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Weekend events 15-17 May

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It’s here again, time to start planning the use of your precious two days off this weekend.  Here is our list of weekend events, and this week we’re focusing on family friendly events, as there are so many to choose from.

Friday and Saturday see the culmination of the ‘Museums at night’ four day extravaganza which sees museums all over the UK opening for special events, as the title suggests, outside of normal opening hours – at night!  There are events in every corner of the UK, for a full list, take at look at their website but we have handpicked a few that are worth making the journey for.

On Friday night, Tintern Abbey in Gwent is opening up for some stargazing through the ruins of the medieval abbey.  Ticket price includes a pop up planetarium, talks with astronomers and a meal at a local pub.  Also on Friday, in Nottingham is a ghost tour at the Museum of Justice.  Within the 250 year old former gaol stories from the past are brought to life by the guardian of the ghosts.  If you can’t make this Friday, this event runs most Fridays through the year if you fancy a fright.


A highlight from the Museum at Night on Saturday is being held at the Heritage Motor Centre in Warwickshire.  Their event is ‘Car Stories After Dusk‘ and gives a unique view on their impressive collection, with special tours and object handling.  Music will be provided by car part drumming and you will also be able to join a 1920s driving theory lesson!

This weekend is seeing a 40s revival in different parts of the country, maybe a hangover from last weekend’s VE celebrations, so if you’ve still got your 40s finery ready to wear there are two unique events this weekend that might tickle your fancy.  If you’re in Surrey head to Brooklands Museum near Weybridge for their 40s revival day on Saturday. Re-enactors, a vintage market, live music and dance lessons are some of the highlights and a great way to see the museum.   If you’re further North and want to experience a 40s vibe, head to the Haworth on the Keighley and Worth Railway at Haworth for their 40s weekend. Supporting forces charities this will also be full of guests in period dress and there is also the opportunity to experience a cream tea on one of the fabulous 1940s trains.

40s weekend

And finally, if museums are not your thing but you still want to try something different with the family, why not try the races?  Newmarket race course in Suffolk is holding one of their family fun days on Saturday.  Kids go free and as well as a whole program of races there are also other family friendly activities such as bouncy castles, crafts and face painting.


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