This month we bring you news of a new, high-end foraging experience at the Michelin-starred Forest Side in Cumbia, and a travelling festival that combines reggae grooves with the growing interest in rum. Brighton’s Hotel Pelirocco is also ringing the changes with a new tropical-themed stay, while the National Trust will celebrate landscapes closer to home this summer when it commemorates sites of key social change with artists including Jarvis Cocker.
Please see below for more information, plus a round-up of other news just in from around the country.
Gourmet foraging experience, Cumbria
From 3 March
The Forest Side, the Michelin-starred and Good Food Guide Top 50 restaurant-with-rooms in Grasmere, is launching an immersive foodie experience with its one-night gourmet foraging package. Head chef Kevin Tickle and his team will lead a Land Rover excursion into the surrounding fields, fells and woodland, to source the freshest of local foodstuffs. Previously Head Forager at Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume, Tickle will share his encyclopaedic knowledge of spring crops including wild garlic, scarlet elf cup mushrooms and sweet cicely. A Michelin-starred picnic will be served, and six- and ten-course seasonal menus offered back in the hotel - where guests can further explore their provenance in the kitchen garden. From £229.
Minecraft and Fortnite unite for MineVention, Dreamland Margate
9 - 10 March (autism-friendly on morning of 10 March)
MineVention is a packed programme of demos, tournaments, talks and events for Minecraft and Fortnite lovers big and small. Activities will include build battles, Q&As, arts and crafts sessions, costume contests and on-stage challenges, with Minecraft YouTubers Element Animation, TycerX and FalseSymmetry also hosting meet and greets. Fortniters can take part in 16-player Battle Royale tournaments (and be rewarded with in-game V-Bucks!), and a Guinness World Record attempt on 9 March will challenge the standing MineVention record for assembling Minecraft ‘Steves’ (337!). Dreamland’s indoor spaces, including The Roller Room and diner, indoor arcade and Octopus’s Garden, will also be open. £15 + booking fee per four-hour session.
Henry Moore: The Helmet Heads, London
6 March - 23 June
This new exhibition at the Wallace Collection will be the first to explore British Modernist sculptor Henry Moore's fascination with armour, and will examine how the museum’s own collection inspired his striking and acclaimed series, Helmet Heads. These celebrated works of the late 1930s will be displayed together in the show for the very first time.
Rum & Reggae Festival, various locations
Winchester, 23 February; Portsmouth, 8 - 9 March; Colchester, 16 March; Kettering, 30 March and later dates
The Rum & Reggae Festival’s 19-date UK tour has begun, combining a diverse, global selection of rums with the smoothest reggae music. Guests will be given a pocket-sized Rum Atlas detailing the hand-picked selection of rare and craft rums on offer, from rounded, aged examples to interesting young blends. Alongside their tipples they’ll enjoy carnival dancers, cocktail demonstrations, Caribbean food and a wealth of live music and DJs. From £14.50 + booking fees.
Newly restored Painted Hall at Old Royal Naval College, London
From 23 March
The Old Royal Naval College’s Painted Hall in Greenwich, acknowledged as one of the most spectacular and important baroque interiors in Europe, has reopened following a two-year, multi-million-pound conservation project. The highly-decorated hall, which has been described as the ‘Sistine Chapel of the UK’, will be complemented by a brand new visitor experience, café and shop and the site’s new Sackler Gallery, where visitors can discover how the hall was created and who its decor depicts.
‘Tropical Paradise’ stay, Brighton
Brighton’s renowned rock ’n’ roll hotel, Hotel Pelirocco, has unveiled its latest themed room: Tropical Paradise. Guests will be welcomed by gently chirping cicadas as they settle in to the exotic sanctuary, where they can swing in a hammock and watch the sea roll in over Brighton Beach. Other indulgences include a rain forest shower in the stone-clad wet room, and a white linen-draped bed surrounded by luscious palms and flowers. The room also comes with a complimentary turntable and selection of curated records – or pick up your own from the city’s array of vintage vinyl shops.
Tre, Pol & Pen farm shop and kitchen, Cornwall
New farm shop and kitchen Tre, Pol & Pen is open seven days a week, serving the best locally-sourced fresh produce from the Tamar Valley and South West. Its butchers prepare the finest cuts direct from the surrounding Landue Estate, the delicatessen is packed with local cheeses, and the kitchen serves freshly-prepared breakfasts, lunches, cream teas and cakes daily. At the site’s heart is a full-sized pizza oven baking seasonal Neo-Neapolitan pizzas daily, using fresh ingredients from across the region. Tre, Pol & Pen will host seasonal markets and craft workshops featuring artisans from throughout Cornwall, and is working with local producers to offer exclusive lines including non-homogenized milk and beeswax wraps. It also has one of the largest zero-waste dispensers in Cornwall.
National Trust People’s Landscapes, Cheshire and UK-wide
Inspired by the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester, the National Trust’s People's Landscapes programme will explore key sites where people came together to seek social change. Five Trust locations will host projects supported by contemporary artists including Bob & Roberta Smith and Jarvis Cocker, with Turner Prize-winner Jeremy Deller as artistic advisor. At Quarry Bank and Dunham Massey in Cheshire, Peterloo will be commemorated in a collaboration with artist family Grace Surman, Gary Winters and their children, to create a unique new artwork inspired by conversations with locals and visitors about rights, responsibilities, freedoms and the power to create change.
Keith Haring, Liverpool
14 June – 10 November 2019
Tate Liverpool will host the first major UK exhibition of artist and activist Keith Haring (1958–1990), whose graffiti- and Pop Art-inspired work was a major and defining component of the New York art scene in the 1980s. Haring worked with contemporaries Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat towards a common goal of creating art for the many - using new media and public spaces, not galleries. His art responds to issues including racism, homophobia, drug addiction, AIDS awareness, capitalism and the environment.
RHS Garden Bridgewater, Greater Manchester
Phased opening from spring 2020, preview tours now booking
A fifth garden is set to join the RHS’s national portfolio when the RHS Garden Bridgewater brings new life to the historic gardens at Worsley New Hall, Salford. Bridgewater will be the RHS’s first new garden in 17 years, and – at 156 acres - the largest gardening project in Europe. The first phase will include a magnificent 11-acre walled garden (one of the largest in the UK) by top landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith, a new Welcome Building by architects Hodder+Partners, a therapeutic garden and community allotments. Within a decade the Society hopes to welcome a million people a year to this destination site.
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