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Events and Things to Do and Enjoy in St Albans & Harpenden

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January 2014 - May 2014

Rennie Grove Biggest Loser

Event Times: Various

Address: Various

Telephone: 01442 820720

Website: www.renniegrove.org/biggestloser

Email: biggestloser@renniegrove.org

Rennie Grove Hospice Care is inviting 60 people to ‘Get Healthy, Get Happy – for life’ in 2014 by applying for a place in its Biggest Loser Campaign. In conjunction with three gyms, health and fitness professionals and a nutritionist, this new lifestyle programme will start in January but applications for a place need to be submitted by 13th January 2014. Please visit our website for more information.

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Thursday 24th April - Friday 25th April 2014

Electric Bike Tours of St Albans

All all day guided tour of St Albans by electric bike. The tour uncovers St Albans Roman and medieval past and visits St Albans Cathedral for a walking tour. The tour then progresses into the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside for a 25 mile circular cycle ride visiting local places of historical interest.
Venue: The tour starts in Verulamium Park opposite the Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre, Holywell Hill, St Albans AL12DL
Time: 10:00-17:00
Price: £50 per person (14+). This includes entry to all the attractions, but not lunch.
Box Office: Tickets are available online from
http://electricbiketours.co.uk/bookings or telephone 01442 927522

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Thursday 24th April 2014

Illegal Eagles

The classic line-up of all four founder members plus Garreth Hicklin, all accomplished & proficient players and with a beautiful & pitch perfect singer, work their way through all the crowd pleasers.
Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, AL1 3LD
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: £24.50, £22.50
Box Office: 01727 844488

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Thursday 24th April - Saturday 3rd May 2014

'Tom & Viv" by M. Hastings

Company of Ten presents 'Tom & Viv" by Michael Hastings. It’s Oxford 1915, and American poet T. S. Eliot is captivated by the beautiful but highly-strung Vivienne Haigh-Wood. Their whirlwind romance leads to a tempestuous marriage. But as Tom finds literary acclaim, Viv ’s increasingly erratic behaviour becomes harder to endure.
Venue: Abbey Theatre, Westminster Lodge, Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 2DL
Time: Thu 24 - Sat 26 Apr: 20:00, Sun 27 Apr: 14:30, Wed 30 Apr - Sat 3 May: 20:00
Tickets: £10.25 to £12.25, Concessions £9.25 to £11.25
Box Office: 01727 857861 Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 12 noon or online
http://www.abbeytheatre.org.uk or on performance evenings from 30 minutes before curtain-up

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Friday 25th April 2014

Alan Davies - Little Victories

Following the sell out success of his long-awaited return to stand up, Alan Davies returns with his highly anticipated follow up show, Little Victories. Davies virtuosic story-telling and whip-smart funny bones combine to make this a show not to be missed.
Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, AL1 3LD
Time: 8pm
Tickets: £25
Box Office: 01727 844488

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Saturday 26th April 2014

Crime & Punishment Guided Walk

Murder, theft, bribery and adultery, just some of the crimes over the ages. Hear about rogues, vagabonds and incorrigible rogues. Criminal conversation? It is not what you think it might be! A fascinating walk which shows our ancestors were not dissimilar to us. The only difference is the punishments received for the crime. Not for the faint-hearted!
Venue: The walk starts from outside the front of the Old Town Hall (outside Merchant Tea & Coffee), Market Place, St Albans AL3 5DJ
Time: 14:30
Price: £4 Adults, £2 Children
Box Office: Tickets are available online from -
www.stalbanstourguides.co.uk or in person at St Albans Tourist Information Centre or they can be bought from the guide.

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Saturday 26th April 2014

Saturday Organ Concert Series

With Robert Woolley on the organ. His recital will include works by Sweelinck, Scheidt and J S Bach.
Venue: St Saviour's Church, Sandpit Lane, St Albans
Time: 5.30pm
Admission Free. There is a retiring collection at each concert in aid of the International Organ Festival Society.

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Saturday 26th April 2014

The Live Music Project

The Tuesday Club+ The Vulz + Chameleon Boy + Dodo Bones
Venue: Trestle Arts Base, Russett Drive, St Albans, AL4 0JQ
Time: 7.30pm
Price: Free Entry 14+
Box Office: 01727 850950

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Sunday 27th April 2014

Aristocrats, Paupers and Philanthropists Guided Walk

Based in the St Peter’s area you will hear of London orphans and their wet nurses, the philanthrophy of Winston Churchill’s ancestors and find out about the “heir and spare”. Why is there an arrow above the Pemberton Almshouse on St Peter’s Street and why is there an unusual milestone in Hatfield Road? An interesting stroll around the lesser known historic features of St Albans
Venue: The walk starts from outside the front of the Old Town Hall (outside Merchant Tea & Coffee), Market Place, St Albans AL3 5DJ
Time: 11:00
Price: £4 Adults, £2 Children
Box Office: Tickets are available online from -
www.stalbanstourguides.co.uk or in person at St Albans Tourist Information Centre or they can be bought from the guide.

