Connaught Village Summer Fair throughout June

On Saturday 10th June Connaught Village will be launching Summer Village Vibes, a month-long celebration of summer coinciding with the Hyde Park Estate’s annual Open Gardens’ Weekend.

Throughout the whole of June and into early July there will be events taking place in the area.

Open Gardens

Coniston Court Gardens, open for visiting on 10th June

The month kicks-off with the popular annual Open Gardens event, giving residents and visitors the opportunity to visit gardens that would normally be closed to the public. Taking place from 10am to 4pm, tickets can be booked using the National Open Garden Scheme website.

Free activities on Saturday 10th June

Also on Saturday 10th June, celebrate the arrival of the summer season in style. Immerse yourself in culture and wellness experiences and sample some of the delicious food and drink Connaught Village has to offer. There are lots of activities, including: tablescaping classes by Hazel Gardiner, flower painting with Max Made Me’s Founder, Carol Maxwell and a host of special menus, events and collections across the village.

These events are all free on this day (later in the month there will be a nominal charge, still a discounted rate). The events on Saturday 10th June are as follows:

  • Yoga: 9am – 10am at Coniston Court garden
  • Sound Bath: 10am – 11am at Coniston Court garden
  • Tablescaping 10am – 12am at 7 Porchester place: Hazel Gardiner will be teaching all her tips & tricks for bringing your table to life just in time for summer
  • Flower painting 12:30pm – 2pm at 7 Porchester place: Carol Maxwell, founder of design studio Max Made Me will be hosting two flower painting free art classes
  • Cheese tasting at Buchanans Cheesemonger 10am – 6pm

All events on this day can be booked by emailing connaughtvillage@four.agency and walk-ins also welcome.

Tablescaping classes

In addition to the free event on 10th June, Hazel Gardiner will also be running classes later in June.

Hazel will be teaching all her tips & tricks for bringing tables to life on Thurs 15th and Wed 28th June from 6-8pm. Classes on these dates can be booked using Eventbrite. These tickets are a significant discount from the usual cost of these classes of £150 – £200.

Hazel’s career began in the fashion departments of the UK’s national newspapers and women’s lifestyle titles. Following a pivotal life moment Hazel changed direction and developed a detailed knowledge of flowers and the impact they can have on life both in the home and commercially. With this seed planted, she resurfaced a lifelong love and natural intuition for gardening, floristry, and horticulture. Hazel retrained in 2016 and launched her namesake floral design studio shortly after. Beyond the studio, Hazel is a speaker, broadcaster, writer and content creator while also being recognised as a thought-leader in the horticulture space.

Flower painting classes

Hazel Gardiner in the Garden, photo credits Eva K. Salvi

In addition to the free event on 10th June, Carol Maxwell will also be running additional classes.

Carol Maxwell, Founder of design studio Max Made Me will be hosting two flower painting free art classes on Tues 20th June and Thurs 6th July from 6-8pm. Classes on these dates can be booked on the Max Made Me website.

Having had a successful career as a textile designer, Max Made Me was founded by Carol Maxwell while on maternity leave with her first son Max. She found herself itching to draw all his new toys and baby gifts and started playing around with illustration, trying them out as greeting cards. Throughout her 21 year long career, Carol has painted stunning florals in a variety of mediums & styles for both her own brand and in her former life as print designer for fashions brands.

Cheese and wine pairings

Cheese and wine pairings will be available at Buchanans Cheesemonger

In addition to the cheese tasting on 10th June, Buchanans Cheesemonger will be opening their favourite wines for the summer and offering them for tasting along with matching cheeses.

This is available for free all day on Friday 23rd June and Saturday 24th June from 10am to 6pm, so just drop in!