Fri 16 – Sun 18 Feb 2018
Kate Terry, A System of Parallels, Broadway Gallery, Letchworth, Fri 16 Feb – Sun 22 April
This is a wonderful new exhibition by British artist Kate Terry and I urge everyone to go and see this. Kate Terry lives in London and she has created a thread installation for the gallery, that has to be experienced. There are also drawings and sculptures and lots of Farrow and Ball paint. Uplifting and colourful.
Broadway Gallery The Arcade, Letchworth, SG6 3EW
Orchid Festival, Kew Gardens, London, until 11 March
Things are going totally tropical this month at London’s gorgeous Kew Gardens. Their annual orchid festival takes in Insta-friendly displays of the vibrant Thai blooms, Thai street food and musical performances, workshops on how to grow these notoriously tricky flowers and Thai afternoon tea at The Botanical restaurant. King prawn, lemongrass and coriander tartlet followed by Thai sticky coconut cream rice with mango salsa? Yes please.
Votes for Women, Museum of London
Emmeline Pankhurt’s hunger strike medal and many other objects from the Museum’s Suffragette collection are on display as part of the commemorations marking the centenary of the 1918 Act that gave some women the right to vote for the first time. There is also a newly commissioned film about the campaign. This exhibition runs until next year and it’s worth looking at the website for lots of special events this year.
Museum of London, 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN
Early Man Quest, Audley End, Essex, Fri 16 – Sun 18 Feb
A quest designed for children in Audley End House and Gardens. Follow the clues and search for Dug, Hognob and others in the Early Man tribe. (The film is currently on general release). Uncover centuries of history in one day. Early Man mini model making kit for successful adventurers. 10am – 4pm.
Audley End Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
Imagine Children’s Festival, South Bank, Fri 16 – Sun 18 Feb
12 days of jam-packed half-term fun in this brilliant annual festival by kids for kids. Aimed at 0-12 year olds, there’s a mind-boggling array of activities and events, including a whole clutch of free possibilities in The Clore Ballroom, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, dance-theatre Tidy Up, Fun DMC, Bedtime stories, plus debut authors comedian Harry Hill and Radio One’s Greg James.
Benington Lordship Gardens, near Stevenage, now until Sun 4 March
The Big One. It’s impossible to talk snowdrops without naming Benington. Close to Walkern and Stevenage, Benington has got the lot and it’s often cited as one of the best snowdrop sites in the country. Possibly the world. There are over 200 named varieties of snowdrop in the gardens and around the Norman castle and moat. The most familiar and abundant are the single and double Galanthus nivalis, both of which are on sale. While stocks last! Catch a snowdrop concert in St Peter’s Church. Cream teas and soup. Sadly no dogs.
Benington Lordship Gardens Stevenage SG2 7BS
Chroma, Sergeant Pepper, Old Town Hall, Berkhamsted, Sat 17 Feb
Chroma is a chamber ensemble of 20 musicians. This is a one-off gig exploring a huge range of English music from Thomas Tallis to Radiohead and a complete performance of the Beatles’ timeless Sgt Pepper album, brilliantly arranged by Chroma’s David Le Page and sung by Harvey Brough of Harvey and the Wallbangers. 7.30pm.
Chroma The Old Town Hall, 196 High Street, Berkhamsted, HP4 3AP
Rhythm & Reaction, The Age of Jazz in Britain – until Sun 22 April
This new exhibition brings together painting, cartoons, film, instruments and sound to examine the influence of jazz on British art and design. It’s in the neo-Gothic mansion that was built for William Waldorf Astor in 1895 as his London Estate Office.
Two Temple Place London WC2R 3BD
Sophie Tea, Marks & Tilt, St Albans – until Sun 25 Feb
Sophie Tea studied business and management but then turned to art a couple of years ago. Her work is FULL of colour and promises to be uplifting and just what’s needed in January and February.
Marks & Tilt 18 London Road, St Albans AL1 1NG