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Ex­hi­bi­tion: “The Arts and Crafts House: Then and Now”,

Comp­ton Ver­ney, War­wick­shire CV35 9HZ. Traces the ori­gins, legacy and en­dur­ing ap­peal of the his­toric Arts and Crafts Move­ment and its fas­ci­na­tion with the cre­ation of the home. Through the work of John Ruskin and Wil­liam Mor­ris, the ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plores how sub­se­quent gen­er­a­tions of de­sign­ers cre­ated new ways of liv­ing and work­ing. To 13th Septem­ber. Tel: 01926 645500.


30 Crafty Beasts, Mary Ar­den’s Farm, Wilm­cote, War­wick­shire CV37 9UN. The child­hood home of Shake­speare’s mother is now a recre­ation of a Tu­dor farm. On these dates visi­tors have the op­por­tu­nity to see rare breeds, watch tra­di­tional craft demon­stra­tions and join in an­i­mal-themed ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing fer­ret roulette, fal­conry, and hobby horse mak­ing. To 31st. More in­for­ma­tion: www.shake­speare.org.uk

World War II: Sol­diers and Spies,

Aud­ley End House and Gar­dens, Off Lon­don Road, Saf­fron Walden, Es­sex CB11 4JF. Learn about the es­tate’s wartime history and ex­pe­ri­ence life in the 1940s with a wide va­ri­ety of at­trac­tions, in­clud­ing sol­diers’ school, an ex­plo­sive river as­sault, cook­ery demon­stra­tions, fash­ion dis­plays, mu­sic and dance. To 31st. Tel: 01799 522842.


3 Burgh­ley Horse Tri­als, Burgh­ley House, Stam­ford, Lin­colnshire PE9 3JY. World-fa­mous three day event in a glo­ri­ous park­land set­ting. Riders from all over the world com­pete in dres­sage, cross coun­try and showjump­ing. To 6th. Tel: 01933 304744.

4 Black­pool Il­lu­mi­na­tions Switch

on, The Prom­e­nade, Black­pool, Lan­cashire FY1 5BB. The start of weeks of “Ar­ti­fi­cial Sun­shine” as more than a mil­lion light­bulbs are turned on. An amaz­ing spec­ta­cle that has been de­light­ing visi­tors since it first be­gan in 1879, and which now stretches for 6 miles along the seafront. To 8th Novem­ber. Tel: 07898 157221.

5 Isle of Wight Cy­cling Fes­ti­val, var­i­ous venues, Isle of Wight. Op­por­tu­nity to get off the beaten track and en­joy some of the is­land’s beau­ti­ful, un­spoilt coun­try­side. Rides vary in dif­fi­culty rang­ing from pleas­ant me­an­ders through the vil­lages, to a 70-mile round trip of the is­land’s spec­tac­u­lar coast­line, to the daunt­ing Hills Killer. To 27th Septem­ber. Tel: 01983 821000.

10 Her­itage Open Days, var­i­ous venues. A num­ber of prop­er­ties open for free, of­fer­ing in­no­va­tive events and giv­ing ac­cess to some ar­eas not usu­ally open to the public. New high­lights for this year in­clude Wil­ton House, Sal­is­bury; Great War Huts, Bury St. Ed­munds, and the West­gate ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ex­ca­va­tions in Ox­ford. To 13th. Fur­ther de­tails: www.her­ita­geopen­days.org.uk

11 Jane Austen Fes­ti­val, var­i­ous venues, Bath, Som­er­set. Recitals, stage per­for­mances, cos­tumed dances and pro­ces­sions in the town where Jane Austen lived from 1801 to 1806. To 20th. Tel: 01225 463362.

In­ter­na­tional Agatha Christie

Fes­ti­val, var­i­ous venues, Torquay, Devon TQ2 5JG. A literary cel­e­bra­tion of the 125th an­niver­sary of the birth­day of the Queen of Crime. Tak­ing the theme “Life, Literature and Legacy” the fes­ti­val in­cludes book launches, talks, theatre, mu­sic, film and ex­hi­bi­tions. To 20th. Tel: 01803 211211.

12 Septem­ber Steam­ings, Bolton Steam Mu­seum, Morn­ing­ton Road, off Chor­ley Old Road, Bolton, Lan­cashire BL1 4EU. Vol­un­teers have res­cued and re­stored 30 old sta­tion­ary steam en­gines — some of the en­gines that once pow­ered the cot­ton and woollen mills of Lan­cashire and York­shire. Most will be run­ning in steam on these days only. To 13th. Tel: 01204 846490.

