Country Life rounds up the best things to see, do and book this week: enjoy a beer festival in East Sussex, rummage through a warehouse sale in London or admire a beautiful garden in Cheshire.

Beer festival

October 6–8 Eastbourne Beer Festival, Winter Garden, Compton Street. Offering more than 160 cask ales plus ciders and perries, international bottled beers and wines, along with live music and food
(; 01323 412000)

Clothing sale

October 15–16 Warehouse Sale, The Music Room, South Molton Lane, London W1. Hosted by the Beretta Gallery, the sale will include country clothing, technical apparel, safari wear and traditional shooting clothing

Art and craft fair

October 6–9 Handmade at Kew 2016, Kew Palace Pavilion, Richmond. Browse the work of more than 200 international makers and galleries, including ceramics, glass, furniture, textiles, sculpture and jewellery. Tickets also give you access to Kew Gardens
(020–8332 5655;

October 6–9 Frieze London, Regent’s Park, London NW1. Featuring more than 160 of the world’s leading galleries, view and buy art from hundreds of today’s leading and emerging artists, as well as talks from the curators and artists themselves
(020–3372 6111;


October 8–November 20 The Wind in the Willows, various venues around the UK. Touring to Theatre Royal in Plymouth, The Lowry in Salford, and the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton, Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale has been adapted into a new stage musical with a book by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and music and lyrics by Olivier Award-winning team George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (

Book now

October 20–23 Dom Pérignon Transformation, South Molton Street, London W1. Opening its doors in Mayfair, Dom Pérignon presents a complimentary 15-minute multi-sensory experience, encapsulating the history and alchemy behind the Champagne
(020–7808 4391;

November 17–January 15 Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2. A wonderful event for all the family, but it gets booked up so it’s worth securing your place. Enjoy skating to a DJ soundtrack and pop-up shopping filled with festive gifts and food from Fortnum & Mason. Skating tickets from £7.50

Open garden

October 2 The Lovell Quinta Arboretum, Swettenham, Cheshire CW12 2LF. Autumn is the time to enjoy trees and there is nowhere better to do this than the majestic arboretum originally planted by the great astronomer Sir Bernard Lovell around his home, The Quinta. There are wonderful walks through 28 acres of trees and shrubs, including national collections of pines and hornbeams and glowing shades of autumn colour just beginning. Even though you will come across many rarities, this is so much more than just a collection of trees, with memorable fortes such as discovering avenues with trees like cathedral pillars and views to the Cheshire countryside. 12.30–4pm. £5, children free, dogs and coaches welcome. Visit