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Events in October

SOUTH WEST OF ENGLAND

01 SEASHORE SAFARI, SOUP AND SANDWICH (1.30-4PM)
Wander along the shoreline to discover what fascinating items have washed in, followed by a well-earned hot soup and a sandwich. Booking essential.
The Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre, Kimmeridge, Dorset
01929 481044, dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

04-06 AUTUMN STEAM GALA
More trains and extra activities including the return of Small Mogul 9351, making its first gala appearance following its overhaul.
West Somerset Railway, Minehead, Somerset
01643 704996, west-somerset-railway.co.uk

05 CORNISH MARITIME HISTORY DAY
Bringing maritime and history enthusiasts together to share their discoveries of people, places and ships. Booking recommended.
National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth, Cornwall
01326 313388, nmmc.co.uk

07 CONVERSATION CLUB (10.30AM-12PM)
Each month we will take objects from our collections as a starting point for conversation, sharing ideas and remembering things from our own histories.
The Salisbury Museum, Salisbury, Wiltshire
01722 332151, salisburymuseum.org.uk

23 APPLE DAY
Lots of lovely apple crafts and activities, so bring a bag of apples, watch them being pressed and taste the fresh juice.
Clovelly Visitor Centre, near Bideford, Devon
01237 431781, clovelly.co.uk/events/apple-day

SOUTH EAST OF ENGLAND AND LONDON

11 FRIDAY LATE: HIDDEN LONDON LAUNCH PARTY (6.45-10PM)
With a cocktail in hand, meet the brains behind the Hidden London tour programme and gain behind-the-scenes insights in a relaxed and fun-filled Friday night atmosphere.
London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, London
0343 222 5000, ltmuseum.co.uk

19-20 MARVELS OF MECCANO AND STEAMING WEEKEND
Marvel at the amazing creations of the Runnymede Meccano Guild, see the Triple in steam both days and ride on the narrow gauge railway.
Kempton Park Water Treatment Works, Hanworth, Middlesex
01932 765328, kemptonsteam.org

26 MODELS ON THE HILL (10AM-5PM)
A display of models in all scales and disciplines including those created by Dave Eyles of Solent Model Construction for this magazine.
Fort Widley, Portsdown Hill, Portsmouth, Hampshire
Email: portsmouth.ipms@gmail.com

26 FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR
A spectacular firework display set to a top-secret playlist to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.
Beaulieu, New Forest, Hampshire
01590 612345, beaulieu.co.uk

26 GRAND AUTUMN FAIR (9.45PM-1PM)
Charity stalls with Christmas gifts and cards, CDs and DVDs, jewellery, jams, cakes, books and toys. Refreshments. Wheelchair access.
United Reformed Church, Bexleyheath
020 8310 5018, bexleych.wixsite.com/bexley-charities-78

WEST OF ENGLAND
03-06 AUTUMN DIESEL GALA
Your chance to sample the railway’s homebased locomotives.
Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster, Worcestershire
01562 757900, svr.co.uk

04 ARCHITECTURE TOURS (2.30PM & 3.15PM)
Take a free volunteer-led tour to learn about the Museum’s Grade I listed building.
Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Oxford, Oxfordshire
01865 272950, oumnh.ox.ac.uk

06 WMPTE 50 & AUTUMN RUNNING DAY
Marking 50 years of West Midlands PTE with runs through the autumn countryside.
Transport Museum Wythall, Wythall, Worcestershire
01564 826471, wythall.org.uk

13 MORRIS GANG DANCING (11.15AM, 2PM & 3PM)
Watch, and join-in, as the Blists Hill Morris Gang entertain the crowds with traditional dances in the lower part of the town.
Blists Hill Victorian Town, Telford Shropshire
01952 433424, ironbridge.org.uk

19-20 OPEN COCKPITS WEEKEND (10AM-4PM)
Access to aircraft in the Test Flight and War in the Air hangars. Booking essential.
Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire
01902 376200, rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford

EAST OF ENGLAND

05-06 HOME FLEET WEEKEND
Everything that can run, will run, with new formations of our historic rolling stock.
North Norfolk Railway, Sheringham, Norfolk
01263 820800, nnrailway.co.uk

09 TWILIGHT CASTLE: MEET THE MEDIEVAL WISE WOMAN (6.30-8.30PM)
Find out about some of the curious cures that would have been used by a Medieval wise woman. Booking recommended.
Lincoln Castle, Lincoln, Lincolnshire
01522 554559, lincolncastle.com

12-13 BRITISH NATIONAL PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS & COUNTRY FESTIVAL
See around 250 local ploughing champions compete for different titles and enjoy vintage equipment and rural displays, and tractor and trailer rides.
Nocton, Lincoln, Lincolnshire
ploughmen.co.uk, 01302 852469

