Country Life rounds up the best things to see, do and book this week.


Country show

July 24–27 — Royal Welsh Show, Llanelwedd, Powys

Livestock competitions, forestry, horticulture, vintage machinery and countryside sports as well as displays from the RAF Hawks. Adult tickets from £22, gates open 8am
(01982 553683;

July 26 — Dunster Country Fair, Dunster Castle Lawns, Somerset

Falconry, archery, bikes, gun dogs, ponies, crafts, trade stands and a funfair—plus one of the largest hound shows in the West Country. Adult tickets £12, parking free
(; 01984 640253)


July 24 — An Evening with Mr Fogg and Fearless Reporter, Kate Adie, Mr Fogg’s Residence, London, W1J

As part of their renowned Explorer Series, Mr Fogg will welcome illustrious war correspondent, Kate Adie OBE, into his humble Mayfair abode, Mr Fogg’s Residence for an evening filled with Appleton Estate 12 Year Old Rum cocktails and an insight into her incredible career and achievements. The presentation will commence at precisely 7.01pm with a 50-minute talk followed by a 10-minute Q&A. The Residence welcome parties of up to 8 guests to make their reservation for a table in the Drawing Room. Please note for 5 guests and over there is a minimum spend requirement of £30 per person
(; 020 7036 0608)


July 20 Rockpool Ramble at Dolphinwatch, Torry Battery, Aberdeen

Explore the rocky shoreline and spot bottlenose dolphins, seals and even whales in the harbour. Sturdy footwear essential, suitable for children aged four and above. 4pm–6pm, suggested donation £3
(01224 624824;

Open Gardens

July 23 – Winteringham Open Gardens, north Lincolnshire

Discover up to 20 gardens in this conservation village. There will be free parking at the village hall, where refreshments are also available. Tickets £4, with proceeds going to Lindsey Lodge Hospice and the village hall. 11am–4pm
(01724 732525;

July 23 – Somerford, 19, Leicester Road, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 8QR

It’s hard to believe that this garden has effectively been created in the past seven years. An Air of establishment comes from mature trees, but more so from the oak-pergola centrepiece. Gravel paths are lined by hornbeams clipped into cubes and rich herbaceous borders complete a picture of layered quality. 12pm-6pm. Admission £4, children free.

Literary Festival

July 20–23 – Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Writing workshops and talks from authors including Lee Child, Ian Rankin and Dennis Lehane. See website for full programme and prices
(; 01423 562303)

Flower Arranging

August 2 – Seasonal Table Arrangements: Cotswolds, The Daylesford Garden shop, Kingham, Gloucestershire

Learn to create the perfect centrepiece using seasonal flowers and foliage as part of Daylesford’s new calendar of garden workshops. 9.30am–1pm, £125pp including materials and refreshments
(01608 731712;


July 21–22 The School of Jealousy, The Deanery Garden, Bampton, Oxfordshire

Bampton Classical Opera presents the first UK production of Antonio Salieri’s opera buffa since the late 18th century. A further performance will take place on August 28 at The Orangery Theatre, Westonbirt School, Gloucestershire. Tickets £35
(; 01993 851142)


July 19 – Ballet United Gala, Cadogan Hall, Sloane Terrace, London SW1

Showcase of the best in ballet, with dancers from The Royal Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet and Vienna State Ballet performing both classical and contemporary pieces. 7.30pm, tickets from £15
(020–7730 4500;

July 21–23 – Ballet Under the Stars, Hatch House, Tisbury, Wiltshire

Lucia Lacarra and the Covent Garden Dance Company will put on a mesmerising show in the covered walled garden. The audience is seated at tables and served a three-course dinner with wines between performances. £120 including dinner
(01749 813313;


July 25–26 – Music at Great Massingham, Church of St Mary the Virgin, Norfolk

A weekend of Vivaldi, Grieg, Mozart, Bach and Beethoven in aid of church repair and maintenance. Buffet suppers and refreshments available. See website for concert programme and prices
(01485 535071;


July 15–23 – ‘Six Hour Place’, Creake Abbey, North Creake, Norfolk

Large colour photographs of north Norfolk’s coastal landscape by Harry Cory Wright, interspersed with his drawings in ink and watercolour
(020–8408 1961;

Until August 6 – ‘The Road Less Travelled’, Messums Wiltshire, Tisbury

Debut solo exhibition in this 13th-century barn from Bridget McCrum. The 81 year old’s work ‘is pared back into deceptively simple marks and gestures in charcoal or stone’
(; 01747 445042)

July 23–August 28 – ‘Hannah Woodman: Between the Elements and the Artist’, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, near Gulval, Cornwall

Landscapes exploring Tremenheere and its surrounding environment, looking out towards the sea and St Michael’s Mount
(; 01736 448089)

Until September 17 – ‘Of House and Home’, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, West Yorkshire

things to do this week

Illustrator Alice Pattullo presents 60 screen prints exploring the traditions, superstitions and folklore of a Victorian household. Free admission
(01924 832631;

Until September 17 – ‘Joseph Hooker: Putting plants in their place’, The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, Kew Gardens, Richmond, Surrey

Kew Gardens

This collection of drawings, photographs, artefacts and journals relating to ‘the king of Kew’ and his travels will be shown alongside ‘Selected British Artists’, consisting of 80 botanical paintings. Entry included with garden admission
(020–8332 5655; www.

Until October 2 – Sculpture Exhibition 2017, Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Abstract and figurative works in bronze, resin, stone, metal and ceramic—all of which are for sale—are placed to complement the plant collection of this great garden. Admission included with standard entry
(01444 450326;

June 16–October 27 – ‘A Landscape of Objects’, Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset

A sculpture trail highlighting the importance of water in the gardens will be accompanied by artist residencies. Normal admission applies
(01460 220231;

Until October 29 – ‘Power & Portraiture: painting at the court of Elizabeth I’, Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

An exploration of how the Queen and her courtiers used paintings to control their public image. The National Portrait Gallery’s ‘Phoenix’ portrait will be on display
(01296 820414;

Until December 3 – ‘Farm’, Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury

More than 40 oils, pastels and willow charcoals by Kate Lynch celebrating the county’s food and farming heritage. Admission included with museum entry
(01458 831197;


July 22A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Altt-y-bela, Usk, Monmouthshire

The Handle Bards, the group that travels to venues by bicycle, will perform in the Garden Theatre. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy before the play starts at 7pm. Parking is at Usk Showground with a minibus to the gardens. Tickets £22
(020–7689 8100;

July 11–30 – Wolf’s Child, Trelowarren, Helston, Cornwall

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Theatre company WildWorks gives an outdoor promenade performance of this adult fairy tale through the woods and grounds of the estate. Suitable for ‘brave children’ aged 11 and above. Tickets from £16
(; 01872 262466)

July 26–30 – The Boxford Masques 2017: All at Sea!, Welford Park, Newbury, Berkshire

A cast of 60 local actors, dancers and singers will perform this romantic comedy set in the Roaring Twenties. Adult tickets from £9
(01635 46044;