Mon 30 July – Sun 5 Aug
Very Vintage Day, Victoria’s Vintage, Little Hadham, Sat 4 Aug
Slather on some lippy and get ready to dance. It’s an all day party in a barn. Little Hadham. 10am onwards.
Hitchin Lavender – now with sunflowers! Cadwell Farm, Ickleford
They’ll be gone before you know it so make a trip before the middle of August – you’ll regret it if you don’t! The cakes in the cafe are delicious – I was there recently and scoffed a courgette and lime cake. The whole place is a riot of colour and fragrance. It’s amazing!
Countryfile Live, Blenheim Palace, Thurs 2 – Sun 5 Aug
Can’t get enough of Adam Henson and the Countryfile gang? Roll up, roll up, catch the show while you can at Blenheim Palace as the team showcase the best of the British countryside. Expect live arena shows where Matt Baker does a semi-naked trapeze act while John Craven tames the Fresian cows in top hat and fishnets. Apparently (and this bit is true) there’s also a National Trust theatre, waterside activities, off-road experiences, animal displays and 700 exhibitors. This year they are also throwing a BBC Countryfile Live Summer Party on the Saturday 6-9pm, headlined by country duo The Shires (a BBC Radio 2 favourite) and supported by Newton Faulkner and Ferris & Sylvester.
Great & Small: Animals in Craft, Broadway Gallery, Letchworth, Mon 30 July – October
Great + Small is the ultimate family-friendly exhibition because it’s designed for children. Kids love animals, so what better way to introduce them to the art of craft? This exhibition has been designed and curated by Broadway Gallery in Letchworth using objects on loan from the Crafts Council. When it leaves Letchworth, the exhibition will go on tour. But you don’t have to worry about that for now. It opens on Sat 28 July and runs until October. It’s a brilliant way to encourage children to be inspired by contemporary crafts and materials. On Weds 8 August there’s a Hands On event, when a Crafts Council educator will run workshops so that children can get their mitts on the exhibits: wooden snakes, enamel beetles, resin cats. And don’t panic, you won’t have to turn your kitchen into resin studio, there’s a Family Arts Studio workshop on Sunday. Can you believe that all of this is FREE.