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Out of Town

North Hertfordshire Museum

Exhibition: The Story of Windrush Migrants until 12th Nov 11am - 4.30pm

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the arrival to the UK of 493 passengers on The Empire Windrush. The exhibition illustrates the invaluable contributions of both the Windrush passengers and subsequent generations to British life.

Exhibition: Samuel Lucas until 12th Nov

See work by Hitchin’s most celebrated artist during the Victorian period. Covering his interest in local landscapes and wildlife, and his work as a Quaker in the anti-slavery movement.

North Hertfordshire Museum, Hitchin SG5 1JE

Tring Natural History Museum

LGBTQ+ Animal Tour 7th Nov 7pm £6

Delve into love in the animal kingdom, from samesex partner penguins to the lavender rhino symbol used as a gay rights symbol in the 1970s.

SENDsational Morning 12th Nov 10am - 12 noon

A chance for children with neurodiverse conditions to enjoy the Museum at a quieter time. Free, please book Akeman Street, Tring HP23 6AP


Behind-the-scenes Tour & Lunch with

The Chief Engineer 9th Nov 10.30am £60

Get up close to the historic aviation exhibits and learn their stories from the man responsible for running and maintaining this unique collection. Following lunch, you are welcome to enjoy the Collection and Garden at your leisure.

Shuttleworth in Lights

24th Nov - 17th Dec £13.50, child £8

See the Swiss Garden lit up in spectacular new ways, then take the illuminated trail through over 100 years of aviation and automotive history.; from the WW1 aircraft that soared above no-man’s land to those that have starred in Hollywood films, steam engines, buses, motorbikes, carriages and more.

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Talk: Britain’s V-Bomber Deterrent: The Threat to Destroy Moscow and Leningrad 17th Nov 6.30pm £10

With Dr Tony Redding, a military historian who, following a seven-year research project, involving interviews with over 70 V-Force veterans and the

examination of over 300 official documents, has produced a book; V-bombers: Britain’s nuclear frontline in the Cold War. which gets to the truth. RAF Museum London NW9 5LL

Hatfield House

Winter Market 18th Nov 10.30am - 4pm

With a wide range of festive treats and gifts in the in support of Isabel Hospice.

£2.50, child free, please book, parking £2.50 Riding School, Stable Yard

Christmas Wine Fair 25th Nov 2pm - 6pm

Showcasing over 100 wines from world class winemakers and producers from every continent. Taste every style from warming reds, Port and Sherry to crisp whites and bubbly. There will also be local craft ale and spirits to sample. £35

Fantastical Christmas Revels

Hosted by Queen Elizabeth I

30th Nov - 31st Dec 1pm - 7pm

Step into the realm of Tudor festivities hosted by Elizabeth I in a journey through time and tradition, where yuletide merriment meets regal majesty. £28, child £14

Hatfield House AL9 5HX


Christmas Fair 22nd Nov - 17th Dec

The Manor will be transformed into a fantastical and festive wonderland with new displays in the house and light projections on the Manor façade inspired by three classic tales. Go on a magical adventure as you enter the wondrous world of Alice in Wonderland, find the Snow Queen’s kingdom and fly with Peter Pan to Neverland.

Grounds from £10, grounds & house from £16.50

Christmas Afternoon Tea

22nd Nov - 31st Dec & 1st Jan 12.30pm - 5pm

Please book £32.50, child £17.50

Winter Cellar Tour & Tasting 24th Nov & 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd Dec 2.30pm £15

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Meet the Author 25th Nov 3pm £15

Dr David Kenyon, Bletchley Park’s Research Historian, will be giving an exclusive talk on his new book, Arctic Convoys: Bletchley Park and the War for the Seas

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Out & About

Traditional Afternoon Tea until 30th Nov

Wednesdays, Thursday & Fridays 12pm - 3pm

Enjoy a cuppa alongside sandwiches, sweet treats and scones with jam and cream served on vintage crockery, while overlooking the Downs. Please book

View Café Dunstable Downs

Sustainable St Albans

Open Day: Victorian Terrace Eco House

4th Nov 9.30am & 11.30am

Visit a Victorian terrace 'eco' house to understand the different elements of retrofit and energy saving. Please book

Repair Fair 4th Nov 1.30pm - 4pm free

Fix it, don’t chuck it! Bring your faulty electrical items worn fabrics and bikes for checks/minor adjustments, where skilled amateur fixers will do their best to put them right. Please book

