What's on in Watford and Hertfordshire this week, 17th-21st February, 2020

Half Term Family Fun

Children can take part in a series of fun free activities including face painting and a treasure hunt. Whether they want to be a superhero or a butterfly, a tiger or a unicorn, intu Watford’s talented face painters have got them covered on Friday 21 February. To take part in the treasure hunt, just head to the customer information desk to collect an activity sheet and then set off on your way.

intu Watford, Monday, February 17, to Sunday, February 23. Details: 01923 250292 intu.co.uk

Sewing for Children

Come and try out the library’s digital sewing and embroidery machines. Decorate your own personalised pencil case.

Watford Central Library, Hempstead Road, Watford, Tuesday, February 18, 11am to 12.30pm. Details: hertfordshire.gov.uk

Make a Dream Catcher

Make your own dream catcher at this fun family learning session.

North Watford Library, St Albans Road, Watford, Wednesday, February 19, 2pm to 3.30pm. Details: 0300 123 4049

Lego Alive

Bring Lego to life at the library. Code robotics with Lego Boost, enter the world of virtual reality and augmented reality, and even play a banana piano.

Bushey Library, Sparrows Herne, Bushey, Wednesday, February 19, 2pm to 5pm. Details: 0300 123 4049

Michael McIntyre

Michael McIntyre is continuing his big world tour this spring and is warming up with a show in Watford.

Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, Watford, Thursday, February 20, 8pm. Details: 01923 225671 watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk

Doolally Tap

Performing a heady hot jazz mix of rambunctious rags, swinging blues and gorgeous melodies from the 1920s, Doolally Tap’s infectious energy and outstanding musicianship continue to win them fans wherever they play. Led by ace trombonist David Lalljee and early jazz expert/sousaphone player Tom Briers, their exuberant live performances recreate all the original frolicsome fun and energy of the prohibition era in true New Orleans style.

Colne River Room, Pump House Theatre, 5 Local Board Road, Watford, Thursday, February 20, 8.15pm. Details: pumphouse.info

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a re-imagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, 11 brothers and the coat of many colours. The magical musical is full of catchy songs in a variety of styles, from a parody of French ballards (Those Canaan Days), to country-western (One More Angel in Heaven) and calypso (Benjamin Calypso), along with the unforgettable classics Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door. Performed by Rickmansworth Players Youth and Junior Theatre.

Pump House Theatre, 5 Local Board Road, Watford, Thursday, February 20, to Saturday, February 22, various times. Details: pumphouse.info

Cyrano de Bergerac

James McAvoy returns to the stage in an inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, broadcast live to cinemas from the West End in London. Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all - if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxane. There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart. Will a society engulfed by narcissism get the better of Cyrano - or can his mastery of language set Roxane’s world alight?

Watersmeet Theatre, High Street, Rickmansworth, Thursday, February 20, 7pm. Details: 01923 711063 watersmeet.co.uk

Peter Pan

Join Peter and the Darling family on a magical adventure as they are whisked away to Neverland. With a spectacular mix of swashbuckling adventure and magical storytelling, Peter Pan is guaranteed to bring forth one's inner child. You will not be disappointed by this incredibly talented young cast of under 19s who are back at the Radlett Centre following the sell-out success of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 2017.

The Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, Wednesday, February 19, to Saturday, February 22, various times. Details: 01923859291 radlettcentre.co.uk

Menopause the Musical 2

Starring Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders), Nicole Barber-Lane (Hollyoaks), Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty), and Nicki French (Eurovision), this is the hysterical sequel to Menopause the Musical. Fast forward five years to catch up with the same four characters for tales of their lives, loves and losses as they set off on the high seas. For these four ladies the menopause was not the beginning of the end, but the beginning of a beautiful friendship where love conquers, and friendships never fail.

The Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Thursday, February 20, 7.30pm. Details: 01727 844488 alban-arena.co.uk

Lucy Porter

TV favourite Lucy returns with another fantastic stand-up show. At Brownies, Lucy thought she’d be prepared for anything as long as she had her emergency 10p for a phone box, and knew how to tie a fisherman’s knot. Life turned out to be slightly more complicated than Brown Owl let on.

The Old Town Hall, High Street, Old Town, Hemel Hempstead, Friday, February 21, 8pm. Details: 01442 228091 oldtownhall.co.uk

My Life as a Birdvet

The talk at Chorleywood and District RSPB Group this month will be by Alan Jones. Alan had a lifelong interest in birds stimulated by his grandfather. He qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the Royal Veterinary College in 1970. He established his own practise in West Sussex, specialising in avian patients. He recently retired, and has written two books that record his experiences. He served on the board of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, and chaired its European Committee.

The Florence Brown Hall, Chorleywood Free Church, Hillside Road, Chorleywood, Thursday, February 20, 8pm. Details: rspb.org.uk

Prue and Peta Leith

Chorleywood Bookshop is getting behind vegetarian cooking as a responsible alternative for our health and our planet with an event with Bake Off’s Prue Leith and her niece, Peta, in conversation about their new book, The Vegetarian Kitchen. This new cookbook features simple, meat-free family dishes that bring delight to the family table, time and time again. This book contains nourishing, refreshing, joyful main meals, many of which are vegan, and all of which bring their combined wealth of cookery knowledge to your kitchen.

Chorleywood War Memorial Hall, Common Road, Chorleywood, Thursday, February 20, 7pm. Details: 01923 283566 chilternbookshops.co.uk

Snooker Shoot Out

The 2020 Snooker Shoot Out returns. Thepchaiya Un-Nooh beat Michael Holt in the 2019 final to win his first ranking title and become the first Asian player to lift the trophy. The world ranking tournament, which has been running since 2011, has a unique set of rules, with matches lasting a maximum of ten minutes and a shot clock of 15 seconds for the first five minutes and ten seconds for the last five.

Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, Thursday, February 20, to Sunday, February 23. Details: 01923 571102 watfordcolosseum.co.uk