Country Life rounds up the best things to see, do and book this weekend: a Christmas market, decoration making, and Tottering-by-Gently comes to London.
December 11–12 ‘Tottering-by-Gently’, William Evans, 67A, St James’s Street, London SW1. Country Life’s Annie Tempest comes to London, where she’ll be creating a cartoon for the magazine, as well as signing prints and books. 10am–6pm Thursday, 10am–12pm Friday (020–7493 0415; www.williamevans.com)
Until December 13 ‘Ed Kluz: The Lost House Revisited’, Mascalls Gallery, Paddock Wood, Kent. Collages exploring the rise and fall of some of Britain’s greatest country houses, marking 40 years since the 1974 exhibition ‘The Destruction of the Country House’ (01892 839039; www.mascallsgallery.org)
December 15–January 9 ‘Burrell at Bonhams: a selection of treasures from Glasgow’, Bonhams, 101, New Bond Street, London W1. More than 45 star pieces from the world-famous Burrell Collection (020–7447 7447; www.bonhams.com)
December 12 Drew Gardner Wootton Talks, Wootton Village Hall, Wootton-by-Woodstock, Oxfordshire. The celebrated photographer on his series ‘The Descendants’, for which he tracked down living descendants of famous people and re-created iconic paintings and photographs in minute detail, using costumiers, as well as hair and make-up artists. 7.30pm, tickets £6 (www.woottontalks.co.uk)
December 13–14 Christmas Market, The Alnwick Garden, Alnwick, Northumberland. Artisan-made traditional gifts for sale all weekend, plus festive food and drink and livecaroling. 12pm–6pm (01665 511350; www.alnwickgarden.com)
December 13–14 Brontë Parsonage Museum Christmas weekend, Haworth, West Yorkshire. Talks, walks, readings of festive passages from classic texts and drop-in activities, including creating your own baubles. Free with admission to the museum (01535 642323; www.bronte.org.uk)
December 18–21 Wintershall Nativity play, Wintershall estate, Bramley, Surrey. Complete with shepherds and sheep, donkeys and the Three Wise Men on horseback. Performances at 4.45pm and 7.30pm on December 18 and 19 and 2.30pm and 5.30pm on December 20 and 21. Adult tickets £16.50, children £8.50 (01793 418299; www.wintershall-estate.com)