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Events in August

SOUTH WEST OF ENGLAND

03-04 LIFEBOAT WEEKEND & MARITIME FESTIVAL
A thrilling family fun-filled weekend with stalls selling delicious food, live music, stilt entertainers, competitions and lifeboat operational displays.
Clovelly Visitor Centre, near Bideford, Devon
01237 431781, clovelly.co.uk

03-04 VINTAGE & CLASSIC WEEKEND
An eclectic range of classic cars, motorcycles, tractors and machinery, plus live music from local band End of the Road.
RHS Garden Rosemoor, Torrington, Devon
01805 626800, rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor

09-18 FALMOUTH WEEK
The largest sailing regatta in the south-west with more than 450 yachts racing over eight days along with a lively programme of shore side events.
Various, Falmouth, Cornwall
01326 313553, falmouthweek.co.uk

16-18 CORNISH STEAM & COUNTRY FAIR
A family event with steam engines, a fun fair, vintage vehicles, and model and craft displays.
Stithians Showground, Truro, Cornwall
07729 816888, weses.co.uk

27 STONEMASONRY WORKS YARD TOUR
Take a backstage tour with an expert guide around the Works Yard, one of only nine English Cathedral works yards in the country. Booking essential.
Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, Wiltshire
01722 555148, salisburycathedral.org.uk

SOUTH EAST OF ENGLAND AND LONDON

08 CHARITY TOY AND TRAIN FAIR (5.30-9.30PM)
Sales stands with model railways, books, stamps, sci-fi, die-cast vehicles and more. Refreshments. Free level parking.
Falconwood Community Centre, Welling, Kent
020 8310 5018, bexleych.wixsite.com/bexley-charities-78

17-18 FAMILY HISTORY WEEKEND
Meet a variety of historical characters, such as a knight, pirate and medieval surgeon, and have fun with a range of have-a-go activities, including archery.
Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex
01903 882173, arundelcastle.org

24 LYME HISTORY WALK (11AM-12.30PM)
Discover the unique and colourful history of Lyme Regis with local historian Chris Lovejoy, including tales of smuggling, heroism and the skirmishes of the English Civil war.
Lyme Regis Museum, Lyme Regis, Dorset
01297 443370, lymeregismuseum.co.uk

25 MG 95TH ANNIVERSARY RALLY
A large, colourful gathering of one of Britain’s most iconic cars. All MG owners are invited to come along and join the celebrations.
Beaulieu, New Forest, Hampshire,
01590 612345, beaulieu.co.uk

31-01 SEPT NAPOLEONIC RE-ENACTMENT WEEKEND
Witness one of the most colourful periods of history as the Napoleonic Association of Great Britain recreates the lives of soldiers during the Napoleonic Wars.
Hole Park Estate, Rolvenden, Kent
01580 241344, holepark.com

WEST OF ENGLAND

01-04 BBC COUNTRYFILE LIVE
Enjoy exciting live arena shows, talks, hands on activities, Adam Henson’s farm, animal displays and more than 700 exhibitors including food, craft and luxury producers.
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire
01993 810530, blenheimpalace.com

02-04 THE 45TH ANNUAL GLOUCESTERSHIRE VINTAGE & COUNTRY EXTRAVAGANZA
Non-stop parades and demonstrations, classic cars and vehicles, and all the fun of the fair including steam powered Gallopers, Big Wheel and Waltzers.
South Cerney Airfield, Cirencester, Gloucestershire
01453 890891, glosvintageextravaganza.co.uk

17-18 STEAM WEEKEND
A rare chance to get up close and personal with an eclectic collection of Victorian steam powered machines, all of which will be in their full working splendour.
Blists Hill Victorian Town, Telford Shropshire
01952 433424, ironbridge.org.uk

31 CLASSIC VEHICLE DAY
Classic vehicles on display at stations along the line. Plus, Plimsoll the road-rail Land Rover will be making an appearance.
Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster, Worcestershire
01562 757900, svr.co.uk

31 LIFE STORIES: BATTLE OF BRITAIN MEMORIAL FLIGHT
Air Commodore Paul Godfrey shares his memories of flying vintage aircraft during his three seasons with the BBMF. Free but booking required.
Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire
01902 376200, rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford

EAST OF ENGLAND

04 HISTORY WALKS: GHOST AND LEGENDS (6.45PM)
Hear tales and legends of Cromer while enjoying the town’s sights and atmosphere. Booking essential.
Cromer Museum, Cromer, Norfolk
01263 513543, museums.norfolk.gov.uk/cromer-museum

10-11 VINTAGE STEAM WEEKEND
A wonderful collection of steam traction engines, big and small, plus steam and diesel train services.
Epping Ongar Railway, Ongar, Essex
01277 365200, eorailway.co.uk

05-17 BEASTLY BORING BURGHLEY TOUR
Find out all the grizzly gruesome and horrible history associated with Burghley on this guided tour with a difference. Booking essential.
Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire
01780 752451, burghley.co.uk

