Opera buffs are in for a treat as the Glyndebourne Touring Opera begins an extensive national tour this evening at its birthplace in Lewes, East Sussex. To 11 Dec, tickets from pounds 3-pounds 48. Booking: 01273 813813.

Fancy your own personal hall of mirrors? The Tussauds Collection of Fairground Art is celebrated as the world's finest, and promises to fetch up to pounds 400,000 today at auction. Collectors, enthusiasts and the simply curious will no doubt be thrilled by the beautifully carved carousel animals, painted scenery and, for some reason, a huge gilded figure of Hercules.

Wookey Hole, Somerset. Information: 0171-581 7611.

For the best in laughter therapy, check out the Comedy Spot at 9pm tonight, as there's a strong line-up including Sean Meo, Vladimir McTavish and Jason Byrne. London WC2 (071-379 5900).

If the brash realism of contemporary art is not for you, do not despair. Relax in Intimate Places: Impressions of Gardens in Watercolour, an exhibition of the work of painter Tom King.To 17 October, Monday to Friday 10.30am- 3.45pm, Sunday 10.30am-4.45pm. Museum of Garden History, London SE1.

And lastly, balletomanes rejoice, for the wonderful Viviana Durante is dancing with the Royal Ballet in Giselle tonight at Hammersmith's Labatt's Apollo. Following her long sabbatical, the prima ballerina will no doubt be fully refreshed and leaping like a gazelle.

Call 0171-416 6082 for tickets, price pounds 10-pounds 50.

Xenia Gregoriadis