Fri 1 – Sun 3 June
Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery Summer Event, Halls Green, Sat 2 June
Harriet Kelsall‘s events are not to be missed. The jewellery studio and café are in a beautiful barn, and on Saturday, there will be fun and games – and Pimms! – outside as well. Take your own jewellery and you’ll be able to have it cleaned – for free! The cakes at these events are worth the visit alone. You’ll also see the jewellery makers at work; there are jewellery making workshops for the children; and the Letchworth Garden City Classic & Vintage Car Club will be there hosting their annual car show and family picnic. 9.45am-5pm.
Barbecue and late night shopping, Carpenter’s, Sandridge, Sat 2 June
Apparently it’s the eve of National BBQ Week. On Saturday, Carpenter’s will be celebrating in style and you’re all invited to an afternoon event that starts at lunchtime and goes on until the early hours. I’m not quite sure about how late exactly, but they will be serving food until 7pm and, happy days, you can do a bit of shopping while you’re there. If you haven’t been to Carpenter’s since they opened The Potting Shed café and restaurant, I suggest you make a trip there immediately. The food is fantastic and there’s a whole new landscaped garden and outdoor area with views across the fields. And of course the original farmshop and nursery are still there and even better than before. Farr Brew will be at the party so you can get the beers in. 1pm-8pm.
Colourscape, Waddesdon Manor, Sat 26 May – Sun 3rd June
For the fourth year in a row, the spectacular Colourscape returns to Waddesdon with 56 interlinked chambers for the trippiest experience outside of Glastonbury. There’s a new structure to fit the Aviary glade with long views of intense colour and light plus music and dance performances inside the larger spaces. To be honest, the performances are a bit bonkers but you can easily whizz off down another bouncy tunnel if they’re just too, erm, ethnic, for you. Obviously, it’s great for kids too so although the queues are often daunting, persevere as it’s one of the most unusual experiences around.
London Nights, Museum of London, until Nov
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.
Henry Moore Studios and Gardens, Perry Green, the perfect half term destination!
I’m not going to apologise for banging on about the delights of a visit to Henry Moore’s former home, studios, wonderful gardens and surrounding parkland. There’s a new visitor centre, cafe and shop and it’s just the most fantastic place. It’s my top tip for half term.
Tuuletar, Finnish Friday, Kings Place, London, Fri 1 June
Vocal folk-hop from Finnish goddesses of the wind, Tuuletar. I’m in! Expect a combination of ancient Kalevala poetry with contemporary beatboxing and gorgeous harmonies. This is their UK debut. 9.30pm.
Lynn Chadwick, Cliveden National Trust Taplow, until Oct 2018
I’ve pinched this from Muddy Berks: If you loved the Benar Venet sculptures at Cliveden last year, then the new installation of English sculpture and artist Lynn Chadwick’s awesome abstract metal works inspired by the human form and natural world. His big, bold sculptural pieces are doted around the grounds. Take a stroll, admire and then pop into Cliveden House for afternoon tea or lunch at the Astor Grill.
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, Sat 2 June