CANCER RESEARCH CAMPAIGN NATIONAL WALK WEEK
Schools are invited to organise sponsored walks ranging from a five-minute stroll to a ten kilometre hike at any time during the month of October. Any individual raising more than Pounds 30 will receive a "foot-stomping" T-shirt. Details and sponsorship forms: Tracy Cooper, 0171 224 1333 ext. 151.
OCTOBER 4-JANUARY 21
AFRICA: THE ART OF A CONTINENT
This ambitious Royal Academy exhibition encompasses the whole of the African continent with everything from the earliest artefact produced by man (a handmade stone tool from the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania dating from Pounds 1.6 million BC) to recent masterpieces. Materials range from dung to gold and include bronze, ivory, terracotta, wood, rock engravings and paintings, basketry and textiles. There is an accompanying education programme. Details: 0171 494 5615. For a colour-illustrated teachers' pack send 60p SAE to: Education department, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London W1V ODS.
OCTOBER 7-8 AND NOVEMBER 18-19
FESTIVAL OF STEAM AND LIVE STEAM MODEL RAILWAY SHOW
Special events at Kew Bridge Steam Museum, Brentford, Middlesex, which was formerly a 19th-century pumping station. Visitors can walk through a working steam engine and see five Cornish beam engines, which were used to pump West London's water supply for more than a century, a 1902 Hindley waterwheel, the Waterworks railway, and a museum of water supply. Schools and colleges can arrange week-day visits and steaming days with the education officer. Details: 0181 568 4757.
AFRICAN-CARIBBEAN PARENTS AND FAMILIES INFORMATION AND NETWORK FAIR
Lewisham's Youth Advice Information Development centre is bringing together a wide range of information about social and formal education, after-school provision and leisure at Riverdale Hall, Lewisham Shopping Centre, London SE13. Caribbean food available. Free admission. Details: 0181 697 74352152.
NATIONAL ASTHMA WEEK
Swimmers are challenged to clock up as many lengths and widths as they can as part of the National Asthma Campaign's "Great British Swim", which aims to reach a target of 4,650 miles - the distance around Britain's coastline. Details: Lorna Smith, 0171 226 2260. Asthma helpline: 0345 010203.
NEW FOREST EDUCATION DAY
Presentations on the history, culture, ecology and commoning issues of the New Forest followed by contributions from the main outdoor and environmental centre providers. After lunch participants will visit different areas and educational establishments within the Forest. Teachers and lecturers welcome. Fee: Pounds 4.50. Details: Roger Brake, The Forestry Commission, 01703 283141, or Brian Lamb, 01962 846855.