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Ex­hi­bi­tion Un­til July 16 ‘Demons Land: a poem come true’, Stowe land­scape gar­den, Buck­ing­hamshire. Ed­mund Spenser’s 16th-cen­tury poem The Faerie Queene is brought to life in a mul­ti­me­dia ex­hi­bi­tion by the Na­tional Trust and Ox­ford Univer­sity. Stan­dard ad­mis­sion ap­plies (www.na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/stowe; 01280 817156)

Un­til Septem­ber 17 ‘Joseph Hooker: Putting plants in their place’, The Shirley Sher­wood Gallery of Botan­i­cal Art, Kew Gar­dens, Rich­mond, Sur­rey. This col­lec­tion of draw­ings, pho­to­graphs, arte­facts and jour­nals re­lat­ing to ‘the king of Kew’ and his trav­els will be shown along­side ‘Se­lected Bri­tish Artists’, con­sist­ing of 80 botan­i­cal paint­ings. En­try in­cluded with gar­den ad­mis­sion (020–8332 5655; www. kew.org)

Na­ture writ­ing June 3 Lit­fest Goes Wild, The White Horse Book­shop, Marl­bor­ough, Wilt­shire. A cel­e­bra­tion of Bri­tish Na­ture writ­ing, with talks from Rosy Hardy, Si­mon Cooper and COUN­TRY LIFE con­trib­u­tors John Lewis-stem­pel and Dame Fiona Reynolds. From 10am, tick­ets £10 per talk (01672 512071; www.marl­bor­ough­lit­fest.org)

Opera June 10 Scot­tish Opera: La bo­hème, Fes­ti­val Theatre, Ed­in­burgh. New pro­duc­tion of Puc­cini’s classic. 7.15pm, tick­ets from £19 (0131– 529 6000; www.edthe­atres.com)

Fes­ti­val June 4 Clovelly Sea­weed Fes­ti­val, Clovelly har­bour, Devon. Learn about the ben­e­fits of marine al­gae with talks, ac­tiv­i­ties and work­shops, en­joy a sea­weed foot spa, sam­ple dishes with its salty flavour and take home some of the arts and crafts for sale. 10am–5pm, adult ad­mis­sion £7.25 (01237 431781; www.clovelly.co.uk)

Fair June 3–4 Flo­ral Fringe Fair, Knepp Cas­tle es­tate, West Grin­stead, West Sus­sex. Plants, food, art, classic cars, mu­sic, danc­ing and pic­nics by the lake, all in the grounds of the Bur­rell fam­ily’s cas­tle. 10.30am–5pm, adult en­try £6.50, dogs on leads wel­come (07939 272443; www.flo­ral­fringe­fair.co.uk)

Horse tri­als June 8–11 Equi-trek Bramham In­ter­na­tional Horse Tri­als, Wetherby, West Yorkshire. Top-class eques­trian com­pe­ti­tion in the grounds of 17th­cen­tury Bramham Park. Tick­ets from £11 (01937 846005; www. bramham-horse.co.uk)

Book now June 7–24 Hamp­ton Court Palace Fes­ti­val, East Mole­sey, Sur­rey. The se­ries of con­certs, with artists in­clud­ing Bryan Ferry, Van Mor­ri­son, Michael Ball, Al­fie Boe and Jools Holland, will take place in a seated au­di­to­rium in one of the palace’s Tu­dor court­yards. Gates open at 5.30pm for pre-con­cert drinks and pic­nics (above)—visit the web­site for pro­gramme and prices (http://hamp­ton­court­palace­fes­ti­val.com; 020–8233 5400)

June 8–10 South of Eng­land Show, Ard­ingly, West Sus­sex. High­lights of the 50th-an­niver­sary show in­clude stunts from The Devil’s Horse­men, the Cav­al­cade of Hounds and a per­for­mance by the City of Coventry Corps of Drums. Tick­ets from £16.15 (www.seas.org.uk)

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