Cottonmill Community & Cycling Centre AL1 2EF

Oaklands Zoo

5th, 12th, 19th & 26th Nov & 3rd Dec 10am & 1pm

The St Albans campus is home to a range of livestock, a fully functioning equine yard and the Habitat Centrehousing various animals including marmosets, lemurs, rabbits, aquatics and reptiles. Why not go along and get to know some of them. Please book, £7

Oaklands College, South Drive AL4 0JA

St Albans Sleepout 10th Nov 8pm

Spend a night under the stars with live music, workshops, talks from local charities, and a bit of a reality check, to see what life is like for Hertfordshire’s homeless. Running since the 90s, the Sleepout has raised hundreds of thousands for Hertfordshire homeless charities: Herts Young

Homeless, Open Door, The Living Room, Emmaus and Centre 33.

Oaklands College

St Albans South Signal Box

12th Nov 2pm - 5pm

With signal demonstrations, railway videos and a slideshow of the restoration, and in the garden you can operate working signals and a point, see lit oil lamps, a telegraph 'pole route' and the garden railway. Free

Soroptimist Women's Group 13th Nov 7.30pm

Come along and find out more at this new venue. Cottonmill Community & Cycling Centre AL1 2EF www

St Albans Museum + Gallery

Guided Town Hall Tour: Mayors, Magistrates & Museums 17th Nov 2.30pm free please book

Reminiscence Session: WWII 3rd Nov 2pm free Join the friendly reminiscence group as they will look at objects from WWII.

The Zombies Come Home: in Conversation & Acoustic Set 10th Nov 8pm £50

Join Jo Kendall in conversation with The Zombies’ original band members, and hear how they formed, perfecting their sound in the pubs and live music venues of St Albans, rising to fame in the 60s with their hits She’s Not There and Time of the Season.

Orange The World Campaign 27th Nov 4pm - 5pm

Join the Soroptimist Women's Group for the 2023 campaign to support an end to violence against women. www

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Talk: Luton Hoo Estate Fire Brigade

24th Nov 11am Luton Hoo Walled Garden LU1 4LF



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NOW at the Cathedral

Guided Tours: Making your Mark

1st & 15th Nov 2pm & 4th & 18th Nov 10.30am

Discover how visitors to the Cathedral over the centuries have ‘scratched’ their mark on the building. From pilgrims and monks to knights and soldiers, the graffiti they left tell a unique story of ordinary folk. Look for hidden gems from signatures to skeletons, discover animals, crosses and kings and search for hard to find examples like the mythical beast. £8, child £3

All Souls Requiem 2nd Nov 5pm

On this Feast of All Souls give thanks to God for the lives of our families and friends and all who have died. We ask God to continue to keep them in his infinite love and care, and to make them and us ready for the joys of heaven.

Tower Tours

18th Nov 10am, 11.30am, 1pm & 2.30pm

22nd Nov 11am & 12.30pm

Climb the 211 steps up to the top of the Cathedral tower, experience fantastic views of St Albans, see the magnificent Rose Window up close, explore the roof spaces, visit the ringing and bell chambers, before climbing onto the tower roof. £10

Talk: Sir Ninian Comper (1864 - 1960)

9th Nov 7.30pm

Before Remembrance Sunday, uncover the story of the West Window as a WW1 memorial and hear about the man who designed it. £10

The Lord Mayor’s Show & Guided Tour of the City of London 11th Nov 9.30am

Murray Craig, a City of London guide who lives in St Albans, will accompany a group to the Lord Mayor’s Show, providing expert commentary at this unique annual celebration. Please book, £18

Particular People: Portraits & the Long Renaissance 11th Nov 10.30am

Discover what images of identity and individuality reveal about cultural and spiritual development during the Renaissance. £25

St Albans Bach Choir: John Rutter -

Magnificat & Requiem

11th Nov 7.30pm

Conducted by John Rutter and Andrew Lucas. £12 - £30

More to Explore: From the Muniments Room

12th Nov 1.30pm

A chance to see and learn about some of the rarely seen artefacts, from charters and illuminated manuscripts to unique objects, which tell the story of the Medieval Abbey and its transformation into a Cathedral.

