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Friday 20th July 2018

FOR THE LOVE OF BEES

Location:
The Art Nest, West Alley
Starts:
10am-5pm Thurs, Fri, Sat
Ends:
In collaboration with 'Buzzworks' featuring ne artwork from our regular displaying artists. This exhibition runs throughout the summer.
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Friday 20th July 2018

GROUP TENNIS COACHING

Location:
Hitchin Lawn Tennis Club, Bancroft Park
Starts:
6.30pm
Ends:
7.30pm
All welcome from beginners and improvers - 14 years and above. Members £3 / non-members £8. Contact Steve: coaching@hitchintennisclub.co.uk
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Friday 20th July 2018

JUKEBOX JUNCTION

Location:
The Bricklayers Arms, Queen Street
Starts:
9pm
Ends:
Sinatra, Dean Martin and Ray Charles are all paid tribute to by Tony Phillips & Jukebox Junction. Prizes for the best-dressed Vegas outfit. Admission free.
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Friday 20th July 2018

LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Caroline Owen - Fearless

Location:
St Mary's Church, Churchyard
Starts:
1.05pm
Ends:
2pm
One Violin - one electrifying violinist Hitchin-born Caroline is delighted to be performing her debut solo live show in her hometown. Performing on her Paganini 1900 classical violin, the programme includes Ennio Morricone's classic Chi Mai, Irish melody and show-stopping pieces such as Lindsey Sterling's Take Flight and Hungarian Monti Czardes. A graduate from the Leeds College of Music, Caroline will play music inspired by violinists REgina Carter, Stephane Grappeli and her Cuban tutor Omar Puente. Free admission with retiring collection.
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Saturday 21st July 2018

DIVINE CONNECTION

Location:
Holwell Village Hall
Starts:
10am
Ends:
4pm
Connect with the beautiful Spiritual and Angelic realms to receive diving inspiration and healing in your life.. Book on line or call Dawn 07973384406.
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Saturday 21st July 2018

BUCKLERSBURY DAY

Location:
Bucklersbury
Starts:
12.30pm
Ends:
5pm
A chance to see what Bucklersbury has to offer from the indpendent businesses with street performers, Punch & Judy, Free Forest school activities, barbeque and street food. Live music and DJS Day and Night, art trail and quiz and free mini pamper treatment!
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Saturday 21st July 2018

SATURDAY MORNING MEDITATION CLASS

Location:
Hitchin Lavender, Ickleford
Starts:
10am
Ends:
11am
This weekly hour long class will aid you to relax, embrace positivity and reduce stress. A perfect start to the weekend. In each meditation workshop we will explore various visualisations, meditations and exercises that will help you to effectively control stress and refocus for the week ahead. Each workshop is experiential and based on the needs of the group. John Harrigan is the founder at FoolishPeople.org. John has extensive experience facilitating art and wellbeing workshops, including at the Royal College of Art, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Wilderness Festival, Central School of Drama and the BBC amongst others. Places cost £12.50 for this class. Book via facebook. Places are limited. Please bring a yoga mat.
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Saturday 21st July 2018

HERTFORDSHIRE HEALTH WALKS

Location:
Hitchin and surrounding locations
Starts:
Various
Ends:
Enjoy the countryside and local green spaces with the free Hertfordshire Health Walks led by qualified volunteer leaders.
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Saturday 21st July 2018

RISE & GRIND Coffee Festival & Breakfast Club

Location:
The Victoria, Ickleford Road
Starts:
9am
Ends:
2pm
An exciting collaboration with Wakelins & Son brings you Hitchin's first coffee festival in conjunction with The Vic's Breakfast Club. A fine selection of local roasters offering Barista workshps - Latte Art - Coffee supplies - Brews with Chef's full breakfast menu to accompany in the barn and yard area so suitable for children. Dogs welcome.
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Saturday 21st July 2018

FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

Location:
St Mary's Church, Churchyard
Starts:
7.30pm
Ends:
Join North Herts Guild of Singers for their 50th Anniversary Concert with conductor Stephen Bullamore and the Hertfordshire Philharmonia. Programme: Haydn: The Nelson Mass plus works by Parry, Elgar, Britten, Mozart, Handel and Bach including I was Glad, Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, Zadok the Priest and the Halleluiah Chorus. In advance £12, FTE £8 from Hitchin Information, 1A Churchyard or online.
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Saturday 21st July 2018

LIVE MUSIC: BIG BAD WOLF

Location:
The Highlander, Upper Tilehouse Street
Starts:
8.30pm
Ends:
Big Bad Wolf is a London based band featuring washy guitars, ambient vocals, brassy hooks and deep grooves… Free entry. Please book early if you would like to eat 01462 454612.
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Saturday 21st July 2018

THE ART INSTALLATION

Location:
Grounds of St Mary's Church
Starts:
Grounds are open throughout
Ends:
Come and browse, sit, and meditate on this year's theme: "ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL" Also a special exhibit, commemorating the men who were killed during WW1 , will have poppies added to it as the year progresses. Members of the public are welcome to add a hand=made poppy of their own (with name of person commemorated) to the exhibit throughout July.
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Sunday 22nd July 2018

ELVIS: The Legend on Tour

Location:
Hitchin Town Hall, Brand Street
Starts:
7.30pm
Ends:
9.30pm
The NEW smash-hit tribute concert show touring the UK and Europe in 2018 starring the world's leading Elvis impersonator and tribute artist JD King. A musical journey through all eras of the King's incredible career featuring Elvis' great and most-memorable songs. £10 from the Festival Box Office, 1A Churchyard or online.
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Sunday 22nd July 2018

IT'S TIME TO PLAY starring Sid and Rebecca from Cbeebies 'Let's Play'

Location:
Hitchin Town Hall, Brand Street
Starts:
Two shows - 11am & 1pm
Ends:
Children's television favourites Rebecca Keatley and Sid Sloane from CBeebies' hit show Let's Play bring their live stage show to the Hitchin Festival. It's Time to Play' invites the audience to join in play, laugh, sing and dance and promises to be filled with fun for all the family and children will also have a chance to meet the pair after each show. Shows are at 11am and 1pm and last approx 1 hour which includes a 25 minutes meet and greet. There will be no seats so it will just be a case of finding a space on the floor. Your little ones (and you) will be encouraged to get and join in. The performers will be on a high stage so there will be a good view wherever you are. £10 adults (18 and over) £7 children - babes in arms under 18 months admitted free.
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Sunday 22nd July 2018

RELAX AND REBOOT MINI-RETREAT

Location:
Benslow Music, Benslow Lane
Starts:
5.15pm
Ends:
7.30pm
These relaxed mindfulness-based sessions are a chance to come back to yourself, to take stock and orient yourself positively towards the weekend ahead. £15 advanced booking essential. Kate Manley: 07952476534
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Monday 23rd July 2018

HCS HITCHIN COUNSELLING SERVICE

Location:
Hitchin and surrounding villages
Starts:
Ends:
A service for the community. Hitchin Counselling Service has offered free, confidential counselling to individuals aged over 18, living in Hitchin and the surrounding villages. For more information visit the website or call the Administrator on 07783 887772.
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Monday 23rd July 2018

BRANCH OUT

Location:
Cromwell Bar, The Sun Hotel, Sun Street
Starts:
8.30pm
Ends:
11pm
Branch Out meets every Monday night. This medium-sized Social Club is for single people, aged 40 upwards. The club organises regular events - dinners, discos, walks, theatre visits, day/weekend trips. For more details call Lorna on 01438 233657 or visit the website.
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Monday 23rd July 2018

SUMMER HOLIDAY ART WORKSHOPS for children age 5-13

Location:
Hitchin Youth Trust, Walsworth Road
Starts:
10am
Ends:
12 noon
Also at 1pm-3pm: MY NEW HAT Printmaking Art Workshops run until West 1st August To book a place, please call: Tilly Wonham 07521 642786 email: tillywonham@gmail.com
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Monday 23rd July 2018

