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Un­til De­cem­ber 1 ‘The Taplins 2017’ (right), Mes­sum’s, Cork Street, London W1. The sec­ond in a se­ries of the fam­ily’s ex­hi­bi­tions will show­case Guy Taplin’s drift­wood bird sculp­ture, Robina Jack’s charm­ing ce­ram­ics and their daugh­ter Nancy’s dis­tinc­tive paint­ings us­ing old ledgers and ac­count books (http:// mes­sums.com; 020–7437 5545)

Novem­ber 17–Jan­uary 18, 2018 New works by Emily Young, Bow­man Sculp­ture, Duke Street, London SW1. A new se­ries of stone heads, discs and tor­sos and rarely seen bronze works by one of Bri­tain’s great­est con­tem­po­rary stone sculp­tors (020–7930 0277; www.bow­man­sculp­ture.com)

Christ­mas event Novem­ber 18–De­cem­ber 24 La­p­lan­duk, Whit­moor For­est, As­cot, Berk­shire. Four-hour im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing which fam­i­lies can visit the toy fac­tory, write let­ters at the post of­fice and ice skate as well as meet­ing elves, huskies, reindeer and, of course, Fa­ther Christ­mas. In­vi­ta­tions from £65pp (www.la­p­lan­duk.co.uk)

Gar­dens Novem­ber 17–Jan­uary 6, 2018 See how our gar­den glows, RHS Gar­den Rose­moor, Great Tor­ring­ton, Devon. The il­lu­mi­nated gar­den trail is back for a sec­ond year and is some five times longer, tak­ing in the For­mal Gar­dens, the Stream Field, the Long Bor­ders, the Hot Gar­den and the Win­ter Gar­den, too. Hot drinks and snacks will be avail­able. Nor­mal gar­den ad­mis­sion ap­plies, with a dis­count af­ter 3pm (01805 626810; www.rhs.org.uk)

Opera Novem­ber 23 Opera Pre­lude: Love and War, Holy Trin­ity Church, Sloane Street, London SW1. Arias from the Baroque to the early Ro­man­tic pe­riod, with se­duc­tive and heart­break­ing works by Mon­teverdi, Pur­cell, Rameau, Han­del, Mozart, Donizetti, Bellini and Rossini. 7pm– 9pm, tick­ets £30 (020–7183 7323; www.op­er­apre­lude.com)

Fair Novem­ber 19 London In­ter­na­tional An­tique Doll, Teddy Bear and Toy Fair (be­low), Kens­ing­ton Town Hall, London W8. Back for its sec­ond year, the fair will host deal­ers show­cas­ing an­tique and vin­tage dolls, doll’s houses, toys, trains and teddy bears, plus ex­pert sem­i­nars. 10am–4pm, tick­ets from £5 (07875 874854; www.200year­sofchild­hood.com)

Book now Novem­ber 22–De­cem­ber 17 Christ­mas shop­ping at High­grove, Tet­bury, Glouces­ter­shire. Skip the hus­tle and bus­tle and shop for pre­sents with a glass of Cham­pagne in hand. Ticket op­tions in­clude morn­ing shop­ping (£5.95), af­ter­noon shop­ping, which in­cludes a cream tea (£7.95), or the lunch pack­age with a two-course meal (£29.95) (0333 222 4555; www.high­grove­g­ar­dens.com)

Novem­ber 30 Kids for Kids Can­dlelit Christ­mas Con­cert, St Peter’s, Eaton Square, London SW1. Pa­tron Julie Etch­ing­ham will host the char­ity con­cert, with celebrity read­ers in­clud­ing Joanna Lum­ley, Lord Cope, Ti­mothy West and Miriam Mar­golyes, plus Christ­mas car­ols with Thames Fan­fare Brass and the choirs of Queen’s Gate School. From 7pm, min­i­mum do­na­tions for chil­dren £15 and adults £30 (07957 206440; www. kids­forkids.org.uk)

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