South West of England
06 St Ives Feast: Hurling the Silver Ball
One of Cornwall’s most ancient traditions. Take a ring side seat near the beach and cheer for your favourite participant.
St Ives, Cornwall
0905 252 2250, www.visitstives.org.uk/events
09-10 Exe Estuary Avocet Cruises
Enjoy a popular RSPB bird watching cruise that lasts between 1-1.5 hours. Booking essential.
Trouts’ Boatyard, Topsham, Devon
01392 432691, rspb-dawn-avocetcruise.eventbrite.co.uk
11-19 WW1 Bi-Plane at Stonehenge
Discover stories of Stonehenge and Wiltshire during the Great War and have the opportunity to take a seat inside an exact replica of a 1917 bi-plane.
Stonehenge, near Amesbury, Wiltshire
0370 333 1181, www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge
23 Terrible Tales and Ghostly Goings On
A tour of the museum in the dark exploring some of the castle’s more gruesome history. Booking essential, price includes a drink on arrival.
The Museum of Somerset, Taunton, Somerset
01823 255088, museumofsomerset.org.uk
Join in with this Shrove Tuesday custom to chase bad spirits away and drive the devil into the sea. Children taking part will receive a free pancake to decorate with toppings.
Clovelly, near Bideford, Devon
01237 431781, www.clovelly.co.uk/contact
South East of England
15 Blitz in the City
Hear emotive stories during this walk around rebuilt streets that were ravaged by the destruction of the Second World War. Booking essential.
Museum of London, London
020 7001 9844,www.museumoflondon.org.uk/book?instance=254029
19 Shuttleworth Scale Model Exhibition
Featuring modelling competitions, trade stands, and Clubs and societies.
The Shuttleworth Collection, Nr Biggleswade, Bedfordshire
01767 627927, www.shuttleworth.org/events/scalemodels2017
19 Winter Classic Breakfast (8am)
Meet up with like-minded vintage and classic vehicle enthusiasts, have breakfast and admire the cars and motorbikes on show.
Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey
01932 857381, www.brooklandsmuseum.com
20-24 Victorian Fun and Games
Experience a range of fun games and pastimes played by children in Victorian England. Learn how the royal children would have lived and played at Osborne.
Osborne, East Cowes, Isle of Wight
01983 200022, www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/osborne
22 Gallery Tour
Join exhibition curator, Victoria Partridge, for a lunchtime tour of Edward Bawden and his Studio. Booking essential.
The Higgins, Bedford, Bedfordshire
01234 718618, www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk
West of England
01-18 Ken Russell’s Teddy Girls & Boys
Fifty photographs of teddy girls and boys, taken by ground breaking film director, Ken Russell are brought together for the first time in this new exhibition.
The North Wall Arts Centre, Summertown, Oxfordshire
01865 319450, www.thenorthwall.com
04-05 Snowdrop Open Days
Enjoy almost 350 varieties of snowdrops throughout the 10 acre garden, alongside drifts of cyclamen, hellebores and other winter plants.
Colesbourne Park, Nr Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
01242 870264 www.colesbournegardens.org.uk
10 Simon Weston: My Life, My Story
Falklands War veteran Simon Weston returns to the stage to continue sharing his incredible life story. Booking essential.
Swan Theatre, Worcester, Worcetrshire
01905 611427, www.worcesterlive.co.uk
16 Hands on History (11am-12.30pm)
Get to handle some of the interesting objects from the museum’s reserve collection.
Corinium Museum, Cirencester, Gloucestershire
01285 655611, coriniummuseum.org
16 Star Party (6.30pm)
Join the Herefordshire Astronomical Society for a night of stargazing through large telescopes. Booking is essential, hot drinks will be provided.
Bodenham Lake Nature Reserve, Bodenham, Herefordshire,
01432 530088, www.herefordshirewt.org
East of England
02 Forgotten Funeral: Peterborough & Mary Queen of Scots
An illustrated talk examining the reasons behind Mary’s death and why she was buried here and later exhumed and moved to London. Booking recommended.
Peterborough Museum, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
01733 864663, www.vivacity-peterborough.com
07 Dolls House Club
Try your hand at creating dolls house furniture in a friendly atmosphere with tea or coffee and biscuits.
Lynn Museum, King’s Lynn, Norfolk
01553 775001, www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/Visit_Us/Lynn_Museum
10-26 Snowdrops and Winter Walk
More than 100,000 snowdrops along with crocus and winter iris create a winter walk through the gardens and woodland.
Brightwater Gardens, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire
01673 878820, brightwatergardens.co.uk
23 Victoria and her Children – The Ultimate Family Tree (7.30pm)
Breda Stringer presents the fascinating family story of Queen Victoria whose descendants continue to influence Europe in one way or another.
