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Folk at the Farm - Shropshire Folklore, Story and Music Festival

A festival in a day! Celebrate Folklore, stories & music at the wonderful Acton Scott Historic Farm (Famed Victorian Farm BBC TV) nestled within the Shropshire hills landscape. Tranquillity, farm animals, storytelling, folklore, folk music, folk art exhibition, stalls, food, bar, family activity paddock, pop up…

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, Church Stretton

Sat 20 Jul

£15 Adult (in advance) (£9 OAP (in advance); Children £5 Child (in advance); Family £30 2 adults & up to 3 children (in advance)) / 01694 781306

Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure

Meet Dippy the Diplodocus, a 21.3 metre long skeleton of a dinosaur, which is currently on tour around the UK.

Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle

Tue 25 Jun

Free Donations welcome / 0191 222 6765

Wed 26 Jun

Free Donations welcome / 0191 222 6765

Thu 27 Jun

Free Donations welcome / 0191 222 6765

…and 101 more dates until 6 Oct

The Old King's Highway Tour: The Road to The Green

A walking tour that reveals the history of Aberdeen's Old King's Highway.

Park Inn By Radisson Aberdeen

Sun 7 Jul

Sun 14 Jul

Sun 21 Jul

Sun 28 Jul

20th Century Glasgow on Film

See what life in Glasgow looked like in the 20th century at this guided tour of vintage videos, led by curator Liam Paterson.

Kelvin Hall, Glasgow

Wed 26 Jun

Free but ticketed / 0141 276 1450

All Day Bushcraft - Wilderness Survival with Willow Lohr!

All Day Bushcraft comes to Crathes Castle! Are you an outdoor type and spending free time in the woods sounds like your cup of tea? Do you like sitting around a campfire learning new and old skills? This may be the workshop for you! Far from just admiring nature, this is a special opportunity to acquire some…

Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate, Banchory

Sat 6 Jul

£45 (£40 Students, Over 60s) / 01330 844 525

  • 09:00 – 17:00

Crannogs Through Time Lecture

Dr Michael J Stratigos discusses the history of crannogs, spanning the Neolithic period up until the medieval era.

The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre, Stirling

Tue 6 Aug

£5 / 0844 493 2139

Curators Talks: All That Glitters and Some That Don't

Part of a series of archaeological talks by the museums curators.

Hartlebury Castle

Thu 19 Sep

£4 / 01299 250416

  • 13:00 – 14:00

Glasgow Walking Lunch

Food and travel writer Andrea Pearson leads a guided tour through Glasgow to unearth the city's past. Visit hidden historic sites and sample food and drink from some of the best independent eateries in the city.

Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow

Sat 6 Jul


Sat 3 Aug


Hit Factories: Book Launch

A night of music and conversation to launch Karl Whitney's new book Hit Factories: A Journey Through the Industrial Cities of British Pop, in conversation with Harry Pearson.

World Headquarters, Newcastle upon Tyne

Thu 27 Jun

Free / 0191 281 3445

  • 19:00 – 22:00

The Kent Country Show

Fun day out for the entire family with Jonathan Marshall, a horse stuntsman from TV series Poldark and Game of Thrones, motorbike stunt teams, falconry displays, cookery demonstrations and more.

Quex Park & Powell-Cotton Museum, Birchington

Sun 25 Aug

01843 842168

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Mon 26 Aug

01843 842168

  • 10:00 – 17:00

NTS Archaeology Collections Lecture

Dr Natasha Ferguson of the National Trust for Scotland discusses the archaeological collections of the NTS.

The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre, Stirling

Tue 2 Jul

£5 / 0844 493 2139

Olwyn Owen presented by North Berwick & District Probus Club

'The Importance of Being Ruined' Did you know that our lovely town has more than its fair share of important ruins? This talk will journey into the past to explore the ruins of North Berwick and why they matter. Olwyn is Trustee of North Berwick Environment and Heritage Trust (NBEHT) and chairs a sub-group which is…

North Berwick Library

Thu 8 Aug

£4 / 01620 820700

Part of Fringe by the Sea.

