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  • Events in February

    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,

    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,

    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,

    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,

    28 Lentsherd
    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,

    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,

    19 Shuttleworth Scale Model Exhibition
    Featuring modelling competitions, trade stands, and Clubs and societies.
    The Shuttleworth Collection, Nr Biggleswade, Bedfordshire
    01767 627927,

    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,

    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,

    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,

    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,

    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

    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,

    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,

    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,

    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,

    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,

    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,

    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,

    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,


    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,

    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,

    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,

    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,

    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,

    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,

    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,

    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,

    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,


    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,

    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,


    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,

    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,

    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,

    Northern Ireland

    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,

    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,

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