An Evening with Helena Kelly

In her first book, Austen expert Helena Kelly introduces the reader to a passionate woman living in an age of revolution.

The Junction Christ Church, Chorleywood, Wednesday, October 26, 7.30pm. Details: 01923 283566

St Albans & Harpenden Review: The cast of Only Fools and Horses, including John Challis as Boycie (front).

Only Fools and Three Courses

This event combines food and comedy served up Only Fools and Horses style. Marlene and Boycie are hosting a Gala Dinner, but will things go to plan with Del, Rodney and Uncle Albert on the guest list?

Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, Thursday, October 27, 7.30pm. Details: 01923 571102

Kevin Grenfell’s Jazz Giants

Kevin Grenfell started playing trombone at 11 in brass bands in Cornwall. He completed his music degree at Dartington College of Arts – still gigging as much as possible at various events as trombonist and vocalist, fronting his own quartet whilst also working with the ever popular Pete Allen Jazzband. After completing another year of study Kevin qualified as a secondary school music teacher. However, performing and life as a professional jazz instrumentalist proved too hard to ignore so he returned to full-time performing in 2002.

Pump House Theatre & Arts Centre, Local Board Road, Watford, Thursday, October 27, 8.15pm. Details: 01923 241362

St Albans & Harpenden Review: One of Sir Quentin's illustrations for James and the Giant Peach (used with permission of A.P. Watt Ltd on behalf of Quentin Blake).

James and the Giant Peach

Join James and his insect friends for an unforgettable giant peach of an adventure to celebrate the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth. Dahl’s magical tale of an orphaned boy’s unforgettable journey is brought to life on stage by some of Hertfordshire’s most talented young performers.

Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, Watford, Thursday, October 27, to Saturday, October 29, 2pm and 6pm. Details: 01923 225671

Steeleye Span

Steeleye Span’s not just a legendary name in British music but also a link to the classic days of rock and folk music. Folk rock pioneers Steeleye Span are touring with a new live show. Maddy Prior – the voice of the band – leads a line-up featuring faces old and new. 2014 saw Steeleye Span emerging on new exciting chapter. With the departure of fiddle player and long-standing member Peter Knight the band introduced Jessie May Smart. A departure to what we have come accustomed to with Steeleye Span, Jessie is a young, vibrant talent.

The Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Thursday, October 27, 7.30pm. Details: 01727 844488