This week: Pop-up Opera - I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Farmers Market, Wilbury Community Cafe, Artist's Garden, Cakes & Crafts workshop and more.......

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Here’s our round-up of some events over the coming week, compiled by the Local & Tourist Information Centre, also available in The Comet. For more information visit the Local & Tourist Information Centre’s website here.

Forty Plus Cycling Club: Today, Thursday. This week’s ride is to Great Offley,with lunch at The Green Man (includes Garden City Wheelers). Next week’s ride is to Peter’s Green, with lunch at The Bright Star. Meet at 10.30am. At The Three Magnets, 18-20 Leys Avenue. For more details call Geoff, the rides organiser on 01582 618196.

North Herts Mental Health Carer Support Group: Today, Thursday. This monthly meeting is for those who care for someone with a mental illness. It is a peer led group with an opportunity to meet others in similar situations for friendship, support and information sharing. No need to book, just come along. At the Heritage Advisory Centre, 43 Station Road. At 11am. For more information please call Carers in Hertfordshire on 01992 586969.

North Herts 50 Plus: Today, Thursday. Join this informal group for a talk on Education for All, with Peter Jackson. At The Settlement, 229 Nevells Road. From 2pm. Free to NH50 Plus members (£5 to join), £3 non-members, £2 LALG members. For more details call 01462 689400 or visit

LALG Whist Club: Today, Thursday. Join this weekly Letchworth Arts and Leisure Group for a friendly and fun weekly whist drive. New members of all levels welcome. At Letchworth Free Church Hall, Norton Way South. Starts 7.15pm. For more details call David on 01462 636373.

St Michael’s 60 Plus Club: Friday, March 17. Drop in for companionship, talks, tea, raffle, outings and more. This month’s guest speaker is Richard Syms - Priest, actor and director. At St Michael’s Parish Hall, Broadway. From 1.30pm – 3.15pm. New members always welcome. Annual membership £5. For more details call 01462 676001.

St Patricks Dance: Friday, March 17. Join North Herts Irish Association and celebrate St Patricks Day with dancing to Logic. At Jackmans Community Centre, Ivel Court. Starts 8pm. Admission £7, Members NHIA & Jackmans Community Centre £6. For more details call 07725 913594

Farmers Market: Saturday, March 18. The monthly Farmers Market selling locally produced meats, vegetables and other foodstuffs. In Leys Square. From 8am to 1pm.

Spring Fair: Saturday, March 18. Drop in and browse the stalls, plus tombola, cakes and refreshments. At Howard Garden Social and Day Care Centre, Norton Way South. From 10am – 2pm. Admission 50p, children under 9 free.

Wilbury Community Café – Samba Party: Saturday, March 18. Performance by Garden City Samba, make shakers, try the instruments and carnival face painting. Plus free cuppa and cakes, Wilbury knitters and free bike surgery. At Wilbury Hall, St Thomas Church, Bedford Road. From 10.45am – 12.30pm.

Wilbury Community Forum Youth Council: Saturday, March 18. WCF Youth Council will be at the Wilbury Community Café providing free Pokemon fun. Make and create lots of different Pokemon themed crafts. Meet the 9 new Youth Council Co-ordinators and say goodbye to Charlie, their Duke of Edinburgh award volunteer. At Wilbury Hall, St Thomas Church, Bedford Road. From 10.45am – 12.30pm.

Letchworth Camera Club Exhibition: Saturday, March 18. The annual exhibition by Letchworth Camera Club. At the Community Museum, 12-14, The Arcade. Open Thursday 23 and Friday 24 March from 11am to 4pm and Saturday 18 and 25 March from 10am to 5pm.

Historic Guided Walking Tour: Saturday, March 18. Join one of Letchworth’s Town Historians on a pleasant stroll through some of the highlights of the first Garden City’s history. Meet at the Tourist Information Centre, 33-35 Station Road. Starts 10.30am. Finishes at the International Garden City Institute, where you can enjoy free hot drinks and discover more about the history of Letchworth. Free but booking essential at

Indoor Football Training: Saturday, March 18. A weekly indoor football training session for adults with learning difficulties. At Fearnhill Sports Centre, Icknield Way. From 3pm - 4pm. £5 per session. For more details call Kam on 07809 109313.

Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi: Saturday, March 18. Experience the most tragic love story of all time. Two star-crossed lovers - Romeo and Juliet - find their worlds ripped apart amongst criminal warfare and bitter resentment, against the backdrop of Italy’s bloody gang rivalry. At Spirella Ballroom, Bridge Road. Starts 7.30pm, bar open from 6. Ages 12+. Ticket £20, Concessions £16. To book call 01462 681088 or visit

Saturday Social Dance: Saturday, March 18. Come along for an evening of Sequence and Ballroom dancing. At Letchworth Free Church Hall, Norton Way South. From 7.30pm to 10pm. Admission £5.00. Everyone welcome. For more details call Janice on 07766 685679.

Hitchin & Letchworth RSPB – Frampton Marsh: Sunday, March, 19. This local group is arranging a coach trip to Frampton Marsh RSPB reserve. This excellent reserve on the Lincolnshire Wash has varied habitats, good facilities and great birds. Pick-ups from Letchworth, Hitchin and Stevenage. Adults £14.50, under 18’s £7.25. To book call Helen 07583 867696.

QI Gong and Meditation: Monday, March 20 and Tuesday 21. Join these relaxing and enriching classes held every week. Monday classes QI Gong at 10am. Tuesday classes QI Gong at 7.30pm and Meditation at 8.30pm. At Evergreen Wellness Centre, 607 Works Road. Classes can be joined anytime. For more details or a free taster email, call 07890 032475 or visit

Letchworth Heritage Bridge Club: Monday, March 20. At Fortescue Hall, Pixmore Way, (Broadway end). Central Letchworth with parking. Every Monday at 1.00pm. All players welcome, members £2.50, visitors £3.50. Fridays at 10.00am a relaxed learning group for beginners and improvers. For more details call Marion on 01462 730289.

LALG Opera and Ballet: Tuesday, March 21. Highlights of the three part Ballet Jewels. It will provide an understanding of the ballet which is being transmitted to cinemas on April 11. At The Settlement, 229 Nevells Road. From 7.15pm to 9.30pm. LALG members £3, non-members £4. All welcome. For more details call John Cox on 01438 241043.

Artist’s Garden: Tuesday, March 21. Based on the hugely popular exhibition ‘The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887–1920’ from the Florence Griswold Museum in Connecticut, widely considered a home of American Impressionism. At Broadway Cinema, Eastcheap. Starts at 7.45pm. Tickets £11 includes a complimentary drink on arrival. For more details and to book call 01462 681088 or visit

Citizens Advice North Herts - Energy Clinic: Wednesday, March 22. It is now easier than ever to choose the best energy deal. Find out how by bringing your bill to this drop in clinic and get information on switching. At Citizens Advice, 49 Station Road. From 1pm - 3pm.           

Baldock and Letchworth Blues, Folk and Roots: Wednesday, March 22. Chris Green and Sophie Matthews formally known as Blast from the Past, play English traditional songs and tunes in a 21st century style. At The Orange Tree, Norton Road, Baldock. Starts at 8.30pm. Entry £8 members concessions, £9 members, £10 non-members, under 16’s free. For more details call 01767 683583 email or visit

Moving Through Life: Thursday, March 23. Get moving, be creative and express yourself. A weekly class for those who want to dance and move, without the pressure to perfect a style or technique. At Mrs Howard Memorial Hall, Norton Way South. From 12.30pm - 1.45pm term time only. £6 per class, first class £3. For more details and to book call Bridget on 07766 086183 or email

Cake and Craft Workshops: Thursday, March 23. Easter Icing – A 2 hour tutored craft workshop focusing on teaching quick craft techniques for busy people. At The Settlement, 229 Nevells Road. From 7.15pm – 9.15pm. Served with a slice of cake. Cost £20 includes materials. For more details and to book call 01462 682828 or visit

The Walk to the Paradise Garden - Paintings by Dan Hays: On now until Sunday, June 11. Using a variety of painting techniques, The Walk to the Paradise Garden will include a new series of works from artist Dan Hays that engage with Letchworth’s past and present. At Broadway Studio and Gallery, 2 The Arcade. Open Wednesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sundays 10am – 4pm. For more details visit