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  • Events in February

    Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired By Her Writings
    (10 February–29 April)
    Discover art from 1850 to the present, inspired by the writing of this celebrated author.
    Tate St Ives, St Ives, Cornwall
    01736 796226,

    First Amongst Equals
    (Until 13 January 2019)
    Spanning 300 years of social history, culture and philanthropy with objects chosen by the women who have shaped contemporary British society including Moira Cameron, the first female Beefeater and the TUC’s Frances O’Grady.
    020 7841 3600,

    Memories of Scarborough
    (Until 25 March)
    Celebrate Scarborough Art Society’s 80th anniversary with a look at childhood, wartime Scarborough, holidaymakers, promenading and the much loved North and South Bays.
    Scarborough Art Gallery, Scarborough, North Yorkshire
    01723 374753,

    Victorian Passions and Pursuits
    (10 February-16 April)
    Tour the State Rooms with a member of the 8th Duke of Marlborough’s staff and explore how the Palace and its collections were presented during Victorian times.
    Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire
    01993 810530,

    (Until 9 June)
    Exploring changes in footwear from the 13th century to the present day featuring a Victorian pair made to commemorate Benjamin Disraeli, 1960s Go Go boots and are examples of 1970s platform shoes.
    Lynn Museum, King’s Lynn, Norfolk
    01553 775001,

    Whitby in the Time of Cook
    (10 February-4 November)
    Marking the 250th anniversary of the start of Captain Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific with an exhibition highlighting the special character and growing prosperity of the town.
    Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby, North Yorkshire
    01642 712429,

    South West of England

    10-11 South West Model Show
    A large selection of exhibitors from across the modelling spectrum ranging from boats, planes, motor racing cars, and militaria and armoured warfare models.
    The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset
    01929 462359,

    10-15,17-18 Snowdrops and Steam
    Take a steam train and shuttle bus to see the wonderful display of spring flowers in Snowdrop Valley near Wheddon Cross.
    West Somerset Railway, Minehead, Somerset
    01643 704996,

    13 Lentsherd (4.30pm)
    Chase bad spirits away and drive the devil into the sea before Lent. Children taking part will receive a free pancake.
    Clovelly Visitor Centre, near Bideford, Devon
    01237 431781,

    18 The Toy Train and Collectors Fair
    Catering for all collectors, walk, browse and look for those elusive and hard to find models.
    Westpoint Centre, Clyst St Mary, Devon
    01392 446000,

    18 WWT Steart Marshes (8.30am)
    Join a local expert and learn to identify some of the birds that visit the wetlands. Booking recommended.
    WWT Steart Marshes, Steart, Somerset
    01278 651090,

    South East of England and London

    07-23 Hidden London
    Journey 180 steps underground to discover the extraordinary stories of those who sheltered here. Booking essential.
    Clapham South Deep-level Shelter, London
    020 7565 7298,

    10 & 17 Great Fire of London Family Walk
    A fun, family-friendly walk exploring The Great Fire of 1666. Booking essential.
    Museum of London, London Wall, London
    020 7001 9844, 020 7030 3300,

    12-16 Butler School
    Being the butler of a country house is no easy job. Do you think you’ve got what it takes?
    Wrest Park, Silsoe, Bedfordshire
    01525 860000,

    24 First Gear: The Car and TV Before Jeremy (7.30pm)
    Clips of long lost motoring TV shows and commercials from the National Motor Museum Trust’s Film and Video Collection.
    National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire
    01590 614792,

    28 The M1: How Was it Built? (7.30-8.30pm)
    The southern stretch of the M1 near St Albans opened in 1959. Find out more about this amazing civil engineering project so close to home.
    Verulamium Museum, St Albans, Hertfordshire
    01727 751 810,

    West of England

    11-12 Snowdrop Open Days (1-4.30pm)
    Enjoy 350 varieties of snowdrops throughout the 10 acre garden. The surrounding park, arboretum and nearby church are also open.
    Colesbourne Park, near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
    01242 870567,

    13 After Hours Conservation Tour (4-4.45pm)
    Go behind the scenes and look at places that visitors don’t normally go.
    Croome, near High Green, Worcestershire

    17 Bird Watch Morning (8-10.30am)
    Get to grips with bird identification with the help of an experienced Reserve Wardens. Booking essential.
    WWT Slimbridge, Bowditch, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire
    01453 891223,

    21 Celebrating 100 Years of the RAF in Airfix (12-1pm)
    A talk going behind the scenes at Airfix HQ, looking at new kits and how they are researched. Free but booking essential.
    Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire
    01902 376200,

    22 River of Life Walk (1-3.30pm)
    A guided tour of the River of Life, an ambitious project to re-wild 2.5km of Thames riverbank. Booking essential.
    River of Life, Shillingford Bridge, Oxforddhire
    01865 407792,

