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Christ­mas shop­ping Novem­ber 23–25 Bowood House Christ­mas Ex­trav­a­ganza, Calne, Wilt­shire. Where bet­ter to shop for gifts than at the home of the Mar­chioness of Lans­downe? As well as a va­ri­ety of stalls, en­joy fes­tive dec­o­ra­tions and The John Bent­ley School Choir. Stan­dard daily en­try from £6, preview tick­ets for Wed­nes­day £15 (01249 812102; www.bowood.org)

Novem­ber 25–27 Pre­sents Ga­lore, Row­ley Mile Race­course, New­mar­ket, Suf­folk. Thir­ti­eth-an­niver­sary gift fair in aid of Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port. Every­thing from art and books to jew­ellery and pet ac­ces­sories. Ad­mis­sion £5, free park­ing (http:// pre­sents­ga­lore.org) Ex­hi­bi­tion Un­til Novem­ber 29 ‘Still Life: Four Decades’ (above), Bo­hun Gallery, Hen­ley-on-thames, Ox­ford­shire. The works of Eric Rim­ming­ton, the painter said to have ‘rede­fined the art of stil­l­life’, from 1977 on­wards (01491 576228; www.bo­hun­gallery.co.uk)

Novem­ber 29–De­cem­ber 3 ‘Mostly Horses’, Gallery 8, Duke Street, Lon­don SW1. About 50 works by Susie Whit­combe in­clud­ing paint­ings, wa­ter­colours and bronzes of equines, dogs, chick­ens, pigs and even air­craft (www.susiewhit­combe.com)

Art fair Novem­ber 25–27 The Pavil­ions of Har­ro­gate An­tiques & Fine Art Fair, Great York­shire Show­ground, North York­shire. Spe­cial­ist deal­ers of­fer­ing a vast range of pe­riod pieces to suit every pocket. Ad­mis­sion £5 or free on­line (www.coop­erevents.com; 01278 784912)

Na­ture De­cem­ber 3 Pull a Pine for Christ­mas, RSPB Arne, Ware­ham, Dorset. Help to pre­serve the heath­lands by pulling up small pines and take home your own sus­tain­able Christ­mas tree. From £5 per car (01929 553360; www.rspb.org.uk)

Rac­ing Novem­ber 26 Hen­nessy Gold Cup Day (above), New­bury Race­course, Berk­shire. Top-class jump rac­ing, in­clud­ing the 60th run­ning of one of the big­gest tests of both

Book now De­cem­ber 5 Dress your home for Christ­mas, Long Barn, Al­res­ford, Hamp­shire. Make your own wreath, en­joy a two-course lunch, then learn to dress your ta­ble and fire­place to best ef­fect with an in­te­rior stylist. Tick­ets £95 (01962 738684; www.long­barn.co.uk) For tor­toise­shell and sil­ver hair­brushes 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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