Making the most of the summer, there are plenty of outdoor events in Hertfordshire this August. Here are 7 of the best
This summer, The Grove have partnered with cinematic legends, Everyman, to bring you an outdoor cinema experience like no other, the Everyman Secret Garden in the Walled Garden. Until 4 September, guests staying at The Grove from Wednesday to Sunday will be able to enjoy complimentary outdoor screenings of both new releases and everyone’s favourite classic films in the most beautiful setting. August highlights include 80s classic Back to the Future and a more recent release, Downton Abbey: A New Era.
Roman Theatre, St Albans
OVO is delighted to present Stephanie Allison’s and Amy Connery’s smartly paced, fresh approach to Louisa May Alcott’s classic coming-of-age 1868 novel at the Roman Theatre in August. Allison and Connery (whose ‘Scissor Sisters’ was a smash hit at OVO’s recent Maltings Theatre season) have written a new script in collaboration with playwright Sophie Swithenbank to bring a new and modern outlook to the story while retaining the novel’s enormous, global appeal. They’ve added live music, movement and physical theatre to bring the story to life.
Double platinum and BRIT award-winning artist Paloma Faith is embarking on a huge UK summer tour, which brings her to the county in August. Performing an array of hits from her extensive and much-loved repertoire, these homecoming shows will have fans singing along to classics such as Only Love Can Hurt Like This and Lullaby, as well as new songs from her fifth studio album Infinite Things.
Pioneer Plays Festival
Herts County Showground, St Albans
After years of successful and sold out events, it’s time to enter a new world as the very first Pioneer Plays Festival comes to St Albans. Expect three stages showcasing everything from house music to RnB, special guests, dancers, flamethrowers, magicians and special VIP areas to make the event extra special for lucky visitors.
The Importance of Being Earnest
Immersion Theatre invites you to enjoy an evening of open-air decadence and hilarity as they proudly present Oscar Wilde’s wittiest comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest, on the Sunken Lawn of Knebworth House. Join foppish bachelors Jack and Algernon on their latest Bunburying exploits replete with mistaken identities, icy women, trivial banter and of course, muffins. Knebworth is the perfect outdoor setting for such hilarity.
Classic Motor Show
The Classic Motor Show returns to Knebworth over the August bank holiday weekend. There will be a static display as well as a show arena hosting parades. Vehicles include saloons, sports, American, commercial, military and classic motorcycles. Tickets will also include access to Knebworth Park, Gardens, Dinosaur Trail and Adventure Playground.
Wondrous Family Walks
Until 30 August
The Roald Dahl Museum
Strap on your walking boots and head off with the family to explore the village and countryside that inspired some of the best-loved children’s books, including Danny the Champion of the World. Walks are every Tuesday, but you can also enjoy crafts, storytelling and trails Tuesday to Sunday throughout the summer holidays.