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November

Wed 4th

CURIOUS ABOUT MANCHESTER

Manchester.

Have fun discovering Manchester with two self-guided, quirky, heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Buy in booklet or instant download format. This event is fantastic for families. it’s a great way to explore, discover & enjoy Manchester. fantasticforfamilies.com

THE ATKINSON

Lord Street, Southport.

The Atkinson has re-opened with reduced visiting times and limited services. You can now visit our Library, museum, gallery, shop and café. Mon – Sat 11am – 4pm. theatkinson.co.uk

Thurs 5th

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IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM

Purpose built to tell the powerful stories of over a century of war, IWM North makes full use of its extraordinary exhibition space to deliver an award winning immersive experience. Open daily 10am – 5pm. Free. Booking essential. www.iwm.org.uk

Sat 7th

PADIHAM MODEL RAILWAY EVENT 2020

Padiham Unitarian Chapel Hall, Knight Hill, Padiham.

Padiham’s 20th Annual Model Railway Event presents an enjoyable eclectic mix of live steam running, Japanese ‘N’ Bullet Trains, stationary steam engines on compressed air, layouts from ‘G1’ to ‘Z’ gauge. 10am – 4pm. Tel: 01282 776115.

DMU WEEKEND

East Lancashire Railway, Bolton Street Station, Bury.

Good things come in small packages, enjoy a day with these diminutive powerhouses as they take their well-deserved spot in the limelight for this event. 7th & 8th Nov. eastlancsrailway.org.uk

LEEDS VINTAGE FURNITURE AND HOME FAIR

Sunny Bank Mills, Farsley, Leeds.

True vintage finds from mid-Century to industrial, rustic to reclaimed, brocante finds to Art Deco. Furniture, lighting, textiles, art work, ceramics and more, everything you need for a stylish, individual, beautiful home. No reproductions allowed! 7th – 8th Nov. 10.30am – 4pm. roseandbrownvintage.co.uk

POPPY WEEKEND

Heskin Hall, Wood Lane, Heskin, Chorley.

Join us and some 1950s re-enactors, our local traders (for our open air market) and kids rides etc. An innovative and interesting way to commemorate in a socially distanced & relaxed way. 7th – 8th Nov 11am – 4pm.

THE YORK DUNGEON

The York Dungeon is a journey through 2000 years of York’s darkest history, bringing together iconic characters, immersive sets and thrilling special effects in a unique and exciting actor led experience that you see, hear, feel and smell. Find out the real story of York! Open Mon – Fri 11am – 4pm. Sat & Sun 11am – 5pm. Booking essential. thedungeons.com

Sun 8th

RUN BOLTON ABBEY

Bolton Abbey Estate, Skipton.

Challenge yourself to run on the stunning trails of the Bolton Abbey estate. There is a choice of distances to suit all abilities of runners. A 10K, 10 Mile, a half marathon and a 2 mile fun run £6. 10k – £19. 10 mile £24. Half Marathon £29. All prices include free parking. Tel: 01535 640441.

THE BRITISH COMMERCIAL VEHICLE MUSEUM

Leyland.

The Museum generates a unique atmosphere with its wonderfully preserved and presented vehicles, and its showcases full of memorabilia and artefacts related to transport history. There is something for all ages at this unique motor museum. Open Tues – Sun. 10am – 4.30pm. Adult £8, child £4, family £18. britishcommercialvehiclemuseum.com

NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM

Leeman Rd, York.

Immerse yourself in the home of iconic locomotives and an unrivalled collection of engineering brilliance. Wed – Sun 10am – 5pm. Free. Booking essential. railwaymuseum.org.uk

Mon 9th

YORK MINISTER

York.