Organ Concert: Andrea Albertin

15th Nov 12.30pm free

St Albans Choral Society: Handel's Messiah

18th Nov 7.30pm

Handel's glorious oratorio with Orchestra Nova Speak Your Mind - 6th Form Debate

22nd Nov 1.30pm

Based on BBC TVs Question Time, this is a unique opportunity for students to debate with a platform of high-profile speakers across a diverse range of subjects, including ethical, political and global questions. Free

Light up a Life with Rennie Grove Peace

Hospice Care 25th Nov 2.30pm

Including readings, music, poems, a moment for reflection and the opportunity to light a candle in memory of a loved one.

St Albans Cathedral AL1 1BY

Remembrance Day

Harpenden 12th Nov 10.50am

The Parade will start at Rothamsted Park, Leyton Road at 10.35am, walking to the War Memorial, Church Green, for a Service of Remembrance.

St Albans Cathedral 12th Nov 10.50am

Gather to remember the fallen in our wars and to pray for peace.

St Albans Cathedral AL1 1BY

RAF London 12th Nov 10.30am

Pay respect to those service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice during their tours of duty with readings and a performance by a local choir. Please book

RAF Museum London NW9 5LL

The New Poppy

This year poppies are made from an innovative blend of renewable fibres from responsible sources and can be recycled in ordinary paper recycling collections.

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The Alban Arena

Ben Portsmouth - This Is Elvis

3rd Nov 8pm £35.50 £32.50

Celebrating the life and telling the story of the King, take a trip down memory lane with many of Elvis’ most loved songs from the 1950s to the iconic ’68 Comeback Special, and Ben’s personal favourite, the 1970s Vegas concerts.

Queenz: The Show With Balls

4th Nov 7.30pm £28.50, £26.50

With the moves of Britney and voices like Whitney, these dragtastic divas will have you feeling fierce and fabulous before you know it! With a set list of remixed and reimagined pop anthems, including, ‘Queen Of The Night, Born This Way, Raining Men, I Will Survive, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Musical Mashups and so much more!

Elf The Musical

7th - 11th Nov

Elf the Musical tells the story of Buddy, a young orphan, who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole, This modern day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear!

Viggo Venn

12th Nov 7.30pm £23

After blowing away the competition in an explosion of hi-vis jackets, balloons, and joyous idiocy, Viggo became the most talked-about new entertainer in the country by winning Britain’s Got Talent in June. Age 12+

The Makings Of A Murderer

17th Nov 7.30pm £29.50

Join The Scottish Detective, David Swindle, for a chilling, thrilling, night at the theatre. True crime fans, and those with a curious mind, can explore the cases, the circumstances and the detective’s perspective on what really went on, the early warning signs and the clues behind The Makings of a Murderer! David also looks at the connections to the local area of the most famous murder cases.

Sister Sledge Live featuring Kathy Sledge

18th Nov 7.30pm

VIP £77, standard £37, £32, £27

Experience Kathy Sledge’s unique soulful vocals and infectious energy, expect all the hits Lost in Music, We are Family, The Greatest Dancer, My Guy and many more.

Big Band At Christmas

20th Nov 2.30pm £20.50, £18

Enjoy your favourite Christmas songs with hits from the dynamic Big Band sounds such as Glenn Miller, Sinatra, Basie and Nat King Cole –jazzing up those Jingle Bells!

Radio Ga Ga 21st Nov 7.30pm £29.50

Break free and shake all over like a jellyfish as Radio GaGa recreates two magical hours live on stage, celebrating the magic, fun and showmanship of Queens touring days. Playing hits including Don’t Stop Me Now, I Want to Break Free, We are the Champions, We Will Rock You, Bohemian Rhapsody and more.

An Evening of Burlesque

22nd Nov 7.30pm £29.50

Join us for a good old-fashioned night out as we bring you the ultimate variety show, blending stylish cabaret, comedy, music, circus and burlesque. With world-class entertainers and stars of the stage and screen, expect fun, feathers and fabulous costumes, specialty artistes, cabaret and circus stars, comedians and champagne showgirls! Age 18+

John Robins: Howl 24th Nov 7.30pm £23

Edinburgh Comedy Award winning comedian and ARIA award-winning broadcaster John Robins embarks on his first stand-up tour since 2019. If you’ve seen him before you know what to expect; rage, anxiety and a lot of laughs.Age 16+

Gary Delaney: Gary in Punderland

25th Nov 7.30pm £22.50

Get ready to dive into a rabbit hole of the best jokes in the world with star of Live at the Apollo. One of the most sought after joke writers in the country and longstanding Mock the Week special guest, Gary has been through the laughing glass and he’s ready to bring you a brand new show with hit after hit of the kind of one-liners only a master could craft.