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Sunday 27th April 2014

A City Revealed Guided Walk

St Albans, the unheralded jewel of Hertfordshire, a 1000 year old city at the heart of English History. Tour well known and lesser known sites of the City – hear about revolting peasants, martyrs, heretics, monasteries and monks. Find out what is unique to St Albans and see its medieval clock tower and parish memorials.
Venue: In front of the Old Town Hall (outside Merchant tea & coffee), Market Place, St Albans, AL3 5DJ
Time: 14:30
Price: £4 Adults, £2 Children
Box Office: All tickets can be bought online at
www.stalbanstourguides.co.uk or in person at The Tourist Information Centre, The Old Town Hall, Market Place, St Albans, AL3 5DJ or from the guide on the walk.

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Sunday 27th April 2014

'Pigs Might Fly' at the Museum of St Albans

Story time session for the under 7s at the Museum of St Albans. Join us for “Pigs Might Fly “and other Jonathan Emmett stories, a craft activity and Children’s Book Award voting. In association with St Albans Children’s Book Group.
Venue: Museum of St Albans, 9a Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL1 3RR
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Cost: £1 (Free to members of the St Albans Children’s Book Group). All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Contact: 01727 819340

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Sunday 27th April 2014

'Father, Godfather and Gardener' Baroque Concert

Alban City School PTA presents an afternoon of Baroque music by Bach, Telemann, Handel and more...followed by refreshments.
Venue: St Peter's Church, St Peter's Street, St Albans AL1 3HG
Time: 15:30 - 16:30
Tickets: £9/£7.50 conc (under 12's Free)
Box Office: From the school office: 7 Hatfield Road, St Albans AL1 3RR or by telephone/SMS: 07854 111636 or email:
pta@albancityschool.herts.sch.uk

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Tuesday 29th April 2014

Reminiscence at the Museum of St Albans

On the last Tuesday of every month, take some time out to come along to the museum's fun and nostalgic reminiscence sessions. We meet once a month for a friendly chat about the past over a cup of tea. Each month there's a different theme, with objects from the museum's collections. The sessions are free and open to anyone of any age.
Venue: Museum of St Albans, 9A Hatfield Road, St Albans AL1 3RR
Time: 14:00 
Cost: Free

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Tuesday 29th April - Saturday 3rd May 2014

'Annie'

St Albans Operatic Society presents 'Annie'. With songs including It’s A Hard Knock Life and Easy Street, this is a must-see, feel-happy musical for young and old alike, and for anyone who has ever looked at a grey sky and believed – really, really believed – that “the sun’ll come out tomorrow.”
Venue: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, AL1 3LD
Time: Tuesday 29th April – Saturday 3rd May: 19:30, Wednesday & Saturday matinees 14:00
Tickets: £17.50. For details of Concessions, Group Booking discounts and school groups see
www.saos.org.uk
Box Office: 01727 844488

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Thursday 1st May to Sunday 4th May 2014

St Albans Film Festival

St Albans Film Festival is returning bigger and better in 2014. Filmmakers both local and from across the globe will showcase their talent and receive recognition in the form of festival selection and the opportunity to win awards and cash prizes. Film-lovers will have a chance to see some unique and fantastic films and to celebrate the superb filmmaking history of St Albans.

What to expect: Film Premières - Workshops - Talks from respected names in film - Networking Events - Entertainment – Family Screenings…and lots more.
Further information: 
www.stalbansfilmfestival.com

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Thursday 1st May - 2nd May 2014

Electric Bike Tours of St Albans

All all day guided tour of St Albans by electric bike. The tour uncovers St Albans Roman and medieval past and visits St Albans Cathedral for a walking tour. The tour then progresses into the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside for a 25 mile circular cycle ride visiting local places of historical interest.
Venue: The tour starts in Verulamium Park opposite the Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre, Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 2 DL
Time: 10:00-17:00
Price: £50 per person (14+). This includes entry to all the attractions, but not lunch.
Box Office: Tickets are available online from
http://electricbiketours.co.uk/bookings or telephone 01442 927522

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Thursday 1st May 2013

Lecture Series: 'Herbs and Witchcraft'

