Your complete Hertfordshire August diary

Find out what's on in Hertfordshire in August 2011


Until 1 January, 2012 My Dear Students – Artists of The Herkomer School, Bushey Museum and Art Gallery

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

Until 31st Free exhibition of contemporary sculpture in the grounds of The Grove, Chandlers Cross

Until 31st Paintings by Michael Brace, Foyer Gallery, Letchworth Arts Centre

Until 20 August the McNeill Gallery Annual Summer Exhibition, The Not Not The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

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Until 14th Bushey Festival Photographic Art Competition Exhibition, Bushey Museum and Art Gallery

Until 6th Barnet Guild of Artists annual exhibition of members work, Pennefather Hall, Christ Church, Barnet from 10am to 7pm

1st-31st Knebworth Carvings, exhibition of chainsaw carvings by resident wood carvers, Knebworth House

2nd-29th Paintings in oils by Jude Giles, Caf� Gallery, Letchworth Arts Centre

From 8th until 23 October, Take One – Children’s Art, work by pupils of Little Reddings Primary School, Bushey Museum and Art Gallery

9th Join the Frobisher Art Group for Water Colour Art, Bushey Rose Garden from 10.30am to 2.30pm. 07930 536418

21st Cream Teas and Art Exhibition, Hastoe Village Hall, near Tring

From 22nd until 1 January 2012, Bushey Then and Now, Bushey Museum and Art Gallery


5th Gareth Hulse (oboe), Martin Outram (viola), Lucy Wakeford (harp) and Julian Rolton (piano) in concert, Benslow Music Trust. 01462 459446

11th The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular, Harpenden Public Halls

12th Phillippa Davies (flute) and Jan Willem Nellecke (piano) in concert, Benslow Music Trust. 01462 459446

14th Harp in the Park, with harpist Lucy Haslar from 2pm to 4pm, Bushey Rose Garden

19th Entente Cordiale in Concert, Benslow Music Trust. 01462 459446

19th Barbara and All That Jazz, jazz festival, The Falcon Hotel, Bromyard

19th-21st Hertfordshire Jazz Festival, Campus West, Welwyn Garden City

24th Marty Wilde, Alban Arena



2nd-6th Pendley Shakespeare Festival, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Pendley manor, near Tring. 01442 820060

9th-13th Pendley Shakespeare Festival, The Winter’s Tale, Pendley manor, near Tring. 01442 820060

17th Evening Outdoor Theatre; the Roald Dahl classic Fantastic Mr Fox performed by Illyria theatre company on the sunken lawn at Knebworth House

31st Dusk rings a Bell by Stephen Belber, Watford Palace Theatre


Until 4th September, Summer Spectacular, Willows Farm Village

From 1st Five-day Pop-School workshop for children aged seven to 16 with Bedazzle Performing Arts, Rhodes Bishop’s Stortford

From 1st Summer Activity Days for children from school years one to nine 9.30am to 3pm, Cuffley Camp Outdoor Centre, Northaw, Potters Bar. 01707 872632

1st-5th Five-day Musical Theatre Workshop for children aged eight to 16 years old, Radlett Centre

1st-5th International Soccer Schools, football camp for five to ten year-olds, Haberdasher’s Askes School, Elstree. 0845 6435278

1st-12th On with the Show Summer Project 2011, two-week drama project for children aged four to 16, St Thomas Centre, Watford

3rd National Play Day event, Oakmere Park, Potters Bar from 12pm to 3pm. 0208 2077568 

4th Teddy Bears Picnic in the gardens of Broxbourne Civic Hall from 12noon to 3pm. 01992 441946

4th Minibeast Safari, Natural History Museum, Tring

From 8th Let’s Get Animated: Let’s Dance! Week long programme of activities for children aged eight to 12, Rhodes Bishop’s Stortford

8th-19th Michael Vaughan Cricket Camp for children aged five to ten years, Haberdasher’s Askes School

10th Tiny Mites at the Seaside, stage show for children aged six years and under, Radlett Centre 

12th Family Fun Day, Oakmere Park, Potters Bar from 12pm to 3pm. 0208 2077568

14th-15th Mr Benn, Broxbourne Civic Hall

15th Chronicle Your Past, family activity day from 10am to 4pm, Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies, Hertford. 0300 123049

15th-19th and 22nd-26th Hertford Youth Theatre Summer Show-in-a-Week, two five day workshops for children aged seven to 18, Hertford Theatre. 01992 581677

15th-19th Mad Science Summer Camp for children aged four to 11 years-old, Windhill Primary School, Bishop’s Stortford

18th-21st Fun Size Funfair, King George Recreation Ground, Bushey

From 21st Blast!  Week-long summer theatre school, Rhodes Bishop’s Stortford

22nd-23rd Bob the Builder Show, Broxbourne Civic Hall

22nd-26th Out in the Wild, events at Celtic Harmony Camp, Brickendon. 01438 718543

24th Children’s Pet Show in the grounds of Bollescroft House, opposite Broxbourne Civic Hall 01992 441946

24th Family Fun Day, Oakmere Park, Potters Bar from 12pm to 3pm. 0208 2077568 from 12pm to 3pm



