What's on in Watford this weekend, 27th and 28th April, 2019

Francis Rossi

Legendary Status Quo lead singer Francis Rossi will share the extraordinary secrets of his 50-plus years in rock’n’roll when he takes to the stage for an intimate evening. The founder, lead singer and lead guitarist of Status Quo will talk about his mishaps and adventures of life on the road with one of the biggest and most loved bands ever. Francis is a true member of British rock royalty. He sang the first words at Live Aid in 1985, survived the obligatory rock’n’roll brush with alcohol and drugs, was awarded an OBE in 2010 and has a BRIT for his Outstanding Contribution to Music.

Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, Saturday, April 27, 7.30pm. Details: 01923 571102 watfordcolosseum.co.uk

Watford Philharmonic Society

Michael Cayton conducts the choir and orchestra in the work considered by many to be Haydn's masterpiece: The Creation. This magnificent oratorio depicts and celebrates the creation of the world as described in The Book of Genesis. Watford Philharmonic Society will be joined on stage by soprano Milly Forrest, tenor Gareth Morris and bass Laurence Williams.

Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, Sunday, April 28, 7pm. Details: 01923 571102 watfordcolosseum.co.uk

Dire Streets

Dire Streets perfectly capture the distinctive, authentic sound of one of the biggest guitar bands of all time. Fronted by finger-picking guitar ace John Brunsdon and his band of accomplished musicians, they play with an attention to detail and musicianship that marks them as the stand-out Dire Straits tribute in the UK. Dire Streets cover tracks from early classics like Sultans of Swing and Lady Writer, through to the mega-hits of the 80s, taking in all the classic album and live versions from the legendary Alchemy, Live Aid and Mandela concerts.

The Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, Saturday, April 27, 7.30pm. Details: 01923859291 radlettcentre.co.uk

Out of the Hat

When Doris and Delilah wake up to find something strange and sparkly has fallen from the sky, they are inspired to put on the world’s greatest magic show. But how do you make real magic happen? What ingredients do you need and who can help them? Along the way they encounter some fabulous characters, including a transformative moth, a band of musical frogs, an artistic spider and a sassy glow-worm who all help to create their dream.

The Old Town Hall, High Street, Old Town, Hemel Hempstead, Saturday, April 27, 11am and 2.30pm. Details: 01442 228091 oldtownhall.co.uk


A lively production, infused with old world charm, Coppélia appeals to audiences of all ages with its captivating story of an eccentric toymaker and his beloved doll. The colourful costumes, lively characters and beautiful music all combine to create a magical and comical classic that warms and entertains from start to finish. Returning by popular demand, Vienna Festival Ballet’s production of Coppélia promises to delight audiences of all ages.

The Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Saturday, April 27, 2.30pm. Details: 01727 844488 alban-arena.co.uk

National Garden Scheme

Throughout the garden the permanent plantings are complemented in spring with hundreds of tulips. There is also the physic and kitchen gardens and a yew maze.

Chenies Manor Gardens, Chenies, Rickmansworth, Sunday, April 28, 2pm to 5pm. Details: Enquiries@cheniesmanorhouse.co.uk

Pirate Treasure Hunt

Bring together your line up of super sleuths and put your skills to the test against time, terrain and trivia in this thrilling city-based smartphone challenge. Your dream team will be competing directly against other rival teams to uncover the clues and score as many points as possible before the timer runs out. Don your fancy dress, sharpen up your wits and ready your nerves of steel. In this interactive pirate experience, you must gather your shipmates and set sail for adventure. Test your navigational knowledge, piratical knowhow and nautical nonsense against your rival crews to recover the treasure and win the day.

The Town Hall, Market Place, St Albans, Sunday, April 28, 9am to 5pm. Details: 01904 410975 GPShunts.co.uk