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Christ­mas fairs Oc­to­ber 31–Novem­ber 1 The War­wick­shire Hunt Win­ter Gift Fair (be­low), Sher­bourne Park, War­wick. Sup­port­ing the Chil­drenõs Air Am­bu­lance, with stalls of arts and crafts, jew­ellery and de­li­cious treats. Per­fect for pick­ing up some presents and get­ting in the Christ­mas spirit. Ad­mis­sion £5 (www.war­wick­shire­hunt. co.uk)

Novem­ber 1 The Beauchamp Bazaar, St Colum­baõs Church of Scot­land, Pont Street, Lon­don SW1. The Or­mis­ton Fam­i­lies fundrais­ing bazaar of­fers shop­pers the chance to browse a va­ri­ety of bou­tique stalls boast­ing fine home­ware, cloth­ing, food and wine. Tick­ets £20 (01473 705040; www.eventbrite.co.uk) Oc­to­ber 31–Novem­ber 6 Spirit of Christ­mas Fair, Olympia, Lon­don W14. With 750 independent bou­tiques un­der one roof, the UKÕS big­gest lux­ury Christ­mas mar­ket leaves no ex­cuse for last-minute present-buy­ing mis­sions (www.spir­itofchrist­mas fair.co.uk)

Lec­ture Novem­ber 2 ‘Close En­coun­ters’, The Royal Ge­o­graph­i­cal So­ci­ety, 1, Kens­ing­ton Gore, Lon­don SW7. In aid of Save the Rhino, Real Africa presents spe­cial guest ex­plorer Bene­dict Allen, who will be shar­ing some of his sur­vival sto­ries. Tick­ets from £15 (www. tick­et­source.co.uk/re­alafrica-trust)

Fish­ing-tackle fair Novem­ber 13 Na­tional Vin­tage Fish­ing Tackle Fair, The Kings­ley Sports Cen­tre, Woodrow, Worces­ter­shire. This pop­u­lar fair is back, with more than 35 stalls of vin­tage-tackle deal­ers and col­lec­tors, along with op­por­tu­ni­ties for reel re­pair and rod restora­tion (www. an­drew­so­far­ca­dia.com)

Book now Novem­ber 19–De­cem­ber 23 A Christ­mas Carol (above), Chap­ter­house Theatre Com­pany tour, var­i­ous venues. Charles Dick­en­sõs clas­sic Christ­mas story with an orig­i­nal mu­sic score, vis­it­ing sev­eral lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing the Bri­tish Mu­seum, Lon­don WC1 and Stir­ling Cas­tle, (www. chap­ter­house.org) Great Comp, Comp Lane, Platt, near Bor­ough Green, Kent TN15 8QS

Oc­to­ber 30, 11am–5pm. £8, chil­dren £3, light re­fresh­ments, plants for sale This is the last week­end of open­ings by the NGS and we close at Great Comp, where a gar­den with mid-20th-cen­tury style com­bines with an ad­ja­cent plant nurs­ery of­fer­ing the best array of salvias in the coun­try. The sweep­ing lines of paths and lawns em­brace a rich ta­pes­try of trees and shrubs, many of which will be in daz­zling au­tumn fo­liage, con­trast­ing with the shapes and shades of dif­fer­ent conifers. Will Dysonõs nurs­ery is sit­u­ated within the gar­den and you will be able to en­joy some daz­zling colours that will tempt you to buy. For more de­tails visit www.ngs.org.uk

Also known as the potato bee­tle for good rea­son, this dandy is eas­ily recog­nised by its bright yel­low-orange, 10-striped body. In­deed, the Col­orado bee­tle (which, as it name sug­gests, is be­lieved to hail from the USA), is one of the few no­ti­fi­able in­sects in the UK and, if the in­ter­lop­ers are spot­ted, they must be im­me­di­ately re­ported to De­fra, as both adult and lar­vae have such an ap­petite for the potato plant, they can de­stroy en­tire crops. Le­gend has it that the bee­tles were en­gaged in en­to­mo­log­i­cal war­fare by all sides dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, when they were used to at­tack enemy food sources. Si­mon Lester

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