Events

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  • The Exhibition Edit

    Katy Lilley from our dynamic Design team has collated our edit of the best exhibitions to visit this year. For some interior, textiles and fashion inspiration, keep reading...

    Fashioning A Reign - 90 years of style from the Queen's wardrobe. Buckingham Palace

    23th July—2nd October 2016

    An exciting opportunity to see an array of the Queen’s clothing and accessories throughout her life to celebrate her 90th Birthday. Highlights include, the Queen’s wedding gown designed by Sir Norman Hartnell. Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse will also exhibit a selection of the Queen’s outfits. See the website here for more details.

    Vogue 100: A Century of Style. Manchester Art Gallery

    24th June-30th October 2016

    After receiving rave reviews in London, the National Portrait Gallery exhibition has moved to Manchester. With free entry, it is an opportunity to see over 280 photographic prints from the world famous fashion magazine. Visit the Manchester Art Gallery here.

    Ceramic Art York. York Art Gallery

    9th September-16th November 2016

    This weekend show is the North's answer to Ceramic Art London. A relatively new show (only in its second year) is an excellent way to see some of the country's finest studio potters this autumn. Last year, the show was in the grounds of the art gallery, whilst the first floor inside the gallery has the permanent collection of fantastic British Studio ceramics, known as the 'Centre of Ceramic Art'. For more information, visit their website here.

    1920's Jazz Age Fashion and Photographs. Fashion and Textiles Museum, London

    23th September 2016-15th January 2017

    The fashion and textiles Museum in London is one of London's lesser known galleries. Quietly putting on some of the capital’s greatest fashion exhibitions, it's always a pleasure to visit, as their current exhibition 'Missoni Art Colour' is testament to this. 1920's Jazz age will no doubt follow a highly successful year for the museum to date. It aims to capture the glamour of the decade with beaded evening dresses, silk pyjamas to the iconic flapper dresses. Excess and frivolity are captured within 150 garments alongside illustrations and photographs from the era. Find more details here.

    Design Junction. Kings Cross, London

    22nd-25th September 2016

    Design Junction has been a key highlight of the London Design Festival. As it moves to a new location this year, from the old derelict Post Office location it will be interesting to see if it can retain its high style credentials. Open to both trade and the public, expect to see the latest trends within home and interior design. There are also lots of events taking place throughout the capital for London Design Week, so it’s best to do your research in order to capture all of the best shows. Visit the Design Junction website here.

    Photo credits: scotsmagazine.com, artfund.org, ftmlondon.org.

    The Exhibition Edit
  • Strawberries and Cream at Wimbledon

    Summer is upon us, and the prestigious tennis tournament, Wimbledon starts today. First introduced in July of 1877, Wimbledon initially took place at a private club recognised as the ‘All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club’. Taking place from 27th June-10th July this year, this annual tennis event welcomes the world’s best sportsmen to play for the championship title.

    Renowned tennis players from all over the world will be arriving at Wimbledon today, along with thousands of spectaculars, eager to capture a glimpse of this famous tournament. This year, Novak Djokovic will be playing to defend his Wimbledon title.

    Wimbledon now incorporates five tournaments, including men’s and women’s singles and doubles, junior singles and mixed and invitational doubles. This shows major development since the start of the competition in 1877, when the tournament only showcased men’s singles. It was in 1884 when women’s singles were introduced, and Maud Watson claimed the first women’s title. It is evident that Wimbledon has hugely progressed since 1877, however certain aspects of the tennis tournament have remained unchanged – notably the white dress code, the presence of the Royal family and strawberries and cream.

    Characteristically English, strawberries and cream have been a firm fixture at Wimbledon since its origination. It is estimated that this year’s Wimbledon tournament will devour twenty-three tonnes of strawberries and seven thousand litres of cream.

    There are a multitude of theories surrounding the presence of strawberries and cream at Wimbledon. In season at the time of the first event, strawberries were also considered to be a fashionable food during the Victorian era. Regardless of the reasons behind their initial introduction, it is clear that strawberries and cream have become symbolic of this world-famous tennis event.

    Photo credits: logonoid.com, iffleyblue.co.uk.

    Strawberries and Cream at Wimbledon
  • The London Coffee Festival

    In 2010, Allegra Events identified the growing popularity of speciality coffee, and the need for an event in London that fused creativity and coffee. Within its first year, the London Coffee Festival welcomed over 7,000 visitors and 100 exhibitors. Fast forward to this year and the event attracted 30,488 visitors searching for the perfect cup of coffee; the festival is now the largest coffee event in the world.

