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Events in April

07 DRIFTERS’ NATIONAL OPEN DAY 2019
Get afloat for free and find out more about canal boat holidays at 20 of our bases across England and Wales. The events offering free short trips on skippered boats will be running from 11am to 4pm. No booking is required.
www.drifters.co.uk/openday

SOUTH WEST OF ENGLAND

08-22 FIND THE EASTER CHICKS
Children receive a map on entry to Clovelly. Spot at least 10 chicks to win an Easter egg, spot all 15 for a bigger prize.
Clovelly Visitor Centre, near Bideford, Devon
01237 431781, www.clovelly.co.uk

09 FOSSIL WALK (10.15AM)
Explore the beach with our expert fossil hunters and collect your own fossils to take home. Walks start from outside the Museum, booking is recommended.
Lyme Regis Museum, Lyme Regis, Dorset
01297 443370, www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk

16 EXPLORE THE MUSEUM TOUR (2PM)
This one-hour tour is a great way to get an overview of the museum before going on to explore for yourself. Booking recommended.
Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, Devon
01392 265858, www.rammuseum.org.uk

17 LIBRARY TOUR AND TEA (2PM)
View a selection of books from the medieval period onwards followed by a delicious cream tea in the Refectory. Booking essential.
Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, Wiltshire
01722 555105, www.salisburycathedral.org.uk/about-our-people/contact-us

27 TIGER DAY 11
See Tiger 131, the only running Tiger I tank in the world, in action. Booking essential.
The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset
01929 405096, www.tankmuseum.org

SOUTH EAST OF ENGLAND AND LONDON

06-07 COMBAT AT THE CASTLE (10AM-3.30PM)
See and hear how Robert de Belleme, Earl of Arundel, trained his soldiers in preparation for what was to be the first siege of the castle in 1102.
Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex
01903 882173, arundelcastle.org

07 SIMPLY ASTON MARTIN
All Aston Martin owners are invited for what promises to be a superb day out for both
Aston Martin owners and enthusiasts.
Beaulieu, New Forest, Hampshire
01590 612345, www.beaulieu.co.uk

13 GRAND SPRING FAIR (9.45AM-1PM)
Local charities will be selling CDs, DVDs, jewellery, books, jams, cakes, games, toys and
more. Refreshments. Wheelchair access.
United Reformed Church, Bexleyheath, London
020 8310 5018, bexleych.wixsite.com/bexley-charities-78

25 SEASPEAK (7.30PM)
A celebration of songs and stories connected to Greenwich, the museum and the sea with
musicians in residence Joe Danks and Aimee Leonard. Booking essential.
Cutty Sark, Greenwich, London
020 8312 6608, www.rmg.co.uk/cutty-sark

28 SPRING BUS SHOW
Enjoy the first opportunity of the season to ride some of the historic buses around the
Museum.
Amberley Museum, Near Arundel, West Sussex
01798 831370, www.amberleymuseum.co.uk

WEST OF ENGLAND

05-07 VINTAGE DIESEL GALA
Five or more locomotives operating and hauling a good couple of hundred tons up our 1:68 inclines.
Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway, Chinnor, Oxfordshire
07979 055366, www.chinnorrailway.co.uk

06 OXFORD ART SOCIETY
Showcasing paintings, sculpture and printmaking of the highest quality by artists in Oxfordshire.
The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, Oxfordshire
01993 814106 www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/oxfordshiremuseum

06-07 OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND
The return of our popular model railway exhibition, alongside opportunities for you to peep behind the scenes.
Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster, Worcestershire
01562 757900, www.svr.co.uk

07 SHROPSHIRE SCALE MODEL SHOW
Intricately detailed models will be on display against a backdrop of aircraft in the Museum’s
hangars.
Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire
01902 376200, www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford

17 THE COALBROOKDALE ARCHIVES LECTURE 2019 (7.30PM)
A talk by Dr Roger White on the exciting excavations of a Saxon wooden palace at Frogmore House, Atcham in 2017.
Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire
01952 433 424, www.ironbridge.org.uk

EAST OF ENGLAND

06 TOUR FOR ALL (10.30AM)
A specially designed tour, using an accessible route, enlarged pictures and a slower pace, allows a closer look at the details of the city’s heritage.
Peterborough Museum, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
01733 864663, vivacity.org

06-07 NATIONAL GARDENS SCHEME (11AM-4PM)
The private South Gardens’ magnificent displays of narcissi and spring bulbs will be available to visit in aid of National Gardens Scheme.
Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire
01780 752451, www.burghley.co.uk

