Starting today is Museums at Night, the once a year activity when museums across the countries stay open late so that you can see their collections in a different light. In fact it is not just in our countries that this happens. All over Europe, museums take part, sometimes staying open all night so that you can see things completely differently from daytime. Be quick though because it only lasts from the 14-16 May.
Here is just a quick rundown of what is available around some of the museums. For the rest go to www.culture24.org.uk/museumsatnight.
There are tales of witches at Denny Abbey near Cambridge and torchlight trails around the tombs at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London. For an even creepier time you can creep through the cloisters of Norwich cathedral or hunt the ghost at Chatham’s Historic Dockyard. In Western-super-Mare 50 flight simulators at the helicopter museum will recreate a battle over London.
The biggest event is probably in Newcastle-upon-Tyne where visitors will carry glow sticks as they undertake a culture crawl on a fleet of buses through the city by way of the Discovery Museum, the Baltic and even the ground of Newcastle United.
Perhaps adults might prefer the beer sampling at the London Transport Museum or the night tour through the Geevor Tin Mine or the Eden Project in Cornwall. There are cocktails in the Courtauld Gallery in London and Tate Modern will have a night of music mixed with the film.
My choice might be the illuminated Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol although the thought of tasting gruel as per a nineteenth-century recipe at the Hat Works in Stockport might run it close. Or maybe not.
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