Explore one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals. Experience our vast spaces and breathtaking medieval architecture, discover our Roman roots and learn about the Minster’s role in Viking York. Mon – Thurs 11am – 4.30pm, Fri – Sat 10am – 4.30pm, Sun 12.30pm – 2.30pm, £11.50. yorkminster.org

SKIPTON CRAVEN WALKERS

Our Monday walks have now resumed. We are walking in 2 groups with a maximum turnout (including leaders and backups) of 30 across the two walks. If you are not a regular and wish to join a Monday walk please contact us to ensure we do not go over numbers, by email to cravenwalkers@gmail.com or by texting Tel: 07850185360.

Tues 10th

BROCKHOLES NATURE RESERVE

With over 250 acres of natural beauty and our iconic floating Visitor Village to explore, you’ll find something new here every time! There is so much fun to be had, places to explore and memories to treasure. Tues – Sun. 10am – 4pm. brockholes.org

BLACKBURN MUSEUM & ART GALLERY

Museum Street, Blackburn.

We are excited to welcome you back to Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery. Visitors need to book either online or by calling the museum reception Tel: 01254 667130. Open Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat 12pm – 4.45pm. blackburnmuseum.org.uk

Wed 11th

MAGNA SCIENCE ADVENTURE CENTRE

Magna Way, Templeborough, Rotherham.

Magna Science Adventure Centre is a hands on experience packed with interactive exhibits. Explore the wonders of science and technology in our four pavilions, Air, Earth, Fire and Water. A fantastic day out for all ages. Open daily. 10am – 5pm. visitmagna.co.uk

MUSICAL AFTERNOON TEA

Gibbon Bridge Hotel, Gibbon Bridge, Chipping, Forest of Bowland, Preston.

A selection of savoury sandwiches, scones, cream and preserves and cakes, all made freshly for you in the bakery, along with tea and coffee will be served. A pianist will play a selection of your favourite tunes. 3pm – 5pm. gibbon-bridge.co.uk

ELIZABETH GASKELL’S HOUSE

84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester.

Celebrating the life and literature of Elizabeth Gaskell, Manchester’s most famous Victorian writer. A hands on experience of a Victorian middle class house just one mile from the city centre. This beautifully restored home has spectacular period rooms, villa garden, changing exhibitions and a tea room for visitors to enjoy.Open Wed, Thurs & Sun – 11am – 4.30pm. Booking essential. elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

Thurs 12th

AN INTRODUCTION TO WINE TASTING

Holiday Inn Hotel, Ring Way, Preston.

If you want to get a taste of what we offer at The Lancashire Wine School, then join us for an introductory look at the wonderfully diverse and quirky world of wine. We will taste at least six wines and provide many pointers to enhance your appreciation of wine. 7pm – 9pm. £25. thelancashirewineschool.com

YORKSHIRE AIR MUSEUM

Halifax Way, Elvington, York.

A living memorial to all allied air forces personnel particularly those during the Second World War. We aim to be relevant to present day generations by explaining, in a realistic way, what life was like on a typical wartime bomber station. 10am – 4pm daily. Booking essential. yorkshireairmuseum.org

Fri 13th

LEEDS INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM

Canal Rd, Leeds.

Industrial heritage with collections of textile machinery, railway equipment and heavy engineering. The museum has changing exhibitions which are inspired by a theme from the museum’s collection, along with exciting events running throughout the year. Mon – Fri – 10am – 5pm, Sat & Sun 1pm – 5pm. museumsandgalleries.leeds.gov.uk

UPON A CHRISTMAS WISH – Harewood’s Festive Season

Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds.

Delve into a voyage of the imagination this festive season, as Harewood recounts a Christmas tale and the House reveals its magic to all those in need of whimsical wonder. Never predictable or ordinary, join us in escaping into an immersive Christmas story. 13th Nov – 3rd Jan. Adults £17.50, child £9, family £46. harewood.org

DALES COUNTRYSIDE MUSEUM

Station Yard, Hawes.

