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Welcome to September

With children back at school, now might be a good time to think about sorting out a few jobs around the house, as always we’ve got a host of trades people, and many other local businesses besides, so have a flick through and see who you might need to call... It’s a good month to get out and about with St Albans Feastival, the Beer & Cider Festival and Pub in the Park to name but a few! If you run your own business we’d love to include you, it’s so easy, just book your space online today!

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Out & About

RAF Museum London

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Knebworth House

That'll be the Day 1st Sept Elvis - The King is Back 3rd Sept The Illegal Eagles 7th Sept T.Rextasty 8th Sept Diana Ross 9th Sept Lost in Music 10th Sept Dr Hook Starring Dennis Locorriere 11th Sept Vincent Simone - Tango Passions 15th Sept The Dualers 16th Sept The George Michael Legacy 17th Sept What's Love Got to do With It 21st Sept Sarah Millican: Bobby Dazzler 22nd - 23rd Sept

Battle of Britain Concert 10th Sept 1pm With 40s music, activities, living history and a vintage mini fairground. Please book £18, child £10 Pillows and Pilots 24th & 25th Sept An evening of fun with a science show, a film screening on the airfield and then settle down for the night surrounded by the aircraft. Age 7 - 15 RAF Museum London NW9 5LL DogFest 10th & 11th Sept Try your paw at dog diving, agility, enter the Fun Dog Show, raise money for the Dogs Trust in the Big Dog Walk, enjoy dog displays and get advice from the pros Petrolheadonism 24th & 25th Sept A family weekend of cars and entertainment. Knebworth House, Stevenage

Amadeus Chamber Orchestra Concert 24th Sept 7.30pm, £18, child £3 St Saviour's Church, St Albans AL1 4DF

1940s Weekend 24th & 25th Sept 9.30am

Dress to impress in 1940s clothes, learn some dance moves, enjoy live music, try codebreaking, watch reSt Albans Comedy Club 2nd Sept 7.30pm enactments and lots more. Included with admission With The Sinnerman, Paul Sinha (The Chase and QI), Alison Spittle, Alfie Brown and David Luck. £12.50 The Ghost Train 30th Sept - 8th Oct 8pm & 8th Oct 2.30pm Shuttleworth Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6ST Collection at Night with Live Music gates 5pm £5 - Lawrence Hill 2nd Sept - Becky ‘Briar Rouge’ Bennet 30th Sept Park by the Hangars and enjoy live music with a burger and a beer. Vintage Air Show 4th Sept 9.30am £36, child free Put on your finest vintage clothes for a celebration of all things vintage. Enjoy the Swiss Garden, activities and a thrilling spectacle in the skies!

Waddesdon Manor

Chilli Fest 2nd - 4th Sept 10am - 5pm With artisan produce, live music and family fun. £16.20, child £8.10 Luna Cinema £18.50, child £12.50 8th Sept Moulin Rouge! 7.45pm 9th Sept No Time to Die 7.45pm 10th Sept West Side Story 7.45pm 11th Sept Rocky Horror Picture Show 7.45pm Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury HP18 0JH

Archaeological Collections Tours

5th & 19th Sept Join the collections team and discover a treasure trove of unique objects spanning 2,000 years of England's history. These objects are not normally on display, and form around a third of the stored collection. Please book £5 Wrest Park, Silsoe, Beds MK45 4HR 6 07983 588291


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St Albans Cathedral

Out & About St Albans Museum + Gallery

Taking Over the Museum Cells until 18th Sept See art work by people on probation who are thinking about the transition from prison to the outside world. Town Hall, St Peter's Street AL1 3DH

Classics Motor Show & Village Fete

3rd Sept 12- 5pm With over 300 classic cars, bikes and tractors, live music, village stalls, children's funfair and a miniature steam railway. Free entry, but donations for local charities are welcome. Redbourn Common AL3 7BU