13 APPLE DAY
Bring your mystery apples to be identified, taste fresh apple juice or scrumptious cider, then stroll around the orchard with its traditional Norfolk varieties.
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Dereham, Norfolk
01362 860563, museums.norfolk.gov.uk/gressenhall-farm-and-workhouse

23 SNETTISHAM IRON AGE HOARDS (7.30PM)
A talk by Jody Joy – of Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, Cambridge – on the largest deposit of Iron Age gold, silver and bronze artefacts found in Europe.
Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
01733 864663, vivacity.org

MIDLANDS

12-13 OCTOBER STEAM PARTY
Engines in steam, tractors, stationary engines, cars and commercials with stalls, and refreshments. Free off-road parking.
Klondyke Mill, Draycott in the Clay, Staffordshire
nsctec.co.uk

17-20 MIDLANDS MODEL ENGINEERING EXHIBITION
Showcasing hundreds of models from nearly 40 societies and clubs, this is THE show for model engineers.
Warwickshire Event Centre, Nr Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
01926 614101, www.midlandsmodelengineering.co.uk

18-20 50TH ANNIVERSARY STEAM GALA
An intensive three-day event celebrating the Shackerstone Railway Society’s 50th anniversary. Features BR(W) Hall No 6989 Wightwick Hall.
The Battlefield Line, Shackerstone, Leicestershire
01827 880754, battlefieldline.co.uk

25-26 JEWELLERY QUARTER GHOST WALK (6PM)
A tour of all things grim and macabre around Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter. Booking essential.
Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, West Midlands
0121 348 8140, birminghammuseums.org.uk/jewellery

30-31 HALLOWEEN NIGHTS (6.30PM)
Trick or treat along the museum’s gas lit cobbled streets and experience thrilling street entertainment. Booking essential.
Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, West Midlands
0121 557 9643, bclm.co.uk

NORTH OF ENGLAND
03 STITCHES IN TIME TOUR (11AM)
This curator-led tour gives you a sneak peek into the vast vintage costume store. Booking essential.
Discovery Museum, Newcastle Upon Tyne
0191 232 6789, discoverymuseum.org.uk

05-06 POWER FROM THE PAST
Join us for this special event, which will see increased operation of our steam and road transport, as well as some visiting vehicles.
Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham
0191 370 4000, beamish.org.uk

13 COBWEBS & CREAM TEAS
Discover the cellars, attics, rooftops and everything else in between in this behind the scenes tour, followed by a delicious afternoon tea. Booking essential.
Burton Constable, Skirlaugh, East Yorkshire
01964 562400, burtonconstable.com

18-20 AUTUMN STEAM GALA
Favourites from the home fleet will be joining special guest locomotives for an all steam spectacular.
The East Lancashire Railway, Bury, Lancashire
0333 320 2830, eastlancsrailway.org.uk

26-27 STEAMING DAYS
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

WALES

19 REAL ALE TRAIN (6.30-9.30PM)
Step onboard and soak up the atmosphere while enjoying the real ales on offer at the well-stocked bar.
Llangollen Railway, Llangollen, Denbighshire
01978 860979, llangollen-railway.co.uk

25 ORGAN RECITAL (1PM)
Jeffrey Howard plays the magnificent Williams-Wynn Wynnstay organ.
National Museum Cardiff
0300 111 2 333, museum.wales/cardiff

SCOTLAND
24 COLLECTION CENTRE TOURS (10.30-11.45AM)
Go behind the scenes on a tour of our state-of-the-art collections research centre. Booking essential.
National Museums Collection Centre, Granton, Edinburgh
0300 123 6789, nms.ac.uk

25 MANAGER’S TOUR (1.30-2.15PM)
Take a peek behind the scenes in Glasgow Museums’ store and learn about some of the objects held inside. Booking essential.
Kelvin Hall, Glasgow
0141 276 1450, glasgowlife.org.uk

28-31 MEET THE BARBER SURGEON
Meet barber surgeon Hector Cadaver, discover some of nature’s remedies used for treating wounds, and see the tools of the surgical trade in his medical cabinet.
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
0131 225 9846, edinburghcastle.scot

NORTHERN IRELAND

05 SATURDAY OPENING (12-4PM)
Learn about Northern Ireland’s role in World War Two. Listen to 1940s music and take part
in craft activities suitable for all ages.
Northern Ireland War Memorial, Belfast
028 9032 0392, niwarmemorial.org

17 HISTORY OF BELFAST CITY CEMETERY (1PM)
Author Tom Hartley will talk about the history of Belfast City Cemetery which opened in 1869 as a cross denominational burial ground. Free but booking required.
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), Belfast
028 9053 4800, www.nidirect.gov.uk/proni

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



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