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Welcome to June June brings us the longest day, warm summer evenings and time to enjoy everything outdoors. It’s also festival month, so we’ve included a double page spread of some of the local events taking place; the new St Albans Roman Festival, the Film Festival and the Folk Festival to name but a few. So if you’ve ever fancied dressing up as a Roman, now’s your chance, it promises to be festival fun for everyone! If you run your own business, we’d love to include you, we offer a helpful, friendly service, so just give us a call. The magazines are monthly, if you don’t receive one, pick up a copy in town or read them on our social media pages. Don’t forget to mention st albans NOW when calling our advertisers.

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NOW for Some Art Come and be creative with like-minded people; finish a project or try a new craft. We can learn so much from creating with others, so bring along something you're working on or just bring yourself and join in the conversation. Swap ideas, skills and be creative while drinking tea and eating cake. ÂŁ10, please book Redbourn Parish Centre AL3 7LR

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15th & 16th June 10am - 5pm With over 90 talented artists exhibiting in a variety of mediums and styles with prices to suit all tastes and budgets. This year the Show is offering opportunities for all ages to try watercolour, pastel relief, linoprint and to make handmade crafts. Enjoy refreshments in the cake tent , live music, local beer and cider and a delicious BBQ at the Brocket Arms Beer and Cider Festival. All proceeds go towards the upkeep of the Grade 1 Listed Palladian Church. Palladian Church, Ayot St Lawrence AL6 9BZ

8th June 10am - 5pm / 9th June 11am - 17pm The range of styles and techniques shown by the artists will be even more fantastic this year, and as always, they will be offering affordable, amazing art. The tented village will be showcasing 50 of the most talented local artists. Featuring paintings, ceramics, fine art photography, sculptures, jewellery and wood and glass objects, giving you the chance to meet and talk to the artists. Why not go along and take home a unique piece of artwork or jewellery. 15% of Cultivate Arts Festival all artists’ sales will be donated to Cancer Research 23rd - 30th June UK. Pictured - The Bull by Stuart Atwell A free programme of concerts, exhibitions and Harpenden Common workshops in Harpenden celebrating the creative arts presented by Harpenden Churches Together. Create Conversations This years theme is generosity. 13th June 7pm - 9.30pm 14th June & 19th July 9.30am - 12 noon



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Nature’s energy and create a moving meditation so that our attentions can turn inwards and finish open from 27th May with deeply grounding yin and yoga nidra. No Hitchin Lavender has 25 miles of lavender rows experience necessary but a willingness to be in that you can walk through while picking your own nature in all weathers is essential. Please wear flowers. They also grow sunflowers and have thin warm layers and bring a yoga mat, blanket a wildflower area. and water. £25, please book. The farm has spectacular views of rural Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire and there are Walk: Heartwood Forest Through The Lens many interesting walks to take around the area. 26th June 10am * ** Treat yourself to lunch or homemade cakes in Enjoy a walk around the forest and photograph the 17th century barn or buy lavender plants from the wild flower meadows and developing the large variety available. There’s also a woodland under the guidance of two experienced museum which houses a replica of the ‘Perks & Heartwood photographers. £5, please book. Llewellyn’ pharmacy, well-known in the 19th century for their lavender products and a fortress Family Butterfly Walk 30th June 10am * ** play area and model tractor for the children. Join butterfly experts to discover how many This is a special place why not come and butterflies there are and where best to spot them. experience it for yourself! All ages. £3, please book. 1st June: ABBA Revival A night of non-stop party hits, celebrating ABBA's * Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult ** Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing timeless music. £15, over-18s only For all events park in the main car park, off the B651 (AL4 9DQ) Hitchin Lavender Hitchin SG5 3UA

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Heartwood Forest ‘Heartwoof’ Dog Day 2nd June 10am - 3pm * Have a fun day out with your furry friend, enter the dog show and try some canine-themed stalls and activities for you and your pooch. Chat to the team from the Woodland Trust for advice about dog-walking in the woods. Free. Small Blue Butterflies Walk 9th June 10am - 12.30pm * ** In 2018, the Woodland Trust joined forces with the Butterfly Conservation Trust to strengthen the population of our smallest resident butterfly. Join experts as they hunt for the rarest butterfly species - the Small Blue. Please book, £5 Spring Equinox Awakening Yoga Workshop 21st June 7.30pm This celebration will take time to honour Mother


Herts and Middx Wildlife Trust Discover Hedgehogs in Harpenden 19th June & 17th July 2pm - 3pm Learn about the fascinating lives of hedgehogs with an expert from Hornbeam Wood Hedgehog Sanctuary. Learn basic hedgehog facts, where they live, what they eat, problems facing them and why they’re in decline, and get advice on how to help them in your garden. £8 Adult workshops, please book Summer Smartphone Safari 29th June 4pm - 6pm Learn to use your smartphone to take wildlife photographs with professional photographer Jeanette. Starting in the Trust's wildlife garden, and then in Verulamium Park. Finish at The Fighting Cocks pub, where Jeanette will explain how to use the free apps available. £15, over 18’s, please book

