5 things to do in November

James Mayhew Midsummer Night's Dream

James Mayhew Midsummer Night's Dream - Credit: james mayhew

We have gathered five great things to do in Herts this month

Hazel mushroom

Hazel mushroom - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Festive fairs

It’s the question that comes round every year – is Christmas getting earlier? Well yes, but at least it stops that last minute gift buying panic. Major festive fairs and markets take place in November these days and are a great place to find unique gifts. Herts highlights this year include Knebworth Christmas Fair at Knebworth House from November 11-13 followed by Harpenden Frost Fair on November 20. Hertford will host its annual Christmas Gala and there will be late night trading and entertainment at Tring Christmas Festival, both on November 25. The following day is Paradise Wildlife Park’s Christmas Craft Fayre and the Hoddesdon Loves Christmas event. The Spotlight in Hoddesdon holds its Christmas Fair on November 27. In wooden chalets with the stunning backdrop of the cathedral, St Albans Christmas Market runs from November 24-December 18.

A Midsummer Night’s fun

Professor Brian Cox pictured at Glasgow Science Center, Glasgow, Scotland.

Professor Brian Cox pictured at Glasgow Science Center, Glasgow, Scotland. - Credit: Alamy Stock Photo

A performance of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed at the University of Hertfordshire on November 13 in an afternoon of music, art and words.

While the de Havilland Philharmonic play Mendelssohn’s music, Shakespeare’s story of Puck, Bottom, Oberon and Titania will come thrillingly to life in a family-friendly retelling by children’s author and illustrator James Mayhew, who will also paint illustrations live on stage.

The show takes from 2-4.30pm in the Western Auditorium. For tickets go to uharts.co.uk

Oz Clarke's History of Wine in 100 Bottles

Oz Clarke's History of Wine in 100 Bottles - Credit: submitted

Star struck with Brian Cox

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The hotly anticipated tour by acclaimed particle physicist Professor Brian Cox comes to Watford Colosseum. The show will take the audience on a dazzling journey through space and time, delving into high science and freewheeling on the edges of the known cosmos and includes an interview hosted by Cox’s Radio 4 The Infinite Monkey Cage co-host, Robin Ince.

Cox’s ability to make complex matters entertaining and easy to contemplate has made his television shows ground-breaking in their audience reach and accessibility.

The show takes place on November 4 with tickets available from the theatre box office on 01923 571102.

Fungi foray

Woodcock Hill Nature Reserve in Borehamwood is the location of a nature walk exploring the fabulous world of fungi.

The Fungi Foray, on November 5 from 10.30am-1pm, will see visitors discover a wide range of this intriguing and key species with the help of an expert. The walk, organised by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, is open to beginners and children, with those taking part advised to take along magnifiers.

For more details, email simonbraidman@hotmail.co.uk

Evening with Oz

Join wine buff and author Oz Clarke on November 16 for an evening of tasting and tales.

Organised by Chorleywood Bookshop, Clarke will draw on his book, The History of Wine in 100 bottles, to take a journey from the buried clay urns of Georgia in 6,000 BC to modern-day fraudsters and their multi-million-dollar counterfeiting scams. Bubbly and nibbles will be served before tasting wines alongside the author, who has also appeared on BBC’s Food and Drink and with comedian Hugh Dennis in Oz and Hugh Raise the Bar.

The event takes place at Sarratt Village Hall. To book, visit chilternbookshops.co.uk

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