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Spring Lifestyle Theatre

This Spring, the Country Living Fair will host a lively programme of talks and demonstrations in the Spring Lifestyle Theatre. Covering a wide range of topics, these sessions will inspire you to try new things in your home and garden. In addition, on Wednesday only, the Lifestyle Theatre will host our Business Zone, featuring the Kitchen Table Talent sessions. Please do bear in mind that on all days seats in the Theatre are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to arrive on time.

See below for the Lifestyle Theatre Timetable. You can also subscribe to our newsletter and receive all the latest Fair news. 

Please note: the Spring Lifestyle Theatre has moved. It will now be loacted in the Auditorium.

Theatre Timetable

  Wed 19 Mar Thu 20 Mar Fri 21 Mar Sat 22 Mar Sun 23 Mar
11.00-11.30 Kitchen Table Talent  Spring into Spring,
Sof McVeigh
Emma Bridgewater Flowers for Mum,
Jane Packer Flower School
Quick and Easy Ideas with Spring Flowers,
Judith Blacklock
12.00-12.30 Kitchen Table Talent  Jules Hudson  Book Signing,
Emma Bridgewater
Explore the World of Tea,
Whittard of Chelsea
Explore the World of Tea,
Whittard of Chelsea
1.00-1.30 Kitchen Table Talent  How to Make the Perfect Easter Eggs,
Paul A Young 
How to Make the Perfect Easter Eggs,
Paul A Young 

Frances' Orange Blossom Honey Marzipan Bees & Bakes,
Frances Quinn
Winner of Great British Bake-Off 

Making Spring Chocolate Easter Eggs,
Fiona Sciolti, Sciolti Chocolates
2.00 - 2.30 Kitchen Table Talent  Cooking with Herbs,
Leiths School of Food and Wine
Cooking with Herbs,
Leiths School of Food and Wine
Cooking with Herbs,
Leiths School of Food and Wine
Cooking with Herbs,
Leiths School of Food and Wine
3.00 - 3.30  Kitchen Table Talent  A Garden of One's Own: looking after Virginia Woolf's garden,
Caroline Zoob
Cushion Demo,
Sandra Lavender from the Great British Sewing Bee
Making Spring Chocolate Easter Eggs,
Fiona Sciolti, Sciolti Chocolates
The Fair closes at 3pm on Sunday
4.00 - 4.30  Kitchen Table Talent  Flowers for Mum,
 Jane Packer Flower School
Flowers for Mum,
Jane Packer Flower School
Flowers for Mum,
Jane Packer Flower School
The Fair closes at 3pm on Sunday

Emma Bridgewater

Emma Bridgewater

Emma Bridgewater set up her eponymous business in 1985, with her husband Matthew joining a few years later. To this day, Emma Bridgewater Ltd is still owned and run by Emma and Matthew, with them both contributing designs and committed to British pottery manufacture.

Since establishing the business 28 years ago, Emma’s cheerfully distinctive kitchenware has found its way onto the

dresser shelves and kitchen tables of homes all over Britain and beyond. Known for her quintessentially British designs- trailing sweet peas, blue hens, tumbling roses, plump figs, black toast and more– Emma’s pottery continues to be manufactured in Britain, with over 200 people now employed in her factory in Staffordshire.

Emma’s new book ‘Toast & Marmalade and other stories’ will be published in March, and Emma will be signing copies after her session in the Lifestyle Theatre. Emma says: ‘It's completely unlikely that I should have become a designer and the owner of a pottery factory. I studied English Literature at university and always thought I would have a life in books. But I've been storing up a hoard of stories as life helter-skelters along, and I’m really excited to have the chance to share them.’

Frances Quinn

© Dave SmithFrancis Quinn

 


In her session, Frances will be demonstrating how to make orange blossom marzipan bees. Both the marzipan and bees will be made completely from scratch and made complete with gold tipped flaked almond wings! The bees will be presented on orange blossom cupcakes with orange blossom honey mascarpone frosting with a final flourish and sprinkling of Frances' edible confetti and fresh berries.

Bring the outdoors into the kitchen via springtime flavours and natural sweet treats that buzz!

Frances is renowned for her creativity. A British baker and designer, she is the inimitable winner of The Great British Bake Off 2013. Having studied Textile Design at Nottingham Trent University, she worked at design companies in London and Vancouver, most recently at Joules Clothing as their baby toddler wear designer. Combining a love of design and baking, Frances produces unique and unforgettable designs. From fabric through to food she sees inspiration in everything. The vital ingredient in all of Frances' creations is her imagination and ideas, making her style unique, recognisable and quintessentially fun. A star set to ignite and mix up the baking and design scene, in Britain and beyond.

You can read her blog here.

