England looks really cool from here.
This weekend hundreds of museums across the UK will open up at night to offer activities ranging from pop-up planetariums to re-enacting Viking battles, ghost tours to loud music in the British Library. Here’s our pick of the highlights.
Cadw Stargazing, Tintern Abbey, Gwent
Founded during the 12th century, these famous monastic ruins, set in a village next to the river Wye, will be opened up by the Welsh government’s historic environment service and the education group Dark Sky Wales. Astronomers will be on hand to talk about the cosmos and there will be a constellation presentation set up within a pop-up planetarium, while stargazing sessions (split into three groups and suitable for over-12s) will culminate in a communal observation. The ticket price includes refreshments and a meal at the nearby Anchor Inn. Visitors are asked to bring a torch and blanket and wear suitable clothing and footwear.
£15 (including meal and drink), 15 May, 8pm-11.30pm, 01291 689251, museumsatnight.org.uk
Dark entertainment and a Victorian crime scene at this macabre yet compelling museum. Unsightly highlights include an ankle pounded by a gunshot, a wounded heart, skeletons, skulls and amputated limbs. Fancy dress Victorian or Steampunk clobber is encouraged for their festival night, soundtracked by a cèilidh band and supported by the University of Edinburgh Anatomy Museum. Fortune tellers and magicians will be on hand.
£10/£8, 16 May, 7.30pm-10pm, 0131 527 1711, onelastfright.wordpress.com
A spectacular Tudor-Gothic estate, Knebworth spent 500 years under ownership by the same family, whose members included Edward Bulwer-Lytton, a Victorian playwright, author and politician with a fascination for the supernatural. His experiences act as a starting point for this tour of the (possibly) haunted house, which was used during the filming of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Midsomer Murders and a string of other films and TV series. Mysterious encounters await guests before refreshments and expert-led tours around the gardens to meet the friendly resident bats. Pre-booking is essential and warm clothing and suitable footwear are recommended.
£22, 15 May, 6.45pm-10pm, 01438 812661, knebworthhouse.com