Your complete April Hertfordshire diary

Find out what's on in Hertfordshire in April 2011...

 

MUSIC AND DANCE

1st Square Dance with Pete Skiffins, Presdales School, Ware. 01992 558004

1st The Magic of Motown, Broxbourne Civic Hall

1st Four Poofs and a Piano; Smoke and Mirror Balls, Rhodes Arts Centre, Bishop’s Stortford

2nd St Albans Choral Society sings Haydn’s Maria Theresa Mass, St Paul’s Church, St Albans http://www.choralsociety.com/

2nd Hertford Choral Society Spring Concert, All Saints Church, Hertford. 01992 584426

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2nd Three Counties Youth Ballet, Hertford Theatre

2nd St Albans Choral Society sings Haydn’s Maria Theresa Mass, St Paul’s Church, Hatfield Road, St Albans at 7.30pm

2nd The Hertfordshire Concert Band 30th birthday charity concert, Countess Anne C of E Primary School, Hatfield http://www.hertsconcertband.org/

3rd Singers at the Barn, Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City. 01707 872125

8th Buddy Holly's Rock `N` Roll Jukebox, Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

8th Fire, Passion and Romance, classical guitar recital by B J Penny, Letchworth Arts Centre

8th Janet Claxton Dance presents Humaninalia, Trestle Arts Base

9th Concert featuring Andrew Jarvis, St Andrew's Parish Church, Chinnor. 01844 351669

10th Dusty Springfield and Friends, Radlett Centre

10th Bill Haley’s New Comets, Alban Arena

15th See the results of seven weeks of dance training as local couples compete in Strictly Come Hospice: Grand Finale, in aid of Peace Hospice. Watersmeet Theatre, Rickmansworth. 01923 335365

15th Lute concert performed by Jakob Lindberg with music by Bach and Weiss, Benslow Music Trust, Hitchin. 01462 459446

16th Ska’s Greatest Hits featuring from The Specials - Neville Staple and his band and The Beat, Alban Arena

16th-17th Performing arts company Living the Dream, Radlett Centre

17th Joe Brown In Concert with Pete Brown, Phil Capaldi, Roland Jones and Mike Nichols, Alban Arena

20th Ballet Central, Hertford Theatre

20th Radlett Music Club presents: Andrew Booth, guitar and Stephanie Oade, cello, Karl Konig Hall, Patchetts Green, Aldenham. 01923 859291

21st Paul Jones stars in Rockin’ in Rhythm with Digby Fairweather’s Half Dozen, Broxbourne Civic Hall

22nd-24th Millionair�, featuring songs from international artists, Hertford Theatre

23rd Gerry and the Pacemakers, Gerry Cross the Mersey, Rhodes Arts Centre, Bishop’s Stortford

30th Handel: Theodora, performed by the Benslow Baroque Oratorio course, St Mary’s Church, Hitchin. 01462 459446

30th Tony Christie 50th Anniversary Tour, Alban Arena

30th St Albans Chamber Choir with St Albans Symphony Orchestra, St Albans Abbey. 0845 6588982

30th MProductions Heart and Music, Trestle Arts Base

30th Real Diamond, the Jazz Singer Tour, Radlett Centre

THEATRE

Until 2nd The Company of Ten presents The Father by August Strindberg, Abbey Theatre, St Albans

2nd Shmoozeworthy with comedian Mark Maier, Radlett Centre

1st-23rd Time of my Life by Alan Ayckbourn, Watford Palace Theatre

1st Michael Morpurgo's Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn, The Weston Auditorium, Hatfield. 01707 281127

1st Bound & Gagged Comedy Present: An Audience With Imran Yusuf, Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead

3rd Barnstormers Comedy Club, Hertford Theatre

5th Keepers; based on a true story Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead

6th-9th The Radlett Players present: The Small Hours, Radlett Centre

7th Arthur Smith Exposed! Broxbourne Civic Hall

9th Mike Gunn & Sean Collins ‘Still on the Road’ Show, Alban Arena

9th Comedy Night, with MC Paul B Edwards, Letchworth Arts Centre

14th Magners Funhouse Comedy Club, Rhodes Arts Centre, Bishop’s Stortford

11th-16th Theatre Week, Hertford Dramatic and Operatic Society celebrate their 50th year of Hertford Theatre Week in 2011.  For six nights, six different companies will perform six different productions in competition with one another, Hertford Theatre

13th-16th Flying Feathers, a farce by Derek Benfield, Lytton Theatre, Stevenage

13th-16th Big Spirit Youth Theatre presents Our House, Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin

14th Andy Parsons – Gruntled, Alban Arena

14th-16th Godspell, Abbey Theatre, St Albans

15th Lenny Henry in Cradle to Rave, brand new one-man show, Alban Arena

18th Maudsley, A Devious Mind, comedy magic supported by TJ Shoesmith, Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin

18th Comedian Dan Clark Live, Alban Arena

21st Cowardy Custard, featuring the words and music of Noel Coward, Radlett Centre

