What’s on in Stevenage during September 2016
26th August 2016
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Summer may be drawing to a close and the kids heading back to school, but there’s still plenty on in and around Stevenage this September to keep you and your family entertained.  For more information on any of the events listed, simply click on the link that follows it.

Lunch at The Wine Society – Before you are seated for lunch, you will be taken on a walking tour of the cellars which includes a chance to look inside their fourth warehouse, which alone holds more than two million bottles of wine!  Once the tour is complete, you can enjoy a four-course lunch accompanied by a tasting of five wines.  After lunch, a member of The Society’s Tasting Team will give a short talk on the wines and, just for fun, take a vote to discover the favourite wine of the day.

I think you'd agree this is certainly more than just your average lunch!

Date:  Thursday, 1st September



60 Bury Lane - Open Garden for NGS – This ½ acre Edwardian house garden with lovely views of surrounding countryside will be open for viewing during Friday evening and Sunday afternoon.  The garden's windy and exposed situation demands innovative planting and a lively mix of perennials and grasses give a joyous display of texture and colour well into Autumn although the contrasting shady woodland brings some calm and respite.  Homemade teas available.

Date: Friday, 2nd September



FREE - Junior Kickers Taster Session – Sessions available for both girls and boys aged 3 & 4. Our 'Junior Kickers' courses are designed to give an introduction to football, using fun games and activities to teach the game's primary skills.  Four ability groups.  Booking is essential.  Please call on 01438 368068 to register your child today and secure your place.

Date: Saturday, 3rd September



Mum2Mum Market at Knebworth - Sell or Buy nearly new, baby and children's goods.  Sell your quality second hand baby, children's and maternity clothes, preloved baby equipment or used pram at our nearly new baby and children's market and keep 100% of the proceeds.  It's a great place to buy a second hand pram, clothes, cot, highchair, toys, books .....anything aimed at babies, children or pregnancy and in great condition.

Date: Sunday 4th September



Exploring Art Techniques workshop – ‘Exploring Art Techniques' is a three hour session studying drawing techniques, that are relaxing and fun. The workshop is for complete beginners or those getting back into art. This course is developed for adult learners.  COST: £40 inc. VAT. An equipment and materials list will be provided.  The event will be held at: The Stevenage Community Arts Centre, Roaring Meg, Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

Date:  Sunday, 4th September



Call My Bluff:  The Wine Society – Think you know your wine? This fun evening of wine tasting could be just the thing for you! Based on the classic television panel game of the same name, this tasting promises to be a lot of fun, and gives an opportunity for you to test and sharpen your wine knowledge.  Guests will be seated in teams of up to six people (either pre-arranged by you or put together on the evening), with members of each time tasting eight wines blind. Each wine will be accompanied by three Society experts giving a tasting note and some background to the wine.

Date: Friday, 9th September



Home-Start Stevenage Fun Quiz – As much a social evening as a quiz, where the questions are varied, and connected in ways that sometimes defy logic, but are not to be treated TOO seriously. The object of the exercise is to have fun, and to raise some money for this worthwhile charity whilst doing so.  The quiz is being held at St Peter's Church, Willow Link with doors opening at 7pm for a 7.30pm kick-off (early arrivals can take part in a ’warm up round’ if they want to)!

Date: Saturday, 10th September



Bootleg Boss: Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band – Six piece Bruce Springsteen tribute band playing live at The Broadhall Suite, Stevenage Football Club, with all profits being donated to the Lister Hospital 'Forget-Me-Not' appeal.  This promises to be a fabulous night and is one not to be missed by Springsteen fans with all the greatest hits, from the early days through to those modern day classics.

Date: Saturday, 10th September



The Novotel Hotel Wedding Fair – Calling all brides and grooms! Stevenage's Novotel Hotel is holding its very first wedding fair, following a complete refurbishment.  The wedding fair promises to be a very grand affair with plenty to see and do.  With two fashion shows at 12.30pm and 2.30pm and over 30 local suppliers, this is certainly worth popping along to.

Date: Sunday 11th September



Afternoon tea at Knebworth Barns – A special ‘pre-book’ afternoon tea is available on 17th April, 26th June and 11th September. Your ticket includes admission to the Gardens and Park. The Barn will be open from 2.00pm with afternoon tea served from 2.30pm.  The Afternoon tea menu comprises: a selection of finger sandwiches, scones served with home made jam and clotted cream, mini tea fancies, tea or coffee and one glass of sparkling wine.

