Whether you’re a novice or knowledgeable, mad for Merlot or puzzled by Pinot, the world of wine is one that’s ripe for discovery. Having awarded over 400,000 wine lovers one of its qualifications in the UK alone since it was founded in 1969, the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, the largest global provider of wine and spirits qualifications, is celebrating its milestone 50th anniversary with the first ever global Wine Education Week. The week, taking place from 9-15 September 2019, celebrates the diversity, taste and culture of the world of wine with a programme of interactive events, all of which are focused on learning about and enjoying wines from across the globe.
Wine Education Week will kick off with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for wine lovers to help break a Guinness World Record – for the largest ever recorded sommelierie lesson. Taking place on 9th September at The Kia Oval, London SE11, it will be hosted by TV personality and award-winning wine expert Olly Smith and sommelier Virgilio Gennaro (Wine Director at Giorgio Locatelli Consultancy). Similar events across the world will mark the beginning of Wine Education Week, starting in Auckland, New Zealand and ending in Los Angeles, USA.
Following the launch, Wine Education Week will continue with almost 70 events taking place across the UK, with sessions ranging from ‘Deciphering Wine Labels’ to ‘Matches Made In Heaven’ – and ‘All That Sparkles’ for some added fizz! The events will help attendees make wiser choices when choosing a bottle and to discover the delights of lesser-known wines they might not have tasted before.
Introduction to Wine Tasting from Vine to Glass (St Albans) – Hertfordshire Wine School
Want to know more about wine but don’t know where to start? This evening will guide you through the huge range available in the UK and will start you on your journey of wine discovery. If you know what you like but want to understand why – then this evening is for you.
We will taste at least seven wines from around the world, and provide many pointers that will enhance your appreciation of wine. We will learn how to taste wine like a professional, understand how wine is made, find out what to look for on the label and visit major wine regions and grape varieties in a relaxed environment.
This tasting is one of a number of events organised by the WSET as part of Wine Education Week.
Course Date/Time: Thu 12th Sep 2019 at 7.00pm
Duration: 2 hours
Venue: The County Club, St Albans
Event Price: £25.00
Olly Smith added: “Wine education enhances the curation of life’s greatest pleasures. By learning the characteristics of a grape or wine region, it’s a shortcut to finding a wine you love at a budget that’s bang on the money. Wine Education Week is all about bringing wine lovers together from across the world to discover and be inspired, so I’m delighted to be involved and, of course, to be raising a few glasses this September.”
Five shopping & overnight breaks in Hertfordshire before Christmas
Who says you can’t tackle all your Christmas shopping in one go, with a weekend escape thrown in for good measure too? At the risk of panicking you just a little, the countdown to Christmas is well and truly on! Fear not though, as we’ve done the hard work for you and pulled together our top five shop and stay combinations across Hertfordshire that will ensure you’re feeling ready (and most importantly, relaxed) by the time December 25th rolls around…
Christmas shopping at Atria Watford & The Grove Hotel
Believe us when we say that you really need to stay the night to make the most of ticking off that Christmas shopping list at the Atria Watford shopping centre. With an impressive line-up of retail brands and leisure choices you’ll find all you need to put a smile on the face of loved ones this Christmas under one roof. What’s more, once you’ve finished treating everyone else, pamper yourself with a night of luxury at The Grove Hotel. Set in 300 acres of countryside, and only 10-minutes’ drive from Atria Watford, this is just the pre-Christmas treat you deserve! Winter in Watford…
Christmas shopping in St Albans’ boutique stores & Aubrey Park Hotel
After a long day Christmas Shopping in the wonderful boutique stores around St Albans, wouldn’t it be nice not to have to rush straight home, and indulge a little instead? If you are laden with shopping bags, why not take a short drive and spend the night in one of Aubrey Park Hotel’s cosy rooms? Treat yourself to an early Christmas present by upgrading to their plush suites for a dreamy winter staycation in the festive period. Feeling seasonal St Albans!
