Un­miss­able events

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country Notebook -

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.

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