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Ten Days Out for the Bank Holiday Weekend

Ten fun things to do over the August Bank Holiday

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PLAY WITH YOUR FEET Come to the Lowry Outlet Mall, Salford Quays and try piano playing with a difference. On the Big Floor Piano, little pianists can press the keys with their feet. Watch the big screen to make sure you hit the right notes. Tel: 0161 8481834;

EGYPTIAN FISH? Bolton Museum, Aquarium and Archive will be opening its doors this bank holiday Monday, offering visitors a day of varied activities from handling Egyptian artefacts to giving the fish their lunch. Tel: 01204 332211;

SHIVER ME TIMBERS For a three-day pirate extravaganza head to Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire. As well as a musical adaptation of Treasure Island, there will be duelling pirates, firepower demonstrations with real gunpowder and hands-on historical activities for junior pirates. Tel: 0870 3331181;

THE HOME FRONT Experience life in the Forties at Audley End, Essex, to mark the 70th anniversty of the Home Guard. There will be firepower displays, training exercises, authentic living history encampments and the chance to learn ration book cookery. Children will be put through their paces with a fun obstacle course and training school. Tel: 01799 522399;

HIT THE TARGET Come along to Bodiam Castle, East Sussex this weekend and become an archer. Children can learn some of the techniques to become handy with a bow and arrow, then have a go themselves with a longbow, crossbow and paintball cannon. Tel: 01580 830196;

CASTLE QUEST Venture out on a family quest at Corfe Castle, Dorset. Explore the ruins to find the shields and find the answers. Children who find all the shields will get a special quest badge. Tel: 01929 481294;

NAUTICAL FUN At Cardiff Harbour Festival there will be aerial and water displays, tall ships, sea craft displays, sea shanty singers, walkabout entertainers, a continental market and live music. The festival will also host official competitions including the British Fish Craft Championships and the Welsh Oyster opening Championships. Tel: 02920 872087;

MERRY MEN The medieval Knight Hospitalers will be camping at Sherwood Forest Country Park, Nottinghamshire this weekend. Watch demonstrations of chain mail making and basket weaving as well as medieval cooking, medicine, embroidery and writing. Your child can try her hand at archery, the 'crusader physicians' will be on hand to show how. Tel: 01623 823202;

ROMANS ROAMING At Chesters Roman Fort and Museum, Hadrian’s Wall, see a duo of Roman cavalry troopers and their steeds showcasing a variety of weapons on horseback. Little Romans can try out hands-on activities and fun. Tel: 01434 681379;

ON TRIAL Come to Beaumaris Courthouse, Angelsey, on bank holiday Monday for live performances of two true cases from centuries past: the tragic case of servant, Sarah Owen, who was accused of stealing small items from the drawer of her mistress and the farcical Crigyll Robbers’ Case, from 1740. Tel: 01248 811691;

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