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of The House at Shuttleworth. All Fathers will receive free entry for two, to visit The Collection. You can also take a self-guided tour of The House and view the historic rooms. £28, child £15 Sundown Open Air Cinema 20th & 21st June Sit back and watch your favourite films with the backdrop of the magnificent House. Bring a picnic (but no alcohol or drinks), refreshments and alcohol will also be available to buy. You can hire bean bags, deck chairs and gazebos or bring low back chairs. Bohemian Rhapsody 20th June gates 7pm, film 8.30pm The Greatest Showman 21st June gates 4pm, film 5pm Pretty Woman Shuttleworth 21st June gates 7.45pm, film 8.45pm Airshow: Flying Festival 2nd June Celebrating all aspects of flying from warbirds to Women in Engineering 23rd June 10am vintage aircraft. With a display from the Red Arrows, A fun informative day celebrating 100 years of the vintage bus rides, pilot chat and live music by Perfect Women's Engineering Society. This activity driven, Vintage, plus Swiss Garden tours and a chance to family fun and educational day will inspire and explore The House. Adult £35, child free engage children, with activities for 8 - 13 years and DH Hurricane Photography Day 13th June demonstrations to introduce them to the world of A unique, close up photographic opportunity with this engineering. The whole family will have fun with an genuine Battle of Britain fighter. The day includes: exciting planetarium, a science themed escape A chance to sit in the cockpit • Special photographic room, robots, and more. scenes, set with natural backgrounds• Presentation Free, but please book on aircraft’s history • Period re-enactor to pose for Shuttleworth, Old Warden Aerodrome, portraits • On hand professional advice along with Beds SG18 9EP hints and tips • Meet a Hurricane pilot. £160 book via Darren Harbar Photography at Bletchley Park Father's Day BBQ 16th June 12 noon - 5pm Evening Airshow 15th June Enjoy a BBQ, beer bar, live music and dancing from Gates: 12 noon JiveSwing while relaxing in historic and picturesque Swiss Garden Tour: 3pm, Air Display: 6pm A classic flying evening, where the light can be at its surroundings. Sample Bletchley Park’s own beer, created by The best to see the Edwardian aircraft take to the skies. Concrete Cow Brewery, named Station X; one of the There will be a free Swiss Garden tour and vintage bus rides. You can also get up close to a selection of terms used to describe Bletchley Park during WW2 aircraft on the airfield before the flying display starts. or try a trio of special Father’s Day gins provided by the amazing Gin Nook. Adult £25, child free Entry included in admission price Father’s Day Carvery 16th June Bletchley Park, Bucks MK3 6EB 12 noon, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm Enjoy a three-course meal in the magnificent setting

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The Hendon Pageant 1st & 2nd June 10am A nostalgic vintage festival celebrating the style and charm of the Hendon pageants from the 1920s and 30s which were a chance for people to see aircraft fly and see the RAF in action. There will be a vintage fairground, vintage music, RAF Museum vehicle display, Merlin engine display, giant lawn games and re-enactors bringing the past to life. Armed Forces Day 29th June Celebrate with live vintage music, an RAF uniform photo booth and a flypast. RAF Museum London, Hendon NW9 5LL


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Festival Fun St Albans Roman Festival: Discover the Story! 21st - 30th June St Albans Cathedral has partnered with local businesses and venues to provide 10 days of events for the whole community to enjoy. Take a walk back in time and celebrate the city’s past and Alban and the world in which he lived. See the opening of the Cathedral’s new Welcome Centre and Exhibition Area. Here’s a taste of what’s planned. 21st - 30th June Roman Arts and Crafts 8.30am - 5.30pm St Albans Cathedral 22nd June - St Albans Day The Alban Pilgrimage See giant carnival puppets telling the story of the man who gave this city its name. Roman chariots, centurions, lions and roses take their place alongside Alban and Amphibalus in a procession from St Peter’s Church to St Albans Cathedral. Alban Fest Abbey Orchard, St Albans Cathedral An afternoon of Roman themed entertainment. Experience the drama of a Roman battle with live demonstrations, artillery shootings, military training and a static Roman camp. See medieval pilgrimage badge making and create exciting clay sculptures of the Cathedral alongside a real Roman Potter and much more. 22nd & 23rd June Roman Fun at St Albans Clock Tower High Street AL3 4EL 10am - 5pm Climb to the top of the Clock Tower, dress up as Roman Soldiers and play ‘Hunt the Toy Roman Soldiers’. 12+ years £1, child free 23rd June Empress and Emperor Party Inn on the Park, Verulamium Park 11am & 12.30pm, ages 3 - 8 years Roman Film Club 8pm The Pudding Stop, St Albans AL3 4D Free, just turn up and buy refreshments 23rd & 29th June Guided Walks: ‘A Roman City Revealed’ Meet at St Albans Museum + Gallery AL3 5DJ 24th June The Crossing Place 7.30pm, ages 7+ A Grim Day Out 8.30pm, ages 7+ St Albans Cathedral Cathedral characters take to the stage in marionette-puppet productions. £5


27th June Talk: The Denarii in Your Pocket - Roman Coins and Verulamium 7.30pm, £10 Verulamium Museum AL3 4SW The Romans introduced the coin to Britain. How did the people of Verulamium use money and for what purposes? 29th June Making Mosaic Masks 10am - 12 noon, free Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive AL4 0JQ Verulamium: The Life and Death of a Roman City Marlborough Road Methodist Church AL1 3XG 10am - 4.30pm, £10 - £25 80 Years of Verulamium Museum Verulamium Museum AL3 4SW 10am - 5pm, free Activities, talks and costumed characters 30th June Film: Ben-Hur Odyssey Cinema, St Albans AL1 1PQ Toga Yoga 10am - 12 noon Abbey Orchard, St Albans Cathedral £25

Alban Street Festival 23rd June 12 noon - 6pm St Peter’s Street, City Centre St Albans The Alban Street Festival is a free community event in the heart of the city. There will be over 70 street traders bringing the street alive with an array of food and drink stalls, street entertainers and music. Look out for the authentic Roman market along with Roman mosaic and pottery workshops. Local acts performing include Uptown Funk, Alban Bollywood, Pixie Studios and The Hill Street Blues Band.

