This month kicks off with April fools on the 1st but there’s nothing foolish about our beautifully curated list of things for you to do. We’ve got heaps of awe-inspiring art, sumptuous food and even sport to feast your eyes on. April often brings with it a sudden frostiness in weather but don’t let that put you off. Get out there and enjoy the spoils this month has to offer. But if you really can’t be bothered we advise lots of dark organic chocolate and a Netflix binge to see you through until May – it is Easter after all.
The Other Art Fair
You’re a refined bunch, dear G&S’s, with proven impeccable taste, so why not head down to London’s Victoria House for the first weekend of April. Showcasing emerging and undiscovered artists from across the world, this careful selection of art was chosen by Saatchi’s committee of industry experts. Who knows, you could snap up the next Emin?
30 March until 2 April, http://www.theotherartfair.com
What to see
Imelda Staunton has been receiving rave reviews for her performance of Martha in Edward Albee’s lacerating play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf? On until May 27 at the Harold Pinter Theatre, Imelda is said to be both thrilling and terrifying in this play about a poisonous relationship between a Sixties American college professor and his boozey, prickly wife.
Make clay while the sun shines
For a while now ceramics have been seeing a resurgence in popularity. The BBC has just confirmed a second season of The Great Pottery Throw Down, a Bake Off for potters, and in the first weekend of this month you can feast your eyes on some state-of-the-art ceramic treasures at the annual Central Saint Martins ceramic fair at King Cross. Ogle at inventive creations by internationally renowned makers like Akiko Hira and Sophie Cook, plus with prices starting from £25 you could even go home with a piece. While you’re there, be sure to check out CLAYTALKS@CAL an inspiring programme of demonstrations, films and talks. www.ceramicartlondon.com. And if you’re keen on throwing your own clay take up some pottery lessons at The Kiln Rooms in Peckham, though we’re told there’s a lengthy waiting list. www.thekilnrooms.com.
The Oxford Cambridge
Did you know that this prestigious boating event which offers you the chance to check out some posh, sporty totty while sipping bubbly at the edge of the river Thames is also actually known as The Cancer Research UK Boat Race? We didn’t either. But that gives us all the more reason to support it. The events take place on Sunday 2 April, the women’s race at 16:35 and men’s at 17:35. Pubs near the river are always heaving with horsey types in Barbours so if that isn’t your thing we recommend you host a boating garden party and watch Clare Balding present it on BBC1 instead.
London Coffee Festival
The UK’s largest coffee and artisan food event returns to London’s Brick Lane this month and boasts demonstrations from world-class baristas, live music and an Espresso Martini party. Part of a national UK Coffee Week, you can attend workshops to learn how to make the perfect brew at home and even go on an “immersive coffee journey” whatever that means. Munch away the caffeine jitters by sampling some of the amazing food on offer.
Fun for the kids
This Easter, Kew Gardens are hosting a Moomin adventure for all the family. There’s an interactive trail leading to the Moomin Festival Camp in the wild woodland of the Natural Area. Munch on the Swedish cartoon character’s beloved pancakes while taking part in craft workshops or enjoying a magical puppet show in a beautiful setting abloom with spring flowers. Tickets are £14 pounds for adults and £2.50 for kids. Weekends and bank holidays from 1 – 17 April
Book now, go later - Diana: Her Fashion Story
The sumptuous exhibition of the dresses of Princess Diana on display at Kensington Palace is on until early next year, but tickets are fast selling out. We suggest you book now for later in the year. Celebrating the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, the display traces the changes in her fashion choices from the demure, romantic outfits she wore in her first public appearances to her sleeker silhouettes she favoured later in life. Garments include classics like the “Travolta dress”, the iconic velvet gown she wore when dancing with John Travolta at the White House as well as interesting pieces like a dress she wore for a trip to Riyadh, which was decorated with a spiral of beaded falcons – the national bird of Saudi Arabia – so that every camera pointed at her would capture this diplomatic detail.
If you haven’t been already, don’t miss your chance to see the Tate gallery’s most successful exhibition to date – the David Hockney retrospective. The show spans 60 years of work by arguably one of the world’s most popular living artists and showcases more than 100 of his works including his beautiful LA poolside scenes and his photo collage experiments. It runs until May 29 but don’t leave booking tickets until the last minute or you’ll miss out.
What to eat
Do your full Mary Berry and serve a traditional roast lamb on Easter Sunday with all the trimmings. Yum. Also in season this month are crabs. They’re delicious in linguine or as a star ingredient in a crab and leek tart. Serve with either a watercress or rocket salad, both at their best in April too.
What to wear
It's all about adding a dash of colour to your wardrobe this Spring!