Enjoy St Albans: https://www.enjoystalbans.com/things-to-do/
Aubrey Park Hotel: https://aubreypark.co.uk/
Christmas in The Galleria Shopping Centre & Hanbury Manor Hotel
After a busy day stocking up on seasonal treats at The Galleria Shopping Centre in Welwyn, head North where you’ll find Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club dressed in its festive finery, ready to welcome you in for a winter escape! Indulge in a fireside afternoon tea, escape to the spa for a few hours, or simply wrap up warm and head out to enjoy one of the many walking routes on site. Hello Hanbury…
The Galleria Shopping Centre: https://thegalleria.co.uk/
Hanbury Manor Hotel: https://bit.ly/3kzcTRR
Christmas in Westgate Shopping Centre & Cromwell Hotel
Enjoy a full festive programme at Westgate Shopping Centre this season, including late night shopping events, and even the chance to meet Santa in his Grotto! And with so much going on to wear out little ones, you needn’t head far for a place to rest your head for the night. Just five-minutes away, relax in one of the beautifully decorated rooms at Hotel Cromwell. This attractive hotel in the heart of Old Town Stevenage boasts stylish decor that perfectly complements the character still in evidence from its former times. Check-in to Cromwell…
Westgate Shopping Centre: https://www.westgateshopping.co.uk/
Hotel Cromwell, Stevenage: https://cromwellstevenage.co.uk/
Christmas on Tring High Street & Pendley Manor Hotel
Nestled just a stone’s throw from the picturesque market town of Tring, you’re guaranteed a warm welcome when you check into charming Pendley Manor hotel this winter. Before settling in for a cosy night’s stay, why not make a pit-stop and enjoy a meander through Tring’s high street with its wealth of independently run shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants? The perfect opportunity to support the town’s local businesses and pick up some unique, handcrafted gifts for loved ones!
Tring Together: https://www.tringtogether.org.uk/visit-tring
Pendley Manor: https://www.pendley-manor.co.uk/
A definitive guide to what’s on in St Albans this Christmas
Enjoy a magical day out in St Albans this Christmas where you’ll find lots of fun festive events for all ages to cherish. Why not ‘crack two nuts with one nutcracker’ and pick up some wonderful Christmas gifts from an array of eclectic independent shops and top high-street retailers – and take a well-earned rest in one of the many outstanding eateries offering superb festive fare. So, wrap up warm and enjoy the buzz of St Albans this festive season…
Here’s what’s on in St Albans this Christmas:
The Nutcracker Christmas Trail
The whole family will love getting involved in this trail and will discover some interesting facts about St Albans along the way, whilst enjoying the beautiful sights of the city.
Nutcracker’s may actually look a little scary but according to German folklore, they represent power and strength, bare their teeth to evil spirits and serve as the traditional messenger of good luck and goodwill.
Find your free Nutcracker Trail map in town or view it online and then wander around the city and district to find 15 Nutcracker Soldiers. The map tells you the location of the soldiers and as you find each one, write his name down on the Trail Sheet. Once you’ve found all of the names, fill in your details and post it into Santa’s postbox, which is also marked on the map. First prize is a £250 St Albans Gift Card, plus two runners-up will each receive a £50 St Albans Gift Card.
Go nuts for this fun family Christmas trail from 21st November 2021 until 4th January 2022.
Wonder at the vibrant and beautiful artworks created by local St Albans artists at this outside pop-up public art exhibition. The community arts initiative with Collective Gallery aims to enhance the city centre and make art inclusive for all, giving people joy in the most unexpected of places.
Throughout December, City Centre, Parklets, Museum Railings
Covent Garden Street Performers
Bringing the magic and theatre of Covent Garden to St Albans. You might just bump into these outrageously funny and brilliant street acts as you wander around town, who knows where they’ll pop up- watch out for the toy soldiers and trees on stilts.
Incredible Christmas lights and animation installations dotted across St Albans town centre will bring fun and joy to all folk across the festive period- and provide the perfect opportunity for a fabulous Instagram picture too.
Christmas Carol Concerts
A number of special festive events will be taking place at St Albans Cathedral this winter. Including The Hospice of St Francis concert, a magical afternoon of popular carols, guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit. With special performances from talented local choirs, the hour and 15-minute concert will feature a mix of solo recitals, thoughtful festive readings and plenty of opportunity for merry audience participation. Standard tickets cost £12.
