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Ex­hi­bi­tion Un­til Oc­to­ber 15 ‘Work­horse: The Cly­des­dales of Flan­ders Moss’, The Park Gallery, Cal­len­dar House, Falkirk. Pho­tog­ra­phy of the heavy horses on which this area de­pended from the mid 18th to the late 20th cen­tury by Michael Prince (www.falkirk­com­mu­ni­tytrust.org; 01324 506850)

Un­til Jan­uary 7, 2018 ‘Small Sto­ries: At Home in a Dolls’ House’ (above), We­ston Park Mu­seum, Sh­effield, South York­shire. The new ex­hi­bi­tion, on tour from the V&A Mu­seum of Child­hood, ex­plores the his­tory of the home with 12 doll’s houses made over 300 years, from coun­try man­sions to coun­cil es­tates (0114–278 2647; www.mu­se­ums-sh­effield.org.uk)

Fes­ti­val Au­gust 11–13 Chilli Fi­esta, West Dean Gar­dens, near Chich­ester, West Sus­sex. Fam­ily-friendly fes­ti­val with 140 mar­ket stalls, cook­ery demon­stra­tions, gar­den tours, live Latin mu­sic and chilli dishes. Adult tick­ets from £14.40 (01243 811301; www.west­dean.org.uk)

Au­gust 11–13 The Llangwm Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val, Cled­dau Es­tu­ary, Pem­brokeshire. Talks and work­shops with writ­ers in­clud­ing COUN­TRY LIFE con­trib­u­tor Harry Mount and nat­u­ral navigator Tris­tan Goo­ley, plus for­ag­ing, sto­ry­telling and en plein air paint­ing (07970 812050; www.llang­wm­l­it­fest.co.uk)

Au­gust 12–28 Ed­in­burgh In­ter­na­tional Book Fes­ti­val (be­low), Char­lotte Square Gar­dens. Some 1,000 writ­ers and thinkers from around the world will take part in de­bates, work­shops, read­ings and sign­ings for lit­er­ary fans. See web­site for pro­gramme and prices (0845 373 5888; www.ed­book­fest.co.uk)

Au­gust 12–13 Lyming­ton Seafood Fes­ti­val, Bath Road Park, Hamp­shire. A cel­e­bra­tion of lo­cal her­itage, pro­duce and links to the sea in the mar­ket town that once boasted Europe’s largest oys­ter fish­ery (www. lyming­ton­seafood­fes­ti­val.co.uk) Coun­try fair Au­gust 12–13 Lowther Show, Lowther Cas­tle, Pen­rith, Cum­bria. The line-up in­cludes car­riage-driv­ing tri­als, a food and beer fes­ti­val, a fish­ing is­land and a hound show. Adult tick­ets £18 on the gate (01889 563232; www.lowther­show.co.uk)

Book now Septem­ber 12 Grown Your Own Cut Flower Patch, Com­mon Farm Flow­ers, Charl­ton Mus­grove, Som­er­set. Take a tour of the eco-friendly flower patch, then learn how to lay out and make the most of your own, tak­ing home ‘a gar­den in a tray’. £135pp in­clud­ing lunch, seeds, com­post and pots (01963 32883; www.com­mon­farm­flow­ers.com)

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