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UNTIL MAY 23 MUSEUMS WEEKEND A teddy bears' picnic at Hove Museum, costumed guided tours around the Royal Pavilion and servants' secret tours around Preston Manor are taking place during Museums Week in Brighton and Hove Museums. Minimal charge or free. Details: 01273 290900.

UNTIL JUNE 4 STEPPING UP The experiences of children making the transition from tiny village schools to large comprehensives in the rural area of Weardale, County Durham, are documented in this photographic exhibition at The Mall, Crook Civic Centre, Durham. The project can also be visited online at www.btinternet.comvisionfactoryindex.html Details: Julie Ward on 01388 730574.

UNTIL OCTOBER 3 BUGS: THE MONSTER CREEPY CRAWLY SHOW Bugs have been turned into terrifying robotic monsters up to 300 times their normal size in this exhibition at the Royal Armouries, Leeds. There are 12 model bugs, including a praying mantis, purse-web spider and two fighting scorpions,interactive screens, feely boxes, a sandpit, things to smell and bug music to make. Details: 0113 220 1999.

MAY 23 ESSENCE OF LIFE FASHION SHOW Comedian Curtis Walker and designer Ozwald Boateng are supporting this show at the Hanover Grand, London W1, 7-12pm, being held in aid of those affected by sickle cell anaemia and thalassaemia. Tickets (pound;10, pound;8 concessions) from Ticketmania on 0181 555 0055.

MAY 27-AUGUST 30 JUST IN TIME The Mikron Theatre Company is touring Britain's inland waterways, 30 pubs, six museums and the Bristol Old Vic, supported by British Waterways. Their portrayal of Alison's journey through a transport "wonderland" contrasts the congestion and pollution of roads with the beauty and convenience of the waterways. Details: Kate Griffin, BW on 01923 201292 or Mikron Theatre Company on 01484 843701.

MAY 29-JUNE 3 LAUGHTER WORKSHOPS Crazy film clips, wacky animation, silly special effects and the chance to try out slapstick gags are among the free (after admission) drop-in activities at the Museum of the Moving Image, South Bank, London SE1. Plus children's comedy classic movies every afternoon in the National Film Theatre. Displays include the making of Nickelodeon's cartoon Rugrats and original artwork from Mark Baker's Jolly Roger. Details: 0171 928 3232.

JUNE 1-4 HALF-TERM SAFARIS Fun activities at the Epping Forest Field Centre, Essex, include a bug hunt, survival safari and pond-dipping for four to six-year-olds; bird brains and mammal madness for seven to nines and a forest trail for 10 to 13s on June 4. Sessions at 10am-noon and 2-4pm. Fee: pound;4. Details: 0181 508 7714.

JUNE 3-6; JULY 9-19 WAYS WITH WORDS Kate Adie, Esther Freud, Libby Purves, Malcolm Bradbury and Andrew Davies are among thecontributors at this literacy festival in Southwold, Suffolk. The second, at Dartington Hall, Devon, features Margaret Cook on life with Robin, Roy Hattersley, Richard Ingrams, Ben Okri, Barry Norman and Harriet Walter. Details: 01803 867311.

JUNE 5 POETRY AND PSYCHOANALYSIS Adam Phillips, author and child psychotherapist, is giving this public lecture at The Logan Hall, Institute of Education, Bedford Way, London WC1, 10am-1pm. For tickets (pound;30, pound;20 students) send cheque and SAE to: The Guild of Psychotherapists, 47 Nelson Square, London SE1 OQA. Details: 0181 540 4454.

JULY 5-11 ROAD SAFETY WEEK Brake aims to save lives by highlighting the number of deaths on our roads and encouraging people to take more care. Schools can send for an activity pack, price pound;2.75 (make cheque payable to Brake). Organisations planning events should register by June 1. Details: 01306 741113.

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