Fri 19 – Sun 21 May
Norton Way spring and summer show, opening weekend, Sat 20 and Sun 21 May
This is a great gallery in Letchworth, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. This weekend is the opening for its annual spring and summer show. Everyone is welcome. Rob Barnes, whose linocut prints are so well known, is one of the gallery’s artists.
Tooth and Claw writing workshop, Sat 20 May
If taxidermy gets your creative juices flowing, then this workshop could be for you. There is no doubt that the museum at Tring is stuffed full of stories just waiting to be told. This is a day-long workshop led by experienced and nurturing tutors. A good variety of activities and approaches and it’s suitable for everyone from beginners to the more experienced writer. 10.30am to 4.00pm £45.
World Food Festival, Welwyn Garden City, Sat 20 May
It’s back! Hugely popular and great fun, this is now an annual event. You can’t miss it, just head for John Lewis, and before you know it, you’ll be weaving your way around the stalls dipping into your bowl of ceviche. (Other dishes on offer.) Starts at 11am – you’d be wise to skip breakfast at home.
Making Nature Work, Wellcome Collection, Euston Road – until Sun 21 May
If you’re heading to London Town, and your train arrives at Euston or Kings Cross, why not stroll up the Euston Road to see this exhibition? If you don’t know the Wellcome Collection, it’s a wonderful place. This free exhibition, How we see animals, is part of the Wellcome Collection’s year-long exploration into our relationship with nature. Film, photography, taxidermy, and all in an inspiring building with a fab cafe.
Woodland Wedding Fair, Tring, Sun 21 May
A woodland wedding is as natural and unstructured as you could hope for. After a traumatic arson attack, the Woodland Weddings team are celebrating with a wedding fair and open day. There has been huge support for them after what happened including people who knitted jumpers to cover bare trees where the bark had been damaged, and it’s brilliant that they are now able to continue. It’s free but you do need to register. 11am-3pm.
Lila’s Wood, Wick Lane, Kiln Road, Hastoe, near Tring, HP23 6LU
Booking opens for Fireside Storytelling Festival, Sat 20 May
It’s back! It’s hardly gone away! This is a storytelling festival that I discovered for the first time earlier this year. I remember thinking that I’d have to wait until next year as I left Baldock after a fantastic evening. And now it turns out that it’s coming back in a floaty summer outfit. Weds 28 June – Sat 1 July. Book now, tickets will go fast.
Book for: Vintage Cinema, Natural History Museum, Tring, Weds 31 May
More stuff at Tring, I know, but these film evenings are so much fun and so popular and are always sold out. Here are a couple for May, and you can also check out what’s happening over the border in Bucks. Night At The Museum, doors 17.45, starts 18.20; Jurassic Park, doors 19.30; starts 20.45