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Merchant City Festival

Glasgow's swanky part of town continues to round together culture in its diverse festival. Previous years have seen comedy, theatre and art events cramming themselves into the area's fashionable buildings, while street performers add to the festival atmosphere.

Various venues, Glasgow

Fri 25 Jul

Times & prices vary / 0141 287 9808

Sat 26 Jul

Times & prices vary / 0141 287 9808

Sun 27 Jul

Times & prices vary / 0141 287 9808

…and 7 more dates until 3 Aug

Scotland's National Airshow

Over two hours of high-octane aerial displays ranging from historic warbirds to contemporary military jets. There are also family activities and displays to enjoy.

National Museum of Flight, North Berwick

Sat 26 Jul

£17–£20; under 5s free (£15.50–£18; Children £8.50–£10; Family £42.50–£50) / 0300 123 6789

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Truckfest Scotland

Scotland's largest truck festival with plenty of entertainment for all the family.

Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Prices vary / 01775 768661

  • 08:00 – 17:00

Sun 3 Aug

Prices vary / 01775 768661

  • 08:00 – 17:00

BBC at the Quay

Live music, food and drink and a big screen show all of your favourite BBC shows for free. The high-punching programme includes sets from Texas, Simple Minds, Paloma Faith and Amy Macdonald, plus loads of BBC-centric activities for the whole family. Access is free, but some events are ticketed.

Glasgow Science Centre

Fri 25 Jul

Times vary / Free / 0141 420 5000

Part of Festival 2014.

Sat 26 Jul

Times vary / Free / 0141 420 5000

Part of Festival 2014.

Sun 27 Jul

Times vary / Free / 0141 420 5000

Part of Festival 2014.

…and 7 more dates until 3 Aug

5x15

Hosted by 5x15 Five speakers, 15 minutes, one high-octane evening of enlightening, and inspirational spoken word cabaret. Join 5x15 for their signature event, bringing speakers from diverse backgrounds to reveal their most innovative ideas and abiding passions. Tickets include one delightful cocktail.

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Fri 8 Aug

The Odditorium

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Erotica Show 2014

The consumer lifestyle show and exhibition with an opportunity to purchase adult toys and romantic gifts, fashionwear and jewellery, books and magazines, and meet glamour models or adult film performers, view a stage show and attend seminars, discussions and workshops, on all things erotic. Not suitable for ages below 18.

Tobacco Dock, London E1W

Fri 3 Oct

Times to be confirmed / Cancelled

Sat 4 Oct

Times to be confirmed / Cancelled

Sun 5 Oct

Times to be confirmed / Cancelled

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

This unique event draws crowds (and performers) from all over the world with massed pipes and drums, massed military bands, display teams, dancers and the haunting lament of the Lone Piper set against the magnificent backcloth of Edinburgh Castle.

Edinburgh Castle

Fri 1 Aug

Times vary / £25–£62 / 0131 225 1188

Sat 2 Aug

Times vary / £25–£62 / 0131 225 1188

Sun 3 Aug

Times vary / £25–£62 / 0131 225 1188

…and 20 more dates until 23 Aug

Festival 2014

Transforming the city during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Festival 2014 sees Glasgow burst into life with an invigorating mix of entertainment, culture and enjoyment.

Various venues: Glasgow

Fri 25 Jul

Times & prices vary / 030 3333 2014

Sat 26 Jul

Times & prices vary / 030 3333 2014

Sun 27 Jul

Times & prices vary / 030 3333 2014

…and 7 more dates until 3 Aug

The Great Tapestry of Scotland

Potentially the longest tapestry in the world (beating the Kieskamma tapestry in the South African parliament by a cool 23 metres), the artwork has been worked on by people from all across the country since 2012. It tells the story of Scotland's history from the formation of the land in the prehistoric era to the…

The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

Sat 26 Jul

Free / 0800 092 7500

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Mon 28 Jul

Free / 0800 092 7500

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Tue 29 Jul

Free / 0800 092 7500

  • 10:00 – 17:00
…and 40 more dates until 13 Sep

Tea on the Green

Grab a cuppa at this free pop-up Commonwealth Games-themed tea house by John Lewis.

Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow

Sat 26 Jul

Free

  • 10:00 – 17:30

Sun 27 Jul

Free

  • 10:00 – 17:30

Mon 28 Jul

Free

  • 10:00 – 17:30
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The Empire Café

Explore the context of Scotland and the North Atlantic slave trade at this week-long event, which runs during the Commonwealth Games, with a variety of activities, talks and exhibitions.

The Briggait, Glasgow

Fri 25 Jul

Times vary / Free / 0141 553 5890

Sat 26 Jul

Times vary / Free / 0141 553 5890

Sun 27 Jul

Times vary / Free / 0141 553 5890

…and 5 more dates until 1 Aug

Guid Crack Club

Regular storytelling club involving song and music aplenty.

Waverley Bar, Edinburgh

Fri 25 Jul

£3 suggested donation / 0131 557 1050

Tonight, Frances Logan shares 'A Common Wealth of Stories'.

