This week’s entertainment – have fun peeps!
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How’s the social life going these days? Fancy doing something fun this week? Here you go then!
Stowe Gardens, Nr Buckingham, Father’s Day Pedal & Pint, 17 June
Don’t say you haven’t got anything organised yet (like, er, me)… If there weather holds, you can bring your bikes for a cycle around the studendously lovely Stowe Gardens, before your other half lets rip on the ale-tasting courtesy of Chiltern Brewery.There’s a sweet cafe at Stowe, but if you can be bothered a picnic would be even better, as you can choose your spot and enjoy the views in peace.
Stowe Landscape Gardens, New Inn Farm, Stowe, Buckingham, MK18 5EQ. Tel: 01280 817156
Liberty pops up in Westfield
Am I only the only person on the planet not to have gone to the Westfield centre? Liberty has just opened a pop-up store there for the summer, so I may have to get off my chuff and see what all the fuss is about. Take a gander here. By the way, it’s up to 60% off in Liberty, in store and online at the mo – perfect timing for an Ascot frock or a Father’s Day pressy.
Liberty, Ground Floor at Unit 105, The Street, Westfield Stratford City
Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, 15-17 June
The foodie revolution continues. A skip across into Gloucestershire finds this highly regarded food festival in its fifth year. Joining the usual round of chef-demonstrations is a certain Phil Vickery, Celebrity Masterchef 2011 winner and former English rugby union prop, so no doubt that will add a certain frisson to the event for the pearls-and-tweed ladies. There are free wine demonstrations, live music, treasure hunts, etc. It’s basically like a really posh fete but with Nasi Goreng instead of hotdogs. Basically, heaven.
David Nash exhibition at Kew Gardens, until October 2012
Artist David Nash produces huge, dignified woodern sculptures. currently exhibiting in the gardens at Kew. If you’re not madly fine ‘arty’, prefer to be outdoors or just have kids in tow, this kind of experiential, sensory art is really lovely. Nash’s methods will appeal to young boys too – he always starts the process with his chainsaw! Until October, Nash will be creating a ‘wood quarry’ at Kew, new pieces for the exhibition using trees from the Gardens that have come to the end of their natural life so you can watch him in action.
Tickets to garden and exhibition adults £14.50, concessions £12.50, children under 17 free. www.kew.org
Trooping the colour, Horse Guards Parade, London, 16 June
You may be sick of celebrating the Queen’s birthday but your kids can’t get enough of it! HM gets the full bearskin treatment on Saturday, with spectators lining the route down the Mall and at the end of Green Park (arrive early if you want to be far enough forward to get a decent view). A fly-past takes place at 1pm.
Trooping the Colour, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2AX.