Is your Hertfordshire diary ready for 2011?

Another year, another fun-packed diary of not-to-be-missed events. Kate Everett helps ensure you are kept in the loop with her guide to 40 of the best 2011 diary entries

Snowdrops at Benington Lordship GardensSee the famous drifts of natural snowdrops that cover most of the moat and grounds around the Norman castle and house.5-28 February08701 261709

Knebworth Park JogChoose from either the 5km or 10km cross country routes around the stunning grounds of Knebworth Park. The course is multi-terrain over muddy stretches, grass and track, so prepare to get dirty! 27 February,Knebworth Housewww.bhf.org.uk/knebworthparkjog

The East of England Food FestivalEnjoy a rich variety of homemade dishes and regional produce while you take in the beautiful scenery of Knebworth’s grounds. 16-17 April Knebworth House0800 1412823

Ashridge Estate Easter Egg TrailJoin the National Trust Ashridge Estate Easter Egg Trail through the woods, answering questions along the way to earn a chocolate treat. There will also be face painting, storytelling and a children’s entertainer all in the Cadbury’s play area.22-25 April, Ashridge Estate, Berkhamsted 01442 851227

Henry Moore at HatfieldAs Hatfield House celebrates 400 years of history, culture and entertainment, one of the highlights of the anniversary year is a major exhibition of outdoor sculpture by British artist Henry Moore. The exhibition, the largest of the artist’s work ever held at an English historic house, will feature monumental works in the spectacular setting of the West Garden.23 April-30 September,Hatfield House The Herts Garden Show30 April-2 May, Knebworth House01795 474660

Hoddesdon May FairAn array of craft and charity stalls alongside a full entertainment programme, including majorettes, Morris dancing and maypole dancing, with local dance and theatre groups performing throughout the day.30 April, High Street, Hoddesdon

Watford 10k Charity Fun Run2 May, Cassiobury Park, Watfordwww.watford10k.org.uk

Festival of Living CraftsSee hundreds of craftsmen and women from all corners of the British Isles showing their work, from stunning jewellery, ceramics and art to fashions, glass and leather articles.5-8 May, Hatfield House

Rickmansworth Week14-22 May www.rickmansworthsociety.org

Rickmansworth FestivalThis event celebrates the canals, the community and the environment. The highlight of this festival is the vast array of colourful canal boats. 21-22 May www.rwt.org.uk

Ashwell Music Festival21-29 May www.ashwellmusicfestival.org.uk

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Preston Gardens Open DayTake a wander around beautiful gardens in the small village. Taste delicious teas in the Village Hall; see the Grand Plant Stall on the Green, Flower Festival in the small Arts & Crafts Church of St Martin.29 May, Preston, near Hitchin

Herts County ShowGrand Ring events, show jumping, breeds of horses, rabbits and other small animals, trade stands, cars, food, flower and garden marquees, vintage vehicles and children’s entertainment.28-29 May,The Show Ground, Redbourn01582 792626www.hertsshow.com

Waltham Cross Summer FairHeld in the pedestrianised area of town, this is a free family event incorporating craft and charity stalls alongside entertainment from local dance and theatre groups. Includes a traditional street market.4 June, High Street, Waltham Cross

Whitwell Steam and Country Fair11-12 June Codicote, near Stevenage. 01438 871431 www.whitwellsteam.com

St Albans Half Marathon12 Junewww.stalbanshalfmarathon.co.uk

Stevenage Festival 2011Fine art, photography, poetry, theatre and music at the Gordon Craig Theatre and around Stevenage.  18 June-4 Julywww.stevenage-festival.co.uk

St Albans FestivalA packed programme of entertainment and celebration throughout St Albans, includes St Albans Festival Pilgrimage on 18 June.18 June-3 Julywww.stalbansfestival.co.uk

