Spring has sprung

The days are getting longer, the sun is coming out more often, and the flowers are blooming. Welcome to spring people and the best of what’s on offer Mon-Fri in some of our most popular cities.


The Rolling Stones – Exhibitionism.  The Saatchi Gallery, King’s Road.  5th April - 4th September 2016. 10am-6pm Mon-Sunday. www.stonesexhibitionism.com

Probably the coolest exhibition showing in London this year! Dedicated to the legendary rockers including thousands of photos and personal items. Don’t miss it!

The London Coffee Festival.  Old Trueman Brewery. Brick Lane. 7th April - 10th April. www.londoncoffeefestival.com.

Calling all artisan coffee lovers. After two industry days on April 7-8, the festival kicks off its public events on the evening of April 8 along with an ‘Espresso Martini Launch Party’ (8-10pm).



The Greatest Dog Show on Earth! The Mall at Cribbs Causeway. 9.30am-9pm Mon-Fri until 10th April 2016. www.mallcribbs.com

Hong Kong’s ‘The Greatest Dog Show on Earth’ consists of 70 unique Gromit sculptures, each designed by top names from the worlds of art, fashion, animation and music. Free entry, but donations gladly received for the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity.

The Mall Cribbs Hong Kong exhibition exclusively reunites 16 of these well-travelled pooches, on show together in the UK for the very first time!

During the exhibition there is a cracking 3 for 2 offer on Hong Kong figurines ‘GRMT02’, ‘Year of the Gromit’, and ‘Sweet Dreams’ by Wallace & Gromit creator Nick Park. Get your paws on the full set for the ultimate souvenir!

Hamlet. Tabacco Factory Theatres, Raleigh Road until 30th April 2016. www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com/shows/hamlet/

Written by William Shakespeare Directed by Andrew Hilton To celebrate 'Shakespeare 400' – four centuries since the great playwright died on 23 April 1616 – Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory and Tobacco Factory Theatres offer an all- Shakespeare season, beginning with the most famous play in world theatre.

Realpolitik, madness, sex and murder all play their part in a drama that is both a thriller and the profoundest meditation on our human condition. Hamlet productions – like London buses – tend to come in threes. We squeeze our own in between the controversial Turner/Cumberbatch production at the Barbican and the RSC's spring production (in which Paapa Essiedu, our own highly praised Romeo in 2015, will play the title role). But the choices the play offers director and cast are legion. How old should Hamlet be – eighteen, twenty, or a man in his late 30s? Is he ever truly mad? Was his mother complicit in the murder of his father? Questions like these, and many, many more, ensure that no two productions of this enthralling play will ever be alike.



Shakespeare's Dead. Bodleian Library. Friday 22nd April 2016 — Sunday 4th September:
Exhibition Room, Old Schools Quadrangle, Broad St., Oxford. Tel: 01865 277224
www.shop.bodley.ox.ac.uk Admission free.

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, displaying a major exhibition that confronts the theme of death itself in Shakespeare's works.

Shakespeare's Dead provides a unique take on the subject by exploring how Shakespeare        used the anticipation of death, tragic characters from Shakespeare's works including Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet and Hamlet.


Glasgow International Festival of Visual Arts.  Trongate 103 , Glasgow City Centre. 8th-25th April.  For full details of all exhibits visit the website



Visual art happens all year round in Glasgow but for two weeks every two years, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art puts it firmly in the spotlight. From artists’ studios through to major museums, by way of a vast range of venues new and old, the Festival is the perfect moment to get to know more about contemporary art and how and where it takes place in Glasgow.

Packed with events, talks and tours as well as major world-class exhibitions, some by artists living in the city and others by leading international figures, the Festival is Glasgow’s art scene at its liveliest and best.