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Wildlife Jan­uary 14–March 5 But­ter­flies in the Glasshouse, RHS Gar­den Wis­ley, Wok­ing, Sur­rey. Wan­der through ba­nana plants, float­ing wet­land plants, bromeli­ads and palm trees in the warmth of the great glasshouse as more than 6,000 free-fly­ing ex­otic but­ter­flies flut­ter by. More than 50 species will be in res­i­dence, in­clud­ing the blue mor­pho, gi­ant owl, king swal­low­tail and Malay lacewing. En­try free with gar­den ad­mis­sion, from £6.50 (0845 260 9000; www.rhs.org.uk)

Work­shop Jan­uary 28 Mar­malade Mak­ing, Schu­macher Col­lege, Dart­ing­ton, Devon. One-day work­shop on mak­ing the most of the Seville or­ange, aided by chefs. 10am–4pm, £50 in­clud­ing a sim­ple lunch and your own batch of homemade mar­malade to take away. Ad­vance book­ing only (01803 847070; www.dart­ing­ton.org)

Ex­hi­bi­tion Un­til March 11 ‘Robert Adam’s Lon­don’, Sir John Soane’s Mu­seum, Lin­coln’s Inn Fields, Lon­don WC2. A show­case of the ar­chi­tect’s ground­break­ing neo-clas­si­cal style and vi­sion for the city’s sky­line, rang­ing from the Ad­mi­ralty screen on White­hall and West­min­ster Abbey mon­u­ments to am­bi­tious projects that were never re­alised (020–7405 2107; www.soane.org)

Un­til March 12 ‘Vic­to­rian En­ter­tain­ments: There Will Be Fun’ (above), Bri­tish Li­brary, Eus­ton Road, Lon­don NW1. Orig­i­nal posters, mu­si­cal scores, record­ings of con­tem­po­rary mu­sic-hall per­form­ers, mem­o­ra­bilia from Pic­cadilly’s Egyp­tian Hall and mag­i­cal arte­facts from the Magic Cir­cle Mu­seum all come to­gether to il­lus­trate the pop­u­lar Vic­to­rian en­ter­tain­ments that shaped the the­atri­cal tra­di­tions of to­day (01937 546546; www.bl.uk) When a lid sticks Here is an easy way to un­screw a lid which re­fuses to come off: put a rub­ber band tightly round the lid and then un­screw. This gives a good grip and is al­ways suc­cess­ful. From ‘500 House­hold Hints by 500 Housewives’, pub­lished by in 1926. We can­not vouch for the ac­cu­racy

of any ad­vice given The­atre Un­til March 31 Back­stage tour of the Royal Opera House, Covent Gar­den, Lon­don WC2. Front-of­house and back­stage ac­cess to one of the world’s lead­ing theatres as it pre­pares for the evening per­for­mance. Dis­cover its colour­ful his­tory, re­de­vel­op­ment and cur­rent pro­duc­tions, with the chance to see the Royal Bal­let in class. 12.30pm–1.45pm, tick­ets from £9 (www.roh.org.uk; 020– 7304 4000)

Point-to-point Jan­uary 14 Bar­bury In­ter­na­tional Rac­ing Club at Bar­bury Race­course, Wilt­shire (first race at 11.30am); Jan­uary 15 Dun­ston Har­ri­ers at Amp­ton, Suf­folk (first race at 12pm) and York­shire Area Point-to-point Club at Sher­iff Hut­ton, North York­shire (first race at 12pm). For weather re­ports and form guide, tele­phone 09068 446061 (www.point­to­point.co.uk)

Book now Fe­bru­ary 18–19 Ban­gor Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, Pon­tio, Ban­gor, Gwynedd. With con­tem­po­rary-mu­sic per­for­mances and ed­u­ca­tional work­shops, the theme for this year’s fes­ti­val is ‘Ar­chi­tec­tures & Ur­ban Land­scapes’. Visit the web­site for full pro­gramme, prices and book­ing (www.ban­gor­mu­sicfes­ti­val.org.uk; 01248 382828)

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