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  • Events in June

    Mystery on the Rails
    (Until 3 September )
    Uncover the special place railways have in mystery and detective fiction, along with real-life tales of audacious robberies, petty thefts and notorious criminals.
    National Railway Museum, York
    08448 153139,

    Control Tower Open Days
    (Every Sunday, 2-5pm, until end of October)
    Learn about this fascinating airfield from 1917 to 1963 with everything in between, in a Museum crammed with stories, photos and artefacts.
    Martlesham Heath Control Tower Museum, Ipswich, Suffolk
    01473 274300,

    Visit Emery Walker’s House
    (Until 25 November)
    Take a tour of the recently restored former home of Sir Emery Walker, the last authentic Arts & Crafts interior in Britain. Booking essential.
    Emery Walker’s House, Hammersmith, London
    020 8741 4104,

    Sounds of the City
    (Until 3 September)
    An exhibition of 100 illustrations, taking visitors on a visual journey inspired by lyrics and language, hubbub and stillness, and heritage and science.
    London Transport Museum, Covent Garden, London
    020 7379 6344,

    Bringing Up Baby
    (03-25 June)
    From clucky ducks to pushy owls, a new series of paintings on show in Yorkshire in June reveals the wildly different ways animals bring up their broods.
    The Robert Fuller Gallery, Thixendale, North Yorkshire
    01759 368355,

    Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites
    (23 June-12 November)
    This major new exhibition will tell the real story of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the rise and fall of the Jacobites.
    National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
    0300 123 6789,

    South West of England

    02-03 Beer Festival
    Enjoy 25 ales from around the country together with a selection of cider and perry.
    Avon Valley Railway, Bitton, Bristol
    0117 932 5538,

    04 Seaweed Festival
    Enjoy a seaweed foot spa, craft activities and workshops, street entertainment and live music throughout the day.
    Clovelly Visitor Centre, near Bideford, Devon
    01237 431781,

    04 Tavistock Steam and Vintage Fair 2017
    Enjoy trailer rides behind various steam engines, displays of vintage cars, tractors and military vehicles, food, drink and live music
    The Wharf & Bedford Car Parks, Tavistock, Devon
    01822 259246,

    09 Birdwatching Cruise
    Relax and enjoy an evening boat cruise along Purbeck’s beautiful World Heritage Coast, guided by the Durlston Country Park Rangers. Booking recommended.
    Poole Quay, Poole, Dorset
    020 7740 0400,

    17-18 Heritage Transport Festival
    Enjoy a Father’s Day treat with traction engines, trains and plenty more. Booking required for the Saturday night Steam, Beer and Jazz train and Sunday Father’s Day Lunch Train.
    Bodmin & Wenford Railway, Bodmin, Cornwall
    01208 73555,

    South East of England

    11 Mini Cooper Register Rally
    Far from a mini day out for owners and enthusiasts alike with a large display of Coopers from each of the marques, ranging from 1961 to the present day.
    Beaulieu, New Forest, Hampshire
    01590 612345,

    17 The Secret Life of John Wesley (11am-3pm)
    Find out how people lived in 18th century London by speaking to our re-enactors.
    John Wesley’s House & The Museum of Methodism, London
    020 7253 2262,

    17-18 Four Nations Medieval Tournament
    The nearest reproduction of tournament combat seen outside of the 15th century, plus a story teller, falconry display and a tented encampment of crafts and displays.
    Arundel Castle & Gardens, Arundel West Sussex
    01903 882173,

    22-25 Goodwood Festival of Speed
    Bringing together an impossibly heady mix of cars, stars and motorsport royalty’ to create the largest car culture event in the world.
    Goodwood House, Chichester, West Sussex
    01243 755055,

    24-25 Historic Gardens Weekend
    Discover the herbs, vegetables and flowers that rural households would have grown and used from Tudor times right up to the Victorian era.
    Weald & Downland Living Museum, Chichester, West Sussex
    01243 811363,

    West of England

    10 Roman Food Weekend
    Find out more about Roman food, explore historic recipes and taste some of the dishes.
    Chedworth Roman Villa, Yanworth, near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
    01242 890256,

    16-18 Royal Three Counties Show
    The Heart of England’s premier celebration of the countryside and rural life.
    Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire
    01684 584 900,

    16-18 International Weston Park Model Show
    One the foremost model shows in the country, attracting visitors and pilots from all over the world.
    Weston-under-Lizard, Nr Shifnal, Shropshire
    01952 587298,

    17-18 Blooming Gardens
    A weekend of green-fingered fun, expect activities, demonstrations, games, and expert advice from Witley’s gardening team.
    Witley Court and Gardens, Great Witley, Worcestershire
    01299 896636,

    23-25 Blenheim Palace Flower Show
    This wonderful three-day show celebrates the very best of gardening in the UK and is packed with inspiration and colour.
    Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire
    01993 810530,

