Exhibition Until June 17 ‘Beautiful Rooms & Blushing Brides’, Linley, Pimlico Road, London SW1. COUNTRY LIFE Frontispiece portraits (below) and interiors photography chronicling the evolution of English taste, celebrating the magazine’s 120th anniversary. Free entry (www.countrylife.co.uk) Fishing show May 6–7 Sportfish Reading Show, Theale, Berkshire. Annual celebration of game fishing with demonstrations, seminars, competitions and show deals on the latest kit. Free entry and parking, starts at 9am on Saturday and 10am on Sunday (0118–930 3860; www.sportfish.co.uk)
Food festival May 6–7 Althorp Food and Drink Festival (above right), Althorp estate, Northamptonshire. A celebration of local produce with talks, tastings, demonstrations and masterclasses plus bird displays and music. Adult entry from £6.50, children free, guided house tours available at extra cost (01604 770107; www. althorpfoodanddrinkfestival.com)
Gardens May 7 Bluebell walk, Weston Park, Weston-under-lizard, Shropshire. Three-and-a-half-mile walk of Temple Wood and its carpet of bluebells with head gardener Martin Gee, who will give insight into the creation of the woodland walks. 10.30am and 2pm, tickets from £3, dogs on leads welcome (www.weston-park.com; 01952 852100)
Spring festival Until May 21 Alde Valley Spring Festival, White House Farm, Great Glemham, Suffolk. This year’s event is a celebration of the English oak, woodland and local wildlife, with work by local artists. Explore a variety of local crafts, including ceramics, musical instruments, stained glass and leatherwork. Free entry and parking (www.aldevalleyspringfestival. co.uk; 01728 663531) Every year, the NGS welcomes a few outstanding new gardens and the Old Rectory, set in glorious Dorset countryside, is one of these. In recent times, four acres have been planned and planted to great effect, with input from Arne Maynard, who designed the topiary. There is limitless water in springs and streams, including a natural swimming pool.