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Ex­hi­bi­tion Un­til March 31 ‘The Lost Es­tate’, Yav­ing­ton Barn, Av­ing­ton, Hamp­shire. A mag­nif­i­cent col­lec­tion of un­seen an­tique fur­ni­ture, cu­ri­ous ob­jects and art­works cho­sen by Max Rol­litt, all of which will be for sale (01962 791124; www.maxrol­litt.com)

March 4–June 4 ‘Anne Purkiss: Sculp­tors’, York­shire Sculp­ture Park, West Bret­ton, West York­shire. This col­lec­tion of portraits by the Ger­man pho­tog­ra­pher shows artists at var­i­ous stages in their ca­reers, all of whom have ex­hib­ited at the park over the past 40 years (01924 832631; www.ysp.co.uk)

Lec­ture March 17 Caer­hays Bred Mag­no­lias, Caer­hays Cas­tle, Gor­ran, Corn­wall. Learn about the mag­no­lia hy­bridi­s­a­tion pro­gramme and its achieve­ments with owner Charles Wil­liams, then en­joy a ‘be­hind the bushes’ tour of the gar­dens, in­clud­ing the 10-acre mag­no­lia plant­ing at Ken­nel Close. 10am–1pm, tick­ets from £16, book­ing es­sen­tial (www.caer­hays.co.uk; 01872 501310)

An­tique fair March 3–5 Wil­ton House An­tiques Fair (top), Sal­is­bury, Wilt­shire. Some 45 spe­cial­ist deal­ers of­fer­ing fur­ni­ture, rugs, porce­lain, glass, sil­ver, jew­ellery, bronzes, oils, wa­ter­colours, prints and col­lecta­bles at the Pal­la­dian home of the Earl and Count­ess of Pem­broke. 10.30am–5pm, en­try £6 (01722 746728; www.wilton­house.co.uk)

Week­end away March 11–13 Spring Wine Week­end, Isle of Eriska Ho­tel, Spa and Is­land, Ar­gyll. A week­end on this 300-acre pri­vate is­land can only be im­proved by an eight-course tast­ing menu, from a Miche­lin-starred chef, paired with ex­quis­ite wines. £400pp, in­clud­ing two nights’ ac­com­mo­da­tion and use of the ho­tel’s spa and leisure fa­cil­i­ties (01631 720371; www.eriska-ho­tel.co.uk)

Plant fair March 5 Plant and Gar­den­ing Fair, Forde Abbey, Chard, Som­er­set. More than 30 stalls sell­ing plants and gar­den­ing sun­dries, plus RHS ad­vice and in­spi­ra­tion for spring gar­dens. 10am– 4pm, en­try £3, in­clud­ing gar­den ad­mis­sion (01460 220231; www.forde­abbey.co.uk)

Book now March 26 Mother’s Day Lunch, High­grove, Tet­bury, Glouces­ter­shire. You will be met at the Or­chard Restau­rant with a glass of Cham­pagne, be­fore en­joy­ing a three-course lunch ac­com­pa­nied by mu­sic from the res­i­dent pi­anist. £49.95pp (0333 222 4555; www.high­grove­g­ar­dens.com)

April 1–2 Ba­sic gun­dog train­ing course, Ty Gwyn Farm, Llan­drindod Wells, Rad­nor­shire. The course will teach re­triev­ers, spaniels, HPRS, point­ers and set­ters to be well-be­haved com­pan­ions, whether or not they are work­ing dogs. For an­i­mals aged six months to four years. £280, in­clud­ing overnight ac­com­mo­da­tion and meals (www.tyg­wyn­farm.co.uk; 01597 829298)

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