Fri 18 – Sun 20 Aug
Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Fri 18 – Sun 20 August
Art in Clay is a serious exhibition for potters, sculptors and ceramicists, but it’s also a fun day out for young and old. 200 exhibitors gather in marquees in Hatfield Park and you can admire the artistry and buy the work. Expect demos from the experts but you can also roll up your sleeves and get stuck in, Great Pottery Throw Down style. Loads of activities for kids and the professionals will be on hand to offer advice.
Classic Ibiza, Knebworth House, Sat 19 Aug
The Urban Soul Orchestra conducted by Stephen Hussey together with DJ Goldierocks are bringing strings and vocals to Knebworth! Get ready to dance to Right Here Right Now, Faithless, Blind Faith and Born Slippy. Pretend you’re in Ibiza with not a care in the world. Brilliant venue, dinosaurs on site, laser light show. Perfect. Doors open 6pm.
Hatfield House gardens, until 30 September
Formal parterres and fragrant roses in a garden that was first planted in the seventeenth century in the childhood home of Elizabeth I. Robert Cecil commissioned John Tradescant to travel all over Europe and bring back plants to England. In the West Garden, the hydrangeas are in full bloom this month. Tues – Sun, 10am-5.30pm, until 30 September.
Karl Blossfeldt, Broadway Gallery, until Sun 10 Sept
This Hayward Touring exhibition, Art Forms in Nature, is fab. I went along to see this and the gallery space – light, white and bright – is the perfect setting for these stunning botanical photographs. If you don’t know Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932), and I didn’t, he developed homemade cameras and lenses in order to magnify his subjects by up to 30 times. His photographs were celebrated by early Modernists and Surrealists during the 1920s. Definitely worth a visit. Great cafe, too.
Book for: The Muddy Literary Salon at Thame Arts & Literature Festival, Thurs 12 Oct
Muddy Bucks/Oxon is opening a Literary Salon during the Thame Literary Festival. It’s worth a little jaunt into Bucks. Booking opens on Tues 1 August and there are only 120 tickets available to see 5 awesome authors at the inaugural literary event. Blogger/food author Sasha Wilkins (aka LibertyLondonGirl), Clover Stroud, Elizabeth Heathcote, Tamsina Perry and Alexandra Heminsley make up the line up, plus there’ll be more Prosecco than you can shake a stick at. Read all about it, or go straight for the jugular and book here now at a bargainous £10.
Gosselin Road open garden, Bengeo, Hertford, Fri 18 and Sun 20 Aug
Check out that echinacea! The reason it looks so perky is because this is the trial ground and showcase for the wonderful Daisy Roots nursery. There’s a sunken garden, and abundant borders with perennials and grasses. Fri 18 Aug, 6-8.30pm; Sun 20 Aug, 1-5pm. SG14 3LG
Living on the Veg’, Kerb, Fri 18 – Sat 19 Aug
Vegans unite! And non-vegans, prepare to be amazed by the creativity of Kerb food at Livin’ on the Veg. If your commute involves Kings Cross, it’ll be worth catching a later train to visit this food event on Friday. Granary Square is one of my favourite places in our wonderful capital city. Just standing watching children running in and out of the coloured fountains will make your spirits soar. This veg fest takes place in the West Handyside Canopy, in front of the gigantic Waitrose. 6-11pm Fri and 12pm – 11pm Sat.