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 Maulden, with lunch at The Dog and Badger. Next week’s ride is to Harpenden, with lunch at The Red Cow. Meet at 10.30am. At The Three Magnets, 18-20 Leys Avenue. For more details call Geoff, the rides’ organiser on 01582 618196.
Beautiful, Beastly Bizarre – The Art of Hieronymus Bosch: Today, Thursday. Paula Nuttall will give an illustrated lecture to The Arts Society North Hertfordshire. At Spirella Ballroom, Bridge Road. Lectures at 11am and 2pm. Visitors £7. For more details visit www.theartssociety.org.uk.
Julie: Today, Thursday. National Theatre Live Cinema: Vanessa Kirby and Eric Kofi Abrefa feature in the cast of this brand new production, directed by Carrie Cracknell. At Broadway Cinema, Eastcheap. Starts 6.45pm. Tickets £17 includes a complimentary drink on arrival. For more details and to book call 01462 681088 or visit www.broadway-letchworth.com.
Race Night: Friday, September 7. All the fun of the races in aid of Jackie’s Drop In. At The Cloisters, Barrington Road. Starts at 7.15pm. Tickets £10 with a Fish and Chip supper, veggie option available. Tickets can be purchased at Jackie’s Drop In. For more details call 01462 338752 or email: Centre@jackiesdropin.org.uk
'Colorado: the Chicken Run': Friday, September 7. Hitchin & Letchworth RSPB Group have a talk by Stuart Elsom on the wildlife of Colorado and the entertaining courtship leks of the Colorado grouse, or prairie chickens. At The Settlement, 229 Nevells Road. Starts 7.30pm. Visitors welcome £3.
2018 Heritage Open Days: Saturday, September 8. Explore some of Letchworth Garden City's best-loved buildings and hidden gems, as they open their doors for this year's Heritage Open Days. A free minibus service will tour round the 10 venues that are open, starting at 10.15am and running every 20 - 25 minutes, last one leaving at 4pm. There is free parking at Spirella all day. The full list of historic buildings open (10am - 4pm unless stated) are:
- Spirella (including Ballroom)
- St.Thomas Church, Wilbury
- Norton, St Nicholas Church
- The Settlement
- Letchworth Community Museum
- Broadway Gallery (10am – 5pm)
- The International Garden Cities Exhibition
- Howgills (12pm – 4pm)
- St. Francis College (12pm – 4pm)
- Church of St. Hugh of Lincoln
- Broadway Cinema
There will be a free limited edition postcard to collect at each venue as well as a souvenir programme and map, your guide to the day.
LDGA Autumn Show: Saturday, September 8. Letchworth District Gardeners Autumn Show with classes for flowers, Dahlias, vegetables, fruit, handicrafts, photography and much more. At Free Church Hall, Norton Way South. Starts at 2pm. Free admission. Also a produce sale, floristry demo, raffle, garden advice and refreshments with cakes. For more details visit www.ldga.org.uk.
1905 Cheap Cottages Exhibition Guided Walks: Saturday, September 8.Part 1 - 10.30am meet in Spirella Building. Walk takes 1.30hrs. Free but booking essential on Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.co.ukPart 2- 2pm meet outside St George’s Church, Norton Way North. Walk takes 1.30hrs. Free but booking essential on Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.co.uk
Come Dance with us: Saturday, September 8. Enjoy an evening of Ballroom, Latin and Sequence dancing. At Spirella Ballroom, Spirella Building, Bridge Road. From 7.30pm – 10.30pm. Admission £7.50, no booking required. For more details call 01462 628247, 07811 053648 or visit www.come-dance.co.uk.
Aromatherapy and Meditation Workshop: Sunday, September 9. Learn how to meditate and aid your relaxation, combining the use of aromatherapy and meditation. At The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living, Rosehill Hospital, Hitchin Road. From 10am - 12pm. Tickets £25. For more details and to book visit www.blovedcandles.com.
Family Arts Studio – Fabric Fun: Sunday, September 9. Artist Kaitlin Ferguson leads a hands-on craft activity inspired by the artworks on display in the Broadway Gallery. At Broadway Gallery, 2 The Arcade. From 10am to 1pm. Admission is free with no booking required. Family Arts Studio activities are open to all but primarily aimed at accompanied children aged 3+ and families. For more information call 01462 476110 or email email@example.com.
Letchworth’s Early Industries Walk: Sunday, September 9. 10.30am meet at Pix Café, Pixmore Avenue. Walk takes 1.30hrs. Free but booking essential on Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.co.uk. There will also be an opportunity to visit the Garden City Collection afterwards and look at archive material relating to the early industries. A bus will be provided to take people to the Collection and also drop off.