Leiths School of Food and Wine

Leiths Leading London cookery school, Leiths School of Food and Wine, will be hosting daily cookery sessions. Join Leiths teachers as they demonstrate inspirational spring dishes that make the most of your herb garden. With plenty of hints, tips and ideas on presentation, recipes for the dishes demonstrated will be available so you can cook them at home for friends and family - and, while the teachers are there, why not take the opportunity to ask any cookery questions you’ve always wanted to know the answer to; they are more than happy to help.

 

Jules Hudson

Jules Hudson

Jules is perhaps best known as the leading face on the BBC’s hit property series, Escape to the Country, as well as the BBC’s flagship rural affairs show Countryfile. Jules’s interest in historic buildings and design underpins the BBC’s renovation series Britain’s Empty Homes, whilst his lifelong passion for military history came to the fore in BBC1′s hit Dig 1940.

In addition to presenting and broadcasting, Jules is also an engaging writer, with regular contributions to lifestyle magazines.

Jules began his career as an archeologist and his expertise across history, rural affairs and property, combined with his warm and engaging style have established him as a versatile and popular presenter.

Having spent most of his life in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains in Mid-Wales, renovating his own ‘Escape to the Country’, he now lives in Herefordshire, once again passionately restoring a period gem. He loves to travel, garden and rescue old furniture.

Jane Packer Flower School

Jane Paker

This spring, expert tutors from the Jane Packer Flower School will be showing you a selection of floral arrangements to treat your mum on Mothers’ Day.

Jane Packer is one of the world's most influential florists. Jane championed the vision that flowers are as exciting as fashion and interior design, but entirely more accessible.

The Jane Packer Flower School has a reputation for re-enforcing the ethos that although arranging beautiful flowers is a difficult skill to master, through expert tuition, it is absolutely achievable and can be fun too. The Jane Packer style has been described as distinctively elegant yet refreshingly modern. The school’s aim is to pass on a key set of skills that allow students to create stylish and creative floral arrangements for any occasion.

Judith Blacklock

Judith Blacklock

Judith will be demonstrating ten inspirational ideas using fresh spring flowers. You will also learn professional tips on how to care for your plant material and the best places to buy. In this session, Judith will show you how to create stunning designs that don’t cost a fortune.

Judith is the editor of The Flower Arranger magazine and author of 12 bestselling books.  In 2011, she co-organised Flowers @ Chicheley 

Hall, the largest cut-flower event that has ever been staged in the UK. She is currently planning Flowers @ Oxford for August 2014, which promises to be the floral event of the year. She regularly appears on television and demonstrates at leading global floral events, including the Chelsea Flower Show. She has arranged flowers at many high-profile venues such as Kensington Palace and taught floral design to personalities including Kirstie Allsopp, Gordon Ramsay, Keeley Hawes and James May. She has acted as a consultant to Topshop, Tesco, BT and Channel 4.

Whittard of Chelsea

Whittard

The world of tea can be overwhelmingly complex, with thousands of different teas produced across the globe.  Take a guided tour of the world’s best blends and single estate teas with Whittard of Chelsea. Discover what makes black, green, oolong, white, yellow and puerh tea different, the provenance of each, how they are made and how to brew them correctly.

Pursuing his passion to import and trade high quality tea and coffee, Walter Whittard opened his first shop in London in 1886.

Selling tea, coffee and cocoa, he started creating special blends for his customers, building and nurturing the reputation Whittard has today.

What made Walter unique was his desire to buy the best and tailor his products specifically for his customers – something Whittard continues to do today.

Barrister’s Refresher was Walter’s first tea blend, created to tempt the be-wigged workers of the Inns of Court into his newly-opened shop.

Always incredibly intuitive, he launched his Opportunity Blend in the 1930s, enticing customers with the promise of hope in difficult times. It was such a success that an entire floor of the warehouse had to be dedicated to the tea to cope with demand. Later, he developed his Russian Caravan and Whittard Original blends, still favourites with customers to this day.

Whittards are committed to responsibly sourcing products that meet strict environmental and ethical requirements.

Sandra Lavender

Sandra Lavender

In her session, Sandra will be showing you the only cushion pattern you will ever need. This great basic pattern can be used over and over again and be embellished so it's entirely unique every time. This demonstration will go through all the steps to making the overlap, button fastening design. This is not just one for the sewers among us. Knitters, crocheters 

and quilters can also use the pattern to make beautiful furnishings for the home.

Sandra just loves to sew, whether on the sewing machine or by hand sitting in the arm chair with a cup of tea. Sandra made her first stitch at the age of 13 taught by her mother and grandmother. Her projects range from clothing for herself and her three daughters, soft furnishing for her home and unique handmade gifts for family and friends.

Most of you will know Sandra from the great British Sewing Bee. The show was a huge success and has encouraged people of all ages to dust off their machines and learn to sew.

Since the show Sandra has been working under the name Mommy Lavender and has continued to make clothes for herself and her family. Sandra is currently running weekly workshops in Lichfield and Sutton Coldfield, and also attends local groups and societies where she gives talks and demos.

