Fri 8 - Sun 10 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.
EXHIBITION: Social Disruption, Rich Mitchell, Art & Design Gallery, University of Hertfordshire, 4 March – 13 April
Social media is great (we love it anyway), but it can have be a massive time suck. This thought-provoking exhibition of installations forces us to look at the negative impacts that social media can have on our health and familes if we use it too much. It’s not all doom and gloom though, it promises some humorous and playful takes too. Phew!
ART: An Unexpected Twist on Dahl, The Upstairs Gallery, Berkhamsted, 4 – 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.
THEATRE: Absurd Person Singular, Watford Palace Theatre, Thurs 7 – 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.
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.
DANCE: Project R.E.B.E.L, Boy Blue, Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, 8 March
This high energy show from masters of hip hop Boy Blue features movement and film on the theme of social tension and cultural identity in the 21st century through the eyes of the younger generation. Sounds great fun to watch but with a serious message behind it.
EXHIBITION: Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Natural History Museum, Tring, until 10 Mar
No need to schlep into London to catch this delightful annual photo exhibition (the full exhibition is still on there until June though), but it’s your last chance to see the highlights closer to home. It captures some of the most intimate moments in nature as well as raising awareness of the impacts of stuff like pollution on the world’s wildlife.
BALLET: Live screening of Sleeping Beauty by the Bolshoi Ballet, Watford Palace Theatre, 10 March
Watch the cream of the ballet crop in this mesmerising performance, screened live to, er, Watford. Ok it’s not quite Moscow, but it does promise more tulle and twirls than you can shake a tutu at.
LONDON DESIGN WEEK
London Design Week at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre kicks off at the end of this week, Sun 10 – Fri 15 Mar, with 120 showrooms and over of 600 luxury brands- the biggest of its kind in Europe. Does anyone else feel a splurge coming on?
FESTIVAL: Women of the World, Southbank, London, Fri 8 – Sat 9 Mar
Girl power! Women of the World fest returns for it’s ninth year with a fabulous line up of debate, discussion, performance and activism all celebrating female achievement. Highlights this year include conversations with Angela Davis, Fri 8, and renowned journo and activist Naomi Klein, Sat 9.
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.
Tickets go on sale this Friday for the Luna Cinema in Bedfordshire’s Wrest Park. Nab a front seat (or lawn) spot to watch Pretty Woman, The Greatest Showman and Bohemiam Rhapsody in the stunning grounds of this English Heritage property. Showings are 14 – 16 June.