Country Life rounds up the best things to see, do and book this week: enjoy Burns Night in Gloucestershire; visit an exhibition in London; or admire racehorses in Newmarket.

Burns Night

January 25 – Burns Night Black-Tie Dinner, Highgrove estate, Tetbury, Gloucestershire.

Don your kilt for Champagne and canapés in The Prince of Wales’s Ante Room, before the piping in of the haggis and a sumptuous four-course meal. After the cranachan, there will be a silent auction in aid of The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation. Tickets £95
(0333 222 4555;

January 21 – Burns Night with Prue Leith, Weston Park, Shropshire.

The chef, food writer and TV presenter is hosting (and giving a talk at) a Burns celebration at the stately home, including a five-course dinner and whisky tasting session. The cost is £399 per couple, including overnight accommodation and all meals (01952 852106;

[BURNS NIGHT: What it is, where to go, what to do]


January 26 – National Sheep Association Central Region Early Gathering, Bakewell Agricultural Centre, Derbyshire.

Seminars, workshops and demonstrations on the theme of health, from the shepherd to the sheepdog, farm records and business accounts. There will also be a selection of trade stands. 10am– 4.30pm
(; 0114–288 3241)

January 30 – Farmland Bird ID Day, Auchnerran Farm, Logie Coldstone, Aberdeenshire.

A presentation and practical experience for farmers ahead of this year’s Big Farmland Bird Count. 10.30am, places £10. Other training days will be run throughout Britain—check website for details
(01572 718730;


Until Sunday 29th January – Miss Havisham’s wedding dress, Charles Dickens Museum,  48 Doughty Street, London.

The silk wedding gown worn by Tuppence Middleton when she played Miss Havisham in the BBC series Dickensian is on display  near the desk at which Charles Dickens created the character. The dress will be shown in the Drawing Room at the museum, which is located within the London townhouse where Dickens completed works including Great Expectations, The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby. (020 7405 2127;

Until March 12 – ‘Hair by Sam McKnight’, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2.

Showcase of the hairstyles created by the man with ‘flexible fingers and sharp scissors’ for Kate Moss, Madonna, Linda Evangelista (pictured at the top of the page) and Diana, Princess of Wales – including the famous short haircut she sported on her iconic 1991 Vogue magazine cover. See website for opening times
(020 7845 4600;


January 28 – Festival Trials Day, Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire.

Witness a hugely competitive day of National Hunt racing in preparation for March’s Festival. Gates open at 10.30am, first race 12.30pm. Tickets from £10
(0344 579 3003;

Plant sale

January 28 – Ultimate Snowdrop Sale, Myddelton House Gardens, Enfield, Middlesex.

Both common and rare varieties of Galanthus will be for sale at the family home of horticulturalist E. A. Bowles. Amateur and experienced gardeners welcome, with snowdrops to suit all budgets available. 10.30am–12pm, £3.50 entry donation towards maintenance of the gardens encouraged
(03000 030 610;

Last chance

Until January 28 – ‘William Plumptre & Emma Tennant: The Japanese Influence’, The Billiard Room, Halton Place, near Skipton, North Yorkshire.

Selling exhibition featuring ceramics by Mr Plumptre, who studied with renowned Japanese potter Tatsuzo Shimaoka, and botanical paintings by Mrs Tennant, who is influenced by the free lines of Oriental works. 11am– 3pm daily, by appointment
(07939 155 277;

Book now

February 9 – VIP Valentine’s Day Tour, Newmarket.

Enjoy the finest sights in the home of horse racing. Visitors will enjoy a special tour at Dalham Hall Stud and a delicious three-course lunch at local award-winning restaurant, The Packhorse Inn, Moulton. £150 per person, limited numbers.
(01638 675 509;