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

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Saturday 4th October 2014


Health Walk – BATFORD AND THE RIVER LEA – meet in Marquis Lane Car Park, AL5 5AA at 2 pm.  Walk lasts around an hour and half, some inclines/stiles.  Full Autumn programme of Health Walks on line at www.hertfordshirehealthwalks.org, or pick up a leaflet in the TIC.

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Saturday 1st November 2014


Final opportunity this season to visit SHAW’S CORNER, the home of playwright Sir George Bernard Shaw, Ayot St Lawrence AL6 9BX.  House and Garden OPEN today/tomorrow  1 – 5 pm (House), 12 noon – 5.30 pm (Garden). 

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Saturday 1st November 2014


POP-UP ART SHOW, daily from 12 noon until 5 pm, with late-night opening until 9 pm on Thursdays.  131 Hatfield Road, AL1 4JS
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Saturday 1st November 2014

SUPER SHOPPING SATURDAY – Retailers and Restaurants across St Albans and Harpenden will be offering special in-store treats and great discounts all day.  Check www.stalbansfashionweek.com for a list of participating outlets and events.

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Saturday 1st November 2014

Annual FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR, Verulamium Park, 7.30 pm (Gates Open 6 pm).  £5 adults, £2 children & seniors, £10 family ticket.


Tickets from the Alban Arena www.alban-arena.co.uk or call 01727 844488


Please note: Personal fireworks are forbidden – leave the sparklers at home!

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Sunday 2nd November 2014


St Albans Cathedral “More to Explore” Tours – “FOR REMEMBRANCE” A reflective Walk through the Cathedral examining the many memorials to the fallen including the Great West Window and the Memorial Chapel itself.  Meet at the West Door, 3 pm.  FREE.

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Sunday 2nd November 2014


FIREWORKS AT BUTTERFLY WORLD, Chiswell Green. Gate 4.30 pm, Fireworks 7.15 pm.  Food & Drinks stalls, Barbecue, Childrens fairground ride (additional charge apply for this).  Free parking.  Fireworks tickets £6, call 01727 869203

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Friday 7th November 2014


New Company of Ten production at the Abbey Theatre – MY BOY JACK Written by David Haig.  Set in 1913 on the brink of WWI, the play features Rudyard Kipling torn between love for his son and passion for his country.


Showing 7th, 8th, 11th – 15th November at 8 pm.  Sunday matinee 9th November at 2.30 pm.    01727 857861

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Friday 7th November 2014


Exhibition of New Work by The Courtyard Artists, Courtyard Café, 11 Hatfield Road,

8.30 am – 5 pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays.  Exhibition runs until Christmas Eve.

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Friday 7th November 2014


Folk at The Maltings, “HERTFORDSHIRE SONGS” sung by Brian Pearson, Steph West,

GBH, Chuck and Angela Silverman and other local singers.  8 pm.  Tickets from the TIC

or on the Door. www.stalbansfolkmusic.org.uk

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Saturday 8th November 2014


Monthly ARTS FOR HERTS Craft Market, Town Hall, today 10 am – 4 pm, and tomorrow 9.30 am – 3.30 pm.   www.artsforhertsmarkets.co.uk

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Saturday 8th November 2014


RAG WREATH WORKSHOP, Courtyard Café, 11 Hatfield Road, 9 am – 12 noon.  £25

(materials provided).  A chance to make a decoration for christmas. To book a place

please email either anjie@wave100.co.uk or suegaffney@yahoo.co.uk

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Saturday 8th November 2014


Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust AGM and optional MEMBERS’ WALK (Walk 8 am, AGM 11.15 am – 12.45 pm) Aldwickbury Park Golf Course Harpenden.  Book on www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on, or call 01727 858901

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Sunday 9th November 2014


Guided Walk – 11 am – STREET WAR MEMORIALS


Meet outside the Town Hall.  Walk lasts around one hour.  £4/£2 children.