STAPLERS FOLK DANCERS

Location:
St John's Road Community Hall
Starts:
8pm
Ends:
Join this very lively and friendly club who welcome beginners. No need to bring a partner. The dances are fun and easy to learn. Come along and try! First week free - £2 per week thereafter!
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Monday 23rd July 2018

BOOKSTRAVAGANZA

Location:
Hitchin Library, Paynes Park
Starts:
10.30am
Ends:
12pm
Join Hitchin Library for a variety of exciting book themed activities, aimed at 6-11 year olds. All children to be accompanied by an adult.
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Monday 23rd July 2018

STRICTLY TAP DANCE

Location:
Our Lady Immaculate & St Andrew Catholic Church cnr Nightingale Road/Grove Road
Starts:
1pm
Ends:
2pm
Strictly Tap Dance has moved to a new venue at the Catholic Church. Tap classes for adults on Mondays and Tuesdays. First lesson is free with tap shoes provided. More details: 01462 451665
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Monday 23rd July 2018

GENIUS by Tony Phillips

Location:
Hitchin Priory, Tilehouse Street
Starts:
8pm
Ends:
8pm
A selection of scripted readings from a forthcoming production based on the life times and rivalry between Egnland's foremost artists - Constable & Turner. Q & A session at the end. £8 from Hitchin Initiative, 1A Churchyard 01462 453335.
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Tuesday 24th July 2018

SOMEWHERE 2 SING

Location:
The Market Theatre, Sun Street
Starts:
7.30pm
Ends:
Informal, fun and energising ! New members welcome - no experience needed - try the half price taster and pay as you go or book in advance.
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Tuesday 24th July 2018

REFLEXOLOGY AT THE FARM

Location:
Hitchin Lavender, Ickleford
Starts:
7pm
Ends:
9pm
A chance to de-stress with a relaxing and rejuvenating hour f reflexology.
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Tuesday 24th July 2018

YOGA

Location:
Walsworth Baptist Church, Walsworth Road
Starts:
11am
Ends:
Yoga with June.
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Tuesday 24th July 2018

TUESDAY'S CAFE

Location:
Church House, Churchyard
Starts:
10am
Ends:
12pm
Open every Tuesday for chat and friendship - enjoy Fairtrade refreshments and homemade cakes. Run by North Herts LD Day service - part of Health & Community Services.
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Tuesday 24th July 2018

CITIZENS ADVICE SERVICES HITCHIN

Location:
Thomas Bellamy House, Bedford Road
Starts:
9.30am
Ends:
12 noon
Drop-in advice - no appointment necessary plus energy best deal appointments at Hitchin Library.
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Tuesday 24th July 2018

LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Masa Tayama

Location:
St Mary's Church, Churchyard
Starts:
1.05pm
Ends:
2pm
One of today's most accomplished pianists returns for another lunchtime concert by popular demand after last year's triumph. The programme will include Beethoven Sonata 'Appassionata'; Rachmaninov Transcriptions - J.S. Bach Partita No.3 in E Major; Mendelssohn Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream and Kriesler 'Liebesleid' and 'Liebesfreud'. Free admission with retiring collection.
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Tuesday 24th July 2018

A LAB OF ONE'S OWN: Women, Science and the First World War

Location:
Hitchin Priory, Tilehouse Street
Starts:
7.30pm
Ends:
Historian, Patricia Fara, writes about the women who put aside their suffrage work to help their country fighting during the First World War and replaced the men who had gone to fight. They were surgeons, doctors, radiologists, decoders and ran the mines and large companies. Sadly their work has been mostly overlooked but her book attempts to redress that balance. You will not come away from this event unmoved by their stories. Sponsor: Eric T Moore Books. £8 from Festival Box Office, 1A Churchyard, 01462 453335 or if available on the door.
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Wednesday 25th July 2018

TODDLER TALES AND MOVE

Location:
Westmill Community Centre & Hitchin Lavender
Starts:
10am
Ends:
Wednesdays and Thursdays for Toddlers - enjoy dancing, storytelling and treasure hunts.
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Wednesday 25th July 2018

ZUMBA FITNESS IS HERE !

