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Sunny Banks Tennis Farm, Bodmin, Cornwall. Tel: 01208 75048; Fully residential, pound;310 pw (July), pound;320 pw (Aug). Shorter breaks, tuition-only or Bamp;B-only may be available.

Missenden Abbey, Great Missenden, Bucks.Tel: 01494 862904; July 28 to August 24. Fully residential, pound;509 pw, tuition only, pound;160, half-day, pound;80.

Dartington Summer School, Totnes, Devon. Tel: 01803 847077;; July 27 to August 31. Fees for a week (including tuition and meals) vary according to accommodation: deluxe, pound;770; student rooms, pound;440; camping, pound;280.

University of Edinburgh Office of Lifelong Learning. Tel: 0131 650 4400; www.lifelong.ed. Rocks and Talks July 29 to August 2, pound;210 (non-residential). Film Festival August 14-20, pound;185 (non-residential, with tickets to films, the opening gala and related lecture programme).

Madingley Hall, Cambridge. Tel: 01954 280399; Courses include fossil-hunting, Pre-Raphaelite art, country house literature, creative writing. Most courses last three days, for example, July 26-28, Crime and the Local Community 1500-1700, pound;137, residential; pound;86, non-residential.

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Book ahead: Children's Literature International Summer School 2003, July 25-30 at University of Surrey, Roehampton. For programme, email:

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