Today: The Blackman Hotel opens on St Kilda Road in Melbourne, named after the figurative painter Charles Blackman. The bright, luxurious rooms feature work by the Sydney-born artist, with bicycles for hire to explore the vicinity ( On the Wiltshire Downs, the Camping with Pigs festival is on until tomorrow, with live music, real ales and food on the pig-filled Eastbrook Farm (

This week: Copenhagen now has more Michelin stars than Rome or Milan and celebrates its gastronomic credentials with a Cooking Festival from this Friday until Sunday 29 August. Restaurants will hold special gourmet events, there will be cooking sessions for children, show kitchens, talks and markets galore (

In the diary: Air Berlin is launching a new route from Stansted to Salzburg in time for the – Dare we say it? – Christmas market, from 2 December. The flights will operate on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (airberlin. com). And The Savoy is now accepting reservations for stays from 10 October. The London hotel has been redesigned (