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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.

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