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Ex­hi­bi­tion June 19–July 14 Elie Lam­bert solo show (right), Os­borne Stu­dio Gallery, Knights­bridge, Lon­don SW1. The eques­trian painter’s lat­est works de­pict­ing ‘colour­ful long-legged horses… ev­i­dently shod by Louboutin’ are be­ing shown to co­in­cide with Royal As­cot (020–7235 9667; www.osg.uk.com)

June 16–Oc­to­ber 27 ‘A Land­scape of Ob­jects’, Forde Abbey, Chard, Som­er­set. A sculp­ture trail high­light­ing the im­por­tance of wa­ter in the gar­dens will be ac­com­pa­nied by artist res­i­den­cies. Nor­mal ad­mis­sion ap­plies (01460 220231; www. forde­abbey.co.uk)

Fes­ti­val June 17–18 Dogfest, Ar­ley Hall, Cheshire. Canine ex­trav­a­ganza hosted by Noel Fitz­patrick, with The Great Dog Walk, Su­per­vet Live, have-a-go dog div­ing, groom­ing ses­sions and shop­ping. The show will also visit Kneb­worth House in Hert­ford­shire on June 24–25. Adult tick­ets from £15, camping also avail­able (0844 581 4917; http://dog-fest.co.uk)

Gar­dens June 17 Open Gar­den, Spils­bury Farm, Tis­bury, Wilt­shire. Dis­cover Ta­nia and Jamie Comp­ton’s six­acre, ro­man­tic and nat­u­ral­is­tic gar­den with its wind­ing groves and high grasses. Open­ing in aid of the Church of St James, An­sty. 3pm– 7pm, en­try £5 (01747 871119)

June 17 Asthall’s Grand Day Out, Burford, Ox­ford­shire. Visit Asthall Manor’s gar­dens at their sum­mer peak and en­joy a cock­tail while brows­ing the wares of top fash­ion de­sign­ers, who will be sell­ing at spe­cial prices, or set­tle down for some food and a pup­pet show. 10am–7pm, adult en­try £5 (www.on­form­sculp­ture.co.uk; 01993 824319)

Agri­cul­tural show June 22–25 Royal High­land Show, Royal High­land Cen­tre, Ed­in­burgh. See live­stock, heavy horses, pole climb­ing and the Scot­tish Ice Cream Cham­pi­onships at this show­case of ru­ral life. Gates open at 7.30am, adult tick­ets from £22 (0131–335 6200; www.roy­al­high­land­show.org)

His­tory tour June 20 ‘If th­ese walls could talk’, Ston Eas­ton Park, near Bath, Som­er­set. The ho­tel’s res­i­dent his­to­rian will be on hand as you ex­plore the li­brary, sa­loon and one of Eng­land’s ear­li­est sur­viv­ing print rooms, with their an­tique fur­ni­ture and fine art. 2pm, £27.50pp in­clud­ing af­ter­noon tea (01761 241631; www.stoneas­ton.co.uk)

Book now July 4 Mi­cro Herbs and Ed­i­ble Flow­ers course (right), Bel­mond Le Manoir aux Quat’saisons, Great Mil­ton, Ox­ford­shire. Learn to grow sea­sonal shoots, leaves and flow­ers and how to use them in your favourite dishes at The Ray­mond Blanc Gar­den­ing School. £110, in­clud­ing lunch, plus a prop­a­ga­tor and seeds to take home. 8.45am–12.45pm (www.bel­mond.com; 01844 278881)

Hon­ing­ton vil­lage gar­dens, near Ship­ston-on-stour, War­wick­shire. June 18, 2pm–5.30pm Com­bined ad­mis­sion (seven gar­dens) £7, chil­dren free As we head into sum­mer, some of the most en­joy­able NGS open days are of­fered by groups of gar­dens—this is a per­fect ex­am­ple. The 17th-cen­tury vil­lage of­fers a range of treats, from cot­tage gar­dens and a wealth of plant­ing de­tails to spa­cious acres around Carolean Hon­ing­ton Hall (not open).

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