14th July - 9th September 2017
The last night of the Proms is an unmissable date in our musical diaries, but don’t overlook the nights that lead up to it. This is a two month celebration of classical music and beyond. Clare Teal brings us the Big Band music of Duke Ellington and Count Basie. Jools Holland pays homage to Stax with 50 years of soul music. From Wilton’s, the oldest surviving music hall in England, to the Proms at Bold Tendencies multi-storey car park in Peckham. Rediscover music. Again and again and again.
EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL
4th - 28th August 2017
You can pack more live performance into your day in Edinburgh than you’ll manage in the rest of the year (choose your footwear wisely for the hills and cobbles). The big names are here of course, but never was a place better suited to opening the programme on a random page, sticking a pin in it and seeing what you get. This is a place for trying something different. Comedy, theatre, dance and everything in between.
RIVER COTTAGE FESTIVAL
26th - 27th August 2017
Dorset plays host to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Festival, a celebration of food, food and food. With masterclasses on curry and chapattis, wild cocktails and ice cream sundaes, every taste bud is covered. In the evening it turns into a mini festival with music designed to get you dancing as the sun sets.
LEMON MERINGUE PIE
Serves 4 - 6. Preparation time: 5 mins.
It’s National Lemon Meringue Pie Day on 15th August (yes, really) and this is one we’d happily celebrate every week of the year. Tart lemon, buttery pastry and deliciously sweet meringue. Pour yourself a cup of tea and have another piece. A classic English dessert from Rachel Allen’s ‘Recipes from My Mother’.