Past event – Chinese New Year, Liverpool

Celebrate Chinese New Year with National Museums Liverpool.

It’s the year of the horse! There’s lots of free fun coming up at our museums and galleries to celebrate Chinese New Year.


Saturday 25th January to Thursday 20th February 2014

Various around Liverpool, see the website for more information



Past event – Be A Farmer This Half Term, Billericay, Essex

This February half-term become a Farmer for a Day! Get involved with special farming activities throughout the day – all of which can be enjoyed indoors so the weather won’t spoil the fun!

– Bottle feed lambs
– Join in farmyard lunchtime feeding
– See Barn Owls flying up close & learn more about native birds of prey
– Groom a cheeky goat- Grow your own – plant tomatoes to take away
– Get creative with biscuit decorating in the Barleylands Kitchen
– Plus get involved in with our Scarecrow Making Competition and you could win an Annual Pass! (*£5 kit required)

As always there are regular Tractor & Trailer rides, the miniature train ride, indoor soft play, the outdoor adventure playground, the ball blasting arena and giant sandpit.

*Scarecrow packs will be available at a £5 cost and you can enter your straw man or lady into our Scarecrow Competition to win great prizes. Just remember to bring old clothes for your scarecrows – we’ll provide the rest!


Monday 17th to Friday 21st February 2014

Barleylands Farm Park & Craft Village
Barleylands Road
CM11 2UD



Past event – Celebrate Burns Night, Blackburn

The market will be celebrating Burns’ Night all day with a range of entertainment and activities.

10am – Scottish dancing display by the students of DAPA dance school
11am – 3pm Celebrate Burns Night with Scottish themed children’s crafts in our interactive zone next to Blackburn Visitor Centre
12 noon – Local Scottish piper, Tony Bolton will give a short recital on the bagpipes to celebrate Burns’ Night


Saturday 25th January 2014

Blackburn Market
Church Street



Past event – The Kelli Smith Appeal Charity Football Match, Sutton Coldfield

Kelli Smith Football Match
A great afternoon event – which will be followed by an evening to meet the Celeb FC team, Sky’s Steve Miller & other VIP guests.

Tickets available now! For more info please visit:
Facebook – TheKelliSmithAppeal
Twitter – @KellisAppeal
Twitter – @Celeb_FC

“Young Kelli was diagnosed with neuroblastoma – a rare form of childhood cancer – and has already had one relapse in August last year when three more tumours were removed.

But the chance of another relapse is high and her father Tom Attwater – who is himself battling a cancerous brain tumour – and mother Joely are desperate to raise £500,000 to secure her life.

Kelli’s dad, Tom, said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the support.””
(Taken from the article in Sutton Coldfield Observer)


Sunday 9th February 2014

Sutton Coldfield Town Football Ground
Coles Lane
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
B72 1NL


Past event – Lambing time at Heligan, St. Austell, Cornwall

This February we invite you come and meet the first lambs from our flock of Devon and Cornwall Longwool sheep.

In September 2013 we purchased a small flock of Devon and Cornwall Longwool breeding ewes. This is the only breed to have been in existence for at least 100 years in the West Country and is very likely to have been part of the livestock here on the Heligan Estate during The Great War.

The Devon and Cornwall Longwools are known for their large quantities of wool and will grow more wool per sheep than any other British breed. This large, handsome and bountiful breed also produces lean meat.

Free to garden visitors


Friday 14th February to Sunday 23rd February 2014

The Lost Gardens of Heligan
St. Austell
PL26 6EN



Past event – Brighton Science Festival

Use this link to read the brochure, detailing more about the festival and the events taking place:


Thursday 6th February to Sunday 2nd March 2014

Various around Brighton, see the brochure or website for more information.



Past event – Ultimate Rhythm and Blues, Glasgow

The Zombies
, Animals and Friends, The Yardbirds, Spencer Davis and Maggie Bell.

With this amazing line-up that had 37 hit records in the UK charts for over 300 weeks you are guaranteed an unforgettable night. Come and celebrate 50 years of Rhythm and Blues with the artists that shaped music for generations to come.

Don’t miss this chance to hear the musical revolution of 1964.


Friday 14th February 2014

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
2 Sauchiehall Street
G2 3NY



Past event – Coral: Something Rich and Strange, Manchester

Explore the enduring fascination with coral as a material, symbol and inspiration for artists, cultures and societies across the centuries. Coral: Something Rich and Strange is a major new temporary exhibition which will provide a plethora of fascinating and beautiful objects, telling a story about biodiversity and the importance of marine environments today. Art installations by Mark Dion and textile artist Karen Casper will go alongside our community art project, Manchester’s first Crochet Coral Reef. Paintings, prints and objects on loan from Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Art Gallery and the V&A will also be on display. Supported by Arts Council England and The Granada Foundation.

Free entry

Special Events
All activities are free and drop in, unless specified.

Events for adults

After Hours: Coral
Thurs 27 Feb 2014, 6.30-9pm
Encounter the unexpected… Enjoy a highlights tour of the exhibition, see and handle some amazing objects from the museum’s stores and join artists Lucy Burscough and Nicky Colclough to create an amazing hyperbolic crocheted coral reef.

Manchester Museum Book Club
Tues 28 Jan 2014, 5.30-6.30pm
Buy a glass of wine or cup of coffee, meet people and discuss books inspired by the Museum’s new exhibition. This month’s book is Rebecca Stott’s The Coral Thief.

Events for families

Coral Baby Explorers
Tues 7, 21 Jan 2014, 10.30-11.15am, 11.30-12.15am, 1- 1.45 pm
Join us for our under the sea inspired interactive story and sensory play sessions. For babies who aren’t walking yet.
Booking essential (1 week in advance) 0161 275 2648, free.

Big Saturday: Under the Sea
Sat 25 Jan 2014, 11am-4pm
A day bursting with hands-on craft and art activities for all the family. Meet experts, hear under the sea stories and find out more about the magnificent creatures that live under the sea.

Magic Carpet: Under the Sea
Friday 31 Jan 2014, 10.30-11.30am & 11.30am-12.30pm
Storymaking and activity session for under 5s and their families/carers.
Book on 0161 275 2648 (from a week before), free, under 5s and their families/carers

February Half Term
Mon 17 Feb – Fri 21 Feb 2014, 11am – 4pm
Create under the sea creatures and mythical monsters inspired by the Coral exhibition

Events for Schools

Key stages 1 and 2: Reef encounters
From Dec 2013-Mar 2014
Primary trail that looks at corals and themes around shape and pattern in nature.
Book on 0161 275 2630 or email

Key stage 4 and 5: Changing Environments
From Jan 2013-Mar 2014
Investigative workshop to help students understand the complex relationships in changing environments today.
Subjects: Geography and Biology
Book on: 0161 306 1764 or email , £75

You can find out more about all the Museum’s events at


Friday 29th November 2013 to Sunday 16th March 2014

Manchester Museum
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL



Past event – Healthy Weight Management, Hillsborough, South Yorkshire

A ‘no gimmicks’ approach to managing your weight and supporting your health through nutrition education:

* Glycaemic load explained
* The link between stress and weight gain
* Why fats aren’t the bad guys
* Ideas for new healthy foods
* The impact of toxins

6.30 – 7.30pm


Monday 27th January 2014

Hillsborough Leisure Centre
Beulah Road
Penistone Road
S6 2AN