Fri 22 - Sun 24 March
WALK: Family explorers, Stowe, 1 Mar – 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.
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.
KIDS: Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain, Rhodes Arts Complex, Bishop’s Stortford, Fri 22 Mar
You’ve gotta love Horrible Histories for its no-holds-barred (kid-appropriate of course!) approach to making the more boring bits of history fun. Expect the usual level of gross-out moments, fun facts, and lots of laughs from this brand new show, fresh from the West End on its first UK tour.
COMEDY: Rachel Parris: It’s Fun to Pretend, Hertford Theatre, Sat 23 Mar
You might have seen her on BBC’s The Mash Report, and now Rachel Parris is taking her scathingly witty commentry on politics and society on tour. All delivered in her sweetly smiley way, Rachel will also be performing some of her trademark comic anthems (she’s got quite a voice actually) and lots of new material, too.
EXHIBITION: Barbara Hepworth: Artist in Society 1948 – 53, St Albans Museum, 23 Mar – 8 Sep
This one’s a bit of a blockbuster as local exhibitions go. It focuses on a period when the renowned landscape artist switched tack to studying the human figure, and brings together her drawings and sculptures on the theme for the first time since she created them. It’s on ’til September so you’ve got plenty of time to check it out.
WORKSHOP: Spring Mindful Art Workshop, College Lake, Tring, 23 Mar
How often do you get chance to pause and just be creative? Not often if you’re anything like us. So we love the idea of this workshop which encourages just that. Hosted by artist Leila Ward and Mindfulness teacher Chris Ward, the class will show you how to use meditative techniques to relax as you hunker down in a cosy barn by a log fire and let those creative juices flow. 10am – 1pm, £40 (includes all materials).
FILM: Vintage Cinema doouble bill, Natural History Museum, Tring, 23 March
This pop-up cinema company is bringing family favourite The Jungle Book, and all-time classic, Grease to the museum this month, so you can take a seat amongst creatures great and small and enjoy one (or both!) of these movies. Don’t forget the popcorn!
WALK: Dogs and Daffs, Hatfield House, 24 Mar
Go see the gorgeous spring daffys at Hatfield House and take your pooch along too, all in the name of chari-dee, with proceeds going to a local Riding for the Disabled group. There are loads of trails to follow around the grounds and there’s also going to be a dog show and some fun demos.
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: Don McCullin Photography, Tate Britain, until Mon 6 May & Dorothea Tanning until Sun 9 Jun
Over 250 photographs spanning Don McCullin’s 6o year career are on display at Tate Britain and include his iconic war images, including Vietnam, Northern Island and Syria, as well as some of his work focussing on poverty in England. You can also see over 100 works by Dorothea Tanning, from her 7 decade career as a surrealist artist, at Tate Modern until Sun 9 Jun.
LONDON DESIGN WEEK
The huuuuge Ideal Home Show rocks up at Olympia London, Fri 22 Mar – Sun 7 April, with hundreds of free talks, 600 companies and the latest tech. This year the theme is Best of British so expect loads of UK companies. Does anyone else feel a splurge coming on?
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.
Chilterns Live, Pendley Meadow, Tring, Sat 29 June
Oooh, new and shiny! There’s a brand new festival near our ‘hood! Chilterns Live will be popping up in Tring with a stellar pop line-up of Busted (this got a few squeals in Muddy HQ), Sophie Ellis Bextor, The Feeling and Top Loader.