Fri 21 – Sun 23 July
Sharon Cooper photography workshop, Hitchin Lavender, Sun 23 July
Sharon Cooper is an incredible photographer and she now does regular workshops in the wonderful location of Hitchin Lavender (Best Family Attraction in the recent Muddy Awards). Learn how to get the best out of a location, approach a shoot, and how to compose shots to make stunning portraits. The workshop includes a break for coffee and cake in the cafe and no doubt there’ll be lots of shared stories with other photographers. £45. 10am- 12.45pm. SG5 3UA
Plywood: Material of the Modern World, V & A – until Fri 17 November
I love a bit of ply, and I can’t wait to see this exhibition which promises layers of creativity. This is the world’s first exhibition celebrating plywood – why so long? – and it includes everything from furniture by Ray Eames to skateboards and planes. A must-see. You’ve got until November to get down (or up) to the V&A. Free.
Too True to be Good, Shaw’s Corner, Ayot St Lawrence, Fri 21 – Sun 23 July
More outdoor theatre at the former home of George Bernard Shaw. Too True to be Good is a surreal comedy and includes a talking germ, a gangster nurse, an aviator turned burglar and Lawrence of Arabia. The mind boggles. Take Pimms and a picnic and be prepared to be amazed by this stunning garden and a quirky house that’s full of stories. 6.30pm. AL6 9BX
Love Forty Hall Park day, Sat 22 July
Forty Hall is one of England’s finest historic houses and was built in 1632 by Sir Nicholas Rainton, Former Lord Mayor of London. The estate is magnificent with gardens formal and informal, lakes, lawns and meadows. The Hall is Grade 1 listed. On Saturday 22nd July, it’s Love Forty Hall Park day. All are welcome and best of all it’s free. Walks, talks, competitions, and a craft workshop based on the Mulberry tree and silk worm. There’s a barbecue and drinks stalls. Part of Love Parks Week. Free. 12-5pm.
The Great British Food Festival, Knebworth House, Sat 22 – Sun 23 July
A chance to sip gin and meet food producers before tackling the Dino Trail and maze. And you’ve still got a whole Tudor house to explore. Perfect food-filled day for the whole family.
The Dark Side of Liberty, until Thurs 31 August
For me, a visit to Liberty has always felt like a trip to a gallery. This summer, the most beautiful department store in London (discuss) is going one step further, and its summer campaign includes work from Joris Van de Moortel, who has created a working recording studio in the windows. If you’re in town this summer, I suggest you go and have a look. I haven’t seen it yet, but I will definitely be popping in. Until Thurs 31 August.