Hop Hood­en­ing, Can­ter­bury Cathe­dral, Kent CT1 2EH. Cel­e­bra­tion of the hop harvest with a ser­vice to bless the hops fol­lowed by dis­plays of mor­ris danc­ing in the cathe­dral precincts. Tel: 01227 762862.

26 Malvern Au­tumn Show, Three Coun­ties Show­ground, Malvern, Worces­ter­shire WR13 6NW. A cel­e­bra­tion of the coun­try­side, gar­den­ing, food and nos­tal­gia with dis­plays, talks, vintage ve­hi­cles, cook­ery demon­stra­tions, crafts and many more at­trac­tions. To 27th. Tel: 01684 584924.

30 Not­ting­ham Goose Fair, For­est Recre­ation Ground, Not­ting­ham NG7 6JP. More than 500 at­trac­tions from white-knuckle rides to the old favourites like carousels and Hook-a Duck. To 4th Oc­to­ber. Tel: 0844 775678.


2 Chel­tenham Literature Fes­ti­val, var­i­ous venues, Chel­tenham, Glouces­ter­shire. Literary le­gends, politi­cians, de­sign­ers, co­me­di­ans, cooks and stars of stage and screen ar­rive in Chel­tenham for this ex­cit­ing an­nual event. To 11th. Tel: 0844 880 8094.

7 Horse of the Year Show, NEC, Birm­ing­ham B40 1NT. Fa­mous eques­trian event fea­tur­ing world­class show­ing and showjump­ing events and an im­pres­sive line-up of en­ter­tain­ment. To 11th. Tel. 0844 581 8282.

Ex­hi­bi­tion: “Goya: The

Por­traits”, Na­tional Gallery, Trafal­gar Square, Lon­don WC2N 5DN. Land­mark ex­hi­bi­tion of more than 50 of Goya’s most out­stand­ing por­traits. Trac­ing his ca­reer from early begin­nings at the court of Charles III in Madrid to his fi­nal years in France, the ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plores his am­bi­tions and de­vel­op­ment as a pain­ter, as well as his in­no­va­tive and un­con­ven­tional ap­proach to por­trai­ture. To 10th Jan­uary 2016. Tel: 020 7747 2885.

10 Bat­tle of Hast­ings Re

en­act­ment, Bat­tle Abbey, High Street, Bat­tle, East Sus­sex TN33 0AD. A thrilling spec­ta­cle as more than 400 sol­diers recre­ate the bat­tle. With a liv­ing history en­camp­ment, demon­stra­tions, fal­conry and the op­por­tu­nity to be­come a me­dieval archer. To 11th. Tel: 01424 775705.

11 World Conker Cham­pi­onship, Shuck­burgh Arms, Main Street, Southwick, near Oun­dle, Northamp­ton­shire PE8 5BL. Char­ity event where mod­ern­day gla­di­a­tors com­pete for glory armed only with a nut and a piece of string! Starts 10.30am.

12 Onion Fayre, Newent, Glouces­ter­shire. An eye­wa­ter­ing event with onioneat­ing com­pe­ti­tions and onion ex­hi­bi­tions. A host of other at­trac­tions in­clude live mu­sic, crafts, street en­ter­tain­ments, fair­ground and plant stalls. Starts 10am.

24 Lin­colnshire Sausage Fes­ti­val, Castle Hill, Lin­coln LN1 3AA. The Lin­colnshire sausage has a proud her­itage and is made us­ing strictly de­fined in­gre­di­ents. En­joy cook­ery demon­stra­tions, food stalls, chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment, live mu­sic and of course plenty of sausages at this event. 10am–4pm. Tel: 01522 782040.


1 Lon­don to Brighton Vet­eran

Car Race, Hyde Park, Lon­don to Madeira Drive, Brighton. The world’s long­est run­ning mo­tor­ing event com­mem­o­rates the Eman­ci­pa­tion Run of 14th Novem­ber 1896 which cel­e­brated the pass­ing of an Act that raised the speed limit to 14mph and abol­ished the need for a man with a flag to walk in front of a ve­hi­cle. Now more than 500 cars, all built be­fore 1905, take part in this pop­u­lar event.

8 Re­mem­brance Day Ser­vice

and Pa­rade, The Ceno­taph, White­hall, Lon­don SW1A 2DY. The fo­cus of the na­tion’s com­mem­o­ra­tion of those who fought and died in war; the Royal Fam­ily lead the wreath lay­ing.

11 Ar­mistice Day

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