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Events in January

SOUTH WEST OF ENGLAND

04 NEWCOMERS’ DAY
If you’re new to racing, Newcomers’ Day is tailor-made for you. Under 18s go for FREE, with a full paying adult.
Wincanton Racecourse, Wincanton, Somerset
01963 435840, www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/wincanton

05 HAYNES BREAKFAST CLUB
A real opportunity for vehicle owners to show off their prized possessions and have a chat over a coffee and a hearty breakfast.
Haynes International Motor Museum, Yeovil, Somerset
01963 440804, haynesmotormuseum.com

16 FOSSIL WALK THURSDAY (12.30-3.30PM)
Explore the beach with expert fossil hunters Paddy Howe and Chris Andrew and collect your own fossils to take home. Booking is recommended.
Lyme Regis Museum, Lyme Regis, Dorset
01297 443370, lymeregismuseum.co.uk

23 FROM BEDPANS TO BUDGET CUTS (6PM-7.30PM)
David Evans, who began nursing in 1982, presents a personal history of the NHS in Bristol.
M Shed, Bristol
0117 352 6600, bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed

SOUTH EAST OF ENGLAND AND LONDON
01 NEW YEAR’S DAY CLASSIC GATHERING
Kick start 2020 in style with vast and diverse displays of classic cars, live music and a winter barbeque.
Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey,
01932 857381, brooklandsmuseum.com

15 DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES GALLERY TOUR (12-12.30PM)
Join the keeper of fine and decorative art for a lunchtime tour of the highlights in the exhibition. Booking essential.
The Higgins Art Gallery and Museum, Bedford, Bedfordshire
01234 718618, thehigginsbedford.org.uk

17-19 LONDON MODEL ENGINEERING EXHIBITION
More than 45 clubs showcase their models from early traction engines to remote control trucks.
Alexandra Palace, London
01926 614101, meridienneexhibitions.co.uk

25-26 LONGFIELD MODEL RAILWAY EXHIBITION
Organised by Erith Model Railway Society and featuring up to 35 layouts plus many other attractions including sales stands.
Longfield Academy, Longfield, Kent
07736 560956, ukmodelshopsco.uk/erithmrs

WEST OF ENGLAND

01 FREE VINTAGE BUS RIDES (10.30AM-4.30PM)
Learn about bus and coach travel around the county over the last 130 years and enjoy a journey by vintage bus.
Oxford Bus Museum & Morris Motors Museum, Woodstock, Oxfordshire
01993 883617 oxfordbusmuseum.org

12 THE HENLEY AND DISTRICT THEATRE ORGAN TRUST (3PM)
Join Phil Kelshall, the resident organist from Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom, for an afternoon of musical entertainment playing the Allen Digital Theatre Organ.
Town Hall, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire
0118 972 4988, henleyorgantrust.org.uk

18 EASTGATE CHAMBER TOUR (3PM)
Join our very own Roman Soldier in full uniform for a fascinating trip into Roman life. Booking essential.
Museum of Gloucester, Gloucester, Gloucestershire
01452 396131, facebook.com/MuseumofGloucester

23 LUCIAN FREUD: A SELF PORTRAIT (7.15PM)
An on-screen exhibition displaying more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings in which this modern master of British art turned his unflinching eye firmly on himself.
The Courtyard, Hereford, Herefordshire
01432 340555, courtyard.org.uk

EAST OF ENGLAND

01 NEW YEAR STEAM DAY
Hall Class locomotive 4953 Pitchford Hall is expected to return to traffic at this New Year event following a boiler overhaul.
Epping Ongar Railway, Ongar, Essex
01277 365200, eorailway.co.uk

04-05 DOG FRIENDLY DAYS
Unlock 1,000 years of history, with your furry companion over this weekend.
Lincoln Castle, Lincoln, Lincolnshire
01522 554559, lincolncastle.com

24 WINTER TALK: THE GREAT WALL OF YARMOUTH (11.30AM)
Discover why Yarmouth needed a wall, the dilemma it caused and the dreadful accounts that took place building it. Booking essential.
Time & Tide, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
01493 743930, museums.norfolk.gov.uk/time-tide

