Fri 14 – Sun 16 July

Glow Yoga, Hitchin Lavender Fields, Fri 14 July

Yoga in a teepee with neon and black lighting to help you glow, twist and flow. And with wafts of lavender to help things along. Sounds great. You need to book because places are limited. Dress code: Bright! Doors open 7.15pm. Yoga starts 7.45pm. £12. SG5 3UA.

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An afternoon with artist Antonio Russo, Gallery 1066, Baldock, Sat 15 July

Gallery 1066 has just won Best Art Gallery in the recent Muddy Awards. On Sat 15 July, you can meet artist Antonio Russo in the gallery, ask him whether a GCSE in art is helpful if you want to become a real proper artist, and you can even discuss private commissions with him. He’s a drummer and music producer turned artist and has worked with Kanye and Pink. From 1pm. 

Gallery 1066

Open Studios, Parndon Mill, Sat 15 and Sun 16 July

Over the border we go to Essex. Parndon Mill is close to Harlow and is home to fine artists, glass blowers, guitar makers and product designers. During this weekend you can visit the studios and meet people who work in glass, weaving, calligraphy, guitar making, ceramics, jewellery, printing and metalwork. There’ll be an art play tent with activities for children and adults, with a pottery throw down on Sunday. Health and safety will be paramount, nevertheless will also be possible to try your hand at glass blowing and your party bag could be a your very handmade bauble. CM20 2HP. 10am-5pm.

Open Studios

Folk by the Oak, Hatfield House, Sun 16 July 

What started as a little acorn is now a mighty oak (sorry). Now in its 10th year, Folk by the Oak is a fab music festival in the gorgeous and leafy location of Hatfield House. Singer songwriter Kate Rusby will appear on the main stage and The Levellers will close the festival together with the now famous fireworks. Also performing: Eric Bibb, and Sam Sweeney with new trio Leveret. Gates: 12pm. Main stage: 1pm.

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Lussmanns opens in Tring, July

At last! Andrei Lussmann has been teasing his Twitter followers all year with work-in-progress snaps of the former HSBC bank in Tring. This month we’ll finally be able to enjoy the new location for this Hertfordshire chain which manages to feel like a the best local independent wherever you go. I’ve never had a less than perfect experience at Lussmanns and their sustainable ethos is award-winning yet somewhat understated. Impressive. At the time of writing, the official opening date is still under wraps but you can sign up for an email to be one of the first through the doors.

Lussmanns Tring

Whales: Beneath the surface, British Museum, Fri 14 July

Happy days! Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum has been closed for a major refurbishment but on Fri 14 July it will open again with a mega whale exhibition. The 4.5-tonne blue whale skeleton will be the central display. You can expect to goggle at ten new display bays along the length of the hall and there will be star exhibits galore. Get on down to South Ken!  

Natural History Museum

 

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