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What’s on in April… Futon Company presents ideas from across the UK

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It’s officially spring, the days are longer and nights are lighter.  What’s not to smile about?  If you’re in the mood for getting out and about we’ve done the research for you.  Check out what’s happening in April 2016 where you live with Futon Company…

EDINBURGH

Dead by Dawn
Dead by Dawn is the UK’s longest-running horror film festival, happily ensconced at Edinburgh’s wonderful Filmhouse since the very beginning in 1993.  The festival returns in April 2016 for its 23rd edition with a tantalising selection of independent previews, amazing classics and extensive short film programmes stuffed full of spectacular treats.  The 2016 Festival will run 21st-24th April 2016.  A full festival Pass costs £75.

Great Edinburgh Run
Join us in Edinburgh for the most scenic city centre run in Europe!  The 10 mile route is a unique distance for the city making it the perfect event for those wanting to stretch themselves from a 10k, or for those in training for a ½ marathon.  Starting at 9.30am in Holyrood Park at the foot of Arthur’s Seat, the course takes runners past some of the city’s most iconic sights including Edinburgh Castle, Greyfriars Bobby, the Scott Monument and the Royal Mile.  With lots to see and do in the area, thousands of runners and their families make a weekend of it in Edinburgh every year.  Sunday 17th April 2016.

International Science Festival
Join the fun from now until April 10th 2016, and venture forth to explore possibly brave new worlds and science, technology, engineering and design’s ability to help improve our lives.  Discover six floors of sensational science at City Art Centre.  Tickets from £4.25.

CHISWICK

A Flea In Her Ear at Tabard Theatre
Georges Feydeau’s glorious mad French farce A Flea in Her Ear plays at the Tabard Theatre in a fresh new adaptation by Sacha Bush.  Join us for suspicious spouses, crossed wires and physical comedy, all steeped in hilarious “joie doe vivre.”  From now until 23rd April 2016. Tickets £10-25 per person.

Chiswick Food Market
Open every Sunday come rain or shine from 10am to 4pm, the market is a social enterprise and proceeds made from running it are used to improve and maintain both the local meadows and the surrounding riverside area.  Features around 25 top producers from around the country.

Ballet 4 Life Classes
Improve your overall fitness and your posture all in one go with Ballet 4 Life Classes for beginners or improvers.  Arts Ed School, Studio 110, Bath Road, W14 1LY.  Prices £15.

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BRISTOL

Bristol Food Connections
Bristol Food Connections returns for the third successive year from 28th April to 7th May, bringing people together and connecting them with the food they buy, cook and eat.  A partnership between the people of Bristol, the BBC in Bristol and leading Bristol organisations, including the University of Bristol, UWE and At-Bristol.  It was established in 2014 with the aim of connecting people of all ages and backgrounds with good food and each other.  It is designed to educate and inspire while making people think about the importance of good food.  Debates, talks, special guests, practical tasting workshops, cooking demos and performances as well as street food producers from across the South West mean this is one not to miss.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition
The world-renowned exhibition from the Natural History Museum returns to M Shed with 100 breath-taking images.  Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for over 50 years.  Launched in 1965 when it attracted 361 entries, today the competition receives over 42,000 entries from 96 countries highlighting its enduring appeal.  This year’s 100 award-winning images will embark on an international tour that allows them to be seen by millions of people across six continents.  At Bristol’s M Shed from now until 10th April 2016.

NOTTINGHAM

The Lacock Cup: A British Museum Spotlight Tour
This rare fifteenth century silver-gilt cup, known as the Lacock Cup, is on loan to Nottingham Castle from the British Museum, London, and is currently touring selected museums throughout the UK.  The Cup is a stunning piece of craftsmanship, with a dual history.  It has been used as both a feasting cup and a holy chalice, and comes to Nottingham Castle from now until May 8th 2016 in the Every Object Tells A Story Gallery.  Originally a medieval drinking vessel, it was later used as a chalice by the congregation of St Cyriac’s church in Lacock, Wiltshire, for over 400 years.  These very circumstances have allowed the Lacock Cup to survive the Reformation, the English Civil War and the melting pot.