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NOW for some Entertainment

The Radlett Centre

Hancock’s Half Hour

1st Nov 7.30pm £19

Take a trip to East Cheam to join ‘the lad himself’ and his motley crew for three classic episodes of this hilarious show.

Shark in the Park

2nd Nov 1.30pm & 4.30pm £15

A fantastic family musical follows Timothy Pope (and his telescope!) on his exciting adventures Ages 2 - 7

Paul Zerdin: Puppetman

4th Nov 7.30pm £22

Join the America’s Got Talent winner in this brandnew comedy show, with an array of ‘funny and sharptongued’ creations! Age 14+

Captain Calamity: Big Bucket of Banger’s Show

5th Nov 12 noon £14

A sparkling mix of magic and mayhem, expect jaw dropping family fun and insanity featuring magic, balloons, silly science, games, cheeky tunes and one or two custard pies.

Around The World in 88 Piano Keys

8th Nov 7.30pm £18

A fascinating tour of the world of piano music including pieces by Grieg, Liszt, Bartok and Albeniz.

Back to Bacharach

9th Nov 7.30pm £26.50

With hits including; Alfie, What The World Needs

Now, The Look Of Love, I Say A Little Prayer, Close To You, Walk On By, What's New Pussycat, Always

Something There To Remind Me, Magic Moments, Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head and many more.

Celine - My Heart Will Go On

10th Nov 7.30pm £28

An unmissable evening paying homage to the Queen of Power Ballads.

Rave On - Bluejays 25th Nov 7.30pm £28

A musical experience like no other, with performers from West End productions: The Buddy Holly Story, Million Dollar Quartet and Dreamboats & Petticoats, be transported back to the fabulous 50’s and swinging 60’s in stunningly authentic style.

The Radlett Centre WD7 8HL

Hat Works & Hat Factory Arts Centre

Exhibition: Hat Antics

2nd Nov - 19th Jan 10am - 5pm free

An exhibition of hat artworks inspired by a playful delve into the collections at Wardown House Museum and The Hat Works in Stockport.

Hat Works, 47 Guildford Street, Luton LU1 2NQ

Party Hats Kids Workshop

11th Nov 10am, 11.30am & 1pm

Have fun decorating hats ready for the Christmas party season. Lots of fabulous materials provided free for your imagination to run wild.

Ages 5 - 12, free but please book

Hat Factory Arts Centre, Bute Street, Luton LU1 2EY

Family Film Club: Frozen Sing-a-Long

18th Nov 10.30am

Celebrate 10 years of Frozen in this sing-a-long version of the film. £3.50, please book

Hat Factory Arts Centre, Bute Street, Luton LU1 2EY

The Eric Morecambe Centre

100 and Counting: John McGuinness & James Whitham

3rd Nov 7.30pm £26.50

Hear the fascinating tales of these men as they talk about their achievements at the top level of motorbike racing and their plans for the future.

There’s A Monster In Your Show

8th Nov 1.30pm & 4.30pm

9th Nov 10.30am & 1.30pm £16.50, child £14.50

Expect plenty of fun for your littlest ones as their favourite characters from the ‘Who’s in Your Book?’ series come to life in a show packed with interactive moments to enjoy together.

Fascinating Aïda The 40th Anniversary Show!

10th Nov 7.30pm £29.50

Celebrating 40 years on the road, Dillie, Liza and Adèle, are still uniquely charming, with diamondsharp satire, filthy, hilarious, belligerent, political, poignant and outrageous!

Bootleg 60’s

11th Nov 7.30pm £28

With skilled musicians and authentic instruments, be transported back to the era of rock ‘n’ roll, flower power, and the cultural revolution with hits from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, and many more.

Ventriloquist: ‘A Day in the Life of Arthur Lager’

17th Nov 7.30pm £16.50, child £13.50

Steve Hewlett brings Arthur Lager to life in this unique story of a dummy who lived before the ventriloquist came along.

EMC, Rothamsted Park, Harpenden AL5 2FR

Watford Palace Theatre

Rangdhvani - The Sounds of Colour

4th Nov 7pm from £12

Celebrate Diwali and enjoy an evening of performance and festivities, from the vibrant folk sounds of Holi, the heavenly sounds of monsoon, the devotional sound of bhakti to the soul stirring romantic songs of Radha and Krishna.