Live Street Entertainment
Wrap up warm and enjoy festive family fun when a variety of fantastic theatre productions come to town. Innovative and interactive live theatre performances from Trestle Theatre and Booster Cushion Street Theatre. 7th, 10th, 12 December (Trestle) & 23rd December (Booster Cushion), Outside The Museum + Gallery.
Santa’s Post Office
Make memories when Santa’s ‘official’ and busy Post Office comes to town. The space is beautifully decorated to get everyone in the Christmas spirit, children can write a letter to Santa, enjoy Christmassy arts and crafts and interactive family games and fun. Every day from 21st November to 24th December 11am-4pm, old Cath Kidson shop, Christopher Place.
Santa’s Post Boxes – Fun and wonder for little ones when they write a letter to Santa and post it in one of the special post boxes located around town – watch the delight on their faces when they receive a reply from the Big Man himself. There’s also the chance to win a £100 St Albans Gift Card. 21st November – 4th January, Fleetville Larder, Cositas, Eyes on St Albans, Alban Arena
St Albans Postbox Toppers Charity Trail – Discover 82 postbox toppers that have been handcrafted by a team of dedicated volunteer yarn-bombers with designs including everything from Nativity scenes to Snowmen wearing colour-blind glasses. The trail is one of the biggest fundraising initiatives in St Albans that has raised over £64,000 for local charities. Search for ‘EYES on St Albans’ in your App store to download the App, enjoy the trail, donate and scan to win prizes and follow the page for more.
Manager of St Albans BID, Denise Parsons says:
“St Albans is the perfect winter destination for family fun, entertainment and Christmas shopping. We have an eclectic mix of independent shops, big-name retail outlets and of course, our famous Charter and Pop-Up Markets all alongside our fantastic pubs and eateries.
“It’s incredibly important for people to shop local this festive season and our TV ad and detailed Christmas Gift Guide will help locals and visitors to the make the most of their time shopping in our wonderful city. Our St Albans Gift Card also helps to support local businesses and is perfect for Christmas- as a stocking filler, a handy last-minute gift and it’s perfect for the person who is hard to buy for… and we all know one or two of those!”
A brand-new restaurant Going Greek arrives in Borehamwood
Going Greek, a renowned London restaurant chain, are delighted to be opening their fifth venue in Borehamwood. As they’re known for their authenticity, delicious creations, and family-friendly feel; Going Greek’s new restaurant is set to become an unmissable food destination for the local community.
On Tuesday 9th November 2021 at 12pm, Going Greek’s Borehamwood branch will open its doors. Giving visitors exciting treats as they explore this new venue and all of the renowned dishes Going Greek have created, the day promises to be an exciting event for nearby residents and visitors alike.
Going Greek’s extensive menu includes a wide range of sharing plates, including hand-cut feta chips, tahini, hummus, grilled halloumi, and kalamata olives, alongside mouth-watering gyros, souvlaki, Cypriot kebabs, homely dishes, and desserts. Meanwhile, guests can enjoy authentic Greek beers; enjoying a variety of traditional offerings.
The team behind Going Greek create exciting options for the entire family. When visiting, customers become immersed in Greek culture and wonderful flavours, enjoying a well-rounded, unique dining experience. Similarly, at Going Greek customer service is of the utmost importance; they strive to exceed expectations in terms of not only flavour, but customer satisfaction – ensuring every customer leaves with a smile.
Going Greek Borehamwood
Going Greek are now delighted to be opening a branch in Borehamwood, a lovely area with endless potential for growing businesses. Discussing this opening, Going Greek’s owner, Charlie Menegatos, who uses his heritage to enrich the restaurant’s classic dishes, has said:
‘We are thrilled to be opening our fifth branch in Borehamwood. We’ve been busy mingling with the area’s locals already and we can’t wait to start serving our famous Greek food! We are all incredibly passionate about what we do and the quality of the food we create, so we know our dishes will be hits.’
Going Greek’s new Borehamwood location will be open from 12pm-10pm Monday-Friday. Their talented team of chefs and hospitality staff are eager to get started and cannot wait to join this flourishing community.
30 Shenley Rd