Robyn Hughes Jones
Join Baresca at 9 Byard Lane as they welcome Nottingham-based singer/ songwriter Robyn Hughes Jones to the Cellar9 stage!  Robyn is a 21 year old singer/ songwriter originally from Lincolnshire and now based in Nottingham.  After encouragement from friends and family Robyn delved into Nottingham’s open mic scene and was soon introduced to a local promoter with I’m not from London Records leading to her first gig at BewDog in May 2013.  Several of Robyn’s tracks had been sent into and played by BBC Introducing Nottingham and she was contacted by Dean Jackson and asked to do a live session which reached almost 80,000 views.  April 21st 2016 from 7pm.

Noises Off
Riotous, raucous, hilarious, tears-rolling down-the-face, can’t breathe-it’s-so-funny, ridiculous, perfectly glorious comedy bliss.  Join the team at Nottingham Playhouse for Michael Frayn’s legendary multi-award-winning comedy ‘Noises Off’ and take a trip behind the scenes as everything that could possibly go wrong…does.  As a touring troupe desperately trying to hold their shambolic production of ‘Nothing On’ together and with under 24 hours to go until curtain-up, it’s downhill all the way through their dress rehearsal as backstage antics, forgotten lines, not-so-secret-romances, hilarious malfunctions and a tin of sardines threaten to result in a disastrous first performance.  9th-30th April 2016 at Nottingham Playhouse Theatre.  Tickets from £11.50.

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CHESTER

Minis and More Exhibition
Minis and More:  Female Fashion from the Swinging Sixties is a small exhibition which shows day and evening dresses, holiday and wedding dresses by, among others, Christian Dior of London and Nola Gowns of Chester, Susan Small and the boutique labels Dollyrockers and Kweens.  Ranging from seriously short minis to full-length creations, in fabrics varying between understated elegance and psychedelic exuberance, we celebrate the extraordinary diversity of female fashion in the 1960s.  From now until July 1st 2017 at Grosvenor Museum, Chester.

Chester Cathedral at Height Tour
Take on the Chester Cathedral at Height Tour and experience public access levels like never before.  On the tour you will go behind the scenes of 1000s of years of history within the walls of the Cathedral.  You’ll explore the bell-ringing chamber, get up close to the images on the stained glass windows, peer down the fourteenth century quire stalls and Victorian organ and stroll along the galleries.   What’s more, you’ll climb the 200 plus steps up the tower and take in the panoramic view of the city and beyond.  A truly memorable experience.  Tours are 60 or 30 minutes.

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Dalacroix and the Rise of Modern Art
From the bold colours and abstract shapes of Matisse and Kandinsky, to the expressiveness of Van Gough and Gaugin, to the vibrant complementary colours of the Impressionists, all can be traced back to Eugene Dalacroix – the last painter of the Grand Style but equally one of the first modern masters, who transformed French painting in the 19th century.  Organised in collaboration with the Minneapolis Institute of Art and hosted at the National Gallery, Dalacroix and the Rise of Modern Art places Dalacroix alongside contemporaries such as Courbet and Chasseriau.  It traces 50 years of Dalacroix’s legacy, exploring the profound impact he had on generations of artists to come.  From now until 22nd May 2016.

Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966)
A major exhibition bringing together over 100 works to show the impact of computer and internet technologies on artists from the mid 1960s to the present day.  The exhibition title is taken from a term coined in 1974 by South Korean video art pioneer Nam June Paik, who foresaw the potential of global connections through technology.  Arranged in reverse chronological order, the show begins with works made at the arrival of the new millennium, and ends with E.A.T, an iconic, artistic moment that took place in 1966.  Key moments in the history of art and the internet emerge as the exhibition travels back in time.  At Whitechapel Gallery, a bus or tube ride from Tottenham Court Road.  Showing from now until 15th May 2016.

The End of Longing
In what marks his debut in playwriting, Friends star Matthew Perry is to star in his own play The End of Longing.  Directed by Lindsay Posner, this hilarious and dark comedy follows the story of four people searching for meaning as they enter their 40s.  Jack, Stephanie, Joseph and Stevie share a crazy night together in an LA bar, but as they celebrate, their lives become permanently entwined.  From this point, they are sent on a wild roller-coaster ride that forces them to face the darker sides of their relationships.  Showing at the Playhouse from now until May 14th 2016.

Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse
The Royal Academy’s spring blockbuster will appeal to the green finger in all of us, whether it’s tending to your windowsill box, mini London plot or weekend allotment.  Blooming with over 120 works by Monet and his contemporaries, it’ll bring a welcome blast of colour.  From now until April 20th 2016.

