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Travel in Time on Heritage Railways

Breath-taking vistas of mountain valleys, moorlands and forest.  Stunning seascapes, and panoramas of rolling countryside, without a road in sight. Discovering little known routes and places, and sights that can’t be seen from a car or coach. For some, that means hiking boots, rucksacks and maps and, often, a hearty disregard for unfriendly weather. For some eleven million people each year, it means something much easier, and quite different: taking a ride on heritage railways.

Heritage Railways - A Thomas the Tank Engine special at Falkirk’s Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway

Perth Museum and Art Gallery shares history behind merchants and makers

Perth's merchants and craftspeople are being celebrated in a new summer exhibition which digs deep into the history of the city.

By Hammer and Hand, running from June 30 to September 30 at Perth Museum and Art Gallery, is free and brings to life the people who formed the backbone of Perth's economy. The exhibition draws on archives, artwork and significant objects which bring their history and importance to life.

Fortnum & Mason provide Afternoon Tea & Tour package at St Pancras International

To celebrate its 150th birthday year, St Pancras International has teamed up with Fortnum & Mason to offer guests a unique Afternoon Tea experience, complete with the opportunity to hear fascinating tales of the station’s past in an hour-long historic walking tour.

As well as exploring the stunning design of the station, guests will learn about the threat to demolish the building in the 20th century and its rebirth in the 21st century as a destination for premium shopping, eating and drinking, as well as the new Eurostar Terminal.

Discover the history of coal mining in England

The National Coal Mining Museum for England provides a great educational day out with a unique opportunity to travel 140 metres underground down one of Britain's oldest working mines with an ex-miner as your guide. It’s an eye-opening and unforgettable experience. Situated in a rural setting, the Museum offers an unusual combination of exciting experiences, whilst providing a genuine insight into the hard-working lives of miners through the ages. Free entry & free parking for everyone. £4 charge for underground tour.
 

12th Annual Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival 29th April – 7th May 2017

Now in its 12th year, the annual Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival, 29th April – 7th May, is offering 57 walks, making it probably the biggest in the West Midlands and one of the best in the country.

The Festival is not just for people with big rucksacks, walking poles and expensive boots but is two events in one; it offers 32 ‘themed’ walks ranging from two to 10 miles, and 25 walks which are longer and for the more experienced walker.  

Competition now closed - Win A Family Ticket To Visit Amberley Museum During The 2017 Season

Win A Family Ticket To Visit Amberley Museum During The 2017 Season

Amberley Museum is an amazing place tucked away in the South Downs between Storrington and Arundel, with a focus on industrial and transport history, with over 40 buildings. Most days the bus service is running as well as the narrow gauge railway which takes visitors from near the entrance right to the far end where the electricity, communications and railway exhibition halls can be found.

Amberley Museum Kilns Exhibition

Launch of a spectacular giant art installation in Snowdonia

High and Low, or ‘uchel ac isel’, is a spectacular outdoor painting installation which is being created by British landscape artist Anthony Garratt in Snowdonia.

The installation will tell a unique and compelling story about the history, geography and industrial heritage of North Wales, encouraging visitors to make a deeper connection with the region’s dramatic landscape and the forces that have shaped it.

The perfect English countryside retreat – La Fosse at Cranborne

La Fosse at Cranborne is an award-winning restaurant and boutique B&B situated in the heart of the countryside on the Dorset/Wiltshire border in the UK.  With this beautiful location La Fosse attracts avid walkers and cyclists from all over the UK, Europe and further afield, visiting for short breaks or longer holidays.  Guests are charmed by the history of the small Cranborne village and the Cranborne Manor Estate to which it once belonged.