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  • Events in July

    South West of England

    06 Cornish Mining and the Brunels’ Thames Tunnel (6.30pm)
    Professor Lord Robert Mair will describe the important work of pioneering 19th century Cornish engineers, and their outstanding contributions to tunnelling technology.
    Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, Cornwall
    01872 272205,

    12, 13, 15 King Lear (7pm)
    Walk with the actors from scene to scene through the rooms and grounds of the Palace, while enjoying the dramatic action.
    The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset
    01749 988111,

    18 Library Tour and Tea (2pm)
    View a selection of books from the medieval period onwards followed by a delicious Cream Tea in our Refectory. Booking essential.
    Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, Wiltshire, 01722 555120

    21 Stroud Country Show
    Demonstrating local skills, crafts, and produce from across the region, from farming, pets, flowers and fruits to handicrafts, photography and art.
    Stratford Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire
    01453 765705,

    28 Mid Devon Show
    A fantastic mix of entertainment, stalls, food, farmyard animals, competitions, displays and countryside pursuits.
    Knightshayes, Chettiscombe, Devon
    01884 820859,

    South East of England and London

    07 Art Night 2018
    Follow a trail of contemporary art, performance, music and architecture, across south London from early evening until dawn.
    South Bank/Vauxhall/Nine Elms, London

    08 Simply Jaguar
    A great opportunity to admire some stunning vehicles and to connect with fellow enthusiasts.
    Beaulieu, New Forest, Hampshire
    01590 612345,

    17-22 Real Tennis Champions Trophy
    The tournament returns to its spiritual home, bigger and better than before.
    Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey
    020 3166 6000,

    20 Nights Out: In Conversation (6.30pm)
    London’s Night Czar, Amy Lamé, chairs a talk exploring the depths of London’s diverse and vibrant nightlife. Booking essential. The licensed café will be open throughout the event.
    Museum of London, London
    020 7001 9844,

    24-29 International Jousting & Medieval Tournament Week
    Lances will shatter and emotions will run high as jousters from around the world vie to be named Champion of Champions.
    Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex
    01903 882173,
    West of England

    01 All Morgans’ Car Rally
    Join the proud owners of more than 400 Morgan Cars for a most enjoyable social day among these stunning British hand built cars.
    Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire
    01993 810530,

    07-08 Large Model Air Show
    Hundreds of scale models, from biplanes to modern day jets, will take to the skies at this famous air show – a must for any aviation enthusiast.
    Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire
    01902 376200,

    14 Stow on the Wold Motor Show
    An array of over 200 gleaming vehicles, from all eras and walks of life, gathered together by a group of dedicated motoring enthusiasts.
    Queen Elizabeth II Cricket Field, Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire
    01451 831545,

    15 Sunday for Steam & Vintage Diesel
    See the foothills of the Chilterns and spot some of our local wildlife from the window of a steam locomotive or vintage diesel.
    Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway, Chinnor, Oxfordshire
    07979 055366,

    29 Classic Vehicle Day
    More than 100 classic vehicles on display at stations along the line.
    Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster, Worcestershire
    01562 757900,

    East of England

    01 Vintage Transport
    More than 400 exhibits attending, including cars, bikes, buses and static engines with free vintage bus rides around the local area.
    North Norfolk Railway, Sheringham, Norfolk
    01263 820800,

    04-07 Wisbech Rose Fair 2018
    Flower displays at the town’s churches, entertainment in Museum Square, exhibitions in the Wisbech Museum, an art exhibition in Wisbech Castle and more.
    Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
    01945 582508,

    05 Classics on the Green
    Bring your veteran, vintage or classic car or bike, or just bring your friends and family along to see the classics.
    Friston, Near Saxmundham, Suffolk
    14-28 North Kesteven Walking Festival
    Two weeks of walks showcasing the breath-taking scenery and fascinating places to visit south of Lincoln.
    North Kesteven, Lincolnshire
    01636 892836,

