Win­ter Di­ary

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NOVEM­BER THE WIDER EARTH

Fea­tur­ing over 30 ex­tra­or­di­nary pup­pets, this am­bi­tious play tells the story of a re­bel­lious young Charles Dar­win as he sets out on an ad­ven­ture of a life­time. Jer­wood Gallery at the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum, Cromwell Road, Kens­ing­ton, Lon­don SW7 5BD. Un­til De­cem­ber 30. To book, visit www.thewiderearth.com.

WIL­FRED OWEN 100: OPEN ART EX­HI­BI­TION

Mark­ing the cen­te­nary of Wil­fred Owen’s death, artists ex­plore the legacy and cre­ative in­flu­ence of his work. Make a week­end of it and visit the re­cently un­veiled statue of Owen in the cen­tre of Oswestry, where he was born. Shrews­bury Mu­seum & Art Gallery, The Square, Shrews­bury, Shrop­shire SY1 1LH. Un­til Jan­uary 2019. Tel: 01743 258885.

EARLY GAINS­BOR­OUGH: “FROM THE OB­SCU­RITY OF A COUN­TRY TOWN”

Thomas Gains­bor­ough (1727-88) owed his ca­reer to a fam­ily tragedy; the mur­der of his un­cle saw him in­herit £40 which en­abled him to train as an artist. This ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures over 40 works from pri­vate and pub­lic col­lec­tions. Gains­bor­ough’s House, 46 Gains­bor­ough Street, Sud­bury, Suf­folk, CO10 2EU. Un­til Fe­bru­ary 17. Tel: 01787 372958.

AN­GLO-SAXON KING­DOMS: ART, WORD, WAR

The largest-ever ex­hi­bi­tion on the his­tory and cul­ture of An­glo-saxon Eng­land spans six cen­turies from the eclipse of Ro­man Bri­tain to the Nor­man Con­quest. The Bri­tish Li­brary, 96 Eus­ton Road, Lon­don NW1 2DB. Un­til Fe­bru­ary 19, 2019. To book, tel: 01937 546546 or email box­of­fice@bl.uk.

CHRIST­MAS AT KEW

Kew’s af­ter-dark, lit-up land­scape needs no in­tro­duc­tion, and this year will fea­ture no fewer than one mil­lion glim­mer­ing lights. Royal Botanic Gar­dens, Kew, Rich­mond, Sur­rey, TW9 3AE. Un­til 5 Jan­uary 19. To book, visit www.kew.org/christ­mas.

THE NEW­BURGH PRI­ORY CHRIST­MAS FAIR

Stand­ing on the site of an Au­gus­tinian pri­ory, this fair isn’t just a chance to shop for gifts, but an op­por­tu­nity to en­joy one of York­shire’s sel­dom-seen coun­try houses. New­burgh Pri­ory, New­burgh, York YO61 4AS. Novem­ber 29 un­til De­cem­ber 1. Tel: 01347 868372.

AR­TI­SAN FOOD FAIR

Eas­ton Walled Gar­dens in Lin­colnshire makes a spec­tac­u­lar set­ting to stock up on lo­cally made Christ­mas treats, take tea in the tea­rooms and then wan­der in the 400-year-old, 12-acre gar­dens. Eas­ton Walled Gar­dens, Gran­tham NG33 5QE. Novem­ber 18. Tel: 01476 530063.

FER­NAND LÉGER: NEW TIMES, NEW PLEA­SURES

This ex­hi­bi­tion brings to­gether more than 50 works by the cel­e­brated French artist and shows his col­lab­o­ra­tions with ar­chi­tect Le Cor­bus­ier among other works. Tate Liver­pool, Al­bert Dock, Liver­pool L3 4BB. Novem­ber 23 un­til March 2019. Tel: 0151 702 7400 or visit www.tate.org.uk.

