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  • Events in April

    Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden
    (30 April-4 June)
    The sculpture trail will weave its way through the 48 acres of manicured grounds with breathtaking views, along with an indoor exhibition of sculptures and demonstrations.
    Birtley Estate, Bramley, Surrey

    War-Torn Children
    (Until 15 April)
    Exhibition – free to view
    Wall hangings, newspaper articles, photographs, books and letters capturing the fear and desolation experienced by young people in traumatic circumstances associated with war.
    Linen Hall Library, Belfast
    028 9032 1707,

    12th Annual Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival
    (29 April-07 May)
    More than 30 themed walks ranging from two to 10 miles, and 25 walks which are longer and for the more experienced walker. Booking required.
    Ironbride Gorge, Shropshire
    01952 433424,

    Reimagining Historic Posters
    (Until 27 April)
    Twenty-one stunning original prints from the Museum’s collection that focus on the ways that graphic designers and artists have been inspired by past designs.
    London Transport Museum, Covent, London
    020 7379 6344,

    Cockneys in Arcadia
    (07 April-09 July)
    Featuring a full range of work by leading Arts and Crafts designer Charles Robert Ashbee including furniture, metalwork, silver, jewellery and printed books.
    Court Barn, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire
    01386 841951,

    A Happy Convalescence
    (Until 01 March 2018)
    Stories of fun, friendship and romance that offered a brief respite from the front lines for injured soldiers sent to recover at Hartlebury Castle Hospital.
    Worcestershire County Museum, Hartlebury, Worcestershire
    01299 250416,

    South West of England

    07 Brownsea at War (11am)
    Join this free guided walk that explores the island’s world war connections.
    Brownsea Island, Purbeck, Dorset
    01202 707744,

    16-17 Easter Eggstravaganza!
    Hunt the Easter eggs and enjoy balloon modelling, face painting and brake van rides.
    Bodmin & Wenford Railway, Bodmin, Cornwall
    01208 73555,

    25 Film and Television Archive Gold (1.10-2pm)
    Join Stacey Anderson of the South West Film and Television Archive on a journey through the collection which embraces home movies, news reels and experimental films.
    Plymouth Athenaeum, Derry’s Cross, Plymouth
    01752 304774,

    27 Celebrated But Seedy (7.30pm)
    A talk by Richard Kay on the life of Camden Town artist Walter Sickert. Tickets £15 including local wine and cheese. Booking essential.
    The Museum of Somerset, Taunton, Somerset
    01823 255088,

    29 Camborne Trevithick-Day
    A free community festival celebrating the area’s heritage with the focus on Richard Trevithick, pioneer of high pressure steam-power.
    Camborne, Cornwall
    01209 719966,

    South East of England and London

    08-09 Warriors of Arundel Castle
    Raven Tor Living History Group will cover the key moments of the Castle’s history from 1067-1644 in costume, crafts, weapons and combat displays.
    Arundel Castle & Gardens, Arundel, West Sussex
    01903 882173,

    16 Public Open Day
    Enjoy miniature steam train rides and the model railway layouts.
    Stoke Park, Guildford, Surrey

    22-23 St George’s Festival
    Celebrate everything that is fantastic about our green and pleasant land at the biggest St George’s Day celebration in the country.
    Wrest Park, Silsoe, Bedfordshire
    0370 333 1181,

    22-23 Secrets of the Underground Open Weekend
    Explore this working Museum Depot, a treasure-house of over 320,000 artefacts from London’s transport history and which is usually closed to the public.
    London Transport Museum Depot, Acton, London
    020 7379 6344,

    23 Big Spring Steam Up
    The Museum’s traction engines and road rollers will be out in force at the first steam-up event of the year.
    Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum, Swanwick, Hampshire
    01489 576248,

    West of England

    02 Shropshire Scale Model Show
    Intricately detailed models will be on display against a backdrop of aircraft in the Museum’s hangars.
    Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire
    01902 376200,

    08-09 Open House Weekend
    The return of the popular model railway exhibition, alongside opportunities to see what goes on behind closed doors.
    Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster, Worcestershire
    01562 757900,

    09 Hereford & District Preservation Society
    A display of stationary engines, vintage cars, tractors and commercial vehicles, restored by the Society’s members.
    Waterworks Museum, Hereford, Herefordshire
    01432 361147,

    17 Museum Alive
    Meet a host of costumed characters including the Scullery Maid, WWI Nurse, Farmer, and Nursery Maid, who will be bringing the museum rooms and collections to life.
    Worcestershire County Museum, Hartlebury, Worcestershire
    01299 250416,

    29-01 May Spring Jousting Tournament
    Join us on the South Lawn for a mighty jousting tournament featuring ‘The Knights of Royal England.
    Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire
    01993 810530,

    East of England

    04-15 Blitz Stories
    Seventy-five years since the WWII Baedeker raids, find out how Norwich people coped – with trail, crafts and activities.
    Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell, Norwich, Norfolk

