Four events coming up this autumn in Harpenden and St Albans that you will need to book ahead...

Lee Nelson

Following his 150 date, smash-hit tour, Lee Nelson comes to Harpenden for one night only with his current solo comedy tour.

You’ve seen him sneaking into places he shouldn’t be, now come and see him where he most definitely should be: live on stage for a special performance of his Serious Joker stand-up show.

Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 1TE, September 22, 8pm. Details: 01582 767525

St Albans Beer Festival

Up to 350 real ales, 50 ciders and perries, 50 bottle conditioned beers and 80 foreign beers from all over the world.

There will be live music from The Landlords on the Thursday evening, Swan Vesta Social Club Saturday lunchtime and The Overtures Saturday evening.

The Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3LD, September 26 to 29. Details:

Brian Blessed

Larger than life British actor Brian Blessed is known for his hearty, king-sized portrayals on film and television.

A giant of a man accompanied by an eloquent wit and booming, operatic voice.

In An evening with Brian Blessed, his eloquence and humour will have the audience captured from the moment he walks on stage until the moment he leaves. Brian will talk about his career on stage and screen including anecdotes from Flash Gordon, Black Adder, I Claudius and Z Cars and his many appearances in Shakespearean Productions.

He is also an avid climber and has conquered Everest and Kilimanjaro amongst others.

The Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3LD, October 3. Details: 01727 844488

Danny Baker

Good Time Charlie’s back - the new tour currently underway from Danny Baker. He says: “Following the extraordinary success of the Cradle To Grave tour I was asked to reconsider my initial statement that I would never undertake such a venture again.

“The applause of the public can be a seductive narcotic and weaker souls than I would be tempted to repeat the thrills harvested during that ‘uproarious whirligig of joy’ simply to bolster their already outsized egos.

“After much reflection I have decided that I cannot allow such rampant narcissism to cloud my judgment.

“I said ‘one farewell’ tour’ and I meant ‘one farewell tour’. There will be no more.”

The Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3LD, October 8. Details: 01727 844488