Days out, History

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Marsworth Steam & Classic Vehicle Rally

See historic steam engines, vintage tractors, classic cars, motorbikes and trucks at this fun day out, which includes arena entertainment, stalls, sideshows, refreshments, live music and more. All proceeds go to local fundraising and charities

Steam & Classics, Tring

Sun 16 Jun

£5 (Children £3) / 01442827727

  • 11:00 – 17:00

Historic Underground

Learn about the history of Georgian Edinburgh through a tour of the Blair Street Underground Vaults.

Mercat Tours, Edinburgh

Sun 16 Jun

£14 (£12; Children £9; Family £37) / 0131 225 5445

  • 12:00 – 13:15
  • 14:00 – 15:15
  • 16:00 – 17:15

Mon 17 Jun

£14 (£12; Children £9; Family £37) / 0131 225 5445

  • 12:00 – 13:15
  • 14:00 – 15:15
  • 16:00 – 17:15

Tue 18 Jun

£14 (£12; Children £9; Family £37) / 0131 225 5445

  • 12:00 – 13:15
  • 14:00 – 15:15
  • 16:00 – 17:15
…and 286 more dates until 31 Mar 2020

Battle Proms

Summer celebration of classical music, with Spitfire and cavalry displays, cannon fire and a firework finale on the grounds of five of the UK's most celebrated stately homes.

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock

Sat 6 Jul

£43.15 / 01432355416

Burghley House, Stamford

Sat 20 Jul

£43.15 / 01432355416

Hatfield House

Sat 13 Jul

£43.15 / 01432355416

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Ghostly Underground

Daytime tour of Edinburgh's haunted vaults, where you can hear more about mischief-makers, murderers and vagrants.

Mercat Tours, Edinburgh

Sun 16 Jun

£14 (£12; Children £9; Family £37) / 0131 225 5445

  • 13:00 – 14:15
  • 15:00 – 16:15
  • 17:00 – 18:15

Mon 17 Jun

£14 (£12; Children £9; Family £37) / 0131 225 5445

  • 13:00 – 14:15
  • 15:00 – 16:15
  • 17:00 – 18:15

Tue 18 Jun

£14 (£12; Children £9; Family £37) / 0131 225 5445

  • 13:00 – 14:15
  • 15:00 – 16:15
  • 17:00 – 18:15
…and 286 more dates until 31 Mar 2020

Bannockburn Battle Camp Reenactment

Celebrate the 705th anniversary of the historic Battle of Bannockburn at this re-enactment of the battle camp, including a kitchen, forge, armoury and plenty of characters to chat with.

The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre, Stirling

Sun 16 Jun

£6 (Children £4) / 0844 493 2139

Curious About Edinburgh

Heritage walk through historic Edinburgh, with an optional treasure hunt.

Edinburgh City Centre

Sun 16 Jun

£5.99–£7.99 / 01159502151

Booking is essential.

Mon 17 Jun

£5.99–£7.99 / 01159502151

Booking is essential.

Tue 18 Jun

£5.99–£7.99 / 01159502151

Booking is essential.

…and 196 more dates until 31 Dec

Doomed, Dead and Buried

Explore the haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults and the Canongate graveyard.

Mercat Tours, Edinburgh

Sun 16 Jun

£17 (£15) / 0131 225 5445

  • 19:30 – 21:15
  • 20:30 – 22:15

Mon 17 Jun

£17 (£15) / 0131 225 5445

  • 19:30 – 21:15
  • 20:30 – 22:15

Tue 18 Jun

£17 (£15) / 0131 225 5445

  • 19:30 – 21:15
  • 20:30 – 22:15
…and 286 more dates until 31 Mar 2020

The Edinburgh Outlander Experience

Visit locations from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander novels as visited by characters Claire and Jamie. Hear stories of the Jacobites, the Stuarts, witchcraft, clans and how the fictional story intermingles with history.

Mercat Tours, Edinburgh

Sat 22 Jun

£14 / 0131 225 445

  • 10:30 – 12:30

Sat 29 Jun

£14 / 0131 225 445

  • 10:30 – 12:30

Sat 6 Jul

£14 / 0131 225 445

  • 10:30 – 12:30
…and 38 more dates until 28 Mar 2020

Samhuinn Fire Festival

Hosted by Beltane Fire Society, the Samhuinn Fire Festival celebrates the Celtic New Year, marking the end of summer and welcoming the onset of winter. The change of seasons is brought to life through wild drumming, fire-dancing, acrobatics, and vibrant costumes.

Calton Hill, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Oct

Times & prices to be confirmed

An Audience with Mark 'Billy' Billingham

SAS soldier Mark Billingham talks about his adventures.

The Customs House, South Shields

Thu 7 Nov

£25 / 0191 454 1234

Exeter Corn Exchange

Mon 4 Nov

£24.61 / 01392 665938

The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe

Wed 6 Nov

£24.19 / 0844 854 2776

Festival at the Fort

Built in the wake of the Battle of Culloden the fort reaches its 250th anniversary this year. Discover why and how this mighty fortress was constructed, explore the history it has seen and celebrate Highland culture through music, dance and song. If you are a Historic Scotland member, admission to this event is free of…

Fort George, Inverness

Sat 10 Aug

£9 (£7.20; Child £5.40; Family £18–£31) / 01667 460232

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Sun 11 Aug

£9 (£7.20; Child £5.40; Family £18–£31) / 01667 460232

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Heritage Railway Rides

Take a ride back in time on one of the only 1915 heritage steam narrow gauge railway loops still operational on this heritage train ride.

Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway, Sunbury-on-Thames

Sun 16 Jun

£3 (Children £1) / 01932 765328

  • 10:30 – 16:00

Sun 23 Jun

£3 (Children £1) / 01932 765328

  • 10:30 – 16:00

Sun 30 Jun

£3 (Children £1) / 01932 765328

  • 10:30 – 16:00
…and 20 more dates until 17 Nov

The Magic Hour

An evening of magic and illusion presented in the style of the Victorian Masters. Prepare to be baffled as Tony Middleton performs sleight of hand and mind-reading.

Sheraton Park Lane Hotel, London W1J

Thu 20 Jun

£33–£45

  • 20:00 – 22:00

Fri 21 Jun

£33–£45

  • 20:00 – 22:00

Thu 27 Jun

£33–£45

  • 20:00 – 22:00
…and 55 more dates until 3 Jan 2020

Antiques Roadshow

Raid the attic and dust off your family heirlooms, the experts from the BBC Antiques Roadshow are in town to appraise your antiques. All visitors are welcome to bring their family treasures and long as you are in the main queue to the Roadshow’s Reception Desk by 4.30pm, you get to meet the team of specialists.

V&A Museum of Design Dundee

Sun 23 Jun

Free / 01382 305665

  • 09:30 – 16:30

British Academy Summer Showcase

Exhibitions and discussions on social science around the world.

The British Academy, London SW1Y

Fri 21 Jun

020 7969 5316

Free / 020 7969 5316

Sat 22 Jun

Free / 020 7969 5316

Cardifferent Historic Pub Tour

Historical tour celebrating the people, stories and city of Cardiff.

The Angel Hotel, Cardiff

Fri 21 Jun

£15 / 07505 385663

Sat 22 Jun

£15 / 07505 385663

Thu 27 Jun

£15 / 07505 385663

…and 85 more dates until 13 Dec

Classic Vehicle Show

Vehicle shows with a range of cars, vans motorcycles and agricultural vehicles on display.

The Old Peterhead Prison

Sun 23 Jun

£3

  • 10:00 – 15:00

Curious About Cambridge

Self-guided heritage tours around Cambridge.

Various venues: Cambridge

Sun 16 Jun

£5.99–£7.99 / 01159502151

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Mon 17 Jun

£5.99–£7.99 / 01159502151

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Tue 18 Jun

£5.99–£7.99 / 01159502151

  • 10:00 – 17:00
…and 561 more dates until 31 Dec 2020

Curious About Glasgow

Explore Glasgow with these two self-guided walks. If you're feeling up to it, you can also include a treasure hunt for added fun.

Glasgow City Centre

Sun 16 Jun

Times to be confirmed / £5.99–£7.99

Booking is essential.

Mon 17 Jun

Times to be confirmed / £5.99–£7.99

Booking is essential.

Tue 18 Jun

Times to be confirmed / £5.99–£7.99

Booking is essential.

…and 234 more dates until 7 Feb 2020

Curious about Liverpool

Quirky self-guided heritage walks around Liverpool.

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

Sun 16 Jun

£5.99–£7.99 Price for up to four people / 01159502151

Cathedrals, Chinatown & LIPA

Mon 17 Jun

£5.99–£7.99 Price for up to four people / 01159502151

Cathedrals, Chinatown & LIPA

Tue 18 Jun

£5.99–£7.99 Price for up to four people / 01159502151

Cathedrals, Chinatown & LIPA

…and 284 more dates until 28 Mar 2020

St George's Hall, Liverpool

Sun 16 Jun

£5.99–£7.99 Price for up to four people / 01159502151

Museums, Music & Culture

Mon 17 Jun

£5.99–£7.99 Price for up to four people / 01159502151

Museums, Music & Culture

Tue 18 Jun

£5.99–£7.99 Price for up to four people / 01159502151

Museums, Music & Culture

…and 285 more dates until 30 Mar 2020

Discover your Family and Local History

Look at archives and find out about your family tree and history.

North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre, Motherwell

Mon 17 Jun

Free

  • 09:30 – 16:30

Tue 18 Jun

Free

  • 09:30 – 16:30

Wed 19 Jun

Free

  • 09:30 – 16:30
…and 117 more dates until 29 Nov

Father's Day Activity Day at Holmwood House

Jam-packed day of food, fun and family activities at Holmwood House in celebration of dads everywhere, with a ball pit, DJs, a bungee run and more.

Holmwood House, Glasgow

Sun 16 Jun

£8–£10 / 0844 493 2204

The Skye Festival: Fèis an Eilein

This summer arts festival began in 1991 and celebrates island culture and performing arts with a strong focus on Scottish traditional music. Events include charity cafes, art exhibitions, theatre, ceilidhs, environmental days and a community-led fringe programme of house concerts.

Various Venues, Isle of Skye

Wed 3 Jul

Times to be confirmed / prices vary / 01471 844207

Thu 4 Jul

Times to be confirmed / prices vary / 01471 844207

Fri 5 Jul

Times to be confirmed / prices vary / 01471 844207

…and 49 more dates until 23 Aug

The Ginger and Spice Festival

Celebration of spices and spicy foods, with markets, heritage spice trails, competitions, music, pop-ups and more.

Various venues, Market Drayton

Wed 25 Sep

Times to be confirmed / Free

Thu 26 Sep

Times to be confirmed / Free

Fri 27 Sep

Times to be confirmed / Free

Sat 28 Sep

Times to be confirmed / Free

Haddington Town Walks

A guided walk around historic Haddington.

Jabberwocky Soft Play, Haddington

Sat 22 Jun

£3 (Children free) / 01620 248070

  • 13:30 – 15:00

Sat 29 Jun

£3 (Children free) / 01620 248070

  • 13:30 – 15:00

Sat 6 Jul

£3 (Children free) / 01620 248070

  • 13:30 – 15:00
…and 16 more dates until 26 Oct