BATH CHRIST­MAS MARKET

Ex­plore more than 170 chalets sell­ing ev­ery­thing from food to fash­ion to home­wares, with a high pro­por­tion of goods made in the UK. Novem­ber 22 un­til De­cem­ber 9. Visit bathchrist­mas­mar­ket.co.uk.

ED­WARD BURNE-JONES

This block­buster ex­hi­bi­tion sees 150 of Burne-jones’s paint­ings, ta­pes­tries and stained-glass pan­els come to Tate Bri­tain. Tate Bri­tain, Mill­bank, Lon­don SW1P 4RG. Un­til 24 Fe­bru­ary. Visit www.tate.org.uk.

DE­CEM­BER THE WINTERSHALL NA­TIV­ITY PLAY

Per­formed by the Wintershall Play­ers, pro­duc­ers of the fa­mous Pas­sion of Je­sus which plays to an au­di­ence of 20,000 peo­ple each Easter in Trafal­gar Square, this crit­i­cally ac­claimed pro­duc­tion in­volves a cast of 50. The au­di­ence is taken on foot from the chill of the open air into the at­mo­spheric, can­dle-lit barn, as the story un­folds with songs and joy­ful car­olling.

Holly Barn, Wintershall, Bram­ley near Guild­ford, Sur­rey GU5 0LR. De­cem­ber12-16. To book, tel: 01793 418299 or visit www.wintershall.org.uk.

PAD­STOW CHRIST­MAS FES­TI­VAL

With food and drink rang­ing from the oblig­a­tory hog roast to craft beers and lo­cally pro­duced gin, this is the place to be if you’re se­ri­ous about your fes­tive vict­uals. As well as the Christ­mas Market with an ar­ray of crafts by ar­ti­sans from all over the south-west, ex­pect live mu­sic, a lantern pa­rade, carol con­cert and fire­works dis­play. Pad­stow, Corn­wall. De­cem­ber 6-9. www.pad­stowchrist­mas­fes­ti­val.co.uk.

CHRIST­MAS SWAG SWING

Learn the art of swag-mak­ing at Mose­ley Old Hall. The house has 14 swags to make to dec­o­rate the house and other build­ings, so they en­cour­age a bit of hands-on in­volve­ment as well. Mose­ley Old Hall, Mose­ley Old Hall Lane, Ford­houses, Wolver­hamp­ton WV10 7HY. De­cem­ber 1. Tel: 01902 782808 or visit www.na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/mose­ley-old-hall.

DICK­EN­SIAN CHRIST­MAS FES­TI­VAL

The pic­turesque vil­lage of Grass­ing­ton will see shop­keep­ers, vil­lagers and vis­i­tors dressed in Vic­to­rian cos­tume. With street en­ter­tain­ers, mum­mers and mor­ris danc­ing, even Scrooge would be im­pressed! Grass­ing­ton, York­shire. De­cem­ber 1-2 and 8-9. For more de­tails, visit www.grass­ing­tondick­en­sian.co.uk.

CHRIST­MAS AN­TIQUES FAIR

Pick up a unique gift from a choice that in­cludes all tastes, ages and all bud­gets. RHS Rose­moor, Great Torrington, EX38 8PH. De­cem­ber 1-2. Tel: 01805 624067 or visit www.rhs.org.uk/rose­moor.

ROBIN WEAV­ING WORK­SHOP

Wil­low weaver Leilah Vyner will teach the art of cre­at­ing robin sculp­tures from wil­low rods. Make your own cre­ative gift or Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tion then ex­plore the stun­ning house and grounds. Hare­wood House, Hare­wood, Leeds LS17 9LG. De­cem­ber13. To book, tel: 0113 218 1000 or email info@hare­wood.org.