  • 19:30

Fri 29 Aug

£3 suggested donation / 0131 557 1050

This month, stories from Britain's highest village in 'Head in the Cloud', with Jean Edmiston.

  • 19:30

Meet the Gruffalo

Follow the Gruffalo's tracks into the deep dark wood … where there are activities and fun for kids!

National Trust: Wallington House And Grounds, Morpeth

Sun 24 Aug

Free, plus admission £11, child £5.50, family £27.50 / 01670 773600

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Mon 25 Aug

Free, plus admission £11, child £5.50, family £27.50 / 01670 773600

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Waterstones, Edinburgh

Sun 27 Jul

Free / 0131 554 7732

  • 11:00 – 15:00

Waterstones West End, Edinburgh

Sat 26 Jul

Free / 0131 226 2666

  • 10:00 – 14:30

Thornaby Car Boot Sale

Free parking available at this well-featured car boot sale.

Thornaby Sports and Leisure Club, Thornaby-on-Tees

Fri 25 Jul

07895 329109

  • 16:00 – 19:00

Sun 27 Jul

07895 329109

  • 11:00 – 14:00

Fri 1 Aug

07895 329109

  • 16:00 – 19:00
…and 18 more dates until 3 Oct

Pillow Talk and Sweet Nothings

Hosted by 5x15 Ernest Hemingway - Boxer, bullfighter, soldier … romantic? Naomi Wood explores the four marriages, inflammatory letters, billet-doux and sensual telegrams that reveal the softer side of renowned hard-man Ernest Hemingway. Tickets include one delightful cocktail.

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Fri 8 Aug

The Odditorium

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Summer at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

There's a whole summer of family-friendly activities at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

Sat 26 Jul

Included in admission / 0131 524 5100

  • 09:30 – 16:30

Sun 27 Jul

Included in admission / 0131 524 5100

  • 09:30 – 16:30

Mon 28 Jul

Included in admission / 0131 524 5100

  • 09:30 – 16:30
…and 34 more dates until 31 Aug

Edinburgh's Playday

Fun, family-friendly community event helping parents and kids to learn the benefits of playing together. There's a giant sand pit, a mud kitchen, yarn bombing, parachute games, special games for babies and much more for the whole family to enjoy. All children should be accompanied.

Grassmarket, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Free / 0131 529 2103

  • 12:30 – 16:00

Paddle Steamer Waverley

All aboard for a nostalgic trip on the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world – a range of day, afternoon and evening cruises leave regularly from Glasgow's Pacific Quay or by coach connection from Glasgow's City Chambers.

Glasgow City Chambers

Tue 29 Jul

£27–£31 (£25–£29; Children £13.50–£15.50 under 5s free) / 0845 130 4647

Coach leaves Glasgow City Chambers to join the Waverley at Largs where you will sail amid the spectacular mountain scenery of Loch Long & Loch Goil, sometimes referred to as the ‘Clyde Fjords’, to view the 15th Century Tower House of Carrick Castle

  • 11:45 – 17:50

Wed 30 Jul

£29–£39 (£29–£39; Children £14.50–£19.50 under 5s free) / 0845 130 4647

Coach leaves Glasgow City Chambers to join the Waverley at Largs. Spend the afternoon ashore in Rothesay, Tighnabruaich or Tarbert or Cruise Loch Fyne

  • 11:00 – 20:45

Thu 31 Jul

£27–£37 (£25–£35; Children £13.50–£18.50 under 5s free) / 0845 130 4647

Coach leaves from Glasgow City Chamber to connect with the Waverley. Spend the afternoon ashore in Rothesay, Tighnabruaich or Tarbert or Cruise Loch Fyne

  • 12:30 – 19:35
…and 9 more dates until 21 Aug

Pacific Quay, Glasgow

Sat 26 Jul

£25 / 0845 130 4647

A Commonwealth Flotilla of 250 boats will sail from Greenock to Glasgow to mark the 2014 games

  • 13:00 – 17:30

£19.95 / 0845 130 4647

Evening Showboat – Sail down the River Clyde and see the sun set over Dunoon before turning and heading back upriver. Lounge bars and restaurant open all evening with live music.

  • 18:00 – 21:00

Mon 28 Jul

Times to be confirmed / £25–£33; under 5s free (£23–£31; Children £12.50–£16.50) / 0845 130 4647

Spend the afternoon in the seaside resort of Ayr or Cruise Ailsa Craig often referred to by locals as ‘Paddy’s milestone’ due to its locality being roughly half way between mainland Scotland & Ireland. This cruise sails right round the Island giving close up views.

Fri 1 Aug

£10 / 0845 130 4647

One hour cruise to Clydebank and back. See shipyards and new Waterfront developments.

  • 13:00 – 14:00

£10 / 0845 130 4647

One hour cruise to Clydebank and back. See shipyards and new Waterfront developments

  • 14:30 – 15:30

£19 / 0845 130 4647

Sail down the River Clyde – Lounge bars and restaurant open all evening. Return coach from Largs

  • 16:00 – 19:30
…and 11 more dates until 19 Oct

Shape-Note Singing Workshop

Have a go at joining in this traditional form of four-part harmony group singing from the American South. Enquiries via email; please do not call the venue.

