Today: Father Christmas comes to Kent. Lapland UK opens on the Bewl Water Estate with an elf village, Siberian huskies, left, reindeer, a toy factory, ice rink and of course Santa Claus himself; until 24 December (

Further south in Cornwall, the Celtic Beer Festival is at the St Austell Brewery with live music, Cornish food and 150 different brews to sample (

This week: Amsterdam gets an impressive injection of high-concept design on Thursday, in the shape of the Conservatorium hotel, right. A 19th-century, brick-built bank has been transformed ( After opening its doors in July, the Museum of Liverpool opens new galleries on Friday, including one dedicated to the Liverpool Overhead Railway, the world's first electric elevated railway (

In the diary: Qatar Airways has announced a batch of new routes for 2012, adding options for UK travellers from Heathrow and Manchester to destinations such as Perth, Zanzibar and Kigali, via Doha (