School holiday special: Week 7 » 5 - 12 September

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8 September

Westmoreland County Show, Cumbria

County agricultural show with cattle, sheep, horses, goats, poultry, crafts, Cumberland and Westmoreland wrestling, food hall and more than 200 trade stands.

Westmoreland County Showfield, Crooklands, Milnthorpe, Cumbria (015395 67804).

8-11 September
FEI Blenheim Petplan European Eventing Championships, Woodstock

European horse trials championship with dressage, cross country and showjumping. Plus stands, craft fair, demonstrations, children's activities.

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire (01993 813335).

8-12 Sep
Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days

Free events and openings taking place throughout Lincolnshire and South

Humberside as part of the National Heritage Open Days.

Various venues, Lincolnshire (01529 461499).

9 September
36th Annual Kendal Torchlight Carnival, Cumbria

Spectacular cavalcade with more than 100 entries. It will be two miles long with 2,000 people. Themed floats, classic cars, foot groups, veteran cycles, street entertainers, 10 horse teams, steam engines and 20 marching bands, carnival display bands.

Kendal, Cumbria (015395 63018).

10 September
Bowes Agricultural Show, Co Durham

A traditional dales show with sheep, cattle, horses, horticultural show, industrial tent, tug-of-war competition, carriage driving and fell race. There will also be trade stands and a craft tent.

Showfield, Home Farm, Gilmondby, Bowes, Barnard Castle, Co Durham (01833 631125).

Romsey Show, Hampshire

Agricultural and horse show with classes for horses, cattle, sheep, dogs, birds, trade stands and with special attractions. Special countryside area, rural crafts displays, Hampshire Harvest and shopping marquees.

Broadlands Park, Romsey, Hampshire (01794 517521).

10-11 Sep
ArtsFest 2005, Birmingham

Two-day indoor and outdoor free arts festival showcasing the very finest performing and visual arts talent that Birmingham and the West Midlands has to offer. There will be more than 400 performances featuring more than 1,500 performers and more than 130 arts organisations.

Various venues, Birmingham (0121-685 2600).

British Open International Minigolf Tournament, East Sussex

Crazy golf's answer to The Open Championship. Set in landscaped gardens, the course features Augusta-style sloping greens as well as rocks, pipes and water hazards.

The Main Bowls Pavilion, White Rock Gardens, Hastings, East Sussex (01892 512523).

World Masters Mountain Running Championship 2005, Cumbria

This is the first World Masters to be held outside mainland Europe. Championship event on 10 September. Open race on 11 September.

Fitz Park, Keswick (01768 772645).

Battle of Britain 65th Anniversary Air Show, Cambridgeshire

Special tribute to Britain's "Finest Hour". The classic fighters of the Battle of Britain - Spitfires and Hurricanes - will take to the sky in an extravaganza of fast-paced and nostalgic excitement.

Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridge (01223 835000).

Stationary and Miniature Traction Engine, Lincolnshire

See these lovingly restored machines in action. Engines of years gone by and small steam engines.

Normanby Hall Country Park, Normanby Hall and Farming Museum, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire (01724 720588).

12 September
Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, Staffordshire

Enjoy this ancient ritual dance. At 7.45am the horns are collected from St Nicholas Church. From 8am to 8pm the ancient horn dance will be performed. There will also be side stalls and shows.

Abbots Bromley, Rugeley, Staffordshire (01283 840153).

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