The Pioneer Hall, Ipswich, Suffolk
01473 902367, suffolkfhs.co.uk
26 Cars and Coffee Meet (9am-1pm)
Bring along your classic or modern vehicles together with anything of interest. The Steam Pump Tea Room will be open for breakfasts and refreshments.
Museum of Power, Maldon, Essex
01621 843183, www.museumofpower.org.uk
05 Chinese New Year of the Rooster
A colourful and vibrant festival including traditional dragon and lion dances, firecrackers, magic, acrobats and Chinese folk dancing.
The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
01782 232323, www.stokemuseums.org.uk
05 Steam Toys in Action
The biggest gathering of steam toys in Europe with 100s of toy steam engines, boats and trains on display.
Abbey Pumping Station, Leicester, Leicestershire
0116 299 5111, www.abbeypumpingstation.org
10 Light Night
The Wheel of Nottingham will be transformed into a wheel of light with a special light show consisting of complex patterns created with 75,000 bulbs.
Old Market Square, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
12 Model Tractor, Plant & Construction Show
Visitors will be treated to displays featuring scratch built, customised and converted models; dioramas; and machinery including fantastic competition entries.
Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
01926 614101, www.modeltractorshow.co.uk
24 999 Emergency Day
Emergency vehicles will be on display outside the museum, as well as hands on activities taking place all day.
Soho House, Birmingham, West Midlands
0121 348 8150, www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/soho
26 Tour and Open Day (11am-3pm)
A wonderful opportunity to discover one of Leicester’s important medieval buildings normally closed to the public. Guided tours are available and should be booked.
The Magazine Gateway, Leicester, Leicestershire
0116 299 4444, or online
North of England
06 Family History Drop-in Surgery
Got a genealogy problem? Then bring it along. If our Archives volunteers can’t solve it on the day, book an in depth mentoring session.
Tyne & Wear Archives, Newcastle Upon Tyne
0191 277 2248, twarchives.org.uk
11 Lest We Forget : World War I Study Day
Meet family history experts and local historians, hear guest speakers and watch artist Adam Goodyear demonstrate the art of creating a stained glass window. Booking essential.
National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
01924 848806, www.ncm.org.uk
18-19 Spring Diesel Gala
An extensive all diesel timetable, featuring guest locomotives and engines from the home fleet.
East Lancashire Railway, Bury, Lancashire
0161 764 7790, www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk
21 125 Years: Celebrating The Bowes Museum
Come and join in a variety of fun drop in activities for all the family and help us celebrate in style.
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co Durham
01833 690606, thebowesmuseum.org.uk
28 Shrove Tuesday
Head on down to Francis Street in the Pit Village to sample some traditional treats or why not catch a bus to The Town to have a taste of the traditional pancakes in Miss Smith’s house?
Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham
0191 370 4000, www.beamish.org.uk
04-05 Spring Weekend Conservation Tours
Join one of our tours this to find out about the special conservation work the House team has been doing over the winter.
Chirk Castle, Chirk, Wrexham
01691 777701, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chirk-castle
22-24 Model Railway Show
A steam-filled spectacular with demonstrations, talks and layouts of all shapes and sizes. This year will also feature demonstrations of the slate carrying incline.
National Slate Museum, Llanberis, Caernarfon
0300 111 2 333, museum.wales/slate
11-17 Crime and Punishment in Medieval Scotland
Equipped with the tools of his gruesome trade, executioner Gilbert Savage recounts the nature of crime & punishment during the turbulent times in Medieval Scotland.
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
0131 225 9846, www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk
16 Collections Highlights: What’s In Store?
Go behind-the-scenes and discover how we store and care for our superb collection of fine art. Free but booking essential.
The McManus, Dundee
01382 307200, www.themcmanus-dundee.gov.uk
22 Narcotics, Poison and Palm Oil: Aberdeen’s Maritime Murders (12.30-1pm)
Not everyone who boarded an Aberdeen-built vessel survived their journey, some met unnatural ends. This talk looks at some of those murders. Free but booking essential.
Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Aberdeen
01224 337700, www.aagm.co.uk/Visit/AberdeenMaritimeMuseum
1-2, 6 Free 30 Minute Consultation
General and Fermanagh-specific family history advice is offered via a free half-hour consultation. Booking essential.
Fermanagh Genealogy Centre, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh,
028 6632 5000, www.enniskillencastle.co.uk
18 Horse Ploughing and Country Skills
Watch the magnificent heavy horses, complete with traditional harness and ploughs, as ploughmen from across the country compete.
Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra, Holywood
028 9042 8428, nmni.com/uftm
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