Dales Countryside Museum tells the fascinating story of the Yorkshire Dales and the people who have lived and worked here and shaped the landscape for thousands of years. 10am – 5pm. Booking essential. dalescountrysidemuseum.org.uk

Sat 14th

FYLDE COAST CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL 2020

Marine Hall, The Esplanade, Fleetwood.

Held outdoors along the colonnade and inside the beautiful theatre, the market will be filled with traditional handmade gifts, unique craft items and delicious food and drink, everything you need for your Christmas celebrations and to get you in the festive spirit! Each day will have different exhibitors and a different entertainment schedule! 14th – 15th Nov. 10am – 4pm. Free. marinehall.co.uk

FESTIVE AFTERNOON TEA

The Villa at Wrea Green, Moss Side Lane, Wrea Green, Preston

Festive Afternoon Tea per person with a glass of warming Mulled Wine or Sparkling Prosecco. 1st Nov – 31st Dec excludes Christmas Day. Served daily 12pm – 5pm. £16.95. Tel: 01772804040.

THE MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT

Greater Manchester.

Fascinating display of buses, coaches, trams and historic objects inside a 1930’s bus garage. Come and explore our large and varied collections. Open Sat & Sun. 10am – 4.30pm. motgm.uk

Sun 15th

WORLD OF JAMES HERRIOT

23 Kirkgate, Thirsk.

You’ve probably read the books written by James Alfred Wight or watched ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ on TV. Now come and see where James Herriot, the world’s most famous vet, lived, worked and relaxed. See his home and surgery in Thirsk, travel back in time to what life was like when James was a vet in Yorkshire. Open daily. 10am – 4pm. Booking not required. worldofjamesherriot.

TOWNELEY HALL

Burnley.

Towneley Hall historic house, art gallery and museum located in 400 acres of beautiful parkland provides all the ingredients for a fun, educational and adventurous day out. To manage visitor numbers Towneley Hall will be operating a booking system for people to enter the hall. Open Sat – Thurs. 12pm – 4.45pm. towneley.org.uk

YORK CASTLE MUSEUM TOURS

York.

We have an exciting range of tours available to explore some of the most exciting aspects of our collection and building! The tours will take place from Thurs – Sun throughout the day. See website for full details of tours. yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk

Mon 16th

CHRISTMAS ON THE HOME FRONT

Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum, Malton.

Join us in a home away from home for an exciting adventure as an evacuee at Christmas! Explore a 1940s bedroom, hear the story of an evacuee first hand and explore the Winter Wonderland on the way to finding Father Christmas. 16th Nov – 23rd Dec. 10am – 4pm. £15. edencamp.co.uk

EUREKA – The National Children’s Museum

Discovery Road, Halifax.

Explore our six zones, extensive grounds, creativity space, and more, to find out what makes us a unique, fun day out. Wed – Sun. 10am – 5pm. Booking essential. eureka.org.uk

Wed 18th

BRIDESHEAD RESTORED

Castle Howard Estate, York.

Howard Estate, York.

This exhibition tells the story of the fire of 1940 and the subsequent restoration, as well as the extraordinary transformation of the derelict rooms into film sets for both the 1981 and 2008 versions of Brideshead Revisited. Exhibition ends 31st Dec. castlehoward.co.uk

EUREKA – The National Children’s Museum

Discovery Road, Halifax.

Explore our six zones, extensive grounds, creativity space, and more, to find out what makes us a unique, fun day out. Wed – Sun. 10am – 5pm. Booking essential. eureka.org.uk

Fri 20th

CHRISTMAS THROUGH THE AGES

Nunnington Hall, Nunnington, Nr Helmsley, York.

Nunnington Hall is once again taking you back in time as you walk through our rooms decorated for Christmas. The Georgian, Victorian, Post War and 80’s periods are all acknowledged in our Christmas celebrations. Enjoy festive meals and goodies in the tea room .20th Nov – 20th Dec. nationaltrust.org.uk/Nunnington-hall

RIPON CATHEDRAL CHRISTMAS FAIR

Minster Road, Ripon.

