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Game fair March 18–19 West of Eng­land Game Fair, Royal Bath & West Show­ground, Som­er­set. Shoot­ing, fish­ing, gun­dogs, wild­fowl­ing, fal­conry and fer­rets, plus archery, black­smithing, vin­tage trac­tors, coun­try food and cook­ery. Tick­ets from £5 on­line; from £7 on the gate (www. west­ofeng­landgame­fair.co.uk; 01392 421500)

Flower fes­ti­val March 18–19 Kem­p­ley Daffodil Week­end, Kem­p­ley Vil­lage Hall, Gloucestershire. Free guided walks, plant stalls, a raf­fle and re­fresh­ments will all be on of­fer as part of the Golden Tri­an­gle Daffodil Fes­ti­val. There will also be a scare­crow show at St Ed­ward’s Church and St Mary’s will be open for ac­cess to the an­cient fres­coes and wall paint­ings (www. daffs.org.uk)

Ex­hi­bi­tion Un­til March 25 ‘New Paint­ings’, Bo­hun Gallery, Hen­ley-on-thames, Ox­ford­shire. Oil paint­ings by Glaswe­gian artist James Mcdon­ald RSW, in­clud­ing still-lifes high­light­ing the beauty in the most mun­dane ob­jects (above) and poignant por­traits (www.bo­hun­gallery.co.uk; 01491 576228)

Un­til May 2 ‘Four Friends’, Boat House Gallery, Flat­ford, Suf­folk. Na­tional Trust-hosted ex­hi­bi­tion of the works of four pain­ters—zara Chan­cel­lor, Mathilde van der Does de Wille­bois, Char­lotte Ste­wart and Dina South­well—all in­spired by the lo­cal area (www.na­tion­al­trust.org.uk; 01206 297201)

Un­til April 21 ‘Ar­chi­tec­ture as Metaphor’, Grif­fin Gallery, Eve­sham Street, Lon­don W11. Work from more than 30 artists from the UK, Ger­many and Hol­land ex­plor­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween ar­chi­tec­ture, de­sign and fine art (http://griffin­gallery.co.uk; 020–8424 3203)

Plant fair March 19 Rare Plant Fair at the Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Som­er­set. Peren­ni­als, shrubs, trees, alpines, bulbs and ex­otic plants from ex­pert nurs­ery own­ers will be for sale in the his­toric, 14-acre gar­dens. Vis­i­tors can also ex­plore the well-pools, the pri­vate chapel and ru­ined great hall and meet the fa­mous mute swans that re­side by the moat. 10am–4pm, en­try £5 (www.rareplant­fair.co.uk; 0845 468 1368)

Book now April 29 An In­tro­duc­tion to Tra­di­tional Stone Carv­ing Tech­niques, Birt­ley es­tate, Guild­ford, Sur­rey. Ex­pert ad­vice and guid­ance from ex­pe­ri­enced carver Si­mon Kee­ley, from draw­ing de­signs through to cre­at­ing ma­que­ttes and, fi­nally, ap­proach­ing your stone block. 10am– 4pm, £85 plus £10 for stone (07939 337441; www.si­mon­kee­ley.co.uk)

March 31–April 2 All About Piano! In­sti­tut français du Roy­aume-uni, Queens­berry Place, Lon­don SW7. Fes­ti­val cel­e­brat­ing all forms of piano, with con­certs from young tal­ents and international stars (both classical and jazz), talks, mas­ter­classes, ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren and an art ex­hi­bi­tion. Visit the website for event de­tails and to book (020– 7871 3515; www. its all about piano. co.uk)

Wick­ets, Langley Up­per Green, Es­sex CB11 4RY March 19, 11am–4pm. £4.50, chil­dren free A charm­ing coun­try gar­den in the rolling north Es­sex coun­try­side, its peace­ful at­mos­phere is en­hanced by views out over the sur­round­ing fields—es­pe­cially through the sil­ver birches sur­round­ing a large pond. Spring plant­ing, an el­e­gant bridge over the wa­ter, res­i­dent chickens and de­li­cious re­fresh­ments are just some of the de­lights on of­fer.

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