Fri 26 – Mon 29 May
Herts County Show, Sat 27 and Sun 28 May
If a display of eagles and vultures isn’t quite your thing, you could head for the Made in Hertfordshire section at the Showground in Redbourn where some of the best local food and drink producers will be exhibiting. Tring-based Puddingstone Distillery will be there, with their marvellous Campfire Gin, as will Wheathamstead’s wonderful Farr Brew and, perfect for a heatwave, Hertford Heath’s Dawlicious ice cream.
Dino Adventure, Knebworth House, Mon 29 May
Hunt for dinos, dig for fossils, cuddle amphibians, and explore the extensive grounds at Knebworth House wearing your palaeontologist’s hat. Be warned: keep your eyes both on the ground and look up at the trees where the nimbler dinos might be hiding.
California: Designing Freedom, Design Museum, London, Fri 26 May – 15 October
We know (or we think we know) about Italian design and Scandinavian design, but this new exhibition looks beyond Europe and asks: How did California come to have such a powerful influence on contemporary design? California: Designing Freedom explores how the ideals of the 1960s counterculture morphed into the tech culture of Silicon Valley, and how ‘Designed in California’ became a global phenomenon.
The Jive Aces, Broadway Theatre, Sun 28 May
Swing, jive and skiffle and all on a Sunday night! But this is the perfect Sunday evening for a bright, high energy show – no uniforms to sort; no homework to do – and with a Bank Holiday to follow and then half term! The Jive Aces have played up and down the country, in locations including Buckingham Palace and Glastonbury and now here they are in Letchworth. My prediction is that the Broadway Theatre will be jumping. Cassidy Janson is the vocalist and she is currently playing the lead in Carole King’s Beautiful. Get ready to shake your stuff and dance in the aisles.
Colourscape, Waddesdon Manor, Sat 27 May – Sun 4 June
Becoming Henry Moore, Perry Green
It looks as if the weather is going to be good this weekend, and I will be heading back to Perry Green for more Moore. Becoming Henry Moore is a fantastic exhibition that gives an insight into how Henry Moore first had the idea of becoming a sculptor and how his life evolved to become quite starry. The exhibits include work by the people who influenced Moore, including Rodin, Picasso and Michaelangelo. I love the gardens, and the field where spring lambs and sheep wander around the sculptures. You can also imagine the days when world leaders and Hollywood stars used to arrive here to buy work. Last month a brand new visitor centre opened, and it’s completely brilliant, with new cafe and a shop! It’s all designed by Hugh Broughton Architects and is beautifully understated, in keeping with Moore’s preference for frugality.
Dog show, Chenies Manor, Mon 29 May
A dog show for Bank Holiday Monday in an extremely elegant location. Chenies Manor is a Grade I listed Tudor building with a medieval wall, dungeon and stunning gardens. And yes, a cafe with cakes and a shop. It’s just over the border in Bucks, aim for the Chorleywood exit on the M25. You can enrol your dog from 1pm and the show starts at 2pm.
Vintage Cinema, Natural History Museum, Tring, Weds 31 May
Officially next week, and more stuff at Tring, I know, but these film evenings are so much fun and so popular and are always sold out. Be quick! 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