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Art fair Oc­to­ber 6–9 Moniker Art Fair, Old Tru­man Brew­ery, 85, Brick Lane, Lon­don E1. Re­turn­ing to Shored­itch, it in­vites vis­i­tors to par­tic­i­pate in nu­mer­ous ex­hi­bi­tions and in­ter­ac­tive in­stal­la­tion ex­pe­ri­ences (www. moniker­art­fair.com)

Con­cert Oc­to­ber 14 Vi­valdi: The Four Sea­sons with David Le Page, Arm­scote Manor, War­wick­shire. En­joy the beau­ti­ful set­ting of Arm­scote Manor as the Or­ches­tra of the Swan (right) per­forms one of four exclusive con­certs. Tick­ets £40, in­cludes Pros­ecco and canapés (01789 267567; www.or­ches­tra oftheswan.org)

Food fair Oc­to­ber 14–16 The Cho­co­late Show (be­low), Olympia Lon­don, Kens­ing­ton, W14. Get stuck into the coun­try’s big­gest cho­co­late cel­e­bra­tion, with celebrity chef demon­stra­tions, work­shops, tast­ings, mas­ter­classes and plenty of treats to try (www.the­choco­lateshow. co.uk)

Oc­to­ber 15 Whit­stable Food Fes­ti­val, var­i­ous venues, Whit­stable, Kent. Some of the UK’S best­loved chefs gather for talks, book sign­ings, events and tast­ings (www. whitlit.co.uk)

Lit­er­ary fes­ti­val Oc­to­ber 21–23 North Corn­wall Book Fes­ti­val, St En­del­lion, Corn­wall. An ar­ray of talks and work­shops, with high­lights in­clud­ing Scot­land’s Poet Lau­re­ate Jackie Kay and Francesca Si­mon, cre­ator of the ‘Hor­rid Henry’ books (07787 944935; www.ncorn­book fest.org) Book now De­cem­ber 14–18 Na­tiv­ity at Win­ter­shall, Bramley, Sur­rey. A Christ­mas sta­ple for all the fam­ily, the Na­tiv­ity at Win­ter­shall takes place out­side the Barn Theatre com­plete with shep­herds, sheep and horses. Mary even ar­rives on a don­key (01793 418299; www.win­ter­shall-es­tate. com) The Place for Plants, East Bergholt, Suf­folk CO7 6UP

Oc­to­ber 9, 1pm–5pm. £6, chil­dren free, home­made teas, plants for sale East Bergholt is fa­mous as the birth­place of John Con­sta­ble, but, thanks to gen­er­a­tions of the Eley fam­ily at East Bergholt Place, for a cen­tury or so, it has also been a draw for plant lovers. At this time of year, the 20-acre gar­den is full of early-au­tumn colour with the Na­tional Col­lec­tion of de­cid­u­ous euony­mus and the lay­ers of plants, from ma­jes­tic trees to small, choice shrubs, re­flect the cre­ations of a cen­tury ago and today. This is the ideal time to be plant­ing and next door to the gar­den is Ru­pert Eley’s renowned nurs­ery, where you’ll be spoilt for choice with a won­der­ful ar­ray of plants to take home. Visit www.ngs.org.uk

Not strictly an in­sect, the hum­ble wood­louse is a crus­tacean and a close rel­a­tive of crabs and lob­sters, which re­moved it­self from the sea mil­lions of years ago. There are more than 45 dif­fer­ent types of wood­louse in the UK and it's known by many lo­cal names, from gramer­sow to wood pig. Var­i­ous shades of grey, all types possess an ar­madillo-like ar­tic­u­lated body and some can roll up in a ball when threat­ened. Noc­tur­nal, it hides in damp ar­eas dur­ing the day in a bid to avoid dry­ing out and thrives on veg­etable mat­ter. Si­mon Lester

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