What's On in Letchworth - 10 to 17 October 2019

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

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

Open Door Coffee Morning: Today, Thursday. Coffee morning with free refreshments at the Letchworth Free Church, Leys Avenue. At 10:30am.

Show Stopper! – The Improvised Musical: Today, Thursday. Direct from London’s West End with an Olivier Award to their name, this is an improvised musical comedy, with a different show made up on the spot, based on audience suggestions. The Showstoppers are an acclaimed improvisation group and have been a ‘must-see’ Edinburgh Fringe Festival staple for eleven years. At Broadway Theatre, Eastcheap. Starts 7.30pm. Tickets £21, concessions £18. For more details and to book call 01462 681088 or visit www.broadway-letchworth.com.

Feel Good Friday: Friday, October 11. A day of fun activities for older people. With yoga, seated cricket, shared memories, technical guidance, nutrition advice, singalong, and an entertainer. A free event which includes a buffet lunch. Come for the whole day or just drop in whenever it suits you. Everyone welcome. At Tabor Court, Beech Hill. From 10am - 3pm. For more information call Nina on 01462 484351.

Walk and Talk: Friday, October 11. A gentle, flat walk around historical places of interest in the town. Meet at the Library, Broadway. At 10.30am. Booking is essential as spaces are limited. For more information and to book call 0300 123 4049 or in person at the library or visit wwwhertfordshire.gov.uk/libraries.

Letchworth Recorded Music Society: Friday, October 11. Featuring ‘Opera – A not too serious view’ by guest presenter Christine Vincent. At The Settlement, 229 Nevells Road. Starts at 7.30pm. Guests £2.50. New members and visitors welcome. For more details call Judie on 01462 632171.

Dog is Love, The Science of Why & How Your Dog Loves You: Friday, October 11. Canine Expert, Dr Clive D. L. Wynne will discuss and sign his book, ‘Dog is Love, The Science of Why & How Your Dog Loves You’. At David’s Bookshop, 14 Eastcheap. Starts 7.30pm. Tickets £6, deductible from the cost of the hardback book (£20) if purchased on the evening. For more information visit www.davids-bookshops.co.uk/events or call 01462 684631.

Growers’ Market: Saturday, October 12. Letchworth and District Organic Gardeners provide the Growers’ Market - a stall for growers to swap their home-grown produce and for non-growers to buy. Reduce food miles, swap and buy locally home-grown produce, or better still join their friendly organic gardening group. At The Wynd. From 9am - 1pm. For more details visit www.ttletchworth.org or e-mail ttletchworth@gmail.com. For Gardening Group e-mail d.ketcher@btinternet.com.

Introduction to Sound Healing: Saturday, October 12. Introduction to Sound Healing for Mindful Listening and Well-being with Pam Mullet and Jurek Dabtowski of Sound and Silence Resonant Healing. An interactive three-hour workshop on using sound for meditation and enhancing wellbeing. At the Letchworth centre for Healthy Living, Hitchin Road. From 2pm – 5pm. Cost £35 includes refreshment by Nourish.

Live Music from RHI: Saturday, October 12. We’re celebrating the glorious album format on National Album Day. We’ll have live music in-store from the incredible Rhi. At David’s Music, 14 Eastcheap. At 3pm. For more information visit www.davids-bookshops.co.uk.
Turandot: Saturday, October 12. Met Opera: Two of opera’s most thrilling dramatic sopranos, Christine Goerke and Nina Stemme, reprise their fierce portrayals of the title princess. At Broadway Cinema, Eastcheap. Starts at 5.40pm. Tickets £21 includes a complimentary drink on arrival.  For more information and to book call 01462 681088 or visit www.broadway-letchworth.com.

8th Letchworth Scout Group Quiz Night: Saturday, October 12. Get your thinking caps on and a team together, max 8 people in a team (adults only) and join in this fun quiz night. Bring your own drinks and snacks. At 8th Letchworth Scout HQ, Sparhawke. Doors open 6.30pm for 7pm start. £3 per person. To book or for more information please contact 

Saturday Night Dance Dates: Saturday, October 12. Ballroom – Latin – Sequence, music by Janice every 2nd Saturday. At the Spirella Ballroom, Bridge Road. From 7.30pm to 10.30pm. Entry £7.50 per person. For further information contact Jan on 01462 628247 or 07811 053648 or visit www.come-dance.co.uk. 

North Herts Irish Association Dance: Saturday, October 12. Dancing to Martin Ruddy Band. At Jackmans Community Centre, Ivel Court. Starts 8.30pm. Members of NHIA and JCC £6, non-members £7. For more information call Pat 07725 913594.

Tai Chi – The Magic of Movement: Sunday, October 13. Tai Chi practitioners often describe the feeling of moving their bodies as magical, and the experience of long term Tai Chi practice can certainly be described as transformational – Ian Deavin’s  workshop will introduce beginners to the simple ideas underlying this popular but little understood art. At the Centre for Healthy Living, Hitchin Road, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3NA. From 10am to 1pm. Cost: £35 including refreshments.

