August events diary

London is quiet in August, though galleries and museums offer lots for children. But why not catch some design out of town? Major glass, ceramics and quilt fairs are all on the agenda.
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Ceramics by Susan Nemeth at Art in Clay
Ceramics by Susan Nemeth at Art in Clay

Art in Clay

6-8 August
Throw a pot yourself (in a special tent) or buy one – possibly more sophisticated – from one of over 170 of the best ceramicists worldwide. You are buying direct from the makers and prices start at about £20. There’s a huge variety, from tiny delicate porcelain dishes, to wall art, lamps, and sculptures. Plus of course all those lovely domestic workhorses: mugs, bowls, jugs, platters, teapots and so on. New this year is the students feature. They are fresh from ceramic degrees – spot the future stars. Find an inspiring demo at every turn, with real firings in the outdoor area, plus talks for the more serious minded. And the family “make and take” tent might just produce an heirloom. And all in the beautiful grounds of the famous Elizabethan Hatfield House.
Open Friday 6 and Saturday 7 August, 10am-5.30pm; Sunday 8 August, 10am-5pm. Adults £8; seniors £7.50; and (new this year) children under 15 free.
* Reader offer: two-for-one tickets on Saturday or Sunday if you show this page.
Hatfield House, Hertfordshire;

Lamp by Margareth Troli at the British Glass Biennale
Lamp by Margareth Troli at the British Glass Biennale

The British Glass Biennale

27 August-11 September
This world-famous show of contemporary glass art takes place every two years in Stourbridge’s historic “glass quarter”. Exhibits range from the purely decorative, including sculpture to vessels and lighting. Everything is for sale, with prices from £85 to £11,000. This show is part of The International Festival of Glass, 27-30 August, with a sparkling programme that includes heritage talks, sales of new work, an auction, demos by major UK and international glass artists, and workshops in glassblowing, glass cutting and engraving, bead-making and other glass crafts, including the seventh Annual Bead Fair.;
* Watch out for our preview in Homes & Property on 25 August.

Festival of Quilts 2010

19-22 August
This event is massive, attracting over 30,000 visitors from 50 countries last year. See fabulous quilts old and new, from pro artists such as Kaffe Fassett, Susan Shie and Jane Dunnewold. Hear talks, watch demos, join workshops and shop for everything you need to nourish an old, or start a new, hobby . For tickets call 01394 288521 or visit
NEC, Birmingham, 19 to 22 August, 10am to 5.30pm (closes 5pm Sunday).

The Cornish Design Fair

21-22 August
Designer-makers (vetted by London’s Hidden Art) fill three marquees with work for sale, including furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, textiles, and fashion accessories in historic Trereife House, home of the Le Grice family since 1798. 11am-6pm.; 01736 362750.

Textile designer Kaffe Fassett will be at the Festival of Quilts
Textile designer Kaffe Fassett will be at the Festival of Quilts


Open now until 28 August
See fine examples of arts and crafts wallpaper from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including pieces by Walter Crane and Peckham-born Lewis Foreman Day. Plus works by local artist David Mabb, and the winning work of a students’ competition.
Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm, admission free.
The Cuming Museum, Old Town Hall, 151 Walworth Road, SE17; 020 7525 2332;

Prototypes and Experiments V: Architectural Elements

Open now until 28 August
Get fresh insight into how architects develop their ideas at this intriguing show of models, drawings and other inspirations from 13 practices..
The Aram Gallery, 110 Drury Lane, WC2;

London Mela 2010

Sunday 8 August
This colourful festival celebrating Asian music and culture is a fun day out for all the family, including food and craft markets.
Gunnersbury Park, W3; 1pm to 8.30pm;

The Royal Parks

Various dates in August and September
Enjoy the greenest city in the world with a packed calendar of August events that includes open days for the allotment gardens in Regent’s Park (13, 21, and 25 August, 18 and 26 September); and a guided walk of Queen Caroline’s Gardens (laid out in the 1730s) in Kensington Gardens (26 August). To find more events in Bushy, Greenwich and Richmond Parks; and in Green Park and St James’s Park, Hyde Park, Regent’s Park and Kensington Gardens, go to

Cornish Design Fair at Trereife House
Cornish Design Fair at Trereife House

The London museums

Summer events
The major museums add a full programme of special and family holiday events to their free entry. Check them out on;;;

Waddesdon Manor

August special
children – and one accompanying adult – are free on special tours, (but booking is essential which carries a £3 fee). Children’s tours are on 4, 11, 18 and 25 August at 11.30am before the house opens to the public.
Near Aylesbury, Bucks; 01296 653226;

* Next month is the London Design Festival (18-26 September) with over 200 events ( Don’t miss our four page-pullout guide in Homes & Property on 15 September.

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