Kinky Boots

7th - 11th Nov 7.30pm & 11th Nov 2.30pm

Cassio Productions strut into Watford Palace with Kinky Boots. Charlie Price has reluctantly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. In dire need of help, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola, a fabulous entertainer with a penchant for stilettos! Together, this unlikely pair discover that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible.

Clarendon Rd, Watford WD17 1JZ

The Old Town Hall

Miniature Travelling Circus

5th Nov 11.30m & 2.30pm

See beautiful puppets, magic tricks, performing mice and acrobatic fleas.

£12, child £10, please book, ages 3 - 6

The Bubble Show

11th Nov 2pm

Actor, storyteller, and Guinness World Record holder, The Highland Joker, is one of the top bubble artists in the world, bringing you an interactive, fun, international award-winning bubble extravaganza!

£12, child £10, please book, ages 3-12


16th Nov 8pm

An interactive screening of the classic Murder, She Wrote episode “Sing a Song of Murder”. A unique and hilarious night featuring games, prizes and audience participation. £21, age 14+

A Christmas Carol

23rd - 26th Nov

Draw near for an evening of mistletoe and merriment in the company of Marley, Fezziwig, and Cratchit to

discover the true meaning of Christmas: tenderness for the past, courage for the present, and hope for the future.

From £13, age 12+

High Street, Hemel Hempstead HP1 3AE

Live on Screen

Royal Ballet: Don Quixote

7th Nov 7.15pm & 12th Nov 2pm

Don Quixote, regales the adventures of the eccentric nobleman and his faithful squire Sancho Panza, as they help to bring a vivacious young couple, Kitri and Basilio together. This energetic 19th-century ballet is a wonderful showcase for the virtuosity of The Royal Ballet's Principal dancers.

From £12

Campus West, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6BX

The Barn Theatre

Nigel Slater’s Toast

10th - 18th Nov 8pm & 18th Nov 2.30pm

A play about growing up with food!

Jazz at the Barn

24th Nov 8pm

An evening of Jazz at the Barn.

Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6ST

Abbey Theatre


10th, 11th & 14th - 18th Nov 8pm

12th Nov 2.30pm £14, concs £12

A romantic comedy about the tangled love lives of staff of Hammerschmidt’s Parfumerie in 1930s Budapest. George is fired as he’s wrongly suspected of having an affair and so misses his first meeting with the woman he loves but with whom he has only exchanged letters. Deception and misunderstanding threaten to disrupt the lives of the owner and his employees, until all is happily and unexpectedly resolved.

Comedy Hotspot 23rd Nov 8pm £15

A line-up including Roger Monkhouse, Sol Bernstein -the oldest living Jewish comedian, Kate Martin, and Mike Gunn who appeared on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. Westminster Lodge, St Albans AL1 2D


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All you need to know about pre-nuptial agreements

Traditionally, pre-nuptial agreements were entered into by the wealthy. However recently there has been a shift in cultural attitudes towards marriage, with couples increasingly getting married later in life and already owning property or having built up significant assets from inheritance, investments or savings during their working career.

What is a pre-nuptial agreement?

A pre-nuptial agreement is an agreement made by a couple before they marry or enter into a civil partnership. It sets out how a couple proposes to divide their assets should they divorce or following a breakdown in the civil partnership.

Are pre-nuptial agreements legally binding?

The short answer is no, however, the court will place significant weight on the terms of a pre-nuptial agreement provided it was correctly entered into, the terms were fair and it provides for the parties’ needs. It should always be assumed, when entering into a pre-nuptial agreement, that the parties will be held to it.

Points to consider when entering into a pre-nuptial agreement

In order to stand the best chance of a pre-nuptial agreement being upheld in court, certain criteria need to be met:

 Each party had the right to obtain independent legal advice

 Material disclosure exchanged by the parties

 There was no fraud, duress or misrepresentation in reaching the agreement

 That the agreement was fundamentally fair at the time it was entered into

 Early preparation is vital - it is advisable for pre-nuptial agreements to be signed at least 28 days before the marriage/civil partnership to ensure there has been no duress.

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Off With a Bang!

