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An antiques study tour of England is being offered by the Warman Publishing Company from Sept. 22 through Oct. 9. The 17-day tour will be led by Harry L. Rinker, editor of Warman's Antiques and Their Prices, who has selected the itinerary to focus on the sources of china, porcelain, silver, and other items popular to the American market.

The group, limited to 40, will make overnight stays in Bath, Worcester (including a visit to the Royal Worcester Porcelain factory), Stoke-on-Trent (for a lecture on English Staffordshire, visits to the Gladstone Pottery Museum, Spode Museum, and Wedgwood Museum, and tours of the Wedgwood and Royal Doulton factories), York, and London (including a lecture at the Victoria and Albert Museum).

Other highlights will be stops at the Brierly Hill Glass Museum in Dudley, the museum devoted to Coalport pottery, the Doll Museum at Oken's House, and the Guild Halls of London. In addition the group will tour Stratford-on-Avon, Canterbury, the British Museum, and Hampton Court.

The trip leaves from Boston and costs $2,300, with most meals included. A brochure is available by writing to Warman Publishing Company, Dept. ST, PO Box 26742, Elkins Park, Pa. 19117, telephone (215) 657-1813. Because the group size is limited, reservations will be accepted in the order in which they are received at Warman's.

The Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario began its 31st season officially on June 5. On the Festival main stage the season features ''Macbeth,'' ''As You Like It,'' ''Richard II,'' ''Tartuffe''; at the Avon Theatre, ''The Gondliers'' and ''The Mikado,'' followed by ''A Country Wife'' and ''Death of a Salesman;'' at the Third Stage, a series of Virtuoso Performances by solo artists, followed by the Third Stage Company in ''Much Ado About Nothing'' and ''Love's Labour's Lost.'' In addition, during July and August on the Festival's main stage, there are the popular Monday concerts, and the Sunday Celebrity Lectures Series.

The box office is open for telephone orders, which will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until September 4. From September 4 through October 22, the lines will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visa, Mastercard, and American Express cards are accepted.

Telephone orders will be accepted without advance payment fourteen days prior to performance date and held until one hour before performance time. Three telephone lines connect directly to the Festival box office: free from Toronto ( 416) 363-4471; free from Detroit (313) 964-4668; and long distance to Stratford (519) 273-1600.

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