Launch Day - The Alban Arena 25th June Mamma Mia 2 - Here We Go Again 10am Casablanca 2pm St Albans Film Festival Launch Party: The Rocky Horror Picture Show 7.30pm

Open Air Cinema - St Albans Cathedral 26th June Gladiator 8pm 27th June Romeo and Juliet 8pm 28th June Stand by me 4.30pm Trainspotting 1 & 2 7pm 29th June The Greatest Showman Singalong 10am Raiders of the Lost Ark 4pm Grease Singalong 8pm 1st July Shawshank Redemption 8pm 2nd July The Silence of the Lambs 8pm 3rd July Withnail and I 8pm 4th July Jerry Maguire 8pm 5th July All Is Lost + Live Musical Score by Animat 8pm 6th July Smallfoot 10am Lady and The Tramp 2pm

The Fleetville Larder - St Albans AL1 4JS 26th June Coming to America - 80's Comedy Classics 7.45pm 28th June Ghostbusters 7.45pm 1st July The Naked Gun 7.45pm 3rd July Trading Places 7.45pm 5th July Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Roman Theatre Festival OVO presents a programme of theatre and music in the beautiful surroundings of the Roman Theatre The Passion of Alban and Livia 21st & 22nd June 8pm (22nd 2pm) Ages 12+ £15, concs £10 Around the World in 80 Days 25th & 26th June 8pm £8, £10, £12 Much Ado About Nothing 27th & 28th June 8pm £10, £16.50, £18 St Albans Folk Festival - Flook 29th June 8pm £18 Romeo & Juliet 1st - 6th July 8pm (3rd & 6th 3pm) £10, £16.50, £18 Macbeth 9th - 13th July 8pm £10, £16.50, £18 Roman Theatre of Verulamium, St Albans AL3 6AE

St Albans Folk Festival 28th - 30th June Friday - Evening hosted by the Friday Folk social dance group Saturday - Dancing and music throughout the City Centre. Day of Dance from 10am outside the Alban Arena. Dancing up to 4pm in various localtions around the city. Free musical performances from 12.20pm in The Mermaid, The Farmers Boy, The Garibaldi, The White Hart Tap and The White Lion and from 11am in Waterstones bookshop and the Court Room at the Old Town Hall. Join in singing at the Courtyard Café and playing instrumental music in The Goat pub, plus a workshop for ukulele players in The Mermaid, followed by a performance. The highlight of the day will be the festival concert at 8pm in the Roman Theatre at Verulamium, (part of Ovo Theatre’s open air Roman Festival). With guests the iconic band Flook. The flutes and whistles of Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen, the guitar of Ed Boyd and the bodhran of John Joe Kelly, weaving and spinning traditionally rooted tunes into an enthralling sound. Sunday - Americana band Bathtub Ginn in the Farmer’s Boy. 9pm

Arts Festival & Fete 1st & 2nd June: Arts Festival Art and craft displays, stalls, music and dance. 2nd June: Fete Stalls, arena activities, music, falconry display. BBQ and real ales. Plus Paws in the Park, fun dog show in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, registration 12.30pm. Greenwood Park, St Albans AL2 3HW


Cycling, Running & More Bike Week 8th - 16th June A great opportunity to celebrate the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling. The aim is to get more people across the UK to give cycling a try and to encourage people to get out on their bikes. Any outing on a bike counts – whether that’s nipping to a friend's house, cycling to work or school, enjoying a leisurely ride with the family or tackling a cycling challenge. Cycling has many benefits; the important thing is to get outside and enjoy a ride!

Local Events Five Miles to Fabulous Cycle Ride 8th June 9.30am Meet at Morrisons, Hatfield Road, St Albans by the cycle stands, gentle pace ride with coffee stop. Bring a roadworthy bike, wear suitable clothing and bring some money for coffee. New riders welcome. Absolute Beginners Ride 9th June 10.45am, 3 miles, free For anyone new to riding as a group. This will be a 30 minute ride along the Alban Way in Hatfield starting from outside the Bebo Café. A quiet off road route, with only a couple of roads to cross. There will be a stop for coffee and a chat in the cafe afterwards. All ages. Please bring a lock for your bike. Bebo Café, Hatfield AL10 0NY Welwyn Village Day 15th June 10am WelHat Cycling will be attending this event with a stall for information on local routes and rides. High Street, Welwyn AL6

Tour De Vale Charity Bike Ride 9th June 25k, 60k & 100k routes Supporting British Wheelchair Sport. Take part in this amazing charity event and help transform the lives of wheelchair users across the country. Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Aylesbury HP21 9PP

Cycling in Herts With lots of cycle routes to explore, visit these websites to find out more. If you’d like to cycle with others on a social basis or prefer women only rides For routes to do on your own or with friends


South Herts Wednesday Evening Rides Starting from St Albans War Memorial AL1 3HG Rides are between 15 & 20 miles long at a brisk pace, with destination arrival time of 9pm. It’s essential that you have front and rear lights, puncture outfit, tyre levers, pump and spare tube. Bring a guest entry form if not a member of the CUK/CTC. Call for more information 07746 821781

The Oval Summer Fun Day 22nd June 1 mile fun run for all ages: 1.30pm, £5 5 mile run for ages 12 years+: 2pm, £10 Chip timing for all runners. The run will be followed by a fete, with food stalls, a bouncy castle, tractor rides, a dog show and lots more, all hosted by WYAM Harpenden. £2 The Highfield Oval, Harpenden AL5 4BX

