Today: Cabaret, circus, comedy and a conversation with John Malkovich: some of the treats in store at the Sydney Festival, which is getting underway. Tonight's Festival First Night features a performance from Arrested Development and a vaudeville reinterpretation of Hyde Park. The festival runs until the end of January ( sydneyfestival.org.au).
This week: Outdoor enthusiasts should head to London's docklands where the Outdoors Show, London Bike Show and International Boat Show are all staged at the ExCeL Centre from Thursday to Sunday. Highlights at the Outdoors Show include talks from Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Ray Mears, a wilderness camp and Great British Festival ( theoutdoorsshow.co.uk; thelondonbikeshow.co.uk; londonboatshow.com).
In the diary: Monarch Airlines is set to compete with Cyprus Airways and launching a new route to Paphos from Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester this spring. The twice weekly flights to the south-western coastal city start on 4 May and supplement the airline's existing route to Larnaca ( monarch.co.uk).