Brambleton Model Railway Open Day

3rd Sept 2pm - 5.30pm See the railway run as it was originally intended, including a variety of rolling stock (O gauge circuit) and live steam narrow gauge (16 mm). £3, child £2 Off Highfield Oval, Harpenden AL5 4BX

Mill Green Museum

4th Sept: Welwyn Harmony A Capella Group 2pm 25th Sept: Hatfield and Welwyn Choir 2pm Bring a blanket or chair. £5, child £2.50 Lea Valley Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers 11th Sept 10am See demonstrations of this traditional craft. £5, £1.50 Mill Green Museum, Hatfield AL9 5PD

Open Wednesdays

7th, 14th, 21st & 28th Sept 10.30am - 4pm Includes tours of the historical garden, the Victorian farm buildings and dairy. £7.50 Luton Hoo Walled Garden, Beds LU1 4LF

Pub in the Park

9th - 11th Sept With McFly, Sophie Ellis-Bexter, Kaiser Chiefs, Melanie C, Dodgy, Beverly Knight, Aswad and top chefs, amazing food and more. Verulamium Park

Ayot St Peter Church Open Day

10th Sept 10am - 5pm This listed Victorian church in the ‘arts and crafts’ style, still has the original organ, some well-preserved Victorian stained glass, and a short walk away is the disused churchyard with some interesting graves. Ayot St Peter Church, Welwyn AL6 9BG 16

Organ Concert 11th Sept 3pm More to Explore: The Cathedral in the 20th & 21st Centuries 18th Sept 1.30pm Books about the Cathedral often focus on the medieval past and controversies of the 1800s, giving the impression that nothing much has happened since the 1900s. However, many of the furnishings and interior fittings are from this period and the place looks different from Victorian times. Free, please book Organ Concert: Paul Griffiths 21st Sept 12.30pm

Shaw’s Corner Open Day

12th Sept 10am - 4pm Home of playwright Bernard Shaw remains as he left it with beautiful Arts and Crafts inspired interiors and fascinating links with the past. The tranquil gardens provide space to reflect on the wit and wisdom of this great man of words. £9.50, child £4.75 Welwyn AL6 9BX

Sustainable St Albans

Creating Climate Resilient Communities 12th Sept 7.30pm-9.30pm Free, please book Harpenden Arms AL5 2TR Harpenden Sustainability Market 18th Sept 10am - 3pm

Chiltern Open Air Museum

Learn about Maypole Dancing 17th & 18th Sept Try Maypole Dancing, learn about the different dance traditions and watch dancing demonstrations. Learn about Traditional Rural Skills in the Chilterns 24th & 25th Sept Learn about what bodgers made, and about the fire kiln and saw pit, straw plaiting and see what the blacksmith is making in the forge.

Hatfield House CJ’s Birds of Prey Experiences 18th Sept Flying displays: 12pm & 2.30pm See the Crowned Hawk Eagle, the stunning Snowy Owl and more. Included in park ticket price Firework Champions 24th Sept 4pm - 7.30pm Three UK firework companies compete against each other with a 10 minute firework display choreographed to music, ending with a finale display.

St Albans Feastival 25th Sept 12 noon - 6pm

Promising to be an incredible foodie experience, as the city centre will be filled with food and drink stalls, street entertainment, bars with live music, art and crafts, cookery demonstrations and fun for all ages.

