Successful tip: When king coal dominated SomersetSomerset is saddled with stereotypes: cider, cheddar cheese and yokels who say ooh-arhh rather a lot. Few folks know that for greater than 250 years it was the centre of a complicated and extremely mechanised coal trade masking an space higher than the Ranges. The trade, its know-how, characters, tragedies and distinctive lifestyle are on present on the superlative Radstock Museum. It’s a fantastically laid-out, informative, typically poignant gem barely 10 miles from Bathtub, and far much less predictable than that metropolis’s museum choices. Reopens 2 June, 2pm-5pm Wed, 11am-5pm Sat, 2pm-5pm Solar; then from 6 July 2-5pm Tues-Solar and 11am-5pm Sat, free entry till finish of August, donations encouragedChristopher IngeBeauty and the seaside, BournemouthArt nouveau and pre-Raphaelite artwork each function on the Russell-Cotes. {Photograph}: Gregory Davies/AlamyThe Russell-Cotes artwork gallery is beckoning our household again if we go to Bournemouth after all of it reopens. It might be the closest museum and gallery to a seaside within the UK, as we found final summer time, after we chanced upon it 200 metres from the ocean and pier after a scorching day sunbathing and swimming. It was so good we spent a number of hours wandering across the stunning constructing, having fun with artwork nouveau tiled ceilings and pre-Raphaelite work. It’s a sublime, lovingly maintained previous Victorian home. We wish to spend time on the tea terrace with sea views to finish a sensual, arty afternoon. Reopens 18 Might, 10am-5pm Tue-Solar, grownup £7.50, 5-17s £4Nigel CoxProfileReaders’ ideas: ship a tip for an opportunity to win a £200 voucher for a Sawday’s stayShow Guardian Journey readers’ tipsEvery week we ask our readers for suggestions from their travels. A number of ideas will likely be featured on-line and should seem in print. To enter the most recent competitors go to the readers’ ideas homepage-One thing Specials, CoventryReminders of two tone: singer Pauline Black of The Selecter. {Photograph}: Lynn Goldsmith/Getty ImagesCoventry Music Museum will take you backTo 2 Tone gigs of white and blackAnd High of the Pops on Thursday nightsPork pie hats and tonic suitsReggae dancing, Doc Marten bootsThe greatest three quid you’ll ever spend The museum’s Ghost City to Host City exhibition opens on 20 Might (£4, £2 youngsters and concessions, open Thur-Solar), telephone forward (0797 117 1441) to bookNick KnibbKnit wits, NottinghamshireThe sock knitting room on the Framework Knitters Museum. {Photograph}: lowefoto/AlamyI know, I do know, a museum about knitting? (Stifled yawn). However Framework Knitters Museumin Ruddington is a lot extra – from interactive movies reminiscent of “Breaking The Body”– to seek out out in case you would have supported the Framebreakers – to the historical past of Ned Ludd and the Luddite motion and even a pair of Queen Victoria’s stockings! The museum is connected to a cottage the place you may see how the employees would have lived and get an thought of their working situations. There are common shows of working “frames”, an artwork gallery and great tea and muffins. Behind the Scenes days 6-12 June for pre-booked teams, full reopening late summer time, with new store and exhibition area and extra cottage rooms, grownup £5, 5-15 years £2 AndrewSteaming forward, WiltshireThe pump home at Crofton Beam Engines, Kennet and Avon Canal. {Photograph}: Christine Strover/AlamySet beside the gorgeous Kennet and Avon canal south of Marlborough, Crofton Beam Engines are an awe-inspiring triumph of commercial engineering from the age of steam. The massive iron pumps stored water ranges topped up on the highest level of the canal linking London to Bristol. I really like the distinction between the tranquility of the environment and the reminder of the facility of the Industrial Revolution. In case you can, go to on a steaming day and see these monoliths in motion. Reopens 22 Might, Tues-Solar 10.30am-4.30pm, self-guided tour £5 grownup, under-16 free KimWest African society and the horrors of slavery, LiverpoolThe slavery