Travel Agenda: Animated Exeter Festival; W Hotels; Melbourne in full festival swing

 

Today: The Animated Exeter Festival gets started, with more than 100 films, by novice and established comics, showing at venues across the city. During half term there are six free exhibitions and educational workshops for children , which include model making and how to create 3D characters (animatedexeter.co.uk).

This Week: W Hotels launches its debut French property in Paris on Valentine's Day, with 91 bedrooms and suites, a lounge bar and restaurant close to the landmark Garnier Opéra house and the department stores of Boulevard Haussmann. Rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows offer city views, as does the restaurant (starwoodhotels.com).

In The Diary: Melbourne is in full festival swing next month. First, the Food and Wine event celebrates its 20th year from 2-21 March (melbournefood andwine.com.au). Then, the Flower and Garden Show takes place from 28 March–1 April (melbflowershow.com.au). Meanwhile, the International Comedy Festival (28 March-22 April), attracts top global talent (comedyfestival.com.au).

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