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Fes­ti­val Au­gust 4–6 Kew Sci­ence Fes­ti­val, Royal Botanic Gar­dens, Rich­mond, Sur­rey. Kew’s lead­ing sci­en­tists will help fam­i­lies to dis­cover mi­cro­scopic gar­dens and iden­tify ex­otic plant species as well as demon­strat­ing a hand­held DNA se­quencer. Tours of the Trop­i­cal Nurs­ery, Her­bar­ium and Fun­gar­ium will also be avail­able. En­try in­cluded with stan­dard gar­den ad­mis­sion (020– 8332 5655; www.kew.org)

Au­gust 6 Ham­ble­don Wine Fes­ti­val, Ham­ble­don Vine­yard, Hamp­shire. Take a tour, join a mas­ter­class or work­shop and en­joy wines from around the world at the vine­yard’s first fes­ti­val. 11am–4pm, tick­ets £10 (www.ham­ble­donvine­yard.co.uk; 023–9263 2358)

Walk­ing tour Au­gust 5 Dis­cover Cam­den Town, London NW1. Ex­plore Cam­den’s cul­ture, his­tory and ar­chi­tec­ture with au­thor Tom Bolton, ex­am­in­ing sig­nif­i­cant build­ings both sur­viv­ing and van­ished. 11am–1pm, tick­ets from £8 (020–7253 3500; www.savebri­tain­sher­itage.org)

Work­shop Au­gust 8 Gen­eral Flower Ar­rang­ing Work­shop, Ston Eas­ton Park, near Bath, Som­er­set. Learn the ba­sics of flower ar­rang­ing and how to make blooms last longer. Guests will en­joy a two-course lunch and leave with a flo­ral hand tie. From 10am, £60pp (01761 241631; www. stoneas­ton.co.uk)

Mu­sic Au­gust 6 Great Bri­tish Prom, Bowood House, Calne, Wilt­shire. A trib­ute to Bri­tish mu­sic from our four na­tions, with the Na­tional Sym­phony Orches­tra, Only Men Aloud, so­prano Philippa Healey and a tra­di­tional piped band, con­clud­ing with a spec­tac­u­lar fire­work dis­play. 5pm –10pm, adult tick­ets from £35 (01630 674342; www.bowood.org) Book now Au­gust 17 and 18 Sup­per Club, Creake Abbey, Fak­en­ham, Nor­folk. En­joy fresh, sea­sonal and lo­cally sourced food served up by guest chef Rob­bie Spencer Ash­worth. Tom Han­son-smith of the award­win­ning Jour­ney’s End vine­yard will be on hand with wine-pair­ing rec­om­men­da­tions. £42pp for three cour­ses, amuse-bouche and a com­pli­men­tary drink (01328 730399; www.creake­abbey.co.uk)

De­cem­ber 16–30 A Christ­mas Carol, Wind­sor Cas­tle, Berk­shire. New, im­mer­sive per­for­mance of the Dick­ens clas­sic in the State Apart­ments of the royal palace. Ad­mis­sion from 6pm, suit­able for chil­dren aged seven and over. Tick­ets from £25 (0303–123 7340; www. roy­al­col­lec­tion.org.uk/christ­mas carol)

Ex­hi­bi­tion Au­gust 3–Septem­ber 3 ‘Colour­ful Cre­ations’ (above), Corinium Mu­seum, Cirences­ter, Glouces­ter­shire. Cheer­ful paint­ings, gi­clée prints, home­ware and jew­ellery by Cotswolds artist Sian Sum­mer­hayes (01285 655611; http://corinium mu­seum.org)

Un­til Au­gust 19 ‘The Sport­ing Horse’, Roun­tree Tryon Gallery, Pet­worth, West Sus­sex. Ex­plo­ration of the re­la­tion­ship be­tween man and horse, fea­tur­ing artists from the 18th cen­tury to to­day, in­clud­ing James Seymour, John Woot­ton and Jeremy Houghton (01798 344207; www. roun­treetryon.com)

East Had­don Hall, Northamp­ton­shire NN6 8BU Au­gust 5–6, 11am–5pm. Com­bined ad­mis­sion with Had­don­stone Show Gar­den £5, chil­dren free This gar­den opened for the NGS in 1928, but went through de­cline be­fore be­ing re­stored by the present own­ers. The el­e­gant Ge­or­gian house (not open) is sur­rounded by eight acres of sweep­ing lawns and ma­ture trees with now lux­u­ri­ant bor­ders. East Had­don is notable for richly planted con­tain­ers, lead­ing nat­u­rally to the or­na­ments to be en­joyed in the neigh­bour­ing Had­don­stone Show Gar­den.

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