7th Open Garden for NGS, Beesonend Gardens, Harpenden AL5 2AN

7th Open Garden for NGS, Great Stones, near Buntingford SG9. 0AD

7th Open Garden for NGS, 9 Tannsfield Drive, Hemel Hempstead HP2 5LG

12th Open Garden for NGS, 44 Broadwater Avenue, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3HJ

14th Open Garden for NGS, 8 Gosselin Road, Bengeo, SG14 3LG

14th Open Garden for NGS, 44 Broadwater Avenue, Letchworth Garden City

21st Open Garden for NGS, Patchwork, Berkhamsted, HP4 2NJ

21st Hopleys Much Hadham Open Gardens in aid of the Red Cross

21st and 24th Open Garden for NGS, Southend Farm, Stevenage, SG1 3HS



6th The Edible Dormouse Talk and Walk, Ashridge Estate from 8pm to 10pm. 01442 851227

From 7th Barnet and Monken Hadley historical and ghost walks. 0208 4406805

7th Join the Ver Valley Society to explore the beautiful rolling countryside of the River Ver Valley on a circular walk. 0871 2002233

7th Discovery Day, Maple Lodge Nature Reserve, Maple Cross from 11am to 3.30pm. 01923 230277

7th Hidden Hertford Walk - Rivers of Hartham, organised by Hertford Museum. 01992 582686

10th Totally Batty, night-time walk Ashridge Estate from 9pm to 10.30pm. 01442 851227

17th Gentle Stroll, an up-to-2-hour informal walk in the National Trust Ashridge Estate led by Brian and Sian Barton. 01442 823 727

20th Walk this Way, guided walk using Shaw’s last published book  A Rhyming Guide to Ayot St Lawrence, from Shaw’s Corner, Ayot St Lawrence

21st Hidden Hertford Walk - In the footsteps of the Romans, book with Hertford Museum. 01992 582686


6th Some Enchanted Evening Masked Ball, Harpenden Public Halls. 01442 872611

7th Antiques & Vintage Fair, Barkway Village Hall

9th Coffee Morning for Isabel Hospice, Markwell Pavilion, Bishop's Stortford from 10.30am to 12noon. 01279 755320

13th Activity Open Day, Lee Valley White Water Centre. 08456 770600

18th Isabel Hospice Networking Lunch, Lussmanns, Bishop’s Stortford. 01707 382547

22nd Laughter Therapy, Bushey Rose Garden from 12pm to 1pm. 07736 341717

28th Mind Body & Soul Fayre, William Morris Labour Club, South Oxhey. 07739023463

28th Oliver Mills 6-a-side tournament in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust, Hatfield Hyde Cricket Club, Welwyn Garden City


4th Tiger Day, Shepreth Wildlife Park, Near Royston from 12pm to 4pm

5th-7th Art in Clay, work from more than 170 of the best ceramicists from all over the UK and Europe, Hatfield House

5th-7th Murder on the Standon Express’ Music Festival

7th Royston Kite Festival, Therfield Heath, Royston 10.30am to 4.30pm

7th Rock at the Castle, charity rock festival in the grounds of Hertford Castle

12th-14th Standon Calling music festival

13th Waltham Cross Classic Car Day, live music from local bands and 80-plus vehicles from 1940s to up to date classics, High Street, Waltham Cross

13th-14th Knebworth Country Show, Knebworth House

14th Folly @ The Folly, street party, Hertford. 07811 613279

19th-21st Hatfield House Country Show

19th-21st Flamstead Scarecrow Festival

21st Tewin Classic Cars, Upper Green, Tewin from 11am to 4pm. 01438 717538

21st Classic and Custom Motorcycle Show, Knebworth House

21st Hertford Castle Open Day

28th Goatfest, 12 hours of live bands in aid of Isabel Hospice, Goat Inn, Codicote from 12pm to midnight

28th-29th Classic Motor Show, Knebworth House

28th-29th Chilli Festival, Benington Lordship Gardens. 08701 261709

29th Much Hadham Fete and Companion Dog Show, Recreation Ground, Much Hadham

29th Berkhamsted Lions Summer Fete, Berkhamsted Cricket Club from 1pm to 5pm

29th Ashwell Show, Elbrook Meadow, Ashwell

29th Primitive Skills Festival, Celtic Harmony Camp, Brickendon. 01438 718543

31st Music to Watch the Flowers By, all-day family picnic concert, Shenley Park. 01923 852629


5th Barnet: Spires Shopping Centre 8.30am to 3pm

6th Hatfield, White Lion Square 9am to 2.30pm

6th Tring: The Market, Brook Street - 9am to 12pm

13th Hertford, Market Place 8.30am to 1pm

13th Fowlmere: Village Hall 9am to 12pm

14th St Albans: Market Place 10am to 4pm

17th Hexton, St Faith’s Church 1pm to 4pm

19th Barnet: Spires Shopping Centre 8.30am to 3pm

20th Tring: The Market, Brook Street - 9am to 12pm

21st Wheathampstead: East Lane Car Park 10am to 1pm

27th Hatfield Heath, Village Hall 9.30am to 12.30pm


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

Compiled by Kate Everett. Email details of your event to