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Ex­hi­bi­tion Un­til July 1 ‘An Earthly Par­adise: Gar­dens in Art’ (right), Graves Gallery, Sh­effield, South York­shire. Stan­ley Spencer’s Zacharias and El­iz­a­beth will be on dis­play along­side works by Cézanne, Tis­sot and Dun­bar (www.mu­se­umssh­effield.org.uk; 0114–278 2600)

Walk­ing fes­ti­val April 1–7 Walk Scilly, Isles of Scilly. A pro­gramme of some 29 guided walks on the five in­hab­ited is­lands, plus three that are un­in­hab­ited. Ex­plore gar­dens, farms and beaches and get close to the ar­chi­pel­ago’s wildlife. See web­site for full pro­gramme and prices (www. visi­tisle­sof­s­cilly.com; 01720 424036)

Play April 4–6 Jane Eyre at Had­don Hall, Bakewell, Der­byshire. This new prom­e­nade play by Gil­lian Shimwell, com­mis­sioned by the Man­ners fam­ily, re-cre­ates sig­nif­i­cant scenes from the book. Tick­ets £30, per­for­mances at 2.30pm and 5pm (01629 812855; www. had­don­hall.co.uk)

Plant fair April 1 Plant Hun­ters’ Fair, Bat­tle­field 1403, Shrews­bury, Shrop­shire. At the Al­brighton es­tate’s farm shop and deli, you can browse the spe­cial­ist plant of­fer­ings, then walk the bound­ary of the 247-acre site of the Bat­tle of Shrews­bury. 9.30am– 4pm, free en­try (01939 210905; www.bat­tle­field1403.com)

Con­cert April 1 El­gar: The King­dom, Sal­is­bury Cathe­dral, Wilt­shire. Con­duc­tor David Halls leads Sal­is­bury Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety and Chelsea Opera Group Or­ches­tra in their per­for­mance of the 1906 or­a­to­rio. 7.30pm, tick­ets from £8 (www.sal­is­bury­play­house.com; 01722 320333)

Fair March 31–April 2 Ceramic Art Lon­don, Cen­tral Saint Martins, Gra­nary Square, Lon­don N1. Three-day show­case of pot­tery and ce­ram­ics from some 90 mak­ers. Prices range from £25 for a teacup to £8,000 for an orig­i­nal sculp­ture. Tick­ets from £10 (020–3137 0750; www.ce­rami­cart­lon­don.com)

Rac­ing April 2 Spring Fam­ily Race­day, As­cot Race­course, Berk­shire. Top­class rac­ing with fun fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing bas­ket mak­ing, pony rides and the run­ning of the Lamb Na­tional. Gates open 10.45am, tick­ets from £24, chil­dren un­der 18 go free (www.as­cot.co.uk; 0844 346 3000)

Book now May 6 In­tro­duc­tion to Plant and Gar­den Pho­tog­ra­phy, Cam­bridge Univer­sity Botanic Gar­den, Cam­bridgeshire. One-day course teach­ing how to take bet­ter land­scape, por­trait and de­tail pho­to­graphs. 10am–4pm, £70. Book­ing is essential (01223 331875; www.botanic. cam.ac.uk)

Lord­ing­ton House, near Chich­ester, West Sus­sex PO18 9DX April 21 and 22, 1.30pm–4.30pm. £4.50, chil­dren free These splen­did gar­dens are a rare treat at this time of year, with car­pets of daf­fodils and im­pres­sive yew hedges fram­ing mem­o­rable views to the South Downs. Walled gar­dens and out­stand­ing trees are just some ex­am­ples of the rich va­ri­ety you will dis­cover.

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