A Very British Summer
After promising signs in June and July weather-wise, things seem to have reverted to form. Cool, rain, grey. But we shall not cry. No no no - we shall get up and go out and about - there is so much to be done this summer in England! Let's hit it!
Genius graphic artist Camille Walala has created an interactive abstract installation and immersive maze at the NOW Gallery called WALALA X PLAY. This graphic visual feast welcomes visitors to explore, examine and enjoy a labyrinthine network of corridors and enclosed spaces in a ‘temple of wonder’ and are encouraged to experience a range of spaces, some open, some tight and uncomfortable, some with dead ends. With walls of different heights, passageways of different widths, curved and zigzag paths, the installation addresses the idea of human scale. It's on until 24th September and tickets are FREE and better than that, your Instagram feed with thank you!
Or hows about's a weekend of open air cinema at a castle? Perfectly fit for any princess, Hertford Castle in Hertfordshire will host two nights of open air classic cinema over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Showing this year the brilliant ‘Mamma Mia’ featuring the music by legendary Abba, and the thrill inducing ‘Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark’ starring Harrison Ford. Be sure to bring along some seating and some food and settle in an evening of entertainment under the stars and hopefully, not under your brolly.
Michael Morpungo 'aint no one trick pony - excuse the pun. The writer most famous for writing War Horse has a retrospective called A Lifetime of Stories at The Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood. This unique exhibition showcases the notebooks and manuscripts that became the classics we know today including War Horse, Private Peaceful, Kensuke’s Kingdom and Farm Boy. Included in the exhibition is artwork from some of the many illustrators who have contributed to his books over his career which is now into its fiftieth year. You will also get a chance to meet Joey, the original life-size West End horse puppet from the National Theatre’s award-winning stage adaptation of War Horse. On until February 18th 2018.
Something else to look forward to over the Bank Holiday weekend is The Beast. No I'm not talking sarcastically about your teenage daughter. I'm talking about the world’s largest inflatable obstacle course that's coming to Alexandra Palace for 4 days only. At an unbelievable 272m long, You'll need to run, bounce and dance your way around our phenomenal 32 obstacles. But you'll be happy to know that you can fill your boots afterwards with delicious food from the selection of street food stalls that will be there over the weekend. Kids sessions are in the morning, adults after 11am. Bounce bounce bounce to it people.
Culture now. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's spectacular production of Jesus Christ Superstar is now back at it's original home for one last run at Regents Park open Air Theatre after its sell-out success in 2016. Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival - and Best Musical in the Evening Standard Awards it's a must see. The Evening Standard's critic gave it full marks saying "VIVID and COMPELLING. Each new production needs a sprinkling of directorial genius to give it wings. Delightfully, the Open Air Theatre makes this work soar.”. Elbow everyone out the way and get booking. Oh and make sure you wear your best brown Shark Originals Salt-Water Sandals in tan to go matchy-matchy in style with the son of God.
Now for some more art. Grayson Perry's 'The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever' is at The Serpentine Gallery. Beyond his flamboyant dress sense it was Perry’s ceramic pots that thrust him into the mainstream, but at this show you’ll also find tapestries, woodcuts, assemblages and custom-made motorbikes and skateboards. His subject matter is drawn from his own childhood and life as a transvestite, as well as wider social issues ranging from class and politics to sex and religion. Get on down - on until September 7th.
Last but not least - hows abouts an immersive experience in the woods to the tunes of headliners including De La Soul, feasting on Michelin star level food and relaxing in a spa? Sound good? You need to get yourself to the Lost Village Festival in Norton Disney, Lincolnshire. Lost Village is an immersive festival experience, complete with actors in an abandoned woodland village. The Lost Village is more than a festival, it's a land of discovery. The woods are waiting... August 24th - 27th.
So there you go, come rain, come shine you shall go to the ball. I mean, them all. Have a fantastic summer!