Fri 8 – Sun 10 Sept
Grape harvest, Frithsden Vineyard, Sat 9 – Sun 10 Sept
Do you know Frithsden Vineyard? It’s a fabulous place. This weekend, the owners, Natalie and Simon, are asking for help with grape picking. You’ll need to email or call them first, and there will be other opportunities to help this month, depending on numbers of people and grapes. There’s a great cafe here, too. HP1 3DD
The Producers, Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, until Sat 9 Sept
Broadway comes to Stevenage with this well known musical based on the film by Mel Brooks. A plan goes wrong and a show that should flop turns out to be a hit. Paul Easom plays Max Bialystock and Ali Bastian (Hollyoaks, Strictly) is Ulla. The Gordon Craig has issued warnings that this musical is not for the easily offended so fasten your seatbelts. It’s a short run, just over one week, so be quick.
Wisdom of a Fool, Broadway Theatre, Fri 8 Sept
This is the story of Norman Wisdom, re-told by Jack Lane. Norman Wisdom was a huge star whose fame came about mainly through slapstick and playing the underdog. The show has had brilliant reviews and is in Letchworth for one night only! 7.30pm.
Shopping in Letchworth Garden City, Fri 8 and Sat 10 Sept
This Letchworth shopping exhibition is open each week from Thurs to Sat until the end of September. It’s interactive, but don’t panic, there’s no role play involved. But you can immerse yourself in old style retailing and inhale the aromas of Victorian lavender and carbolic soap. The exhibition is displayed in one of the shops in Letchworth’s Arcade. Loads of amazing photos and wonderful inspiration for anyone who is interested in local history and garden cities. 11am – 4pm. Thurs – Sat until 30 Sept. Community Museum, The Arcade, Letchworth SG6 3ES
Pottery in a barn, St Albans, Sat 9 and Sun 10 Sept
Have a go at throwing, be inspired, buy the work of local artists, all part of the Dacorum and Chiltern Potters Guild. The barn itself is also a source of inspiration. 10am – 5pm every day. Free. AL3 4SE
Last chance to see Karl Blossfeldt, Broadway Gallery – until Sun 10 Sept
While stocks last! If you haven’t had a chance to see this wonderful exhibition, Karl Blossfeldt: Art Forms in Nature – Curator’s Tour, at Letchworth’s Broadway Studio & Gallery, I urge you to pop along before Sunday 10 September. I’ve been twice and I might go once more, just for luck. If you don’t know the Broadway Gallery – light, white and bright – it’s the perfect setting for these stunning botanical photographs. And 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. Free entry.
50 years of Mr Benn, Illustration Cupboard, until 16 September
Mr Benn and the big 5-0? Say it isn’t so! No idea how this has happened, he doesn’t look a day over well, 50, but if you’d like to see original sketches and artwork of the bowler-hatted Mr Benn of 52 Festive Road, then get on down to the wonderful Illustration Cupboard at 22 Bury Street, St James’s in London. There’s a fab exhibition of original sketches and artwork by Mr Benn’s creator, David McKee. I think that Mr Benn was the original portfolio worker, who could turn his hand to anything from astronaut or chef to wizard and gladiator.
Can Graphic Design Save Your Life? Wellcome Collection, Euston Road, opens Thurs 7 Sept
This looks really good. 200 objects from posters to illuminated pharmacy signs, chosen to explore the role of graphic design in communicating healthcare around the world. Handy for anyone who uses Euston Station. Or Kings Cross. 183 Euston Road, NW1 2BE.