Fairs

Plant Fair, Holkham Hall

September 28-29, 10am-5pm, £2
Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk
01328 710227

Nurseries across East Anglia bring suggestions for autumn planting to the Walled Garden, plus craft stalls and clothing. 

The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair

September 25-29, £15
Berkeley Square, London W1
020-7823 3511

More than 97 exhibitors showing everything from Old Master sketches to Japanese porcelain and Roman coins.

Festivals

Wigtown Book Festival

September 27-October 6
Wigtown, Dumfries and Galloway
01988 403222

Speakers include Joanna Lumley on J. M. Barrie and Tim Dee on four very different fields.

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival


September 28-29
Snape Maltings, near Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Talks, cookery demonstrations and book readings with chefs, including Henry Harris, Valentine Warner and Thomasina Miers. Workshops, picnics, tastings and farm walks will take place locally from September 28 to October 13.

Lecture

‘Eighteenth-Century Clubs and Toasting: or, How to Get Drunk 18th-Century Style’, York Medical Society
 
September 27, entry free but booking advised
York, North Yorkshire
01347 868465

Prof Judith Hawley of Royal Holloway looks back on a clubbable era. Entry is free, but booking is advised-telephone.

Days out

Spot The Spaniel, Petworth House

September 28-29, free
Petworth, West Sussex
01798 342207

A weekend of competitions, games, scurries, trails and demonstrations celebrating spaniels. Entry is free, and all breeds of dog are welcome.

Hampshire Hog Day, Winchester Farmer’s Market

September 29, 9am-2pm
Middle Brook Street, Winchester, Hampshire

Tastings of local produce, plus competitions and piglet racing.