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The art of Renaissance Florence

Art historian Scott Nethersole explores why the art of Renaissance Florence is still worthy of study, examining well-known works by artists such as Botticelli and Piero di Cosimo. Supported by the John Armitage Charitable Trust Image: Sandro Botticelli, 'Venus and Mars', about 1485

The National Gallery, London WC2N

Mon 8 Jul

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Free / 020 7747 2885

The Art of Stained Glass

Erlend Tait For centuries, the art of stained glass has embellished places of worship. Erlend Tait is one of a very small number of contemporary stained glass artists based in Scotland. After art school, he served a seven-year traineeship at Christian Shaw Stained Glass. He has completed more than 40 design commissions…

St Vincent's Chapel, Edinburgh

Mon 12 Aug

St Vincent's

£5 / 0131 557 8028

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Art revealed by torchlight…. Hidden depths of Melford Hall's paintings.

Join our knowledgeable guides who will be highlighting some of the Melford Hall paintings using a specialist LED torch. Features hidden in the past by dimly lit surroundings will be revealed, colours brought to life, brush strokes and signatures exposed whilst we look at conservation themes and explain how we care for our…

National Trust: Melford Hall, Sudbury

Sat 29 Jun

£4.50 Booking advisable, admission applies / 01787 379228

Sat 20 Jul

£4.50 Booking advisable, admission applies / 01787 379228

Sat 24 Aug

£4.50 Booking advisable, admission applies / 01787 379228

…and 2 more dates until 26 Oct

Artist in residence, Bucks Mills cabin

A rare opportunity to see inside this tiny artists retreat which has been left largely untouched since the 1970's. Last used by renowned artists Judith Ackland and Mary Stella Edwards, the cabin is exactly as they left it over 40 years ago and remains a hidden gem in the pretty coastal village of Bucks Mills. Meet with…

National Trust: Bideford Bay and Hartland, Hartland nr Bideford

Fri 5 Jul

Sat 6 Jul

Fri 12 Jul

…and 4 more dates until 14 Sep

Artist Talk and Tour: Graham Chorlton

Join Graham Chorlton for a presentation about his work and then join him for a tour of the exhibition giving you an insight into his work and practice.

MAC (Midlands Arts Centre), Birmingham

Wed 6 Nov


0121 446 3232

Artist Talk and Tour - Jim Holyoak and Matt Shane

Join the Jim Holyoak and Matt Shane as they take you on a tour of the exhibition giving you an insight into their work and practice.

MAC (Midlands Arts Centre), Birmingham

Thu 24 Oct


0121 446 3232

Artist Unknown: Stories from the University of Cambridge Museums and Collections

A talk with Eliza Spindel, Curatorial and Research Assistant, Kettle’s Yard.

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Wed 10 Jul

Free, but token needed / 01223 332900

As good as gold with Alexandra Epps

Join us for this talk with Art Guide Alexandra Epps.

Museum Of London, EC2Y

Mon 22 Jul

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7001 9844

Ask An Actor: Live A Midsummer Night's Dream

‘The course of true love never did run smooth’ Act I, scene 1 Four sparring lovers take refuge in the woods, only to find themselves in the midst of a dispute between the king and queen of the fairies. With the roguish Puck causing havoc, what could possibly go wrong? Shakespeare’s evergreen comedy is a tale of…

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London SE1

Thu 10 Oct

£5–£23 / 020 7401 9919

Ask An Actor: Live As You Like It

‘…tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything.’ Act III, scene 2 Our ‘buoyant and embracive’ (★★★★ The Stage) production from 2018 returns to the Globe Theatre this summer. A firm favourite among Shakespeare’s comedies and featuring some of his best-loved characters, As…

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London SE1

Thu 19 Sep

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7401 9919

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

At Home with Art - Treasures of the Ford Collection

A new exhibition of inspiring artworks in the South Pavilion.

National Trust: Basildon Park, Reading

Tue 25 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01491 672 382

Wed 26 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01491 672 382

Thu 27 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01491 672 382

…and 14 more dates until 11 Jul

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.

Brentwood Centre

Fri 22 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 01277 215151

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

Author and Subject: People Seeking Asylum and Refuge Affecting Change

This event will explore the different ways asylum seekers and refugees use their experiences and voices to positively affect change in their own lives and in the lives of others. Partipants will also seek to discuss what integration means in modern society. The presentation will also demonstrate how groups can build a…

Wolfson Medical School Building, Glasgow

Tue 25 Jun


Part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

Autumn Birds

You may be surprised that Autumn starts early for birds on the River Deben! In July birds are already starting their migration to warmer climes in readiness for winter. Join us for a walk across the site, including the precious salt marsh, to discover the wading birds who call Sutton Hoo home at this time of year.

National Trust: Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge

Sun 28 Jul

£13.60 Booking essential / 01394 389700

Sat 10 Aug

£13.60 Booking essential / 01394 389700

Sun 22 Sep

£13.60 Booking essential / 01394 389700

The Baby Show

Over 200 parenting brands exhibit their products, plus advice from expert speakers.

Olympia, London W14

Fri 18 Oct

£0–£15.70 / 0871 231 0844

Sat 19 Oct

£0–£15.70 / 0871 231 0844

Sun 20 Oct

£0–£15.70 / 0871 231 0844

Bartolomé Bermejo: Master of the Spanish Renaissance

Join Caroline Smith and learn more about Bermejo's paintings. This exhibition brings together seven of his rare works, six of which have never been seen in the UK. Explore how Bermejo drew inspiration from Netherlandish painting, using illusionistic effects and a rich colour palette, to become one of the greatest artists…

The National Gallery, London WC2N

Fri 30 Aug

Caroline Smith

Free / 020 7747 2885

Bat Night

Guided talk and walk with resident Bat Man Derrick Eames to see the local bats feed at nightfall.

Creswell Crags, Welbeck

Fri 30 Aug


  • 19:30 – 22:00

Bat walk (Adults only)

Hear a short introductory talk about bats and then walk around the park after dark to look for and listen to bats.

Morden Hall Park

Sat 13 Jul

£5 Booking essential / 0844 249 1895

Sat 10 Aug

£5 Booking essential / 0844 249 1895

Bat walk & talk

Discover more about the fascinating creatures that live at Godolphin on a bat walk with the rangers. See if you can spot any or pick up any calls with bat detector equipment provided. Booking required. Please note that parking charges are in place for non-members.

National Trust: Godolphin Estate, Breage, Helston

Mon 30 Sep

Free Booking essential / 01736 763194

Battle of Crogen medieval weekend - with Cwmwd Ial

Join us to commemorate the Battle of Crogen, which took place in 1165 in the Ceiriog Valley, between the forces of Henry II and the combined forces of the Welsh princes.

National Trust: Chirk Castle & Garden

Sat 31 Aug

Free Admission applies / 01691 777 701

Sun 1 Sep

Free Admission applies / 01691 777 701