10 Bank Holiday Belters – What’s On
Three whole days off - just what we need. Now make the most of this lovely holiday (you won't get another 'til New years, *sob*), with our guide to what's on and what's out there this weekend!
Wonderful Bishop’s Stortford-based wine, spirits and beer merchant, and snug bar, Twisted Cellar, is taking its Vintage Mobile Bar on the road this month. Each weekend, the pop-up will open in Sworder’s Field with delicious wines, gins and proper draught beer. Just pop along with your own chairs, or register online if you fancy kicking back on one the comfy bean bags.
Gorgeously positioned, St Alban’s riverside institution, St Michael’s Manor Hotel is hosting a fab weekend food festival this Bank Holiday Weekend.
Peddling Pizza, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks and Waddington Cafe will all be there, and there’s a wonderfully well stocked champagne and cocktail bar from the hotel. Now work up that appetite and get over there!
For an enchanting day out, why not take the little ones on the fairy trail at Hertford Castle. Although normally shy little things, these mythical creatures will be showing off their homes (dotted around the castle grounds). This magical activity is on offer right up until the 6th September.
This Rock n’ Roll adaptation of the Merry Wives of Windsor is playing at the Roman Theatre of Verulamium Friday 28th – Monday 31st. The Shakespeare comedy has been reimagined in riotous 80s style – middle class madness, but with a full-glamour soundtrack, tight trousers and big hair. Bring it On.
Vintage Open-air cinema, Furtho Manor Farm, Milton Keynes
VOACinema is popping up with a screening of Elton John biopic Rocketman (I’ve watched it about 12 times, it’s totally brilliant) on Sunday night (30th). Arrive from 7.30pm and catch vintage clips and jazz music on the big screen before the movie starts, plus there’ll be prizes awarded for best dressed. Oh, and there’s a fully stocked bar.
Nick Knight: Roses from my Garden, Waddesdon Manor
Isn’t this just beautiful? The image was taken by legendary fashion (Jil Sander) and celebrity (The Queen, Lady Gaga) photographer Nick Knight. He’s coming up roses with an exhibition at Waddesdon Manor (just over the border in Bucks), which features manipulated photographs of roses inspired by the work of 16th- and 17th-century still life painters like Jan Brueghel the Elder and Jan van Huysum. Read our interview with Nick here.
Electronic: From Kraftwerk to the Chemical Brothers, The Design Museum, London
From underground raves to the pioneering sounds used in Dr Who, this exhibition explores the history and culture of electronic music throughout the ages.
Ai Weiwei: History of Bombs, Imperial War Museum, London
Part of Refugees, a free season of exhibitions, artistic commissions and immersive events taking place across IWM London and IWM North, this exhibition draws on renowned artist Ai Weiwei’s ongoing investigation into politics and power.
Steve McQueen, Tate Modern, London
I love this shot! This solo exhibition of London-born artist and director of Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen’s portfolio features 14 major works spanning his extensive career in film, photography and sculpture and is the first major UK exhibition since he received the Turner Prize in 1999. So, yeah, it’s a pretty big deal! The display will cover the last 25 years of McQueen’s career, including personal and intimate works such as his early film on a Super 8 camera and this awesome aerial depiction of the Statue of Liberty (above).
EXHIBITION: Kimono to Catwalk, V&A Museum, London
The V&A is reopening on 6 August (with free entry!), but its major exhibition will be opening towards the latter end of the month. ‘Kimono to Catwalk’ charts the journey of the traditional Japanese garment as an evolving fashion icon, from its origins in the 1660s to its modern-day iteration.