Seven Days

First published in What's On

AT THE NATIONAL MOTOR MUSEUM, BEAULIEU...

GO to the chequered flag and beyond with a themed tour around the motor museum this weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday, visitors will be able to enjoy the story of motor racing from Gordon Bennett to Formula One.

Get a close up view of the vehicles, from the 1899 Daimler to the 2004 BAR Honda.

AT WINCHESTER DISCOVERY CENTRE...

SIX authors from publishers Unbound will go head-to-head in front of a live audience, pitching to raise funding for their fledgling book ideas to make it into print.

In a cross between an election hustings and a literary Dragons’ Den, authors Katy Brand, Dr David Bramwell, Tamasin Day-Lewis, Paul Kingsnorth, George Chopping and Lisa Gee will outline their plots, reading extracts and passionately pleading their cases. The audience of potential readers will then get the chance to participate in Unbound’s unique system of book publishing, by pledging support for the book idea they’d like to see in print.

Tickets for the event, on Thursday, are £3 each.

AT SIR HAROLD HILLER GARDENS, NEAR ROMSEY...

SNOWDROP drama gets under way on Thursday.

The exhibition is scheduled to include around 40 different cultivars and species of snowdrops including several rare varieties such as the very unusual and attractive variety G.

‘Blewbury Tart’, with its twisted double flowers, the G. ‘Doncaster’s Double Scharlock’, another rare, miniature double flowering variety and G. ‘Augustus’ (named by the late Amy Doncaster who was given it by E A Bowles) with short broad leaves and shapely rounded flowers that are well puckered in their texture.

The collection will be displayed in a Victorian-style snowdrop theatre until February 10. The exhibition is included in the usual admission to the gardens.

AT STUBBINGTON...

IT’S race day in Stubbington on Sunday!

Hundreds of runners will take to the streets, paths and fields for the Stubbington Green 10k from 10am.

After a brilliant summer of athletics at London 2012, organisers are hoping to see a record number of people start the 2013 race.

Children can join in the fun run and spectators are welcome.

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