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What to see, do and taste this season

The sun makes a welcome return along with some of our favourite seasonal events. From flower shows and workshops to literature festivals, operas and
wine and food gatherings, here’s what’s in our springtime diary.

PS: most events are ticketed or need to be booked in advance.

 

 

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School of Garden Inspiration

Petersham Nurseries, Covent Garden

Various dates from March to May 2024

Embracing the new season, Petersham Nurseries have created a series of Urban Green workshops. Roll up your sleeves and learn about everything from spring bulb arrangements, to creating herbal planters for the kitchen. There’s a Mother’s Day bouquet masterclass, to how to create hand-tied flower displays and vase arrangements. We are excited to hear about the tips and insights gained at these fabulous workshops.

Urban Green Masterclass Series

 

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Dinners exploring the World of Wine

Covent Garden Hotel, London

Various dates from March to June 2024

With four wine dinners to look forward to, the team at Covent Garden Hotel are hosting new discoveries in food and wine, taking guests from Czechia and Slovenia to Swartland in South Africa, on to Sherry and our favourite, English sparkling wines. After a drinks and canapé reception, expect an indulgent four-course menu paired with unique wines in the presence of the founders and winemakers.

Wine Dinners

 

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Great Bristol Wine Fest

Paintworks Event Space, Bristol

Saturday 27 April 2024

Hosted by UK’s favourite wine experts, Oz Clarke and Tom Surgery, this brand new wine event promises hundreds of wines from across the globe to explore and taste. There will also be local gin and beer producers to meet, and you can mingle with Oz and Tom. A great opportunity to discover new wines and stock up the larder.

Tickets here

 

 

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© Glyndebourne Productions Ltd. Photo: James Bellorin


Glyndebourne Festival

Glyndebourne, East Sussex

16 May to 25 August 2024

Celebrating its 90th anniversary, this year’s opera programme at Glyndebourne is full of passion, comedy and drama. With over 70 performances in the 1,250 seat opera house, dress up and enjoy the Festival where music, performance, art, food, and horticulture come together to create one of the most unique, sophisticated opera houses in the world.

Glyndebourne Festival 2024

 

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© MOROTO no IE, Sanctuary Garden by Ishihara Kazuyuki

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea, London

21 to 25 May 2024

Our most famous flower heralds innovation wellbeing and growing your own this year. Expect edible gardens, rare plant species, with a demo on how many trees can be found in one hectare of tropical forest. A focus on sustainability ripples through the show, reflecting how gardens are a sanctuaries for the planet, the eco-system and for us.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show

 

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© Sam Hardwick


Hay Festival

Hay-on-Wye, Wales

23 May to 2 June 2024

One of the most anticipated literary festivals on our calendar, now in its 37th year, Hay Festival is renowned for being a platform for change-making projects and entertaining events. A space for the whole family where award-winning novelists, global policy makers, environmentalists, storytellers and innovators come together alongside musicians, workshops, bookshops, market stalls, cafés and restaurants.

Hay Festival

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Blenheim Palace Food Festival

Blenheim, Oxfordshire

25 to 27 May 2023

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, this foodie extravaganza of a weekend is pure delight for the taste buds. With Blenheim Palace as a backdrop, expect a great day out for the whole family, with celebrity chefs, culinary experts, bakers, craft brewers and more.

Blenheim Palace Food Festival

 

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Summer Wine Celebration

Chilham Castle, near Canterbury, Kent

Saturday 8th June, 2024

Brought to you by the Wine Garden of England, this is a day of celebrating the wines of Kent, considered amongst the best in our country. At this fun, interactive day out, you’ll meet producers, taste wines and tour the vineyard of Domain Evremond all in the beautiful surrounds of the 17th century Chilham Castle.

Tickets

 

 

Details of events, timings and venues are subject to change. Please check the event organiser’s website for information and ticketing/ booking requirements and costs.