Exhibition Until September 28 Romanian decorated eggs at Bruton Museum, Somerset. Sixty-two traditionally painted, waxed and dyed eggs (below), illustrating the European practice, are on short-term loan from London’s Horniman Museum (01749 812294; www.brutontown.com)
Until November 5 ‘Slate or state’, Penrhyn Castle, Gywnedd. A 15ft inflated sculpture of Bethesda Quarry forms the centrepiece of this historical exhibition focusing on the Great Strike of Penrhyn (01248 353084; www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ penrhyn-castle)
Festival July 27–30 Port Eliot Festival (above right), St Germans, Cornwall. This year’s collection of artists, writers, musicians, comedians and thinkers will include author Louis de Bernières and COUNTRY LIFE contributor Tom Parker Bowles, plus Plasticine modelling with Jim Parkyn of Aardman Animations and a new dedicated poetry stage. Adult tickets from £60 (www.porteliotfestival.com)
Gardens July 26, August 30 and September 27 Combermere Abbey Garden Open Afternoon, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Explore the restored five-acre Victorian walled gardens, glasshouse, fruit-tree maze, pleasure garden and garden wood. 1pm–5pm, adult entry £5, Abbey tours also available. Proceeds go to Cancer Research UK (01948 662880; www.combermereabbey.co.uk)
Fair July 29–30 Pick Your Own Lavender Harvest Fair, Carshalton Lavender, Stanley Road Allotments, Greater London. Harvest your own lavender from a three-acre field in the company of bees and butterflies. There will also be food available, as well as lavender products for sale and family activities, including face painting. 10am–4pm, free entry (www.carshalton lavender.org)
Opera August 4–20 The 24th International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, Royal Hall and Savoy Theatre, Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Includes new productions of HMS Pinafore, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance and Princess Ida, plus various Fringe events. Visit website for full programme and prices (01422 323252; www. gsfestivals.org)
Book now August 22–September 9 Richard III, Temple Church, London EC4. Fifteen performances by awardwinning theatre company Antic Disposition in the church of the Knights Templar. 7.30pm start, adult tickets from £30 (020–8673 6934; www.richardiii.co.uk)
August 27 70th Anniversary Celebration Concert, Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh. This special concert with British conductor Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra brings together live music, archive film and interviews as the Edinburgh International Festival draws to a close. 8pm–9.40pm, adult tickets from £13 (0131–473 2000; www.eif.co.uk) Roseland House, Chacewater, Cornwall TR4 8QB. July 29–30, 1pm–5pm. Admission £4, children free There is no better place to be in summer than Cornwall, a county of sunny, undulating landscapes and sheltered seaside villages. This garden takes advantage of its enviable setting, presenting a mouth-watering array of rambling roses and the gorgeous small-flowered Clematis viticella—of which it holds the Plant Heritage National Collection—displayed in a special tunnel.