'Herbs and Witchcraft - the Facts behind the Fiction' with Julie Wakefield. The writings of two 17th century herbalists provide fascinating sources of evidence. One tells how people at this time believed witches were using plants. The other gives actual first-hand accounts of how they were used magically, which are both surprising and strange. 
Venue: Verulamium Museum, St Michael's Street, St Albans AL34SW
Time: 19:30
Tickets: £8
Contact: 01727 751810 or online
www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk


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Every Saturday

Ryder Dance Academy - Saturday classes

Event Times: Various

Address: Samuel Ryder Academy, Drakes Drive, St. Albans AL1 5AR

Telephone: 07590 963820

Email: RDA@samuelryderacademy.co.uk

9:30 - 10:00: First Steps: Parent and Tot (1-2 years)

10:05 - 10:35: Pre Ballet (2-3 years)

10: 40 -11:10: Mini Movers (3-5 years)

11:15 - 12:00: Junior Ballet 1 (6-8 years)

12:00 - 12:45: Junior Movers (6-9 years)

12:45 - 1:45: Junior Ballet 2 (9-13 years)

First Steps:

This class helps to develop coordination, motor and social skills at a very young age through games with parents and their tots. This is a great introduction to dance, while giving your child an advantage in their development!

Mini Movers:

Touching on ballet, jazz, and modern; this class explores a range of dance styles to allow your child to develop a love for dance and a broad base of skills.

For more information please contact Cristina Paige:

E: RDA@samuelryderacademy.co.uk

T: 07590 963820

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Last Tuesday of every month

Reminiscence at the Museum of St Albans

Event Times: 2pm-3pm

Address: Museum of St Albans, Hatfield Road, AL1 3RR

Telephone: 01727 819340

Website: stalbansmuseums.org.uk/What-s-on/Reminiscence

Email: catherine.newley@stalbans.gov.uk

Take some time out to come along to the museum's fun and nostalgic reminiscence sessions. We meet once a month for a friendly chat about the past over a cup of tea. Each month there's a different theme, with objects from the museum's collections. The sessions are free and open to anyone of any age.

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2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the Month

St Albans Circle

Website: www.stalbanscircle.org.uk

Email: enquiries@stalbanscircle.org.uk

Events: www.stalbanscircle.org.uk/events

Want to meet new people and do new things?  Want to get more involved in your local community? 
St Albans based social group for women aged 18 – 45 years old.  For more information and to find out what we do please visit our website.

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2nd Thursday of the month

St Albans Gay Parents Group

Event Times: 3-6pm  Address: Alban Way Children's Centre @ Marshalswick, Sherwood Avenue, St Albans, AL4 9RW

Telephone: 01727 260041

Website: www.hertschildrenscentres.org.uk/albanway

Email: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/stalbansgayparents/ 

We’re a friendly group open to lesbian, gay, bisexual  trans parents (and parents-to-be) and children.  Cost for refreshments is 50p per family and it is drop in.  

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Throughout the year

St Albans Tour Guides

Website: www.stalbanstourguides.co.uk

Click here to see full Walks calendar for 2011

Join our fully trained guides and explore the fascinating history on one of our  many walking
tours. Discover  the most picturesque and interesting areas of  the city, such as the medieval
Clock Tower built between 1403 and 1412 surviving over 600 years of use. Take an amble through the ancient marketplace where people have been walking for hundreds of years. 

Take the route to the Abbey that Kings and Queens have trod in times gone by. This magnificent building, containing the shrine of St Alban, the first British Christian martyr, stands proudly dominating the city’s skyline. Explore one of the finest  examples  of a Roman theatre in Britain.
All this and much more can be seen on the guided walking tours. 

The calendar lists all the walks and topics for the year and an outline of each walk can be found
on the following page.

The City of St Albans Tour Guides was founded in 1964. A training programme is undertaken
by guides covering both historical knowledge and practical guiding techniques. Meet the guide
at the Tourist Information Centre in St Albans.

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Throughout the year

Garden of the Rose

Website: www.rnrs.org

Founded in 1876, the Royal National Rose Society is a leading gardening charity (Registered Charity No. 1035848) dedicated to encouraging, improving and extending the science, art and practice of the cultivation and conservation of roses.

The Society still adheres to these principles and promotes growing roses, provides information
and helps rose growers and enthusiasts across the world.

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Throughout the year

Old Gorhambury House

The remains of a once immense mansion built in 1563-8 by Sir Nicholas Bacon, Queen
Elizabeth's Lord Keeper, and twice visited by the Queen. Its extravagantly showy two-storey
porch survives, with parts of the hall, chapel and clock-tower.

www.english-heritage.org.uk

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Throughout the year

St Albans South Signal Box Open Days

Address: Next to Platform 4, St Albans City Station, Ridgmont Road, St Albans AL1 3AJ

Telephone: 01727 836131

Price: Free

Open days are on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. We will be giving signalling demonstrations where you can change the signals, ring box bells and ‘send a train to Napsbury’ The downstairs museum has a fascinating variety of old signalling equipment and artefacts on display, with tea & coffee - or you can stroll around the garden.