Have a festive start to your Christmas shopping with the annual Ripon Cathedral Christmas gift and food fair with 60 of Yorkshires local traders. Live music and Christmas grotto. 20th – 21st Nov. 9.30am – 4.30pm. riponcathedral.org.uk

Sat 21st

CHRISTMAS AT LIGHTWATER VALLEY

Lightwater Valley Theme Park, Ripon.

Families can discover a whole host of festive fun as Christmas comes to Lightwater Valley. Embark on a magical journey to meet the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and, of course, Alice herself as she embarks on her amazing adventure. Enjoy traditional fairground fun also a special Christmas themed UV Puppet show. 21s Nov – 20th Dec. Various times. lightwatervalley.co.uk

STOCKPORT AIR RAID SHELTERS

Great Underbank, Stockport, Greater Manchester.

Opened in 1939, the shelters were the largest purpose built civilian air raid shelters in the country covering almost a mile under Stockport. Carved into the natural sandstone cliffs, the intriguing network of underground tunnels offers visitors an unparalleled insight into life in wartime Britain in the 1940’s.  Thurs. Fri & Sat. 10am – 4.30pm. stockport.gov.uk

Sun 22nd

CITY CRUISES SANTA EXPERIENCE

The Boatyard, Lendal Bridge, York.

There is a reason why families return year after year to join us for our City Cruises York Santa Experience, it really is the most magical event on the River Ouse! 22nd Nov – 23rd Dec. Various times. citycruisesyork.com

TOPSTITCH CRAFT FAIRS 2020

North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood.

Topstitch presents, wool, crafts, handmade fabric, gifts, sweets, woodwork, candles, cakes, jewellery, glassware, cards and much more. 10am – 4pm. Free. visitlancashire.com

Wed 25th

BRADFORD INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM

Moorside Mills, Moorside Road, Eccleshill, Bradford.

Bradford’s Industrial Museum has permanent displays of textile machinery, steam power, engineering, printing machinery and motor vehicles, along with an exciting exhibitions programme. Tues – Fri 10am – 2pm. Sat – Sun 11am – 3pm. Free. bradfordmuseums.org

Sat 28th

AN ILLUMINATED CHRISTMAS AT CASTLE HOWARD

Castle Howard Estate, York.

Howard Estate, York.

‘Wish Upon A Frozen Star’ Join us for something truly magical in the Gardens of Castle Howard this Winter. Experience a festive evening like no other as we take to the great outdoors this Christmas season to produce a spectacular lighting extravaganza for all ages to enjoy. 28th Nov – 31st Dec. £12 – £21. castlehoward.co.uk

THE ‘ELF EXPRESS’

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway,The Railway Station, Haworth.

Come aboard The Elf Express, and prepare to be amazed on a magical journey! Round trip from Oxenhope to Keighley and back.  Each weekend from 28th Nov – 20th Dec and this year we are running our special Express train from, Mon 21st Dec – 24th Dec. Family compartments, various prices. kwvr.co.uk

SANTA SPECIALS

East Lancashire Railways, Bolton Street Station, Bury.

We’re thrilled to announce that, as it has for over 30 years, the East Lancashire Railway is once again becoming the home of Christmas magic with the return of our legendary Santa Specials! Each weekend up to 13th Dec then 19th – 24th Dec. eastlancsrailway.org.uk

30 MINUTE BOAT TRIPS

Pennine Cruisers, Skipton.

30 minute boat trips running every day from 10.30am. £4 per person. Penninecruisers.com

December

Tues 1st

FESTIVE AFTERNOON TEA

Opera House & Winter Gardens, Church Street, Blackpool.

Served in the stunning Winter Gardens, enjoy our twist on the traditional afternoon tea. 1st – 31st Dec. £14.50 – £18.50. wintergardensblackpool.co.uk

Thurs 3rd

WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP

Leighton Hall, Carnforth.