 

Paul Young

Paul Young

How to make the perfect Easter Eggs –if you have always wanted to know how professional eggs are made with super shine and perfect finish then this is not to be missed. Learn about granite slab tempering, moulding, decorating and presentation. Paul will also be sharing some fine chocolate for you to try.

Famed for his exquisite chocolates and ingenious flavour combinations, Paul Young is one of the UK’s foremost chocolatiers and patissiers, and has been referred to as ‘chocolate’s Heston Blumenthal’. His passion for his craft and his cutting edge creativity has led him to being ranked amongst the world’s best chocolatiers.

Paul has appeared on a wide range of television shows, including The Great British Bake Off Wedding Cake Special, Paul Hollywoods Pies & Puds and The Apprentice. He was also included in Channel 4’s Foods list of most influential foodies under 40. 

Paul worked as Pastry Chef for many years for Marco Pierre White at The Criterion Brasserie, and then as Head Pastry Chef at Quo Vadis, Soho.  He also worked with Marks and Spencer and Sainsbury’s to develop some of today’s bestselling products.

‘Paul.a.Young Fine Chocolates’, Paul’s first unique chocolaterie, opened in Islington’s Camden Passage in 2006 and that year won the award of “Best New Chocolate Shop” in the Academy of Chocolate Awards. Paul now has chocolateries in the Royal Exchange, Wardour Street and in Heal’s flagship design store on Tottenham Court Road. Regular customers have included Keira Knightley, Paul Whitehouse, Gemma Arterton, Victoria Wood, Una Stubbs, Dermot O’Leary, Cleo Rocos, Jeni Barnett & Sian Lloyd to name just a few.

Caroline Zoob

Caroline Zoob

Caroline Zoob, textile designer and embroiderer, lived at Monk's House, the country home of Leonard and Virginia Woolf, for over a decade. She and her husband planted and maintained the two-acre garden, opening it to the public twice a week on behalf of the National Trust. Caroline will give an illustrated talk about the garden, how it evolved during the Woolfs' lifetimes, and what it's like to be a tenant of a National Trust museum. Signed copies of Caroline's Book, Virginia Woolf's Garden will be available on the day for £25.

Caroline trained first as an opera singer and later as a solicitor before serendipitous encounters led her into the world of design, for which she had no formal training. Her appliqué and embroidery work using antique and vintage

textiles is now highly sought after and she has designed, and continues to design, several ranges of homewares, including tableware, tins and textiles with ECP Design.

Caroline has always been inspired by old, worn, faded surfaces and likes to mix her work and china with decorative antiques and vintage-inspired homewares. Her restrained colour palette and liking for folk art and all things French combine to create a very particular look which has led to interior styling commissions.

Fiona Sciolti

Fiona Sciolti

Join Fiona as she shows you how to successfully mould and decorate delightful chocolate Easter Eggs. With lots of handy hints and tips for successful home chocolatiering, Fiona will also show you how to beautifully decorate your eggs, crystallise flowers and pipe decor. Whether as a gift or as a project with the family, you're sure to learn how to make striking presents this Easter. 

Fiona Sciolti is a multi-award winning artisan Chocolatier who creates extraordinary chocolates using real fruits, flowers, teas and herbs. Many of her flavours are short runs, based on seasonality and many of her ingredients are sourced from the countryside and local growers. Fiona loves to inspire her audiences to ‘have a go’ and her lively demonstrations are full of handy hints and tips to

show you how to make beautiful, professional looking chocolates and confectionery, from your own kitchen.

Sof McVeigh

Sof McVeigh

During her demonstration Sof will show you how to harness spring's natural goodies with some easy to make health & beauty products, using weeds like dandelions and nettles. Sof will take the recipes from her new book 'Treat yourself Natural'.

Sof McVeigh is the founder of The Homemade Company, where the emphasis is on making things - all things – but they especially love making lotions & potions and beautiful balms, and they want you to enjoy making them too.

The Homemade Company wants to bring back the simplicity, joy and sheer fun of making things at home, things that are made with love and full of goodness. All their ‘Make Your Own’ kits were born out of a desire to make it easier for you to do just that, you don’t have to be a

specialist, you can just have fun. What’s more, they’ve taken care to ensure all their ingredients are of the best quality and as natural as possible. They’re also big environment nuts so their packaging is pretty green and all their kits are made in Britain.

2014 Opening Times
Wed 19 March 10am-6pm BOOK
Thu 20 March 10am-9pm BOOK
Thu (Gala) 20 March 5:30pm-9pm BOOK
Fri 21 March 9:30am-6pm BOOK
Sat 22 March 9:30am-6pm BOOK
Sun 23 March 10am-3pm BOOK

 

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Venue address: Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London. N1 0QH.