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  • Events in September

    SOUTH WEST OF ENGLAND

    02 LOBSTER AND CRAB FEAST
    Local food, cookery demonstrations with tastings, beer tasting, children’s entertainment and a walkabout magician.
    Clovelly, near Bideford, Devon
    01237 431781, www.clovelly.co.uk

    08 MEDIEVAL FALCONRY DAY
    A day of fantastic flying displays, entertaining information and beautiful birds.
    The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset
    01749 988111, bishopspalace.org.uk

    09 CLASSIC VEHICLE DAY
    Classic cars will be on display in the field to the east side of the railway station.
    Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway, Toddington, Gloucestershire
    01242 621405, www.gwsr.com

    10 LIBRARY AND ARCHIVE SPOTLIGHT TALK (2PM)
    Find out about our archive collection of photographs from the 1860s onwards including glass plate negatives and slides.
    Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, Wiltshire
    01722 555120, www.salisburycathedral.org.uk

    15 TIGER DAY X 2018
    See Tiger 131, the only running Tiger I tank in the world, in action. Booking essential.
    The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset
    01929 462359, www.tankmuseum.org

    SOUTH EAST OF ENGLAND AND LONDON

    01-02 INTERNATIONAL AUTOJUMBLE
    The biggest outdoor sale of motoring items this side of the Atlantic, featuring more than 2,000 stalls, each one groaning with vintage and classic motoring ephemera.
    Beaulieu, New Forest, Hampshire
    01590 612345, www.beaulieu.co.uk

    01-02 NAPOLEONIC RE-ENACTMENT WEEKEND
    Thrilling and skilfully re-enacted battles, a tented camp, horses and recruitment and training sessions for children.
    Hole Park, Tenterden, Kent
    01580 241344, www.holepark.com

    08 ROMAN LONDON
    Join us on this journey around the Roman city of Londinium. Booking essential.
    Museum of London, London
    020 7030 3300, www.museumoflondon.org.uk

    16 NORMAN KNIGHTS
    A 950th anniversary experience. The sights and sounds of 12th century lives, with combat and craft displays.
    Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex
    01903 882173, arundelcastle.org

    26 SPOTLIGHT TALK (1-1.20PM)
    Drop into the Museum during your lunch hour each Wednesday to discover more about the building, artefacts and displays.
    St Albans Museum & Gallery, St Albans,
    01727 864 511, www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk

    WEST OF ENGLAND

    01-02 GUILDEX EXHIBITION 2018
    See the best in 7mm railway modelling with layouts, demonstrations and trade sales.
    International Centre, Telford, Shropshire
    www.gauge0guild.com

    02 BLENHEIM PALACE CLASSIC AND SUPERCAR SHOW
    An unmissable opportunity to see the most extravagant and spectacular cars on the planet.
    Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire
    01993 810530, www.blenheimpalace.com

    08 BIG DIESEL SATURDAY Enjoy the majesty and throaty roar as you travel behind first generation diesel locomotives.
    Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway, Chinnor, Oxfordshire
    07979 055366, www.chinnorrailway.co.uk

    15 100 COCKPITS AND CABS
    View a wide range of aircraft and vehicles which aren’t usually opened to the public. Booking essential.
    Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire
    01902 376200, www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford

    20-23 AUTUMN STEAM GALA
    Prepare to venture back behind an array of exciting steam locomotives.
    Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster, Worcestershire
    01562 757900, www.svr.co.uk

    EAST OF ENGLAND

    05 TWILIGHT TOUR: FOUNDATION OF LINCOLN CASTLE (6.30PM)
    An evening talk exploring the origin of Lincoln Castle and the part it played in the Norman conquest of England. Booking recommended.
    Lincoln Castle, Lincoln, Lincolnshire
    01522 554559, www.lincolncastle.com

    08-09 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEREHAM-KING’S LYNN CLOSURE
    Marking the anniversary with coach tours to visit the former route, a photographic display and a 4mm gauge model of Wendling Station.
    Mid-Norfolk Railway, Dereham, Norfolk
    01362 851723, mnr.org.uk

    08-09 A FREE TASTE OF THE PRIESTGATE VAULTS
    Explore layers of history and meet people from the past, associated with the building which now houses the Museum.
    Peterborough Museum, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
    01733 864663, vivacity.org/vivacity-venues/peterborough-museum

    11 PICTURE PERFECT TRAIL
    Take a closer look at the many works of art within our main gallery, with this fun trail aimed at all members of the family.
    Lynn Museum, King’s Lynn, Norfolk
    01553 775001, www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/lynn-museum

    15-16 AUTUMN DIESEL GALA
    Featuring sole surviving Class 17 D8568 Clayton, 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

