Everything to See, Shop & Do in April
This family-run business, founded by Fran and her daughters Alice and Maddie, is a fountain of knowledge on horticultural pursuits. With three sites across South East London, plus a plant nursery in Kent, Forest’s curation of plants and flowers are a treat to explore, especially at this time of year. Join them at their Deptford store for a dried flower workshop, where you’ll flex your creative muscles and use the best of their dried flowers, foliage and berries to create a wreath, the perfect spring decor addition for any door or wall. No experience necessary: this class is for everyone, and the Forest team will provide fizz and light refreshments too. Book your slot here.
Forest, Deptford Market Yard, Deptford SE8 4NS
Bristol is a hotbed of creativity, and might just discover your new favourite maker at independent lifestyle boutique Truce’s Clifton Village this month. Throughout April, the team is playing host to 14 Bristol-based creatives, spotlighting local talent and providing its local community with endless discovery and inspiration. With a stellar lineup - think ceramics from Plop Pottery and Sophie Alda, textiles from Holly Goldsmith and Elizabeth James Interiors and artwork from Lucy Grepne and Jade Terry - there’s tonnes to see and shop all month. Not a local? It’s a great excuse for an Easter weekend trip away… Keep an eye on the boutique’s Instagram page for more details.
Truce, 54 Princess Victoria St, Clifton Village, Bristol, BS8 4BZ
Tartan, Scotland’s national pattern, is both iconic and ubiquitous. From legendary designers Alexander McQueen to musicians like the Bay City Rollers, the instantly recognisable textile represents many things at once: rebellion, royalty, music, tradition, fashion and so much more. The V&A Dundee’s provocative new exhibition celebrates the history and future of the unique pattern, with key featured objects including contemporary design from Wales Bonner, Charles Jeffrey and Vivienne Westwood. Book your tickets here.
Until January 2024
V&A Dundee, 152 Nethergate, Dundee, Scotland, DD1 4EA
A failsafe day out in London? A leisurely wander around the mouth-watering foodie spots and independent boutiques at Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross. There you’ll find Blomma Beauty, the pioneering beauty and wellness store that champions ethical and sustainable brands that are as great for your face, mind and body as they are for the planet. This month, you can pop into store to enjoy a complimentary hand treatment from the proudly vegan and cruelty-free beauty brand Silvan Skincare. Enjoy a relaxing massage with its range of botanical massage oils, balms and creams. Goodbye winter skin, hello spring fresh softness. Book your free slot here.
Blomma Beauty, Unit 20, Coal Drops Yard, N1C 4DH
Fancy learning to spot the difference between edible and poisonous berries, unearthing medicinal herbs and leaves perfect for spring salads? If you’re serious about sustainable food sources and getting to know Mother Nature a little better, join outdoors and lifestyle boutique Intrepid as they take you into the wild for a day for foraging in Aberfoyle, Scotland. Find out more here.
Intrepid, 6 Craiguchty Terrace, Main Street, Aberfoyle, Scotland, FK8 3UH