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

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Your What’s on St Albans guide to events, days out and things to do in St Albans. As you can see there is plenty on offer. Museums, walks in the park, children’s events, festivals, films and music etc... If you are holding an event please send us details and we will be more than happy to spread the word.

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Wednesday 3rd December 2014

Christmas TOWER TOURS, St Albans Cathedral, 12.30 pm and 2.30 pm.

Tickets limited; early booking adviseable.  Call at the Gift Shop or on line at www.stalbanscathedral.org.uk


Thursday 4th December 2014

Grove House Hospice fund-raising CHRISTMAS PAMPER EVENING –

Various treatments on offer – facials, massages, manicures etc.  Tickets £15 to include a glass of mulled wine and one free treatment.  All other treatments £5.  Call 01727 731029 or 731028.


Thursday 4th December 2014

Harpenden Film Society present the seasonal 1951 version of SCROOGE(U)  with Alastair Sim in the starring role of the bitter old miser.  Early booking

Recommended.  Public Halls, Southdown Road, 8 pm. 

Tickets from www.harpendenfilmsociety.co.uk or on the night.


Friday 5th December 2014

Opening night of this year’s Pantomime at the Alban Arena – JACK AND THE BEANSTALK starring Eastenders’ favourite villain Steve McFadden.

Check Alban Arena website for dates and times of all performances

www.alban-arena.co.uk   01727 844488.


Saturday 6th December 2014

New Exhibition at Museum of St Albans, Hatfield Road (until 11 January 2015

EASTERN APPROACHES – an annual showcase of work by artists living

across the UK Eastern region.  Eclectic mix of styles on show.  FREE.


Saturday 6th December 2014

New weekly LEGO CLUB for Children/Young Adults with Aspergers/Autism.

10 am to 11.30 am, Fleetville Community Centre, Hatfield Road.  Suggested

donation £2 to include refreshments. 

Further information please email nicolasalvatore@gmail.com


Saturday 6th December 2014

St Albans City FC v. Bath City – Kick-off 3 pm, Clarence Park, Hatfield Rd.



Sunday 7th December 2014

RAPUNZEL AND THE BEANSTALK – presented by Top Hat Stage School

(performers all under 18 years).  7 pm tonight and tomorrow, Sandpit Theatre, Sandringham School, The Ridgeway. Tickets 01727 370067.

(This production also showing at other Hertfordshire venues during the month.  Call 01727 831184 for details).


Sunday 7th December 2014

GRAND VINTAGE FESTIVE FAIR, Jubilee Centre, Catherine Street, 10 am – 4 pm. 


Sunday 7th December 2014

FESTIVE FUN AT Museum of St Albans, Hatfield Road – seasonal stories and opportunity to make some Christmas decorations.  £2 per child.  Suit ages 3 – 11 years.


Sunday 7th December 2014

Charity 5 km. JINGLE BELL JOG, start from the Waterend Barn, St Peter’s Street,  11.30 am. Adults and children, min. age 10 years.   £17 entry fee. 

Also for Adults and Children of all ages – 1.5 km. REINDEER RUN, 11 am start, also at Waterend Barn  £10 entry fee.


Monday 8th December 2014

LIGHTS TO REMEMBER Carol Service, 7.30 pm, Cathedral.  Marie Curie

Cancer Care invite donations in memory of a loved one to light a candle on

The Cathedral’s Christmas Tree.  Further information call 01920 467177.


Tuesday 9th December 2014

CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE at St Mary’s Church, Kinsbourne Green, Harpenden, 3.30 – 5 pm today and Thursday 11th; also 10 am – 1 pm Saturday 13th.  Bring the family to experience the Christmas Story.


Wednesday 10th December 2014

TOTS TALES at Museum of St Albans, Hatfield Road, 11 am – 12 noon and 1.30 – 2.30 pm.  Story and craft activity for ages 2 – 4 years.  Cost £1.


