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Gar­dens Fe­bru­ary 4–March 5 Or­chids Fes­ti­val (right), Royal Botanic Gar­dens Kew, Rich­mond, Sur­rey. This year’s fes­ti­val has an In­dian theme, with ele­phants and pea­cocks crafted from ex­otic fo­liage and trop­i­cal plants, Vanda or­chids sus­pended around a tra­di­tional In­dian mar­riage swing and a huge flo­ral pond. Adult tick­ets from £8 (020–8332 5655; www.kew.org)

Ex­hi­bi­tion Fe­bru­ary 5–25 ‘Wil­liam Gear RA (1915–1997)’, Fosse Gallery, Stow on the Wold, Glouces­ter­shire. A ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion com­pris­ing 50 prints and other works on pa­per by the Scot­tish painter, the ma­jor­ity of which have never been seen in pub­lic. All prints are lim­ited edi­tions, with prices start­ing at £500. Open Mon­day–satur­day, 10.30am–5pm (01451 831319; http://fos­segallery.com)

Wildlife Fe­bru­ary 1 Rap­tor Roost Watch, RSPB Arne Moors, Ware­ham, Dorset. Wit­ness the spec­ta­cle of marsh har­ri­ers com­ing in to roost af­ter a day’s hunt­ing in Poole Har­bour. The re­serve, which isn’t usu­ally open to the pub­lic, also hosts hen har­ri­ers, mer­lins and short-eared owls. 3.30pm– 5.30pm, from £15 (01929 553360; www.rspb.org.uk)

Lec­ture Jan­uary 31 ‘Face to face with Beethoven’, Cado­gan Hall, Sloane Ter­race, Lon­don SW1. Con­duc­tor and scholar Mark Austin and so­prano Mari Wynn Wil­liams ex­plore Wag­ner’s ob­ses­sion with Beethoven as part of the char­ity Opera Pre­lude’s spring sea­son. 10.30am–12.30pm, tick­ets £30 (www.op­er­apre­lude.com; 020– 7183 7323)

Fe­bru­ary 7 ‘Snow­drops, from Land­scape to the Cab­i­net of Cu­riosi­ties’, Ash­wood Nurs­eries, Kingswin­ford, West Mid­lands. Guest lec­turer Ed­die Roberts will de­light A test for milk Sus­pi­cion is some­times aroused as to the pure­ness of milk. It can be eas­ily proved by the fol­low­ing sim­ple method: Dip a clean nee­dle into the milk. If pure, the milk should ad­here; if di­luted, the nee­dle will come out quite clean. From ‘500 House­hold Hints by 500 Housewives’, pub­lished by in 1926. We can­not vouch for the ac­cu­racy of any ad­vice given at­tend­ing galan­thophiles with a su­perbly il­lus­trated talk on their shared ob­ses­sion, plus a guided tour of nurs­ery owner John Massey’s three-acre gar­den (weather per­mit­ting). Tour starts at 11.30am, fol­lowed by a 2.15pm lec­ture. Tick­ets £20, book­ing es­sen­tial (01384 401996; www.ash­wood­nurs­eries.com)

Point-to-point Jan­uary 29 Mid­lands Area Club at Thorpe Lodge, Not­ting­hamshire (first race at 11.30am); Tiver­ton at Chip­ley Park, Som­er­set (first race at 12pm); and Waveney Har­ri­ers at Higham, Suf­folk (first race at 12.30pm). For weather re­ports and form guide, tele­phone 09068 446061 (www.point­to­point.co.uk)

Book now Fe­bru­ary 10–12 The Fes­ti­val at Hamp­stead The­atre, Eton Av­enue, Lon­don NW3. Three days of drama and lit­er­a­ture, cov­er­ing poetry, chil­dren’s sto­ries, writ­ing work­shops and ad­vice on pro­duc­ing shows plus much more. Visit the web­site for full list­ings and to book (020–7722 9301; www.hamp­steadthe­atre.com)

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