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Social In The Square

A two day festival of creative activities, cookery demos and live music and dance. There's food and products to buy, all provided by Edinburgh's social enterprises.

St Andrew Square, Edinburgh

Fri 12 Sep

Free

  • 12:00 – 18:00

Sat 13 Sep

Free

  • 11:00 – 18:30

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

Dinosaur Zoo

Dinosaurs aren't extinct! They're just hiding out on the other side of the world. Dinosaur Zoo takes its Jurassic creations on tour with an opportunity for children to get right up close.

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Tue 18 Nov

£12.50–£15 ( £10) / 01892 530613

  • 13:30
  • 16:30

Wed 19 Nov

£12.50–£15 ( £10) / 01892 530613

  • 10:30
  • 16:30

Dundee Rep

Tue 23 Sep

£12.50–£15.50 (Students £5) / 01382 223530

  • 13:30
  • 16:30

Wed 24 Sep

£12.50–£15.50 (Students £5) / 01382 223530

  • 10:30
  • 13:30
  • 16:30

Grand Theatre, Swansea

Wed 12 Nov

£13–£15.50 / 01792 475715

  • 13:30
  • 16:30

Thu 13 Nov

£13–£15.50 / 01792 475715

  • 10:30
  • 16:30

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What The Ladybird Heard

  • Written by: Julia Donaldson

The Ladybird has a plan to prevent a prize cow from being stolen. Based on Julia Donaldson's popular children's book.

Courtyard, Hereford

Sat 27 Sep

£11 (£10) / 01432 340555

  • 11:00
  • 14:00

Sun 28 Sep

£11 (£10) / 01432 340555

  • 12:00
  • 15:00

Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford

Sun 21 Sep

£11 / 01785 254653

  • 13:30

Mon 22 Sep

£11 / 01785 254653

  • 10:30
  • 16:30

The Lowry, Salford

Wed 3 Sep

£13.50 / 08432 086000

  • 13:30
  • 16:30

Thu 4 Sep

£13.50 / 08432 086000

  • 11:00
  • 13:30

Fri 5 Sep

£13.50 / 08432 086000

  • 13:30
  • 16:30
…and 2 more dates until 7 Sep

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Fayre On The Square

Christmas Market and entertainment event featuring 30 festive market stalls, live music and dance entertainment and festive food including hog roast and roasted chestnuts.

Community Square, Gravesend

Sat 29 Nov

Free

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Hey, Presto!

  • Written by: Nadia Shireen

Presto the cat is a very talented magician, so when he and his best friend Monty the dog join a funfair and start a magic show, things look good for the duo. But fame goes to Monty's head and soon Presto loses his friend and his show. Based on the book by Nadia Shireen.

ARC: Stockton Arts Centre, Stockton-on-Tees

Sat 20 Sep

£6 ( £20) / 01642 525199

  • 14:30

Artsdepot, London N12

Sun 21 Sep

£7 / 020 8369 5454

  • 11:00
  • 14:00

The Citadel, St Helens

Sun 26 Oct

£7 (Children £5 under 16s) / 01744 735436

  • 14:00

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Kidz Exhibition

Exhibition dedicated to children and young adults with disabilities and special needs, their families and the professionals who work with them. Featuring over 120 exhibitors and seminars.

Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh

Thu 11 Sep

Free / 0131 335 6200

  • 09:30 – 16:30

The Sooty Show

Sweep, Soo and Richard join the loveable bear to celebrate his birthday party – where things don't seem to be going to plan.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Sun 7 Sep

£12 (Children £10; £38) / 01970 623 232

  • 11:00
  • 14:30

Albert Halls, Bolton

Sun 21 Sep

£12 (Children £10; £38) / 01204 334400

  • 11:00
  • 14:30

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Thu 9 Apr 2015

£15–£30

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Truckfest South East

The new event for 2014 is a return visit to the wonderful Detling Showground in Kent for the last Truckfest of the season.

Kent Showground, Maidstone

Sat 13 Sep

£12 (Children £5; £30) / 01622 630975

  • 09:00

Sun 14 Sep

£12 (Children £5; £30) / 01622 630975

  • 09:00
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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

Baby Loves Disco

Baby Loves Disco is a chance for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents to get their respective grooves on and enjoy some dayclubbing with real club DJs spinning retro and pop tunes. Chillout room, themed crafts, facepainting, healthy snacks and more – all included in the price, plus licensed bar for parents.

DNA, London SW11

Sat 27 Sep

£9.94 / 07986 527947

Sat 25 Oct

£9.94 / 07986 527947

Sat 29 Nov

£9.94 / 07986 527947

Electric Circus, Edinburgh

Sun 26 Oct

£8.94 / 07986 527947

Hummingbird, Glasgow

Sun 7 Sep

£8.94 / 07986 527947

Sun 5 Oct

£8.94 / 07986 527947

Sun 2 Nov

£8.94 / 07986 527947

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Children's Classic Concerts: The Monsters' Ball

A spooky concert of music and dance for all the family. Dress up in your scariest costume and join the Monster Ball.

