Today: The 11 cultural institutions nominated for this year's Art Fund Prize, from the Ashmolean in Oxford to the Ulster Museum in Belfast, are staging a Love Your Museum weekend, with special events and activities ( The event coincides with National Museum Weekend in Holland, with over 500 institutions offering free or reduced admission (

This week: Portugal's Atlantic outpost celebrates spring with the Madeira Flower Festival from Thursday to Sunday. Events include a flower display, food stalls, parades and music ( For more aesthetical pleasure, look to New York, where the Fashion 26 hotel, pictured, opens in the Garment District on Friday (

In the diary: With election fever running high, now's the time to book your place on a tour of the Houses of Parliament in London. For the first time, the tours are being offered year-round on Saturdays, starting 3 July (