21st Ed Byrne – Crowd Pleaser, Alban Arena

23rd Comedian Shappi Khorsandi, Harpenden Public Halls

26th Letchworth Arcadians present Little Shop of Horrors, Gordon Craig Theatre

27th An Evening of Clairvoyance with Tony Stockwell, Alban Arena

27thComedian Robin Ince’s Bad Book Club, Harpenden Public Halls

28th Psychic Evening with TJ Higgs, Harpenden Public Halls

28th charity gala performance of Twelfth Night, Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City. 01707 324300

29th Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club, Harpenden Public Halls

29th Shaolin Warriors, Alban Arena

29th Stand-up comic Jeremy Hardy, Hertford Theatre

30th Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Hertford Theatre

ART & EXHIBITIONS

Until May 7th Bishops Stortford Art Society Exhibition, Rhodes Arts Complex. 01279 659179

Until June 26th Little and Large, Bushey Museum and Art Gallery 

Until June 26th Chance Glass: exhibition of Chance Glass collected by Bryen Wood, Bushey Museum and Art gallery

Until June 26th Bushey Then and Now 2, a new selection from the Greville Collection of historic Bushey photographs Bushey Museum and Art gallery

Until September 3rd Mud, Sweat and Beer – Exhibition of Everyday Life in Tudor Times, Hertford Museum

Until December, Painting of the Fortnight, a changing display of works chosen by members of the local community, Watford Museum

Until 3rd Botanical Photography: Flowers in close-up by John McCormack, Bushey Museum and Art gallery

Until 16th West Herts College Art Installation, Watford Museum  

Until 30th Visual Arts: Beyond Pattern, Museum of St Albans Art and Design Gallery. 01707 281127

Until 30th Diverse Landscapes, Huw Hopkins first solo exhibition of landscape photographs, Apthorp Gallery, Radlett Centre

1st-29th Photographic studies by local artist Liz Allen Pytalelia, Letchworth Arts Centre

2nd The Art of Oak 2: Lecture by Martin Smith, Watford Museum

5th-15th Sticky Tape People; sculptures of local celebrities past and present, all made of sticky tape, Letchworth Arts Centre

5th-28th The Places I Have Been, landscape painting by young artist Lisa Harrold, Letchworth Arts Centre

From 9th Exhibition of work from members of Cheryl Gould’s Printing Class, Bushey Museum and Art gallery

16thThe Glasgow Boys and Scottish Colourists: Lecture by Martin Smith, Watford Museum

16th-17th Mimram Quilters 10th Patchwork and Quilting Exhibition, Welwyn Civic Centre. 01462 790577

19th Radlett Art Society Lecture: Dr Michael O’Brien on The Khmer Empire, its Art and Architecture, Radlett Centre

19th-28th Big - an exhibition of works by Paul Ambler, Letchworth Arts Centre

From 23rd Moore at Hatfield, exhibition of Henry Moore’s work in the West Garden, Hatfield House

CHILDREN & FAMILY

2nd How the Koala Learnt to Hug, Radlett Centre

7th-8th The Tiger Who Came To Tea, based on the picture book written and illustrated by Judith Kerr, Alban Arena

7th-9th Camp Rock, new musical based on the Disney movies, Hertford Theatre

9th Luminous Tales, animated shadow play for children aged three-plus Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead

9th Tudor Fun Day, Hertford Museum

10th Family magic show with Magic Dave, Hertford Theatre

10th The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Other Furry Tales, puppetry for children aged three-plus, Letchworth Arts Centre

11th Easter Egg Hunt, Oakmere Park, Potters Bar. 0208 2077568

11th-14th Puppetry-themed workshops for the Easter holiday for five to ten year-olds, Letchworth Arts Centre

From 12th Drop-in Tudor Easter Holiday Activities for children, Hertford Museum

12th-14th Easter Holiday Fun for Kids, Rye Meads nature reserve, Stanstead Abbotts

15th Easter Egg Hunt, Aberford Park, Borehamwood. 0208 2077568

19th Easter Egg Hunt, Moatfield, Bushey. 0208 2077568

19th-20th Roary the Racing Car, Broxbourne Civic Hall

20th Easter Animal Farm, Busy Bees, St Albans 2pm to 4pm

20th Stig of the Dump, Radlett Centre

21st Teddy Bear’s Picnic for under fives, Radlett Centre

22nd and 23rd Ashridge Easter Egg Trail. 01442 851227

23rd Easter Egg Hunt, King George Recreation Ground, Bushey. 0208 2077568

23rd Easter Egg Hunt, supporting Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, Capel Manor Gardens, Enfield

23rd Easter Egg Hunt and family fun day, Watford Museum  

23rd The Secret Lives of Cows and Sheep, get up close with farm animals, Church Farm, Ardeley, Stevenage

