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Events in February

February

SOUTH WEST OF ENGLAND

09 STARGAZING (7.30-9PM)
Join the Wessex Astronomical Society for a short talk and a chance to use telescopes to view the night sky. Weather dependent, call on the day to confirm.
Durlston Country Park and National Nature Reserve, Swanage, Dorset
01929 424443, wessex-astro.org.uk

16-17 SOUTH WEST MODEL SHOW
Exhibitors from across the UK will exhibit their model boats, cars, planes and trains and, of course, tanks.
The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset
01929 405096, www.tankmuseum.org

21 MUSEUM FULL SITE TOUR (11AM)
A 60-minute tour of the Museum’s permanent collections and explore stories of the past. Booking recommended.
Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, Devon
01392 265858, www.rammuseum.org.uk

23-24 SNOWDROP CELEBRATION WEEKEND
Experience the Moat banks carpeted with snowdrops and enjoy an arboretum full of different varieties of this delicate flower.
The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset
01749 988111, bishopspalace.org.uk

28 HERITAGE AND CRAFT SKILLS AT THE CATHEDRAL: PAST AND PRESENT
An evening focusing on heritage and craft skills, featuring guest speaker Alex Langlands of the BBC’s Victorian Farm. Booking essential.
Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, Wiltshire
01722 555122, www.salisburycathedral.org.uk

SOUTH EAST OF ENGLAND AND LONDON

08 FRIDAY LATE: LONDON STORIES
With music, bars, hot food, talks, quizzes and craft activities, the Friday Late is a great way to discover the Museum after hours. Booking essential.
London Transport Museum, Covent Garden, London
020 7379 6344, www.ltmuseum.co.uk

09-24 FAMILY TRAIL: WHO WAS WINSTON CHURCHILL?
From animal impersonations to ransom notes, discover weird and wonderful stories about the man who made Chartwell famous.
Chartwell, Westerham, Kent
01732 868381, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell

13 PRIVATE VISIT: DRESS & TEXTILE STORES (6.30PM)
Immerse yourself in London Fashion Week with a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum’s dress and textile collection. Booking recommended.
Museum of London, London
020 7001 9844, www.museumoflondon.org.uk

16 ACROSS AFRICA AND BEYOND (7.30PM)
Hear the story of Paul Davies and James Wheildon’s incredible journey on the 1988London to Sydney Vintage Rally. Booking essential.
Beaulieu, New Forest, Hampshire
01590 614792, www.beaulieu.co.uk

17 WINTER CLASSIC BREAKFAST (8AM)
Meet up with like-minded vintage and classic vehicle enthusiasts, have breakfast and admire the cars and motorbikes.
Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey
01932 857381, www.brooklandsmuseum.com

WEST OF ENGLAND

01-03 THE LEDBURY BIG BREAKFAST
A variety of breakfast treats will be on offer from the lightest breakfast to the heartiest, many featuring the local produce for which Herefordshire is famous.
High Street, Ledbury, Herefordshire
01531 633637, www.ledburyfoodgroup.org

09 HANDS-ON COINS (11.30AM–3.30PM)
Handle historical coins from different times and places, with the help of our volunteer team. Free, drop-in.
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
01865 278000, www.ashmolean.org

16-17 LIVING HISTORY
Experience 2,000 years of history come to life with a weekend of living history encampments, military displays, vintage vehicles and more.
The Commandery, Sidbury, Worcester
Phone: 01905 361821, www.worcestershire.gov.uk/museums

22 TALKS AT THE CASTLE (7.30PM)
Spencer Jones talks about the Battle of Le Cateau, 26 August 1914. Booking essential.
Shropshire Regimental Museum, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
01743 358516, www.shropshireregimentalmuseum.co.uk

23-24 SPRING TRACTOR WORLD & CLASSIC COMMERCIAL SHOW
A large indoor vintage tractor and machinery show, Saturday auction, trade stands, Sunday classic truck drive in day plus vintage sort out.
Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire
016974 51882, www.tractorworldshows.co.uk

EAST OF ENGLAND

01 HITLER’S AIRCRAFT (7.30PM)
John Pyle looks at Hitler’s later, advanced aircraft – fighters, bombers and the rocket fighter that actually saw service.
Community Hall, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk
01473 274300, www.mhas.org.uk

09-10 DOG FRIENDLY DAYS
Unlock 1,000 years of history, with your furry companion.
Lincoln Castle, Lincoln, Lincolnshire
01522 554559, www.lincolncastle.com

10 ROLL UP, ROLL UP- BLOCK PRINTING WORKSHOP
Learn how to create your own letterpress posters inspired by our Circus: Show of Shows exhibition. Booking essential.
Time and Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth, Norwich
01493 743930, www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/time-tide

20 CATHEDRAL BY CANDLELIGHT TOUR
Enjoy this after-hours tour and let your imagination soar as you hear stories from the Cathedral’s long history. Booking essential.
Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
01733 452336, www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk

22 CREATURE ENCOUNTERS! (12PM, 1.15PM, 2.30PM)
Meet some extraordinary animals and discover more about the animal kingdom.
Colchester Natural History Museum, Colchester, Essex
01206 282941, cimuseums.org.uk