Inflatable 5k 22nd June 9am The UK’s best Inflatable obstacle course has got even bigger, bouncier and more incredible. It now has up to 15 mega-sized obstacles, making this the biggest Inflatable 5k obstacle event ever. Herts County Showground, St Albans AL3 7PT


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The Solid Gold Rock & Roll Show 16th June 7.30pm £31.50, £29.50 With hits such as A Teenager In Love, Rubber Ball, Venus In Blue Jeans and many more. Paul Young: 35 Years of No Parlez Tour ELO Encounter 3rd June 8pm £42.50, £30, £20 17th June 7.30pm £24, £22.50 With hits such as ‘Everytime You Go Away’ and The greatest tribute to ELO playing hits such as Evil ‘Everything Must Change’. Woman, Telephone Line and Don’t Bring Me Down. One Night In Dublin 4th June 7.30pm £22 In The Night Garden Visit ‘Murphys Pub’ to hear the The Wild Murphys, perform songs by The Pogues, The Fureys and more. 19th June 1pm & 4pm 20th June 10am & 1pm £17, £15 Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Join Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and 6th June 7.30pm £26, £22 friends with magical puppets and enchanting music. The world’s first Ukulele Orchestra is all about Live at The Alban Arena entertainment, joy, fun, strum and artistry. 21st June 7.30pm £25 Mark Watson: The Infinite Show A hilarious celebration of the best comedians on the 7th June 8pm £19 circuit, with Jason Byrne supported by Mock The Mark as scrawny and impassioned as ever, with his Week's Zoe Lyons. usual notoriously high joke-and-rant-per-minute rate. Performing Herts: Showtime 2019 Snow White & The Seven Ugly Bastards 23rd June 3pm £14 8th June 7pm £16 (adults only) From sketches to cheerleading, ballet to street dance, The adult panto that everyone’s talking about! these talented students are sure to entertain you. UKBFF 9th June 12.30pm £25, under 10’s free Roy G Hemming’s Hits of Motown UK Bodybuilding Fitness Federation 26th June 7.30pm £22 Paul Merton’s Impro Chums Music from the longest serving former member of The 10th June 8pm £23, £21 Drifters, with his relaxed style and fabulous voice. The collective improvisational experience embodied in Genesis Connected the Chums is enough to stun an elephant. 27th June 7.30pm £22, £20 What’s Love Got To Do With It? Celebrating the music of Genesis and acts connected 11th June 7.30pm £25 to it with hits such as Slegdehammer, In The Air A night of high energy rock and roll featuring Tina Tonight, Against All Odds, Solsbury Hill, You Can’t Turner’s greatest hits by the amazing Elesha Paul. Hurry Love and many more. Menopause the Musical Rhythm of the Dance - 20th Anniversary Tour 13th June 7.30pm £30 28th June 7.30pm £25, £23.50 Full of one-liners about night sweats and memory loss, 2,000 years of dance, music, songs and culture and a soundtrack of innuendo 60s - 80s pop classics. with flailing feet and fiddles and futuristic dances this is Hats Off to Led Zeppelin one of the top 3 Irish step dance shows in the world. 14th June 7.30pm £25, £23 Adoramus Choir presents… D-Day 75th Winning best Led Zeppelin tribute for 3 years running, Anniversary Concert you’re guaranteed to a night you won’t forget. 29th June 7.30pm £10 - £25 Joe Longthorne Adoramus is working with the Imperial War Museum D 15th June 7.30pm £23, £21.50 -Day 75 partnerships scheme. With music from the A rollercoaster of songs and impressions from Shirley Band of Brothers, Saving Private Ryan, the Agincourt Bassey to Frank Sinatra. song from Walton’s Henry V suite and much more.


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Maltings Arts Theatre St Albans AL1 3HL Alden, Patterson and Dashwood + Martin Olyett + Lizzy Hardingham 7th June 8pm This folk band weave rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, dobro, guitar and mandolin around songs depicting tales of travellers and sleepy seas. Lizzy a local folk singer has a powerful but tender voice accompanied by delicate guitar. £12, concs £11, child £7.50 Herts Jazz Club 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th June 7.30pm £13/£12/£10

St Albans Organ Theatre AL1 5PE Patron's Concert: Richard Hills FRCO 8th June 7.30pm Richard Hills, Patron of the Organ Theatre, has mastered the divide between the world of the classical and the theatre organ. He has appeared on various TV and radios shows. £12.50

Academy St Albans Shenley Lane AL2 1AF Summer Soirée 15th June 7.30pm Latin, a cappella and swing music for choir in majestic surroundings, performed by the Lea Singers. Includes fizz and canapés. £20, concs £15

Sandpit Lane, St Albans AL1 4DF Bocadillos Musicales! 15th June 7.30pm Music through the ages from Spain and Latin America, with Carillon Chamber Choir. £15, child £5 01582 832312 Vivaldi Gloria 22nd June 7.30 pm With Haydn’s Little Organ Mass and works by Mozart, Cecilia McDowall and Peter Fribbins, performed by St Albans Choral Society with Orchestra Nova, conductor George Vass. Peace of Versailles 29th June 7.30pm St Albans Chamber Choir Concert of choral music about peace and freedom to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles which ended WWI. £15, child £5

UHArts Weston Auditorium AL10 9EU British Light Music Concert 23rd June 7.30pm De Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra present a fun and light-hearted evening with a wide selection of favourites originating from the theatrical and seaside orchestras of the 19th and early 20th centuries. £18, concs £15, child £8

