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Mu­sic fes­ti­val Septem­ber 29–Oc­to­ber 2 Tet­bury Mu­sic Fes­ti­val (right), Tet­bury, Glouces­ter­shire. A pop­u­lar fes­ti­val of clas­si­cal mu­sic, which in­cludes a se­ries of lec­tures plus the Schu­bert En­sem­ble and the Chiaroscuro Quar­tet (www. tet­bury­mu­sicfes­ti­val.org)

Lit­er­a­ture fes­ti­val Septem­ber 30–Oc­to­ber 2 Marl­bor­ough Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val, var­i­ous venues, Marl­bor­ough, Wilt­shire. From award-win­ning fic­tion to bi­og­ra­phy and pol­i­tics, it cel­e­brates the best in writ­ing. High­lights in­clude talks from Lionel Shriver and Michael Mor­purgo (www.marl bor­ough­lit­fest.org)

Oc­to­ber 5–16 Lon­don Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val, South­bank Cen­tre, Lon­don SE1. Cel­e­brat­ing lit­er­a­ture through live read­ings, talks, work­shops and fam­ily events, this year's fes­ti­val fea­tures Mar­garet At­wood, Michel Faber and Has­san Blasim (020–7960 4200; www. south­bank­cen­tre.co.uk)

Food fes­ti­val Oc­to­ber 1–2 Mel­ton Mow­bray Food Fes­ti­val (be­low), Mel­ton Mow­bray Cat­tle Mar­ket, Le­ices­ter­shire. One of the largest re­gional food fes­ti­vals. Vis­i­tors will be able to taste and buy food from across the UK. The lo­cal spe­cial­i­ties of Mel­ton Mow­bray pork pies and Stil­ton are sure to go quickly. Tick­ets £5 in ad­vance, £6 on the gate, chil­dren un­der 16 free (www. gole­ices­ter­shire. com)

Per­for­mance Un­til De­cem­ber 11 Myths Re­told, Bri­tish Mu­seum, Great Rus­sell Street, Lon­don WC1. A se­ries of per­for­mances of some of the most beloved sto­ries in the world, pre­sented in col­lab­o­ra­tion with renowned sto­ry­tellers, the Crick Crack Club. Tick­ets £8 (020–7323 8299; www. british­mu­seum.org) Lec­ture Septem­ber 26 ‘Mon­u­men­tal, Re­fined and Ur­bane: Vic­to­rian Ar­chi­tec­ture and Re­nais­sance Venice’, So­ci­ety of An­ti­quar­ies, Burling­ton House, Pic­cadilly, Lon­don W1. Part of the Venice in Peril Fund 2016 Au­tumn Se­ries, Frank Sal­mon dis­cusses Venice reimag­ined by Vic­to­rian ar­chi­tects, links the build­ings to their Vene­tian sources and fo­cuses on the re­jec­tion of John Ruskin’s wis­dom. Tick­ets £15 for mem­bers, £18 for non-mem­bers (www. veni­cein­peril.org; 020– 7736 6891) Dod­ding­ton Place, Church Lane, Dod­ding­ton, near Sit­ting­bourne, Kent

Septem­ber 25, 11am–5pm. £6, chil­dren £2, plants for sale, dogs wel­come, home­made teas Dod­ding­ton is a gar­den in which the frame­work dat­ing from the house and gar­den’s Vic­to­rian past has been brought to life with el­e­gant mod­ern de­signs and bril­liantly con­ceived plant­ing schemes. Clipped yew hedges and top­i­ary pro­vide shape and the great yew ‘cloud’ hedge is a spec­ta­cle not to be missed. The 10 acres en­com­pass a va­ri­ety of wood­land gar­den, a for­mal sunken gar­den, an Ed­war­dian rock­ery, a de­light­ful ‘Goth­ick’ folly and much more—with the el­e­vated po­si­tion open­ing up panoramic views. Con­clu­sive ev­i­dence that gar­dens aren’t only worth vis­it­ing in the sum­mer. For more de­tails, visit www.ngs.org.uk

Strik­ingly marked, the hairy, black-and-yel­low body of this rare scarab bee­tle al­lows it to mimic bum­ble­bees to de­ceive would-be preda­tors. Found mainly in up­land ar­eas of Wales and Scot­land, bee bee­tles—which love to feed on this­tles—lay their eggs in rot­ten birch stumps and can be seen un­til Septem­ber. Si­mon Lester

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