    Gary and Caroline from our Design team headed to The Old Truman Brewery in East London for the day to experience the festival and uncover the latest movements in coffee. Both Gary and Caroline were amazed by the theatrical theming of the event, spread over two floors, with varying moods created through live music and the staging of each exhibitor. They were also pleasantly surprised to see up-and-coming beverages such as speciality teas, juices and hot chocolates as well as experimental takes on coffee, including coffee cocktails.

    The health benefits of each beverage was also prevailing, with the presence of raw and organic ranges, an emphasis on ethical suppliers and exceeding Fairtrade initiatives. Demonstrations, tasting sessions, workshops and barista competitions were all taking place, and visitors could enjoy live music from DJs whilst they made their way around the festival. Exhibitors ensured that their products were well presented, taking on a design-led approach and guests were encouraged to touch, feel, taste and smell each and every flavour. Overall, the atmosphere was exciting and vibrant, and clearly demonstrated the modernity and continued innovation surrounding coffee.

    Next year’s event is scheduled for the 6th- 9th April 2017 at The Old Truman Brewery, London - a must-visit for all interested in music, contemporary design and coffee.

    The London Coffee Festival
  • This Friday 1st April, we are welcoming Adam Henson to the Denby Pottery Village to officially open our Walter Smith Farm Shop. Adam will be announcing the opening at 11.00am and will also be signing copies of his books after the event.

    As an enthusiastic farmer, Adam has hosted Countryfile since 2001 with his regular feature ‘Adam’s Farm’, which offers an insight into modern farming practises. With his dedication to British farming and local produce, we felt that Adam was the perfect person to introduce our Farm Shop. Adam says: “Britain has some great British manufacturing traditions such as Denby Pottery and being invited to Denby brings all my interests together. I have a strong affection for Derbyshire and I have fond memories of the county having completed a year’s work experience at the Chatsworth Estate. As a child I loved pottery and even considered potting as a career so it’s quite special to me to be opening the Denby Pottery Village Farm Shop”.

    Our Farm Shop, which is run by renowned craft butchers Walter Smith, is devoted to stocking high-quality produce ranging from cheese, olives, charcuterie, sausages, roasting joints and award-winning pies.

    Televison Presenter Adam Henson to Open our Farm Shop
  • This Thursday, we are celebrating the opening of award winning craft butchers, Walter Smith to a renovated site at our newly named, Denby Pottery Village.

    Our Walter Smith Farm Shop will be dedicated to stocking the finest foods including, artisan bread, fresh cream cakes, charcuterie, olives, wine, a wide selection of cheeses as well as their renowned pork pie, sausages, roasting joints and steaks which are produced from locally sourced meat. Walter Smith’s team will prepare the meat onsite and be on hand to offer the support and advice to customers.

    Walter Smith originated in 1850 when John Smith opened a butchers in his home village of Manea, Cambridgeshire. His son, George Arthur Smith was born on 18th July 1862 and later worked alongside his father and trained as a traditional butcher. In 1885, aged 22, George purchased a lease of small butchers in Birmingham on 88 Hospital Street. Ensuring that the business stayed within the family, George’s son took over the business in 1914 at the beginning of the First World War.

    Today, there are over 10 Walter Smith stores across the Midlands which are recognised for their high-quality produce and home-made recipes. In addition, Walter Smith are part of the ‘Q Guild’ which distinguishes Britain’s Best Butchers. In order to provide the highest quality range, the meats are carefully selected and expertly prepared. Robert Jones, Director of Walter Smith has expressed the importance of working closely with local farmers to ensure that animal welfare is a firm priority as well as guaranteeing fair trade.

    The Farm Shop produce will be showcased within our daily cookery demonstrations and visitors can experience the latest recipes, devised by our home economists. By providing an excellent standard of produce combined with an unparalleled level of service, we hope that we can provide a one stop shopping destination. Gary Capell, Retail Director for Denby said, “We’re really excited to be opening a Farm Shop at The Denby Pottery Village, it’s going to add a great new dynamic to the site. Here at Denby, we’re famous for our Made in England stoneware so Walter Smith’s dedication to locally sourced, artisan produce makes them the perfect choice for us to work with.”

    The Denby Farm Shop will be opening on the 10th March 2016 at 10.00am with a formal opening by farmer and Countryfile's Adam Henson on the 1st April 2016.

    Farm Shop Opening at the Denby Pottery Village