Events              Summer  2018



Herts Open Studios 2018 will run for 3 weeks from 8th- 30th September 2018 inclusive. This popular annual event connects art-lovers and artists and is even bigger this year, with 150 artists are taking part at almost 70 solo and group venues across the County. As always, visitors will be able to enjoy a rich mix of free-to-enter experiences including personal studios, live demonstrations, exhibitions and more. Hosted by Herts Visual Arts and established almost 30 years ago, it’s a unique opportunity for inspiration and discovery - a popular fixture of Hertfordshire’s annual art calendar.

What can Open Studios visitors expect? Our artists, artisans and designer-makers across Hertfordshire offer enormous choice and opportunities. With painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, glass, photography, ceramics, textiles, jewellery, a blacksmith and more in the 2018 #HertsOpenStudios mix, visitors will be able to plan amazing personal art trails. Our artists are ready to show, demonstrate or talk about their work, or just allow quiet browsing if preferred. Regardless, a warm welcome is assured at every venue.

This year’s sought-after Open Studios brochure is again in the new A5 format that proved so popular last year. An amazing mine of reference information about individual artists and venues, venues and opening hours, including demonstrations, refreshments and accessibility information. Widely available at public locations across the county as well as from participating Open Studios Artists, the brochure is also available on-line via the Herts Visual Arts web site. To help plan visits and personal trails, there’s also a central at-a-glance mini-guide listing all venues, dates and art forms.

“Last year’s new-look brochure proved very popular and this year we have even more artists taking part” said Herts Visual Arts Chair, Hillary Taylor, who continued “Open Studios is always an fantastic opportunity for inspirational connections between artists and visitors. How often can you be sure of a chance to talk to an artist about their work, watch work in progress or perhaps even have a go yourself?  Whatever your interests, there’s bound to be somewhere local to visit, from individual studios to larger mixed groups.  Welcome to Open Studios 2018 - what’s not to like?”

Childwickbury Arts Fair – 

Friday 6th, Saturday 7th

& Sunday 8th July 2018.

Childwickbury Arts Fair offers art, live music, food and drink in the beautiful grounds of the Childwickbury estate. Witness the creative process in action and engage with over 60 artists and craftspeople from all over the UK.

Have you ever thought about buying original art before?

Well Childwickbury Arts Fair is a fantastic opportunity to see over 60 artists and craftspeople in one space! Buying directly from the artist makes it all the more special as you get to meet who made it. Come and immerse yourself in ART!

We have some FAB FOOD & DRINK at Childwickbury Arts Fair this year.

Our lovely bar tent featuring FARR BREW. Delicious Ice Cream and Pudding Stop in our beautiful orchard. Plus Pizza, South African, Crepes, Brick Chicken, Salads, and more ...plenty to choose from whilst watching over 60 artists and craftspeople in action!

Food writer and TV chef Celia Brooks returns this summer with a brand new cookbook called “SuperVeg”. Celia will be doing free cookery demonstrations in a state-of-the-art demo kitchen, giving out delicious free tasters, selling and signing her books, and running cookery workshops for everyone.

Feast your eyes on the tasty food below then venture on down to the STREET FOOD SOCIAL  from 4pm -9pm Saturday July 21

on the square by the Library.

Pinkerton’s Prosecco

Cantina Baga Mexican 

Emilio Lebanese 

Pudding stop 

Hog Heaven BBQ 


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