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Dressed to Kill

If you thought fashion was fierce you ain’t seen nothing yet! Dressed to Kill takes you and your family on a fascinating, flamboyant and fearsome journey through the last 4000 years of fashion to discover the lethal truth behind some of our best known costumes. Little warriors can have a go at handling armour from ancient…

Burrell Collection, Glasgow

Sat 17 May

Free / 0141 287 2550

Part of Festival of Museums.

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Dunfermline Bruce Festival

Dunfermline, home to the story of Robert the Bruce as well as the legendary king's grave, hosts a weekend of historical activities and re-enactments with a strong family feel.

Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline

Sat 12 Jul

Free / 01383 732226

  • 09:00 – 18:00

Sun 13 Jul

Free / 01383 732226

  • 09:00 – 18:00

In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion

The Tudors and Stuarts were among the best-dressed dynasties in British history, and this exhibition looks at the ways in which fashion conveyed important information about status, using paintings, drawings, miniatures and rare examples of surviving clothing from the 16th and 17th centuries.

The Queen's Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 25 Apr

Included in admission / 0131 556 5100

  • 09:30 – 18:00

Sat 26 Apr

Included in admission / 0131 556 5100

  • 09:30 – 18:00

Sun 27 Apr

Included in admission / 0131 556 5100

  • 09:30 – 18:00
…and 84 more dates until 20 Jul

Largs Viking Festival

An annual festival marking the Battle of Largs in 1263 – the last skirmish between the Scots and the Norse – features a Viking village and a reenactment by the Swords of Dalriada showing how the Vikings lived in the 12th and 13th centuries. The week of events includes a food and craft market, aerobatic displays, a fun…

The Promenade, Largs

Sat 30 Aug

£2–£5 / 01475 672884

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Sun 31 Aug

£2–£5 / 01475 672884

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Mon 1 Sep

£2–£5 / 01475 672884

  • 10:00 – 18:00
…and 6 more dates until 7 Sep

Wartime Experience

Step back in time with this activity-filled hands-on history day featuring flying displays, fashion and battle re-enactments.

National Museum of Flight, North Berwick

Sun 11 May

Included in admission / 0300 123 6789

  • 10:00 – 17:00
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Brixham Battery Open Days

Extra open days at the museum with more displays and members in uniform as well as tours of the grounds, tunnels and buildings.

Brixham Battery Heritage Museum

Mon 5 May

Donations welcome

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Sun 8 Jun

Donations welcome

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Cannock Chase Military History Weekend

A celebration of the region's military past with hands-on activities for all the family and proceeds going towards Help for Heroes. This year there is an emphasis on the Great War, to coincide with centenary events.

Cannock Chase Visitors Centre

Sat 16 Aug

Free

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Sun 17 Aug

Free

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Celebrate Scotland!

Come and take your place alongside local musicians and artists to help celebrate the very best of Scottish and Highland culture. There is tons to do including performances from the fabulous Fiddle Forte band who have you leaping to make your bow dance or bang your drum in our have-a-go music workshop – traditional and…

Highland Museum of Childhood, Strathpeffer

Sat 17 May

Prices to be confirmed / 01997 42103

Part of Festival of Museums.

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry WWI

Denise Bennet leads this workshop, which uses objects from the WWI era as a way to inspire writing.

The Novium, Chichester

Sat 12 Jul

£10 / 01243 813595

  • 10:00 – 12:00

Fit for a Queen

Margaret Tudor, the Queen Dowager, is coming to stay, and the castle is a-buzz with activity.

Doune Castle

Sun 7 Sep

Included in admission / 0131 668 8885

  • 12:00 – 16:00
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Home Front Vintage Fair

A two day fair as part of the 1940s weekend featuring a selection of period items, fashion, jewellery and home wares.

Thornborough Hall, Leyburn

Sat 26 Jul

Free / 07779 342782

  • 10:00 – 16:30

Sun 27 Jul

Free / 07779 342782

  • 10:00 – 16:30

It's the History Man! Civil War Surgeon at the Fitzalan Chapel

Storytelling with Paul Ullson about the daily life of the castle, including the tales of the civil war surgeon.

Arundel Castle

Mon 11 Aug

Included in admission / 01903 882173

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Thu 28 Aug

Included in admission / 01903 882173

  • 10:00 – 17:00

It's the History Man! Iron Age Warrior in the Castle Keep

Hear the tales of Iron Ages warriors from story teller Paul Ullson.