    20-22 Real Ale Festival
    With up to 75 Real Ales and 20 ciders in the marquee and the bars on board the trains.
    Epping Ongar Railway, Ongar, Essex
    01277 365200,


    01 Classic Motorcycle Event
    Admire classic bikes of many different ages and makes and see them bring ridden on The Street alongside classic trams from our Collection.
    Crich Tramway Village, nr Matlock, Derbyshire
    01773 854321,

    08 Victorian Day
    Go back in time as we celebrate the industrial heritage of this working water mill
    Sarehole Mill, Birmingham, West Midlands
    0121 348 8160,

    15 Duck Race
    Watch as hundreds of ducks set sail down the waters at Thoresby. Picnics start on the lawns at 2pm, the Duck Race will commence at 3pm.
    Thoresby Park, Newark, Nottinghamshire
    01623 822009,

    29 Old John Tower Viewing Day (11am-4pm )
    Discover the history, myths and legends of the tower on top of the hill.
    Bradgate Park, Newtown Linford, Leicestershire
    0116 236 2713,

    30 Horse Tram Day
    See Joseph the Shire horse pull the 1874 Sheffield 15 horse tram running between 11am-1pm and 2-4pm. Rides available for a modest extra charge.
    Crich Tramway Village, nr Matlock, Derbyshire
    01773 854321,

    North of England

    06-08 Summer Diesel Spectacular
    An intensive all diesel timetable all weekend, featuring home fleet locomotives and special guests from other lines around the country.
    East Lancashire Railway, Bury, Lancashire
    0333 320 2830,

    14-15 60s Fest 2018
    Head back in time to the swinging 60s with events up and down including classic cars, live music and displays.
    North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Pickering, North Yorkshire
    01751 472508,

    14-15 Rare Breeds Weekend
    Meet the Farm’s rare breed friends and raise awareness of these endangered species.
    Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire
    01625 374400,

    14-15 Meccano Exhibition
    The North East Meccano Society’s annual exhibition, displaying construction sets dating from the early 1900s up to the present day.
    Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham
    0191 370 4000,

    21 Morse Code Challenge (1, 2 and 3pm)
    Are you smart enough to take on the Morse Code challenge? Join us to test your skills at sending messages.
    Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool
    0151 478 4499,


    14 Real Ale Train
    Step onboard and soak up the atmosphere while enjoying the real ales on offer in the well-stocked bar.
    Llangollen Railway, Llangollen, Denbighshire
    01978 860979,

    14-15 Festival of Archaeology
    Reconstructing the Victorian excavations here of the 1800s – uncover medieval personal items, learn their uses and record them as you go.
    Castell Coch, Tongwynlais, Cardiff
    029 2081 0101,

    26-27 Model Show
    Join Carmarthen Modellers’ Club for a fantastic two-day event with model dioramas, railway layouts, displays and more.
    National Wool Museum, Llandysul, Carmarthenshire
    0300 111 2 333,


    05 Talks and Tours: What’s in Store (1pm)
    Go behind the scenes and discover how we store and care for our superb collection of artworks on paper. Free but booking required.
    The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum
    01382 307200,

    07-08 Prepare to Give Fire!
    Bear witness to the siege of 1650 as the invading English army attacks the castle.
    Dirleton Castle, Dirleton, East Lothian
    0131 668 8885,

    29 Horrible Heedie (1.30-3.45pm)
    A fun, fear filled and informative tour of Scotland Street School Museum. Do not be late or you will face the wrath of the Heedie
    Scotland Street School Museum, Glasgow
    0141 287 0500,

    Northern Ireland

    14 Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland
    Picnic with friends and family and enjoy a wonderful evening of theatre under the stars.
    Enniskillen Castle Museums, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh
    028 6632 5000,

    22 A Stroll in the Summer Garden
    Enjoy a tour of the top ten gardens in the world in the company of our gardening experts. Booking essential.
    Mount Stewart, Newtownards, Co Down
    028 4278 8387,

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