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  • Events in August

    Enlightened Princesses
    (Until 12 November)
    Explore the lives of three German princesses, whose marriage into the British royal family placed them at the very heart of the enlightenment underway in 18th century Britain.
    Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, London
    020 3166 6000, www.hrp.org.uk/kensington-palace

    Women, Work & War
    (Until 24 September)
    Uncover the vital role women played during the First World War in Leeds.

    Leeds Industrial Museum, Armley, Leeds
    0113 378 3173, leeds.gov.uk/womenworkwar

    Railart 2017
    (26 August-1 October)
    The summer exhibtion by the Guild of Railway Artists.
    Kidderminster Railway Museum, Kidderminster, Worcestershire
    www.railart.co.uk

    Breaking the Chain
    (Until 3 September)
    A once in a lifetime chance to see the Battle of Medway story told through a wonderful collection of historic art, objects and manuscripts on loan from British and Dutch museums.
    The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent
    01634 823800, thedockyard.co.uk

    20th Anniversary Sculpture Trail
    (19 August-24 September)
    Featuring the work of emerging and established sculptors, showing more than 80 sculptures set within the internationally renowned gardens.
    RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey
    01483 224234, www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

    Which Jane Austen?
    (23 June-29 October)
    A major new exhibition that challenges the current public perception of one of England’s greatest literary heroes.
    The Weston Library, Bodleian Libraries, Oxford
    01865 287400, www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/weston

    Beam Me Back, Scotty
    (Until 24 September)
    Teleport yourself to a great era of space fiction with this display of children’s comics and annuals, toys and games, film posters and packaging of the period.
    Museum of Brands, Notting Hill, London
    020 7243 9611, www.museumofbrands.com

    South West of England

    04-06  Torbay Steam Fair 2017
    Steam demonstrations, traction engines, vintage cars, commercials, motorbikes, military tractors, stationary engines, fairground rides and more.
    Dartmouth Road, Churston Ferrers, Devon
    07795383324 ,www.torbaysteamfair.co.uk

    05-06   Lifeboat Weekend
    Held in aid of the RNLI, featuring games, competitions, entertainments, food and drink, music and other family fun.
    Clovelly Visitor Centre, near Bideford, Devon EX39 5TA
    01237 431781, clovelly.co.uk

    12-13  Civil War Weekend
    Join the Taunton Garrison at their living history camp and experience what life was like during the Civil War with battle re-enactments and weapons demonstrations.
    Dunster, near Minehead, Somerset
    01643 821314, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunster-castle

    12-13  Sci-Fi Weekend
    Meet the Dorset Storm Troopers, watch the epic battle between the Daleks and the Unit soldiers, and enjoy sci-fi themed talks and tours, market stalls, and props around the Museum.
    The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset
    01929 462359, www.tankmuseum.org

    12-13  Steam & Vintage Weekend
    Vintage transport including live steam, traction engines, cars and motorbikes. Spitfire flypast on Saturday.
    Swindon & Cricklade Railway, Blunsdon, Swindon, Wiltshire
    01793 771615, www.swindon-cricklade-railway.org

    South East of England and London

    10  Charity Toy and Train Fair (6-9.30pm)
    Selling new and pre-enjoyed model railways, books, photographs, stamps and sci-fi to raise funds for the Association of Bexley Charities ’78.
    Falconwood Community Centre, Welling, Kent
    020 8310 5018, bexleych.wixsite.com/bexley-charities-78

    19-20  Vintage & Steam
    Take a step back in time and experience the nostalgic sights and sounds of an era when steam and world class engineering powered the country.
    Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton, Chichester, West Sussex
    01243 811363, www.wealddown.co.uk

    20  Teddy Bears Picnic (2-5pm)
    Enjoy a miniature train rides and take a look at the outdoor “garden” and OO gauge layout in the clubhouse.    Any child bringing a teddy bear will get a free train ride ticket.
    Stoke Park, Guildford, Surrey
    gmes.org.uk

    25-26  Family Festival of Flight
    Take the paper plane challenge, follow the Squadron Dog family trail, perfect your drilling technique, learn how to code – and much more – at this free family festival.
    RAF Museum London
    020 8205 2266, www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london

    26-28  History in Action
    Representing 12,000 years of local and castle history in crafts, costume and combat.
    Arundel Castle & Gardens, Arundel, West Sussex
    01903 882173, www.arundelcastle.org

    West of England

    01-31  Nimrod Tours
    Step on board the Nimrod, gain an insight into its history of the aircraft and hear about the crews on board. Booking recommended.
    Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire
    01902 376200, www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford

    12-13  Steam on the Road
    From steamrollers, traction engines and steam wagons, to steam trains running on the Railway, take a trip back to the glory years with our summer steam rally.
    Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster, Worcestershire
    01562 757900, www.svr.co.uk

    18-20  Summer Jousting Tournament
    Gallant knights and their noble steeds will battle for glory in a spectacular jousting tournament.
    Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire
    01993 810530, www.blenheimpalace.com

    19-20  Blists Hill in Steam
    A rare chance to get up close and personal with an array of Victorian steam powered machines, all of which will be in their full working splendour.
    Blists Hill Victorian Town, Telford, Shropshire
    01952 433424, www.ironbridge.org.uk

    27  Bromyard Hop Festival
    Celebrating Bromyard’s close links with the Hop industry with a craft fair, music festival, parade of vintage cars and tractors, and a beer festival.
    Bromyard Town Centre, Herefordshire
    07891 124620, www.bromyardhopfestival.co.uk

