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The Alternative Edinburgh Walking Tour

Get off the tourist paths and see a different side of the city, learning about everything from its literary past to the disco pioneer who grew up near (but note: not in) the bins at the back of Tesco.

Omni Centre, Edinburgh

Sun 24 Aug

Free (donations welcome) / 0131 524 7770

Please do not contact the venue.

  • 15:30

Sat 30 Aug

Free (donations welcome) / 0131 524 7770

Please do not contact the venue.

  • 15:30

Sun 31 Aug

Free (donations welcome) / 0131 524 7770

Please do not contact the venue.

  • 15:30

All Back to Bowie’s

David Greig and The Barnett Consequentials David Bowie said ‘Scotland, stay with us’. At the Fringe, a group of Scottish artists take him up on his kind invitation. So pull up a futon, it’s all back to Bowie’s for an #indyref mix of politics, poetry, polemic and pop. Different guests every day make for an hour of…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Sun 24 Aug

£8 (£6)

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition

Get a load of thousands of examples of model railway layouts and engines, sit in on some lectures and workshops and connect with fellow model engineering enthusiasts at the massive tradeshow.

Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Leamington Spa

Thu 16 Oct

£4.50–£9.50 / 01926 614101

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Siân Robinson Davies: No Sweat

Spoken performance from Siân Robinson Davies promising maybe a little bit of humour or something.

CCA, Glasgow

Sun 24 Aug

Over-14s only

Free / 0141 352 4900

  • 19:00

Skeptics on the Fringe

Daily informal talks from the Edinburgh Skeptics, exploring myth, superstition and pseudo-science. Ages 18+.

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

Chamber Room

Free / 07896 745991

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

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Tibetan Buddhist Meditation with the Gar Trinley Yongkhyab Ling Sangha

Experience traditional Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice.

Abbey Mount Centre, Edinburgh

Sun 24 Aug

£3 suggested donation / 0131 661 2780

  • 15:00 – 17:00

Sun 31 Aug

£3 suggested donation / 0131 661 2780

  • 15:00 – 17:00

Sun 7 Sep

£3 suggested donation / 0131 661 2780

  • 15:00 – 17:00
…and 15 more dates until 21 Dec

Will Pickvance: The Anatomy of the Piano

Pianist, composer and all-round entertaining guy Will Pickvance anatomises the piano for your listening pleasure.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

Anatomy Lecture Theatre

£12 (£8) / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Anatomy Lecture Theatre

£12 (£8) / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Aberdeen's 50+ Festival

A widely-varied programme of events aimed at people over 50, with equal emphasis on entertainment and education. Workshops, cookery demonstrations, art classes and keep fit sessions are complemented by live music performances, walks, exhibitions and plays, both in public venues around Aberdeen and on site in nursing homes.

Various venues: Aberdeen

Mon 1 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01224 641122

Tue 2 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01224 641122

Wed 3 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01224 641122

…and 11 more dates until 14 Sep

Blabbermouth

This 12-hour live celebration of Scottish music and spoken word features a collection of artists, actors, politicians, journalists, sportspeople, singers and scientists performing their favourite pieces of Scottish writing. A chance to celebrate Scotland's contribution to the world in the final hours before the referendum.

Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

Wed 17 Sep

£10 (£8) per session; £30 (£20) for day ticket / 0131 473 2000

Dance Show LIVE

Whether you're an up-and-coming dancer, a seasoned pro or a flat-footed newbie, there's something for everyone at this festival of dance, featuring performances, workshops and talks. Featuring Perri and Jordan from Diversity, Luke McFarlane (winner of Got to Dance) and many more.

SECC, Glasgow

Sun 24 Aug

£14.50 / 02920 799199

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Glasgow Skeptics

A biweekly event where speakers expound on science, pseudoscience, politics and policy to increase public understanding and engagement of these issues.

The Admiral, Glasgow

Mon 25 Aug

Free / 0141 221 7705

Today: 'The Decline of Violence', looking at criminologists' cataclysmic warnings in the 80s/90s of a future filled with ‘Superpredators’ – and how wrong they were. Lawyer Helen Dale presents.

  • 19:00 – 21:30

Mon 1 Sep

Free / 0141 221 7705

Today: 'Electoral Inequality and Under-representation – Causes, Consequences and Solutions', with Prof. Sarah Birch, Chair of Comparative Politics at the University of Glasgow.

  • 19:30 – 21:30

Mon 8 Sep

Free / 0141 221 7705

Tonight: 'Is Scotland Going to Vote Yes?' with John Curtice, Professor of Politics at the University of Strathcylde. Curtice looks at the polls just ten days before the referendum goes off. Part of Glasgow City of Science.

  • 19:00 – 21:30
…and 2 more dates until 22 Sep

Robin Hood Tattoo Festival

A friendly and intimate festival featuring 30 UK artists showing off their skills. On top of that there's live music (including Carmen Ghia and the Hot Rods), vendors, stalls and competitions.