    01603 629127,

    06 Inns and Taverns Tour (7.30pm)
    Take a trip down memory lane with our costumed guide and discover the fascinating stories behind many of Peterborough’s pubs.
    Peterborough Museum, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
    01733 864663,

    15-16 Gainsborough Model Railway
    Based on the East Coast Main Line from London King’s Cross to Leeds Central, the railway covers 2,500sq feet, has over 1,200ft of main line track and needs 10 operators.
    Florence Terrace, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire

    16 Lincoln Big Mini Day
    Owners of all types of Mini are invited to this annual event, so expect displays from the oldest to the newest cars.
    Brayford Wharf Waterfront, Lincoln, Lincolnshire
    07749 536407,

    22-23 Spring Diesel Gala
    Last year saw Royal Highland Fusilier 55019 grace our rails, this year we hope to delight in equal measures.
    Epping Ongar Railway, Ongar, Essex
    01277 365200,


    14-17 Easter Adventure Quest
    Meet a courtly character from the past who will be able to help you crack the clues as you explore the Castle. There’s a reward for successful adventurers.
    Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden, Kenilworth, Warwickshire
    0370 333 1181,

    15 The Locksmith’s House – Spring Tour
    Join a tour of the house to find out about the Hodson family and see the Lock Gallery which offers an insight into some extraordinary locks from across the ages.
    54 New Road, Willenhall, West Midlands
    0121 557 9643,

    19 A Shoemaker Goes To War (3pm)
    A memorial service followed by a series of talks to commemorate the centenary of the fall of the 4th Territorial Battalion in Gaza. Talks require booking.
    Abington Park Museum, Northampton, Northamptonshire
    01604 838110,

    21-23 Spring Steam Gala
    An intensive timetable offering the opportunity to see guest engines working alongside the home fleet.
    North Norfolk Railway, Sheringham, Norfolk
    01263 820800,

    22-23 St George’s Day
    Witness the ultimate showdown as gallant St George takes on his arch nemesis in England’s most legendary battle.
    Bolsover Castle, Bolsover, Derbyshire
    0370 333 1181,

    North of England

    01-02 Sci-Fi on the Sidings
    Boldly go where you have never gone before… by steam train with a host of time travellers, aliens, monsters and more, it’s sure to be an intergalactic good time.
    East Lancashire Railway, Bury, Lancashire
    0161 764 7790,

    06-09 Great North Steam Fair
    An amazing line-up of visiting vehicles and Beamish transport, in action and on view.
    Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham
    0191 370 4000,

    08-17 Lambing Week at the Farm
    Will you be lucky enough to see our lambs being born?
    Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire
    01625 374400,

    15 Titanic Quartermaster (1.30, 2.30 & 3.30pm)
    Quartermaster Robert Hichins was at the wheel when Titanic hit an iceberg. Hear what really happened to him that night, told by our resident actor.
    Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool
    0151 478 4499,

    30-01 May May Day Steamings
    Enjoy some of the engines that once powered the mills of the North of England, which will be in steam over these two days.
    Bolton Steam Museum, Bolton, Lancashire
    01204 846490,


    01 Real Ale Train (6.30pm)
    Step on board and soak up the atmosphere while enjoying the real ales on offer at the well stocked bar. Double return journey – arrive back approximately 9.30pm.
    Llangollen Railway, Llangollen, Denbighshire
    01978 860979,

    06 My Family and Other Animals
    Marietta Crichton-Stuart, great-granddaughter of the 3rd Marquess of Bute, discusses her family’s houses as well as their real and imaginary four-legged and winged friends.
    Cardiff Castle, Cardiff
    029 2087 8100,

    16 Easter Sunday Movie (2.30pm)
    A film classic for Easter with a free screening of How Green Was My Valley.
    National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
    0300 111 2 333,


    11 Ship to Store (11-12.30pm)
    Be inspired by luxury sea travel of the 1920s and 30s in this free drop-in print making workshop.
    Riverside Museum, Glasgow
    0141 287 2660,

    14 The Gathering Storm (4-5pm)
    Discover the stories of the men and women who played a role in the preparation for battle and stood on the moor.
    Culloden Battlefield, Culloden Moor, Culloden
    01463 796090,

    29-30 Colonsay Book Festival 2017
    Many of Scotland’s best loved writers and poets – including Alexander McCall Smith – will make the journey by ferry to experience Colonsay’s literary celebrations.
    Isle of Colonsay, Southern Hebrides
    01951 200157,

    Northern Ireland

    01-02 HMS Caroline Re-opening
    Learn about HMS Caroline and her role in the Battle of Jutland as she reopens to the public during this weekend of fun activities for all ages.
    HMS Caroline, Titanic Quarter, Belfast
    028 9045 4484,,

    22 Vintage Bus Rally
    See Irish Transport Heritage’s fabulously presented vintage buses and hitch a ride around the grounds of the Museum.
    Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra, Holywood
    028 9042 8428,

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