What's on in Watford this weekend, 29th and 30th June, 2019

Imagine Watford Festival

A celebratory festival that brings the streets of Watford to life with extraordinary outdoor performances, free for all the family. The festival showcases local, national and international artists of the highest quality, who transform Watford town centre into a place of wonder and excitement. Over the last eight years the festival has grown to be a major part of the town’s event calendar animating its spaces, bringing communities together and making the arts accessible to all.

Watford Town Centre, Friday, June 28, to Sunday, June 30. Details: 01923 225671 watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk

Holywell Festival

An exciting new event with the aim of bringing the people of Holywell together as a community for an afternoon of fun, entertainment and friendship. Different organisations, schools and activity groups are invited to come along and join in either by running stalls or demonstrating their activities. There will also be a stage area with live music from local bands, performances from local groups such as karate and dance, and a selection of fun activity stalls, as well as food and drink stalls.

Holywell Community Centre, Chaffinch Lane, Watford, Saturday, June 29, 12.30pm to 4pm.

A Summer Prom

Join conductor Michael Cayton and Watford Philharmonic choir and orchestra for an evening of exciting and varied British music.

Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, Saturday, June 29, 7.30pm. Details: 01923 571102 watfordcolosseum.co.uk

Herts Jazz

Alan Barnes makes a welcome return to the club with his musical partner of many years, Bruce Adams, performing repertoire drawn from a tried and tested wealth of swinging material.

The Maltings Arts Theatre, Level 2, The Maltings, St Albans, Sunday, June 30, 7.30pm. Details: 0333 666 3366 info@hertsjazz.co.uk

D-Day 75th Anniversary Concert

Adoramus Choir return to the Alban Arena with a concert to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. The concert will include the choral themes to The Longest Day and the Band of Brothers, the Hymn for the Fallen by John Williams from Saving Private Ryan, the Agincourt song from Walton’s Henry V suite, culminating in Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No.4. The concert will be introduced by the RAF Chaplain, Wing Commander Revd. Ian Brown who will lend his insights to the occasion, and Adoramus will be joined by the Beniaminek Polish Children’s Choir and the Pope Paul Catholic Primary School Choir.

The Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Saturday, June 29, 7.30pm. Details: 01727 844488 alban-arena.co.uk

The Magic of Musicals

Join Stagecoach Chorleywood to watch the talented students present a wonderful medley of song and dance from classic shows.

Watersmeet Theatre, High Street, Rickmansworth, Sunday, June 30, 5pm. Details: 01923 711063 watersmeet.co.uk

Tringe Festival

Tring’s comedy festival celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2019 and attracts top names which this year include Milton Jones, Romesh Ranganathan, Ed Byrne, Reginald D Hunter, Josh Widdicombe, Clive Anderson and many more. The festival kicks off with The Roving Comedy Night, a crazy pub crawl involving 20 comedians in four local pubs.

The Court Theatre, Tring, Sunday, June 30, to Saturday, July 20. Details: get-stuffed.biz/tringe/

Painting the Seasons – The Art of Colour

Colour is the subject of Bushey Museum’s next exhibition, opening on 29th June. It explores the use of colour in art through paintings of the four seasons selected from the Museum’s collection. Colour in art has been subject to lively debate since time immemorial, with the latest theories sparking off many new artistic movements. Now it is the turn of Bushey Museum to display the work of colourists, this time the products of talented local artists from Herkomer and Lucy Kemp Welch through to the present day. The exhibition shows the four changing seasons depicted by changes in colour through their annual cycle, in landscapes, townscapes or individual features within them. Each of these paintings has an objective character, or visual reality, and a subjective character, or mental image – what we think and store in our minds about what we see. It is instructive to contemplate how the artists transform these two parts of their thought into their medium of oil or watercolour as they apply it to canvas or paper.

Bushey Museum, Rudolph Road, Bushey, Saturday, June 29, to Sunday, January 5. Details: 02084 204057 busmt@busheymuseum.org

Celebrating 80 Years of Verulamium Museum

Verulamium Museum opened with a flourish in 1939 and ever since has been a focal point for Roman history, both locally and beyond. Visit during the Roman Festival and celebrate the museum’s 80th year with hands-on family activities, gallery talks and costumed characters who will bring the stories of Roman Britain and its excavations to life. Entry to the museum will be free for all visitors all day and all activities (running between 11am and 4pm) will be free to attend.

St Albans Museum, St Peter’s Street, St Albans, Saturday, June 29. Details: 01727 864 511 stalbansmuseums.org.uk

The Summerton Whisky Festival

St Albans' first Whisky Festival brings award winning brands from around the world for everyone to enjoy and learn about. There's no limit to the samples you can try, so you are free to taste your way around the whisky world, finding new favourites, ready to impress your friends with your new whisky knowledge. There will also be a burger slider menu, matched to the whisky, cooked on the BBQ.

The Lower Red Lion, 36 Fishpool Street, St Albans, Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30. Details: summertonclub.com

Take It Outside

Whatever it is you make, create or do, if you are a Watford creative, join Tangled Feet, one of the UK’s leading outdoor arts companies, to learn about making work for the outside. What can outdoor arts be? Who is it for? What practicalities should you consider? Come along and find out. This is an inspirational call to arms for Watford artists from all genres to engage in the world of outdoor arts ready for a commission call out later in the year. Watford Palace Theatre will be looking to commission new local work for outdoor arts festival Imagine Watford’s Tenth Anniversary in 2020.

Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, Watford, Saturday, June 29, 11am. Details: 01923 225671 watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk