Before 12pm, Kids, History

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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

Summer at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

There's a whole summer of family-friendly activities at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

Sat 30 Aug

Included in admission / 0131 524 5100

  • 09:30 – 16:30

Sun 31 Aug

Included in admission / 0131 524 5100

  • 09:30 – 16:30

The Games We Play

An exhibition looking at the culture of game playing across centuries and countries.

Scotland Street School Museum, Glasgow

Sat 30 Aug

Free / 0141 287 0500

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sun 31 Aug

Free / 0141 287 0500

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Mon 1 Sep

Free / 0141 287 0500

  • 10:00 – 17:00
…and 6 more dates until 7 Sep

Arms at the Ready!

Try the weapons and armour of the 16th century and have a go at making your own shield.

Dirleton Castle, North Berwick

Sun 7 Sep

Included in admission

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Dino Jaws

Get up close and way too personal with the 3/4 life-sized animatronic T Rex to discover how they lived and what they ate. Warning: there will be poo. Lots of poo.

New Dock Hall, Leeds

Sat 30 Aug

Included in admission / 0113 220 1906

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Sun 31 Aug

Included in admission / 0113 220 1906

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Mon 1 Sep

Included in admission / 0113 220 1906

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

Durham Book Festival

Book events for both children and adults at this two-week festival, with over 70 writers appearing in 2014. Highlights include Kate Tempest, Dennis Skinner MP and Stuart Maconie.

Various Venues: Durham

Mon 6 Oct

Prices vary / 0300 026 6600

  • 10:00 – 21:00

Tue 7 Oct

Prices vary / 0300 026 6600

  • 10:00 – 21:00

Wed 8 Oct

Prices vary / 0300 026 6600

  • 10:00 – 21:00
…and 10 more dates until 18 Oct

Family Edwardian Day

A special backstage tour around the Usher Hall taking you back to when the venue first opened 100 years ago with period costumes, arts, crafts and games.

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Sat 13 Sep

£10 (Family £30) / 0131 228 1155

  • 10:30
  • 12:00

Family History Day

A chance for all generations to get more intimate with their family's history – with fun and games for kids and talks, research and more for adults.

John Gray Centre Museum, Haddington

Sat 30 Aug

Free / 01620 820690

  • 10:30 – 16:00

Fife Family History Fair

A wide range of stalls and displays, including talks from history experts.

Rothes Halls, Glenrothes

Sat 20 Sep

£20 / 01592 611101

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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From Waterside to Waterloo

Hear all about some of the most daring feats of the Battle of Waterloo, including Sergeant Charles Ewart's capture of the Colours and Standard of the 45 Regime of Napoleon's army.

Edinburgh Castle

Tue 2 Sep

included in admission price / 0131 225 9846

  • 11:15

Wed 3 Sep

included in admission price / 0131 225 9846

  • 11:15

Great Escapes

Uncover the dastardly stories of escape attempts at Oxford Castle as you follow an interactive family family around the castle. Explore the Saxon tower, the ancient crypt and the Georgian prison wing and learn about the people who tried to climb down a rope made of bed sheets and skated away through through the snow in…

Oxford Castle Unlocked

Sat 30 Aug

£9.95 (£8.45; Children £6.95; Family £29.95) / 01865 260666

Online discounts available.

  • 10:00 – 16:30

Sun 31 Aug

£9.95 (£8.45; Children £6.95; Family £29.95) / 01865 260666

Online discounts available.

  • 10:00 – 16:30

Heritage Open Days

Take a peek behind-the-scenes.

Lagan Valley Regional Park, Belfast

Sat 13 Sep

Phone for prices / 028 9049 1922

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Lincoln Cathedral

Sat 13 Sep

Free / 01522 561600

  • 09:00 – 16:30

National Trust: Belton House, Grantham

Sat 13 Sep

Free, plus admission £11.60, child £7.50, family £31.60 / 01476 566116

  • 09:30 – 17:30

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It's the History Man! Medieval Surgeon

Learn about life as a medieval surgeon.