Location:
The Duchy Pot, Bancroft
Starts:
7pm
Ends:
8pm
Classes have moved to the new venue in Bancroft. Dates are: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th July. All levels welcome! For more details and to book call 0777 352 7033.
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Wednesday 25th July 2018

GHOST WALK

Location:
Town Centre
Starts:
7pm
Ends:
9.30pm
The last of the Hitchin Festival walks with Derek Wheeler around the town centre. £5 booked in advance from Hitchin Information, 1A Churchyard, 01462 453335.
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Wednesday 25th July 2018

LOVE TO DANCE

Location:
Hitchin Football Club, Fishponds Road
Starts:
10am
Ends:
12 noon
Fun and friendly dance session for anyone aged over 50! Sessions focus on getting active and meeting new people. Book a free trial: Clare Bellchambers 0203 6757215 healthandwellbeing@saracens.net
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Wednesday 25th July 2018

YOGA WITH CLAIRE

Location:
Harmony, Bancroft
Starts:
6pm
Ends:
7.15pm
Explore breathing, posture and relaxtion in this small class. Book via the BookFit app or message Claire Winterbourne Yogafeet 07968 416001
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Wednesday 25th July 2018

EYE-WITNESS: Stories from the West Bank and Israel

Location:
Hitchin Quaker Meeting House, Paynes Park
Starts:
7.30pm
Ends:
Hear first-hand from Judith Watt who spent three months in 2017 as an Ecumenical Accompanier, mostly in Bethlehem in the Occupied West Bank. Admission free with retiring collection. Sponsored by Hitchin Quakers.
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Wednesday 25th July 2018

DO YOU LOVE TO DANCE?

Location:
Hitchin
Starts:
1pm - 4pm
Ends:
BOOK NOW !!! by Saturday 14th July A chance for you to parade with Garden City Samba at this year's Rhythms of the World festival on Saturday 11 August! Enroll on to 3 classes - final reharsal on the day of the parade. Limited numbers - previous experience not essential. 07799 578062
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Wednesday 25th July 2018

FUN & FRIENDLY FITNESS SESSIONS FOR 50 +

Location:
Hitchin Christian Centre, Bedford Road
Starts:
1pm
Ends:
2.30pm
Fun and friendly fitness sessions for over 50's combining strength and balance exercises and fun activities improving stability while meeting new people! Term time only. Contact Maggie Layton 07900018561. £5 per session.
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Thursday 26th July 2018

FESTIVAL STREET FOOD MONTHLY !

Location:
Market Place
Starts:
4pm
Ends:
8.30pm
The very best of our street food vendors with musical accompaniment for a family outing! Great food - great atmosphere!
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Thursday 26th July 2018

A NIGHT OF JAZZ with PAUL ESHELBY AND FRIENDS

Location:
Benslow Music, Benslow Lane
Starts:
8pm
Ends:
An evening of stunning improvisations and jazz standrds, set in an informal jazz-club atmosphere featuring the country's finest jazz musicians. £15 from Festival Box Office, 1A Churchyard 01462 453335
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Friday 27th July 2018

HITCHIN BOOK CLUB

Location:
The Orange Tree Pub, Stevenage Road
Starts:
From 5pm
Ends:
Meets the last Friday of the month at the Orange Tree Pub from 5pm. Visit the website for more details.
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Friday 27th July 2018

LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Quintessimo

Location:
St Mary's Church, Churchyard
Starts:
1.05pm
Ends:
2pm
A wind quintet with a difference, their repertoire includes classical, romantic and contemporary work as well as a large selection of favourite music from shows and popular songs having performed for weddings, corporate functions and charities around Great London, Hertfordshire, Staffordshire and France! Free admission with retiring collection.
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Saturday 28th July 2018

