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  • Events in January

    A Gallery Built in Wartime
    (Until 31 March)
    Find out what Gateshead was like during the First World War, and understand the circumstances which led to the Gallery’s wartime creation.
    Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
    0191 477 1495,

    Cave of Sounds
    (27 January-12 May)
    An interactive installation featuring up to eight original electronic musical instruments that can be played using movement, light, shadow or touch.
    The Salisbury Museum, Salisbury, Wiltshire
    01722 332151,

    Sculpture Trail
    (Until 1 June)
    Large-scale works by a host of artists both within the building and canalside.
    Pangolin London, Kings Place, London
    020 7520 1480,

    Balloons Over Lincolnshire
    (Until 25 March)
    An exhibition exploring the vital role airships and hot air balloons played during the First World War and the involvement of the Lighter than Air Section at Cranwell.
    Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum, Sleaford, Lincolnshire
    01529 488490,

    Enigma & the North East
    (Until 1 April)
    See a rare Enigma machine and discover how how people from the north-east played a vital role in helping the codebreakers at Bletchley Park.
    Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle Upon Tyne
    0191 232 6789,

    Humber Estuary: Changing Views
    (Until 17 February)
    Painted landscapes, riverscapes and industrial views are shown alongside displays of social and maritime history.
    Treasure House, Beverley, East Yorkshire
    01482 392780,

    Game of Thrones Tapestry
    (Until 4 March)
    The story of Game of Thrones immortalised in a giant, 77-metre long Bayeux style tapestry using linen sourced from one of the last surviving linen mills in Northern Ireland.
    Ulster Museum, Belfast
    028 9044 0000,

    South West of England

    08 Mining and miners in Newton St Cyres (7.30pm)
    An evening talk by Brian Please. Admission 50p for Crediton Area History and Museum Society members, £3.50 for non-members, refreshments included.
    Boniface Centre, Crediton, Devon
    01363 773919,

    12-14 Marvellous Magic Lanterns
    Come and see this marvellous mechanical invention, a selection of the historic slides, lanterns and paper ephemera.
    Royal Albert Memmorial Museum, Exeter, Devon
    01392 265858,

    13 Wassailing at Avalon Orchard (2-6pm)
    Tour the Tor, sing around the trees, hear stories by the fire and sample the fruit of last year’s crop.
    Glastonbury Tor, Somerset
    01278 751874,

    16 Castle Tour (2.30pm)
    A free half-hour tour of the Castle.
    Durlston Castle, Swanage, Dorset
    01929 424443,

    17 Historical Walk: Windmill Hill (10.30am)
    Discover how Bedminster evolved from a rural Somerset town to a bustling industrial suburb on this three-mile walk. Booking recommended.
    M Shed, Princes Wharf, Bristol
    0117 352 6600,

    South East of England and London

    07 Ramsgate Blitz Walk (10am)
    Relive the dark days of the war in the heaviest bombed seaside town in the country. No need to book. Dogs and children welcome.
    Meet at Ramsgate Library, Ramsgate, Kent
    01843 599755,

    12-13 An Evening with the Stars (5.25-6.50pm)
    Look through our telescope, meet astronomers and catch a planetarium show.
    Royal Observatory Greenwich, London
    020 8312 6565,

    25 Talk: A Room of One’s Own (7pm)
    An illustrated journey through our latest exhibition, Poster Girls, with an accompanying narrative bringing the artworks to life. Booking recommended.
    London Transport Museum, Covent Garden, London
    020 7379 6344,

    27 Smithfield (2pm)
    A guided tour through an area packed with medieval and Tudor history. Booking essential.
    Museum of London, London Wall, London
    020 7030 3300,

    27 The Winter Warmer Tour (2-5pm)
    A wander around the heart of Brighton, learning about the history of beer and brewing in the city, tasting a range of lagers and ales along the way. Booking essential.
    Royal Pavilion, Brighton, East Sussex
    07488 532825,

    West of England

    06-07 ScoutRail Kidlington (10am-4.30pm)
    Whether you are a serious model rail enthusiast or someone who loves Thomas the Tank Engine, here’s a model railway show with something for everyone.
    Exeter Hall, Kidlington, Oxfordshire

    13-14 Wonderful Wildfowl Weekend
    Join us to celebrate the start of our winter celebration in the company of 30,000 birds.
    WWT Slimbridge, Bowditch, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire
    01453 891223,

    14 Panorama Tower Open Day (11am-2pm)
    Take a peek inside one of Croome’s eye-catchers, which offers fantastic panoramic views of Worcester.
    Croome, Worcestershire
    01905 371006,

    26-28 The Ledbury Big Breakfast (8.30am-3.30pm)
    Food shops, cafes and hotels will be offering all kinds of breakfast treats from the lightest breakfast to the heartiest, many featuring local produce.
    Ledbury High Streeet, Ledbury, Herefordshire
    01531 633637,