St Albans Beer & Cider Festival

28th Sept - 1st Oct A fantastic pageant of real ale, craft beer and cider, with street food, live music and lots of attractions. Weds & Thurs 12pm - 11pm /Fri & Sat 12pm - 11pm The Alban Arena AL1 3LD 07983 588291


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NOW for the Kids Summer Spectacular

until 4th Sept A packed programme of summertime fun. Get lost in the a-maze-ing Maize Maze. Visit the new splashtastic Puddle Play Park for a splashing good time. Peter Rabbit and his friends will be on the Outdoor Show Stage, Peter Rabbits Adventure Playground, funfair rides, adventure play, JCB ride-ons, indoor soft play, tractor ride, farmyard animals and more. Willows Activity Farm, St Albans AL4 0PF

Summer of Sport

until 4th Sept 10am - 4pm free There’s so much to do, with a 5-aside football pitch, cricket pitch, athletics track, volleyball court, tennis court, table tennis table and family games. Wednesdays until 4th Sept 11am - 3pm National Trust Soft Archery Mondays & Fridays until 4th Sept 11am - 1pm Coach led active fun and games. Dunstable Downs, Whipsnade Road LU6 2GY

The Ultimate Animal Challenge

until 4th Sept Follow the trail around the Zoo, testing your skills against the best of the best, before taking on the final challenges in the event hub.

Stockwood Garden Party

3rd Sept 11am - 3pm free A great family day out with theatre, storytelling, puppetry and a finale parade at the end of the day. Stockwood Discovery Centre LU1 4LX

Day Out With Thomas

3rd & 4th Sept 10.30am - 5pm Join Thomas and The Fat Controller for a day of discovery, adventure and friendship. With interactive re-enactments, miniature train rides and Thomas’ short train rides. Please book Buckinghamshire Railway Centre HP22 4BY


KUMON App Free Registration

The Kumon Method of Learning has been performed on paper worksheets for over 60 years. These have evolved from those that maths teacher, Toru Kumon, created for his son, incorporating small-step, independent learning, and daily practice. After many years of delivering academic success using paper worksheets, we’re delighted to introduce Kumon worksheets in a digital format via the new KUMON App, making Kumon’s tried and tested worksheets even more accessible and convenient for students to study using their tablet and stylus. We nurture our students by giving them the tools they need to enjoy learning and thrive academically, which increases their enjoyment across a wide range of subjects at school, alongside preparing them for personal and professional success later in life. Your Kumon Instructor will review your child’s ability and show you how Kumon study can develop your child’s confidence and skills. Your local Kumon St Albans Study Centre is offering Free Registration to all new students who join KUMON App study until 30th September. Book an enrolment with local Instructor, Mike Winchester, on 07765 626 942 or email to make the most of this offer. 07983 588291


Heritage Open Days Heritage Open Days, England’s largest festival of history and culture is your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences and it’s all free! Kingsbury Barn Pottery Exhibition 9th - 11th Sept 10am - 4pm Branch Road AL3 4SE With 20 ceramic artists showing a range of ceramics and sculptural forms. St Albans South Signal Box 9th - 11th Sept 10am - 5pm Ridgmont Road, St Albans AL1 3AJ Operate signals, ring the platform bells, change points, see Thomas The Tank Engine and more. Bletchley Park 9th - 18th Sept 10am Step back in time to experience stories of the extraordinary achievements of the men and women who worked here. Please book St Albans History Fair 10th Sept 10am - 3pm Marlborough Road Methodist Church, St Albans Attractions include a large model of the Clock Tower, a display of historic town maps and short talks on local historic events. Smallford Station, Hatfield & St Albans Railway 11th Sept 10am - 4pm Smallford Station Car Park, St Albans AL4 0HF Guided Walks 12 noon & 2pm See the improved Smallford station and an exhibition illustrating its history and the Railway it served. Hertford Castle 11th Sept 12 noon - 4pm Hertford Castle SG14 1HR With medieval encampments, birds of prey and the chance to be a real-life Viking. Shuttleworth 15th Sept 10am free Enjoy the House, Collection, sculpture trail and more. Rothamsted Manor 17th & 18th Sept 10am - 5pm Harpenden AL5 2BG Celebrate the world’s oldest centre for science and innovation, with tours of the Manor House and Garden, science activities and more. Mill Green Museum 18th Sept 10am Mill Green Museum, Hatfield AL9 5PD Explore the Watermill and visit the exhibitions: '1000 years of milling' and ‘the history of football in Welwyn Garden City’. Please book. Abbey Gateway Tours 18th Sept 10am - 3.30pm St Albans School, Abbey Gateway AL3 4HB One of the oldest monuments in St Albans, which since 1871 has been the home of St Albans School. 26

Caring & Sharing

‘I’m Giving My Life’s Work Away!’