Paisley's Architectural Heritage: Some Key Buildings and their Designers

Full-day conference with a variety of speakers discussing Paisley's architectural heritage.

Methodist Central Hall, Paisley

Wed 26 Jun

Free / 0141 889 2556

Peace Day Riots: Talk

Elise Naish marks the centenary of Luton's town hall burning down at this talk, which explores the town's history of uprising.

Wardown Park Museum, Luton

Thu 4 Jul

£12 / 01582 546 722

Skate Southampton John Hansard Gallery Takeover

Skate Southampton take over the gallery with a series of displays, exhibitions, workshops and more.

John Hansard Gallery, Southampton

Tue 25 Jun

Free / 023 8059 2158

Wed 26 Jun

Free / 023 8059 2158

Thu 27 Jun

Free / 023 8059 2158

…and 2 more dates until 29 Jun

Soldiers of Killiecrankie Celebration Day

Commemorate the anniversary of the battle of Killiecrankie with a military display and a march filled with Jacobite troops.

Perth Museum and Art Gallery

Fri 26 Jul

Free / 01738 632488

Tracing Family History in Lancashire

Half-day course for anyone with ancestors that came from Lancashire. The county has a rich history and is a cultural area as well as a geographical one. Anna Watson gives us two talks that aim to help you understand the county and find the records you need. First talk: The History behind Lancashire's Records Anna…

Society of Genealogists, London EC1M

Sat 20 Jul

£20 (Members £16.40) / 020 7553 3290

Understanding and Using the Findmypast Website

Learn more than just how to search for a name on the Findmypast website. All of us, beginners and experienced family historians, can benefit from a workshop on how to effectively use this major genealogical site. It’s not that it’s difficult to use. It’s just that the sheer size, the breadth of records, and multiple…

Society of Genealogists, London EC1M

Sat 6 Jul

£20 (Members £16) / 020 7553 3290

Weavers & Thread Makers: A Heritage Walk around Paisley's Weaving and Textile Industry

Stephen Clancy leads this walking tour through the history of Paisley's weaving industry.

Made in Paisley

Sat 29 Jun

Free / 0141 618 7939

Weavers & Thread Makers Through Maps

Explore Paisley's textile history at this workshop, led by Stephen Clancy.

Made in Paisley

Tue 2 Jul

Free / 0141 618 7939

Astronomy and Islam: Introduction

Held before the predicted sighting of the next New Crescent Moon, this special Astronomy and Islam show will use the planetarium to explore Arabic tales woven into the starry night sky and explain why the Moon seems to change shape over the month. Visitors will be able to extend their stay beyond the show as access to the…

Royal Observatory Greenwich, London SE10

Sat 27 Jul

£13 (Children £6.50) / 020 8312 6608

  • 10:00 – 10:45

Sun 28 Jul

£13 (Children £6.50) / 020 8312 6608

  • 10:00 – 10:45

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

An Audience with Victoria Price

Author and speaker Victoria Price discusses her work and her father, the horror movie icon Vincent Price, followed by a screening of the film House on Haunted Hill.

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Sat 7 Sep


£6–£8 / 0131 558 8209

Part of Edinburgh Horror Festival.

Auld Man's Milk and Barley Bannocks

A talk by Maureen Kelly on Scottish cuisine in the late seventeenth to early eighteenth centuries. In a castle! Plates of the food using historic recipes will be available to sample!

Braemar Castle

Sat 6 Jul

£8 Includes food samples / 013397 41219

  • 18:00 – 19:30

The Battle of Falkirk 1298 Event

A commemoration of the Battle of Falkirk 1298.

Falkirk Historic Kirk Yard

Sat 20 Jul


  • 11:00 – 16:00