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Theatre De­cem­ber 10 and 11 The Hound of the Baskervilles, Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-sea, Nor­folk. Sir Arthur Co­nan Doyle’s haunt­ing Sher­lock Holmes mys­tery per­formed by the Rain or Shine Theatre Com­pany. 6.30pm–8.30pm, chil­dren £10, adults £16. Not suit­able for chil­dren un­der the age of 12 (www.holkham.co.uk; 01328 713111)

De­cem­ber 15 No Man’s Land, NT Live, na­tion­wide. Harold Pin­ter’s comic clas­sic, star­ring Sir Ian Mckellen and Sir Pa­trick Ste­wart, will be broad­cast live to cin­e­mas around the coun­try from Wyn­d­ham’s Theatre in Lon­don. Visit the web­site for venues and to book tick­ets (http://ntlive.na­tional theatre.org.uk)

Work­shop De­cem­ber 10 Fes­tive Cock­tail Mas­ter­class, Cor­ri­gan’s May­fair, Up­per Grosvenor Street, Lon­don W1. Learn the tricks of the trade, the his­tory of clas­sic spir­its, the best flavour com­bi­na­tions and how to match cock­tails to food—ev­ery­thing you need to im­press your guests this Christ­mas. 3pm–5pm, £55pp in­clud­ing cock­tails and canapés (020–7499 9943; www.cor­ri­g­ans­may­fair.co.uk)

De­cem­ber 12 and 13 Fes­tive Flo­ral Work­shop, Ston Eas­ton Park, near Bath, Som­er­set. En­joy a demon­stra­tion and work­shop with the ex­pert in-house florists and leave with an ar­range­ment fit for the grand­est of coun­try houses. £59.50pp in­clud­ing a two-course lunch with wine and re­fresh­ments. Overnight stays also avail­able from £125 per room (www.stoneas­ton.co.uk; 01761 241631)

Shop­ping De­cem­ber 8 Far­lows Christ­mas Open Day, Pall Mall, Lon­don SW1. Get ex­pert ad­vice on fly-cast­ing gifts and shoot­ing days, then sam­ple English gin while your gifts are wrapped (020–7484 1000; www.far­lows.co.uk)

De­cem­ber 10–11 Brighton Artists Open Houses, West Sus­sex. Take a break from the high street and do your Christ­mas shop­ping—from ce­ram­ics, jew­ellery and prints to wreaths, tree dec­o­ra­tions and foodie gifts— in the warmth of lo­cal artists’ homes and stu­dios. In­cludes 56 venues, rang­ing from Brighton and Hove up to Ditch­ling, fea­tur­ing the works of 450 artists. Check on­line for lo­ca­tions and open­ing times (http://aoh.org.uk)

Ex­hi­bi­tion Un­til De­cem­ber 24, ‘Dede Gold’, Slad­more Con­tem­po­rary, Bru­ton Place, Lon­don W1. The Cotswold­based Ir­ish artist’s charm­ing col­lec­tion of ca­nine por­traits (above) (www.slad­more­con­tem­po­rary.com; 020–7499 0365)

Auction De­cem­ber 8 Auction of Fine Mod­ern & An­tique Guns, Holt’s Auc­tion­eers, Princess Louise House, Ham­mer­smith Road, Lon­don W6. More than 900 lots in­clud­ing shot­guns, ri­fles, edged weapons and as­so­ci­ated sport­ing ephemera will be avail­able at Holt’s last quar­terly main sale of the year (01485 542822; www.holt­sauc­tion­eers.com) Onion wa­ter for clean­ing white paint 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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