What to do this weekend: January 31


Until February 8 ‘The Farrier’, Vale & Downland Museum, Wantage, Oxfordshire. A photographic documentary of the work of a local farrier by Matthew P. Wright (above) (01235 771447; http://wantage-museum.com)

Until February 28 ‘Diarmuid Kelley: All Cats Are Grey’, Offer Waterman & Co, 11, Langton Street, London SW10. New portraits and still-lifes (020-7351 0068; www.waterman.co.uk)

February 1-9 BITE: The Cotswolds Food Festival, various venues, north Cotswolds. Pop-up restaurants, talks, tastings, masterclasses, book signings and farmer’s markets (01905 670955; www.thebite.co)

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February 2 Mid Devon at Black Forest Lodge, near Exeter, Devon. Also Burton at North Carlton, Lincolnshire and South Dorset at Milborne St Andrew, Dorset. Check for weather conditions on Talking Point 09068 446061 or at www.pointtopoint.co.uk

Day out
January 31 Identifying trees in winter, Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. Deepen your knowledge of outlines, bark structure and twig characteristics. 10am- 4pm £50 (01223 331875; www.botanic.cam.ac.uk)

What to book this weekend
March 15 BASC Wildfowling Conference 2014, the Ramada hotel, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. Presentations on recreational disturbance and marine management, plus a consents update from Natural England (01244 573024; http://basc.org.uk)

March 29 Venison cookery day, Vale House Kitchen, Timsbury, Bath. Covering basic butchery, curing, smoking, boning and slow cooking. Including lunch and a three-course meal afterwards. 10am-5pm, £180 per person (01761 470401; http://valehousekitchen.co.uk)

May 7-11 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, Badminton, Gloucestershire. The box office has opened for this famous equestrian event, with dressage on Thursday and Friday, cross-country on Saturday and showjumping on Sunday, plus more than 200 trade stands. Admission from £11, plus £10 parking (01454 218375; www.badminton-horse.co.uk)

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