25-26 ROARING ROMANS
Discover what life was like 2,000 years ago, meet soldiers, explore Roman religion and food – then sign the kids up to join the Roman army.
Flag Fen, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
01733 864663, vivacity.org

31 FAMILY GAMING NIGHT
Can you beat dad at Space Invaders, or mum at Pac-Man? Find out at our fundraising
family gaming night.
The Centre for Computing History, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
01223 214446, computinghistory.org.uk

MIDLANDS
03-04 JAMES WATT BICENTENARY EVENT
See Shirley’s 1857 Etruscan Bone & Flint Mill in steam, enjoy artist blacksmith demonstrations, traditional crafts, hands on pottery and art.
Etruria Industrial Museum, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
07900 267711, etruriamuseum.org.uk

04 NATIONAL METRO & MINI SHOW
Celebrating two iconic marques and 60 years of the Mini with live entertainment and stunt shows including a tribute to the Italian Job.
British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire
01926 641188, www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk

10 ASTON ALIVE: A TASTE OF HISTORY
A tantalising taste of Aston Hall’s past through the history of food and drink.
Aston Hall, Aston, Birmingham
0121 348 8100, birminghammuseums.org.uk/aston

17-18 1940s AIRBORNE WEEKEND
A weekend of all things 1940s in honour of the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem. An outdoor screening of A Bridge Too Far takes place on Saturday evening.
The Staffordshire Regiment Museum, Lichfield, Staffordshire
01543 434394, www.staffordshireregimentmuseum.com

30-01 SEPT COUNTRY FAIR
Spectacular grand ring displays in the air and on land, demos from celebrity chefs plus entertainment for all the family.
Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire
01246 565300, chatsworth.org

NORTH OF ENGLAND

04 LYTHAM HALL CLASSIC CAR & MOTORCYCLE SHOW
A huge display of classic cars, light commercials, 4x4s, ex-military and motorcycles.
Lytham Hall, Lytham, Lancashire
01697 451882, markwoodwardclassicevents.com

17-18 SCI-FI ON THE SIDINGS
Aliens, superheroes, robots and more descend on the railway for a special themed weekend.
The East Lancashire Railway, Bury, Lancashire
0333 320 2830, eastlancsrailway.org.uk

18 BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR (12 & 2PM)
Discover both the modern-day opulence and our intriguing Victorian past in this remarkable House.
Weston Park, Shifnal, Shropshire
01952 852100, weston-park.com

25-26 AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY STEAMINGS
Stationary steam engines that once powered the cotton mills and woollen mills of the north of England will be running in steam over the weekend.
Bolton Steam Museum, Bolton, Greater Manchester
01204 846490, nmes.org

29-01 SEPT DIG FOR VICTORY
Visit the 1940s farm and discover the vital support role the British countryside played during World War Two.
Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham
0191 370 4000, beamish.org.uk

WALES

01-04 60s WEEKEND
Real ale festival Thursday to Saturday, live music on Saturday 12pm to 5pm and live music from 60s Retro on Saturday evening.
Llangollen Railway, Llangollen, Denbighshire
01978 860979, llangollen-railway.co.uk

07 FULL STEAM AHEAD
A rare opportunity to see our amazing Penydarren steam locomotive replica on the move as we fire her up and drive her down the track. Weather dependent,
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
0300 111 2 333, museum.wales/swansea

SCOTLAND

10 FORCES ON THE FORTH
Join Scots at war to learn about the roles part time soldiers played in defending Edinburgh in 1914 before heading off to France and Gallipoli.
Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh
0131 336 2060, edinburghmuseums.org.uk/venue/lauriston-castle

15 ARCHIVES SOURCES FOR FAMILY HISTORY (2PM)
A friendly introduction to the sources in the Archives for genealogical research by one of the City Archivists. Booking essential.
Mitchell Library, Glasgow
0141 287 2999, glasgowlife.org.uk/libraries/venues/the-mitchell-library

22 VICTORIAN ART (1PM)
Hear about artworks collected by and for Dundonian’s and discover new favourites from the City’s collection.
McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum, Dundee
01382 307200, mcmanus.co.uk

NORTHERN IRELAND
01 LINENOPOLIS: THE HEALTH AND WELFARE OF MILL WORKERS (1PM)
A talk looking at the range of archives, including hospital, workhouse and mill records, held by the Public Record Office Northern Ireland.
Linen Hall Library, Belfast
028 9032 1707, linenhall.com

10 ALTERNATIVE ULSTER: MEMORIES & MEMORABILIA (4.30PM)
Were you a punk, a mod or a rocker? Join our curators with your stories, memories and memorabilia, and recall a time when music stood up to the Troubles.
Ulster Museum, Belfast
028 9044 0000, nmni.com/our-museums/ulster-museum

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