Splash Test Dummies: Sunday, September 9. Rub-a-dub-dub, The Dummies are back with some splish splashing circus set to drown you in tears of laughter. At Broadway Theatre, Eastcheap. Starts at 3pm. Tickets £12, family £44. For more details and to book call 01462 681088 or visit www.broadway-letchworth.com.
Garden Cities of Tomorrow Conference: Monday, September 10. This day conference to be held in Welwyn Garden City, Ebenezer Howard’s second Garden City will explore the history of garden cities, suburbs and villages, and issues surrounding their conservation and future, as well as the design of new garden communities. At Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council Chambers, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6AE. Cost £67 including light lunch. For more details call 0333 013 6840 (option 4) or visit www.placeservices.co.uk/courses.
Letchworth Chorale: Monday, September 10. Join this friendly group of singers performing a variety of music. No audition required! At Central Methodist Church Hall, Pixmore Way. Starts 7.30pm. Just turn up on the night. For more details visit www.letchworth-chorale.org.uk.
Kundalini Yoga: Tuesday, September 11. Past students of Kundalini Yoga have been astonished by the transformative power of this technique. Try it for yourself at The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living, Rosehill Hospital, Hitchin Road. From 5.45pm – 7pm. Classes start today. For more details and to book call 01462 678804 or visit www.letchworthcentre.org.
Five Rhythms: Tuesday, September 11. Experience being in your own skin and moving to your own inner rhythm. Five Rhythms offers a wonderful opportunity to experience yourself in motion, in a totally non-judgemental and uncritical environment. At The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living, Rosehill Hospital, Hitchin Road. From 7.15pm – 9.15pm. Classes start today. For more details and to book call 01462 678804 or visit www.letchworthcentre.org.
Letchworth Natural History Society – Members’ Evening: Tuesday, September 11. A welcome to the new programme, with members’ slides and stories. At The Kincaid Hall, The Settlement, 229 Nevells Road. Starts at 7.30pm. Free parking. All welcome. Adults £2.50, LALG members £2. (With a valid LALG card). For more details call Thelma on 01462 893893 or visit www.letchworthnaturalhistory.org.uk.
A Beer in the Loire: Tuesday, September 11. A hilarious, real-life story of one man’s attempt to escape the rat race by starting a brewery with no experience and in one of the finest wine producing regions on the planet. Tommy Barnes grew up in Letchworth. At David’s Bookshop, Eastcheap. Starts at 7.30pm. Tickets £6, refundable if you buy the book at the event. For more details call 01462 684631.
Pot Luck Harvest Celebration: Tuesday, September 11. Join Transition Town Tuesday talk where Emma Goulding, founder of CookeryEatery, will show how a community comes together to share and celebrate the harvest in Canada. At Mrs Howard Memorial Hall, Norton Way South. From 7.30pm – 9.15pm. All welcome, admission free, but a donation of £2 is welcome to cover room hire and refreshments. For more details visit www.transitionletchworth.org.
The Merry Wives of Windsor: Wednesday, September 12. Royal Shakespeare Company Cinema: Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. At Broadway Cinema, Eastcheap. Starts 6.45pm. Tickets £16 includes a complimentary drink on arrival. For more details and to book call 01462 681088 or visit www.broadway-letchworth.com.
Ann Cleeves – Wild Fire: Wednesday, September 12. The eighth and final book in the Shetland series by Ann Cleeves. At David’s Bookshop, Eastcheap. Starts at 7.30pm. Tickets £6, refundable if you buy the book at the event. For more details call 01462 684631.
Open Door Coffee Morning: Thursday, September 13. All welcome to this free coffee morning. At Letchworth Free Church, Norton Way South. From 10.30am to 12.00pm.
Wish You Were Here: On until Thursday, September 13.To celebrate their first anniversary, join The Wynd Gallery on their journey and take this opportunity to buy unique handmade artists postcards for sale in aid of the Garden House Hospice. At The Wynd Gallery, 6-8 The Wynd. For more details visit www.wyndgallery.co.uk.
Women in Letchworth Garden City: On until Saturday, September 22. A special exhibition celebrating over a hundred years of women’s lives in the world’s first Garden City, featuring unique and historic objects and old photos from the Garden City Collection. At the Community Museum, 12-14 The Arcade. Admission free. Open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.
Great and Small – Animals in Craft: On until Sunday October 14. An exhibition for all the family selected from the Crafts Council Collection. Animals have been represented in craft for as long as humans have been making, shaping and creating decorative objects. This exhibition encourages children to explore our age-old fascination with all creatures great and small. At Broadway Studio and Gallery, 2 The Arcade. Open Wednesday – Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday from 10am - 4pm. Admission free. For more details visit: www.broadway-letchworth.com.