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  • Events in October

    DIY Fashion
    (17 October-11 December)
    A display exploring how Londoners have made, adapted and recycled their own fashion.
    Museum of London, London Wall, London
    020 7030 3300,

    Characters from the Collection
    (Until 13 January 2018)
    From film stars to artist’s muses to great Worcester leaders, this display brings out a selection of rarely-displayed paintings from the collection and introduces their accompanying stories.
    Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum, Worcester, Worcestershire
    01905 25371,

    British Road Signs
    (2-29 October)
    Leading artists and designers including Sir Peter Blake, Sir Kenneth Grange, and Neville Brody have transformed the familiar circle, triangle and square signs, instructing audiences to stop, look and consider the aesthetic rather than the content.
    Humber Street Gallery, Hull
    01482 323484,

    The Great War 1917 Messines and Passchendaele
    (Until 10 November)
    A panel-based exhibition telling the story of soldiers, from the Mid and East Antrim area, involved in some of the major British offensives during 1917.
    Mid Antrim Museum, The Braid, Ballymena
    028 2563 5077,

    Suffolk Horse Power: Our Living Heritage
    (Until 29 October)
    An exhibition providing an insight into the special role of the Suffolk Punch horse in the history and heritage of East Anglia.
    Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, Suffolk
    01449 612229,

    Family of Blaenafon and Family of Miners
    (Until 28 January 2018)
    Two photographic exhibitions by Walter Waygood documenting the landscape, home life, society, work, religion, mining and youth in Blaenafon from the 1970s onwards.
    Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenafon, Torfaen
    0300 111 2 333,

    South West of England

    05-08 Autumn Steam Gala
    A large fleet of home and visiting steam engines will be in action over the four days.
    West Somerset Railway, Minehead, Somerset

    06 Archaeology Unearthed (7.30pm)
    Archaeologist and diver Dave Parnham discusses the Bronze Age shipwrecks off England’s South Coast.
    Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, Dorset
    01305 756827,

    14-15 British National Ploughing Championships
    Champions from throughout Great Britain take part in various classes, plus working demonstrations, trade stands and classic vehicles.
    Bishops Lydeard, Somerset
    01302 852469,

    28 Apple Day
    Bring a bag of apples and watch them being pressed, enjoy live music, apple bobbing, crafts and activities.
    Clovelly, Nr Bideford, Devon
    01237 431781,

    28-29 Half Price Weekend
    To bring the curtain down on the 2017 season, travel all weekend at half price!.
    South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh, Devon
    01364 644370,

    South East of England and London

    13 Roman Fort Gate Tour (2pm)
    Step into the fort, located under the Museum, and learn about the Roman foundations, their discovery, excavation and preservation. Booking essential.
    Museum of London, London Wall, London
    020 7030 3300,

    15 Public Open Day
    Ride on the miniature steam trains and see the model railways in operation. Refreshments available.
    Stoke Park Railway, Guildford, Surrey

    25-26 Normans & Crusaders in The Keep
    Meet the Norman Knights and Lady’s, see the combat training of men-at-arms and archers, and have-ago at some of the crafts of the late Norman period.
    Arundel Castle & Gardens, Arundel, West Sussex
    01903 882173,

    28 Fireworks Spectacular
    One of the largest firework displays in the south, choreographed to music with a range of entertainment for the whole family. Booking essential.
    Beaulieu, New Forest, Hampshire
    01590 612345,

    28 Grand Autumn Fair (9.45am-1pm)
    Raising funds for the Association of Bexley Charities ’78 with a sale of Christmas gifts, CDs and DVDs, collectables, chutneys, jams and cakes.
    United Reformed Church, Bexleyheath, London
    020 8310 5018,

    West of England

    07-08 Autumn Diesel Weekend
    Enjoy the sight and sounds of a bygone age with our collection of vintage diesel locomotives dating back to the early 1960s.
    Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway, Toddington, Gloucestershire
    01242 621405,

    15 Autumn Colours Steam & Diesel
    Make the most of autumn in the Chilterns with the sight of glorious golds and reds and when our beech woodlands are full of autumn blush.
    Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway, Chinnor, Oxfordshire
    07979 055366,

    23-27 Airfix Make and Take
    Build and take home one of a number of different models available. Suitable for seasoned model makers, or those new to Airfix.
    Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire
    01902 376200,

    27 Harvest Celebration
    Enjoy an evening tour of the cider mill to see the apple being milled and then sit down to a delicious two-course supper. Booking essential.
    Wesstons Cider Visitor Centre, Much Marcle, Herefordshire
    01531 660108,

    28 Ghostly Gaslight
    Wander the streets, shops and houses which will be transformed into eerie places filled with ghosts, ghouls and monsters.
    Blists Hill Victorian Town,Telford, Shropshire
    01952 433 424,