    East of England

    06  Picnic Day
    Celebrate the beautiful countryside that surrounds us by bringing along a picnic or ordering a picnic basket from the tea room full of locally sourced produce.
    Easton Walled Gardens, Grantham, Lincolnshire
    01476 530063, www.visiteaston.co.uk

    12-13  Vintage Vehicle Rally
    A wonderful collection of steam traction engines, trains, buses and cars.
    Epping Ongar Railway, Ongar, Essex
    01277 365200, eorailway.co.uk

    12-13  Clash of Knights
    Feel the heat of the battle as four teams fight with clubs and shields in this contest of skill and strength.
    Framlingham Castle, Suffolk
    01728 724189, www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/framlingham-castle

    19-20  Purleigh Country Show
    Raising funds for the Thundersley Little Havens Children’s Hospice with displays of vintage cars, motorcycles, steam, model, craft demonstrations and more.
    Purleigh Halt, Purleigh, Essex
    01621 852336, purleighcountryshow.org.uk

    29  Bat Walk
    Find out the truth about British bats with this guided bat walk. Booking essential.
    Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk
    01328 713111, www.holkham.co.uk/event/bat-walk

    Midlands

    12  Aston Alive – Roll up! Roll up! Victorian Day
    Be prepared to be amazed and astounded by the Palace of Curiosities, see a real mermaid and meet Queen Victoria.
    Aston Hall, Aston, Birmingham
    0121 348 8100, www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/aston

    13  Edwardian Leicester Walk (2pm)
    Discover more about this eventful period in the history of Leicester. Booking essential
    The Town Hall, Leicester, Leicestershire
    0116 299 4444, www.visitleicester.info

    20  Buses Festival
    A display of over 100 vintage and modern buses from a range of fleets and liveries. Free bus rides will be running throughout the day.
    British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire
    01926 641188, www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk

    26-28  Gala Weekend
    Three days packed full of passenger and freight services, it promises to be quite a weekend.
    Northampton & Lamport Railway, Chapel Brampton, Northamptonshire
    01604 820327, www.nlr.org.uk/nlrps/contacting-nlrps/

    29  The Locksmith’s House – Summer Fun Day
    See the Lock Gallery and find out all about the Hodson family with a tour of their former home.
    The Locksmith’s House, Willenhall, West Midlands
    0121 557 9643, www.bclm.co.uk

    North of England

    14 City of Culture (2pm)
    Join a visitor host for a tour of the Wondrous Place gallery and a look at the sport, music, art and writers of the city of Liverpool. Free drop-in event, no need to book.
    Museum of Liverpool, Liverpool, Merseyside
    0151 478 4545, www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mol

    19-20  Vintage Weekend
    A retro weekend of fun inspired by the 50s and 60s; with live music, dancing, family activities and prizes for the best vintage outfits.
    Lotherton Hall, Leeds
    0113 378 2959, www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries

    19-20  Return of the Romans
    Take in the sights, sounds and smells of a living camp, and be part of the action as the mighty Romans return to the Wall.
    Chesters Roman Fort and Museum – Hadrian’s Wall, Heaxham, Northumberland
    01434 681379, www.english-heritage.org.uk

    19-20  100 Years of Durham WIs
    Celebrate 100 Years of the Durham County Federation of Women’s Institutes with a grand parade, craft exhibition and flower displays.
    Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham
    0191 370 4000, www.beamish.org.uk

    27-28  August Bank Holiday Steamings
    Some of the engines that once powered the mills of northern England will be running in steam over the two days.
    Bolton Steam Museum, Bolton, Lincolnshire
    01204 846490, www.nmes.org

    Wales

    14-20 Rope Machine
    Try your hand at our brilliant replica 19th century rope making machine that twists long threads into a perfect twine.
    National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
    0300 111 2 333, museum.wales/swansea

    19-20  Grand Medieval Mêlée
    A day full of the sights and sounds of life centuries ago with all the hustle and bustle of a medieval encampment, music, games, displays and have a go archery activities.
    Cardiff Castle, Cardiff
    029 2087 8100, www.cardiffcastle.com

    Scotland

    04  100 Years of Bowhill (2pm)
    House Guide Adam Borwick will tell the tale of the 4th and 5th Dukes, the two men who shaped the House and title. Booking essential, tickets include a cream tea.
    Bowhill House, Selkirk, Scottish Borders
    01750 22205, www.bowhillhouse.co.uk

    15  Culloden (6pm)
    A screening of Peter Watkins’ Culloden, which imagines a documentary film crew covering the Battle of Culloden.
    Filmhouse, Edinburgh
    0131 228 2688, www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland/whats-on/culloden

    20  The Old House
    Explore the details of this fascinating Highland home with a complex history.
    0131 668 8774, www.historicenvironment.scot

    Northern Ireland

    09  Making Connections
    Join the Irish Garden Plant Society at the Old Rectory as their volunteers celebrate 30 years of planting and maintaining this period garden.
    Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra, Holywood
    028 9042 8428, nmni.com/uftm

    16  Game of Thrones Archery Experience
    Have a go at archery in the very place where the Bafta award winning TV show was filmed. Booking essential.
    Winterfell Castle & Demesne, Downpatrick
    028 4372 3933, www.gameofthrones-winterfelltours.com

    • Details correct at time of press – please confirm with event organisers before travelling.



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