museum not solely explores slave commerce historical past however the sophistication of West African society earlier than the arrival of Europeans. {Photograph}: Ed Rooney/AlamyInterest in transatlantic slavery is working excessive, so staycationers are suggested to e-book early for the Worldwide Slavery Museum. Some shows stay closed however multimedia displays within the Center Passage gallery will depart patrons open-mouthed on the horrors endured. (Tip: don’t bypass the window overlooking the graving docks.) The Life in West Africa and Legacy galleries do extra: they may open minds to the sophistication of West African society previous to the touchdown of Europeans, and Black achievement however up to date discrimination. Reopens 18 Might, 10am to 6pm Tues-Solar, free however donations requestedLee P RuddinBagpuss on the Beaney, CanterburyArtefacts from pilgrims are among the many points of interest at Beaney Home, Canterbury. {Photograph}: Tim Stubbings/AlamyThe authentic Bagpuss, “saggy previous material cat” and beloved title character of the Nineteen Seventies youngsters’s TV present, is only one spotlight of the Beaney Home of Artwork and Information. Bagpuss resided in a store for misplaced objects, with every episode exploring the story of a special object. The Beaney, a putting Tudor revival constructing, is a spot to discover the tales of a spread of displays, from work to pilgrim badges, previous and new artefacts from Canterbury and past, and has one thing to curiosity all ages of customer. Reopens 18 Might, 10am-4.30pm Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm Sat, free however e-book timed entry in advanceSharon PinnerCroft story, OrkneyA dresser and different historic furnishings within the restored croft on Hoy. {Photograph}: Paul KirkwoodThe Cra’as Nest Museum at Rackwick on Hoy within the Orkney Islands is in a restored 18th-century croft, full with dresser and two field beds in addition to a byre and barn with a kiln for drying oats. The museum tells the unlikely story of two tailors, each sons of Hoy crofters, who invented the suspender clasp primarily based on a tool initially used to carry up dishevelled farm dungarees. They patented their thought of a clasp within the US due to the outrage that will’ve be brought on by such an idea of their tight-knit Victorian neighborhood. Open day by day, freePaul KirkwoodBack earlier than Broadchurch, DorsetStorms, shipwrecks, Victorian resort historical past are amongst topics delivered to reside in West Bay’s museum. {Photograph}: Karen HeaneyWest Bay Discovery Centre is so near the seaside you may hear the surf pounding on the shingle. Run by super-helpful volunteers, this small, child-friendly museum punches manner above its weight. By means of a implausible assortment of artefacts and archive pictures, it offers a captivating perception into West Bay’s previous, from its shipbuilding heyday, via its reinvention as a Victorian resort, to latest fame as the placement for the TV collection Broadchurch. It’s sturdy on pure historical past too, with interactive displays concerning the geology and wildlife of the Jurassic Coast, its storms and shipwrecks. Reopens 18 Might, 11am-4pm Tues-Solar, free Karen HeaneyTown and nation, ReadingMain exhibition area on the Museum of English Rural Life, Studying. {Photograph}: Edmund Sumner/AlamyThe Museum of English Rural Life, a part of Studying College, has an unlimited and interesting assortment chronicling the modifications in countryside life since 1750. Everybody will discover their very own favorite objects and insights among the many numerous shows. Unexpectedly, I liked the gathering of farm wagons, whose distinctive designs reveal their area of origin. Guests are greeted by a splendidly meditative animation, displaying a rural panorama shifting via the seasons. Upstairs, you may peek behind the scenes, and browse rows of meticulously labelled objects in open storage. The nostalgia extends to books: the museum has a formidable assortment of Ladybird books on show. Reopens 18 Might, 9am-5pm Tues-Fri, 10am-5pm Sat, Solar, free however donation recommendedMary