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Arts fes­ti­val Oc­to­ber 12–16 Sher­borne Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val, Sher­borne, Dorset. A lit­er­ary highlight of the year, fea­tur­ing talks from Mavis Cheek, Fer­di­nand Mount, Artemis Cooper and Terry Waite (www.sher bor­nelit­er­aryso­ci­ety.com)

Oc­to­ber 13–16 The Isle of Wight Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val, North­wood House, Cowes, Isle of Wight. High­lights will in­clude COUN­TRY LIFE’S theatre critic Michael Billing­ton, lit­er­ary agent Caro­line Shel­don, nov­el­ist D.J. Tay­lor and fungi ex­pert John Wright http://isle­ofwightlit­er­ary fes­ti­val.com)

Oc­to­ber 19–23 Blooms­bury Fes­ti­val, var­i­ous venues, Lon­don WC1. This year’s theme is ‘lan­guage’ and the fes­ti­val in­cludes break­fast talks, clas­si­cal con­certs, dance and sound and visual-art in­stal­la­tions (www.blooms­buryfes­ti­val. org.uk)

Charity race­day Oc­to­ber 23 Com­bat Stress Fam­i­lies and Armed Forces Race­day, Wincanton Race­course, Som­er­set. Guests are en­cour­aged to come dressed as their favourite su­per­hero or princess and en­joy a day’s rac­ing in sup­port of Com­bat Stress. Ad­mis­sion from £16 (01936 435840; http://wincanton.the jock­ey­club.co.uk

Art fair Oc­to­ber 22–30 PURE Au­tumn Art Fair, The Pow­der Mills Ho­tel, Bat­tle, East Sus­sex. Show­cas­ing both up­com­ing and es­tab­lished tal­ent, fea­tur­ing the work of 60 artists work­ing across all fine art, in­clud­ing paint­ing, draw­ing, print­mak­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy, sculp­ture, ce­ram­ics and glass (www.purearts­group. co.uk)

Lit­er­ary per­for­mance Oc­to­ber 27 War Horse: The Story in Con­cert (above), Royal Al­bert Hall, South Kens­ing­ton, Lon­don SW7. Michael Mor­purgo reads his pop­u­lar novel ac­com­pa­nied by the Royal Phil­har­monic Con­cert Or­ches­tra (020–7589 8212; www.roy­alal­bert hall.com)

Lec­ture Oc­to­ber 17 ‘Shake­speare Goes To Venice’ (left), So­ci­ety of An­ti­quar­ies, Burling­ton House, Pic­cadilly, Lon­don W1. Venice in Peril’s Caer Beris Manor Ho­tel, Builth Wells, Powys LD2 3NP

Oc­to­ber 16, 11am–4pm. £4, chil­dren free, plants for sale, dogs wel­come, home­made teas This week­end, you can com­bine stay­ing in coun­try-house com­fort at Caer Beris, set in won­der­ful mid-wales coun­try­side, with en­joy­ing its gar­den open day in aid of the NGS. Paths lead through the 27 acres that are bounded on one side by the River Ir­fon and, through­out, you will dis­cover rare trea­sures planted in the early 20th cen­tury by the Vivien fam­ily, who were plant hunters. Caer Beris has a distin­guished NGS pedi­gree, be­ing one of the elite group of gar­dens that opened in the schemes first year, 1927, and is still open today. Visit www.ngs.org.uk

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