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Ex­hi­bi­tion Novem­ber 13–18 ‘Stud­ies & Land­scapes’ (be­low), Gallery 8, St James’s, Lon­don SW1. More than 60 paint­ings by Charles Church, in­clud­ing a va­ri­ety of stud­ies plus Bri­tish and Ir­ish land­scapes and seascapes (020–7930 0375; www.8dukestreet.co.uk) Un­til De­cem­ber 2 ‘Sur­faces’, Light­house, Poole’s Cen­tre for the Arts, Dorset. Still-life land­scapes and more di­rect, ob­ser­va­tional work such as re­cent Purbeck-based im­ages by Richard Allen, win­ner of the Sky Arts Land­scape Artist of the Year 2016 (01202 280000; www.light­house­poole.co.uk)

Un­til De­cem­ber 8 ‘Wild Wood’, Gav­a­gan Art, Set­tle, North York­shire. Draw­ings, paint­ings and orig­i­nal prints all on the sub­ject of trees by con­tem­po­rary artists, in­clud­ing a se­lec­tion of works by Anna and Nor­man Adams. Also on dis­play will be earth­en­ware ceram­ics and sculp­tural Raku fired ves­sels (http://gav­a­ganart.com; 07799 797961)

Talk Novem­ber 19 ‘My Life as a TV News Correspondent’ by Kate Adie, Wool­hope Hall, Here­ford­shire. The jour­nal­ist and Ra­dio 4 pre­sen­ter will talk about mem­o­rable as­sign­ments over the years—dur­ing the Gulf Wars, in the Balkans, Kosovo, Libya and North­ern Ire­land—in aid of the Bri­tish Red Cross. From 12pm, tick­ets £45, in­cludes two-course lunch with wine (con­tact Sarah Roberts on 01981 240565; cider barn­sarah@hot­mail.co.uk)

Fes­ti­val Novem­ber 16–19 Lu­miere Durham (above), var­i­ous venues, Co Durham. This year’s 29 light in­stal­la­tions will in­clude an il­lu­mi­nated mo­bile over the River Wear, a field of twin­kling flow­ers in the cathe­dral clois­ters, birds in the Botanic Gar­den and a win­ter won­der­land in the mar­ket place. 4.30pm– 11pm (www.lu­miere-fes­ti­val.com)

Christ­mas ex­pe­ri­ence Novem­ber 11–Jan­uary 7, 2018 Oh Dick­ens! It’s Christ­mas, Chatsworth, Bakewell, Der­byshire. Meet Scrooge, Fa­gin and Miss Hav­isham at this fes­tive cel­e­bra­tion, with rooms through­out the house dressed to evoke Dick­en­sian Lon­don plus largescale il­lus­tra­tions, wall mu­rals and sound and light ef­fects bring­ing the au­thor’s works to life. In­cluded with Christ­mas tick­ets, adults from £19.90 (01246 565300; www.chatsworth.org)

Book now Novem­ber 15–Jan­uary 14, 2018 Skate at Som­er­set House (be­low left) with Fort­num & Ma­son, Strand, Lon­don WC2. Ice-skat­ing ses­sions in the neo-clas­si­cal court­yard be­neath a 40ft Christ­mas tree, with DJS, hot-choco­late foun­tains and shop­ping in the Fort­num’s Christ­mas Ar­cade. Tick­ets from £7.50 (020–7845 4600; www. som­er­set­house.org.uk)

Novem­ber 25–Jan­uary 13, 2018 The Se­cret Gar­den (be­low), The­atre by the Lake, Keswick, Cum­bria. This fam­ily-friendly adap­ta­tion of Frances Hodg­son Bur­nett’s clas­sic fea­tures ‘a de­light­ful score and a menagerie of pup­pets’. Tick­ets from £10 (01768 774411; www. the­atre­bythe­lake.com)

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