What's on in Watford this weekend, 16th and 17th February, 2019


Set in Western Indian Territory just after the turn of the 20th Century, the spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the backdrop for the love story between Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a beautiful farm girl.

Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, Watford, Wednesday, February 13, to Saturday, February 16, various times. Details: 01923 225671 watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk

Chinese New Year Culture Show

Everyone is invited to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Pig with a range of spectacular performances, including the Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine's Annual Roadshow, Cambridge Chinese Association, Harrow School and performances by the local community.

Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, Watford, Sunday, February 17, 5.30pm. Details: 01923 225671 watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk

The Amazing Bubble Man

Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences worldwide for over 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. An Edinburgh Fringe favourite, he has sold out there for the last twelve years. Louis explores the breath-taking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized.

The Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, Saturday, February 16, 11.30am and 2pm. Details: 01923859291 radlettcentre.co.uk

Little Meerkat’s Big Panic

If you've ever been puzzled by your child's behaviour or feelings, then you're not alone. Come along for a family adventure in the Kalahari desert for an award-winning multi-sensory musical and interactive performance exploring the neuroscience of big feelings, especially anxiety and calm. Designed by early years and SEND specialists and based on the book by renowned parenting and childhood trauma expert Jane Evans

The Old Town Hall, High Street, Old Town, Hemel Hempstead, Saturday, February 16, 11am and 2pm. Details: 01442 228091 oldtownhall.co.uk

Stephen Bailey: Our Kid

Stand-up comedy star Stephen Bailey is back on tour with his brand new show Our Kid – a story full of Northern warmth, some working class guilt and a bit of blue. 2018 has been an exciting year for Stephen. The past six months have seen him embark on his first critically acclaimed UK tour, perform a season at the prestigious Soho Theatre in London plus support Katherine Ryan on her recent sold-out UK outing. His friendly brand of gossipy humour has made him one of the Britain’s most exciting up-and-coming acts in comedy at the moment.

The Old Town Hall, High Street, Old Town, Hemel Hempstead, Saturday, February 16, 8pm. Details: 01442 228091 oldtownhall.co.uk

Wigram’s Wanderings

Mayor of St Albans during the 1920s, Edgar Wigram was also a skilled architect and painter. This exhibition explores Edgar Wigram’s love of travel, presenting his explorations of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. From wild Welsh landscapes to archaeological remains further afield, Wigram’s wanderings by bicycle in the early 1900s took him from Venice to the Rhine and from the Alhambra to Aleppo. With Wigram as a good-humoured guide explore a world before mass tourism had taken hold.

St Albans Museum, St Peter’s Street, St Albans, Saturday, February 16, to Sunday, May 19. Details: 01727 864 511 stalbansmuseums.org.uk

Exploring Chorleywood with the U3A Authors

Exploring Chorleywood is the history of the village. Through pictures, maps, interviews and historical material it describes how the village has grown from a few isolated farms and hamlets to the thriving village of today, and looks at some of the people who have influenced that development. The best way to explore Chorleywood is on foot. The book sets out a route that takes us from Chorleywood’s earliest history in the valley of the River Chess, through the centuries when the tollgate was the centre of the village, to the modern period that followed on from the arrival of the railway in 1889 and in due course the building of the M25. Join Chorleywood Bookshop and the authors of Exploring Chorleywood Sue Clark, David Hiddleston, Hugh Howes, Gillian Pugh and Valerie Steel for a fascinating afternoon delving into the very heart and the past of Chorleywood.

The Junction, Christ Church, Chorleywood, Saturday, February 16, 2.30pm. Details: 01923 283566 chilternbookshops.co.uk

February Frolics

The cutest event of the year will consist of live lambing and activities that the whole family can enjoy. Guests can watch as the smallest members of the flock arrive with Tuck the Shepherd, who will be carrying out daily bottle-feeding demonstrations and ‘Learn About Lambing’ sessions in the Willows lambing marquee. After enjoying the lambing, children can buzz into the Busy Bee Marquee for some arts and crafts fun. Visitors can also take a trip to Cotton-Tail Village or Woolly Jumpers Play Barn for some imaginative indoor play, or head to the Farmyard to meet a host of animal friends including goats, guinea pigs and rabbits. For those seeking a challenge the Super Secret Squirrel Nutkin Test will test children’s squirrel-like agility, while Mr Tod’s Lair, with its secret entrances and hiding places is the perfect spot for a game of hide and seek.

Willows Activity Farm, Coursers Road, St Albans, Saturday, February 16, to Sunday, February 24. Details: 0870 129 9718 willowsactivityfarm.com