KENT

Boxing Day Wild & Wonderful Weather. Come along on a gentle guided walk and discover some of the amazing Samphire Hoe weather. (26 December, 2.00pm). Donations appreciated. www.whitecliffscountryside.org.uk

Spend an evening Bavarian curling or Eisstockschiessen at the Central Calverley Grounds, Royal Tunbridge Wells. Sessions at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm. Tickets £50 per session and accommodate two to eight people. Open until 5 Jan 2020. www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

Magic Weather Wands at Samphire Hoe (29 December, 2pm to 3.30pm). Join White Cliffs Countryside Partnership to make some special wands to magic up good weather for the New Year ahead. We will be in and around the shelter. Donations appreciated.

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Last chance to see the Sissinghurst Castle Gardens photographic award exhibition (ends 2 January). Adult £9.90; Child £4.95, Parking £3.

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New Years Day Concert at Eastbourne Bandstand. Join in with some fun and dancing with the Ray Campbell Dance Band. Bars will be open serving Mulled Wine and Mince Pies as well as hot and cold drinks. FREE entry, no ticket required (1 January, 11:00am - 12:30pm).  www.eastbournebandstand.co.uk

Exhibition: Where do the wild things go in WinterDuring the summer the surrounding countryside can be heaving with insects and wild flowers. In autumn it slowly disappears to emerge again in spring. Discover more at a new exhibition at Samphire Hoe Education Shelter opening in January (1 January to 29 February, 11am to 3pm daily).  www.samphirehoe.com

Last chance to see David Nash: 200 Seasons at the Towner Gallery, Eastbourne until 2 February. The exhibition represents a major survey of Nash's career from the late 1960s to the present day, exploring his unique contribution to British sculpture and the international Land Art movement. 200 Seasons also celebrates the Towner's 10 years in the gallery's current building. The exhibition includes new work. FREE entry. Ends 2 February. www.townereastbourne.org.uk

Pudding Plod (4 January, 2pm) organised by the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership, Dover. A guided walk from Eastry to Worth to enjoy the winter countryside. Suggested donation of £2 appreciated. www.whitecliffscountryside.org.uk

Fort Burgoyne Tour. An introductory tour of Fort Burgoyne, hidden in the hillside to the north of Dover Castle. There is an activity booklet for children to complete to gain a certificate.  Please note that owing to bat hibernation there will be no access to the basement levels of the Fort on this tour. (5 January, 10.30am). Please wear stout footwear and bring a torch. Booking essential. Donation appreciated. www.whitecliffscountryside.org.uk

HAMPSHIRE

Sir Hillier Gardens' horticultural expert will take you on a Year's Day Guided Tour that will last approximately one hour and will showcase the stem colour, foliage and hardy winter shrubs, and highlight the Winter Garden and beyond (Wednesday 1 January, 2pm). Price: a £2 per person donation will go towards the rare plant collection. Normal Garden admission applies. Trees in Winter - Special Plant Walk. Head Arborist, Jon Hammerton, an expert in the field. Hammerton spent over 20 years looking after important collections around the world including the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Gibraltar Botanic Gardens and royal residences and played a starring role in BBC2 series The Trees That Made Britain. The tour will last approximately one and a half hours. Don't forget to wear your walking boots! (Saturday 11 January, 9am) Price: £15.50 p/p includes a coffee and cake at the end. Booking for both walk and tour is essential. www.hants.gov.uk

A new exhibition Gilbert White Around the World marks 300 years since the birth of Gilbert White English naturalist, ecologist and ornithologist and will explore White's international impact. Born 18 July 1720 White's pioneering work The Natural History of Selborne is often quoted as being the fourth most published book in the English language. His words have been translated in French, German, Spanish, Swedish, and Danish as well as Chinese and Japanese. The exhibition will run from 3 January until 28 June. Free with normal house admission. www.gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk

2020 marks 475 years since Henry VIIIs war ship The Mary Rose sank. Shipwreck Explorers uncovers a treasure trove of Tudor artefacts from the seabed, get hands on and discover how this amazing shipwreck was found, excavated and salvaged! General museum admission online prices adult 14.40, child 6.80 valid for one year. (Ends 5 January)

OXFORD

Churchill and Blenheim Palace re-opens after Christmas holiday on 5 January. The exhibition explores key moments in Churchill's life. As well as being his birthplace, Blenheim Palace is also the location he chose to propose to his wife, and his final resting place.  Artefacts, photographs and interesting facts that provide an extraordinary insight into the private life of this very public figure will be displayed in five of the palace's rooms, including the room where he was born. Price included in the Blenheim Palace, Park and Gardens admission ticket. www.blenheimpalace.com

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