Mon 24 – Sun 30 July
Flower Power Bar, The Grove, opens Mon 24 July
I have to admit that I haven’t been to The Grove for ages but I’m going there this month. When it first opened it was described as ‘groovy grand’ and ‘London’s Country Estate’. It was unsurprisingly a Finalist in the Muddy Awards (Best Day Spa). This month it’s going back to the Sixties and celebrating The Summer of Love 1967, with this fab flower power bar. Open to non-residents, it seems like the perfect excuse to visit and be free – there are 300 acres to play in! New cocktails will be served, with some of the ingredients plucked from the Walled Garden. The Flower Power bar is open 5-9pm every day.
Open Garden, 35 Digswell Road, Welwyn Garden City, Sun 30 July
No, not The Lost Gardens of Heligan, but the gorgeous hidden garden of Adrian and Clare Baat in Welwyn Garden City. I have been to this garden a couple of times and I absolutely love it. The design has been inspired by the Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf and there are borders with perennials as you might expect in a suburban garden, but you’ve also got a meadow and then the more jungly bit with palms, bananas and tree ferns. Definitely worth a visit and the cakes are always delicious. Plant sale by Daisy Roots. 2-5.30pm.
Game Fair, Hatfield House, Fri 28 – Sun 30 July
Gregg Wallace is but a small part of this extravaganza at Hatfield House. It’s the first time that the Game Fair has come to Hatfield House and it’s an event that is celebrating its 59th year. You can enjoy: gundog handling, clay shooting, archery, fishing, falconry and ferreting. More food and drink stalls than you’ll be able to manage and rough and tumble outdoor activities include off-road driving.