    02 & 16 DAHLIA FESTIVAL
    Enjoy an impressive collection of dahlias, plus garden tours, flower arranging demonstrations and chutney tasting.
    Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens, Kelmarsh, Northamptonshire
    01604 686543, www.kelmarsh.com

    06 HORSE TRAM DAY
    Joseph the Shire horse will be pulling the 1874 Sheffield 15 horse tram at 11am-1pm and 2-4pm. Additional £1 per person charge to ride on this tram.
    Crich Tramway Village, nr Matlock, Derbyshire
    01773 854321, www.tramway.co.uk

    06 FROM RUIN TO RUNNING (2PM)
    A guided tour describing how the mill was restored from ruin in the 60s, the developments since then and how it’s used today. Booking essential.
    Sarehole Mill, Birmingham, West Midlands
    0121 348 8160, www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/sarehole

    08-09 THE INTERNATIONAL N GAUGE SHOW
    More than 30 layouts on display, four of the leading societies for N Gauge enthusiasts and over 40 specialist suppliers will also be present.
    Warwickshire Event Centre, Leamington Spa , Warwickshire
    01926 614101, www.ngaugeshow.co.uk

    08-09 RETRO TRUCK SHOW
    See an array of the best modern classic trucks produced between 1970 and 2000, and enjoy the Indoor Model Show and trade area.
    British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire
    01926 641188, www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk

    NORTH OF ENGLAND

    08-09 45TH YESTERYEAR RALLY
    Around 1,000 exhibits including steam engines, commercial vehicles and classic cars, plus an old-time fairground and other family entertainments.
    Hampton Malpas, Cheshire
    01978 780749, www.malpas-yesteryear-rally.co.uk

    13-16 AGRICULTURAL SHOW
    From eagles and vultures to sheep dogs and shearing, join us for a traditional 1900s agricultural show.
    Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham
    0191 370 4000, www.beamish.org.uk

    20 UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS
    Join one of our entertaining Victorian servants for a dramatic tour of the mansion’s opulent state rooms and servants’ quarters. Booking essential.
    Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire
    01625 374428, tattonpark.org.uk

    22-23 AUTUMN DIESEL GALA
    Locomotives from the Railway’s home fleet, as well as guests, will run intensive passenger services on an all diesel timetable all weekend.
    East Lancashire Railway, Bury, Lancashire
    0333 320 2830, www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk

    28 MEET ME AT THE MUSEUM (11AM-1PM)
    A free event for older people; enjoy a nostalgic look back, bring a pal or make some new friends.
    World Museum, Liverpool, Merseyside
    0151 478 4393, www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/wml

    WALES

    01 BATS ‘N BUGS (7PM)
    Come and discover our natural residents and alternative visitors – the ones that live with us and around us but are rarely seen. Booking essential.
    Tretower Court and Castle, Crickhowell,
    01874 730279, cadw.gov.wales/daysout/tretowercourtandcastle

    14-16 SUPER-POWER WEEKEND
    The 21st anniversary of the rebirth of the Welsh Highland Railway with extra trains and an exciting display of models.
    Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, Porthmadog, Gwynedd
    01766 516000, www.festrail.co.uk

    29 CELEBRATE THE HERO (12-4PM)
    A day to celebrate the heroes from WWI, featuring handling collections, Horrible History stories, letter press printing and Yeoman Cavalry guard.
    National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
    0300 111 2 333, museum.wales/swansea

    SCOTLAND

    12 BEHIND THE SCENES (12.30PM)
    A behind-the-scenes guided tour of the stores, delving into the City’s fascinating collections. Free but booking essential.
    The McManus, Dundee
    01382 307200, www.mcmanus.co.uk

    15-16 SCHILTRON!
    Come along, find out what a Schiltron was, how pikes were used and have a go yourself. One for the whole family to get involved in and enjoy.
    Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
    0131 225 9846, www.edinburghcastle.scot

    23 THE WHEELS AND WINGS SHOW
    Browse around 150 classic cars and vintage vehicles, enjoy majestic bird of prey displays and have a go at transport-themed crafts and activities.
    National Museum of Flight, East Fortune, East Lothian
    0300 123 6789, www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-flight

    NORTHERN IRELAND

    07 HEROICS, HERITAGE AND HAPPENSTANCE (1PM)
    Marking the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, Caroline Maguire will chart the buildings which provided the backdrop to events 100 years ago.
    Linen Hall Library, Belfast
    028 9087 2219, www.linenhall.com

    30 AUTUMN WILDLIFE HUNT
    Bring the family and spend the day becoming a nature detective exploring the wildlife in the beautiful grounds of the Museum.
    Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra, Holywood
    028 9042 8428, www.nmni.com

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



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