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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