By Kate Hodges

19th May 2017

Make crazy instruments and foraged beauty products, get veggie recipe inspo, go punk rock in the garden.

By Kate Hodges

19th May 2017

By Kate Hodges

19th May 2017

LEARN Noise Annoys
There’s not much more fun than forming your own band, making some noise, and putting on a show. Even the tiniest rocker can bang a drum or shake a maraca. Making your own instruments is easy – there are some great basic ideas here or you can get a bit more fancy and try these more grown-up noisemakers. Tech-savvy teenagers can try these more complex and crazy ideas for stringed or electronic instruments - the banana keyboard and theremin are out of this world!

EVENT Night At The Museum
This weekend’s Museums at Night is a magical series of art, one-off events and wonderful experiences, as galleries and museums across the country keep their doors open into the evening (and, if you’re lucky, overnight). Expect action-packed sleepovers, parties, and immersive artworks, plus magic lantern shows, storytelling and portrait drawing. Find an event near you here

COOK Veggie Steady Go!
It’s National Vegetarian Week, a great opportunity to try cutting out meat from your diet, or, if you’re already veggie, discovering some enticing new recipes. If you want to join in, download posters, stickers and flyers here, and find delicious-looking recipes here. We love the sound of their summer tomato pizza with cashew drizzle, and the indulgent doughnut bread pudding. Mmmmmmm!

MAKE Natural Beauty
It’s organic beauty and wellbeing week! Perhaps the best way of ensuring you’re only using the most natural of ingredients is to make your own cosmetics using foraged and herbal ingredients. Here’s our guide to creating the perfect pocket herbal kit perfect for festivals and the summer. Alternatively, we love the DIY recipes for natural beauty alternatives over at Wellness Mama . Kids love making their own bath bombs (this recipe uses citric acid, which you’ll have left over from last week’s elderflower cordial adventures!)

EVENT Green Fingers
The punk rock little sister of the sedate Flower Show, the Chelsea Fringe has been held since 2011. London’s annual celebration of alternative planting and nature is an idiosyncratic event that celebrates the best in community and guerrilla gardening, and encourages links between gardens and art, literature, music, cookery, history, crafts and ecology. Whether you learn about foraging in the city on a wild food walk, poke your head into a community garden, knit wool decorations for trees, or visit an edible bus stop, the festival is packed with things that make you gasp with pleasure, as well as inspire you to dig out your fork and trowel.

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