MIDLANDS

03 STEAM TOYS IN ACTION (1-5PM)
See our engines in steam and enjoy the many miniature steam engines, boats and trains on display.
Abbey Pumping Station, Leicester
0116 299 5111, www.abbeypumpingstation.org

09-17 SNOWDROPS
Wander among four million snowdrops, and winter flowering plants and shrubs with glorious colours and fragrance.
Hodsock Priory, Worksop, Nottinghamshire
01909 591204, www.hodsockpriory.com

10 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, www.modeltractorshow.co.uk

22 MEET THE BREWER
Learn all about the Green Duck Brewery, followed by the all-important sampling accompanied by a selection of “Black Country Tapas”. Booking essential.
Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, West Midlands
0121 557 9643, www.bclm.co.uk

24 THERE AND BACK AGAIN (1-2PM)
A guided introduction to JRR Tolkien, the area of Sarehole and its influence on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Booking recommended.
Sarehole Mill, Birmingham, West Midlands
0121 348 8000, www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/sarehole

NORTH OF ENGLAND

07 STITCHES IN TIME TOUR (11-12PM, 2-3PM)
A curator-led tour of the vast vintage costume store, looking at changing fashion trends. Booking essential.
Discovery Museum, Newcastle Upon Tyne
0191 2326789, discoverymuseum.org.uk

12 WINTER DEER WALK (10AM-12PM)
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, www.tattonpark.org.uk

16 SULZER THEME DAY
A special celebration themed around the masterpieces of the legendary Sulzer Brothers Foundry.
The East Lancashire Railway
Bolton Street Station, Bury, Lancashire
0333 320 2830, www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk

19 LIVERPOOL MEMORIES (1.30-3.30PM)
A gentle drop-in session where old photographs and objects will be on hand to get you chatting about the stories told in the Museum.
Museum of Liverpool, Liverpool
0151 478 4545, www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mol

22 DUST BUSTERS! CONSERVATION IN ACTION (2.15PM)
Join our preventive conservation team as they spring into action to clean the vast number of treasures on open display.
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham
01833 690606, www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk

22 MEET THE BREWER
Learn all about the Green Duck Brewery, followed by the all-important sampling accompanied by a selection of “Black Country Tapas”. Booking essential.
Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, West Midlands
0121 557 9643, www.bclm.co.uk

24 THERE AND BACK AGAIN (1-2PM)
A guided introduction to JRR Tolkien, the area of Sarehole and its influence on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Booking recommended.
Sarehole Mill, Birmingham, West Midlands
0121 348 8000, www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/sarehole

NORTH OF ENGLAND

07 STITCHES IN TIME TOUR (11-12PM, 2-3PM)
A curator-led tour of the vast vintage costume store, looking at changing fashion trends. Booking essential.
Discovery Museum, Newcastle Upon Tyne
0191 2326789, discoverymuseum.org.uk

12 WINTER DEER WALK (10AM-12PM)
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, www.tattonpark.org.uk

16 SULZER THEME DAY
A special celebration themed around the masterpieces of the legendary Sulzer Brothers Foundry.
The East Lancashire Railway
Bolton Street Station, Bury, Lancashire
0333 320 2830, www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk

19 LIVERPOOL MEMORIES (1.30-3.30PM)
A gentle drop-in session where old photographs and objects will be on hand to get you chatting about the stories told in the Museum.
Museum of Liverpool, Liverpool
0151 478 4545, www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mol

22 DUST BUSTERS! CONSERVATION IN ACTION (2.15PM)
Join our preventive conservation team as they spring into action to clean the vast number of treasures on open display.
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham
01833 690606, www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk

WALES

02 MEET THE OBJECTS: COURT MANTUA
Learn about the early 1700s court dress supposedly worn by Lady Rachel Morgan of Tredegar House. Tour in English at 11.30am and 2.30pm, and Welsh at 1pm.
St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff
0300 111 2 333, museum.wales/stfagans

14 QUIET HOUR (10AM)
Ideal for anyone who might prefer the Museum a little less crowded and noisy.Everyone welcome.
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
0300 111 2 333, museum.wales/swansea

SCOTLAND

17-18, 21 ROB ROY MACGREGOR (11.15AM, 12.15PM, 2PM AND 3PM)
A hero or a rogue? Stories of rebellion, clan warfare and self-preservation.
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
0131 225 9846, www.edinburghcastle.scot

22 MANAGER’S TOURS (1.30-2.15PM)
Behind the scenes in Glasgow Museums’ store. Booking essential.
Kelvin Hall, Glasgow
0141 276 1450, www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/venues/kelvin-hall

28 THE ROYAL ARCH (1PM)
Hear about Dundee’s iconic landmark, demolished for the Tay Road Bridge.
McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum, Dundee
01382 307200, www.mcmanus.co.uk

NORTHERN IRELAND

06 PATRICIA CURRAN A MURDER MYSTERY (1-2PM)
Historian Stephen Cameron examines the murder of student Patricia Curran in 1952 and the controversy that surrounds the case to this day. Booking recommended.
Linen Hall Library, Belfast
028 9032 1707, linenhall.com

14-24 NI SCIENCE FESTIVAL
A stimulating and wide range of events focusing on the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Various venues, Belfast
028 9162 9204, www.nisciencefestival.com

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



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