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TODAY Have a go at an introductory dowsing session at Packwood House, Packwood Lane, Lapworth. Adult pounds 10. 7pm - 9pm.

Booking essential 01564 782024.

Relax after work, bring a picnic, play a giant game and enjoy Croome, Croome D'Abitot, Worcestershire for this special week long evening opening. 10am - 10pm. Call 01905 371006.

TOMORROW Make your own kite and see how high you can fly it at Lickey Hills Country Park, Warren Lane, Rednal. 11am - 1pm. Small charge for materials. Booking essential 0121 447 7106.

Learn more about barbequeing with Ready Steady Cook's Ben Bartlett at Notcutt's Garden Centre, Stratford Road, Solihull.

11.30am - 1.30pm. Call 0121 744 4501.

Visit the open gardens of Wichenford, near Worcester, including market stalls and a local heritage exhibition. pounds 4. 11am - 6pm.

See the 1930s kitchen in action with tips and demonstrations by Aga Doctor, Richard Maggs at Upton House, near Banbury, Warwickshire. 11.30am,1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm.

Call 01295 670266.

Enjoy Hands on the Past, a living history group portray life in Tudor times at Baddesley Clinton, Rising Lane, Warwickshire. 12am - 4pm. Call 01564 783294.

Take a trip to see the agricultural exhibits at the West Midlands Show, Berwick Road, Shrewsbury. 9am - 7pm. Call 01743 289 831.

pounds 14 adults, pounds 12 concessions, under 16s free of charge.

Go to Hanbury Hall, School Road, Hanbury, Droitwich Spa and see a variety of tractors both old and new with children's activities.

11am - 4.30pm. Call 01527 821214.

Experience medieval life as a soldier, see a camp and relive skirmishes from the Battle of Mortimers Cross at Croft Castle, near Leominster. 11am - 4.30pm. Call 01568 780141.

Take a guided walk around the garden at Biddulph, Grange Road, Biddulph, Staffordshire and learn about the magnificent trees and plants brought from the corners of the globe. pounds 7.50. 10am - 11.45am. Booking essential 01782 517999 SUNDAY Cast your line in an angling contest for the Plantsbrook Shield at Plantsbrook Local Nature Reserve, off Eachelhurst Road, Erdington. 7.30am - 1pm. Call 0121 351 7007.

Take a fascinating walk learning some historical facts about Cannon Hill Park, Russell Road, Moseley as you go. 11am - 1pm. Meet at the information office. Call 0121 442 4226.

Visit the gardens of Balsall Common near Coventry and have tea at St Peter's Church Hall, Holly Lane. Adults pounds 4. 11am - 6pm.

Hire the geocaching equipment and be given full instructions on how to find secret boxes hidden on the Clent Hills, Worcestershire. pounds 5 for a group of 4 people.

10.30am - 2.30pm. Booking essential 01562 712822..
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Date:Jun 26, 2009
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