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Events in February

SOUTH WEST OF ENGLAND

08-09 GREAT WESTERN CLASSIC CAR SHOW
Filled to the rafters with specialist traders, parts suppliers and jumble stands offering missing pieces of restoration and maintenance puzzles at bargain prices.
The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
01507 529529, bristolclassiccarshows.com

14 HIGH PARTS TOUR
Climb the spiral staircase to walk in the footsteps of the Cathedral masons with this behind-the-scenes tour. Booking essential.
Wells Cathedral, Wells, Somerset
01749 674483, wellscathedral.org.uk

18-22 SARUM LIGHTS (7-9PM)
A family friendly, fully immersive light and sound spectacular that explores the Cathedral’s rich history and the people who have cared for it over the past 800 years.
Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, Wiltshire
01722 555120, salisburycathedral.org.uk

25 LENTSHERD
At dusk, children help chase bad spirits away and drive the devil into the sea, before receiving a free pancake to decorate with toppings. Free entry after 4.30 pm.
Clovelly, near Bideford, Devon
01237 431781, clovelly.co.uk

SOUTH EAST OF ENGLAND AND LONDON

13 VINTAGE SILVER SCREEN (11AM-12.30PM)
Join in with this friendly, informal reminiscence session, name your favourite vintage film and the actors you most enjoy, see short clips and make new friends.
The Higgins Bedford, Bedford, Bedfordshire
01234 718618, thehigginsbedford.org.uk

15 AUSTIN ADVENTURES (7.30PM)
Join us for an evening with George and Joy Mooney as they recall their adventures with their Baby Austin Seven cars. Booking essential.
Beaulieu, New Forest, Hampshire
01590 614792, beaulieu.co.uk

16 WINTER MOTORING BREAKFAST (8-9.45PM)
Meet up with like-minded vintage and classic vehicle enthusiasts, have breakfast and admire the cars and motorbikes on show.
Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey
01932 857381, brooklandsmuseum.com

29 IN & AROUND SMITHFIELD MARKET (2PM)
A guided tour through an area packed with medieval and Tudor history. Booking essential.
Museum of London, London Wall, London
020 7001 9844, museumoflondon.org.uk
WEST OF ENGLAND

04 VICTORIAN STEWARD’S CHEMIST SHOP (11AM-3PM)
The doors to the Victorian Steward’s Chemist Shop will be open for you to take a peek inside and hear the fascinating story of how it came from Worcester’s High Street.
Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum, Worcester, Worcestershire
01905 25371, museumsworcestershire.org.uk/museums/worcester-city-artgallery-museum

13 SPOTLIGHT SPECIMEN (2.30PM)
An informal specimen show-and-tell in the Museum court. Ask questions and chat with Museum experts. Drop in, no booking required.
Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Oxford, Oxfordshire
01865 272950, oumnh.ox.ac.uk

15-23 GET HANDS ON WITH HISTORY
Uncover tales of brave heroes, formidable foes and weird and wonderful happenings.
Stokesay Castle, Craven Arms, Shropshire
01588 672544, english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stokesay-castle

22-23 SPRING TRACTOR WORLD SHOW
Veteran, vintage, classic and modern tractors, plus classic trucks and vans with a drive-in day on the Sunday of the show.
Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire
01697 451882, tractorworldshows.co.uk

EAST OF ENGLAND

08 FEMALE VOICES TOUR (1-1.30PM)
Discover the incredible women across our collections. Because women in history, shouldn’t be a mystery.
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich, Norfolk
01603 495897, museums.norfolk.gov.uk/norwich-castle

08-09 DOG FRIENDLY DAYS
Unlock 1,000 years of history with your furry companion on these special days
Lincoln Castle, Lincoln, Lincolnshire
01522 554559, lincolncastle.com

15 THE LOVE OF FLOWERS (1-3PM)
Love is in the air and spring is on its way. Celebrate with a flower arranging demonstration followed by afternoon tea. Booking essential
Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
01733 355315, peterborough-cathedral.org.uk

23 BUS RUNNING DAY
Featuring new routes running to local towns and villages to commemorate 50 years of London Country Bus Services Ltd.
Epping Ongar Railway, North Weald, Essex
01277 365200, eorailway.co.uk

