Mon 17 – Sun 26 July
Wine tasting, Flagship Wines at Carpenter’s Nursery, Tues 18 July
Do you know Carpenter’s? It won Best Farmshop/Deli in the Muddy Awards last month. It’s bursting with local produce – and grows lots of its own fruit and veg to sell. On Tuesday, Julia Jenkins, incredibly knowledgeable wine expert and founder of nearby Flagship Wines (Finalist in Best Wine Merchant) will be in one of the polytunnels at Carpenter’s, with wines to taste, some of which will be paired with food grown by Carpenter’s. The last event they had was sold out – so be quick! £15. 7-9pm.
Rachel Joyce, The Music Shop, David’s, Weds 19 July
The story of a music shop jam-packed with vinyl and a woman in a pea-green coat. I’m looking forward to reading The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce and I can’t wait to hear her read at David’s on Wednesday evening. Music, books, wine, and the author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and all in the wonderful Letchworth institution that is David’s Bookshop and David’s Music. 7.30pm
Plywood: Material of the Modern World, V & A – until Fri 17 November
I love a bit of ply, and I can’t wait to see this exhibition which promises layers of creativity. This is the world’s first exhibition celebrating plywood – why so long? – and it includes everything from furniture by Ray Eames to skateboards and planes. A must-see. You’ve got until November to get down (or up) to the V&A. Free.
Too True to be Good, Shaw’s Corner, Ayot St Lawrence, Fri 21 – Sun 23 July
More outdoor theatre at the former home of George Bernard Shaw. Too True to be Good is a surreal comedy and includes a talking germ, a gangster nurse, an aviator turned burglar and Lawrence of Arabia. The mind boggles. Take Pimms and a picnic and be prepared to be amazed by this stunning garden and a quirky house that’s full of stories. 6.30pm. AL6 9BX
Love Forty Hall Park day, Sat 22 July
Forty Hall is one of England’s finest historic houses and was built in 1632 by Sir Nicholas Rainton, Former Lord Mayor of London. The estate is magnificent with gardens formal and informal, lakes, lawns and meadows. The Hall is Grade 1 listed. On Saturday 22nd July, it’s Love Forty Hall Park day. All are welcome and best of all it’s free. Walks, talks, competitions, and a craft workshop based on the Mulberry tree and silk worm. There’s a barbecue and drinks stalls. Part of Love Parks Week. Free. 12-5pm.
The Great British Food Festival, Knebworth House, Sat 22 – Sun 23 July
A chance to sip gin and meet food producers before tackling the Dino Trail and maze. And you’ve still got a whole Tudor house to explore. Perfect food-filled day for the whole family.