Five free things to do this week

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Enjoy a Heritage Walk at the National Coal Mining Museum

Make the most of your free time with these fun events and activities around the UK; we've got brilliant last-minute ideas for the week ahead

Great days out don't need to be expensive – we've got ideas for free things to do and what to see from Saturday 18 to Friday 24 January.

1. Dabble Day – Mindfulness in Nature

RSPB Bempton Cliffs, Yorkshire, 18 January

There are few places more relaxing than nature reserves, so if you're looking to take a quiet hour out of your day Dabble Day – Mindfulness in Nature is ideal. Mindfulness is fast becoming a key tool in the battle against stress and mental health issues, and stepping away from technology and enjoying some fresh air is the perfect remedy to the January Blues.

Head along to RSPB Bempton Cliffs from 10am to get away from the rest of the world and listen, smell and look at the surroundings of the reserve, looking out for some birds while you're at it. It'll be going ahead no matter the weather so come prepared.

2. Heritage Walk

National Coal Mining Museum, Overton, Wakefield, 23 January

This two-hour Heritage Walk that starts and ends at the National Coal Mining Museum is a great way to learn about the history of coal mining in the village of Overton outside the museum's walls.

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3.Surviving the Stone Age

Gosport Gallery, Hampshire, 11 January-22 February

Surviving the Stone Age is a mammoth exhibition for every member of the family to enjoy. There are plenty of hands-on activities for you to enjoy and learn as you discover what life was like in Britain tens of thousands of years ago, including using stone tools, making cave paintings and tracking animals.

You can learn how people lived and hunted and see remains of the creatures they hunted, including actual woolly mammoth bones.

4. Stramash Free Ceilidh

Stramash, Edinburgh, 22 January

The Stramash is throwing a free Ceilidh night with band 7 Hills Ceilidh Machine

The Stramash is throwing a free Ceilidh night with local six-piece band 7 Hills Ceilidh Machine. An ideal introduction to this Gaelic musical custom that combines folks tunes and dancing, you're invited to head along to party the night away with the standard Ceilidh numbers with some musical modern twists as well.

5. Free korfball taster session

George Watson's College, Edinburgh, 18 January

Fancy trying a new sport and keeping fit as well as meeting new people in 2020? A free korfball taster session might be just the ticket with the Edinburgh Mavericks team extending an invitation to newcomers. A mixed-gender sport similar to basketball and netball, the team are keen to welcome all newcomers to try it out and meet some new friends in the process.

You can either contact the team in advance or just turn up between 10am and midday to take part.

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