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Olney Anglo–American Pancake Race Olney, North Buckinghamshire www.pancakeday.net [US] olneypancakerace.org [UK] February 9 The unique Olney Pancake Race stops traffi c as local ladies in traditional apron and scarf run through the streets. Pancakes are tossed at the start and the winner is


required to toss her pancake again at the fi nish. Runners and townsfolk then go into the Parish Church for the great Shriving Service. The race has been run since around 1445 and since 1950 the contest has been an international event between Olney and the town of Liberal, Kansas in America. The winner is declared after times are com- pared through a transatlantic telephone call from Liberal to Olney.


Darwin Festival Shrewsbury, Shropshire www.discoverdarwin.co.uk February 12 to 14 Charles Darwin was born and raised in Shrewsbury. Walks, lectures and work- shops celebrate the town’s famous son, and aim to inspire people to explore the natural world and understand better the wildlife with which we share this planet.


Pantomime Season Everywhere, UK Throughout


the winter, stages


across the UK will be taken over by festive productions of a great British tradition! ‘Panto’ is the traditional winter family favorite, a theatrical extravaganza often starring TV soap actors and comedians, based on fairy stories and folk tales. Includes songs, slapstick, corny jokes and audience participation (It’s behind you... Oh no it isn’t... Oh yes it is!). The ‘principal boy’ is played by a girl and the ‘dame’ is a man! Your local theater is almost bound to have a panto. Search in the local press, online or on the website www.bigpantoguide.co.uk Pictured: former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff is Captain Hook in Peter Pan at the Clyde Auditorium.


14 The American


Welcome Home, Hendrix 25 Brook St, London W1K 4HB www.handelhendrix.org February 13 to 14 Celebrating the opening of Hendrix’s Flat as a visitor attraction, former Handel House Composer-in-Residence Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian is joined by fellow musicians presenting intimate arrange- ments of Hendrix’s music. On Feb 14, Benji Kirkpatrick reinterprets the songs of Jimi Hendrix acoustically and focuses on Hendrix’s often overlooked quality as a lyricist and songwriter.


Jorvik Viking Festival York www.jorvik-viking-festival.co.uk February 15 to 21 An explosive programme of events inspired by Norse mythology including combat performances, crafts, lectures and tours are combined with musical performances and expert archaeological sessions. This year’s festival celebrates 1000 years since King Cnut (Canute The Great) become King of England.


London Classic Car Show Excel Centre, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk February 18 to 21 2016’s classic car showcase is set to be 50% bigger than last year’s inaugural event and features a ‘6 nations’ celebration with cars from the USA, UK, Italy, France, Germany and Japan.


Rye Bay Scallop Week Rye, East Sussex www.scallop.org.uk February 20 to March 28 With everything from cookery classes to quiz nights, Rye is the perfect place for seafood lovers.


Ben Markovits: You Don’t Have to Live Like This Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG www.kingsplace.co.uk February 21 As part of Jewish Book Week 2016, author Ben Markovits, who grew up in Texas, London and Berlin, talks about his new book, You Don’t Have to Live Like This, a darkly comic and brutal vision of contem- porary America.


Craft Beer Rising Old Truman Brewery, London E1 6QL www.kingsplace.co.uk www.craftbeerrising.co.uk February 26 to 27 A weekend of great food, beer and enter- tainment; showcasing some of the fi nest international brews and coupling them with a lively line-up of bands and DJs.


Race Retro Stoneleigh Park, Coventry CV8 2LZ www.raceretro.com February 26 to 28 Europe’s premier show focusing on Historic Motorsport, Historic Racing and Historic Rallying, and includes both cars and motorcycles.


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