Spring events diary

From affordable art and collectible glass to country flowers and spawning frogs, Barbara Chandler samples the joys of spring

16-29 March: La Dolce Vita


Olympia, W14; 020 7471 1093; www.ladolcevitaevent.co.uk
All things Italian are at La Dolce Vita, including food and drink, property, fashion, design and entertainment. Tickets are £14 in advance; £16 on the door.

Show house garden
Show house garden at the Ideal Home Show

20 March-13 April: Ideal Home Show


Earls Court Exhibition Centre, SW5; 0844 415 4144; www.idealhomeshow.co.uk
The EDF Energy Ideal Home Show (which started in 1908) is the big daddy of them all, with masses to see and buy, from furniture, furnishings and appliances to small home accessories and gadgets. H&P's own Alison Cork will share her inimitable money-saving tips on "bargain hunter live". Special attractions include a new look for a typical 1960s house, both inside and out. Innovation Nation presents "concept products" from the best students at British design colleges. There's plenty to buy, and discounts to be had, as well as lots of competitions. Weekdays 11am to 9pm; weekends and bank holidays 10am to 9pm. Book in advance to get a free show-guide (£5 at the show) and a free copy of Ideal Home magazine (usual price £3.20). Tickets in advance for adults are £11 for weekdays and £13 at weekends (£14 and £16 on the door); under-16s get in free. Visit after 5pm, pay £5 on the door, and find numerous discounts.

Asilah by Nathalie Domingo
© Isabelle Bonnet
Asilah by Nathalie Domingo at the Contemporary French Ceramics show

20 March-25 April: Contemporary French Ceramics


Flow Gallery, 1-5 Needham Road, W11; 020 7243 0782; www.flowgallery.co.uk
An exhibition of French ceramics brings the delicate work of three women ceramic artists to London.

Contemporary low table by Jason Heap
Contemporary low table by Jason Heap at the BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair


25-31 March: BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair


The Duke of York Square, Chelsea, SW3; 020 7589 6108; www.bada-antiques-fair.co.uk
The 17th BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair is a prestigious showcase for 100 members of the British Antique Dealers' Association, trading in a specially built pavilion off the King's Road. Collectors and connoisseurs will love the variety on offer, from antique furniture, paintings, ceramics, glass and textiles to clocks, silver and jewellery, and contemporary silver and paintings. Tickets cost £10 for one, and £15 for two; the price includes a BADA Handbook and one re-entry pass per person.

Art Nouveau glass
Art Nouveau glass, from Shapiro & Co Antiques, at The Chelsea Antiques Fair

25-29 March: Chelsea Antiques Fair


Chelsea Old Town Hall, King's Road, SW3; 0870 350 2442; www.penman-fairs.co.uk
The world-famous antiques fair is back on the King's Road after a year's absence. Organiser Caroline Penman (who founded the fair in 1984) promises a "chic boutique event" with about 35 specialist dealers offering high-quality (and often rare) art and artefacts from the past 300 years - including formal and country furniture, ceramics, oil and watercolour paintings, fine silver, jewellery and objets de virtu.

Giraffe stoneform by Peter Layton
© Ester Segarra
Giraffe stoneform by Peter Layton at London Glassblowing workshops

27-29 March: London Glassblowing workshops open weekend


7 The Leathermarket, Weston Street, SE1; 020 7403 2800; www.londonglassblowing.co.uk
A spring open weekend at the famous London Glassblowing workshops (led by master glassmaker Peter Layton) presents unique one-off free-blown glass pieces in a special sale. Add to your collections and/or buy a gift at bargain prices. And for sheer drama, you can't beat the ongoing demos set against a glowing backdrop of red-hot furnace.

Linda Bloomfield tea set
Linda Bloomfield tea set at Midcentury.Modern

29 March: Midcentury.Modern


Dulwich College, SE1; www.modernshows.com
Contrast retro pieces from the last century with design from hot new names at the Midcentury Modern sale. Spot anything from an original Eames rocker or Nelson bench to contemporary wallpaper, glass and ceramics, on display on about 70 stalls. Meet the country's top dealers in Scandinavian, European and American midcentury furniture and decorative arts, and chat with contemporary talent. Appropriately, the setting is a light and bright concrete, glass and wood 1960s architect-designed building. From 10am to 4pm. Admission, from 10am to 4pm, costs £6; under-14s get in free.

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