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Throughout the year

Watercress Wildlife Association

Address: Riverside Road, St Albans

Telephone: 01442 228385

Time: 2pm - 5pm

Price: Free

Wesbite: www.watercress-net.org.uk

WWA is a small wildlife conservation area (4acres) created and maintained by a local committee,
aided by other interested people. It was granted Local Nature Reserve Status in 2003. Site access
is adjacent to 236 Riverside Road, St Albans. Working parties meet at 11.00am, on the last Sunday
of every month, but the site is open to visitors at all times (sorry, no dogs or cycles allowed).

It is of interest to all ages and there is a bird hide on the site.

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Throughout the year

Redbournbury Watermill

Address: Redbournbury Lane, Redbourn Road, St Albans. AL3 6RS

Opening hours: Every Sunday afternoon throughout the year from 1430–1700hrs

(Winter 1430–1630hrs)

Bakery open Friday and Saturday mornings. Other special open days (contact for details)

Tel: 01582 792874

E.mail: redbrymill@aol.com

Web: www.redbournmill.co.uk

Redbournbury Mill is a fully restored 18th century working watermill on the River Ver just north of
St Albans. The mill produces and sells stoneground organic flour. The recently opened bakery produces a variety of bread from the mill’s organic flours. The river and surrounding countryside are a haven for wildlife and the mill is an ideal stop for walkers and cyclists. Attractions include milling demonstrations, an Oil Engine and other exhibits. Open for private groups and tours by arrangement (contact for details)

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Throughout the year

Beginners photography courses

Event Times: weekends

Address: Museum of St Albans, Hatfield Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3 RR

Telephone: 01727 220021

Website: http://www.unshaken-photography.co.uk/about/stalbans-photography-training-courses-2/

Email: nick@unshaken.co.uk

Unshaken Photography run digital photography courses for beginners and those looking to become professionals from St Albans museum.  Our courses which are run regularly are the perfect introduction to digital photography whether you are a complete beginner or simply looking to improve your photography.

Our courses are run with small class sizes and will help you move your photography forward. 

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Throughout the year

Name: St Albans Cathedral - Special offer to loyalty card holders

Address: Sumpter Yard, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 1BY

Telephone: 01727 860780

Website: www.stalbanscathedral.org

Email: mail@stalbanscathedral.org

Map: View here

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The Cathedral stands over the place where Alban, Britain's first martyr, was buried, and is the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in the country.

It is a building of contrasting architectural styles from the Saxon period through to the great Victorian restoration and a 20th century Chapter house.

At the heart of the building is the candlelit shrine of Saint Alban, a Roman Citizen who was put to death because of his faith in Christ.  You can also see stunning and unique wall paintings, a very rare 15th century watching loft and walk the length of England's longest nave.

There are daily FREE guided tours, a book shop, gift shop and the Cafe at the Abbey.  For younger visitors there are Children's Explorer Bags and regular family trails - see www.stalbanscathedral.org or visit the Information Desk for more information.

ADMISSION IS FREE

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Throughout the year

St Albans Jewellery School - Traditional & Contemporary jewellery making techniques.

Address: Hopton & Furlong Studio The Old Dairy, Beaumont Hall Farm, St Albans. Hertfordshire. AL3 6RN

Telephone: 01582 799040

Website: www.hoptonandfurlong.com

Email: info@hoptonandfurlong.com

Create something unique & beautiful by trying your hand at jewellery making....

The jewellery school welcomes students od all levels. Those that are new to jewellery making and more experienced students are encouraged to develop their own design and making skills through a number of challenging projects.

Why not try a Sunday class or sign up for a course? Once you have started designing and making your own jewellery who knows where it will lead?!

Our classes have a maximum of seven students per class to maintain an optimum student to tutor ratio.

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Every 4th Monday in the Month

Event Name: CommonSENse

Event Times: 7.45pm

Address: The Salvation Army, Leyton Green, Harpenden, AL5 2TG

Telephone: 01582 469399

Email: officers@harpendensa.co.uk

Are you a parent who has just found out that your child has special needs or perhaps you have known for some time and are really struggling, then CommonSENse is for you. We are a group of parents who have special needs children. We have been through what you are going through and we want to offer as much support, help and advice as we can. There is no cost and you can just turn up. Even if it is just a shoulder to cry on, we will be there for you.

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