    East of England

    03-04 Joust for Elizabeth
    Join in the merry making with minstrels and music, meet Elizabeth I and witness a grand joust.
    Audley End House and Gardens, Saffron Walden, Essex
    01799 522842,

    09-11 The Diesel Gala
    An impressive array of guest and home fleet diesel locos with special trains into the evening.
    North Norfolk Railway, Sheringham, Norfolk
    01263 820800,

    17-18 Peterborough Heritage Festival returns
    The UK’s largest multi-period city centre living history festival, which this year celebrates the 375th anniversary of the start of the English Civil War.
    Peterborough City Centre, Cambridgeshire
    01733 864663,

    24-25 Victorian Steam Weekend
    Mr David Oxley brings the Palace of Curiosities back to the Railway – come to marvel at the Marcus Island Mermaid and other delights from around the world.
    Epping Ongar Railway, Ongar, Essex
    01277 365 200,

    28-01 July Wisbech Rose Fare
    Magnificent flower displays on the theme of The Artist’s Palette, wide variety of stalls selling local produce and plants, with refreshments available throughout the day.
    St Peter & St Pauls, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
    01945 582508,


    04 Handsworth Heritage Walk
    A tour that takes in fine Georgian and Victorian architecture and “the Westminster Abbey of the Industrial Revolution. Booking essential.
    Soho House, Birmingham, West Midlands
    0121 348 8150,

    10-18 Well Dressing
    A custom almost exclusive to Derbyshire. A Flower Festival will also be held in the church at the same time, with a Well Blessing Service at 3pm on 11 June.
    Ashford-in-the-Water, Derbyshire
    01629 814462,

    18 Festival of Black Country Vehicles
    The annual gathering of cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles all built in the Black Country.
    Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, West Midlands
    0121 557 9643,

    24 The Lord Mayors Parade
    Watch the ceremonial parade, which leaves Market Square 11am, followed by a day of free activities including stalls, activities and live music. T
    Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
    0115 8761400,

    30 Meet the Curator
    Tour the historic Guildhall and discover more about life in medieval Leicester. Booking essential.
    The Guildhall, Leicester, Leicestershire
    0116 253 2569,

    North of England

    03 Hands on with the 1960s! (1.30-3.30pm)
    Get hands on and groovy with items from the 1960s and find out the time when Liverpool was setting the music scene ablaze.
    Museum of Liverpool, Liverpool Waterfront
    0151 478 4545,

    14 The Secret Parkland History Walk
    Learn about the park’s history from Mesolithic Stone Age, to present day in this three-mile walk. Booking essential.
    Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire
    01625 374428,

    17-18 Guided Rail Ale Trail – Father’s Day Special
    Take Dad on a steam and stout powered adventure through the Irwell Valley with plenty of pubs and bars to visit and many fine ales to sample. Booking essential.
    The East Lancashire Railway, Bury, Lancashire
    0161 764 7790,

    18 Night Sky Safari
    Experience an unforgettable night of observational astronomy under the largest expanse of protected dark skies in Europe. Booking essential.
    Kielder Observatory, Kielder, Northumberland
    0191 265 5510,

    24-25 North East Police History Society
    Visit the North East Police History Society exhibition in the Collections Study Room to learn about policing in the past.
    Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham
    0191 370 4000,


    03-04 Heritage Railcar Gala
    See the line as the driver sees it from the comfort of one of our heritage scenic observation diesel trains. An intensive service will be in operation.
    Llangollen Railway, Llangollen, Denbighshire
    01978 860979,

    05 Maes-y-Mynydd: The Lost Village
    An all-day walk to uncover the past, including not only the lost village but also the prehistoric settlements at St David’s Head. Booking essential.
    Whitesands beach, Pembrokeshire
    01437 720392,

    17-18 Woolly Weekend
    See our flock getting their annual haircut and learn about the journey from fleece to fibre.
    St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff
    0300 111 2 333,


    10 Angus Show
    The annual agricultural show with live stock, fun fair, trade stands, craft marquee, horse and hound and tractor pulling.
    Brechin, Angus
    07739 378221 ,

    10-11 The Rock of Ages
    Watch our fearless warriors in thrilling clashes with more battles and bravery from 2,000 years of west coast history.
    Dumbarton Castle, Dunbartonshire
    0131 668 8885,

    18 Father’s Day
    Driver for a Fiver and steam hauled trains operating throughout the day.
    Caledonian Railway, Brechin, Angus
    01356 622992,

    Northern Ireland

    14 Making Connections (2-4pm)
    Get in the holiday mood with stories and tales from a former air hostess, followed by the opportunity to wander around the museum or decoupage a mini suitcase.
    Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra, Holywood
    028 9042 8428,

    17-18 Salmon & Whiskey Festival
    Celebrate the local culture, heritage and produce with tastings, cookery demonstrations and entertainment.
    Bushmills, County Antrim
    028 2073 0390,

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

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