Fri 15 - Sun 17 March
Say goodbye to snowdrops and a big hello to daffodils that are springing up everywhere. Check out the bright blooms in Cassiobury Park in Watford, at Hatfield House. New for 2019 Cliveden present their new programme The Gilded Gardens, inspired by the 24 carat gilded golden gates on the Sounding chamber and thousands of daffodils that grow across the estate- this year the gardening team have added a further 57 varieties to the existing 20 so there grounds really will be carpeted in canary, until Tues 30 April. Head to the Water Garden and Blenheim Pavilion for the best of ‘em. Stowe will also be brimming with the yellow bloomer, along with other pretty spring foliage. Or head to Waddesdon who’ve named a whole patch of the grounds after the flower, Daffodil Valley.
NEW OPENING: MK Gallery, Sat 16 Mar
This place is amazing. This massive stainless steel gallery, designed by cool and contemporary architecture firm 6a, is set to open this week, complete with five double height exhibition spaces and The Sky Room that overlooks Campbell Park- it will host the city’s first independent cinema, comedy, concerts and workshops. There’ll also be a community space and new independent café, shop and garden. The gallery’s first exhibit, The Lie of the Land, looks at design, architecture and social history since the 18th century in relation to the city and features work from over 80 artists.
ART: An Unexpected Twist on Dahl, The Upstairs Gallery, Berkhamsted, until 16 Mar
It’s Dahl but not as you know it… A collective of 12 printmakers from Bodenpress in Bucks have given their take on the adult works of Roald Dahl. Each artist has produced three works inspired by the stories, and a different one will be at the gallery on every day of the exhibition to talk about how they created them.
ALPACAS: New Alpaca Outpost, Wobun Safari Park
A 10-strong furry herd of alpacas have just moved to our ‘hood, including the hilariously named Chewpacca and Alpacamybags (my personal favourite). Their new home, the Alpaca Outpost, will let kids feed the animals and is a short train ride from the safari park.
THEATRE: Comedy About a Bank Robbery, Aylesbury Waterside, Sat 16 Mar
If you enjoyed The Play that goes Wrong and Mischief Movie Night, then you’ll be tickled by this hit comedy from the same team. A priceless diamond is being stored by a corrupt city bank – what could possibly go wrong? A mad-cap fast paced caper with inventive and complicated staging, great visual gags and physical slapstick – all the ingredients for a fun night out.
THEATRE: Absurd Person Singular, Watford Palace Theatre, until Sat 30 Mar
Like a bit of 70’s kitsch? You’ll enjoy this one. Set in 1971, Alan Ayckbourn’s darkly comic play goes behind the scenes at party where three couples are desperately trying to hide the cracks in their respective marriages. Pop open the Babycham, this promises to be a corker.
WALK: Family explorers, Stowe, until 31 May
Wakey, wakey! As the flowers and resident wildlife come out of hibernation at Stowe it’s the perfect time to explore this fab National Trust property. Grab a guide and get back to nature by challenging the kids to spot baby lambs, listen to the birds singing, and smell the flowers.
ART: Henry Moore Studios and Gardens, Wed 3 Apr – 27 October
Heads up – the former home of artist and sculptor Henry Moore is closed every winter, but is set to reopen soon. For 2019 the garden will feature over 20 of Moore’s bronzes, meanwhile in the studio you’ll find his tapestries and the largest exhibition of his drawings in over 40 years.
EXHIBITION: Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, until Sun 14 July
Tickets are selling like hotcakes for this! The V&A is showing the largest House of Dior exhibition ever staged in the UK, tracing the history of Christian Dior and the six artistic directors who succeeded him. The exhibition is based on the major exhibition Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve, organised by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, and there’s a new section exploring Dior’s fascination with British culture. A highlight is the Christian Dior dress worn by Princess Margaret for her 21st birthday celebrations, on loan from the Museum of London.