Arundel Castle

Tue 28 Oct

Included in admission / 01903 882173

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Lapworth Museum of Geology

The Lapworth Museum is approximately 130 years old and contains the largest and finest collection of fossils, minerals and rocks in the Midlands comprises more than 250,000 specimens of both national and international importance. Come and delve into the past!

Aston Webb Building, Birmingham

Sat 6 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

Sun 7 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

Mon 8 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

…and 3 more dates until 11 Sep back to top

Lupton House 1940s Weekend

Party like it's 1949 at this retro weekend, with a craft and vintage fair, tea room, military reenactments, outside displays and a Saturday dance. Booking is essential.

Lupton House, Brixham

Sat 20 Sep

£6 (Family £20; Seniors £5; Children £5; under 5s free)

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sun 21 Sep

£6 (Family £20; Seniors £5; Children £5; under 5s free)

  • 10:00 – 17:00

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

Normans And Crusaders: In The Keep

Raven Tor Living History Group portray the 12th century Norman period in the keep. Featuring combat, weapons, armour and crafts displays.

Arundel Castle

Wed 29 Oct

£9 / 01903 882173

Thu 30 Oct

£9 / 01903 882173

Pirate And Smugglers Day

Find out about the smugglers of Sussex and the pirates who menaced the waters around the world, including demonstrations of crafts, weapons and activities of the 18th Century.

Arundel Castle

Sun 21 Sep

Included in admission / 01903 882173

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Rebels and Redcoats

Find out more about the role the castle played in Jacobean times.

Edinburgh Castle

Sat 6 Sep

included in admission / 0131 225 9846

  • 11:05

Sun 7 Sep

included in admission / 0131 225 9846

  • 11:05

Wed 24 Sep

included in admission / 0131 225 9846

  • 11:05
…and 2 more dates until 8 Oct

Rural Life Heritage Fair

A fair to celebrate the history of the local farming culture of Aberdeenshire, including craft demonstrations, a photography display, archive film screenings and farmers' markets. Local academy and primary children will also share their fine art projects that explore rural life. The event also coincides with the Vintage…

Aberdeenshire Farming Museum, Peterhead

Sun 28 Sep

Free

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Somerset Remembers

A touring exhibition from the Somerset Heritage Services looking at the many ways Somerset people and communities have remembered the Great War. Somerset Remembers will focus on 1914–1918 but will also explore how the First World War shaped the lives of Somerset people in the years after the war.

Frome Museum

Tue 30 Sep

Free, donations welcome / 01373 454611

  • 10:00 – 14:00

Wed 1 Oct

Free, donations welcome / 01373 454611

  • 10:00 – 14:00

Thu 2 Oct

Free, donations welcome / 01373 454611

  • 10:00 – 14:00
…and 32 more dates until 15 Nov

The Museum Of Somerset, Taunton

Sat 30 Aug

Free / 01823 320200

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sun 31 Aug

Free / 01823 320200

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Mon 1 Sep

Free / 01823 320200

  • 10:00 – 17:00
…and 124 more dates until 3 Jan 2015

Steam Open Day

Hope aboard a steam locomotive on the former Dalmellington Iron Company's line, check out the model railway and more at this open day.

Dunaskin Heritage Centre, Patna

Sun 28 Sep

£5 (£3; Family £13; Members free) / 01292 269260

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Toy Stories

An exhibition of toys from yesteryear, with a teddy bear trail and play area for kids.

York Castle Museum

Sat 30 Aug

£8.50 (£7.50) / 01904 687687

  • 09:30 – 17:00

Sun 31 Aug

£8.50 (£7.50) / 01904 687687

  • 09:30 – 17:00

Mon 1 Sep

£8.50 (£7.50) / 01904 687687

  • 09:30 – 17:00
…and 852 more dates until 31 Dec 2016