    East of England

    01 Bucklesham Plough Day 2017
    Enjoy vintage tractors and machinery, working Suffolk Punch horses, trade and craft stalls, BBQ, refreshments and Morris dancing.
    Red House Farm, Bucklesham, Suffolk
    01473 659486,

    07 Hidden Heritage Tour (2pm)
    Find out more about the fascinating and often undiscovered history of Peterborough, from the foundation of the Saxon abbey to the modern city.
    Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery, Peterborough
    01733 864663,

    08 Steam Sunday
    Watch the Steam Team demonstrate our collection of farming equipment.
    Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, Suffolk
    01449 612229,

    09 The De Havilland 88 Comet Racer (7.45pm)
    Dodge Bailey, chief pilot at the Shuttleworth Collection, will explain what it takes to restore a (wooden) DH88 Comet jet back to flight status.
    Friends’ Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge
    01480 465571,

    21-22 The Romans are Back!
    See the fully armoured soldiers drill and demonstrate a variety of weapons under the instruction of the Centurion.
    Lincoln Castle, Lincoln, Lincolnshire
    01522 554559,


    14-15 Historic Lighting Weekend
    Learn about how we moved from candlelight to electric lamps, join in with the mystery quiz and have a go at making your own dipped candles.
    Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, West Midlands
    0121 557 9643,

    19-22 Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition
    Over 1,000 models will be on display including pieces from the Midlands Meccano Group who are celebrating their 50th anniversary.
    Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Leamington Spa
    01926 614101,

    23-28 Starlight Spectacular
    Plenty of family fun throughout the week including activities, crafts and illuminated trams running into the early evening.
    The National Tramway Museum, Crich, Derbyshire
    01773 854321,

    28-29 Halloween Specials
    A weekend of ghosts and ghouls with Halloween themed train rides and a special night time steam train lit only by the light of hand carved pumpkin lanterns.
    Northampton & Lamport Railway, Chapel Brampton, Northamptonshire.
    01604 820327,

    29 Heritage Sunday (11am-3pm)
    Visit Leicester Castle Great Hall and the Magazine to discover the story of Leicester from its medieval origins to its manufacturing heyday.
    The Gateway, Leicester, Leicestershire
    0116 299 4444,

    North of England

    14 Cog Railway Operating Day
    Enjoy a trip along the Beamish Cog Railway, the world’s first 7¼ins gauge rack railway which is set within the grounds of the Museum.
    Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham
    0191 370 4000,

    20 Going Underground (7-9pm)
    Explore secret tunnels and meet microbiologists, radar engineers and nurses along the way. Booking essential.
    Stockport Air Raid Shelters, Stockport, Greater Manchester
    0161 606 0169,

    25 Autumn Deer Walk
    Join the rangers for guided walks of the autumn parkland and witness the drama of the rut. Booking essential.
    Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire
    01625 374428,

    25-31 Illuminated Abbey
    See Bram Stoker’s inspiration in a new light as the Abbey is bathed in dramatic illuminations. Booking essential.
    Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire
    01947 603568,

    30 Tour of the Archives (10am & 1pm)
    Join our Archives experts on a tour of the 12 miles of shelving, home to some very important documents. Booking essential.
    Discovery Museum, Newcastle Upon Tyne
    (0191) 277 2248,


    13-15 Autumn Steam Gala
    An intensive timetable of passenger and mixed traffic trains and special attractions taking place along the line.
    Llangollen Railway, Llangollen, Denbighshire
    01978 860979,

    29-31 Halloween Nights
    Walk around the Museum after dark if you dare, watch the Wicker Man burn and make a wish as the sparks fly high.
    St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff
    0300 111 2 333,


    22 Biggar Gasworks Steam Day
    The boiler will be operating and driving various steam driven machines associated with gas production and distribution.
    Biggar Gasworks Museum, Biggar, Lanarkshire,
    01899 221 070,

    23, & 26 An Audience with Mary, Queen of Scots
    It is 1566 and Mary has given birth to James, heir to the Scottish throne. This is your opportunity to congratulate her and find out what life is like at her court.
    Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
    0131 225 9846,

    27 Ghost Tour & Ghostly Tales
    Step back in time and hear dark and ghostly tales from centuries gone by, Bookign essential, tickets includes a glass of wine and nibbles.
    National Mining Museum Scotland, Newtongrange, Midlothian
    0131 663 7519,

    Northern Ireland

    12 The Band of the Royal Irish Regiment in Concert (8pm)
    The musical masters of the Battalion entertain with all the favourites with a few surprises thrown in.
    The Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena
    028 2563 5077,

    28 Looking at Landscape Print Workshop
    Learn the techniques on display in the Looking at Landscape exhibition and create your own nature inspired print. Booking essential.
    Ulster Museum, Belfast
    028 9044 0000,

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