Country Life rounds up the best things to see, do and book this weekend: admire orchids in Surrey, attend a lunchtime lecture in London and visit a point-to-point in Cambridgeshire.

This is the definitive guide of what to do this weekend.

Gardens
February 7–March 8 Alluring Orchids
The orchid festival in the Princess of Wales Conservatory is a warming explosion of colour (right). Tours take place on February 12, 19, 26 and March 5 at 1.30pm, 2pm and 2.30pm. Tickets from £10. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Surrey. (020–8332 5655; www.kew.org)

February 7–March 22 Orchid Festival: the pollinators are coming
Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, Cambridge (01223 336265; www.botanic.cam.ac.uk)


Talks

February 11 Chris Bonington: My Climbing Life
The legendary mountaineer (below) in conversation with fellow explorers, including veteran sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. Tickets £25. 7pm.
Royal Geographical Society, 1, Kensington Gore, London SW7 (www.worldexpeditions.com)

February 19 Behind the Mask: The Life of Vita Sackville-West
Free lunchtime lecture with biographer Matthew Dennison, 1.15pm.
Ondaatje Wing Theatre, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2 (020–7306 0055; www.npg.org.uk)


Point-to-point

February 7 Cambridge University Draghounds
Check Talking Point for weather updates on 09068 446061 or visit www.pointtopoint.co.uk
Cottenham, Cambridgeshire
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March 11 Roy Baker Memorial Lecture
Talk by tutor Will Topley about The Prince of Wales’s revivified Royal Drawing School. Tickets £28, 2.15pm.
The Orchard Room, Highgrove, Tetbury, Gloucestershire.
(www.tetburyartsociety.org.uk; 01666 840993)

March 24–26 Easter Feaster cookery course
Learn to produce traditional, seasonal English fare, plus vegetarian and gluten-free recipes. Day or residential. Gift vouchers for courses are available.
The Avenue Cookery School, Mission Hall, Walkers Place, London SW15.
(07958 171787; www. theavenuecookeryschool.co.uk)

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