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Sat 1 Nov

£10 (Children £6; Family £29) / 0141 353 8000

  • 15:00 – 16:00
  • 15:00 – 16:00

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Sun 2 Nov

£10 (Children £6; Family £29) / 0131 228 1155

  • 15:00 – 16:00

National Trust: Polesden Lacey, Dorking

Sun 7 Sep

Free, plus admission £11.35, child £5.65, family £28.40 / 01372 458203/452048

  • 11:00 – 17:00

Glasgow parkrun

An informal weekly 5k run in Pollok Country Park. Everyone is welcome, no matter how fast or slow (you're welcome to walk the route, bring your dog or push a buggy), so you can use it as a one-off fitness test, a chance to get some fresh air or come every week to try to beat your personal best time. It's friendly and…

Pollok Country Park, Glasgow

Sat 6 Sep

Free / 0141 276 0924

  • 09:30

Sat 13 Sep

Free / 0141 276 0924

  • 09:30

Sat 20 Sep

Free / 0141 276 0924

  • 09:30
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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

Wed 3 Sep

£2–£5 / 01475 672884

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Thu 4 Sep

£2–£5 / 01475 672884

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Fri 5 Sep

£2–£5 / 01475 672884

  • 10:00 – 18:00
…and 2 more dates until 7 Sep

The RSNO Christmas Concert: The Snowman

A family-friendly concert of carols and seasonal tunes, including the now annual screening of Dianne Jackson's 1982 film of Raymond Briggs' The Snowman with live musical accompaniment, because nothing spells 'Christmas' like a magical fable about the transience of life. Christopher Bell conducts.

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Sat 20 Dec

£15–£35 (disabled £7.50–£17.50; under 26s/mature students/unemployed £6; under 16s free) / 0141 353 8000

  • 14:00

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Sun 21 Dec

£15–£35 (disabled £7.50–£17.50; under 26s/mature students/unemployed £6; under 16s free) / 0131 228 1155

  • 15:00

Volcano Fun Day

Family activity day based around volcanoes extinct, dormant and active, with hands-on activities and walks up our own volcano, Arthur's Seat.

Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Oct

Free / 0131 652 8150

  • 11:00 – 15:00

Aidan Moffat: The Lavender Blue Dress

Arab Strap's Aidan Moffat signs copies of his first book, The Lavender Blue Dress.

Waterstones, Glasgow

Sat 11 Oct

Free / 0141 248 4814

  • 14:00 – 14:30

Waterstones West End, Edinburgh

Thu 9 Oct

Free / 0131 226 2666

  • 12:30

BodyWorks

An exhibition all about how your body works, with the chance to perform a virtual autopsy, run in a giant hamster wheel and become a 'snot ninja' (lovely). Compare your physiological stats with other visitors and find out about all the latest scientific research into your very own body.

Glasgow Science Centre

Wed 3 Sep

Included in admission / 0141 420 5000

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Thu 4 Sep

Included in admission / 0141 420 5000

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Fri 5 Sep

Included in admission / 0141 420 5000

  • 10:00 – 17:00
…and 117 more dates until 31 Dec

Brighton Christmas Gift Fair Spectacular

Over 130 indoor and outdoor Christmas stands just a-waiting to be scoured for gifts to help spread seasonal cheer. Plus, food and drink stands, live music and Santa's grotto.

Brighton Racecourse

Sat 15 Nov

£3.50 (Children free) / 07413 918705

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Dickinson's Real Deal

The mullet-headed antiques expert leads a team of dealers assessing the worth of items brought by you, the ever-hopeful public.

Dimensions Leisure Centre, Stoke-on-Trent

Sat 27 Sep

Free / 01782 233500

  • 09:00 – 17:00

Ferry Leisure Centre, Summertown

Sat 11 Oct

Free / 0844 893 3222

  • 09:00 – 17:00

Hinckley Leisure Centre

Sat 15 Nov

Free

  • 09:00 – 17:00

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Disney On Ice Presents 100 Years Of Magic

A colourful and exciting ice show, featuring around 65 Disney characters from across the years, including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and the Disney Princesses.

Braehead Arena, Glasgow

Sat 4 Oct

£14–£39 / 0844 499 1700

Sun 5 Oct

£14–£39 / 0844 499 1700

Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle upon Tyne

Fri 10 Oct

£18 / 0844 493 6666

Sat 11 Oct

£14–£23 / 0844 493 6666

Sun 12 Oct

£14–£23 / 0844 493 6666

Motorpoint Arena Sheffield

Thu 6 Nov

£18 / 0114 256 5656

Fri 7 Nov

£18 / 0114 256 5656

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Eat, Drink, Discover Scotland

A major new food and drink event from the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, with a focus on regional foods and Scotland's natural larder complemented by masterclasses, theatre and educational activities for children.

Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh

Fri 12 Sep

£12.50–£15 (£10–£12.50; Children free) / 0131 335 6200

Sat 13 Sep

£12.50–£15 (£10–£12.50; Children free) / 0131 335 6200

Sun 14 Sep

£12.50–£15 (£10–£12.50; Children free) / 0131 335 6200

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