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TUNRBIDGE WELLS

Wycinanki: The Art of Polish Pater Cuts
This exhibition, curated by Justyna Pyz, brings together examples of the Polish folks art, Wycinanki, from the collections of the Horniman Museum and Gardens.  Perhaps modelled on traditional Jewish paper cuts, Wycinanki originated as an inexpensive means of decorating the homes of rural labourers.  They were often made for religious festivals and family celebrations and feature bold and colourful symbolic designs.  The exhibition, at Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery from now until 16th April, will show extraordinary paper cuts including pieces by renowned artists from the Kurpie region as well as contemporary responses from the Polish community of Tunbridge Wells.

Pantiles Market & Tunbridge Wells Famers Market
Combining hot food and local produce with a selection of crafts, clothing and accessories, the Royal Tunbridge Wells Pantiles Market is a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike.  Held on the first and third weekends of each month.  Meanwhile the Tunbridge Wells Farmers Market is held outside the Town Hall, centrally in the heart of the town, providing a good source of local fresh food.  It is held on the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 9am-2pm.

PLYMOUTH

Romeo & Juliet
Love at first dance, forbidden passions, dangerous secrets and star crossed fate combine in an exhilarating classic ballet.  Kenneth Macmillan’s best-loved adaptation of this famous play continues Birmingham Royal Ballet’s 2016 Shakespeare celebration.  Set to Provofiev’s soaring score, Romeo & Juliet tells the familiar tale of two young lovers at the mercy of powerful families and their own hearts.  From the balcony scene’s ecstatic pas de deux, to the lovers’ heart-breaking ends, Romeo & Juliet has been an audience favourite since its first performance.  Coming to The Lyric 13th-16th April 2016.

39 Steps
Alfred Hitchcock’s classic spy thriller, The 39 Steps, brilliantly and hilariously recreated for the stage as the smash hit Olivier Award-winning comedy is now on tour after nine years in London’s West End.  This wonderfully inventive and gripping comedy thriller features four fearless actors, playing 139 roles in 100 minutes of fast-paced fun and thrilling action.  Follow the incredible adventures of our handsome hero Richard Hannay, complete with stiff-upper-lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache as he encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women.    Coming to The Lyric 25th-30th April 2016.

War Games
War Games (from now until 19th June 2016), a V&A Museum of Childhood Touring Exhibition, explores the fascinating relationship between conflict and children’s play, providing an insight into the ways toys have been influenced by warfare from 1800 to the present day.  With toys and games including Risk, GI Joe and classic Britain’s toy soldiers, as well as photographs and archive documents, War Games represents differing sides of conflicts from around the world.  This thought-provoking exhibition reveals the sometimes surprising links between play, and wider attitudes towards warfare, and delves into the secret history of toys as tools of propaganda and espionage.  Plymouth City Museum & Gallery.

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OXFORD

Jazz Sundays at Blenheim Palace
Due to popular demand Jazz Sundays have returned!  Brighten up your weekends and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and smooth melodious live jazz music in the Oxfordshire Pantry.  A selection of delicious food options will be available including breakfast paninis, warming porridge, pastries and fresh tea and coffee as well as the Sunday newspapers for your convenience.  Every Sunday in April.

Organ Recital
In the Long Library of Blenheim Palace stands a magnificent organ by ‘Father’ Willis, built in 1891 to the order of the 8th Duke.  This organ is the largest in private ownership in Europe, with four manuals and pedals, 2300 pipes and 53 speaking steps.  Visitors can enjoy demonstrations on the organ most Fridays from 12-1pm and a recital by Jonathan Kingston on 3rd April 2016.

Oxfordshire Treasures in 3D
An exciting new display of treasures acquired through the portable antiquities scheme has been installed in the Introduction Gallery of The Oxfordshire Museum.  The objects are small and intricate, so innovative technology has been used to help the museum appreciate the objects in amazing details – including a 3D film.  The 19 items include:  a post-medieval shoe buckle, a medieval dress hook, a Roman finger ring, a post-medieval finger ring, a gold coin and a medieval brooch. A permanent display, on view from now.

CHELMSFORD

Nordic Walking
Come along to weekly sessions in the beautiful surroundings of Hylands Park and join qualified instructor Jane Leary who will guide, support and encourage you to enjoy exercising in the fresh air.  6th, 13th, 20th and 27th April 10am until 11.15am.  For more information email janeleary@gmail.com or go to thebestof.co.uk.

