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Five things to do this February half term in Hertfordshire

It feels refreshing to tell you about all the wonderful Hertfordshire event coming up this season. We have waited a long time for it but there is plenty more fun and entertainment to be had! Not only will this season be full of your favourite walks, bike rides, and trips to the best restaurants in Hertfordshire, but with the suggestions we’ve got below you’ll have a Summer to remember.

Summer Evenings in Paradise 

While the title of this one echoes the Maldives or Bora Bora, Hertfordshire’s very own Paradise Wildlife Park is opening its doors late every Friday and Saturday until 28th August. Sip an ice-cold refreshment with friends and family as you experience the animals in a truly unique light, all while enjoying a packed programme of accompanying entertainment including African drummers, acoustic sets, wildlife stilt walkers and face painting. 

For more information about Hertfordshire events at Paradise Wildlife Park, click here – https://www.pwpark.com/events/summer-evenings-in-paradise/ 

St Albans & Harpenden’s Markets 

If you’re a local or staying in St Albans or Harpenden for a day or two, you can make the most of it by heading to some of Hertfordshire’s finest markets. With a big focus on sustainability in the homeware world, you might find your next cooking utensil or piece of furniture at the St Albans Vintage Market.

St Albans Food & Drink Festival

If you’re looking to eat well and indulge in a weekend treat, there are numerous Farmers Markets serving summer produce in Harpenden. And be sure to support your community with a visit to the Inside Out Pop-Up Market which is chock-full of local traders and food stalls.

For full details on Hertfordshire markets and more, discover the full calendar here: https://www.enjoystalbans.com/whats-on/ 

At Home Farm Live - Comedy in The Woods

Home Farm Elstree 

If you’ve been missing international and national festivals, you don’t have to travel far for this one! Despite its name of Home Farm, this one isn’t via Zoom. Enjoy a number of handpicked events from alfresco dining experiences and live theatre to circus camps and outdoor adventures for your little ones. Get booking for some of your ultimate summer event days and evenings! We are pretty excited for ‘Comedy in The Woods’ starring Shaparak Khorsandi, Simon Brodkin, Matt Richardson and Esther Manito.

For full details on events at Home Farm and other Hertfordshire events, please visit https://www.athomefarm.live/at-home-farm-whats-on 

The Classic Motor Show 

The Classic Motor Show at Knebworth Park is one for all the car enthusiasts. Taking place between 29th and 30th August at Knebworth Park, you’ll have the chance to see parades of classic favourites which strolling across the beautiful surroundings of Knebworth. Expect to see sports cars, saloons, American muscle cars, motorbikes and even military vehicles in a series of static displays. Get ready to start those engines! 

https://www.knebworthhouse.com/events/the-classic-motor-show/ 

DogFest 

DogFest is back at Knebworth Park between 11th and 12th September. Hertfordshire dog owners are in for plenty of treats this year, with tricks, obedience techniques and doggy socialising perfect for lockdown pooches and new friends. Put your paws up for doggy displays and even pup paddle boarding, before spoiling your pal rotten in the festi-village. 

What’s more – to really get those tails wagging – the team at DogFest have sorted us out with an exclusive discount for our Visit Herts friends. Simply use the code VISITHERTS when booking your event ticket at the link below, and you’ll receive 15% off your full ticket price.

For more information on DogFest and other Hertfordshire events at Knebworth Park, please visit https://www.dog-fest.co.uk/hertfordshire 

 

About These Hertfordshire events

Please remember to always check an event’s website before travelling.  These Hertfordshire events may be subject to change in line with events guidelines. Be sure to follow the latest government guidance regarding Covid-19 and take a look at Visit Herts’ #RespectProtectEnjoy advice in order to help keep yourself and others safe. We hope you enjoy these upcoming Hertfordshire events.

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St Albans Comedy Extravaganza returns to Verulamium Park in July

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St Albans Comedy Garden presented by heycar is set to light up Verulamium Park this summer with a magnificent series of open-air shows from 27-31st July!

St Albans Comedy Garden presented by heycar is set to light up Verulamium Park this summer with a magnificent series of open-air shows from 27-31st July!

Starring legendary BAFTA and Perrier Award winner DYLAN MORAN, the guv’nor himself AL MURRAY, multi-award winning SARA PASCOE, the Last Leg’s ROSIE JONES, Father Ted star ARDAL O’HANLON, lo-fi hero DAVID O’DOHERTY and many more huge names performing at this year’s astounding set of open-air shows.

St Albans Comedy Garden line-up

Stand-up favourites are out in force too with cult poet / comic TIM KEY, German Comedy Ambassador HENNING WEHN, observational master ED BYRNE, Afterlife star KERRY GODLIMAN, Taskmaster champ LOU SANDERS, Edinburgh Comedy Award winner JOHN ROBINS, Netflix star JOEL DOMMETT, the inimitable REGINALD D HUNTER to name a few.

Alongside established names sit some of the brightest breakthrough talent such as the acclaimed CELYA AB, stand-up phenomenon FATIHA EL-GHORRI and the award-winning ESTHER MANITO, fast rising TADIWA MAHLUNGE all making their St Albans debut.

What to expect at St Albans Comedy Garden

Following last summer’s huge sell-out first edition St Albans Comedy Garden returns with another astounding programme of stand-up comedy presented in a fully-seated open-air theatre in the Park’s beautiful Water Meadow.

St Albans Comedy Garden presented by heycar is set to light up Verulamium Park this summer with a magnificent series of open-air shows from 27-31st July!

This year’s comedy extravaganza will once again be brimful with bars serving up a tastemaker selection of craft beers, cocktails and more, plus an array of street-food stalls from the leading lights of the local street food scene.