COME AND MEET LOCAL AUTHOR

Location:
Hitchin Library, Paynes Park
Starts:
11am
Ends:
Julie Stock, Romance Author will be revealing all at Hitchin Library. With four books now published and another on the way, Julie's not short of ideas! Find out where she gets her inspiration from. Entrance free but please book your place at the Library.
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Saturday 28th July 2018

LOCAL CRAFT & FARMERS MARKET

Location:
Hitchin Riverside
Starts:
From 8.30am
Ends:
3.30pm
A wonderful array of Christmas goodies on sale ! Hitchin Craft & Farmers Market is on the last Saturday of the month (except December) and it runs alongside the main market in front of St Marys Church and down the Cloisters. A great way to spend a Saturday by the River Hizz with over 30 stalls every month selling high quality locally produced products. The nearest parking is St Mary's Car Park or Portmill Lane. A chance to browse and buy at the wonderful choice of stalls along the Riverside.
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Saturday 28th July 2018

CARITAS HARMONY - WINE, WOMEN & SONG

Location:
St Mary's Church, Churchyard
Starts:
7.30pm
Ends:
Caritas Harmony are delighted to be singing again at the Hitchin Festival, with a concert of outstanding 4-part harmony featuring a wide range of popular and well known songs, in aid of Tilehouse Counselling Service. £10 from Festival Box Office, 1A Churchyard, 01462 453335 or online.
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Saturday 28th July 2018

ELMSIDE SUMMER FUN DAY & BARBECUE

Location:
Elmside Care Home, Elmside Walk
Starts:
2.30pm
Ends:
4.30pm
A chance to visit this local carehome and enjoy live music, food and refreshments, bric-a-brac, tombola and other stalls. Plus games and bouncy castle for the younger ones.
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Saturday 28th July 2018

THE HERTS AT WAR EXHIBITION

Location:
British Schools Museum, Queen Street
Starts:
10am
Ends:
4pm
Learn the story of Hertfordshire during the First World War. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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Saturday 28th July 2018

IN-STORE MEGA POP UP MONTHLY EXTRAVAGANZA

Location:
Gatefold Record Lounge, Hermitage Road
Starts:
11am
Ends:
4pm
Last Saturday of every month presented by Gatefold Record Lounge and Cantina Carnitas.
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Saturday 28th July 2018

LOUIS WAIN CURIOUS CATS

Location:
North Hertfordshire Museum, Brand Street
Starts:
10.30am
Ends:
4.30pm
Louis Wain: Curious Cats Saturday 30th June - Saturday 29th September 2018 Open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10.30am – 4.30pm
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Sunday 29th July 2018

THE STORY OF ORCHESTRA: Four Seasons in One Day

Location:
Benslow Music, Benslow Lane
Starts:
2pm
Ends:
This fascinating event in the Peter Morrison Hall is aimed at bringing classical music to life and is suitable for children over 4 years old. Discover what it would be like to ravel through the four seasons in one day, following a little girl called Isabelle and her dog, Pickle, as they take on the adventure of a lifetime. This interactive narration by author and illustrator Jessica Courtney-Tickle features live music from the original score of Vivaldi's Four Seasons. There is also the chance to work with Jess on a short craft activity and a musical project. 1 child (plus 1-2 adults) £15 2 children (plus 2 adults) £20 EARLY BOOKING ADVISED !
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Sunday 29th July 2018

OPEN DAY

Location:
Benslow Music, Benslow Lane
Starts:
10am
Ends:
5pm
Come and explore the four aces of landscaped gardens with the family - with a variety of live music and stalls. Learn about the bee hives and tour the historic buildings. Benslow Music offers residential and day music courses and concerts. Bed and breakfast also available.
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Tuesday 31st July 2018

CRIME PREVENTION EVENT

Location:
Hitchin Information, 1A Churchyard
Starts:
10am
Ends:
1pm
A chance to meet your local PCSO who will provide crime prevention advice and information.
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