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Largs Viking Festival

An annual festival marking the Battle of Largs in 1263 – the last skirmish between the Scots and the Norse – features a Viking village and a reenactment by the Swords of Dalriada showing how the Vikings lived in the 12th and 13th centuries. The week of events includes a food and craft market, aerobatic displays, a fun…

The Promenade, Largs

Sat 30 Aug

£2–£5 / 01475 672884

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Sun 31 Aug

£2–£5 / 01475 672884

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Mon 1 Sep

£2–£5 / 01475 672884

  • 10:00 – 18:00
…and 6 more dates until 7 Sep

Glasgow Style – City Walking Tour

A walking tour led by guides from the Glasgow School of Art taking you through the history of this most stylish city of art, architecture and design.

Window on Mackintosh Visitor Centre and Shop, Glasgow

Fri 22 Aug

£19.50 (£16; under 18s £9.75; under 5s free) / 0141 353 4584

Part of Glasgow City of Science.

  • 11:15

Sat 23 Aug

£19.50 (£16; under 18s £9.75; under 5s free) / 0141 353 4584

Part of Glasgow City of Science.

  • 11:15

Sun 24 Aug

£19.50 (£16; under 18s £9.75; under 5s free) / 0141 353 4584

Part of Glasgow City of Science.

  • 11:15
…and 42 more dates until 5 Oct

Archaeology Day

A day of short guided walks and fun activities based around Iron Age life in Holyrood Park. Booking is essential.

Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

Sat 27 Sep

Free / 0131 652 8150

  • 11:00 – 15:00

Doors Open Day: Broughty Castle Museum Magazine

A unique opportunity to view the castle's magazine and find out more about its interesting history.

Broughty Castle Museum, Dundee

Sat 13 Sep

Free / 01382 436916

  • 11:00 – 15:00

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.

Pacific Quay, Glasgow

Fri 22 Aug

£19–£29; free under 5s free (£19–£25; Children £9.50–£14.50) / 0845 130 4647

  • 10:00 – 17:30

Sat 23 Aug

£27–£39; free under 5s free (£27–£39; Children £13.50–£19.50) / 0845 130 4647

  • 10:00 – 20:30

Sun 24 Aug

£21–£33; under 5s free (£21–£31; Children £10.50–£15.50) / 0845 130 4647

Spend the afternoon in Largs, Rothesay or Lochranza or stay onboard and cruise Skipness Point. Steam across the Kilbrannan Sound and up the famous Mull of Kintyre coast to Skipness Point with views of the 13th Century Skipness Castle where Waverley turns and heads back over to Isle of Arran.

  • 10:00 – 22:00

Sun 19 Oct

£21–£39 (Children £10.50–£19.50) / 0845 130 4647

Visit Largs or Rothesay for the afternoon or stay onboard and cruise to Tighnabruaich through the world famous Kyles of Bute.

  • 10:00 – 19:30
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Edinburgh Pipe Band Championships

Piping competition also featuring Highland dancing, heavy events and children's entertainment.

Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

£5 (£3; under 16s free; Family £15) / 0131 335 6200

Largs Viking Festival

On the anniversary of the Battle of Largs meet King Alexander of Scotland and King Haakon of Norway with living history installations in two educational villages. Following craft demonstrations, a farmers' market and aerobatic displays, the festival culminates with a re-enactment of the Battle of Largs, the burning of a…

Various Venues, Largs

Sat 30 Aug

£5 (£2)

  • 11:00 – 17:00

Sun 31 Aug

£5 (£2)

  • 11:00 – 17:00

Mon 1 Sep

£5 (£2)

  • 11:00 – 17:00
…and 6 more dates until 7 Sep

Adams Antiques Fair

More than 140 dealers in fine antiques all under one roof.

The Royal Horticultural Hall, Lindley Hall, London SW1P

Sun 24 Aug

£4 / 020 7821 3650

  • 10:00 – 16:30

Sun 21 Sep

£4 / 020 7821 3650

  • 10:00 – 16:30

Sun 12 Oct

£4 / 020 7821 3650

  • 10:00 – 16:30
…and 2 more dates until 7 Dec

Arms at the Ready!

Try the weapons and armour of the 16th century and have a go at making your own shield.

Dirleton Castle, North Berwick

Sun 7 Sep

Included in admission

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Autumn Steam Gala

Weekend featuring a variety of steam locomotives and coaches.

Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway

Sat 18 Oct

£9 / 01506 822298

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sun 19 Oct

£9 / 01506 822298

  • 10:00 – 17:00
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Bank Holiday Multi-Period Event

Set on the Lower Lawns of Arundel Castle the tented encampment of Raven Tor Living History Group reflects 2000 years of local and Castle history through crafts, costume and combat displays. Visitors have the opportunity to meet characters and experience events from the Roman Empire right up to the Cold War of the late…

Arundel Castle

Sat 23 Aug

Included in admission / 01903 882173

Tickets include entry to the castle.

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Included in admission / 01903 882173

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sun 24 Aug

Included in admission / 01903 882173

Tickets include entry to the castle.

