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Au­gust

WWII Week­end, Aud­ley End House and Gar­dens, Saf­fron Walden, Es­sex CB11 4JF.

Im­merse yourself in wartime Bri­tain over the Bank Hol­i­day week­end with a whole host of in­ter­ac­tive events cour­tesy of English Her­itage. Put on your danc­ing shoes for 1940s mu­sic, re­live sto­ries be­hind the bat­tles that shaped the world as we know it and even meet a kitchen maid dish­ing out mea­gre wartime ra­tions. Per­fect for the whole fam­ily to dis­cover more about the war or as an op­por­tu­nity to re­flect for those who ex­pe­ri­enced it first-hand.

26-27 Au­gust. Tel: 01799 522 842 www.english-her­itage.org.uk

Ex­hi­bi­tion: “Prince and Pa­tron”, State Rooms, Buck­ing­ham Palace, Lon­don.

To mark the 70th birth­day of the Prince of Wales this year, the sum­mer open­ing of Buck­ing­ham Palace will in­clude a spe­cial dis­play of over 100 works of art per­son­ally se­lected by His Royal High­ness. Paint­ings from the Royal Col­lec­tion will be shown along­side works cre­ated by young artists sup­ported by three of the Prince of Wales’s char­i­ties in what prom­ises to be an un­miss­able event.

Un­til 30 Septem­ber. Tel: 020 7766 7300 www.roy­al­col­lec­tion.org.uk

Septem­ber

Faversham Hop Fes­ti­val, Faversham, Kent ME13 3AW.

Set in the beau­ti­ful me­dieval heart of Faversham, this lively event re­calls the tra­di­tional fes­tiv­i­ties as­so­ci­ated with the hop har­vest. Ex­pect lo­cal beers, a Hop Bless­ing, tra­di­tional pa­rade through the town, spe­cial tours of Shep­herd Neame (Eng­land’s old­est brewer), Mor­ris danc­ing and live mu­sic.

1 and 2 Septem­ber. Tel: 01795 700132 https://www.faver­shamhopfes­ti­val.org/

The Great River Race, from Lon­don Dock­lands to Ham, Sur­rey.

Per­haps the great­est ex­pres­sion of English ec­cen­tric­ity, this boat race doesn’t just cel­e­brate com­pe­ti­tion but laugh­ter and fancy dress, too. Pick a bridge to stand on, from Tower Bridge to Rich­mond Bridge, then watch as the mot­ley crews make their progress. Now in its 30th year, The Great River Race is as much as an in­sti­tu­tion as its Oxbridge coun­ter­part . . . and much more fun.

8 Septem­ber.

Ex­hi­bi­tion: “Chatsworth Re­newed: the house past, present and fu­ture”, Chatsworth, Bakewell, Der­byshire DE45 1PP.

There’s never been a bet­ter time to visit Chatsworth House, one of Eng­land’s most breath­tak­ing coun­try es­tates and home to the Duke and Duchess of Devon­shire. This year cel­e­brates the com­ple­tion of its glo­ri­ous restora­tion, as well as the mon­u­men­tal ef­fort and skill of the peo­ple in­volved. En­try to this spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion is in­cluded with your ticket to the house and the epic 105-acre gar­dens.

Un­til 21 Oc­to­ber. Tel: 01246 565 300 www.chatsworth.org

Au­tumn Steam Gala, Sev­ern Val­ley Rail­way, Shropshire.

The flag­ship event in the Sev­ern Val­ley cal­en­dar al­lows you to get up close to an ar­ray of ex­cit­ing steam lo­co­mo­tives and sam­ple a range of events up and down the line. Vis­it­ing lo­co­mo­tives in­clude LMS Princess Corona­tion No. 6233 Duchess of Suther­land and LMS Stanier Black 5 No. 45231 the Sher­wood Forester. With the famed overnight run­ning plus the free­dom to pay once and then hop on and off dur­ing the day, make sure you visit the En­gine House at High­ley or en­joy a pint at the Rail­way­man’s Arms, Bridg­north.