    East of England

    09 Ernie Childs: Yarmouth Born and Bred (11.30am)
    Join Great Yarmouth Potteries’ Ernie Childs as he talks about his life growing up in Great Yarmouth. Booking essential.
    Time & Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
    01493 743930,

    15 Birds of Prey Evening (6pm)
    An evening with the Imperial Birds of Prey Academy with their amazing birds and other exotic creatures. Booking essential.
    Bedfords Park Visitor Centre, Havering-atte-Bower, Essex
    01708 748646,

    18 Everything Has Doors: Bus Event
    Celebrating One Person Operation buses with trips recreating former routes that ran in the area. Trains will be in operation during the event.
    Epping Ongar Railway, Ongar, Essex
    01277 365200,

    24 Cathedral by Candlelight Tour (7-9pm)
    Let your imagination soar as you hear stories from the Cathedral’s long history. Booking recommended.
    Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
    01733 452336,

    12 Cambridge Industrial Archaeology from the Air (7.45pm)
    Gordon Davies assesses the early-20th-century industrial landscape of Cambridge from collections of aerial photography stored locally and online.
    Friends’ Meeting House, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
    01223 500652,


    9 & 17 Dead Leicester (6pm & 8pm)
    Storytellers will drag you giggling and screaming on a roller-coaster ride through two thousand years of Leicester’s history. Booking essential.
    The Guildhall, Leicester, Leicestershire
    0116 253 2569,

    10-11 Foxton Locks Open Weekend
    See the locks without water and venture down into the bottom of the chambers.
    Lock 8-16, Foxton, Leicestershire
    0303 040 4040,

    11 Model Tractor, Plant & Construction Show
    Displays of scratch built, customised and converted models, dioramas and machinery including fantastic competition entries.
    Warwickshire Event Centre, Nr Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
    01926 614101.

    22 999 Emergency Day (12-4pm)
    See emergency vehicles on display in the Museum grounds and take part in hands on family activities.
    Soho House, Birmingham, West Midlands
    0121 348 8150,

    25 Tours of Abington Park Museum
    Discover the stories behind the people of Abington and explore areas of the house normally hidden from view. Booking essential.
    Abington Park Museum, Northampton, Northamptonshire
    01604 838110,

    North of England

    12-18 34th JORVIK Viking Festival
    An exciting programme of events including living history encampments, walks, talks, tours and of course, dramatic combat performances.
    Jorvik Viking Centre, York, North Yorkshire
    01904 615505,

    13 Shrove Tuesday
    Join us to celebrate Shrove Tuesday with pancakes across the Museum.
    Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham
    0191 370 4000,

    13 Winter Deer Walk
    Join the Rangers for a guided walk of the winter parkland, observing Tatton’s deer in their natural surroundings. Booking essential.
    Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire
    01625 374400,

    15-16 Morse Code Challenge (1, 2 and 3pm)
    Test your skills at sending messages without a mobile phone.
    Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool
    0151 478 4499,

    17-18 Spring Diesel Gala
    An intensive all diesel timetable running throughout the whole weekend and featuring favourites from the home fleet and a couple of special guests.
    East Lancashire Railway, Bury, Lancashire
    0333 320 2830,


    14-16 Model Railway Show
    A steam-filled spectacular with loads of activities to enjoy during the show including free rides for children on miniature steam engines.
    National Slate Museum, Llanberis, Gwynedd
    0300 111 2 333,

    16 & 23 St Fagans Castle Ghost Tour (7.30pm)
    Take an evening ghost tour of this Elizabethan mansion that sits in the grounds of a Norman castle. Booking essential.
    St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff
    07538 878609,

    27 Cardiff Castle: A Welsh Victorian Camelot
    A lecture that will introduce the story of how the castle was completely transformed by the 3rd Marquess of Bute and his architect, William Burges. Booking essential.
    Cardiff Castle, Cardiff
    029 2087 8100,


    17 King’s Theatre Tour (10.15am)
    Hear about the King’s rich history and have a look behind the scenes. Booking essential.
    King’s Theatre, Glasgow
    020 7206 1182,

    20 Study Afternoon: The Fettercairn Jewel (2-4.30pm)
    Unravel the mysteries of this precious object, which may shed new light on the Renaissance in Scotland. Booking essential.
    National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
    0300 123 6789,

    28 Standing Stones of Stenness and Barnhouse Village Walk (10am)
    An easy walk, led by the Orkney Rangers Service, to Barnhouse Village and back to the Standing Stones of Stenness.
    Stones of Stenness Circle and Henge, Stenness, Orkney Islands
    01856 841732,

    Northern Ireland

    03-24 The Belfast and Co Down Railway
    An exhibition rekindling fond memories of the Belfast and County Down Railway which closed in 1950.
    Ards Visitor Information Centre, Newtownards, Down
    028 9182 6846,

    14 Living Collection Talk (10.30-11am)
    Join Castle Espie’s aviculture team to find out more about their range of collection birds. Booking essential.
    WWT Castle Espie, Co Down,
    028 9187 4146,

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