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Ashridge Canine Capers 2nd June 10am - 12.30pm Watch the ProDogs team demonstrate agility with their cocker spaniel, George before having a go yourself with your own pooch. Gentle Stroll - Ashridge House Gardens 3rd June 2.30pm - 4.30pm Join the volunteers and head gardener for a special tour of the grounds not normally open to the public. Meet at Ashridge House car park, cash only £3 Dovecote 9th June 1pm - 4pm A rare chance to see inside Ashridge’s 18th century dovecote. No parking on site, please park in the recreation ground car park on Stocks Road, Aldbury HP23 5RX. Free Fun Ride 16th June 9am - 12pm Bring your horse for a way-marked ride through some of Ashridge’s most beautiful landscapes. £20, child £10 please book 01442 851227 Ashridge Estate, Berkhamsted HP4 1LT

Claydon House Verney House Tour 5th & 26th June 6.30pm Discover new stories as you follow this house tour by Nicholas and Alexandra Verney. Followed by a twocourse dinner in the tearooms. £75, please book 0344 249 1895 Bucks MK18 2EY

bees and gun-dogs on show and children's activities. Free Open Wednesdays until 30th Sept 10.30am - 4pm Enjoy tours of the garden, and Victorian Farm Buildings (extra £3). Early in the season Rhododendrons line the pathway through Capability Browns designed Flower Garden Wood to the Café. You can also buy seasonal fruit and vegetables, apple juice and Luton Hoo honey and honeycomb from the garden shop. £5, under 4’s free Take West Hyde Road/Newmill End turning off the A1081 and turn left through black gates Luton Hoo Estate LU1 4LF

Highfield Park Visitor Centre Mini-Beast Safari 9th June 10am - 12 noon An exhilarating experience, which will captivate both young and old alike. Please book £3 Getting to Know Bird Calls and Birdsong 16th June 2pm - 4pm Starting with a short talk in the Visitor Centre giving examples of some easy-to-learn bird calls and birdsongs, followed by a guided walk to identify the birds found in the park. For adults, and accompanied teenagers, please book, £4 Hill End Lane, St Albans AL4 0RA

Guided Walk on Harpenden Common 19th June 6.30pm Join the Town Council for a stroll around The Common to find out more about the wildlife on our doorstep. Suitable for everyone, but the walk will be of a reasonable distance and over uneven ground.

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6th June 7.30pm Meet author Howard Linskey and hear about his book ‘Ungentlemanly Warfare’. Enjoy a glass of wine or juice and buy one of his books. £5 Harpenden Library AL5 2RU

22nd June 2, 5 or 10 mile routes For serious steppers, roving ramblers or those after some for family-fun, Castle Walk has something for everyone; even four legged friends are welcome. With nature quizzes, castle activity packs and a sweet treat for children, it’s the perfect family day out. Starting at Berkhamsted Castle HP4 1LJ

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LEAF Open Farm Sunday 9th June 11am - 3pm Luton Hoo Estate has its own arable farm and farm contracting business operating over 1500 acres, plus the historic Walled Garden and Edwardian era farm complex, of which there will be guided tours. There will also be stands showing aspects of farming and countryside management, tractor and trailer tours,


Open Food Garden 23rd June 3pm - 5pm 23 Gresford Close, St Albans AL4 0UB • No booking required • No dogs please except assistance dogs • Wheelchair access restricted

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 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 St Albans Museum + Gallery, St Peter's Street AL3 5DJ unless otherwise stated. Buy tickets from the guide on the day. 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 Historic St Albans - A City Revealed 2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th June, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th July @ 11am 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st July @ 2.30pm A Roman City Revealed 8th, 29th June 13th, 27th July @ 2.30pm Meet outside Verulamium Museum Fishpool Street - Rags and Riches 1st, 15th June, 6th, 20th July @ 2.30pm Meet outside Verulamium Museum Historic Pubs of St Albans 7th July @ 2.30pm Aristocrats, Paupers & Philanthropists 28th July @ 2.30pm A Monastery Revealed 16th, 30th June @ 2.30pm There’s More to Tudors Than Henry VIII 9th June, 21st July @ 2.30pm Crime & Punishment 2nd June, 14th July @ 2.30pm Discover Wheathampstead 1st June @ 2.30pm Meet in the East Lane Car Park, rear of The Bull


Do Something for Charity Workshop: Introduction to Volunteering 5th June 10.30am - 12.30pm National Volunteers’ Week 1st - 7th June Held by #TeamHerts Volunteering for those new to volunteering and those wanting a refresher. Please book 01462 689 409 Focolare Centre for Unity, WGC AL8 6JG

March for Men

15th June 2k, 5k or 10k routes, the 2k is accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. £10, suggested fundraising target of £50. Children are free but must be accompanied by an adult. Dogs are welcome. Olympic Park, London

Charity Runway Race

21st June 3.30am Run 4.342k on Luton Airport runway in support of Macmillan Cancer Support. £20 plus booking fee Luton Airport LU2 9LY

Midsummer Ball 21st June 7pm - midnight £70 Dine and dance for Africa! Jazz band, 3 course dinner and dancing, in aid of Harpenden Spotlight on Africa. The Conservatory, Luton Hoo Walled Garden LU1 4LF

Hospice of St Francis Birthday Skydive! 7th July Are you celebrating a special birthday, anniversary or date this year? Why not mark the occasion while supporting the Hospice and join their birthday Skydive!

