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Shop­ping Novem­ber 17–19 Dun­combe Park Christ­mas Fair, Helm­s­ley, North York­shire. Car­toon­ist Oliver Pre­ston has de­signed a one-off Christ­mas card to be sold at the fair, which is in aid of the NSPCC. Tick­ets for Thurs­day’s pre­view evening must be booked in ad­vance. From £8 (www.nspc­c­dun­combe parkchrist­mas­fair.co.uk)

Novem­ber 18–20 Hester­combe Christ­mas Mar­ket, Taun­ton, Som­er­set. More than 60 stalls of fes­tive gifts, many of them hand­crafted, plus mince pies, hot choco­late and carol singers. En­try from £3 (www.hester­combe.com/christ­mas; 01823 413923)

Novem­ber 24 Vin­tage cus­tom­lamp sale (be­low), Corn­flake, 41, Wind­mill Street, London W1. Un­usual light­ing made from sal­vaged cu­riosi­ties by artist Tanya Tier. 4pm–8pm (www.tany­atier.com) Fes­ti­val Novem­ber 20 Clovelly Her­ring Fes­ti­val, Clovelly har­bour, near Bide­ford, Devon. A cel­e­bra­tion of ‘sil­ver dar­lings’ with cook­ery demon­stra­tions, beer tast­ings, food and craft stalls, live shanty singers, a photo ex­hi­bi­tion and her­ring art on dis­play (www.clovelly.co.uk; 01237 431781)

Art and de­sign Novem­ber 17–20 Wool­wich Con­tem­po­rary Print Fair, Royal Arse­nal River­side, Wool­wich, London SE18. The UK’S largest con­tem­po­rary print fair, with the work of more than 70 artists dis­played at a site where arms were man­u­fac­tured for Bri­tish troops dur­ing the First World War. Tick­ets from £5.90 (www.wool­wich print­fair.com)

Novem­ber 22–27 ‘The Many Com­plaints of Ele­phants’ (above), 8, Duke Street, St James’s, London SW1. Solo ex­hi­bi­tion of hu­mor­ous an­thro­po­mor­phic scenes, from foxes sport­ing tuxe­dos to mar­tini-drink­ing hares, by Cor­nish il­lus­tra­tor E. C. Woodard (www.8dukestreet.co.uk; 020–7930 0375)

Coun­try­side man­age­ment Novem­ber 22 GWCT fox snar­ing and corvid cage trap­ping, Elm­ley Na­tional Na­ture Re­serve, Kent. Con­tact Lynda Fer­gu­son on lfer­gu­son@ gwct.org.uk for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion (www.gwct.org.uk; 01425 651013)

Book now De­cem­ber 13–19 The London In­ter­na­tional Horse Show, Olympia, London W14. Top-class com­pe­ti­tion with fan­tas­tic fes­tive dis­plays and, of course, shop­ping. High­lights in­clude a re­tire­ment ceremony for Olympic dres­sage star Vale­gro, The Shet­land Pony Grand Na­tional and a jock­eys’ jump­ing class star­ring Frankie Det­tori and Vic­to­ria Pendle­ton. Tick­ets from £12 (www.olympia­horse­show.com; 0871 230 5580) From ‘500 House­hold Hints by 500 Housewives’, pub­lished by in 1926. We can­not vouch for the ac­cu­racy of any ad­vice given

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