09-20 CANARY CITY
From weavers to footballers, find out about the City’s love affair with canaries which dates back centuries.
Museum of Norwich, Norwich, Norfolk
01603 629127, www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/museum-of-norwich

11 ARCHAEOLOGY CAFÉ (5.30-6.30PM)
Learn to use computers to see the past in an informal and highly accessible way. Free but booking essential.
Lincoln Castle, Lincoln, Lincolnshire
01522 552361, www.lincolncastle.com

27-28 SPRING DIESEL GALA
A three-train intensive service throughout the weekend with late running real ale trains on Saturday.
Epping Ongar Railway, Ongar, Essex
01277 365200, www.eorailway.co.uk

MIDLANDS

07 SUNDAY LOCAL HISTORY TALK (2-3PM)
Clay: Pottery, Brick and Tile Manufacture in Birmingham by local archaeologist Mike Hodder. Tea or coffee included in ticket price. Booking essential.
Blakesley Hall, Birmingham, West Midlands
0121 348 8120, www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/blakesley

13 INDOOR AEROBOOT /AEROJUMBLE (9AM-2PM)
Forty-eight seller’s tables all hosted inside Display Hangar 2 among the aircraft.
Newark Air Museum, Newark, Nottinghamshire
01636 707170, www.newarkairmuseum.org

13-28 EGG-CITING EASTER CELEBRATIONS
Join in traditional games and customs, discover what’s cooking on the range and pick up some recipes to try at home.
Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, West Midlands
0121 557 9643, www.bclm.co.uk

14 VINTAGE MACHINERY JUMBLE (8.30AM-12PM)
Buy or sell old tractor parts, vintage farm machinery and tools, classic car parts and bygones.
Whites Farm, Earls Barton, Northamptonshire
01604 891686

27-28 INTERNATIONAL CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE SHOW
Celebrating 100 years of the TT races with a spectacular line-up of current and past riders, and the machines that rode them to victory.
Staffordshire County Showground, Stafford, Staffordshire
01507 529430, www.staffordclassicbikeshows.com

NORTH OF ENGLAND

04 STITCHES IN TIME TOUR (11AM-12PM, 2-3PM)
Take a sneak peek into the vast vintage costume store and look at changing fashion trends through the decades.
Discovery Museum, Newcastle Upon Tyne
0191 232 6789, discoverymuseum.org.uk

05 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, Co Durham
01833 690606, www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk

06-14 LAMBING WEEK
Will you be lucky enough to see our lambs being born? Plus informative talks on the imminent signs of lambing by the farm staff.
Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire
01625 374400, www.tattonpark.org.uk

11-14 GREAT NORTH STEAM FAIR
An amazing collection of steam locomotives, motor vehicles and road steam vehicles will converge on Beamish Museum.
Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham
0191 370 4000, www.beamish.org.uk

21 CLASSIC BIKE RALLY
Combine a day taking in these motorbike marvels from the glamorous past with a trip on a heritage steam or diesel train.
East Lancashire Railway, Bury, Lancashire
0333 320 2830, www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk

WALES

06 BICYCLEJUMBLE/MINI AUCTION
Find a bargain if you are interested in older cycles. Museum stall items are surplus from museum stores.
National Cycle Museum, Llandrindod Wells
01597 825531, www.cyclemuseum.org.uk
13 THE SNOWDONIAN
An 80-mile round trip, covering the full length of both the Welsh Highland and Ffestiniog Railways, with a variety of motive power.
Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, Porthmadog, Gwynedd
01766 516000, www.festrail.co.uk

SCOTLAND

20-21 EASTER EGGSPRESS
Take a trip on our steam train and receive a chocolate egg.
Caledonian Railway, Brechin, Angus
01356 622992, caledonianrailway.com

24 A NEW VIEW OF A PRINCE (6.30PM)
Join historian Edward Corp as he examines the turbulent life of Charles Edward Stuart and how he was represented by artists during his lifetime. Booking essential.
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
0300 123 6789, www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland

30 QUEEN VICTORIA AND HER CONTEMPORARIES (2.30-3.30PM)
A tour showcasing the parallel lives of the generation who – like Queen Victoria – were born in 1819. Booking essential.
Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, Glasgow
0141 276 9300, www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums

NORTHERN IRELAND

02-28 WISH YOU WERE HERE
Paintings by a group of retired leisure painters who draw inspiration from the local countryside.
North Down Museum, Bangor
028 9127 1200, www.northdownmuseum.com

03 ALL AT SEA: MARITIME RECORDS IN PRONI (1PM)
A lunch time lecture looking at various aspects of the history of maritime disasters and the organisations who work to save life at sea.
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), Belfast
028 9053 4800, www.nidirect.gov.uk

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