Boot Camp
Essex Boot Camp provides outdoor fitness in parks across Essex and Chelmsford, offering motivation and fitness outdoors 52 weeks of the year.  Come to Beaulieu Park on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Hylands Park on Saturday and Admirals Park Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.  For full details and events taking place in April go to www.essexbootcamp.co.uk.

Patchwork in the Park
Join Patchwork in the Park for the Keene Quilters exhibition of beautiful quilts and small items showcased throughout the beautiful ground floor of Hylands House.  The stunning quilts in this exhibition represent 3 years work from the Keen Quilters 50 members.  In addition there will be a variety of patchwork suppliers selling material and supplies available to purchase as well as refreshments.  On the first floor there will be the opportunity to create your very own patchwork square, using some of the best sewing machines provided by one of the suppliers, which will then be incorporated into the Keen Quilters Charity Quilt.  Saturday 9th-Monday 11th April 2016 at Hylands House.  Tickets £3.80.

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CAMBRIDGE

Cambridge Literary Festival
Founded in 2003, Cambridge Literary Festival is a staple of the city’s cultural calendar.  Every spring and winter venues across the city engage with the newest fiction, cutting edge commentary and science, children’s events and lots more.  The Spring Festival is set to take place 5th-14th April 2016.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
On April 1st at Cambridge Corn Exchange, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Charles Dutoit takes up the baton.  The concert opens with Tchaikovsky’s magnificent Polanaise from the opera Eugene Onegin.  Brimming with wonderful tunes and short motifs, Dvorak’s Cello Concerto transformed the musical world’s perception of the cello as a solo instrument and is played with consummate mastery by Gautier Capucon.

Cambridge Drawing Society’s Spring Exhibition
Visit Cambridge Drawing Society’s Spring Exhibition featuring over 250 original works by local artists including paintings, drawings, fine art prints, sculptures and greetings cards.  The Society’s 160 members include both professional and skilled amateur artists.  Open daily 10am-5.30pm including Sunday.  Admission is free.  April 9th-16th at The Pitt Building, CB2 1RP.

NORWICH

When They Were Young – An East Anglian Retrospective
A unique exhibition is taking place this spring at Crome Gallery, located in the historical centre of Norwich.  The event has been inspired by a discovery of early works by four East Anglian artists.  Originally compiled by an eccentric and enigmatic British art collector, these 20th century paintings are now being prepared for their first exhibition in 40 years.  From April 15th- May 14th.

East Anglian Game and Country Fair
A two-day family event set in glorious parkland at the Norfolk Showground, Norwich.  The Fair welcomes world-class events and attractions.  Whether it’s watching the main arena or countryside arena displays, seeing the forestry village with cutting and pole climbing competitions, joining in with your dog at the K9 Aqua Dog Pool, shopping at the 300+ stands or relaxing with a glass of bubbly at the member’s enclosure, there’s something for everyone.  23rd and 24th April 2016 at Norfolk Showground.

Norwich Does Vintage
The Norwich Vintage Fair returns to The Forum on Saturday 23rd April 2016.  Expect a fabulous array of vintage stalls and live music from the 1920s up to the 1980s!  From 10am-4.30pm.

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YORK

Living North LIVE
Living York North’s unique and inspiring Homes & Gardens Hall boasts fabulous room sets from the region’s premier interiors companies as well as exciting garden accessories.  In the Shopping Hall and Festival of Food, visitors can indulge in some essential retail therapy and discover the most delicious fresh produce and tasty treats.  Living North are also delighted to bring top chefs from across the North and beyond to whip up some fantastic dishes for you to try at home.  8th-10th April 2016 at York Racecourse.

The Ultimate Journey Into The Past
The world famous Jorvik Viking Centre is a must-see for visitors to the city of York.  Built on the very site where archaeologists found the remains of the original Viking City of Jorvik, the Jorvik Viking Centre offers visitors a unique opportunity to ride in a time-capsule and take a journey through the streets of AD975 Jorvik, a city as important in its day as London or Tokyo.  Everything here is based on fact, from the working craftsmen, the chattering noise of the gossiping neighbours to the smells of the cooking, the cesspit and the preserved 1000 year old Viking timber.  Passengers are transported through the Viking village of Jorvik, taking in all the sights, sounds and smells, for the most authentic taste of everyday Viking life.  Opens 1st April-25th October 2016 10am-5pm.