Date: Sunday, 11th September



The Premier Wedding Fair at Knebworth House & Barns – The Premier Wedding Fair promises to be unique wedding fair simply like no other! Enjoy the rare opportunity to view the inside of Knebworth House, the perfect location for couples looking to hold their wedding in a beautiful stately home.  Meet some VIP exhibitors including couture wedding dress designers and milliners, plus you can listen to some wonderful live musicians and simply informative exhibitors.

Date: Thursday, 15th September



Exploring the Languedoc-Roussillon region at The Wine Society – This vast area of France accounts for around a third of France’s total wine production and produces more wine than the whole of Australia. Why not spend Saturday morning with The Wine Society exploring the fruits of this enormous region.  Guided by a member of the Tastings Team, you will taste a selection of nine wines which will seek to highlight the wealth of styles on offer.

Date: Saturday, 17th September



The Relay Run at Hampson Park – Walk or run into a big party!! The Relay Run is 1km relay laps you can do with your children and friends.  The Relay Run is 1km relay laps with your children and friends into a giant party area and through a massive inflatable, plus there are super "cheer zones" throughout the 1km course to keep you going!

Date: Sunday, 25th September



Ministry of Science at Gordon Craig Theatre –Ministry of Science Live is not your ordinary science show. It comes with a bang! It comes with a whoosh! But most of all is comes with a hovercraft built on stage….oh, and a Human Cannon too!! Ideal for budding boffins of all ages.  This new production takes an anarchic approach to science communication whilst looking at the inventors and engineers who have shaped and inspired the modern world that we live in.

100% Educational
200% Entertaining
300% Explosive
400% Fun.

Dates: Tuesday, 27th September (afternoon & evening performances)



For anyone looking for a night (or afternoon) at the theatre, there’s also plenty on this month at the Gordon Craig Theatre:

The Stones (Rolling Stone tribute act) –The greatest tribute band in the world pays tribute to the greatest Rock and Roll band in the world. If you like the Rolling Stones you really need to see and hear this band.  With a front man who looks, sounds and moves like Mick Jagger himself, plus a young Keith Richards, the band kicks out the music with the same loose but tight feel of the Rolling Stones themselves.

Date: Friday, 2nd September



Star Man: A Musical Celebration of David Bowie – The finest musicians and singers combine with an amazing performance from theatre stage star Michael King, to create a magical evening dedicated to the legend that was David Bowie.  From Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke to Major Tom and more, the many personas of David Bowie had one thing in common... all delivered many of the most memorable, inspiring and lasting songs of a generation.

Date: Sunday 4th September



Carmen: presented by The Russian State Opera House – Featuring an impressive cast and large live Orchestra, this powerful and tuneful opera is a joy to behold.  Carmen tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by Carmen, a seductive, free-spirited femme fatale. José abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts from his military duties, yet loses Carmen’s love to the glamorous toreador Escamillo.  Perfect for anyone who has never tried opera!

Date: Saturday, 10th September



GA GA (Queen Tribute Bank): 20th Anniversary Tour – GA GA are embarking on their 20th Anniversary Tour with a show packed with massive Queen hits spanning the length and breadth of the band’s back catalogue.  Now in its 20th year, GA GA are celebrating with an anniversary tour.  There are no wigs, no make-up and definitely no false moustaches but instead there is a host of massive Queen songs played like they were meant to be.

Date: Friday, 16th September



Sinatra: Fly Me To The Moon – Back by popular demand and for one night only, Andy Mawbey returns to the Gordon Craig Theatre to bring you the wonderful songs and music of the swing era.  In this fabulous show, Andy classics such as Come Fly With Me, Beyond the Sea, I’ve Got You Under My Skin and many more accompanied by huge Swinging Big Band instrumentals to get your feet stomping and hands clapping.

Date: Saturday, 17th September



The Carpenters Story –Celebrating the timeless music of one of the most successful pop duos in music history, The Carpenter's Story includes all the best knows songs from Richard & Karen Carpenter.  The show stars the internationally acclaimed Claire Furley, whose uncanny representation of Karen Carpenter is unsurpassed. Her stunning vocal harmonies combined with state of the art video projection and lavish arrangements from no less than 8 LIVE musicians, will take you on an incredible journey through the legend that was The Carpenters.

Date: Sunday, 18th September


Pi Bistro - Murder Mystery (Gordon Craig Theatre) – Get ready for a fabulous evening as Murder Etc. return to Pi Bistro at the Gordon Craig Theatre, where you will enjoy a fabulous three course meal, whilst playing detective to solve the murder.

Date: Friday, 30th September




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