    28 Winter Wetland Birds (9.30-11am)
    A guided walk around beautiful Thrupp Lake, where you’ll learn more about the birds and their habitats. Booking recommended.
    Earth Trust Centre, Little Wittenham, Oxfordshire
    01865 407792,

    East of England

    01 New Year Steam Day
    Steam into the New Year with our steam only running day.
    Epping Ongar Railway, Ongar, Essex
    01277 365200,

    05 WWI Hospitals (11.30am-12.30pm)
    A talk on the women of Norfolk who served as nurses during the First World War. Booking essential.
    Time and Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
    01493 743930,

    06 Wassail Celebration (3-5pm, 6-8pm)
    Discover the origins of this festival and help us wake the trees to ensure a good harvest this year. Booking recommended.
    Langdon Visitor Centre, Basildon, Essex
    01268 419103,

    25 A Look at Ipswich Treasures (7.30pm)
    There are many hidden gems around Ipswich. John Field will be talking about his favourites.
    The Pioneer Hall, Ipswich, Suffolk
    01473 274300,

    27 Old Scarlett Tours
    Family friendly tours led by Old Scarlett, the Tudor gravedigger. Booking recommended,
    Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
    01733 452336,


    05 Meet the Ghosts of Wollaton Hall (7.30pm)
    A behind the scenes tour telling stories of real encounters with the former residents and unexplained happenings of Wollaton Hall. Booking essential.
    Wollaton Hall, Gardens & Deer Park, Wollaton, Nottingham
    0115 8763100,

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    07 Medieval Birmingham (2pm)
    Discover how medieval Brummies lived and worked in this hour-long talk. Booking essential.
    Blakesley Hall, Birmingham, West Midlands
    0121 348 8120,

    13 The Stratford Town Ghost Walk (7.30pm)
    Discover the buildings seeping with tales of ghosts, witches, murder and misery on this magical evening walk. Booking essential.
    Swan Fountain, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire

    19 Astronomy in the Forest
    An evening of astronomy for beginners, covering observing techniques and the basics of astrophotography. Booking essential
    Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
    0300 067 5467,

    26 A Few of My Favourite Things (10.30am)
    Explore a few of head housekeeper, Janet Bitton’s, favourite discoveries from historic political graffiti on floorboards to interesting baking moulds. Booking essential.
    Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire
    01246 565300,

    North of England

    09 Floodlit Swan Evening (6.30pm)
    Watch wild swans and ducks by floodlight from the comfort of a heated observatory. Booking essential.
    Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Burscough, Lancashire,
    01704 895181,

    11 Radical Print (11.15-11.30am)
    Drop in and see the 19th century printing press come to life and learn about the impact print had on the world 500 years ago.
    The John Rylands Library, Manchester
    0161 306 0555,

    15 Liverpool Lives (11am, 1pm, 3pm)
    Find out about the influential people who have made positive changes to the city of Liverpool in this tour of The People’s Republic gallery.
    Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head, Liverpool
    0151 478 4545,

    21 Winter Birdwatch (11am-1pm)
    Join members of the Knutsford Ornithological Society for a drop-in session looking at winter wildfowl on the meres.
    Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire
    01625 374400,

    24 Aurora Night (8pm)
    Learn about the science behind the Northern Lights and how to find them. Booking essential.
    Kielder Observatory, Kielder, Northumberland
    0191 265 5510,


    16 Tea Dance (2pm)
    Dance the afternoon away in our magnificent ballroom, accompanied by the Jeff Guppy Trio playing all of the old favourites.
    The Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl, Brigend
    01656 815995,

    31 Gardens Walk and Talk (11am-12pm)
    Join members of the gardening team, for a tour of the gardens looking at plants of interest this season, with tips about how to grow them.
    St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff
    0300 111 2 333,


    03 First Foot
    Welcome in the New Year with an afternoon of activities and a free cup of tea, coffee or soft drink for every visitor.
    The McManus Art Gallery and Museum, Meadowside, Dundee
    01382 307200,
    14 Horrible Heedie
    Learn about the community who attended the school and Charles Rennie Mackintosh who designed the building.
    Scotland Street School Museum, Glasgow
    0141 287 0500,

    21 Burns Unbound
    Celebrate our national bard with a packed programme of music, performance and activities for all ages.
    National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
    0300 123 6789,

    Northern Ireland

    10 Capturing the Past (1pm)
    A talk exploring some of the many images held within the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland’s archive.
    Linen Hall Library, Belfast
    028 9087 2219,

    28 Get Stuck in at Murlough (10.30am)
    Help remove invasive scrub from the fore dunes, to stop it spreading over the wildflower rich areas of the nature reserve. Booking essential.
    Murlough National Nture Reserve, Co Down
    028 4375 1467,

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