JULY 22-SEPTEMBER 16 PETER CUSHING OBE 1913-94: THE GENTLE MAN OF HORROR A celebration at Whitstable Museum and Gallery, Kent, of the career of the film star who had a long association with the town. Exhibits include: personal items, film clips and memories of friends and co-stars. Free admission. Details: 01227 276998.
JULY 27-AUGUST 28 WHAT ON EARTH?
A huge big top on the lawns of the Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7, will house one-hour performances by The Desperates, who will tumble, leap, fly on a trapeze and bounce on bungees to illustrate the animals, atoms and anthropods that Ted and Reg find in their gardens. They also attempt to catch a meteorite and build a particle accelerator, find out about pollination, climb to the moon, and go back in time to the Big Bang. Admission: Pounds 6 adults, Pounds 4 childrenconcessions. Details: 0171 938 9523.
JULY 27-28 AND AUGUST 2 CHILDREN'S SCULPTURE WORKSHOPS
At Manor House Art Gallery, Ilkley, Yorkshire, children aged 8-plus will look at the works of Robert Lee and Andrew Coates ,and artists who have influenced them such as Picasso and Miro, then create their own three-dimensional story, illusion, memory or invention from a pile of junk. Fee: Pounds 5-Pounds 6. A programme of free guided walks around Roman or Victorian Ilkley is also on offer for anyone aged 12-plus. Details: 01943 600066.
JULY 30-AUGUST 14 BALLROOM BLITZ
In its tenth year at the Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, London SE1, the Blitz will take in the rhythms of African dance, ancient Indian and contemporary Chinese choreography and music, 1950s social dances, flamenco, ballroom, ballet with English National Ballet and Royal Ballet dancers, and showstopping West End choreography. For children, there are many free workshopsperformances and a dressing-up box containing everything from ballroom frocks to togas. Details: 0171 928 8800.
JULY 31-AUGUST 4 SUMMER IN THE CITY
Annual children's festival at the Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2, with a city farm on the Sculpture Court, cinema club, concerts performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, African drumming, and a wooden toy exhibition. Plus, in the Red Exhibition Hall, theatre and puppet shows, an inflatable bungee run, and workshops on film-making, keyboard skills, making glove puppets, and more. Admission: Pounds 4.50, Pounds 5 on the day, Pounds 1 accompanying adults. Details: 0171 638 8891.
AUGUST 4-24 THE BLEDDFA SUMMER SCHOOL, KNIGHTON, POWYS
Ritual will be explored in week one led by James Roose-Evans, theatre director and writer, assisted by Dr Janet Goodridge, who has studied with the Yaqui Native Americans. Week two will be devoted to Sesame drama and movement, and week three to storytelling with Daniel Mordern, Tuup, Vayu Naidu, Hugh Lupton, Grace Hallworth and Duncan Williamson. Fee: Pounds 250 per week; bed and breakfast will be available for Pounds 14-Pounds 18 per person per night. Details: Jenny Pearson, 0171 482 1817.