The Festival of Vintage
There’s no time like the past!  Vintage music, vintage dance, vintage fashion, vintage home and more.  Live music from 1930s-1960s with fashion parades, displays, dancing, classic vehicles and 150 of the UK’s best vintage specialists.  Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April 2016 at York Racecourse.

BATTERSEA

The Tempest
Prospero, Duke of Milan, usurped and exiled by his own brother, holds sway over an enchanted island.  He is comforted by his daughter Miranda, and served by the spirit Ariel and by Caliban, a ‘savage and deformed slave.’  When Prospero raises a storm to wreck his brother and confederates on the island, his long contemplated revenge at last seems within reach.  At Shakespeare Globe Theatre from now until April 22nd.

Lee Miller: A Woman’s War
Model.  War photographer.  Mother.  Why on earth isn’t Elizabeth Lee Miller better known, says metro.co.uk?  Born in 1907, Miller modelled for Vogue in 1927, was a muse to Picasso (his portrait of Miller features in this exhibition) and then pursued photography before focusing on photographing the Second World War.  Initially, Miller was confined to Britain, capturing the Blitz in London, and the perspective of women in particular, before joining American forces on the frontline of mainland Europe after D-Day.  There, Miller documented the devastation five years of brutal conflict had wreaked on Europe and also, chillingly, Buchenwald and Dachau concentration camps.  A Woman’s War exhibition features over 150 of Miller’s images, many of which have not been publicly displayed as much of her war photography was discovered after her death in 1977.  This perhaps explains why she is not a more celebrated figure – hopefully this exhibition represents a big step in etching this remarkable woman’s life and times in the national memory and imagination.  Until 24th April at the Imperial War Museum.

Brunel’s Underground
Explore the historic destination that’s being transformed beneath Londoner’s feet, says elledecoration.co.uk.  This subterranean exhibition space for the Brunel Museum is set to be the capital’s most exciting new arts venture.  It will be located in the Thames Tunnel, one of the first projects worked on by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the master engineer responsible for some of the 19th century’s most recognisable architecture – Paddington Station and the Clifton Suspension Bridge, to name just two of his projects.  Originally designed for horse-drawn carriages, the structure was the first underwater tunnel in the world, and later became part of the London Underground rail system that we know today.  Its Grade II listed Grand Entrance Hall, however, has remained hidden until now.  East London-based architectural practice Tate Harmer plans to completely transform the space, adding a freestanding cantilevered staircase.  The firm has likened the new design to a ‘ship in a bottle,’ with the stairs being the modern gem enclosed in the original Victorian setting.  Open now.

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BRIGHTON

The Jackie Musical
Jackie The Musical re-visits those heady days of old and tells the story of a fifty-something divorcee who revisits her stash of well-thumbed Jackie magazines for the same reason she first read them nearly 40 years ago.  Written by Mike James, with choreography by Arlene Phillips and directed by Anna Linstrum, The Jackie Musical will visit Theatre Royal Brighton from April 5th-9th 2016 as part of a nationwide tour.

Folklore, Magic and Mysteries
Folklore, Magic and Mysteries: Modern Witchcraft and Folk Culture in Britain comes to Preston Manor from 2nd April 2016 from 10.30am-5pm.  A unique display of artefacts, manuscripts and documents, from the Doreen Valiente Foundation.  In 2013, Doreen made posthumous history by being the first witch to be awarded a blue plaque on her home in Brighton to commemorate her life and honour her achievements.

Star Wars Toy Display
From now until 17th May 2016, Hove Museum is displaying the rare Star Wars items loaned from private collections.  These will include very early figures and dioramas (displays) from the first series of Star Wars movies, such as a Land of the Jawas set, released by toy company Kenner in the 1970s.  The display will include more unusual items, in particular figures from the second Star Wars trilogy.  These demonstrate how merchandising developed between the two film series, as the array of characters grew and increase diverse options were explored.

GUILDFORD

Spirit of Shohin Weekend
Taiga Urushibata, one of Japan’s foremost young bonsai artists, judges the National Shohin Bonsai Show and presents demos and workshops at RHS Garden Wisley on 2nd-3rd April 2016.  The standard of this show is rarely seen outside Japan.  Sutton Bonsai Society offers plant sales, displays, care information and a re-potting service.

Sing With Us Guildford
A choir for people affected by cancer.  No need to read music, no audition, just come along!  The Sing With Us Guildford choir is always on the lookout for new members.  It is a choir primarily for people affected by cancer.  The choir includes current patients, survivors, friends and families united once a week by the power of singing.  Singing improves wellbeing and makes you happier.  The best bit is everybody can sing – even if you don’t think you can!  4th April at 18.30 for two hours.

Magical Masks
Join us for some mask making merriment as we make a variety of masks based around Haselmere Museum’s diverse collection.  A family drop-in event – no need to book.  7th April 2016.

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EXETER

Exeter Festival of Food & Drink
April is the month for the 13th Exeter Festival of Food & Drink.  The event returns to Exeter Castle and Nothernhay Gardens to bring the city its biggest annual food and drink Festival from 22nd to 24th April.  This year, visitors to the Festival can spend even longer browsing and buying tempting treats in the food and drink pavilions with longer opening hours for day ticket holders.  With its award-winning formula of Cookery Theatre, Food and Drink Pavilions, live demos and Perfect Pairing, this award-winning Festival formula attracts exceptional food and drink producers from all over the south west.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
The Second Symphony, from its first performance to today, remains one of Sibelius’ most popular works.  Its importance at the time was also due to the Finnish struggle for independence and early reactions to the work included some efforts to read into it an overtly nationalistic, patriotic programme.  Much attention was focused on the heroic finale, of course, but also on the long, anguished, slow movement, music of great passion and pain, surging along in dramatic waves towards a grim conclusion.  Listeners are invited to enjoy this great work along with music from Wagner and Walton, performed by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at The Great Hall, University of Exeter on April 21st 2016.

The Joy of Mincing
Mick Perrin Worldwide in association with Mandy Ward Artist Management presents Julian Clary: The Joy of Mincing which celebrates 30 years of Clary’s career as a camp comedian.  There is so much to tell: the ups and downs of his sordid love life, the true and heart stopping account of how he saved Dame Joan Collins’ life, and don’t start him on the perils of his DIY electrical home enema kit.  Come and witness a master class in camp comedy at Exeter Corn Exchange on 15th April 2016.

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Crafting at Ally Pally
Crafting at Ally Pally will be returning to Alexandra palace 9th and 10th April 2016 for another weekend of crafting heaven.  Taking place in the Great Hall via The Palm Court entrance from 10am-5pm on 9th April and 10am-4pm on 10th April.  Tickets from £5 for adults and £2 for children in advance.

Cake International
Cake International – The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating and Baking Show is the world’s largest cake decorating show and is set to make its debut at Alexandra Palace this spring with a visual feast of sugarcraft and cake decorating from 16-17th April 2016.  The event, which attracts world-wide attention from cake enthusiasts, is the perfect place for baking fans to stock up on supplies and marvel at the extraordinary creations on display.  alexandrapalace.com

Farmers Market
Ally Pally is home to City & Country Farmers Market, attracting more than 40 farmers, baristas, bakers and craftspeople as well as up to 3,000 visitors every Sunday.  The market has been running for a decade helping to put the community in touch with local producers.  It is held every Sunday and April venues include Alexandra Palace Park 3rd, 10th and 24th April, Alexandra Palace Campsbourne School 17th April.

KINGSTON

A Swingin’ Affair
Singer and singer-saxophonist Claire Martin and Ray Gelato collaborate to perform mainstream jazz standards and songs from The Great American Songbook with their accompanying musicians at The Rose Theatre on 17th April 2016.

Royal Ramble
Navigate a 5km route through Hampton Court Palace’s landscaped formal gardens and historic Home Park, following a train of clues to discover the property’s 500- year history and the wildlife and endangered species that now live in the park.  Clues have been designed to test numeracy and mathematical reasoning, literacy and language skills in accordance with Key Stages 1&2.  Following the ramble, a picnic lunch will be served in the palace’s Clore Learning Centre.  Proceeds from the event will be shared between London’s Air Ambulance and Historic Royal Palaces.  17th April 2016.

The Jungle Body KONGA Class
This new and exciting program from Australia is brought to you by Calasara Fitness.  Join us every Thursday from 5.45pm at The Kingfisher Leisure Centre, KT1 2PY to experience this full body work out.  Switching between all Jungle Body programs each week you will get to experience Tyga, Konga, Jagua and Vypa.  £2.50 for the first class and £5 each subsequent week.

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