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Ex­hi­bi­tion June 9–28 Wil­liam Swann summer ex­hi­bi­tion (right), Gallery An Talla Dearg, Isle Orn­say, Isle of Skye. New work from the artist who paints en plein air in all weath­ers, cap­tur­ing the light and at­mos­phere of Skye’s Sleat penin­sula. 10am–6pm daily (www.wjswann-art.com; 01471 844403)

Un­til June 24 ‘Works of Art from the Col­lec­tion of Peter O’toole’, Katharine House Gallery, Marl­bor­ough, Wilt­shire. An ex­hi­bi­tion and sale fea­tur­ing paint­ings, sculp­ture and an­cient Ori­en­tal and pre­columbian arte­facts col­lected by the late ac­tor dur­ing over­seas film­ing. Mon­day to Satur­day, 10am–5.30pm (www.katharine­house­gallery.co.uk; 01672 514040)

Fes­ti­val June 11 Teddy Bear Fes­ti­val, Woburn Abbey, Bed­ford­shire. An ex­hi­bi­tion of the 100 most his­tor­i­cally im­por­tant teddy bears, in­clud­ing Al­fonzo (be­low), a red Steiff bear with Rus­sian royal prove­nance, plus val­u­a­tions with bear ex­pert Daniel Agnew and a ted­dy­bear’s pic­nic in the 28-acre gar­dens. 10am–4pm, tick­ets £12 in­clud­ing en­try to the gar­dens (01525 290333; www.woburn­abbey.co.uk)

Gar­dens June 11 It­ter­ing­ham Vil­lage Open Gar­dens, Nor­folk. Wan­der through delightful cottage gar­dens, en­joy lunch in the vil­lage hall and buy plants at He­len’s gar­den on Wolter­ton Road. Park­ing is avail­able at the vil­lage hall, where tick­ets are also be­ing sold (£5 per adult, with pro­ceeds go­ing to the com­mu­nity shop). 12.30pm–5pm (01263 587325; jen­nyit­ter­ing­ham@hot­mail.co.uk)

Fair June 11 Straw­berry Fair, Brog­dale Farm, Faver­sham, Kent. Cel­e­brate the first fruit of the sea­son at a coun­try fair with rare- and her­itage-straw­berry dis­plays, cream teas, mu­sic, a minia­ture rail­way, vin­tage trac­tors and archery plus the oblig­a­tory straw­ber­ries and cream. 10am– 4pm, tick­ets from £4 (01795 536250; www.brog­dalecol­lec­tions.org)

Cin­ema June 13 Michelan­gelo—love and Death, na­tion­wide. Ex­plo­ration of the tem­pes­tu­ous life of the sculp­tor, painter, ar­chi­tect and poet, vis­it­ing his house in Florence, the Medici Chapel and St Peter’s Basil­ica. Some of his great­est works will be shown, as well as the Roth­schild Bronzes. Visit the web­site to book (www.ex­hi­bi­tionon­screen.com) Book now June 30 Lunch tour of Par­son­age Farm, Al­bury, Hert­ford­shire. A guided tour of the Grade Ii-listed farm­house —with its ex­ten­sive me­dieval, Tu­dor, El­iz­a­bethan and Stu­art fur­ni­ture col­lec­tion, re-cre­ated me­dieval plea­sure and herb gar­dens and knot gar­den—will be fol­lowed by a talk on din­ing in the 16th and 17th cen­turies and a lunch of Tu­dor pot­tage, bread and cheese. 11am, £30pp (www.in­vi­ta­tion­toview.co.uk; 01284 827087)

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