Country Life rounds up the best things to see, do and book this week: visit open artists' studios in Norfolk, stargaze in Bristol or book tickets to a literary tour in Derbyshire.



Until June 17 ‘Beautiful Rooms & Blushing Brides’, Linley, Pimlico Road, London SW1. Country Life Frontispiece portraits and interiors photography chronicling the evolution of English taste, in celebration of the magazine’s 120th anniversary. Free entry (

May 27–June 11 Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios, various locations. More than 500 artists will show and sell their work in 254 venues across Norfolk, with 13 schools also exhibiting. Designated art trails will lead visitors to a number of artists in a particular area
(01603 877 762;

Until June 1 ‘Recent Work by Rodger McPhail’, Rountree Tryon Galleries, Bury Street, London SW1. Woodcock, grouse, hares and stags all appear in the sporting and wildlife artist’s latest works
(; 020–7839 8083)

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;


May 25 Planetarium Nights, At-Bristol, Anchor Road, Bristol. The UK’s most advanced planetarium system will have two evening screenings—Summer Stargazing 3D at 7pm and Exploring the Galaxy 3D at 8.15pm. Tickets from £6.50
(; 0117–915 1000)


May 26–June 4 St Davids Cathedral Festival, Pembrokeshire. Ten days of classical and contemporary music, including performances by St Davids Cathedral Boys’ Choir and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Visit the website for the full programme and to book (; 07506 117901)

Food Fair

May 27–29 River Cottage Spring Food Fair, Axminster, Devon. Cooking demonstrations and masterclasses—including wild-cocktail making with Country Life contributor John Wright—combine with family activities such as farm tours, falconry and ferret racing. 10am–6pm, adult tickets £17.50, children free
(01297 630300;


May 27–29 Pedal Norfolk Cycling Festival, Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk. Ride 20-, 50- or 100-mile routes along coastal country roads, enjoy evening entertainments and camp on the estate next to the lake. From £6.50 for a 20-mile ride
(01328 713104;


May 28–29 Cranbrook Goes Nuts in May, Kent. A ‘celebration of everything that grows’ with demonstrations, street stalls, music, food and drink. Events will be held in Cranbrook Museum, the windmill, St Dunstan’s Church and throughout the town. 10am–4pm (

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June 17 Hats and headdresses workshop, V. V. Rouleaux, Marylebone Lane, London W1. Learn the tricks of millinery, including ribbon cutting, ruching, wiring feathers and attaching flowers and accessories. 10am–12pm, £85 including materials
(020–7224 5179;

June 25 Literary Hall Tour, Renishaw Hall, Derbyshire. Discover the literary legacy of the home of Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell, with access to archive material about the house ‘built on books’. 2pm start, tickets £13.50
(01246 432310;


May 27–29 National Garden Scheme’s 90th-anniversary weekend. This bank holiday, the NGS, which has raised more than £50 million for nursing charities, celebrates its 90th anniversary on the exact weekend the first gardens opened in 1927. Over three days, some 380 of the best gardens in England and Wales will welcome visitors. For details of openings, visit