Katherine Warington School

3rd Nov gates 6pm

£8, child £6, u3’s free, limited parking £10

Lower Luton Road, Harpenden AL5 5FH

OA’s Rugby Club 3rd Nov from 6pm

With dazzling lights and explosive entertainment to light up the night sky. £13, child £8, family £16.50 160 Harpenden Road, St Albans AL3 6BB

Willows Farm 3rd & 4th Nov gates 5.30pm

Enjoy a fizz, pop and a very low bang! Just so you know all the animals will be looked after elsewhere during the event. £12.95

Willows Activity Farm, London Colney AL4 0PF

Crabtree School 4th Nov

All proceeds go to the school. Crabtree Junior School, Harpenden AL5 5PU

Mead Open Farm

4th Nov 2pm - 8pm, display 6.30pm

A spectacular firework display set to popular children’s music, meet the animals and enjoy floodlit outdoor and indoor play areas. £16

Mead Open Farm, Leighton Buzzard LU7 9JH

Hatfield Community Fireworks

4th Nov 4.30pm

A professionally staged display, activities and food. £10, child £2.50, parking £6

Angerland Park & Ride Site, Hatfield AL10 8HS

Cassiobury Park 4th Nov 6pm free

This amazing spectacle just gets better every year with the display reaching heights of up to 850 feet in the night sky. Gade Ave, Watford WD18 7LG

Tring Festival of Fire 4th Nov 6pm

A charity event that raises money to support sport in the local community.

Tring Park Cricket Club, Tring HP23 6HA


4th Nov 5pm free

With a firework display, a funfair, food and a raffle. Redbourn Common AL3

St Albans 4th Nov 7.30pm, gates 6pm

In aid of local charities; Youth Talk and Open Door

St Albans. Please book, £10, child £5 Family (2 adults, 2 children) £25

Verulamium Park AL1 3JE

London Colney 5th Nov from 4pm

A fantastic firework display, along with fun fair rides, mulled wine and food stalls. Morris Way Playing Fields, St Albans AL2 1FT

Wheathampstead 5th Nov from 4.30pm

Spectacular firework display, BBQ, donuts, candy floss and lots more. All proceeds will help the school fund extra facilities and activities. Please book, £6, child £4, U3’s free Beech Hyde School, Wheathampstead, Al4 8TP

NOW for Some Music

Redbourn Jazz Band

1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th Nov 1pm - 3pm

A traditional Dixieland jazz band of experienced musicians playing classic numbers of the New Orleans tradition from the 20's.

The Hollybush, Church End, Redbourn AL3 7DU

The Horn

80's Night 3rd Nov 8pm free

Featuring six go mad, the ultimate 80s party covers band, and 80’s tunes all night.

The Rambling Club 7th Nov 8pm £8

Featuring local rock bands. Age 14+

The Blue Rinse 10th Nov 9pm free

The ultimate party band.

The Maida Vales 17th Nov 10.30pm free

Classic covers from the 60s to present day.

The Loose Fits 21st Nov 8pm

Featuring local bands.

90's Britpop Night 24th Nov 8pm free

Britpop sounds of the 90s.

Sex Pistols Expose 25th Nov 8pm £14 18+

The world's no 1 tribute band to the Sex Pistols. The Horn, St Albans AL1 3TE

Katie's Jumping Fleas

4th Nov 7.30pm £15

Enjoy two hours of music, fun and light-hearted revelry with St Albans’ premier Ukulele band, in aid of a great cause, St Albans & District Foodbank. The band is an eclectic combination of 16 ukuleles ranging from Soprano, Concert, Tenor, Bass and Banjoleles and percussive Cajon with occasional dancing from certain individuals!

St Saviours Church, St Alban AL1 4DF

St Albans Organ Theatre

Elizabeth Harrison - Organ Concert

11th Nov 3pm

Sunday Musical Afternoon 12th Nov 3pm

320 Camp Road, St Albans AL1 5PE

St Freedom and Remembrance

11th Nov 7.30pm £18

St Albans Chamber Choir perform two contrasting French masterpieces paying homage to those who have served in conflict.

