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Ex­hi­bi­tion Un­til April 29 The So­ci­ety of Wood En­gravers 79th An­nual Ex­hi­bi­tion (right), Ke­vis House Gallery, Pet­worth, West Sus­sex. The tour­ing and sell­ing ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures more than 100 care­fully cu­rated works from mem­bers and in­vited artists (01798 215007; www.ke­vishouse.com)

Un­til May 19 ‘Pot­ted’, RHS Lind­ley Li­brary, Vin­cent Square, Lon­don SW1. A col­lec­tion of ce­ramic pots made by stu­dents of Cen­tral Saint Martins in cel­e­bra­tion of the hum­ble house­plant. Mon­day–fri­day, 10am–5pm, ad­mis­sion free (020–7821 3050; www.rhs.org.uk)

Sale April 8 The Chid­ding­fold Quintessen­tially English Spring Sale, Chid­ding­fold Vil­lage Hall, Sur­rey. Thirty stalls of­fer­ing vin­tage and ar­ti­san prod­ucts for sale. 10.30am–3.30pm, en­try £1 (07414 686497)

Fes­ti­val April 13–May 27 Na­tional Nightin­gale Fes­ti­val, var­i­ous venues in Glouces­ter­shire, East and West Sus­sex, Kent, Essex, Suf­folk and Cam­bridgeshire. Hear the rare and trea­sured nightin­gale song at a se­ries of events, in­clud­ing guided walks, night sa­faris and folk-mu­sic evenings. Visit the web­site for more in­for­ma­tion and to book (www. rspb.org.uk)

Gar­dens April 8 Hole Park Blue­bells, Rol­ven­den, Kent. Ex­plore the for­mal gar­dens, wild­flower mead­ows, Gar­lic Val­ley and, of course, Blue­bell Wood. The gar­dens will now open ev­ery Satur­day un­til June 10—check the blue­bell barom­e­ter on the web­site to time your visit per­fectly. 11am–6pm, adult ad­mis­sion £7, chil­dren £1 (01580 241344; www.holepark.com)

Auc­tion April 6 The Ori­en­tal Sale, Ch­effins, Cam­bridge. A range of Chi­nese and Ja­panese ce­ram­ics (left) and works of art will go un­der the ham­mer. High­lights in­clude two early-20th-cen­tury wood-and-ivory carv­ings of lob­ster catch­ers. 10am (01223 213343; www.ch­effins.co.uk) Book now April 23–24 Pic­ture Your Gar­den, Barns­ley House, Cirencester, Glouces­ter­shire. Im­prove your gar­den and Na­ture pho­tog­ra­phy skills with COUN­TRY LIFE con­trib­u­tor An­drea Jones in Rosemary Verey’s fa­mous gar­dens. Course £75, overnight ac­com­mo­da­tion avail­able from £350. 3pm (www.barns­ley­house.com; 01285 740000) April 26–May 1 Chel­tenham Jazz Fes­ti­val, var­i­ous venues, Glouces­ter­shire. This cel­e­bra­tion of the genre marks 100 years since the first jazz record, with per­for­mances from Laura Mvula, Will Young, Gre­gory Porter and The Robert Cray Band. Visit the web­site for full sched­ule, pric­ing and to book tick­ets (01242 850270; www.chel­tenham­fes­ti­vals. com)

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