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Crafts and food fes­ti­val Septem­ber 2–4 Hand­made & Home­grown Fes­ti­val, Hever Cas­tle & Gar­dens, Hever, Eden­bridge, Kent. Stalls of­fer­ing hand­made soaps, jew­ellery and home­ware, as well as de­li­cious home­made pro­duce, in­clud­ing cheese, choco­late and pre­serves (01732 865224; www.hev­er­cas­tle.co.uk)

Mu­sic fes­ti­val Septem­ber 2–4 Stogum­ber Fes­ti­val, Stogum­ber, Som­er­set. Folk singing, or­gan and harp recitals, cho­ral work­shop, po­etry and skit­tles (0845 539 0168; www.stogum­ber­fes­ti­val. com)

Coun­try show Septem­ber 11 Hamp­shire Coun­try Sports Day, Tich­borne Park, Al­res­ford, Hamp­shire. High­lights in­clude gun­dog demon­stra­tions, fal­conry dis­plays, cast­ing demon­stra­tions and in­ter-hunt jump com­pe­ti­tions (www.hamp­shire coun­trys­ports­day.co.uk)

Septem­ber 11 Chid­ding­stone Cas­tle Coun­try Fair, Chid­ding­stone Cas­tle, Kent. Cel­e­brat­ing the tra­di­tions of the coun­try­side, it in­cludes dis­plays from the horses and hounds of the lo­cal Old Sur­rey Burstow & West Kent Hunt, side-sad­dle rid­ing, work­ing dogs and laser clay-pigeon shoot­ing (01892 870347; www. chid­ding­stonecas­tle. org.uk)

Land­scape con­fer­ence Septem­ber 2–5 Euro­pean Land­scape Con­fer­ence, Royal Agri­cul­tural Univer­sity, Cirences­ter, Glouces­ter­shire. A host of speak­ers dis­cuss land­scapes in chang­ing times (www. eu­ro­pean­land­scape con­fer­ence.com)

Fine Art sale Septem­ber 7–8 Ch­effins Septem­ber Fine Art Sale, Ch­effins, Clifton House, Cam­bridge. This sale will in­clude a pen­cil draw­ing by Mun­nings of Gen Jack Seely’s war horse, War­rior, dubbed, in 1941, ‘the horse the Ger­mans could not kill’. In­scribed ‘War­rior aged 26/June 1934’, the draw­ing is also signed by Mun­nings (01223 213343; www. ch­effins.co.uk) Flower show Septem­ber 6–11 RHS Gar­den Wis­ley Flower Show (above), Wis­ley, Wok­ing, Sur­rey. Fea­tur­ing 55 nurs­eries and 21 trade­stands, as well as beau­ti­ful flo­ral dis­plays and the Na­tional Dahlia So­ci­ety Show (0845 260 9000; www.rhs.org.uk/ gar­dens/wis­ley) The Down House, Itchen Ab­bas, Hamp­shire SO21 1AX

Septem­ber 3–4, 1pm–5.30pm. £5, chil­dren free; plants for sale, dogs wel­come, home­made teas The Down House must be the only gar­den open­ing in aid of the NGS to have its own vine­yard right next door to the gar­den and the two open days this week­end cel­e­brate both gar­den and vine­yard—as well as the wine it pro­duces, of which there will be tast­ings. The com­bi­na­tion will make for a fas­ci­nat­ing day out be­cause the gar­den is im­mac­u­late and imag­i­na­tively con­ceived, with an or­na­men­tal potager, a rope-lined foun­tain gar­den, pleached horn­beams, in­ter­est­ing or­na­ments and a se­ries of rooms fill­ing much of the three acres that over­look the Itchen Val­ley and with walks lead­ing to the river­side. Visit www.ngs.org.uk

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