This diary includes information about up-coming Events.

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Five  Arches Autumn ARTWORK Competition.

Somerset Coalfield Life at Radstock Museum is launching a second photography and artwork competition following a huge success in the summer with the museum’s “Volcano” batch competition. This time we are looking for images of the iconic “Five Arches” railway bridge situated along the Radstock to Midsomer Norton cycle track.
You can either enter as an adult over 16, or as a child under 16.
The two winning images (one from each age group) will be published on new postcards to represent our area.
EVERYONE’S A WINNER: ALL of your entries will be displayed in an exhibition at the museum in the autumn/winter.

Click here for Competition Details and Terms and Conditions.

Follow the competition from the Notice Board on the What’s On page. Click the red icon: Photo competition


Saturday October 21st: 10am-4pm at The Somer Centre, Midsomer Norton.



Bring along your antiques and collectables for a professional valuation.
Professional valuers from Killens Auctioneers will be on hand to offer a valuation on your antiques and collectables.


FREE entry to the Valuation Hall: £1 per item will be charged for a valuation. (A tea set, or similar, will count as one item.)

The experts will include specialists in jewellery, paintings, stamps, guns, ceramics and general items.

After your valuation, should you wish to sell any of your items, Killens will arrange for them to be included in a future auction at their auction house on the Mendips.
There will be a fun quiz and refreshments available for those attending, including for those who just come to watch the day unfold.
Radstock Museum’s Bygone Days team of volunteers will be working hard to make this a fun and successful day. Any money raised by the team will be donated to the Museum.

Monday 23rd October: 2.00pm – 4.00 pm


Come and join our popular fossil hunt on a local coal batch to see what you can find!
Open to children 5 – 16 who must be accompanied by an adult. Sorry, no buggies or children under 5years.

Please wear suitable footwear and outdoor clothing and bring a small hammer and bag for your finds. Goggles will be provided.

Meet opposite the Museum on Waterloo Road by 2pm for a 15 minute walk to the site.

Free to BANES Discovery Card Holders – donations to the Museum welcome.
No booking needed but this event may be cancelled in bad weather – please check the Website/Facebook.

Thursday 26th October: 10:00 – 12:00: At the Museum.

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY MORNING focussed on Victorian games and crafts.

Come and see real vintage toys and play with newer versions of them. Have a go at old games such as table skittles, hoopla and hopscotch and join in with some Victorian themed crafts.
The activities will be suitable for children of primary school age, there will also be some activities for younger children.

Entry to the Victorian Toys, Games and Crafts morning will be by special tickets issued on the day.

All children have FREE entry but they must be accompanied by an adult (see below).
Adults prices are:
Free entry for BANES Discovery Card Holders; with a maximum of three accompanying children per adult.
Non Discovery Card Holders: Adults: £3.00 each, Concessions (over 65 years): £2.50 each; with a maximum of three accompanying children per adult.
The Museum tearoom and Shop will be open.
The exhibition galleries of the Museum will not be open to visitors during the children’s activity morning.


November 24th : 7pm for 7:30pm start: At Radstock Working Men’s Club.

QUIZ NIGHT raising funds for Radstock Museum.

December 2nd: from 10am-4pm at Radstock Museum.


Lots of stalls and festive music.

December 9th: 2.00pm until 4.30pm at the Museum

A ‘MEET THE VICTORIANS’ themed event.

Details to follow.

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