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Hawkshead Agricultural Show

Classes for horses, sheep, dogs and horticulture. Hawkshead Hall Farm, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria (015394 36134).

Orange Races, Totnes

Roll oranges down the centre of the high street. Races for all age groups.

Totnes, Devon (01803 863714).

Meet the Butler, Wimpole Hall

Experience life as a servant as you meet the costumed butler and his staff. Try writing with a dip pen, dress up as a servant and learn how to fold napkins into beautiful shapes.

Wimpole Hall and Garden, Cambridgeshire (01223 206000).

24 August

Vale of Glamorgan Agricultural Show

Two hundred stands, dog show, craft fayre, home produce, horse show and other entertainment.

Fonmon Castle, Fonmon, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan (01446 710099).

Mottistone Bat Zap

Go behind the scenes at the Isle of Wight Bat Hospital. Learn about bats and use bat detectors to see and hear them in the dark.

Mottistone Manor, Isle of Wight (01983 531622).

Time Trackers, Surrey

Chance for would-be archaeologists to learn more about the history of Polesden Lacey, its buildings and their construction.

Polesden Lacey, Surrey (01372 452048). 25-30 August

Liverpool International Beatles Festival

Seven days of live Beatles sound-alike music, with bands from across the world. Beatles coach tours available.

Venues throughout the city, Liverpool (0151-236 9091). 25 August

Walk on the Wild Side, The Lizard

See rare flowers and sea birds and learn about the amazing geology of the seaside.

The Lizard, Cornwall (01326 240808). 26 August

What's that Wader?, Lancashire

Visit the largest remaining reedbed in north-west England and learn about the different types of birds. Local wardens on hand to help with spotting and identification.

Allen Nature Reserve, Leighton Moss,

Lancashire (01524 582808). 26-29 August

Salisbury Food & Drink Festival 2005

Celebration of local produce in which events, activities and exhibitions give proper prominence to real food.

Various venues, Salisbury (01722 332241).

Carlisle Great Food Fair

Festival of Cumbrian, Northumbrian and continental foods will be on sale during this annual event.

City centre, Carlisle (01228 817161).

Roman Life, Chedworth

Workshops with a Roman theme. Make a mosaic, create your own pottery and dress up like a Roman.

Chedworth Roman Villa, Gloucestershire (01242 890256). 27 August

Dufton Agricultural Show and Sheepdog Trials, Cumbria

Agricultural show with open, junior and senior fell race and dogs. Classes include Shetland, fell and show ponies, sheep, cattle and other eyecatching animals with endearing attributes.

Dufton Showfield, Dufton, Appleby-in-Westmoreland, Cumbria (01768 362015). 27-29 August

International Kite Festival, Southsea

Kite displays from around the world, funfair, food stalls and craft stalls, just off the seafront.

Southsea Common, Portsmouth, Hampshire (02392 826722).

Mathew Street Music Festival, Liverpool

Britain's biggest free city-centre festival with music, street performers and a carnival atmosphere.

Various venues, Liverpool (0151-236 9091).

Festival of Transport, Hailsham

More than 1,000 historic vehicles of every shape and size, plus working exhibits of trashing and sawing, traditional craft stalls, fairground organs and rides .

Broad Farm, Hailsham, East Sussex (01323 843202).

Living Heritage Oxfordshire Craft Show

Craftsmen and women demonstrate their skills.

Blenheim Park, Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire (01283 820548). 27-28 August

Crewe Carnival

Two-day event with processions, music and fireworks.

Queens Park, Victoria Avenue, Crewe, Cheshire (01270 537839).

Battle Abbey Proms

Saturday features best-loved classics and an aerial display by Second World War spitfire. Sunday features the Bootleg Beatles. Fireworks finale on both nights.

Battle Abbey and Battlefield, Battle, East Sussex (0845- 225 6020). 28-29 August

Festival of the Horse and International Horse Trials, Newbury

Pony Club team show-jumping, side-saddle show-jumping and Concours d'Elegance. Riding for the Disabled dressage display. Cross country, dressage, show-jumping, fun dog and pet show.

Highclere Castle and Parkland, Highclere, Newbury, Berkshire (07836 213338).

Medway Maritime Festival, Kent

Music of the sea, historic re-enactments of naval life and heritage, maritime displays. Historic Dockyard Chatham, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent (01634 823800).

Notting Hill Carnival, London

Europe's largest street festival of music, dance, drama, food and street trading. Also parades of costumes and steel bands.

Notting Hill, London (08700 591111).

Hampshire Pageant of Motoring

Largest motoring event in Hampshire with arena attractions, fun fair, the Red Arrows, hundreds of trade stands, car clubs etc. Broadlands Park, Romsey, Hampshire (01245 344813).

Medieval Mumming, Stokesay

Join the pilgrims as they tell stories and perform mumming plays, before experiencing their food.

Stokesay Castle, Stokesay (01588 672544). 28 August

Grasmere Lakeland Sports and Show

The largest traditional Lakeland sport meeting. Colourful Cumberland and Westmoreland wrestling and hound trails where dogs follow the scent of aniseed over the fells.

Sports Field, Grasmere, Cumbria (01539 432127).

Heroes and Heroines, Wiltshire

The adventures of Robin Hood retold with archery, tournaments and swordfighting.

Old Wardour Castle, Wiltshire (01747 870487).

Who Are the Hastings? Ashby de la Zouch

Relive life in the 15th century, including its cookery.

Ashby de la Zouch Castle,

Leicestershire (01530 413343). 29 August

Corsley Show

Horse and pony show, craft tent, funfair, dog show, goat show, entertainment.

Corsley Showfield, Warminster, Wiltshire (01373 832418).

Hoylake Lifeboat Open Day

Air displays throughout the day, stalls and sideshows.

Hoylake Lifeboat Station, Wirral, Cheshire (0151-691 8269).

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