services


Venue Hire The County Club


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Will Planning Westminster Wills Ltd


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