Bishop’s Stortford Carnival and Fun Day18 June 01279 652274

Welwyn Garden City Orchestra and ChorusIn their 90th year of music making the Welwyn Garden City Orchestra and Chorus are to perform Haydn's great masterpiece, The Creation. Professional soloists will join the orchestra and chorus to play the parts of the angels.25 June, St Francis Church,Welwyn Garden Citywww.wgcms.org.uk

Therfield Village FeteEnjoy a great local and family atmosphere while browsing the array of stalls and activities.25 June, 07825 116119

Waltham Abbey Town ShowGo back in time and see all the spectacular events of past Tudor life and a funfair on Sunday evening25-26 Junewww.townshow.co.uk

Hitchin Festival1-24 Julywww.hitchin-festival.co.uk

Rhythms of the World International Music FestivalThis is a registered charity operated entirely by volunteers and features music, arts, dance and cuisine from around the world and the local community. There are around 120 music acts over the course of the two-day Festival. 9 July, Hitchin Priory01462 420500 www.rotw.org.uk

Hoddesdon Vintage and Classic Vehicle DisplayMore than 150 vehicles will be on display ranging from early 1900 vintage models to modern day classics including Ford Capris, Cortinas, Escorts, Jaguars, motorbikes, scooters and more. Live music will be performed.9 July, High Street, Hoddesdon

Codicote Village DayEnjoy the annual parade and festival with stalls, fairground rides and performances such as street dance troupe, Codicote school performances and live music.16 July, Codicote Sports and Recreation Groundwww.codicotevillageday.co.uk

Highfield Park FairAttracting around 2000 visitors with mini fairground rides, coconut shy, beer tent and barbecue.23 July, Highfield Park, St Albans01727 847242 www.highfieldparktrust.co.uk

Date in the Park Be a part of the first ever Date in the Park! People of all ages can enjoy music, food and rides, whilst using their charms to attract partners. There will also be useful tips and advice offered at the Love Boxes.23-24 July, Aldenham Country Park 0845 0337279

Folk by the OakThis folk festival set in the grounds Of Hatfield House offers craft fair, workshops, children’s activities, storytelling, circus skills, music stalls and a selection of tasty produce and a real ale bar on site.24 July, Hatfield Housewww.folkbytheoak.com

Standon Calling Murder on the Standon Express Music Festival. Live bands and an outdoor pool during the day, nightclub in a barn, food and dancing during the night.5-7 August www.standon-calling.com

Art in ClaySee more than 170 of the best ceramicists from all over the UK and Europe. From large sculptural pieces for the garden to tiny delicate porcelain dishes, wall-art ceramic pictures, ceramic lamps, animal sculptures and more.5-7 August, Hatfield Housewww.artinclay.co.uk

Pendley Shakespeare FestivalThe Winter’s Tale from 2-6 August and The Merry Wives of Windsor 9-13 August, performed at Pendley Manor, near Tring.01442 820060 www.pendleyshakespearefestival.co.uk

Waltham Cross Classic Car DayHear live music from local bandsand see 80-plus vehicles from 1940s to up to date classics13 August, High Street, Waltham Cross

The Knebworth Country ShowFamily Show with all day entertainment including birds of prey, working dogs, children’s entertainment as well as arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees. 13-14 August,Knebworth House, Knebworth

Hatfield House Country ShowThis is a wonderful event for families and children to experience all kindsof animals close up; sheep, horses, dogs and many more.19-21 Augustwww.hatfield-house.co.uk

Chilli FestivalCelebrating everything chilli with stalls, tastings and activities.28-29 AugustBenington Lordship Gardens08701 261709 ww.beningtonlordship.co.uk

Hertfordshire Game and Country Fair24-25 September, Redbourn01283 820548livingheritagecountryshows.co.uk

Royston Arts Festival29 September-2 Octoberwww.roystonartsfestival.org

Herts 10K ChallengeRaising money for Grove House Hospice.Sunday, 9 October, Rothamsted Research Centre, Harpendenwww.herts10k.com