Five things to see in August

Take a day out to Hatfield House and see the work of top potters and a Henry Moore exhibition; or Chicheley Hall for a “floral festival”. While in town, an alternative village fete will grace the South Bank and Aram hosts its annual summer show
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Chicheley Hall, Buckinghamshire
Visit the "floral festival" at Chicheley Hall in Buckinghamshire

1. Something potty

This Friday to Sunday, top potters will gather in the lovely grounds of Hatfield House to show off their mugs and jugs. There’s a Henry Moore exhibition in the garden. Tickets: adult £8, plus Moore, £17; seniors £7.50, plus Moore, £16.50.
*Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire. Visit

2. Prototypes and experiments at Aram

Until August 27, Aram’s famous summer show this year looks at casts and moulds. See Peter Marigold’s Malayalam 2010 and Sarah King’s ball bangle, plus moulded furniture and even shoes.
*Aram, 110 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, WC2; 020 7557 7526;

3. Chicheley Hall

This glorious Georgian manor (pictured) hosts a “floral festival” from Friday to Sunday, masterminded by celebrity florist Judith Blacklock with displays, workshops and a shopping marquee, and featuring a host of top international floral designers.
*Chicheley, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire. Tickets £15 in advance, £20 on the day; visit

4. The Alternative Village Fete

On August 28 and 29 at the South Bank, browse stalls for arts, crafts, bunting, cakes, sweets, jams, candyfloss, smoothies and vintage finds, plus music and theatre.
*National Theatre Square, South Bank, SE1. Sunday 1pm to 5.30pm; Monday, 1pm to 4pm. Free.

5. The Work Shop

A Kingston University, this is a pop-up shop, open seven days a week and kitted out by art students and new graduates at the cutting edge of design to sell greetings cards by Vic Riches, plus paintings, prints, furniture and homeware.
*Market House, The Market Square, Kingston upon Thames. Call 0779 5575494 or 0781 6682576 — or visit

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