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Camel­lia Show, Chiswick House, Lon­don W4 2RP. The fab­u­lous camel­lias housed in the beau­ti­fully re­stored 19th-cen­tury glasshouse in­clude rare and his­tor­i­cally im­por­tant ex­am­ples in­clud­ing Mid­dlemist’s red — one of only two known to ex­ist in the world. To 2nd April. Tel: 020 8995 0508; .

Words by the Wa­ter, The­atre by the Lake, Keswick, Cum­ber­land CA12 5DJ. Fes­ti­val of words and ideas with lec­tures, dis­cus­sions, book launches, work­shops and ex­hi­bi­tions tak­ing place in a beau­ti­ful set­ting right on the edge of Der­went­wa­ter (pic­tured). High-pro­file names who will be there in­clude Melvyn Bragg, John Simp­son, Chris Tar­rant, Prue Leith, Har­riet Har­man, Peter Snow, Alan John­son and Vince Ca­ble. To 12th. Tel: 017687 74411.


Lon­don Drinker Beer and Cider Fes­ti­val, Cam­den Cen­tre, Bid­bor­ough Street, Lon­don WC1H 9AU. With a ded­i­cated area for 150 Lon­don craft beers, and a wide range of im­ported beers, ciders and per­ries this is an un­der­stand­ably pop­u­lar event! To 10th. Tel: 020 8452 6965.


Crufts Dog Show, Na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre, Birm­ing­ham B40 1NT. World-fa­mous event where thou­sands of dogs com­pete for the cov­eted ti­tle of Crufts Best in Show. At­trac­tions in­clude fan­tas­tic dis­plays, a Dis­cover Dogs sec­tion where you can meet more than 200 dif­fer­ent breeds, a Dog Ac­tiv­i­ties ring where you can un­leash your dog’s po­ten­tial, the Scruffts com­pe­ti­tion for cross­breeds and over 400 trade stands. To 12th. Tel: 0844 338 8000.


Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val, Prest­bury Park, Chel­tenham, Glouces­ter­shire GL50 4SH. The finest horses, jock­eys, train­ers and own­ers bat­tle it out for the top rac­ing hon­ours and prize money of £4.1m. The high­light of the Jump sea­son, the Gold Cup, takes place on the last day. To 17th. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion: www.the­fes­ti­ .


Big Bang Fair, Na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre, Birm­ing­ham B40 1NT. The UK’S largest cel­e­bra­tion of sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, maths and en­gi­neer­ing is the op­por­tu­nity for young peo­ple (pri­mar­ily 7–19) to see how what they learn in the class­rooms trans­lates into jobs in later life. Hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties, the­atre shows and ca­reer ad­vice. To 18th. For free tick­ets www. the­big­bang­ .


York Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val, var­i­ous venues, York. Events across the city fea­ture po­etry, lit­er­a­ture, spo­ken word, work­shops, mu­sic, com­edy, cin­ema and the­atre — some­thing for ev­ery­one. To 30th; fur­ther de­tails visit: www.york­lit­er­a­turefes­ti­ .


Ex­hi­bi­tion: “Cre­at­ing the Coun­try­side”, Comp­ton Ver­ney Art Gallery, Comp­ton Ver­ney, War­wick­shire CV35 9HZ. Ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion that ex­am­ines our re­la­tion­ship with the coun­try­side through the work of both Old Masters and con­tem­po­rary artists. To 18th June. Tel: 01926 64500.

The World’s Orig­i­nal Mar­malade Awards and Fes­ti­val, Dale­main Man­sion, Pen­rith, Cum­ber­land CA11 0HB. Pop­u­lar char­ity event where am­a­teur and pro­fes­sional com­peti­tors from around the world en­ter their mar­malades for judg­ing. On the same week­end other lo­cal mar­malade-re­lated events are tak­ing place. Pen­rith Goes Or­ange fea­tures plenty of mar­malade, mu­sic and Padding­ton Bear in Pen­rith town cen­tre, and other events take place at the nearby Rheged Cen­tre. There will be a shut­tle bus ser­vice for vis­i­tors be­tween all three venues. To 19th. Tel: 017684 86450.


Ideal Home Ex­hi­bi­tion, Olympia Lon­don, Ham­mer­smith Road, Lon­don W14 8UX. Iconic ex­hi­bi­tion that has helped trans­form homes for over a cen­tury. Ideal in­te­ri­ors, show gar­dens, fash­ion, food and drink, the lat­est gad­gets and plenty of shop­ping op­por­tu­ni­ties mean that you can come home with ev­ery­thing in­clud­ing the kitchen sink! To 9th April. Tel: 0844 858 6763.


Chil­dren’s Fes­ti­val, Dover Cas­tle, Cas­tle Hill, Dover CT16 1HU. A voy­age back in time with Perkin the jester. Meet Ro­man gla­di­a­tors, me­dieval princesses and Vic­to­rian toy­mak­ers, try a First World War as­sault course and fol­low the spe­cial cho­co­late trails. To 28th. Tel: 01304 211067.

English Tourism Week, var­i­ous venues. A wide va­ri­ety of lo­cal and na­tional events with dis­counts and spe­cial of­fers avail­able. To 2nd April. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion: www.vis­iteng­ .


Moth­er­ing Sunday

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