Hillhead Baptist Church, Glasgow

Fri 25 Jul

Donations welcome towards costs / 0141 339 1588

  • 19:30 – 21:30

Vintage Glasgow

Hemingway Design bring their Vintage Festival format to Glasgow, featuring music, fashion, film, design and dance that celebrates British creativity from the 1920s to 1980s. In the evening time, things get fancy dress with Vintage Nightclubs themed Soul Casino on Saturday and the Torch Club on Sunday.

Merchant Square, Glasgow

Sat 26 Jul

From £15 / 0844 395 4000

The Vintage Makeover Salon sets up shop this year in the historic Merchant Square. After a sell-out in 2013 they are back with a team of 30 experts to help festival-goers capture the look of their favourite vintage era. For those lucky enough to be heading to the club events, or those who simply fancy seeing what they would have looked like if they had been born in a different era, can choose decade specific makeovers at the Vintage Hair and Beauty Salon. Booking essential.

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Sun 27 Jul

From £15 / 0844 395 4000

The Vintage Makeover Salon sets up shop this year in the historic Merchant Square. After a sell-out in 2013 they are back with a team of 30 experts to help festival-goers capture the look of their favourite vintage era. For those lucky enough to be heading to the club events, or those who simply fancy seeing what they would have looked like if they had been born in a different era, can choose decade specific makeovers at the Vintage Hair and Beauty Salon. Booking essential.

  • 10:00 – 18:00

The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow

Sat 26 Jul

£22 / 0844 395 4000

Soul Casino curated by Eddie Piller (Acid Jazz) for a night of uplifting soul from DJs Mark Linton, Wayne and Jack Hemingway.

Sun 27 Jul

£25 / 0844 395 4000

Retro 1940s themed Torch Club curated by Snowboy with DJ Bryan Webb and The Bratislava Hot Serenaders (live).

Wild Cabaret & Wicked Lounge, Glasgow

Sat 26 Jul

£15 (inc brunch) / 0844 395 4000

1920s-style Charleston Brunch with gramophone DJ Lord Holyrude and dance teachers form the Fly Right Dance Co.

£15 / 0844 395 4000

Let it Rock! a 50s rock'n'roll, rockabilly and R&B bop and jive club with live music from Miss Mary & The Mr Rights and The Fretones plys DJs Keb Darge, Tojo and Snowboy.

Sun 27 Jul

£10 / 0844 395 4000

Keb Darge presents The Devil's Music with a night of debauched rock, disco, surf and garage with guests Martin Compston, Mark Linton and Kris Funk (aka Monkeyboy).

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Platform 2 Market

Fifty stalls set up in Waverley by Local Motive Markets, offering ethical and local products from fresh produce to crafts.

Waverley Station, Edinburgh

Fri 25 Jul

Free / 0131 558 9644

  • 11:00 – 19:00

Fri 1 Aug

Free / 0131 558 9644

  • 11:00 – 19:00

Fri 8 Aug

Free / 0131 558 9644

  • 11:00 – 19:00
…and 11 more dates until 24 Oct

East End Social

Organised by Glasgow indie label Chemikal Underground the East End Social is part music showcase, part community-engagement project and an official Culture 2014 event. The project aims to bring a diverse range of music to a Glasgow's East End venues with performances from The Nectarine No 9, King Ayisoba and RM Hubbert…

Various venues: Glasgow

Fri 25 Jul

Times & prices vary

Part of Culture 2014.

Sat 26 Jul

Times & prices vary

Part of Culture 2014.

Sun 27 Jul

Times & prices vary

Part of Culture 2014.

…and 12 more dates until 8 Aug

Forth on the Fringe

Radio Forth Ltd Now in its seventh year, Forth on the Fringe is the largest showcase event of Fringe entertainment available at this year's festival. This year’s shows feature a selection of some of the biggest names in music, comedy and entertainment hosted by 97.3 Forth One’s breakfast show hosts, Boogie and…

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Fri 1 Aug

Auditorium

£17.50 / 0844 871 3014

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Auditorium

£17.50 / 0844 871 3014

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

St Oswald's Car Boot Sale

Sell your wares or pick up a bargain at this car boot sale.

St Oswald’s Hospice, Newcastle upon Tyne

Sat 26 Jul

£0.50 (Traders £10) / 0191 246 8126

  • 09:00

Sat 30 Aug

£0.50 (Traders £10) / 0191 246 8126

  • 09:00

Sat 27 Sep

£0.50 (Traders £10) / 0191 246 8126

  • 09:00

Sat 25 Oct

£0.50 (Traders £10) / 0191 246 8126

  • 09:00

Cocktail Masterclass

Join an expert bar tender and learn to make your own cocktail as you are taken through the art of mixology and shown what goes into making a cocktail special. Ticket price includes cocktail on arrival. Booking is essential.

Cav, Edinburgh

Fri 25 Jul

£10 / 0131 228 3252

  • 20:00 – 21:00

Sat 26 Jul

£10 / 0131 228 3252

  • 17:00 – 18:00

Fri 1 Aug

£10 / 0131 228 3252

  • 20:00 – 21:00
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