Mon 26 March – Sun 1 April 2018
The Potting Shed, Carpenter’s Nursery, Sandridge, Tues 27 March
Unless you’ve been on a mini break on Mars, you’ll probably know about the new and exciting opening of Sandridge’s field to fork garden kitchen and cafe. You’ll be lucky to get a table on Tuesday, but this is one to visit as soon as you can. You can read my review before you go.
Henry Moore Studios & Garden, Perry Green, opens Fri 30 March
Happy days. One of my favourite places in Herts opens again for Easter and the summer season. There’s a wonderful new exhibition celebrating Moore’s carvings but you’ve also got wonderful gardens, sculptures galore, spring lambs running around bronzes, a fab new cafe, and you can also visit Henry Moore’s house. An inspiring day out for all.
Neville Staple, Club 85, Hitchin, Fri 30 March
Calling all fans of The Specials! It’s the Neville Staple Band at Club 85 in Hitchin. Doors 7.45pm.
The Making of Harry Potter, Watford, Fri 30 Mar – Sun 23 Sept
This WB Studio Tour company never runs out of new reasons to get families back to this paean to the boy wizard. A new special feature dedicated entirely to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth instalment of the magical film series, revealing secrets behind the characters, costumes and props that made it so special.
The Amazing Bubble Man, Hertford Theatre, Sat 31 March
Louis Pearl, the world’s leading bubbleologist, is in Hertford to delight you with pre-Easter bubble tricks. Suitable for all ages: you’re never too old for bubbles. Expect audience participation. 11.30am and 2pm.
Bawden’s Beasts, The Higgins, Bedford
Over the border to the Higgins in Bedford. This exhibition opened in January and it’s on for a while, but I just wanted to let you know, particularly if you are an Edward Bawden fan. Creepy crawlies join the ranks of jungle giants and other beasts to sell products, narrate stories or decorate walls. More than sixty art works featuring animals are on show. Entry is free.
Bawden’s Beasts The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, Bedford, MK40 3X
Ocean Liners: Speed and Style, V & A Museum, London, until July 2018
I went to see this V&A exhibition last week and it’s glorious! It’s also totally immersive. One minute you’re sipping a cocktail on deck as you power through the waves to New York in the 50s, , the next, you’re wondering whether you could ever squeeze into the Dior suit worn by Marlene Dietrich on a transatlantic crossing. Kate Winslett and Leonardo di Caprio even make an appearance. For a truly elegant and glamorous experience, I recommend a trip to the V&A.
Kate Terry, A System of Parallels, Broadway Gallery, Letchworth, until Sun 22 April
This is a wonderful new exhibition by British artist Kate Terry and I urge everyone to go and see this. Kate Terry lives in London and she has created a thread installation for the gallery, that has to be experienced. There are also drawings and sculptures and lots of Farrow and Ball paint. Uplifting and colourful.
Broadway Gallery The Arcade, Letchworth, SG6 3EW
Barbara Hepworth: Finding Form, River & Rowing Museum, Henley, until 3 June
Now you can see Barbara Hepworth’s work without making a trip to Cornwall. Although I went to St Ives last October and sitting in Barbara Hepworth’s garden in the sun was complete bliss. This retrospective at the Rowing Museum covers the sculptor’s work from the 1930s to the 1960s, borrowing pieces from the Tate and National Portrait Gallery. A must-see.
Fly the Link trainer, De Havilland Museum, London Colney
You’ve always wanted to do this, haven’t you? Get into the LINK cockpit and fly? Produced to help to train pilots, it was used extensively during World War Two. You’ll have an instructor by your side who will guide you through the trainee pilot test.
The de Havilland Aircraft Museum Salisbury Hall, London Colney, AL2 1BU