Tickets are expected to fly as comedy-lovers from St Albans and beyond grab the chance to see these masterfully curated shows, each featuring a host of critically-acclaimed stars guaranteeing a hit of absolute entertainment in the heart of the summer.

St Albans Comedy Garden - Sara Pascoe

The sibling team behind the Comedy Garden, Cass Randolph and Will Briggs of 57 Festivals, can’t wait to return to St Albans. Cass said “We’re thrilled with this year’s line-up and to be back in Verulamium Park, we had such a great first year last summer, the audiences were an absolute riot, far livelier than we had expected! The acts really feed off that kind of energy and in turn give incredible performances.”

Will added “We have some outstanding acts joining us this year, i’m especially looking forward to seeing Dylan Moran headline our opening night and can’t wait to watch stand-out newcomers CELYA AB and FATIHA EL-GHORRI on the big stage.”

St Albans Comedy Garden - Joel Dommett

This year’s event is partnered with heycar, Chief Commercial Officer Karen Hilton said: “With this year’s Comedy Garden returning to St Albans, it’s shaping up to be an incredible, feel-good summer. We have so much laughter to catch up on after the last few years and I can’t think of a better way to do it. The line-up is truly world-class, and we’re particularly looking forward to seeing the incredible Joel Dommett in action. heycar is honoured to be sponsoring this incredible event and we can’t wait to see everyone in St Albans this July!”

St Albans Comedy Garden tickets

Get your tickets now and be part of this year’s magnificent St Albans Comedy Garden! Visit the website to find out more www.stalbanscomedygarden.co.uk

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Blake Kuwahara launches Summer 22 eyewear collection

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Available from leading independent opticians, Blake Kuwahara SS 2022 collections consists of ten new styles including two designs from Kuwahara’s Grey Label Collection.

“After two very long years dealing with the pandemic, we are finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel” says Blake Kuwahara.  “This Spring Collection reflects that hopeful optimism with more color and adventurous shapes”.  His design ethos of creating eyewear that is at once artful yet wearable is evident in his signature frame-within-a-frame laminated technique and use of contrasting colors as well as his cast bone motif used in his Grey Label Collection.

Available from leading independent opticians, Blake Kuwahara SS 2022 collections consists of ten new styles including two designs from Kuwahara’s Grey Label Collection.

Also dropping this Summer will be a limited edition of the now iconic CHAMBERS in a custom Rainbow acetate in honor of PRIDE. “I posted a rendering of the CHAMBERS in rainbow colors on Instagram to celebrate and recognize the LGBTQ Community during PRIDE Month, and it got such an overwhelming response that we decided to produce it!”, says Kuwahara.

“With the lifting of COVID-related restrictions and a pent-up demand, retail is continuing gain traction buoyed by consumer optimism,” says Richard Mewha, President of Fade To Grey, the distributing company for Blake Kuwahara Eyewear.

Blake Kuwahara designs are available from leading independent opticians across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.

Kuwahara, the founder of the multi-disciplinary design agency, Focus Group West, first gained international acclaim as the creator and designer of the exclusive KATA Eyewear brand.  His groundbreaking use of engineering and production techniques together with his highly curated eye reinvented the way eyewear design is approached today.

Kuwahara’s bold experimentation and innovation have gained him a following in the fashion media and has been profiled in Vogue, ELLE, Bazaar, GQ, In Style, and Esquire and has been seen on E!, Access Hollywood, MTV, and CNN.  Buzzmagazine voted Kuwahara one of the “100 Coolest People in Los Angeles” and Detour magazine called him, “a gifted talent, blessed with savvy and unmistakable sense of style.”  

Kuwahara was recently named by Brilliant Magazine as one of the “100 Most Important People in the Eyewear Industry”. Kuwahara has also collaborated extensively on eyewear collections for John Varvatos, Carolina Herrera, Isaac Mizrahi, Behnaz Sarapfour, Hanae Mori, and Coach.

A celebrity favorite, Kuwahara’s designs are worn by Lil Nas X, Elton John, QuestLove, Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Charlize Theron, Halle Berry, Robert Downey, Jr., Will Smith, Jeremy Piven, Samuel L. Jackson, Casey Affleck, Slash, and Gwyneth Paltrow among many others.

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Wycombe Swan Summer Youth Project is back for 2022

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Returning for the first time since 2019, this year sees the return of Wycombe Swan’s Summer Youth Project.

Returning for the first time since 2019, this year sees the return of Wycombe Swan’s Summer Youth Project. Running since 1993, numerous participants have gone on to have successful careers both on and off stage. Join us on our next adventure! Build confidence, develop skills, have fun, and make long-lasting friendships.

About Wycombe Swan Summer Youth Project (SYP)

Over the two-week project, Wycombe Swan comes alive to the sights and sounds of 150 young people doing everything they can to put on a full-scale musical in time for curtain up!

Participants have the option of taking to the stage as a performer, or to make magic happen as part of the Technical Team.

All performances take place on our main stage in the 1,000 seated Wycombe Swan Theatre.

Only those wishing to have a principal/speaking role or be a dance captain need to audition.

Wycombe Swan Summer Youth Project is back for 2022

Big Fish The Show

This year, the show is BIG FISH. Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton.

AUDITIONS (FOR THOSE WISHING TO HAVE A SPEAKING ROLE): Sunday 22 May

DATES: Mon 15 to Sunday 28 August

AGES: 9-21 (performers). 14-21 (technical team)

PRICE: £190

It is our wish that no young person misses out due to financial constraints. For this reason, we offer bursaries of up to 100% so that anybody can take part.

TO APPLY, AND FOR MORE INFO: Visit https://wycombeswan.co.uk/Online/summerproject

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday 13 May

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