Local artist Ray Postill is selling his paintings to raise money to assist the human disaster in Ukraine. Money raised will go to the BEARR Trust, a London-based charity with a distribution network across Ukraine, and the first charity to provide urgent aid following the invasion. Over 20 years, self-taught artist Ray Postill has painted over 250 pictures, from iconic portraits to art deco, from cartoons to landscapes. Have a look on Rays website to view the pictures, any purchases will be carefully wrapped, insured and delivered to your door.

Herts Young Homeless

St Albans Inflatable 5K 3rd Sept The world's largest Inflatable 5K Age 5+ Please book Hertfordshire County Showground AL3 7PT The Great Big Walk 24th Sept 10am A half marathon sponsored walk from Markyate to St Albans. Dogs welcome. £15, child £7.50

Walk for Parkinson's 11th Sept 10am

Taking place at the childhood home of the Queen Mother. Routes: 2 miles and 6 miles Dogs welcome. Registration closes 4th Sept £12, child £6. St Paul's Walden Bury, Hitchin SG4 8BP

Rennie Grove Hospice Care

Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge 11th Sept This dog-friendly event offers walkers a choice of routes from 6.5 and 18 miles through the Chiltern countryside. £15, child £7.50, under 5s free Herts 10K 9th Oct 10am Sign up and start training today! See page 28 Run and Raisesome! To encourage you to sign up f or the Herts 10K, Verdi’s Italian restaurant in Clarence Park has renamed their Rum and Raisin ice cream to ‘Run and Raisesome!’ The promotion runs until 10th September.

The Hospice of St Francis

Welsh 3 Peaks 16th - 18th Sept Take on three of the highest peaks in Wales, from the summit of Pen Y Fan (886M), Cadair Idris (893m) and Snowdon (1,085m). Registration £95 Classic & Special Interest Car Show 25th Sept Featuring a wide range of impressive cars. Dudswell, Tring Road HP4 3TA 07983 588291


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Index of Businesses Beauty Skin & Tonic Building AJI Builders Complete Refurbishment & Roofing Eco Tiffin Kingsholme Open Plan Solutions


Hairdressing Tielsi Hairdressing


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Locksmiths Lock Around the Clock Locksmith Services

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Loft Conversions Econoloft


Loft Ladders Access4Lofts Home Counties Loft Ladders

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Painters & Decorators CB Decorators M & M Decorators

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Pest Control The Verminator


Plasterer Jason Moffat


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Building Control Services Mullee Associates Ltd


Car Servicing / Repairs M Chapman Auto Services


Children’s Art Classes ArtShed! Charity Rennie Grove Hospice Care - Herts 10K Chimney Sweep The Local Chimney Sweep Conservatory Roof Solutions Nu-Look

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Dance & Drama Penny Waterman School of Dance Stagecoach

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Education Kumon

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Plumber DJ&M Plumbing Services Ltd

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Property Maintenance The 50 Plus


Recruitment Visiting Angels



Flooring KC Flooring Specialists Ltd

Roofing GJ Smith Roofing



Fostering Capstone Foster Care Ltd

Shutters The Harpenden Shutter Company



Funeral Directors Austin’s

Singing Club Clover Singing Club



Garage Doors Garolla


Garden Centre Vanstone Park


Healthcare Spire Harpenden Hospital

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Slimming Lighter Life


Soft Furnishings Sue Smyth


Tree Surgeons Fircroft Tree Surgery Ltd


Windows & Doors Cloud 9 Kings Windows

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