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St Albans Literary Festival 2014

St Albans Literary Festival 2014: 6 to 9 Nov

As a city with 2,000 years of stories it was only a matter of time before St Albans hosted a literary festival. Between 6 and 9 November more than 60 authors will come to the city, including one of the nation's most loved broadcasters - Terry Wogan. The four-day festival has attracted authors of every genre and promises talks, workshops, panel debates and activities focusing on everything from children's literature, historical books, chick lit and crime fiction to journalism and blogging. There's also a Murder Mystery Dinner at the Cathedral, where three top authors will speak about their novels in-between courses including local writer M. J. Arlidge, author of this summer's Richard and Judy book club read 'Eeny Meeny'.


There is also a packed children's programme. Festival Children's Programme Coordinator, Jennifer Blackford, said: "There is so much to delight the little ones in our first festival, from the chance for youngsters to snuggle up in PJs with hot chocolate and enjoy bedtime stories with local children's author Tamsyn Murray, to older children learning how to become ghost hunters with the writer Jonathan Stroud."

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Kendalls Florist's Christmas Courses

Kendalls Christmas Courses

The popular Christmas floristry courses at Kendalls in St Albans are selling out quickly, with some already full and limited availability on others, so book now to secure your place!

Candyce Costa Dance

Christmas Lights Switch-On - Sun 16 Nov

Christmas Lights Switch-On

This year's Christmas Lights Switch-On afternoon in St Peter's Street (not pictured!) features a host of pantomime stars, street entertainment and a fun fair. There will be an early Christmas Market too with the lights scheduled to go on at 5.30pm.

Other switch-ons include:

Wheathampstead - 27 Nov

London Colney - 28 Nov

Southdown - 28 Nov

Batford - 30 Nov

In Harpenden, expect things to brighten up on Sun 23 Nov from 12 noon when lights go on (5pm) as part of the Christmas Carnival.

Arts Depot Jazz Festival
Butterfly World Fireworks 2014

Bonfire Night Round-Up

As always, there's plenty of choice for going out with a real bang.

Butterfly World hosts its third annual fireworks spectacular on Sun 3 Nov.  Alongside the fireworks there'll be food and drink stalls including BBQ, children's fairground rides and face painting.  The fun starts at 4.30pm (fireworks 6.15pm). Buy tickets online now exclusively through our website as they won't be available on the night.


 Verulamium Park hosts the Verulamium Fireworks Spectacular (Sat 1 Nov, gates 6pm, display 7.30pm). There are also displays at Cassiobury Park, (Sat 8 Nov, gates 6pm, display 7.30pm), Hatfield House, (Sat 1 Nov, gates 5pm), OA's Rugby Club (Sat 1 Nov, gates 6pm) and Redbourn Common, (Sat 1 Nov, gates 6pm, display 7pm). You can also see the sky light up at Harpenden Rugby Club on 9 Nov, (6pm).

Catapult Coaching
What's On

What's on in November?

Day of the Dead (Museum of St Albans, Sat 1 Nov, 7pm-10pm)

Grease is the Word (Alban Arena, 4-8 Nov, 7.45pm, £18.50)

As the Crow Flies (Trestle Arts Base, Sat 1 Nov, 8pm, £10)

In Search of Elizabeth Bennet (Assembly Room, Fri 7 Nov, 7.15pm, £12)

Theatre Organ Concert (St Albans Organ Theatre, Sat 8 Nov, 2.30pm & 7.30pm, £10)

Autumn Reflections Concert (St Saviour's Church, Sat 8 Nov, 7.30pm, £15)

Become a Ghost Hunter with Jonathan Stroud (Maltings Arts Theatre, Sat 8 Nov, 11am, £2)

The Eagle Trail with Robert Rigby (Maltings Arts Theatre, Sat 8 Nov, 1pm, £2)

Not Quite the Way I Planned with Robert Rigby (Maltings Arts Theatre, Sat 8 Nov, 7.30pm, £7.50)

St Albans Farmers Market (St Peter's Street, Sun 9 Nov, 9am-2pm)

Grand Vintage Fashion Fair (Jubilee Centre, Sat 15 Nov, 10am-4pm)

Sibelius's First (St Saviour's Church, Sat 22 Nov, 7.30pm, £14)

Only Fools and Boycie (Abbey Theatre, Sat 22 Nov, 7.30pm, £15)

Harpenden Farmers Market (Lower High St, Sun 23 Nov, 10am-2pm)

The Odyssey Cinema Opening Weekend (27-30 Nov, 7pm - pictured)

Finding Your Direction Teenager's Workshop (Trestle Arts Base, Sun 30 Nov, 11am-4pm, £25)


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