Thursday 11th December 2014

Sandringham School present GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM, at their own on-site Sandpit Theatre, The Ridgeway, St Albans,  7.30 pm, tonight, tomorrow and Saturday with a Matinee on Sat. at 2.30 pm.  Tickets 01727 370067 or on line at www.sandpittheatre.co.uk


Friday 12th December 2014

FOOD OF LOVE AT CHRISTMAS – OVO’s House Band presents a seasonal

programme of jazz classics.  Mulled and mince pies also on the menu.

Maltings Theatre, 8 pm tonight and tomorrow.  Tickets from the TIC.


Friday 12th December 2014

St Stephen’s Church, Watling Street (in association with St Etheldreda’s

Church, Hatfield) present Tom Ryan in a one-man performance of Dickens’

A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 7.30 pm.  Tickets on the door or call 01727 875657.


Saturday 13th December 2014

Come and say a seasonal Hi! to the stilt-walking Winter Wonderland Fairy

who will be strutting her stuff in Christopher Place between 11 am and 3 pm.

Another seasonal event in Christopher Place next Saturday.


Saturday 13th December 2014

St Albans Bach Choir CHRISTMAS CAROLS in the Cathedral – 3 pm –

Family Carol Concert and at 7 pm, Evening Carol Concert. 

Tickets only available on the Door.


Sunday 14th December 2014

Monthly FARMERS’ MARKET, St Peter’s Street, 9 am – 2 pm.


Monday 15th December 2014

The Hardynge Choir presents A VENETIAN CHRISTMAS, Carols and

Christmas readings and music for choir and audience with a Venerian flavour.

Seasonal refreshments in the Church Hall after the Concert.  8pm St John’s

Church, Harpenden.


Tuesday 16th December 2014

Harpenden Choral Society presents a Commemoration of the 1914 Christmas

Truce.  Readings and Carols for choir and audience.  7.30 pm,

High Street Methodist Church.  www.harpendenchoralsociety.org.uk


Friday 19th December 2014

Company of Ten Pantomime at the Abbey Theatre – BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.  7.30 pm tonight.  Other performances at various times until

Tuesday 30th December.  Check www.abbeytheatre.org.uk for times.


Friday 19th December 2014

St Albans Chamber Choir present A STAR IS BORN, a programme of seasonal music, including works by John Tavener and Poulenc.   Also featured are local piano duettists Isabel Beyer and Harvey Dagul.  7.30 pm St Peter’s Church.  Tickets on the Door.


Saturday 20th December 2014

Come and shake paws with BJORN, the popular animatronic Polar Bear who

will be making a return appearance this year in Christopher Place between

11am and 3 pm.  Live music, Hot chestnuts and mulled wine.


Sunday 21st December 2014

HEALTH WALK – Heartwood Forest.  Meet in the Forest Car Park, High

Street, Sandridge. 10.30 am. Walk lasts around one and a half hours.  Possible inclines/stiles. Details of all Health Walks on www.hertfordshirehealthwalks.org


Tuesday 23rd December 2014

Lea Singers Christmas Concert, 7.30 pm, Harpenden Public Halls,

Southdown Road.  Tickets on the Door.


Saturday 27th December 2014

WINTER WONDERLAND SANTA HUNT – Join  Volunteers at Wick Wood, Marshals Drive, St Albans from 10 am – 12 noon.  Collect hidden tokens in exchange for a chocolate treat.  50p entrance, all proceeds to The Woodland Trust.


Sunday 28th December 2014

Two performances only of the pantomime HANSEL AND GRETEL, Trestle Arts Base, Highfield Park, 2 pm and 4.30 pm.  For tickets call 01727 850950 or via website www.trestle.org.uk


St Albans, Harpenden & District Philatelic Society

As the local stamp and postal history club serving the St Albans area, we offer monthly meetings between September and May normally featuring displays and talks on philatelic subjects.

The meetings start at 8pm and are held at the School Room , St Mary's Church, Childwick Green, Childwickbury AL3 6JJ (off the A19081 betwen St Albans and Harpenden)

For more details please call Peter Mellor on 01582 762284 or email p.melloe@btinternet.com


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


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.


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.


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.   


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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)


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. 


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

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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.



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.


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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