Your Muddy guide, Thurs 23 Feb – Weds 1 March
I know it’s tempting to batten down the hatches, but Doris, don’t think you can stop us! There’s far too much to see and do. Saunter around a Burberry pop up, learn moves with a teacher who has danced with Darcey, eat cake, make cakes, and learn Dutch floral design in an arts and crafts house.
Burberry & Henry Moore, Inspiration & Process, Makers House, until Mon 27 Feb
Henry Moore inspires Burberry’s new collection. Bronze sculptures and lace capes. Have you ever heard of such a thing? This is a pop up for London Fashion Week where you get more than a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how it all works. It’s kind of crazy, and perhaps I shouldn’t say this but it made me long for the calm space at Perry Green. It’s in the former Foyles building on Charing Cross Road. The entrance is on Manette Street, which features in a Dickens novel, if only I could remember which one? I thought this would be a bijou happening but the entrance takes you into the vast space, which is perfect for Fashion Week, I suppose. The Instagram crew were out in force, making life changing decisions about which filter to use and taking photos of colourful cakes (not guilty). If you’re in London this weekend, have a pop. Sheep, bronzes, capes, cakes. Free.
Maker’s House 1 Manette Street, London, W1D 4AT 10am-9pm
An Evening with Giovanna Fletcher, Dr Challoner’s Girls School, Little Chalfont, Thurs 23 Feb
Giovanna Fletcher, who holds the title Celebrity Mum of the Year, will be talking about her book Happy Mum, Happy Baby tonight. Park buggies at home, you’ll need your hands free for prosecco. Event book vouchers are £18.00 and include a copy of the book. 7.30pm. HP7 9QB
10:10 Studios taster day, Juice Pharm, Sun 26 Feb
You may remember my review of The Juice Pharm in St Albans. Sarah, who has also danced with Darcey Bussell, Robbie Williams, Madonna, Kylie, Boyzone and Take That, is opening a dance studio upstairs. On Sunday you can have a go some of the many classes that will be on offer. Dance, stretch, yoga, pilates and meditation, just to get you warmed up. Barre and boxing to follow. Taster day classes £5. You need to drop Sarah a line. Be quick, it’s popular. firstname.lastname@example.org
Studio 10:10, upstairs at The Juice Pharm, 4 Lockey House, St Peter’s Street, St Albans, AL1 3LP 8am-7.30pm
Emma Franc, The Upstairs Gallery, Tues 28 Feb – Sat 11 March
Emma Franc grew up in Herts and after an MA in painting at Wimbledon Art School, she lived and worked in London. She has now returned to the county and last year she was the artist in residence at the Abbey Theatre in St Albans. Her work is inspired by theatres, museums and warehouses. Catch her while you can at the Upstairs Gallery in Berkhamsted.
Upstairs Gallery 268 High Street, Berkhamsted, HP4 1AQ Mon-Sat 10am-4pm
Snowdrops, Old Church Cottage, Sat 25 – Sun 26 Feb
Snowdrops not snow in the gardens of this tucked away cottage in Tring. The heralds of spring are shooting up and blooming and you can see them here this weekend. 11.30am-3pm. £5. Children free. Mulled wine and muffins included! Parking instructions from the owners: the garden is at the end of a very narrow country lane so please park at the village hall.
Old Church Cottage Chapel Lane, Long Marston, Tring, HP23 4QT
Andy Miller, The Year of Reading Dangerously, Tues 28 Feb
Part of the Fireside Festival, this event is at David’s Bookshop. Andy aims to cure you of any bad reading habits. Warning: expect audience participation. This usually makes me want to run a mile or ten, but I’ve heard that Andy Miller is good fun. David’s Bookshop, Eastcheap, Letchworth, SG6 3DE. 6.30pm. £5
Life on Dead Street, British Schools Museum
One minute it’s Burberry, the next, it’s a former Hitchin slum. This exhibition opened this week at the British Schools Museum and if you know Hitchin at all, this is definitely worth a look. British Schools Museum, 41 Queen Street, Hitchin, SG4 9TS
Mother’s Day workshop, All in One Season, Sat 25 March
Learn from the incredibly creative and wonderfully kind Alice Calcasola-van der List at All in One Season. I am lucky enough to have booked on one of her workshops and I can’t wait and of course I’ll tell you how I get on. These workshops sell out quickly which is why I’m letting you know about them now. There’s a studio attached to this stunning arts and crafts house in Letchworth and it’s a real insight into the Dutch approach to floral design. Enjoy frothy coffee and cake and the heady scent of roses and eucalyptus as you unleash your own creativity in a very special environment. 2-3 hours, £75 per person, £65 each if you book for two people. 10am.
Mother’s Day cupcake bouquet workshop with Sherry Hostler, Weds 8 March
I met Sherry in January and I think since then she’s won two more awards for her cakes. It’s worth looking at her website to see how talented she is. Sherry is in a studio close to the farm shop in Wilstone and it’s charming and rustic on the outside, but shiny and very professional on the inside. It’s kind of like the white tent but not a tent. But it’ll make you want to bake. This is an evening Mother’s Day workshop from 7-9pm. The workshops are small, with a maximum of 7 students, so you get lots of attention and help. Suitable for the most basic beginner to the more advanced. Sherry may be a super baker and decorator but she’s incredibly kind and patient so don’t worry about bodging your buttercream. £40. 7-9pm There’s another workshop on Weds 15 March, 10-12pm.