Poulenc: Figure Humaine and Fauré’: Requiem St Saviour’s Church, St Albans AL1 4DF

Choral Discoveries: Found in Translation

11th Nov 7.30pm £17, child £5

The Lea Singers, celebrate 60 years of towntwinning with Harpenden’s Friends of Alzey and Friends of Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire. Exploring texts in languages other than the composer’s mother tongue, including Händel’s Zadok the Priest and Mäntyjärvi’s Four Shakespeare Songs, as well as a selection of music from composers from Estonia to Brazil. High Street Methodist Church, Harpenden AL5 2R

Concerts for Children

12th Nov 2pm & 3.30pm £8, child £2

Wood: Sailors Hornpipe from Fantasia on British Sea Songs

Sullivan: HMS Pinafore Overture

Shanty: Blow the Man Down

Britten: excerpts from Four Sea Interludes

Rossini: Storm from The Barber of Seville

Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No 2 (the Storm)

Blow the Wind Southerly Wellerman (Shanty)

Russell: A life on the Ocean Waves St Saviour’s Church, St Albans AL1 4DF

Harpenden Choral Society Concert

18th Nov 7.30pm

With the Kings Sinfonietta and soloists

Handel: Dixit Dominus

Scarlatti: St Cecilia Mass

High Street Methodist Church, Harpenden AL5 2RU

Michael Bublé Tribute Night

24th Nov 7pm

One of the UK's top Michael Bublé tribute artists

Jamie Flanagan will be singing all his hits in a night of unmissable entertainment. £15

The Forest Centre, Millennium Country Park

MK43 0PR

Sounds of the Sea 26th Nov 2pm & 4pm

A double bill of Christmas family concerts with de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra and illustrator and author James Mayhew. £12, child £5

UHArts, Weston Auditorium, Hatfield AL10 9EU

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Feeling Festive

Meet Santa at Van Vage

4th Nov - 22nd Dec (selected dates) £12.50

Guided by Santa’s little helpers, make your way to meet him and receive a very special gift, please book Van Hage Garden Centre, Great Amwell SG12 9RP

Meet Santa at Burston

11th, 18th, 19th, 25th & 26th Nov & 29th Nov - 24th Dec

Visit Santa in his magical Christmas grotto. Burston Garden Centre AL2 2DS

St Albans Christmas Cracker

19th Nov 12 noon - 6pm

St Albans kicks off the festive shopping season with a cracking day out for all the family. With entertainment from local choirs and theatre companies as well as market stalls and street food, crafts, games and Santa's grotto. Performances will take place in the city centre throughout the afternoon. Make your own wrapping paper and reindeer food for Christmas Eve and play with traditional wooden games.

Hertford Christmas Gala 24th Nov 3pm - 9pm With market stalls, a performance stage with live entertainment plus fairground rides and much more! The lights will be switched on at 6pm Hertford Town Centre

Hertford Castle Christmas Market

24th Nov 3.30pm - 8pm / 25th Nov 11am - 6pm

26th Nov 11am - 5pm

Set in the beautiful Castle grounds there will be market stalls offering homeware, crafts, jewellery and much more. Plus fairground rides, live entertainment and seasonal food and drink. The Castle, Hertford SG14 1HR

Knebworth Christmas Fair 24th - 26th Nov

Packed with handmade Christmas decorations, unique gift ideas and tasty yuletide food and drink. Knebworth House, Stevenage SG1 2AX

Santa Spectacular 24th Nov - 24th Dec

Meet Santa and have a fabulous festive family day out. Adult £24 - 31, child £48 - £55

Willows Activity Farm, London Colney AL4 0PF

Christmas Market 25th& 26th Nov

Search for that Christmas gift while browsing the stalls and help Keech Hospice Care raise vital

funds for adults and children with life-limiting illnesses for which there is no cure.

Barnfield College LU2 7BF

Panto Express 25th & 26th Nov

2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th & 17th Dec

See Father Christmas while enjoying a steam train ride and watching a mini pantomime of Beauty & The Beast.

Buckinghamshire Railway Centre HP22 4BY

Harpenden Christmas Carnival & Lights Switch On 26th Nov 12 noon - 6pm

With Santa's Grotto, food stalls, outdoor bars, a market, entertainment, traditional procession and, of course, the Lights Switch On at 5pm.

WheelPower Seasonal Shopping Evening

30th Nov 4pm - 8pm free

Find that perfect Christmas gift while savouring homemade cakes, mince pies and mulled wine and listening to the Stoke Mandeville Combined School Hand-Signing Choir.

Stoke Mandeville Stadium HP21 9PP

Cards for Good Causes until mid Dec Charity Christmas cards, gifts, decorations, wrapping and advent calendars.

Harpenden United Reformed Church Vaughan Road AL5 4ED

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