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Royal rock Join medieval rock'n'roll band Wyndebagge, and find out what the monarchs of history (allegedly) boogied on down to. July 20 and 21, Kirkham Priory, Yorkshire. Information: 01653 618768.

Dig it Join one of the national archaeology days at Buildwas Abbey, Shropshire, on July 20 and 21, when there will be family activities from noon. Information: 01952 433274.

Present arms!

Become a soldier in Queen Victoria's army for a day and jump to attention for Sergeant Ringwood at Cliffords Tower, York, on August 11 and 12. Information: 01904 646940.

When in Rome Discover the life of Roman legionaries, watch gladiators, taste Roman cuisine and have a go at making the kinds of pots found at Richborough Roman Fort, Kent, at the Roman Festival there on July 27 and 28. Information: 01304 612013.

Fluttering by Learn about dragonflies and spot them during a walk and talk with Ruth Day at Kenwood House in Hampstead, London, on July 28. Information: 020 8348 1286.

Merlin's magic King Arthur returns to his roots, at least in the imagination of storytellers and their listeners, at Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, for Rough Magic on July 24. Information: 01840 770328.

Celebrate music!

Visit the TES website ( for highlights of last week's National Festival of Music for Youth: 10,000 young people took part on the South Bank in London.

Heather Neill

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