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Rac­ing De­cem­ber 3 Bet­fair Tin­gle Creek Chase Day, Sandown Park, Esher, Sur­rey. Grade-1 rac­ing plus fes­tive fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment in­clud­ing horse-drawn car­riage rides, a pan­tomime and carol singing. Tick­ets from £25 (01372 477747; http://sandown.the­jock­ey­club.co.uk)

Shop­ping De­cem­ber 6 Pop-up shop at AVW An­tiques, Lil­lie Road, Lon­don SW6. An evening of English an­tiques and taxi­dermy com­bined with lux­ury ei­der­downs and cush­ions from Count­ing Lambs and Stella Cush­ions. 6pm–9pm (020–7386 1888; www.avwan­tiques.co.uk)

Un­til De­cem­ber 18 St Al­bans Christmas Mar­ket, Hert­ford­shire. Euro­pean-style mar­ket with some 60 stalls lo­cated in and around the beau­ti­ful, walled Vin­try Gar­den. On De­cem­ber 17, there will be car­ols ev­ery hour, on the hour, from 11am to 4pm, in the cathe­dral (www.en­joy stal­bans.com)

Magic De­cem­ber 9 and 10 A Christmas Magic Show!, The Bri­tish Li­brary, Eus­ton Road, Lon­don NW1. Tricks and il­lu­sions per­fected by the Vic­to­ri­ans and still just as awe-in­spir­ing to­day, plus a spot of ven­tril­o­quism. Var­i­ous times, tick­ets from £5 (www.bl.uk/events; 01937 546546) Art Un­til De­cem­ber 4, ‘The Horse in Art’, Na­tional Her­itage Cen­tre for Horserac­ing & Sport­ing Art, New­mar­ket, Suf­folk. The So­ci­ety of Eques­trian Artists’ an­nual open ex­hi­bi­tion, in­clud­ing paint­ings, draw­ings, sculp­tures and orig­i­nal prints, finds a new home this year at the for­mer Na­tional Horserac­ing Mu­seum. Free en­try (www.eques­tri­a­nartists.co.uk; 0300 0110 185)

Un­til De­cem­ber 11 Royal In­sti­tute of Oil Pain­ters An­nual Ex­hi­bi­tion, Mall Gal­leries, Lon­don SW1. Works by ex­cit­ing young artists such as Daisy Sims Hilditch (right) are shown along­side much-ad­mired and es­tab­lished mem­bers. All works will be for sale. Ad­mis­sion £3 (020–7930 6844; www.mall­gal­leries.org.uk)

Mu­sic De­cem­ber 1 Kids for Kids Candlelit Christmas Con­cert, St Peter’s Church, Ea­ton Square, Lon­don SW1. The Thames Fan­fare Brass and the choirs of Queen’s Gate School per­form in aid of chil­dren in Dar­fur. Hosted by news pre­sen­ter Julie Etch­ing­ham and fea­tur­ing pa­tron Joanna Lum­ley. Con­cert at 7pm, fol­lowed by mulled wine and mince pies. Do­na­tions from £15.50 (www.kids­forkids. org.uk/events)

Book now De­cem­ber 12 Christmas wreath­mak­ing evening with The Queen’s florist aboard HMY Bri­tan­nia, Leith, Ed­in­burgh. En­joy a red-car­pet wel­come fol­lowed by a 1½ hour work­shop with Royal War­rant holder Judy Reid—florist to Holy­rood House and Bal­moral— plus a ‘be­hind-the-ropes’ tour and re­fresh­ments. 6pm–9pm, £65pp (www.roy­aly­achtbri­tan­nia.co.uk; 0131–555 5566) To cleanse a foul grat­ing From ‘500 House­hold Hints by 500 Housewives’, pub­lished by in 1926. We can­not vouch for the ac­cu­racy

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