24-26 KATHARINE OF ARAGON FESTIVAL 2020
The annual Tudor themed festival commemorating the day in January 1536 when Henry VIII’s first wife, Katharine of Aragon, was buried at Peterborough Abbey.
Peterborough Cathedral and Peterborough Museum
01733 355315, peterborough-cathedral.org.uk

MIDLANDS

07 HANDLING HISTORIES (10.30-11AM)
Get up close to some objects from the museum’s collection at this drop-in session for all ages.
Museum and Art Gallery, Derby, Derbyshire
01332 641901, derbymuseums.org/visit/museum-art-gallery

08 LIFE IN THE LAUGHS LANE (7.30PM)
Cartoonists Simon Chadwick, Tim Harries, and Richard Skipworth reveal how they started drawing funny for money. Booking recommended.
Nottingham Lakeside Arts, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
0115 846 7777, lakesidearts.org.uk

22 BURNS NIGHT CEILIDH (7PM)
An evening of energetic music and traditional English dancing. All ages and experience welcome.
The Guildhall, Leicester, Leicestershire
0116 253 2569, visitleicester.info

NORTH OF ENGLAND

05 YORK MUSEUM GARDEN TOURS (1PM)
Meet inside the Museum Street gates and gain an insight into one of the most popular gardens in York. Free, no need to book.
York Museum Gardens, York, North Yorkshire
01904 687671, yorkmuseumstrust.org.uk

12 50s FOLK CLUB (11.30AM-12.30PM)
Relive the folk music revival that started in the Fifties with this session in the 1950s welfare hall.
Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham
0191 370 4000, beamish.org.uk

23 HIGHLIGHTS TOUR (2-3PM)
Join us on a tour of the highlights of the Museum of Liverpool, hearing about the stars of the museum’s collections and finding out about the fascinating stories they represent.
Museum of Liverpool, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool
0151 478 4545, liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mol

11 BEHIND THE SCENES: THE NORMAN CORNISH CENTENARY LECTURE (2.15PM)
An illustrated talk on one of the most significant artist to emerge from the north-east of England in the 20th century. Free but booking required.
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co Durham
01833 690606, thebowesmuseum.org.uk

WALES

01-05 WINTER LIGHTS (4-7PM)
Experience a magical after dark walk and see the gardens lit up like never before.
Dyffryn Gardens, St Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan
029 2059 3328, nationaltrust.org.uk/dyffryn-gardens

18 AMAZING ASTRONOMY AFTERNOON (12-4PM)
Embrace the time of year when our skies are at their darkest, with a full family programme to inspire, inform and celebrate all things astronomical.
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
0300 111 2 333, museum.wales/swansea

SCOTLAND

03 FIRST FOOT AT THE MCMANUS (12PM)
Welcome in the New Year with plenty of fun things to do, see and explore including children’s activities, live music, pop-up performances.
The McManus, Dundee
01382 307200, mcmanus.co.uk

06-09 HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE THE REST! (11.15AM, 12.15, 2 & 3PM)
Find out the part that Grenadiers would play in the history of Edinburgh Castle and the eventual defeat of the Jacobites at Culloden.
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
0131 225 9846, edinburghcastle.scot

23 SHIPBUILDING ON THE RIVER CLYDE (1.30-5PM)
Pop in to discuss and handle different tools used to build ships on the River Clyde, and have a  look through colourful ship-related brochures.
Riverside Museum, Glasgow
0141 287 2720, glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/venues/riverside-museum

NORTHERN IRELAND

25 BURNS NIGHT CELEBRATIONS (12-4PM)
A celebration of the life and poetry of Scottish poet Robert Burns.
Ulster Folk Museum, Holywood
028 9042 8428, nmni.com/our-museums/Ulster-Folk-Museum

16 VAL McDERMID (8PM)
Britain’s queen of crime fiction discusses her new novel, How the Dead Speak.
The Black Box & Green Room Café, Belfast
028 9024 4400, www.blackboxbelfast.com

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