Family Arts Studio – Creepy Creatures: Sunday, October 13. Join artist Chantelle Stephenson for a hands-on craft activity in the Studio. At Broadway Studio and Gallery, 2 The Arcade. From 10am - 10.45am, 10.45am - 11.30am, 11.30am - 12.15pm, and 12.15pm - 1pm. Please check in at the gallery info desk upon arrival to receive a free timed ticket for one of the timeslots. Family Arts Studio activities are open to all but are primarily aimed at accompanied children aged 3+ and families. For more details call 01462 476110 or email broadway@letchworth.com.

EFT for Eating Disorders: Sunday October 13. A two-day workshop (second workshop Sunday, November 10) with Tanya Lovett Advanced EFT Practitioner. EFT has been shown to have a profound, positive effect on the suffering of people with an eating disorder. This workshop, whose size is limited to 6, offers a safe space to explore and release many aspects of your eating disorder. At The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living, Hitchin Road. From 10.30am – 5pm. Cost £120 for the two days. Refreshments provided but bring your own lunch. For more information visit www.letchworthcentre.org. 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Sunday, October 13. The timeless classic has made its way off the page and onto the stage. Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle’s stories, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show celebrating its 50th Birthday in 2019, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. At Broadway Theatre, Eastcheap. Starts 1pm and 3.30pm. Tickets £14, concessions £12, family ticket £48. Ages 6 months+. For more details and to book call 01462 681088 or visit www.broadway-letchworth.com.

Gauguin from the National Gallery: Tuesday, October 15 and Wednesday 16. Event featuring one of the world’s most popular and important artists, Paul Gauguin. a 60-minute documentary about his life and work plus a 30-minute exclusive private view of the forthcoming National Gallery exhibition ‘Gauguin Portraits’. The screening on the 15th October at 7.15pm will feature a Q&A following the film with Broadway Creative Programmer Kevin Parker and Broadway Studio & Gallery Curator Kristian Day. At Broadway Cinema, Eastcheap. Starts Tuesday at 7.15pm and Wednesday at 3pm. Tickets £13. For more information and to book call 01462 681088 or visit www.broadway-letchworth.com.

Dr Francis Pryor – The Fens: Tuesday, October 15. Distinguished Archaeologists and Broadcaster, Dr Francis Pryor will discuss and sign his book ‘The Fens, Discovering England’s Ancient Depths’. At David’s Bookshop, 14 Eastcheap. Starts at 7.30pm. Tickets £6, deductible from the cost of the hardback book (£25) if purchased on the evening. For more information visit www.davids-bookshops.co.uk/events or call 01462 684631.

Garden City Court Lunch Club: Wednesday, October 16. An over 60’s monthly lunch club, with a two-course hot lunch and soft drink. Come with friends or make new friends and stay for the afternoon quiz. Arrive at 12.45pm for 1pm service. At Garden City Court, Whiteway, Jackmans Estate. Your first lunch is free, £5 thereafter. For more details and to book call 01462 473100 or email garden@quantumcare.co.uk. Dietary requirements must be stated when booking.

Letchworth and District Family History Group: Wednesday, October 16. Felicity Brimblecombe will disclose her research into the family histories of head gardeners at Luton Hoo. At the Upper Hall of the Mrs Howard Hall, Norton Way South at 8pm. Entry fee £4 non-members and £2 for members.  

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Thursday, October 17. National Theatre Live: Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will build on the success of his immersive staging of Julius Caesar (NT Live 2018). At Broadway Cinema, Eastcheap. Starts 6.45pm. Tickets £18 includes a complimentary drink on arrival. For more information and to book call 01462 681088 or visit www.broadway-letchworth.com.

NH50+ Group Monthly Forum: Thursday, October 17. Stretch and Strength exercise class with Megan Pinner from Active Letchworth, Spring in your Step Programme. This will help you to keep active, to improve your strength, mobility and balance. Please bring your friends, and make new friends, join and support our Group. At Mrs Howard Memorial Hall, Norton Way South, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 1NX. From 2.00 -4.00pm. Non- members £3.00 to join the class, LALG members, £2.00 or why not pay £8.00 membership and join the Group. Visit www.nh50plus.org or call 01462 623515 for details.

LDGA - The Swiss Garden: Thursday, October 17. An illustrated talk by Bev Bond to Letchworth District Gardeners Association about Swiss Garden near Biggleswade. At The Cloisters, Barrington Road. Starts 7.30pm. Admission LDGA and LALG members £3, guests £4 on the door. For more information email:meetings@ldga.org.uk.

Dinner & Dance: Tickets now on sale for this event to celebrate the Windrush generation as part of Black History Month on October 18. At Jackmans Community Centre, Ivel Court. From 7.00pm - 11.30pm. Tickets Adults £15, OAP’s £12.00, under 16's £7.50. Tickets can be arranged by messaging us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/letchworthcaribbeanharmonygroup  or calling 07512 285060.