25th Family and Pets Walk, Hertford. 01707 332241

WALKS & NATURE

From 2nd Barnet and Monken Hadley historical and ghost walks. 0208 4406805  

2nd Broxbourne Biking Part Two, moderate seven-mile cycle ride including Broxbourne Woods. 01462 459395

4th Berkhamsted Waterways Walk, two-mile easy walk around Berkhamsted. 01727 848168

6th Wild places on your doorstep - explore the Greenspaces around Bishop’s Stortford with the Countryside Management Service. 01462 459395

9th Discover Ashridge walk, meet at the Visitor Centre at 10am at the Visitor Centre on Monument Green. 01442 823727

10th Hidden Hertford Walk, Old Cross and Cowbridge. 01992 582686

10th Walking the Common at Bricket Wood, three-mile guided trail. 01727 848168

10th Bumps and Blooms, three-mile walk exploring the chalk hills at Therfield Heath. 01462 459395

13th Tring Bird Events, National History Museum, Tring

14th Wonderful Worms, join the Friends of Pishiobury Park to survey Earthworms in the park. 01462 459395

15th and 16th Reptiles Revealed, Hertford reptile-themed walk suitable for all the family. 01462 459395

17th Hidden Hertford Walk, Rivers of Hartham. 01992 582686

18th Gentle Stroll, two-hour informal walk in the National Trust Ashridge Estate, led by Brian and Sian Barton. 01442 823727

21st Ashridge Commons Archaeology Walk, Ashridge Estate, Berkhamsted. 01442 823727

23rd Three-mile Spring Wildflower Walk around Oxhey Woods. 01727 848168

30th Trail and Ale, join a National Trust Ranger on the 16 mile boundary walk around the Ashridge Estate. Get a real taste of the variety of the Estate and learn more about it on this guided walk, concluding at a local pub. 01442 823727

SPECIAL EVENTS

3rd Cream Teas for Mothers Day, Place House Hall, Ware. 01992 504331

From 19th Baldock festival http://www.baldockfestival.org/

From 29th Kimpton Art Show, Parish Church, Kimpton http://www.kimptonartshow.co.uk/

From 30th VE Day Celebrations, Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey

From 30th Herts Garden Show, Knebworth House. 01795 474660

GENERAL INTEREST

Until May 2nd The Thames Whale Story, Natural History, Tring

2nd Quiz Evening in aid of Isabel Hospice, Memorial Hall, Welham Green. 01707 265333

3rd Open Garden for NGS, St Paul’s Walden Bury, Hitchin 

3rd Open Garden for NGS, Shenley park Walled Garden 

10th Spring Wedding Exhibition, Hertford Castle

12th Coffee Morning for Isabel Hospice, Markwell Pavilion, Bishop's Stortford. 01279 755320

13th Best-selling author Jodi Picoult will be talking about her new book Sing You Home and signing copies, Rhodes Arts Centre, Bishop’s Stortford

15th Clocks of Windsor Castle Part Two: Friends of Watford Museum talk by Steven Davidson, Watford Museum

16th Jumble Sale, Thundridge Village Hall. 01920 462992

17th Open Garden for NGS, Amwell Cottage, Wheathampstead

27th Open Garden for NGS, Rustling End Cottage, near Codicote

28th Mayor’s Pride Awards Ceremony www.stalbans.gov.uk/mayorsprideawards 

FARMERS MARKETS

2nd Hatfield, White Lion Square, 9am to 2.30pm

9th Hertford, Market Place, 8.30am to 1pm

9th Stevenage, White Lion Yard, 10am to 2pm

10th St Albans: Market Place, 10am to 4pm

16th Tring: The Market, Brook Street, 9am to noon

17th Wheathampstead: East Lane Car Park, 10am to 1pm

23rd Hatfield Heath, Village Hall, 9.30am to 12.30pm

30th Tring: The Market, Brook Street, 9am to noon

USEFUL CONTACTS

Abbey Theatre, St Albans 01727 857861

Alban Arena, St Albans 01727 844488

Ashridge Estate, Berkhamsted 01441 851227

Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City 01707 357117

British Schools Museum, Hitchin 01462 420144

Broxbourne Civic Hall 01992 441946

Court Theatre, Pendley, Tring 01442 823130

First Garden City Heritage Museum 01462 482710

Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage 01438 363200

Harpenden Public Halls 01582 767525

Hatfield House 01707 287010

Hitchin Museum and Art Gallery 01462 434476

Knebworth House and Gardens 01438 812661

Letchworth Arts Centre 01462 670788

Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans 01727 844222

Market Theatre, Hitchin 01462 433553

Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead 01442 228091

Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin 01462 434875

Radlett Centre 01923 859291

Rhodes Arts Complex, Bishop’s Stortford 01279 651746

Sandpit Theatre, St Albans 01727 370067

Shenley Park 01923 852629

St Albans Cathedral 01727 860780

Trestle Arts Base, St Albans 01727 850950

Watford Palace Theatre 01923 225671

Watersmeet Theatre 01923 711063

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