Race For Life

21st July This year, for the first time, Cancer Research UK is inviting everyone women, men and children, to join the Race for Life in Verulamium Park, St Albans. Annie Ashwell, Cancer Research UK’s St Albans 0300 1230770

Say “I do” to Volunteering Volunteers are needed seven days a week to work at a unique bridal shop. Rennie Grove Hospice Care has received a donation of new wedding dresses, many with designer labels and thesde will be sold to raise funds for the Hospice, flexible hours are available. 01442 890222

UK registered charity no 297489


NOW at the Local Theatres The Barn Theatre AL8 6ST Boudica 31st May - 8th June Roman Britain, AD 61. Boudica, Queen of the Iceni, is exiled for trying to claim her rightful title. Furious, she raises an army to fight the Romans but with the odds against them, failure means annihilation. At what point do the heroes become the oppressors? The Red Shoes by Emma Rice 21st - 29th June Surreal and sensuous, quirky and profound, bloody and bare. A menacing cabaret where anything is possible and nothing is probable. With music to make your toes twitch, images to make your mouth water and a story to make your heart pound.

Abbey Theatre AL1 2DL By Way of Murder 3rd - 8th June Classic thriller with a generous splash of humour. Making History 22nd June Dance Wright's talented young performers present a high-energy show packed with something for everyone. Hard Copy 26th - 28th June One-act French play in translation about bullying.

Maltings Arts Theatre AL1 3HL Contractions 13th & 14th June 8pm 15th June 7.30pm & 9.30pm Emma is brought in to discuss her recent interactions with another co-worker by the HR Manager. Is she in breach of contract? Is she being persecuted? This blackly comic style follows the horrifyingly logical progression of behavioural expectation. £13.50, £11, £7.50


The Sandpit Theatre AL4 9NX Legally Blonde: The Musical 15th June 2.30pm & 6.30pm With Spotlight Youth Theatre, a fun award-winning musical based on the movie. Action-packed with memorable songs and dynamic dances. £12, £9.50 Film: Van Gogh & Japan 30th June 3pm "I envy the Japanese" Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo. The film is based on the exhibition ‘Van Gogh & Japan’ held at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and you can see why. Although Van Gogh never visited Japan it’s the country that influenced him and his art the most. £5

Inn on the Park AL3 4SN The Tempest 20th - 22nd & 27th - 29th June Presented by Breakaway Theatre. £15, concs £13, child £11

Luton Central Library LU1 2NG Birds Nest Billy 1st June 11.30am & 3pm Billy is a little boy with big hair, bird's nest hair! One day a magical bird chirps out of his big, curly, bird's nest hair. The show brings his fantastical adventures to life with wit and warmth and playful audience interaction. Ages 3 - 7 years. Workshop: Make a Wish with Fidget Theatre 1st June 1.30pm - 2.30pm A drama workshop; exploring creative ways to tell stories. Fidget Theatre specialise in playful and imaginative work. Wear comfortable clothing you can move in. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 3-7 years. Sam Avery: The Learner Parent 22nd June 8pm -10pm Bound and Gagged Comedy present comedian Sam Avery (aka the Learner Parent). He started his award-winning blog when his twin boys were born, and after a million nappies he shares all the lows, highs and hilarious in-betweens of his experiences of first-time parenthood. Age 16+


Summer Fun

Harpenden Carnival 8th June 12 noon - 6pm, free Harpenden Round Table and Harpenden Town Council are thrilled to announce that the headline act at this year’s Carnival will be Steve Colley's stunt motorcycle display. There’ll also be lots of shows fitting this year’s ‘Get Active’ theme, including Showtime Circus, Aviv Dance Studios, SW Dance - Innovate Don't Imitate, and Bounce Harpenden. The day starts with a procession from Lydekker Park to the Common at 12 noon, then the stage will rock until 6pm. Another fantastic Carnival Day for all the family!

Knebworth House Father's Day Medieval Jousting 16th June 11am * £10 Jousting displays 12.30pm & 2.30pm The turrets of Knebworth House provide a spectacular backdrop to the costumed knights on majestic warhorses galloping at full tilt across the arena in a fantastic display of horsemanship. Cheer and jeer the Knights of Arkley as they demonstrate their skills in hand-to-hand combat. The Green Dragon Bowmen will be offering the chance to try archery. Father's Day BBQ 16th June 1pm - 4.30pm * Includes admission to the Father’s Day Medieval Jousting. Please book, £28, child £16 Garden Theatre - A Midsummer Night’s Dream 27th June 7.30 pm Celebrating their 15th year, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men invite you to join them on the Sunken Lawn for this open-air performance. Bring low-backed seating or rugs and a picnic. Please book £16, child £10, family £50, age 14+ *Entry includes access to the Park, Formal Gardens, Adventure Playground with Fort Knebworth and the trail of 72 life-sized dinosaurs Knebworth House SG1 2AX

St Albans Steam & Country Show 1st & 2nd June See over 30 full size steam engines in all their glory, old farm tractors, classic cars and lorries plus other bygones from our rich industrial and agricultural heritage. There will be stalls, a fairground, ring events, parades and refreshments including a licensed bar. Demonstrations will show how the old equipment was used in days gone by, with a working sawbench, thrashing machine, stone crusher, and other machinery. A great day out for all the family Oaklands College, Hatfield Road, St Albans AL4 0XR


Larks in the Parks

30th June 12 noon This free annual community event, marches back to its roots to embrace the city’s Roman heritage and link with the Alban Fest. With Roman archaeology on our doorstep, expect gladiators, juggling centurions, laurel leaf headdresses, archaeological treasure hunts, music and all things Latin! So dig out your toga, leave your chariots at home and enjoy a fabulous afternoon with the family. No parking available - strap on your sandals and walk! Larkus in the Parkus will be at five locations. Batford Springs Marquis Lane, Harpenden AL5 5AA Caledon Community Centre Caledon Road, London Colney AL2 1PU Fleetville Recreation Ground Royal Road, St Albans, AL1 4LQ The Marlborough Club Old Oak, St Albans AL1 2EF Victoria Playing Field Folly Lane, St Albans AL3 5JH

