This week (15-17 May) sees the return of the annual Museums at Night event, taking place at hundreds of heritage and arts venues across the country. From sleepovers to ghost tours, from concerts to moonlight walks, there is an opportunity to be entertained, educated and inspired after hours.
Almost all of the cities covered by Tourist Tracks have events over the weekend. In Bath, you can enjoy an evening of Georgian entertainment at the Holburne Museum, while in Brighton, you can spend a family evening Lost in the Toy Museum.
In Cambridge, expand your mind with an opportunity to ask the experts at the Whipple Museum of the History of Science. For something completely different in Cheltenham, tantalise your taste buds with an Indian Bake-Off at the Holst Birthplace Museum.
Experience the age of steam in Edinburgh with a look into a Retro Future at the National Museum of Scotland (hosted by Radio 1 DJ Vic Galloway). A short hop down the M8 to Glasgow provides a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes of the Tenement House, where you gain an insight into life in the city during the early 20th century.
There is a multitude of options in London – the notorious Dino Snores for Grown-Ups sleepover at the Natural History Museum has long since sold out, unfortunately, but elsewhere you can ‘break in’ to the Bank of England after hours, or indulge in a candelight tour of Dr Johnson’s House.
If music’s your thing in Manchester, then the #Hooked on Music Silent Disco at the Museum of Science and Industry will be just the ticket, where you can search beneath the staves to uncover the science of music.
There are several events to choose from in Oxford, including Magic Museums at Night at the Ashmolean Museum, featuring magic shows, flamenco dancing, tarot reading, stargazing, Chinese astrology and more.
Booking in advance is recommended wherever offered, since many events sell out ahead of time. To find out more, visit the Museums at Night website.
And if you’re going to combine a walk in the city with one of the museum events, don’t forget to download your Tourist Tracks MP3 walking tour before you set off!