English Heritage is hosting 1,000 events in the year 2000. They include St George's Festival at Wrest Park Garden, Bedfordshire, on April 2324; a re-creation of wartime life at Dover Castle on May 2829; and an English "civil war spectacular" at Kirby Hall, Northamptonshire, on May 2829. Contact: 020 7973 3250; www. english-heritage.org.uk.
* The Practical Ideas Scheme
pfp Publishing Ltd is running a competition to find the most practical idea used in UK primary schools. Ideas can relate to any area of school life. The prize is pound;1,000 worth of school equipment and the deadline for entries is July 21. The judging panel includes Gerald Haigh (a regular TES Primary contributor). Contact: 020 74042776.
* London Park Discovery Project 2000
Children aged six to 10 in Greater London primary chools are invited to design a children's guide to their favourite local green open space. Entries must be in by June 16 and the winner will receive pound;500 for their school. A pack is available from the London Historic Park and Gardens Trust with activity sheets and teacher's notes. Information is available from LHPGT, Duck Island Cottage, St James's Park, London SW1A 2BJ; 020 7839 3969.
The National Trust Coast Show is a mix of displays and activities about maritime life and our coastal heritage on-board the Grand Turk. The ship is a replica of the18th-century sailing ship featured in ITV's Hornblower series and Granada's film Longitude. Costumed characters explain life on-board. The show depicts the ship leaving London on its voyage around the UK. Schools must pre-book with Suzette Phillips on 01373 828644.