Wreath making workshops with Becky of Picking Posies. 3rd Dec 6pm & 6th Dec 11am & 2.30pm. £45. leightonhall.co.uk

NATIONAL MEDIA MUSEUM

Bradford.

The National Science and Media Museum is now open Wed – Sun 10am – 4pm. The museum is still free to enter but please booking in advance is required. scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk

Fri 4th

MULLED WINE & MINCE PIE SPECIALS

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway,The Railway Station, Haworth.

As Christmas approaches, it’s time to enjoy a heart-warming mulled wine and mince-pie onboard the Mulled Wine Special as you steam through the valley from Oxenhope to Keighley and back. 4th & 11th Dec. Compartment up to 4 people £45, Compartment up to 6 people £65. kwvr.co.uk

Sat 5th

FATHER CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE

Nunnington Hall, Nunnington, Nr Helmsley, York.

He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice and then he’s heading on over to Nunnington Hall to take his seat ready to greet you! Book your place to spend some time with the jolly fellow himself. 5th – 6th, 13th – 14th, 19th – 20th Dec. 11am – 4pm. £10. nationaltrust.org.uk/Nunnington-hall

CHRISTMAS REINDEER WEAVING

Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds.

Join us this Christmas for a festive Willow Weaving workshop, where you will have the chance to make your very own 4 foot Christmas reindeer. All tools, refreshments and lunch will be provided on the day. 5th, 6th & 8th Dec. 11am – 4pm. harewood.org

JORVIK VIKING CENTRE

York.

The world famous Jorvik Viking Centre is a ‘must see’ for visitors to the city of York and is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the UK, welcoming over 19 million people in the past 35 years. Booking essential. jorvikvikingcentre.co.uk

Sun 6th

SANTA GROTTO AT THE FORBIDDEN CORNER

Tupgill Park, Coverham, Middleham, Leyburn.

Come and meet Santa at The Forbidden Corner on the 6th, 13th & 20th Dec. 10am – 2pm and enjoy a day out with a difference which will challenge and delight children of all ages. Theforbiddencorner.co.uk

WYRE ESTUARY COUNTRY PARK CHRISTMAS FAYRE

Wyre Estuary Country Park, River Road, Stanah, Thornton.

Christmas crafts with the Rangers and stalls for all the family. 10am – 1pm. Tel: 01995 602125.

SALTAIRE VILLAGE TABLE TOP SALE

Victoria Hall, Victoria Road, Saltaire.

Now into its 25th successive year of Table Top Sales, this popular event has up to 67 stalls. There will be a wide variety of items for sale, including quality second hand clothes, books, DVDs, CDs, vintage records, collectable, antique and contemporary jewellery, watches, collectable toy cars and more. 10am – 1pm. Tel: 07947 785 395.

KIRKGATE – The Victorian Street

York Castle Museum, York.

Kirkgate is a recreated Victorian street which has become the most iconic part of York Castle Museum and its schoolroom, police cell, Hansom cab and cobbled street surface all remain. The street is one of the oldest recreated indoor streets of its kind in the world, possibly the oldest, and the first to be opened in Britain. Open Thurs to Sun. yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk

Fri 11th

TWILIGHT FATHER CHRISTMAS FAMILY EXPERIENCE

Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds.

This year he’s taken up residence in the historic old library where twinkling lights, rich decoration and the smells of trees make for a truly authentic experience a world away from the bustle of Christmas. 11th – 22nd Dec. 5pm – 8pm. harewood.org

Mon 28th

WINTER WARM UP AT BOLTON STEAM MUSEUM

Bolton Steam Museum, Mornington Road, off Chorley Old Road, Bolton.

Volunteers from the Northern Mill Engine Society have rescued and restored 30 old stationary steam engines, some of the engines which once powered the cotton mills and woollen mills of the North of England. We have a wide variety of different types of steam engine and most will be running in steam on these 2 days only. 28th – 29th Dec. 10am – 4pm. nmes.org

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