What's on in Watford this weekend, September 21 and 22, 2019


This annual festival celebrates local food against a backdrop of live music and performances, local groups and societies, and activities for all ages. The event is an opportunity to pick up fresh fruit and vegetables, heritage fruit trees ideal for planting at this time of year, and to sample locally grown and produced food, beer and cider.

School Mead, Abbots Langley, Saturday, September 21, 11am to 4pm. Details: abbotslangley-pc.gov.uk

Heritage Open Day Tour

Come and see behind the scenes at this beautiful historic theatre. Join the General Manager on a tour of the building, taking you through its history, stories and mysteries from over 110 years.

Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, Watford, Saturday, September 21, 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Details: 01923 225671 watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk

Open Studio

Visit Carol Rodgers’ open studio and enjoy nature paintings, a ceramic sculpture trail in a pretty cottage garden, a new collection of ‘wire creatures’, a children’s trail, and prints and hand-painted cards. There will also be refreshments and paintings demonstrations.

Oxhey Hall Cottage, Hampermill Lane, Oxhey, Saturday, September 21, 11.30am to 5pm. Details: 01923 228970 carolanddenis@outlook.com

Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave

Award-winning, pioneering Big Fish Little Fish family rave returns with a Vikings & Dragons themed event. DJs Baker and Beal will play acid house, techno, and drum 'n' bass throughout the afternoon. Also expect crafts, confetti, bubbles, pyrotechnics, club visuals, baby chill area, giant balloons and licensed bar.

Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, Sunday, September 22, 2pm. Details: 01923 571102 watfordcolosseum.co.uk


An exhibition of artwork by members of DRUM. The annual art exhibition and open day will feature amazing artwork, handmade crafts, refreshments and BBQ.

Parkgate Community Centre, Southwold Road, Watford, Saturday, September 21, 12pm to 4pm. Details: 01923 442114 drumwatford@btinternet.com

Sindhu Vee

Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer Nominee 2018, Sindhu Vee extends her UK tour due to popular demand with her critically acclaimed show, Sandhog. Loving your children, spouse and ageing parents is very hard work, very intense and a lot of the time it sucks. But who wants to live without love? Highly anticipated debut from the host of BBCR4’s Comedy of the Week podcast. As seen on QI, Have I Got News for You and Alan Davies As Yet Untitled, and heard on Guilty Feminist podcast.

Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, Watford, Saturday, September 21, 7.30pm. Details: 01923 225671 watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk

Spectacular Science Show

You think science is boring, think again; this is science like you have never seen it before. Designed for children and adults alike, Mark Thompson’s Spectacular Science Show explores the strange and magical properties of matter with exploding elephant’s toothpaste, vortex-generating dustbins and even howling jelly babies.

The Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, Saturday, September 21, 11am and 2pm. Details: 01923859291 radlettcentre.co.uk

Christopher’s Caterpillars

Christopher Nibble and his best friend Posie have been busy growing plants and food in their garden whilst taking care of their six pet caterpillars. But when their crawly comrades disappear without a trace the gardening guinea pigs swap their trowels for magnifying glasses and turn detective. Written especially for children aged 2-7, Christopher’s Caterpillars is a bright and beautiful tale of minibeasts and mystery.

The Old Town Hall, High Street, Old Town, Hemel Hempstead, Saturday, September 21, 2.30pm. Details: 01442 228091 oldtownhall.co.uk

An Evening of Eric and Ern

This is a brilliant homage crammed full of renditions of those famous comedy sketches, from Greig's Piano concerto to Mr Memory, "Arsenal!" It’s a show full of Morecambe and Wise's most loved routines, songs and sketches and of course a musical guest. This wonderful show evokes memories of times when whole families would huddle around the telly on Sunday evenings.

The Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, Sunday, September 22, 7.30pm. Details: 01923859291 radlettcentre.co.uk

Amazon in Crisis

Talk by forestry expert Andy Roby MBE on the disastrous effect of widespread fires on the Amazon rainforest.

South Oxhey Baptist Church, 134 Gosforth Lane, South Oxhey, Saturday, September 21, 2pm. Details: 07775510667 leonbob2001@yahoo.com

Fire Brigade Open Afternoon

Come and visit the only fire-related museum in Hertfordshire and see the history of fire-fighting from the early days. See two 19th century manual hand pumps, a 1896 horse-drawn steam fire-pump, a 1937 Leyland pump-escape fire engine that served at St Albans, and a 1942 Dennis trailer pump used during WW2. There are firefighters’ uniforms that can be tried on, and fire-fighting equipment that can be handled. There is also a large photographic display of Watford Fire Brigade fire engines.

Fire Station, Lower High Street, Watford, Saturday, September 21, 1pm to 4pm. Details: r-middleton@outlook.com

Strictly Come Hospice

Strictly Come Hospice is a fundraising event for Peace Hospice Care in Watford. Over the course of seven weeks you and your partner will learn how to dance either the Jive, Tango or Waltz and then compete against your fellow dancers for the coveted Strictly Come Hospice trophy. Taught by the professionals at the Paul Alex Dance Studio you will be waltzing and whirling your way around the dancefloor at Watford Colosseum in front of family and friends as they cheer you on to victory. The grand finale will be held at Watford Colosseum on the night of the 6th November. You and your guests will be treated to live performances from professional dancers as well as a fabulous disco at the end of the evening for you to show off your newly learned skills.

Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, Sunday, September 22, to Wednesday, November 6. Details: 01923 571102 peacehospicecare.org.uk

Walk for Water

Join Oxfam supporters for their annual Walk for Water - formerly the Herts Hike. Now celebrating its 25th year, the walk is run entirely by volunteers and attracts some 200 people. Every penny that walkers donate goes straight to Oxfam. There are routes to suit all ages and abilities - and it’s dog friendly too. It's a great day out for all – exploring our beautiful Hertfordshire countryside and also raising funds to provide water and sanitation to some of the world's poorest communities. The walk is flexible on distance – 3, 5, 8 or 15 mile circular routes – you can decide on the day. Start times are flexible during the morning and early afternoon. Refreshments, Fairtrade stalls and lots of other interest at Walk HQ (Scout Hut).

Scout Hut, Heartwood Forest, Sandridgebury Lane, Sandridge, Saturday, September 21, 8.30am to 5pm. Details: 07849 041285 oxfamstalbans1@gmail.com