St George’s Day was at the end of last month. I spotted a few posts dedicated to the love of English culture, including this one by Penny on Wayfair, and was inspired: why not dedicate this month’s arts & culture round-up to England, and its treasures?
A traditional way to celebrate the arrival of warmer days, is the village fete, carnival, fayre…call it what you will, it always involves bunting and a fair amount of cake. Hodgepodge Craft posted on 10 ways to prepare goodies for these traditional English celebrations; and Time to Craft talked us through a step-by-step guide to making St George’s Day biscuits. As for the celebrations themselves, Bubbablue and Me had a grand day out at Sulgrave Manor on May Day.
England has a world-renowned tradition of literary excellence, from Shakespeare and Chaucer to the present day. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – by one of our country’s most popular recent exports, Roald Dahl – has been turned into a musical and DadblogUK posted an enjoyable review of this show at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Over on the Pigeon Pair and Me, we had an incredible time in the Vaults under Waterloo Station, in Adventures in Wonderland, an immersive show for children by Les Petits, based on Lewis Carroll’s classic which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. Actually Mummy‘s GG wrote a review of E. Nesbitt’s classic, The Railway Children, currently being staged at King’s Cross Theatre. And, in her round-up of half-term activities in the northwest, Red Rose Mummy includes the stage adaptation of Judith Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Kerr came to England as an immigrant child, in a family fleeing the Nazis. This history of compassion towards people in danger or trouble is something this country should be very proud of.
As usual, there are many posts on days out to places that celebrate our fine history. Babes About Town and Hatty Daze both trawled through the storage rooms of Greenwich Maritime Museum, on Punchdrunk Enrichment’s immersive adventure, Against Captain’s Orders. Happy Homebird visited the site of the Battle of Shrewsbury in 1403. Chelseamamma explored Tudor ship the Golden Hind at Brixham. They Grow So Quick enjoyed a trip into the past in Hull’s museum quarter, and Family Travel Times were lucky enough to watch the ceremony of the keys at the Tower of London. A Family Day Out discovered Dover Castle in Kent, and Globalmouse Travels visited Chavenage House, an Elizabethan Manor near Tetbury and one of the locations for Poldark.
Street art is a recent addition to the ever-growing list of items to add to our badges of pride. Banksy is our most well-known street artist, with collectors all over the world rushing to snap up his pieces. And Mummy Barrow spent a fascinating afternoon in Shoreditch, exploring all the art in that quarter of the capital.
I know that this month’s round-up is supposed to be about England, but…well…I grew up in Wales, so I couldn’t resist picking up a couple of posts about that country, to even out the balance a little. An Organised Mess was moved by Sherman Cymru’s Iphigenia in Splott, and Practically Perfect Mums enjoyed the Welsh National Opera’s Hansel and Gretel.
What do you love about England (or even Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, for that matter!)