More than 120 living history events in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire to commemorate the English Civil War fought in the area in 1645. At Oakham Castle, May 2-8, visitors can explore a manor house and gentry household, help the cook, and be a juror in a Court Leet. Bosworth Battlefield Centre has recreated a farmstead ("decayed village") with replica half-timbered buildings where, from May 13-21, 30 "villagers" will demonstrate rural crafts. Details: 0116 265 0555. To pre-book parties: 0116 234 1222 ext. 147.
MAY 3-JUNE 27
A series of talks and readings at the Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, London SE1, exploring the garden in literature from the Garden of Eden to the present. Participating writers and poets include: Karen Armstrong; Kathy Acker; Philip Hensher; Lawrence Scott; and Ruth Fainlight and Herbert Lomas. Admission to each event is Pounds 3.50, Pounds 2 concessions. Details: 0171 928 3002. Box office: 0171 928 8800.
MAY 4-JUNE 4
ANNE FRANK IN THE WORLD
The touring exhibition about the Jewish family in hiding in Nazi-occupied Holland reaches the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon, London NW9 for the 50th anniversary of VE Day. On May 8, admission will be free and there will be a dramatic entertainment for young people commissioned by the Anne Frank Educational Trust, and a children's tea. Booking: 0181 950 6476. Details: 0181 205 2266.
MAY 5-AUGUST 27
VE AND VJ DAY CELEBRATIONS
Southwark, one of the most heavily-bombed areas of London, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the end of hostilities with several events including: a free exhibition until May 27 at Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre; "the biggest VE Day street party in Britain", May 6-8, at Weston Street, London Bridge, free admission; free firework display at Southwark Park, May 8; and a picnic in the park on August 27 with the Herb Miller Orchestra at Gallery Road, Dulwich , tickets Pounds 7, Pounds 3 concessions from 0171 639 2347. Details:Dominic Bean, 0171 525 3718.
WEST INDIANS' CONTRIBUTION TO BRITISH WORLD WAR II EFFORT
Thousands of West Indian men signed up voluntarily and the West Indies contributed millions of pounds, interest free loans, munitions, oil, medical supplies, food and clothing to the war effort. To mark VE Day, the West Indian Ex-Servicemen's Association (UK) has mounted a free exhibition for schools at 163167 Clapham Manor Street, London SW4 featuring stories, photographs, videos and other memorabilia. Bookings: 0171 627 0702.
RAISING THE ISSUE
Summer school on children's literature at Dublin Writers' Museum, Parnell Square, to be opened by Senator David Norris. Speakers and panellists include: Betsy Byars, Gillian Cross, Colin McNaughton, Nick Butterworth and Michael Scott. Fee: Pounds 60, Pounds 50 members of Children's Literature Association of Ireland and Irish Children's Book Trust. Details: Angela O'Connell, The Library, Church of Ireland College of Education, 96 Upper Rathmines Road, Dublin 6.
MAY 13 AND JUNE 15
CHILDREN'S UTILISATION OF KNOWLEDGE IN KEY STAGES 1 AND 2
BUILDING FOR ACHIEVEMENT
Two events at the School of Education, Nottingham University. The first consists of two lectures by Professor Charles Desforges, Exeter University, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm. Fee: Pounds 28. The second is a workshop about secondary school effectiveness led by Professor John Gray, Homerton College, Cambridge. Fee: Pounds 54.50. Details: Ann Fletcher, 0115 951 4479.