Tues 8 – Sun 12 May
Yoga on the Farm, Hitchin Lavender, Tuesday and Sundays, 8 May – September
Why bother with a dainty lavender bag when you can just roll around in the stuff? Well, not quite, but this is yoga on grass, surrounded by drifts of lavender. Delicious! Starts this month and the classes run on Tuesdays and Sunday until September.
Emma Healey, David’s Bookshop, Letchworth, Tues 8 May
Fans of Emma Healey’s Elizabeth is Missing should make a point of heading to Letchworth to meet her. Emma will be talking about her new book, Whistle in the Dark. The story? Jen’s 15-year-old daughter goes missing for four agonizing days. When Lana is found, unharmed, in the middle of the desolate countryside, everyone thinks the worst is over. But Lana refuses to tell anyone what happened, and the police draw a blank. The once-happy, loving family return to London, where things start to fall apart.
Helen Lack, Introspective, Gordon Craig, from Tues 8 May
Helen Lack is a local artist and her solo exhibition, Introspective, opens on Tues 8 May at the Gordon Craig theatre in Stevenage.
Macbeth, Vyne Theatre, Berkhamsted, Sun 13 May
National Theatre Live. Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris (The Threepenny Opera, London Road), will see Rory Kinnear (Young Marx, Othello) and Anne-Marie Duff (Oil, Suffragette) return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness. 6pm.
Living Crafts, Hatfield House, Thurs 10 – Sun 13 May
Designer-makers, masterclasses, and spectacular craft demonstrations in the Queen Elizabeth Oak Showground at Hatfield House. Workshops in everything from willow weaving to chocolate making. May the sun shine again this weekend!
Holiday Styling Workshop, Halia Rose, Berkhamsted, Sun 13 May
No more sitting on your suitcase trying to encourage it to close. Sarah of Halia Rose is leading a workshop on holiday packing! Learn how to pack light and look fab and yes, I’m going have to use the word ‘capsule’ which is part and parcel of successful holiday packing. The workshop will cover: the basics of colour and style; how to mix, match and accessorise to create multiple stylish outfits; the contents of a holiday wardrobe packed into a single cabin sized suitcase; a suggested holiday packing list. 2-4pm. £20 per person to include a summer drink. If you book to go with a friend, you’ll get a discount. Montague Road, HP4 3DT Berkhamsted
Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier, Design Museum, from Thurs 10 May
Conceived and co-curated with Monsieur Alaïa before his death in November 2017, the exhibition charts his incredible journey from sculptor to couturier, his nonconformist nature and his infectious energy for fashion, friendship and the female body. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Alaïa personally constructed each garment by hand and refused to bow to the pressures of fashion week deadlines, instead working to his own schedule. His collaborative approach earned him an esteemed client list, including Greta Garbo, Grace Jones, Michelle Obama and Rihanna
Silence of Snow, Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, Fri 11 May
An event supporting the charity Mind. Mark Farrelly (Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope) presents his riveting, kinetic solo show portraying one of the great English writers of the inter-war years. Patrick Hamilton was a dazzling success in his twenties, producing hit plays Rope (filmed by Hitchcock) and Gaslight, and classic novels Twenty Thousand Streets Under The Sky, Hangover Square and The Slaves of Solitude. But Hamilton was also an alcoholic, whose wit became increasingly mordant as his inner and outer worlds collapsed. 8pm.
Pie Corner, open garden, Abbots Langley, Sun 13 May
This looks great. A garden designed to completment the modern classical house. Formal areas with woodland edges. There’s a dry garden, meadow planting and this time of year you can enjoy wild garlic, blossom and bluebells. 2-5pm. SD5 0SG.
London Nights, Museum of London, from Fri 11 May
Explore London after dark in a new, evocative photography exhibition. Fusing portraiture, documentary, conceptual photography and film, London Nights will reveal the city after dark through photographs ranging from the late 19th century to the present day.
Richard Long, Circle to Circle, Lisson Gallery, 11 May – 23 June
I always enjoy Richard Long’s work and I’m looking forward to his new exhibition. Circle to Circle is a large new floor-based stone circle, Flint Wheel made from Norfolk flint and the stones radiate out like spokes on a wheel. Looks good! 27 Bell Street, London NW1 5BY.