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to Madrid with Air Tickets Direct, which is offering return tickets from Heathrow for pounds 106 including taxes. Flights are on the Argentinian carrier Aerolineas Argentinas, leaving London on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The offer is valid for departures until 14 July and then from 16 August until 31 October. Call 0990 320 321 to book.


Seurat and the Bathers, which opens today in the National Gallery's Sainsbury Wing. It centres on Seurat's masterpiece, Bathers at Asnieres, placing it in the context of his early career. Fifty of his other works and 30 more related pieces by his predecessors and contemporaries, including Monet, Manet and Van Gogh, are also on show.

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2 (0171-839 3321) to 28 September, pounds 6/pounds 4 concessions.


for Billy Cobham and the Master Drummers of Africa's one-night-only performance, at the Rhythm Sticks festival on London's South Bank. Drum supremo Cobham has played with everyone from Miles Davis to Peter Gabriel, and here he'll be joined by percussionists from all over Africa in a blend of contemporary and tribal rhythms.

Sunday, 20 July, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London SE1 (0171-960 4242).


the Ledbury Poetry Festival, which runs for nine days, beginning on Friday. Highlights include appearances by Simon Armitage, Liz Lochhead, Carol Ann Duffy, John Hegley and John Cooper Clarke, and the organisers promise pub limerick competitions for all you Pam Ayres wannabes.

Ledbury Poetry Festival, Ledbury, Herefordshire (01531 634156) 4-13 July.