August diary

School's out for summer - and so too can you be. Just check out our cool calendar of events all over the capital.
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Art in Clay, Hatfield House
7 to 9 August: Art in Clay, Hatfield House

Hackney WickED Art Festival

Hackney Wick has more artists per capita than anywhere else in the world - well, that's what a recent survey said. These East London creatives will be out in full force for the Hackney WickED Art Festival which runs from 31 July to 2 August. The bumper beano is on Saturday afternoon (1 August, in the Main Yard, Wallis Road, Hackney Wick). There is live music on stage, artists' stalls and live art, vintage fashion, bric-a-brac, festive food and more. Meanwhile the Artscream truck is selling work from local artists "at reasonable prices". Many artists will throw open their doors over the weekend, including buildings of the former Percy Dace peanut factory in Smeed Road and Dace Road.
Various venues around Hackney Wick, E9, and Fish Pie Island, E3 (adjacent to the Olympic site);

Art in Clay, Hatfield House

This pioneering event (7 to 9 August) has been putting pots on the popular map for 15 years. It's held in the grounds of the fine stately home where the Tudor Princess Elizabeth reputedly heard news of her accession. Now amidst the oaks are around 170 top UK and international ceramicists, including new grads. Find everything from tiny porcelain pieces to large garden sculpture, lighting and ceramic wall art. And of course all those workaday jugs, jars, plates, mugs, beakers and bowls that make a home so special. Prices start from £20. And you too can wheel out your inner pot in a special DIY studio.
Hatfield House, Hatfield, Herts; 0115 987 3966; open Friday & Saturday 10am to 5.30pm; Sunday 10am to 5pm. Tickets cost £7.50 (adult); £7 (senior); £3.50 (children from five to 15). Under fives are free. Get two tickets for the price of one on 8 and 9 August.

Liberty print birdhouse
8 August to 22 September: Liberty prints get a revamp by six modern British artists

Liberty Prints

Look - it's a Liberty print. Liberty fabrics are instantly recognisable, from the charming light-hearted florals of Tana lawn, to those art nouveau swirls and peacock feathers for furnishings. Now these iconic patterns have had a revamp by six modern British artists which include Grayson Perry, Anj Smith and Simon Hart. These avant garde designs (spot the skulls...) will take pride of place on the store's fourth floor, from 8 August to 22 September, along with archive pieces from fashion houses Chanel, Yves St Laurent and more. Also see one-off pieces like wallpaper by Meg Matthews, and furniture by Squint. Then go shopping for new-print Liberty products, such as cushions, scarves, notebooks, umbrellas and wash bags.
Liberty, Regent Street, W1 (entrance in Great Marlborough Street); 020 7734 1234;

Milan, 1993
© John Riddy, Frith Street Gallery, London
John Riddy: Milan, 1993. From 'The White Show', 19 August to 27 September at PM Gallery & House

The White Show, Ealing

White is every home decorator's let-out clause: no agonies over which colour. But the 44 artworks at The White Show are white because the artist particularly wanted it that way (from 19 August to 27 September). Taken from the Arts Council collection, they are pallid paintings, sculpture, reliefs, photography, drawing and film stretching back to the 1960s. Well worth exploring is the venue itself, with its beautiful 18th century interiors - the gallery is part of architect Sir John Soane's suburban home at Pitzhanger Manor.
PM Gallery & House, Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, W5; 020 8567 1227;

Summer in the Royal Parks

A guided walk in Kensington Gardens explores summer activities past and present on 27 August, 2-3.30pm; book on 020 7298 2083.

And every Sunday, you can meet "Peter Pan and Friends" in a guided walk around Kensington Gardens: £7; book on 07885 537477.

A free guided walk exploring "the mansions of the Green Park" is on 24 August from 1-2pm; book on 020 7930 1793.

For a full programme of music, children's activities, sport, dancing and wildlife explorations, go to

Children's tours at the Design Museum

Get your kids into design from an early age, with a half tour of the museum (for ages five to11 with an accompanying adult). Free with museum entrance, on Wednesdays 5, 12, 19 and 26 August at 2.30pm - no need to book.
Design Museum, Shad Thames, SE1;020 7940 8783;

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