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Do Something: on our radar this month

July 19, 2014

Marisa Bate

A sensory journey

At Glasgow's Merchant City festival, sign up for a storytelling workshop with Project Ability, a visual arts centre for adults with learning disabilities. The artist Claire Hulme will lead you on a sensory journey across Scotland - from mountain climbing to island hopping - all inside the gallery.

24 July-3 August;

How to be happy

The eternal question gets a makeover in a new book by Professor of Behavioural Science Paul Dolan. Paul says lasting contentment is less about how you feel or think, and more about how you act.

Happiness by Design: Finding Pleasure and Purpose in Everyday Life, is published 28 August

Shakespeare outdoors

The Lost Gardens of Heligan provide a dramatic setting for a musical adaption of The Tempest. Arrive early for a chance to explore the exotic gardens, which were rediscovered by a team of keen gardeners in 1990 and painstakingly restored.

20 August;

A walk in the woods

Go on a woodland walk at the spectacular Westonbirt Arboretum, in Gloucestershire, and follow a special botanical trail. To celebrate the release of The New Sylva (a book of botanical drawings first published in 1664), the Forestry Commission is hosting walks

until 31 August.

Create a garden city

Join Manchester as it turns green for one weekend. The urban growing festival Dig the City encourages residents to spread a little horticultural magic. Community show gardens and pop-up picnics sit alongside the National Trust's treehouse for children.

2-10 August;

Make a comic

One of the country's biggest comic conventions arrives in the north west this weekend, where you can meet comic creators and make your own comics. On the main stage, expect appearances from stars of Red Dwarf and

Game of Thrones.

19-20 July;

Learn pottery

A mix of 130 established pottery artists and new talent from across the country come together to sell, and show off, their work. Held in the oldest pottery market in the UK, on the edge of the Lake District, there are also free hour- long pottery lessons for adults.

25-27 July;

Go up in a balloon

Watch 120 hot air balloons take to the skies over Bristol at the annual Balloon Fiesta at Ashton Court estate. There is live music, night-time ascents, and guests can camp over. Book a spot in a balloon for unbeatable views from 300 metres up.

7-10 Aug;

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Source: Guardian (UK)

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