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The joys of spring – Five brilliant British events not to miss this season

By 28th February 2019 No Comments

THE OUTDOOR SCULPTURE: Green Dwelling at Compton Verney, Warwickshire

Wandering through Compton Verney’s 120 acres of historic parkland – famously designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown – you may come across an unusual art installation in the Old Town Meadow this March. Created by the Dutch artist Krijn de Koning, Green Dwelling will consist of 24 differently sized blocks in varying shades of green, connected by carefully mown paths. Symbolising the three key facets of Compton Verney – art, nature and architecture – the unique commission is bound to provoke reflection.

On view from 16 March (www.comptonverney.org.uk).

THE GOURMET EVENT: Rogan Book Week at Rogan & Co, Cumbria

© Simon Rogan

The Michelin-starred neighbourhood restaurant Rogan & Co, situated in the picturesque Cumbrian village of Cartmel, will be the setting for a week-long series of foodie events this March. Marking the launch of Simon Rogan’s debut cookbook, recently published by Harper Collins, the celebration will see the chef and his team create a six-course tasting menu, with the option to enjoy an accompanying wine flight or selection of seasonally inspired cocktails. Indulge in dishes such as salted cod with radish (pictured) or poached pear with rosehip and cobnut crumb – truly, a feast for the senses.

The menu is available at selected lunch and dinner services from 4 to 10 March and costs £85 per person (www.roganandco.co.uk).

THE NEW ART VENUE: MK Gallery, Milton Keynes

© Prudence Cumming Associates

Milton Keynes’ long-awaited new cultural institution, the MK Gallery, will open its doors on 16 March, inviting visitors to see behind its striking stainless-steel exterior. The inaugural exhibition, ‘The Lie of the Land’, which brings together work by 85 artists including JMW Turner, Thomas Gainsborough, Bridget Riley and Rachel Whiteread, will document how the British landscape has evolved through the centuries as a result of changing attitudes towards leisure.

The exhibition runs from 16 March to 26 May (www.mkgallery.org).

THE DANCE SPECTACLE: Rite of Spring at Sadler’s Wells, London

© Li Yijan

The visionary Chinese choreographer Yang Liping brings her creative energy to Sadler’s Wells this May to offer an original take on Igor Stravinsky’s much-loved Rite of Spring. Reinterpreting the pagan tale through the lens of Asian spirituality, Liping interweaves traditional Tibetan music into the score in this full-length production, which has a cast of 13 performers. Expect to be dazzled by the Oscar-winning designer Tim Yip’s costumes, too.

Performances from 9 to 11 May; tickets from £15 (www.sadlerswells.com).

THE BAR AND DELI: Wild by Tart, London

Lucy Carr-Ellison and Jemima Jones, the visionary duo behind Tart London, are opening a multifunctional dining and events space, Wild by Tart, in Belgravia’s Eccleston Yards. Launched in collaboration with Health is Wealth, the venue will be home to a bar serving nutritious juices and smoothies, and a deli offering light, wholesome dishes (try the antioxidant-rich, Burmese-inspired tea leaf salad). For a sneak peek before the official launch in May, follow Wild by Tart on Instagram for news of ticketed workshops (kombucha-making, anyone?) and special events.

The Wild by Tart Juice Bar + Apothecary will open in May at 3–4 Eccleston Yards, London SW1.

Article written by Frances Hedges

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