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Sunday 9th November 2014


St Albans Organ Theatre OPEN 2 – 4 pm, for monthly demonstrations and Recitals.  Camp Road, AL1 5PE.  www.stalbansorgantheatre.org.uk

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Tuesday 11th November 2014


Film at the Alban Arena – PRIDE (15) Gay and lesbian activists raise money for the striking miners in 1984.  7.30 pm. (also showing Wed 12th, 1.30/7.30 pm)

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Wednesday 12th November 2014


Guided GHOST & GHOULS WALK, Meet outside the Town Hall, 8 pm Walk lasts around one hour.  £4


Saturday 15th November 2014


Last GRAND VINTAGE FAIR for 2014, Jubilee Centre, Catherine Street

10 am – 4 pm.  Further information on 01582 831481

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Saturday 15th November 2014


FREE Guided (circular) 5 mile Walk as part of the “Walks and More” series – VER VALLEY WANDER with a Tour of an Organic Farm.  10 am – 1 pm.  Meet at the Car Park, Redbourn Common, AL3 7NG.  Suggest bring bottle of water and sturdy shoes/boots.  Further information call 01992 588433 or visit website www.hertslink.org/cms

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Saturday 15th November 2014


ROMAN DOMESTIC LIFE – Gallery Talk given by St Albans Tour Guides, 3 – 3.30 pm.  Verulamium Museum.  FREE (to local residents).

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Sunday 16th November 2014


CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH-ON & FUN DAY, ST PETER’S STREET, FROM MID-DAY.  Street entertainment, children’s fun fair, Christmas Market, themed menus, mulled wine, Christmas gift ideas.  The Clock Tower will also be Open.


Lights Switched on at 5.30 pm

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Sunday 16th November 2014


GODS AND GODDESSES – Gallery Talk given by St Albans Tour Guides 3 – 3.30 pm, Verulamium Museum.  FREE (to local residents).

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Monday 17th November 2014


UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE – GRADUATION WEEK. Some areas of the Cathedral will be closed to the public through until Saturday 22nd.

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Friday 21st November 2014


Annual FROST FAIR, Hatfield House.  Gifts for Christmas from a variety of craftspeople.  The Stable Yard shops/restaurant complex will also be open. 


10 am – 4 pm, Friday – Sunday 23rd.

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Saturday 22nd November 2014


“ONLY FOOLS AND BOYCIE” an intimate evening with Only Fools and Horses actor JOHN CHALLIS, Abbey Theatre, 7.30 pm.  One night only.


01727 857861 or www.abbeythatre.org.uk

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Sunday 23rd November 2014


LIFE AND TIMES OF ALBAN – Gallery Talk by St Albans Tour Guides, 3 – 3.30 pm, Verulamium Museum.   FREE (to local residents). Annual Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving – for the lives of loved ones, St Albans Cathedral.  Dove Release at the West Door from 2.30 pm. Service 3 – 4.30 pm, with the Abbey Girls’ Choir.  Event also suitable for bereaved children.  No ticket required. 

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Sunday 23rd November 2014


HARPENDEN CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL, procession, charity stalls, Farmers’ Market, Fairground rides, Christmas shopping, Lights switch-on.

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Wednesday 26th November 2014


Lunchtime Music at St Peter’s Church, 1 pm.  Concert given by David Fletcher (Bass-Baritone) and Friends.   FREE (retiring collection in aid of local charity).

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Wednesday 26th November 2014


Radlett Music Club present THE POMEGRANATE TRIO – a Viennese Evening with music by Mozart, Schoenberg and Schubert.   Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Road.  Tickets for non-Members £14 (no Concessions).  Call 01923 859291 or on line at www.radlett-music-club.co.uk

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Thursday 27th November


St Albans Christmas Market. Open daily until Sunday 21st December. Cathedral Grounds.

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Friday 28th November 2014


Christmas Lights switch on at 6pm in the Southdown area of Harpenden.

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Saturday 29th November 2014


CHILDWICKBURY CHRISTMAS MARKET, Childwickbury Estate, (between St Albans and Harpenden, AL3 6JX) today and tomorrow, 10 am to 5 pm.  Fine Art, Ceramics, Glass, Textiles, Jewellery, Hats, Clothes and Food plus many other ideas for Christmas presents.  FREE admission and parking.  www.childwickburyarts.com

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Sunday 30th November 2014


Christmas Lights switch on at 6pm in the Batford area of Harpenden.

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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

Download a loyalty card: Click here


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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