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7 Of The Best Events In Hertfordshire In February

From the Wildlife Photographer of the Year to a unique look at Hertfordshire’s heritage, here are 7 of the best events across the county in February

Wildlife Photographer of The Year

© Majed Ali Wildlife Photographer Of The Year
© Majed Ali, Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Until 9 June

Natural History Museum Tring

Explore the natural world at the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year Highlights exhibition at the Natural History Museum in Tring. The free exhibition showcases a selection of 34 images recording the beauty and fragility of wildlife, from tiny insects to massive mammals. Go deeper and discover the surprising – and often challenging – stories behind the images taken during a time of environmental crisis. This year’s competition received a record-breaking number of entries from professional and amateur photographers from 95 countries around the world.

Hertfordshire’s Heritage

Wel Hat A Lost Heritage De Havilland Hatfield By Edmund Miller Painted
A painting by Edmund Miller

Until 27 February

North Herts Museum

The Hertfordshire Heritage Fund was launched in 1988 in response to grave concerns that historic treasures and artworks were leaving the county, and often the country. The aim of the Fund is to help museums and archives to purchase items for public museums and archives, for us all to enjoy. This exhibition at North Herts Museum will display over 60 different objects and paintings, from museums right across the county. The oldest pieces on show are implements from a Bronze Age hoard lent by Welwyn Hatfield Museum Service; the most recent include two items from 1968. From Bushey to Dacorum, from Hertford to Royston, St Albans to Stevenage, Ware to Watford to Welwyn, there will be a wonderful array of loaned items to enjoy.

Rosana Antoli

Rosana Antoli

Until 6 March

St Albans Museum + Gallery

Artists Rosana Antolí has taken over St Albans Museum + Gallery’s Assembly Room with her site-specific installation, Chaos Dancing Cosmos.  Using around 2 km of rubber and copper piping, the remarkable installation has transformed the historic Assembly Room. Chaos Dancing Cosmos takes over the space, bringing an interactive and immersive experience for all who visit.  Small motors connected to the piping make the installation move – giving a human characteristic to an inanimate object.

New Writers’ Season

Ovo New Writers Season @ The Maltings Theatre Photos By Tim Morozzo

1 February-9 April

The Maltings

OVO is fast gaining a reputation for producing bold, imaginative and surprising new versions of classic plays and stories for indoor audiences at The Maltings Theatre in St Albans and other venues in Hertfordshire. They have now announced a mouth-watering programme for its inaugural New Writers’ Season at The Maltings Theatre. Featuring 11 plays by new – and nearly-new – playwrights, the season will wow audiences with an inspirational mix of drama, comedy, and music with multiple casts, solo performances and at least one award-winning reworking of a classic text.

Country Escape

The Grove

12-20 February

The Grove

Let the little ones roam free on The Grove’s 300 acre estate with winter walks in their woodlands and a range of activities to choose from, whether it’s an archery lesson or Segway experience, many are suitable for both children and adults. They’ll even have a dedicated activity schedule so you can hand-pick and book your favourites. When the kids have used up all their energy, slip away to Sequoia Spa for some well needed rest and relaxation.

Antiques & Collector’s Fair

Antiques Fair

13 February

Sarratt Village Hall

Marcel’s Fairs, which attracts buyers from China, Japan and America, are held monthly in Sarratt, Herts and also quarterly in Berkhamsted (up to 110 stalls), offering a wide selection of antiques and collectables including porcelain, silver, glass, jewellery, clocks and ephemera. Organised by Marcel Epstein, a dealer and fair operator for over 20 years, Marcel Fairs are known for their warm, friendly atmosphere and eclectic mix of dealers.

The Hertfordshire Film Festival

Herts Film

16-17 February

Watford Palace Theatre

There’s a great schedule of events at Watford Palace Theatre this month. The Palace team develop and celebrate homegrown talent, which will be shown at The Hertfordshire Film Festival. Showcasing the next generation of filmmakers from across the county, the programme features screenings of new films by local young filmmakers, along with a collection of talks and masterclasses from industry professionals, Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, the University of Hertfordshire, and CathARTic art.

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