Stockwood Discovery Centre Lost Property 16th June 11am & 2pm A new detective story for curious children by Full House Theatre. Join the little detective as she investigates the bits and pieces in her Lost Property Office. From suitcases to cricket bats, treasures from Pakistan, England and all the places in between. This is a show about misplaced objects and the tales they have to tell. Ages 7 - 11 years, £3 Meet the Gardener 20th June 11am Walk around the gardens with the Head Gardener, followed by tea in the café, and a chance to ask him questions. £10 The HandleBards: Much Ado About Nothing 29th June 6.30pm The world’s first cycling theatre company pedal from venue to venue with the set, props and costumes necessary to perform environmentally sustainable Shakespeare across the globe. Expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter as the love stories of Beatrice, Benedick, Claudio and Hero become entangled with plotting, frivolity and melodrama in Shakespeare’s famous comedy. This is an outdoor performance, please dress appropriately, and bring blankets and cushions. £12, £10 Stockwood Discovery Centre LU1 4LX

International Kite Festival & Bedford Festival of Motoring 1st & 2nd June Both festivals will be running at the same time, each celebrating unique passions, and featuring: Kite flying • Family entertainment • Funfair rides • Special vehicle displays • Iconic, bizarre, luxurious and classic cars and motorcycles • A variety of trades including the popular craft marquee • Refreshments • Saturday evening 'chill-out' music. Free Russell Park, Bedford MK40 3RH

Hatfield House ‘The Favourite’ Costumes On Display until 16th June See some of the most iconic costumes from the film, in the rooms which set the back drop to the film. See Oscar-winning costume designer Sandy Powell’s designs, created for Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and others, plus wigs from the film created by award winning Nadia Stacey. The lavish costumes will be on display in different rooms throughout the house, and in the Long Gallery you can see the original throne used by Queen Anne at her coronation in 1702. Admission included in ticket price Malice in Wonderland Murder Mystery Dining Experience 8th June 7pm Join Moonstone Theatre London in the Riding School for an evening packed with clues, plot-twists, suspicious suspects and surprises, complete with a 3-course dinner. £60 Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Heli Hounds Dog Walk and Show 9th June 9.30am - 3pm Enjoy a one, two or three mile dog walk, alongside lots of other four-legged friends around the beautiful grounds of Hatfield Park. There will also be a dog show and a dog training instructor and behaviourist who will be demonstrating tricks for you and your dog to try. Walk: £10, Dog Classes £2, Pawsome Treasure Trail £2 Hatfield House AL9 5HX

Rhino Charity Weekend 29th & 30th June Join the keepers for a weekend of fun activities, all in aid of the charity, Helping Rhinos. All rhinos are facing the possibility of extinction; by forming strategic partnerships and completing vital work in the field, this charity aims to ensure the long-term survival of rhinos. Woburn Safari Park MK17 9QN


What’s on in June 42

until 16th June ‘The Favourite’ Costumes on Display page 41 1st Exhibition: Harpenden’s Historic Pubs & Breweries Park Hall, 2.30pm - 4.30pm 1st & 2nd St Albans Steam & Country Show page 40 The Hendon Pageant page 22 2nd Heartwoof Dog Day page 16 Canine Capers page 34 Air Show: Flying Festival page 22 3rd - 8th By Way of Murder page 38 6th Talk: The Harpenden Spy page 34 Connie’s Colander St Albans Library, The Maltings AL1 3JQ thought provoking play about the impact of dementia on a family, free, but please book, 2.30pm - 4pm 7th Fawlty Towers: Gourmet Night Watford Colosseum, 7pm 8th St Albans Organ Theatre Concert page 32 Harpenden Carnival page 40 8th & 9th Art on the Common page 6 9th Grove House Open Gardens page 43 Summer Fair Oaklands College page 24 Leaf Open Farm Sunday page 34 Luxury Wedding Show see back cover St Albans Half Marathon Tour de Vale Charity Bike Ride page 28 Musical Sunday Afternoon St Albans Organ Theatre, 2pm 11th What’s Love Got To Do With It? page 30 13th - 23rd Herts Festival of Music 15th Summer Fete St Georges School, 12 noon - 4pm Mrs Shaw Herself St Albans Library AL1 3JQ monologue about the wife of George Bernard Shaw, please book, 2pm Bocadillos Musicales! page 32 Lea Singers - Summer Soirée page 32 Legally Blonde: The Musical page 38 15th & 16th Ayot St Lawrence Art Show page 6 16th Father’s Day BBQ page 22

Father’s Day Carvery page 22 Father’s Day Medieval Jousting page 40 17th ELO Encounter page 30 19th Discover Hedgehogs in Harpenden page 16 20th - 22nd & 27th - 29th The Tempest Inn on the Park, page 38 21st Charity Runway Race page 36 21st - 30th St Albans Roman Festival: Discover the Story! page 26 21st June - 13th July Roman Theatre Festival page 27 22nd The Oval Summer Fun Day page 28 Inflatable 5k page 28 Vivaldi Gloria page 32 Sunset Safari Whipsnade Zoo The Close-up Show Hertford Theatre SG14 1PS, 8pm 22nd July - 3rd Aug Barracudas Activity Day Camps page 11 23rd Alban Street Festival page 26 British Light Music Concert Weston Auditorium AL10 9EU, De Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra, 7.30pm, £18 Ashridge House Garden Party page 45 23rd - 30th Cultivate Arts Festival page 6 25th Talk: The Restoration of St Albans Abbey Harpenden Public Halls, 7.30pm 25th June - 7th July St Albans Film Festival page 27 26th - 28th Hard Copy Abbey Theatre page 38 27th A Midsummer Nights Dream page 40 28th - 30th St Albans Folk Festival page 27 29th D Day 75th Anniversary Concert page 30 Walk With Us page 37 Much Ado About Nothing page 41 Smartphone Safari page 16 29th & 30th Summerton Whisky Festival page 39 30th Larks in the Parks page 40 Family Butterfly Walk page 16 Film: Van Gogh & Japan page 38