VIC­TO­RIAN CHRIST­MAS

Dec­o­rated in the style of the Vic­to­rian era, when the Royal fam­ily adopted many new tra­di­tions from Prince Al­bert’s home­land of Saxe-coburg, Gawthorpe Hall will be trimmed with green­ery and decked for Christ­mas. There will be fes­tive mu­sic and read­ings while the Friends of Gawthorpe will also be sell­ing their hand­made crafts and dec­o­ra­tions. Gawthorpe Hall, Padi­ham, Burn­ley, Lan­cashire BB12 8UA. De­cem­ber 1-2. Tel: 01200 424 568.

NT LIVE – ANTONY & CLEOPATRA

Broad­cast live from the Na­tional Theatre, Ralph Fi­ennes and So­phie Okonedo play Shake­speare’s fa­mous fated cou­ple in his great tragedy of pol­i­tics, pas­sion and power. Look out for the live snake in the fi­nal act. Venues across the UK. De­cem­ber 6. For more in­for­ma­tion, tel: 0844 847 1664.

JAN­UARY PRIZED POS­SES­SIONS – DUTCH PAINT­INGS FROM NA­TIONAL TRUST HOUSES

Cu­ra­tors David Tay­lor and Ru­pert Gould­ing have brought to­gether Dutch 17th-cen­tury paint­ings by some of the finest masters of the “Golden Age”. With Rem­brandt van Rijn, Peter Lely and Gabriel Metsu, you’ll find your­self in fine com­pany. Pet­worth House and Park, Pet­worth, West Sus­sex GU29 0AE. Jan­uary 26 un­til March 24, 2019. To book, tel: 0344 249 1895 or visit www.na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/pet­worth.

“RESTORA­TION AND CON­SER­VA­TION” GUIDED TOURS

See con­ser­va­tion in ac­tion and dis­cover what it takes to main­tain 300-year-old Blen­heim on these new tours around the palace, be it restor­ing a piece of art, build­ing or tapestry or re­pair­ing many of the pre­cious arte­facts. Blen­heim Palace, Wood­stock, Ox­ford­shire OX20 1PP. From Jan­uary 8 un­til Fe­bru­ary10. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, tel: 01993 810530 or visit, www.blenheim­palace.com.

THE SLAP­STICK FES­TI­VAL

This fes­ti­val pro­vides a unique op­por­tu­nity to see ar­chive film pre­dom­i­nately from the silent era (18951930). Ac­com­pa­nied by live mu­si­cal scores per­formed by world-class mu­si­cians and in­tro­duced by some of the most prom­i­nent film his­to­ri­ans, ex­perts and co­me­di­ans in­spired by the com­edy leg­ends on screen, the fes­ti­val aims to cel­e­brate and in­spire con­tin­u­ing in­ter­est in on­screen visual and clas­sic com­edy from over the last 100 years. Var­i­ous venues, Bris­tol. Jan­uary18-20. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.slap­stick.org.uk.

FE­BRU­ARY THE ART OF PER­SPEC­TIVE: J.M.W. TURNER’S EARLY AR­CHI­TEC­TURAL PAINT­INGS AND EN­GRAV­INGS

Pour over the largest col­lec­tion of Turner paint­ings ever to visit Ox­ford­shire, ex­hib­ited in the op­u­lent State Rooms. All Turner’s work will be set amongst the price­less her­itage of the Palace. Blen­heim Palace, Wood­stock, Ox­ford­shire OX20 1PP. From Fe­bru­ary 9 un­til April 2019. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, tel: 01993 810530 or visit www. blenheim­palace.com.

“LOST WORDS” MO­SAIC EX­HI­BI­TION

More than 20 York­shire-based artists have joined to­gether for this ex­hi­bi­tion of mod­ern mo­saics, de­pict­ing a se­lec­tion of “lost words” re­lated to na­ture and the coun­try­side which are said to be dis­ap­pear­ing from chil­dren’s lives. RHS Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Har­ro­gate HG3 1QB. Fe­bru­ary 9 – March 3. Tel: 01423 565418 www.rhs.org.uk/har­low­carr.

The Wider Earth per­form­ing.

Tapestry de­signed by Ed­ward Burne-jones.

Pet­worth House.

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