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1. Vintage at Southbank Centre
Wayne and Gerardine Hemmingway are bringing a Vintage Festival to the Southbank Centre. Expect an exuberant outburst of music, drama, dance, fashion, food, art and, design, transforming the Festival Hall. Tickets are pricey, from £60, but outside, for all to visit, is the Vintage Marketplace, with about 250 stalls selling mid-century-modern homewares, vintage fashions, records, and music memorabilia.
Festival Hall, The South Bank, SE1 (0844 847 9910; vintageatsouthbankcentre.co.uk).
2. Robin & Lucienne Day: Design and the Modern Interior
July 15 to September 4
Celebrate husband and wife Robin and Lucienne Day, the glamorous design celebs of the middle of the last century and stars of the Festival of Britain. They created fabrics, wallpapers, china and even carpets - for example the famous Calyx design of 1951.
PM Gallery & House, Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, W5 (020 8567 1227; ealing.gov.uk). Free entry.
3. Stained Glass Weekend Courses for beginners
July 30 to 31 and August 20 to 21
With celebrated stained glass artist Kate Baden-Fuller in Highgate: call 020 7354 3842 or visit katebadenfuller.co.uk. Price is £120 for a two-day course, plus £35 for materials, including glass and lead.
4. Gauguin in Glass
Inspired by Tate Modern’s recent Gauguin Exhibition, London’s Peter Layton - famous the world over for his glorious glass - will show a new series of designs appropriately called Tahiti, in a breathtaking outbreak of brilliant colour. Prices from £100.
62-66 Bermondsey Street, London Bridge, SE1 (020 7403 2800; london glassblowing.co.uk).
5. E17 Designers Market
July 16 (2pm to 6pm)
See/buy jewellery, artworks, photography, ceramics, bags and kidswear from a fine selection of east London’s top designers and craftworkers - all personally designed and hand-made and all part of the Leytonstone Festival (leytonstone festival.org.uk).
Leytonstone Library, 6-8 Church Lane, Leytonstone E11.
6. Art in Action
July 21 to 24; Waterperry House, Waterperry, near Wheatley, Oxfordshire (020 7381 3192; artin action.org.uk)
See hundreds of artists create their work in live demos, and buy direct from the makers in an eight-acre ornamental garden laid out in the Thirties.
About 25,000 people are expected to turn up for exhibitions, classes and performances, covering painting, sculpture, glass, woodwork, textiles, ceramics, metalwork and jewellery.
Tickets online in advance cost £14 adult; £11 senior; £7 student; £4 child (nine to 11). Add £1 for tickets on the door.