What’s on in July 44

3rd University Fair St Albans High School for Girls, Townsend Ave AL1 3SJ, 5pm - 7.30pm Dennis Teeth - musical saw extraordinaire! St Albans Clock Tower, 12 noon, free Sambuka St Michael’s Street Folk Evening, in front of Verulamium Museum, 8pm, free St Michael’s Folk Dance Evening St Michael’s Village, St Albans, free Open Mic Night with Pete Sutton The Farmer’s Boy, London Road, 9pm, free 3rd - 13th IOFringe various music, different locations 4th Hepworth Museum Late: Make, Do & Draw St Albans Museum & Gallery, after-hours activities, performances & art, 7.30pm, £5 Big Al & the Blistering Buicks The Farmer’s Boy, London Road, 9pm, free Oka Vanga Redbourn Folk Club, The Hollybush, Redbourn, 8pm, £9 5th Special Kinda Madness Harpenden Public Halls, 7.30pm, £18 5th - 7th Childwickbury Arts Fair page 6 5th - 8th Herts Fitfest Springfield Farm AL2 2DY 100’s of classes, health & fitness talks 6th Kimpton Folk Festival IOFringe Street Party St Albans Town Centre, 12 noon, free Outdoor Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Claydon House, Bucks MK18 2EY, 7.30pm, please book 0344 249 1895 M Festival The Marlborough Science Academy, St Albans, 1.30pm - 11.30pm Five Miles to Fabulous Ladies Bike Ride meet at Morrisons, St Albans, 9.30am, part of the Women’s Festival of Cycling 6th - 14th Daddy Dia Harpenden Public Halls, Hurst Children’s Theatre Group 7th Vintage Dance Organ St Albans Clock Tower, 12 noon, free Gary & Dave’s Nashville Skyline The Farmer’s Boy, London Road, 9pm, free 8th - 20th St Albans International Organ Festival

10th Hugh Barwell - Accordionist Extraordinaire St Albans Clock Tower, 12 noon, free Harey Open Mic The Hare & Hounds, Sopwell Lane, 8.30pm, free 12th Totally Batty Walk Ashridge Estate HP4 1LT, 8.30pm, £8, child £5, please book 01442 851227 13th Movement Focussed Drawing Class St Albans Museum & Gallery, 2pm, £35 Under African Skies Our Lady of Lourdes Church Hall, Harpenden, music & food inspired by Africa, 7.30pm, £15 Battle Proms Hatfield House AL9 5NQ 01432 355416, gates 4.30pm Len Rawle M.B.E in Concert St Albans Organ Theatre AL1 5PE, 7.30pm, £12.50 13th & 14th Wheathampstead Village Weekend 14th Highland Gathering Rothamsted Park, Harpenden, 10am - 5pm, £4 in advance, £7 on the day, child free Folk by the Oak Hatfield House, from £38, gates 12 noon, 18th Drawing Class in the Courtroom St Albans Museum & Gallery, 7pm, £45 20th & 21st The Great British Food Festival Knebworth House, from £9 21st Race For Life page 36 Bioblitz join wildlife experts to see how many plant & animal species can be found on Ivinghoe Beacon, drop in 10am - 4pm, free 25th - 27th Sounds Around the Abbey St Albans Cathedral, local choirs with performances by West End stars, 7.30pm, £20 25th July - 29th Aug Children's Summer Workshops Luton Hoo Walled Garden, Thursdays, 10am - 12 noon, £10, please book, 01582 721443 27th Harpenden Record Fair Harpenden Public Halls, 10am - 4pm, free 28th Kimpton Horse Show 31st Plaster Workshops Claydon House, Bucks MK18 2EY, 11am - 4pm, drop in, £3


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Hearing Services Hearing Healthcare 7 Practice


Children’s Holiday Camps Barracudas

Locksmith 11 Lock Around the Clock

Chiropodist Kathy Witchard

Loft Ladders 31 Home Counties Loft Ladders

Cleaning Daily Poppins Domestique

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Electricians 25 Alban Electrical Services 8 Anderton Electrics

Charity Events Grove House Open Gardens 43 St Francis - The Garden Party 45 St Francis - Walk With Us 37 Children’s Art Camps ArtShed!

Domestic Appliance Repairs Leigh Hibon

23 Music Tuition 23 Merlin Miller 23 Painters & Decorators College CB Decorators Oaklands College M & M Decorators Summer Fair 24 Pest Control Conservatory Roof Solutions Verminator UK Nu-Look 9 Pet Sitting / Walking Dance & Drama Canis et Cattus Penny Waterman School of Dance 10 Stagecoach 2


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Plasterers A Merson Plastering


Plumber DJ&M Plumbing Services Ltd

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Restaurant Bill’s Restaurant & Bar Front Cover Roofing Dananglia Roofing Ltd GJ Smith Roofing

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Shutters The Harpenden Shutter Company


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Soft Furnishings Sue Smyth


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Whisky Festival Summerton Whisky Festival


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Windows & Doors Cloud 9 Kings Windows

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