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Included in admission / 01903 882173

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Mon 25 Aug

Included in admission / 01903 882173

Tickets include entry to the castle.

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Included in admission / 01903 882173

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Behind the Ropes Family Tours

Get up close to some of the Palace's ornate decor and furnishings under the guidance of an expert from the learning team. There's even a chance to peek behind a secret door! Suitable for families with children aged 5+. Tours last approximately 45 minutes.

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

Thu 28 Aug

included in admission price / 0131 524 1145

  • 12:00

Carnegie Treasures

An exhibition charting Andrew Carnegie's philanthropy.

Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, Dunfermline

Wed 1 Oct

Free / 01383 724302

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Thu 2 Oct

Free / 01383 724302

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Fri 3 Oct

Free / 01383 724302

  • 10:00 – 17:00
…and 58 more dates until 30 Nov

Chester Christmas Market

Seventy wooden chalets offering crafts, clothing, jewellery, giftware and local food and drink, plus a special Champagne Lanson White Label bar.

Town Hall Square, Chester

Thu 20 Nov

Free / 01244 405600

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Fri 21 Nov

Free / 01244 405600

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Sat 22 Nov

Free / 01244 405600

  • 10:00 – 18:00
…and 22 more dates until 14 Dec

Citizen Archaeology Training Day

Learn how to survey and record coastal heritage. Booking is essential.

Village Hall, Sutherland

Sat 30 Aug

Free / 01334 462904

Part of Wild North Festival.

  • 10:30 – 16:30
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Countryside Walk

Guided walk of all the secret parts of the estate. Booking is essential.

Haddon Hall, Bakewell

Tue 23 Sep

£3.50 / 01629 812855

  • 10:30

Cùil Lodair Wargames Fair

Learn about the tactics used in the Battle of Culloden, plus weapon demonstrations.

Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre, Inverness

Sat 11 Oct

Free / 0844 493 2159

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Culloden Homecoming

A celebration of highland culture featuring dance, music, crafts, storytelling and more. Part of the My Heart is in the Highlands project.

Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre, Inverness

Sat 6 Sep

£8.50–£26 including exhibition (Event only £4–£12) / 0844 493 2159

Event only costs: £5.00 Adults, £4.00 Concession, £12.00 Family Event and Exhibition costs: £11.00 Adults, £8.50 Concession, £26.00 Family

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Doon the Watter

Discover how families have enjoyed the river for the past 50 years.

Riverside Museum, Glasgow

Fri 22 Aug

Free / 0141 287 2660

  • 11:00 – 17:00

Sat 23 Aug

Free / 0141 287 2660

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sun 24 Aug

Free / 0141 287 2660

  • 11:00 – 17:00
…and 296 more dates until 17 Jun 2015

Doors Open Day: Camperdown House

A chance to view the magnificent ground floor interiors of Camperdown House, set in its beautiful parkland surroundings.

Camperdown House, Dundee

Sat 13 Sep

Free / 01382 432689

  • 11:00 – 15:00
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Doors Open Day

Buildings of architectural and historic interest will be open to the public, with many special events and tours taking place.

Various venues: Dundee

Sat 13 Sep

Free / 01382 433414

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sun 14 Sep

Free / 01382 433414

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Doors Open Day: The Old Steeple

A chance to see an amazing collection of medieval gravestones or climb the steeple. Ages 5+. Not suitable for people with restricted mobility. Booking is essential.

The Old Steeple Church, Dundee

Sat 13 Sep

Free / 01382 307200

  • 10:00 – 15:00

Dorothy Wordsworth: Wonders of the Everyday

Contemporary works and displays celebrating the life of Dorothy Wordsworth, sister of William.

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere

Fri 22 Aug

Museum & Gallery

£7.75 (Children £4.50; £17.20) / 01539 435544

  • 09:30 – 16:30

Sat 23 Aug

Museum & Gallery

£7.75 (Children £4.50; £17.20) / 01539 435544

  • 09:30 – 16:30

Sun 24 Aug

Museum & Gallery

£7.75 (Children £4.50; £17.20) / 01539 435544

  • 09:30 – 16:30
…and 455 more dates until 31 Dec 2015

The Edgeley Park Stadium Antiques, Collectors and Vintage Fair

Antique and collectors fair featuring up to 100 stalls with a huge variety of goods, set in a lavish suite in Stockport County's iconic stadium.

Edgeley Park, Stockport

Sun 14 Sep

£2 (£1.50; Children free) / 07816 220136

  • 09:00 – 15:30

Sun 19 Oct

£2 (£1.50; Children free) / 07816 220136

  • 09:00 – 15:30

Sun 9 Nov

£2 (£1.50; Children free) / 07816 220136

  • 09:00 – 15:30

Sun 7 Dec

£2 (£1.50; Children free) / 07816 220136

  • 09:00 – 15:30

Family Edwardian Day

A special backstage tour around the Usher Hall taking you back to when the venue first opened 100 years ago with period costumes, arts, crafts and games.

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Sat 13 Sep

£10 (Family £30) / 0131 228 1155

  • 10:30
  • 12:00
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