Your guide to April
Here’s how we’ll be keeping busy, in-between all the Easter egg eating
Get your coats on because our April guide has just arrived – and this month, it’s a good one. From fashion to food, we’ve put together a line-up of the best events taking place for you to go to. Once you’ve polished off your Easter eggs, that is.
Colour yourself happy and head down to Tate Liverpool for the Roy Lichtenstein in Focus exhibition. Showcasing 20 works and charting his career from early landscapes to pop art, this free display (yes, free) will also present Lichtenstein’s three-screen installation. His only work with film, it was made after spending two weeks at Universal Studios in 1969. You won’t want to miss it.
The Laugharne Weekend is an annual literary and arts festival in West Wales with real charm. Described as a “timeless, mild, beguiling island of a town” by Laugharne’s most famous inhabitant, Dylan Thomas, its small scale is all part of the appeal. Taking place across the town’s local haunts – like the local rugby club – festivalgoers can expect intimate gigs, where they can rub shoulders with artists post performance.
Load up on carbs (and glass of the good stuff) in pasta heaven at Fat Tony’s pop-up restaurant. Ahead of opening the doors to its own restaurant in South London, Fat Tony’s is taking up residence at fellow aficionados of old-school Italiana, Bar Termini Centrale. The famous Marylebone coffee and cocktail house will play host to the pop-up for two months, where diners can enjoy their pappardelle, freshly made by hand every day, with a tipple… or three.
For a dose of fashion, get down to the Fashion Space Gallery at London College of Fashion for Super Sharp. The exhibition will document the styles and sounds of 90s British rave culture, all curated by Tony Turk and Saul Milton – one half of drum and bass duo Chase & Status. The threads on display will chart dancefloors from jungle to garage, featuring Versace, Moschino, Iceberg and D&G… and some special pieces from Milton’s personal archive.
If prosecco pick ‘n’ mix and daiquiri fountains are music to your ears, you’ll want to get yourself down to the launch of Portsmouth’s newest event: The Cocktail Festival. In partnership with Southsea’s most contemporary, high-end cocktail specialists, Sant Yago, the festival will bring the best quirky cocktails together with tasty food stalls, entertainment and local fare. The perfect weekender to kick start summer 2018.
This Easter, Peter Rabbit and friends will be taking over Kew Gardens for an exciting adventure. Take part in games and learn about the vegetables in Mr McGregor’s garden, then follow the special Easter trail. You’ll also be able to find out all about Beatrix Potter and her links with Kew, plus an exclusive look at how she came to create the world-famous characters in the first place. Definitely one for the little ones, but you’ll secretly love it too.
But before you head to Kew, make sure their school holiday wardrobes are ready here.