20-23 Septem­ber. Tel: 01562 757900 www.svr.co.uk

Wells Cathe­dral Her­itage Open Day, Chain Gate, Cathe­dral Green, Wells, Som­er­set BA5 2UE

As part of around 5,000 events sweep­ing the na­tion for Her­itage Open Days, Eng­land’s largest fes­ti­val of his­tory and cul­ture, Wells Cathe­dral is host­ing free tours in this year’s theme of “Ex­tra­or­di­nary Women” to mark the cen­te­nary of women’s suf­frage. Step into

this ma­jes­tic build­ing and learn all about the lo­cal women who were in­stru­men­tal in cre­at­ing the Cathe­dral’s in­cred­i­ble em­broi­deries.

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From the dales and vales to the city and coast, there’s so much to ex­plore in and around Durham, yet make a spot of in­dul­gence and re­lax­ation a part of your visit with scones, jam, sand­wiches and cakes ga­lore be­fore watching a screen­ing of Al­fred Hitch­cock’s 1940s adap­ta­tion of this clas­sic by Daphne du Mau­rier. The set­ting of the house fits the film per­fectly while Lau­rence Olivier’s and oan Fon­taine’s per­for­mance never gets old.

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It’s been an ex­cep­tional year for ew with the re­open­ing of the iconic Tem­per­ate House af­ter a five-year restora­tion project, so tie in a visit with this an­nual event sup­port­ing Bri­tish artists and craft-mak­ers. Or­gan­ised by Hand­made in Bri­tain, you can browse and buy uni ue tex­tiles, ceram­ics, jew­ellery, glass, fur­ni­ture and more di­rect from the mak­ers them­selves. ust the place for a spot of early Christ­mas shop­ping (or a thing of beauty for yourself )

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Eng­land’s old­est and most pres­ti­gious lit­er­a­ture fes­ti­val will once again wel­come some of the big­gest names in books, food, com­edy, travel, his­tory, art, sport, sci­ence, stage and screen to this beau­ti­ful Re­gency town. Sir David At­ten­bor­ough is on the bill, shar­ing the new edi­tion of his ground-break­ing “Life On Earth”, Dame Darcey Bus­sell on her new memoir, con­duc­tor ane Glover on Han­del, and foot­ball roy­alty evin ee­gan re­flect­ing on his ca­reer. Lit­er­ary heavy­weights in­clude Se­bas­tian Faulks, ate Atkin­son, Wil­liam Boyd and Rose Tre­main. Some­thing for every­one.

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Take your chance to step aboard the HMS

ic­tory it­self and mark the an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of Trafal­gar with this tra­di­tional naval cel­e­bra­tion. Watch the parad­ing of the beef with tra­di­tional drum­mers and join the Cap­tain in a port toast to Ad­mi­ral Lord Nel­son. Sea shanties whilst you dine, then a “good old sing along” with live en­ter­tain­ment. To end on a high, dance the night away with the live band

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The leg­endary oanna Lum­ley em­barks on her first-ever live tour tak­ing au­di­ences through her hi­lar­i­ous and in­ter­est­ing ad­ven­tures from her in­cred­i­ble ca­reer span­ning more than four decades. Re­count­ing some never-heard-be­fore sto­ries, she will be joined on stage by friend and pro­ducer Clive Tul­loh, who will put to oanna ues­tions from the au­di­ence.

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Exploring the re­la­tion­ship be­tween WWI sol­diers and na­ture, this sen­si­tive ex­hi­bi­tion re­veals the im­por­tance of the Bri­tish coun­try­side and sense of place as an in­cen­tive for men to join up, and the so­lace it pro­vided in the trenches.

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Eleven years af­ter its de­but, hav­ing played in 11 coun­tries to over seven mil­lion peo­ple, War Horse re­turns to the Na­tional Theatre to mark the cen­te­nary of Ar­mistice Day. A heart-wrench­ing tale of the love, courage and loy­alty of not only young Al­bert and his beloved horse oey, but also all those who fought for their coun­try in WWI.

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Com­mem­o­rat­ing the con­tri­bu­tion and sac­ri­fice of Bri­tish and Com­mon­wealth mil­i­tary and civil­ian ser­vice­men and women in­volved in the two World Wars and later con­flicts, the ser­vice be­gins at 11 a.m. with two min­utes’ si­lence. There will be video screens north of the Ceno­taph, near the green out­side the main Min­istry of De­fence build­ing and mounted out­side the Scot­land O ce and south of the Ceno­taph on the cor­ner of ing Charles Street.

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Michael Noakes – Queen El­iz­a­beth The Queen Mother.

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