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New Animal Show at Willows Activity Farm

New Animal Show at Willows Activity Farm

The animals will be taking centre stage at Willows Activity Farm, near London Colney, this Easter with shows, races and demonstrations to keep the kids entertained during the school holidays.

The annual Easter Extravaganza event (1st - 17th April) sees the launch of the new Animal Show Stage where everyone can enjoy the daily sheep show, get up close and personal with Animal Encounters and watch milking demonstrations of cows, sheep and goats.

Back by popular demand is pig racing at the Animal Race Track where visitors can back their favourite to 'bring home the bacon'.

It wouldn't be Easter without eggs and Willows' Easter Garden will be choc-o-bloc with colourful wooden eggs for children to find and exchange for real chocolate ones to take home.

The Easter Bunny will also be on hand to meet and greet visitors and will be performing the Bunny Hop dance for younger guests to join in with at regular intervals throughout the day.


Book now for Litfest 17

Book now for Litfest 17

A packed programme of literary events is being presented by Hertfordshire Libraries throughout April and May - including the chance to hear the family of Call the Midwife author Jennifer Worth talk about her books.

Further events include: appearances and talks by authors Stephen Booth, Dorothy Koomson and Mike Carey; as well as broadcaster Alison Weir, who will give a talk on her latest novel based on the life of Anne Boleyn. There is also the opportunity to take afternoon tea with writer Rowan Coleman and an author panel will be held by the Romantic Novelist Association.

Adult author talks kick off on Wednesday 19th April at Abbots Langley Library with the Call the Midwife event, while James Runcie will talk about his Grantchester series at Hemel Hempstead Library in the evening; and if you prefer factual talks there will be The Krays with James Morton, astronomy with Stuart Clark, Louise Allen on Jane Austen and the Georgian seaside, cake decorating


Funding for community organisations

Funding for community organisations

Following a successful launch in September 2016, TFN Herts (formerly TFN St Albans) is returning on Thursday 8th June for another fundraising evening at the Rothamsted Conference Centre.

TFN Herts are accepting applications from local charities or community groups in need of funding for the chance to bid to TFN Herts fundraisers at their June event. If you know of any inspirational Hertfordshire based projects who could make good use of £3,000 to £5,000 please do let them know.

The deadline for applications is noon Thursday 20th April. Please note the application form will disable after this time.

Prospective candidates can apply via this website

All projects are required to have a sponsor but you do not have to have confirmed your sponsor at the time of submitting the application.


Deadline to Vote

Deadline to Vote

Residents in the St Albans District have only a few days left to register to vote for important local elections. People wanting to vote in the elections to Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) must be registered by midnight on Thursday 13 April.

The ballot takes place on Thursday 4 May with all 78 seats up for election including ten in the St Albans District.

HCC has a wide range of responsibilities including social care, education, roads and libraries. Anyone who is not already registered to vote can do so in just a few minutes online at

Residents not wishing to register online can request a paper copy of the form from the local registration office on [email protected] or by phone on 01727 819294.


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What's on this April

What's on this April

Wed 5 Apr - Jackie (15), 7:30 PM, Alban Arena
Wed 5 Apr - Lion (Hoh - Closed Captions) (Pg), 7:30 PM, The Odyssey
Wed 5 Apr - Lion (Pg), 3:00 PM, The Odyssey
Wed 5 Apr - Naomi's Wild & Scary, 1:30 PM, Alban Arena
Thu 6 Apr - Hacksaw Ridge (15), 7:30 PM, The Odyssey
Thu 6 Apr - Moana (Pg), 2:00 PM, The Odyssey
Fri 7 Apr - Champions Of Magic, 7:30 PM, Alban Arena
Sat 8 Apr - Whitney - Queen Of The Night, 7:30 PM, Radlett Centre
Sat 8 Apr - Danny Baker: Cradle To The Stage, 7:30 PM, Alban Arena
Sat 8 Apr - Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (Pg), 2:00 PM, The Odyssey
Sun 9 Apr - New Jersey Nights, 7:30 PM, Alban Arena
Mon 10 Apr - Manchester By The Sea (15), 7:30 PM, The Odyssey
Mon 10 Apr - Spirited Away (Pg), 3:00 PM, The Odyssey
Mon 10 Apr - Ballerina (U), 11:00 AM, The Odyssey
Mon 10 Apr - Dick & Dom Live!, 11:00 AM, Alban Arena
Tue 11 Apr - The Vera Lynn Story, 2:00 PM, Radlett Centre
Tue 11 Apr - Elle (Subtitled) (18), 12:30 PM, The Odyssey
Wed 12 Apr - Viceroy's House (12A), 7:30 PM, The Odyssey
Wed 12 Apr - The Eagle Huntress (U), 3:00 PM, The Odyssey
Wed 12 Apr - Robin Hood, 3:00 PM, Alban Arena
Wed 12 Apr - Sid's Show, 2:00 PM, Radlett Centre
Wed 12 Apr - The Incredibles (U), 11:00 AM, The Odyssey
Thu 13 Apr - Richard Herring , 7:30 PM, Radlett Centre
Thu 13 Apr - Logan (15), 2:00 PM, The Odyssey
Sat 15 Apr - Living The Dream Easter Showcase, 6:30 PM, Alban Arena
Sat 15 Apr - The Princess Bride (1987) (Pg), 2:00 PM, The Odyssey
Sun 16 Apr - Easter Parade (1948) (U), 5:00 PM, The Odyssey
Mon 17 Apr - Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid (Pg), 7:30 PM, The Odyssey
Tue 18 Apr - Hacksaw Ridge (15), 7:30 PM, Alban Arena
Tue 18 Apr - Hidden Figures (Pg), 12:30 PM, The Odyssey
Wed 19 Apr - Far From The Madding Crowd, 7:30 PM, Radlett Centre
Wed 19 Apr - Dire Straits Experience, 7:30 PM, Alban Arena
Wed 19 Apr - The Salesman (Subtitled) (12A), 2:00 PM, The Odyssey
Thu 20 Apr - Trainspotting 2 (Cert Tbc), 7:30 PM, Alban Arena
20-30 Apr -  Beryl Cook Art Exhibition, 9:00 AM, Gallery 105
Fri 21 Apr - Meet &Amp; Greet With Ian Waite &Amp; Natalie Lowe, 10:00 PM, Alban Arena
Fri 21 Apr - Shappi Khorsandi , 7:30 PM, Radlett Centre
Fri 21 Apr - Kong: Skull Island (12A), 7:30 PM, The Odyssey
Fri 21 Apr - An Audience With Ian Waite &Amp; Natalie Lowe, 7:30 PM, Alban Arena
Sat 22 Apr - Oh! Carol!, 7:30 PM, Radlett Centre
Sat 22 Apr - Cinderella, 2:30 PM, Alban Arena
Sun 23 Apr - Lost City Of Z (15), 1:00 PM, The Odyssey
Tue 25 Apr - Spamalot, 7:45 PM, Alban Arena
Wed 26 Apr - Kiss Me, Kate!, 7:30 PM, Radlett Centre
Thu 27 Apr - She'koyokh - Klezmer Group, 8:00 PM, Radlett Centre
Thu 27 Apr - The Love Witch (15), 7:30 PM, The Odyssey
Thu 27 Apr - Viceroy's House (Hoh - cc) (12A), 2:00 PM, The Odyssey
Fri 28 Apr - Free Fire (15), 7:30 PM, The Odyssey
Sat 29 Apr - Beauty And The Beast (Pg), 2:00 PM, The Odyssey
Sun 30 Apr - The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain, 7:30 PM, Alban Arena

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