Cotgrave Welfare Club, Nottingham

Sat 30 Aug

£10 per day

Sun 31 Aug

£10 per day

An Audience with Jonathan Miller

Talk from the actor, writer and comedian, who co-created Beyond the Fringe with Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Alan Bennett.

Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon

Sat 15 Nov

£13

  • 19:30

Regent Centre, Christchurch

Thu 18 Sep

£17 (£15) / 01202 499199

  • 19:30

Theatre At The Mill, Newtownabbey

Tue 28 Oct

£11–£15 (£9–£13) / 028 9034 0202

  • 19:45 – 22:00

BBC: Bridget Christie Minds the Gap

BBC Radio 4 Bridget Christie returns to BBC Radio 4. In the first episode of her new series, she presents her unique take on the state of modern feminism. Fred MacAulay plays a man. This is a free event ticketed via random draw. To enter the draw, please visit bbc.co.uk/tickets. Follow @BBCEdFest for listings. This…

BBC @ Potterrow, Edinburgh

Sun 24 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Bitter Music: Harry Partch’s Diary with David Moss

David Moss presents part of the musical text to accompany the staging of his last great opera Delusion of the Fury.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Fri 29 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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Brewology: The Science Behind BrewDog

BrewDog head brewer Stewart Bowman discusses the science behind craft beer.

The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

Tue 16 Sep

£12 (£9) / 01224 642230

18+ years only Part of TechFest.

  • 19:00

Chocolate, Whiskies and Cocktails

Annabel Meikle - The Whisky Belle Love chocolate? Not sure about whisky? Fancy trying something different and matching it to carefully selected chocolate? The Whisky Belle, Annabel Meikle has brought together two of Scotland’s finest producers to create a luxurious experience for an indulgent Sunday afternoon. Our…

Signet Library, Edinburgh

Sun 24 Aug

The Upper Library

£25 / 0131 225 0651

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

An Evening with Sir Roger Moore

Interviewed by Gareth Owen, Hollywood legend, knight and raconteur Sir Roger Moore candidly discusses his life and career, from The Saint and The Persuaders to his stint as 007 and beyond. Followed by an audience Q&A.

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Thu 2 Oct

£26 / 08441 717620

Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton

Sun 5 Oct

£26 (£24) / 0151 666 0000

  • 19:30

Grand Opera House, York

Wed 24 Sep

£26 / 0844 871 3024

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Highland Archaeology Festival

A fortnight of investigations into Scotland's ancient past, including walks, practical demonstrations, family events, self-guided trails, insights into recent research, historical talks, a weekend conference for experts and enthusiasts and plenty of chances for visitors to get their hands dirty exploring what lies beneath…

Various venues: Highlands

Sat 27 Sep

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01463 702250

Sun 28 Sep

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01463 702250

Mon 29 Sep

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01463 702250

…and 13 more dates until 12 Oct

Hispanic Festival

The Hispanic Festival celebrates its tenth year with a month of events showcasing Spanish and Latin American culture, curated by people who are authentically Spanish and Latin American. Watch out for the Flamenco performances, for which this festival is renowned.

Various venues, Edinburgh

Wed 1 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07813 159823

Thu 2 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07813 159823

Fri 3 Oct

Times & prices vary / 07813 159823

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Man at Arms Guided Tour

The Man at Arms tells bloodthirsty tales of siege warfare and castle life, with a selection of medieval weapons to show off.

Dirleton Castle, North Berwick

Wed 27 Aug

Included in admission / 01620 850330

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Sat 6 Sep

Included in admission / 01620 850330

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Zombie Science: Brain of the Dead

If zombies had brains, how would they work? Find out here, possibly.

C, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

+2

£10.50 (£8.50) / 0845 260 1234

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

+2

£10.50 (£8.50) / 0845 260 1234

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 25 Aug

+2

£10.50 (£8.50) / 0845 260 1234

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

10 Reasons why renewable energy is important for Scotland

Talk on the seas around Scotland and their potential as an energy source.

Fraser Noble Building, Aberdeen

Thu 25 Sep

£5.50 (£5) / 01224 272000

Part of TechFest.

  • 19:00

11+ Information Session

Learn more about Explore Learning's 11+ prep class.

Explore Learning, High Wycombe

Tue 23 Sep

Free / 01494 411147

  • 18:30 – 19:30

Thu 25 Sep

Free / 01494 411147

  • 18:30 – 19:30

21st Century Materials with Mark Miodownik

We know what living things are and we know what non-living things are. But how much longer will this be so clear cut? Our growing understanding of matter and new materials are likely to mean that in the future, we may have to rethink; bionic people and living buildings are on the horizon. Join Mark Miodownik to gaze into…

Elgar Concert Hall, Birmingham

Sat 6 Sep

Free

Part of British Science Festival.

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