MIDLANDS

02 STEAM TOYS IN ACTION (12-5PM)
See our engines in steam and enjoy the many miniature steam engines, boats and trains on display.
Abbey Pumping Station, Leicester, Leicestershire
0116 299 5111, abbeypumpingstation.org

09 THE MODEL TRACTOR, PLANT & CONSTRUCTION SHOW
Visitors will be treated to displays featuring scratch built, customised and converted models, dioramas and machinery including fantastic competition entries.
Warwickshire Event Centre, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
01926 614101, meridienneexhibitions.co.uk

21 PANCAKE DAY (9AM-4PM)
A celebration of the humble pancake. Come along to Sarehole Mill for this day of family fun including pancake baking, races and trail.
Sarehole Mill, Birmingham, West Midlands
0121 348 8160, birminghammuseums.org.uk/sarehole

24 GEORGIAN DELIGHTS: GALLERY TOUR (2.30-3.30PM)
Join exhibition curator Dr Richard Gaunt for a guided walk through the Georgian Delights exhibition. Free but booking recommended.
Nottingham Lakeside Arts, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
0115 846 7777, lakesidearts.org.uk

NORTH OF ENGLAND

11 LIVERPOOL MEMORIES (1.30-3.30PM)
Join us to look at old photographs and objects with our friendly education team.
Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head, Liverpool
0151 478 4545, liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mol

12 LEWIS CARROLL’S FAVOURITE PLACES (11AM)
This talk is a tour of the places that were special to Carroll and examines his links with north-east of England. Booking recommended.
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co Durham
01833 690606, www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk

18-19 DEER FEED AND TRAILER RIDE (9.30-10.30AM)
Take a trailer ride with the rangers to watch the daily deer feed. Booking essential.
Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire
01625 374400, tattonpark.org.uk

23 SKIFFLE SESSIONS
Enjoy Hop, Skiffle and Jump in concert from 1pm to 2pm, followed by a workshop from 2.30pm to 3.30pm and have a go at playing an instrument.
Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham
0191 370 4000, beamish.org.uk

WALES

15 VALENTINE’S PULLMAN TEA SPECIAL
Join us for a romantic journey by steam train, through award winning scenery to Caernarfon this February. Booking essential.
Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, Porthmadog, Gwynedd
01766 516000, festrail.co.uk

20-23 DARK SKIES FESTIVAL: EVENING STARGAZING (6.30-7.30PM)
Join us for a wonderful evening of stargazing, exploring the night’s sky and celebrating our status as a Dark Skies National Park. Free but booking essential.
Penrhyn Castle and Garden, Bangor, Gwynedd
01248 353084, nationaltrust.org.uk/penrhyn-castle

SCOTLAND
06 SPOTLIGHT ON: LOOKING FOR DINOSAURS (2-3PM)
From rock cutters to midge repellent, join curator Dr Stig Walsh to explore the challenges of looking for dinosaurs in the field. Booking recommended.
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
0300 123 6789, nms.ac.uk/nationalmuseum-of-scotland

20 SPECS-TACULAR! (1.30-3PM)
Pop in to discuss and handle objects from our optometry collection. Have some fun trying on specs from the olden days.
Riverside Museum, Pointhouse Place, Glasgow
0141 287 2720, glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/venues/riverside-museum

22 SCHILTRON (11.15AM, 12.15PM, 2PM & 3PM)
Come along, find out what a Schiltron was, how pikes were used and have a go yourself.
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
0131 225 9846, edinburghcastle.scot

NORTHERN IRELAND

07 NOW WE’RE SUCKING DIESEL! (1-2PM)
Writer and journalist Paul Clements considers why colourful adages are making a comeback. Booking essential.
Linen Hall Library, Belfast
028 9032 1707, linenhall.com

20 SIR SAMUEL DAVIDSON (2PM)
Eric Woods discusses the life and achievements of Sir Samuel Davidson who industrialised every aspect of tea production. Free but booking required.
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Titanic Quarter, Belfast
028 9053 4800, nidirect.gov.uk

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



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