Arundel Castle

Wed 30 Jul

Included in admission / 01903 882173

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Wed 27 Aug

Included in admission / 01903 882173

  • 10:00 – 17:00

It's the History Man! Medieval Herald in the Fitzalan Chapel

Storytelling from Paul Ullson who gets down to the nitty gritty and lets you in on the bits that school doesn't teach you.

Arundel Castle

Fri 30 May

Included in admission / 01903 882173

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Fri 8 Aug

Included in admission / 01903 882173

  • 10:00 – 17:00

It's the History Man! Medieval Priest at the Fitzalan Chapel

Learn about life as a medieval priest in this historical re-enactment.

Arundel Castle

Tue 27 May

Included in admission / 01903 882173

  • 10:00

Fri 1 Aug

Included in admission / 01903 882173

  • 10:00

Tue 26 Aug

Included in admission / 01903 882173

  • 10:00
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It's the History Man! Medieval Surgeon

Learn about life as a medieval surgeon.

Arundel Castle

Tue 29 Jul

Included in admission / 01903 882173

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Wed 20 Aug

Included in admission / 01903 882173

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Tue 28 Oct

Included in admission / 01903 882173

  • 10:00 – 17:00

It's the History Man! Norman Knight in the Castle Keep

Story telling from Paul Ullson who tells the tales of Norman knights.

Arundel Castle

Fri 15 Aug

Included in admission / 01903 882173

  • 10:00 – 17:00

It's the History Man! Saxon Warrior at the Castle Keep

Learn about the Saxon warriors with Paul Ullson.

Arundel Castle

Mon 18 Aug

Included in admission / 01903 882173

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Jousting & Medieval Tournament Week

The largest jousting competition in Europe gets underway; who will be weighed, measured and found wanting?

Arundel Castle

Tue 22 Jul

£22 (£19.50; Family £49; under 5s free; Children £10) / 01903 882173

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Wed 23 Jul

£22 (£19.50; Family £49; under 5s free; Children £10) / 01903 882173

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Thu 24 Jul

£22 (£19.50; Family £49; under 5s free; Children £10) / 01903 882173

  • 10:00 – 17:00
…and 3 more dates until 27 Jul

Life In A Medieval Castle

Raven Tor Living History Group portray the life and times of people living in and next to a medieval castle throughout the 14th and 15th centuries.

Arundel Castle

Sat 16 Aug

Included in admission / 01903 882173

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sun 17 Aug

Included in admission / 01903 882173

  • 10:00 – 17:00
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McLean Museum Fun Day

Morning dress, evening dress, fancy dress … Join us for this fun, family day out involving all things sartorial. Dress up in your best bonnet and ball gown, or don trilby and trousers and watch what happens! How does that diamond necklace make you feel (pretty good, we reckon!) and how do people react to you when you wear…

McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock

Sat 17 May

Free / 01475 715624

Part of Festival of Museums.

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Medieval Mayhem

Bring the whole family along to party like it's 1399 with jousting, swordplay and a Medieval banquet.

Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries

Fri 25 Jul

Included in admission / 01387 770244

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Sat 26 Jul

Included in admission / 01387 770244

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Sun 27 Jul

Included in admission / 01387 770244

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Medieval Tournament

Smiting and pageantry galore in this recreation of a medieval tournament.

Arundel Castle

Sat 21 Jun

Included in admission / 01903 882173

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sun 22 Jun

Included in admission / 01903 882173

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Meet the Vikings

Visit the Vikings as they choose to settle in the gardens of Dumfries Museum for just one day. You can encounter Viking warriors (they're really quite a friendly bunch) and learn how they dressed for battle, meet Viking craftsmen and women, and find out how the Vikings lived their daily lives. Learn how everyday objects…

Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura

Sat 17 May

Free / 01387 253374

Part of Festival of Museums.

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Murderous Games – Roman Gladiatorial Weekend

Go back and time to when gladiators battled in ancient Rome as Redbout Fortress is dressed up as a gladiatorial arena.

Redoubt Fortress And Military Museum, Eastbourne

Sat 6 Sep

Included in admission / 01323 410300

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Sun 7 Sep

Included in admission / 01323 410300

  • 10:00 – 16:00
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