What to see, where to eat, gardens and country houses to visit, when to look up at the night sky: make the most of 2016 by putting these dates in your diary.

The snowy-white pages of a new diary can quickly turn from being thrilling to being disconcerting in their emptiness. Here, we bring you the ultimate diary dates and ways to make 2016 a year to remember: the country houses and gardens to visit, Britain’s most interesting shops, enchanting country shows and some new places to eat drink and stay in 2016.