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Carnival of Curious Animals

Hosted by 5x15 Discover the bizarre stories and examine specimens of some of the world’s most celebrated and strangest animals, from Lonesome George the bachelor tortoise, Chi-Chi the pre-eminent panda to Ham the astrochimp. Join scientific journalist Henry Nicholls and Paolo Viscardi of the Horniman Museum to discover…

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Fri 8 Aug

The Odditorium

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

BBC: The Infinite Monkey Cage

BBC Radio 4 Physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince bring the monkey cage to the Fringe, with their witty and irreverent look at the world through scientists’ eyes, ably assisted by a panel of scientists and celebrities. This is a free event ticketed via random draw. To enter the draw, please visit…

BBC @ Potterrow, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Zombie Science: Brain of the Dead

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

C, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

+2

£8.50 (£6.50) / 0845 260 1234

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

+2

£8.50 (£6.50) / 0845 260 1234

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

+2

£8.50 (£6.50) / 0845 260 1234

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 23 more dates until 25 Aug

Consciousness

Hosted by Guerilla Science Are you awake? Are you dreaming? How much of our world is a construction of our brain, a mere figment of our imagination? Join neuroscientist Anil Seth as he reveals what science can and cannot tell us about the mysteries of consciousness. Tickets include one delightful cocktail.

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Sat 9 Aug

The Odditorium

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Edinburgh International Wedding Exhibition

A brand new wedding fair on the scene, gathering together over 200 industry experts under one roof. offering products, seminars and demonstrations.

EICC, Edinburgh

Sat 11 Oct

£8.50; £13.50 Exhibition plus Bridal & Band Showcase; £25 VIP Priority Pass / 0131 611 0330

  • 11:00 – 16:00
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Folklore Tapes – Only Timelessness

Folklore Tapes is an ongoing research and musical heritage project covering and sound tracking the folklore of the UK in volumes of tapes housed in bespoke books, boxes and hand stamped envelopes. The live performance will include both the audio and visual material from the upcoming release, as well as a short factual…

The Glad Café, Glasgow

Sat 2 Aug

£7 / 0141 636 6119

  • 19:30 – 22:00

Hebden Bridge Library

Thu 31 Jul

01422 288040

  • 20:00 – 22:00

The Riverside, Sheffield

Fri 1 Aug

£7 / 0114 281 3621

  • 19:30

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Michael Palin: Travelling To Work

To celebrate his third volume of diaries being published, Palin looks back on 25 years of travelling the world and almost 50 years of popping up on radio, TV and film. Palin is best known for Monty Python with John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and the late Graham Chapman. Between movies, he also…

Alban Arena, St Albans

Mon 8 Sep

£29.50 / 01727 844488

  • 19:30

Cambridge Corn Exchange

Fri 3 Oct

£29.50 / 01223 357851

  • 19:30

Colston Hall, Bristol

Mon 22 Sep

£31.71 / 0117 922 3686

  • 19:30

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…and at 5 other places

Art Late Central

Get guided around the art festival exhibitions in the centre of the city with music, drinking and merrymaking thrown in for good measure. With performances from Craig Coulthard and Chris Devotion & the Expectations, and a look at the work at the Old Royal High School, Trinity Apse and City Art Centre. Presented in…

Various venues, Edinburgh

Thu 7 Aug

Free

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

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

Robert Lewellyn: Electric Cars Are Rubbish. Aren't They?

Lakin McCarthy / The Assembly Rooms Environmentally friendly? Sustainable? More like greenie hogwash! Red Dwarf star Robert Llewellyn suggests we take off our Clarkson ear muffs and hear a different take. All seating is unreserved. Late comers may not be admitted. Age category: PG

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Thu 7 Aug

The Music Hall

£10 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Advice for Humans

Hosted by Canongate After an unusual incident, Andrew Martin is found walking naked through the streets of Cambridge not feeling quite himself. Food sickens him, clothes confuse him and his loving wife and teenage son feel repulsive to him. He feels lost amongst a crazy species and hates everyone on the planet. Who is…

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Thu 7 Aug

The Odditorium

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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

Fri 1 Aug

Free (donations welcome) / 0131 524 7770

Please do not contact the venue.

  • 15:30

Sat 2 Aug

Free (donations welcome) / 0131 524 7770

Please do not contact the venue.

  • 15:30

Sun 3 Aug

Free (donations welcome) / 0131 524 7770

Please do not contact the venue.

  • 15:30
…and 14 more dates until 31 Aug

An Audience with Bret 'The Hitman' Hart

An evening with legendary WWE and WCW pro wrestler Bret 'The Hitman' Hart. Also featuring comedian Adger Brown, John Gwynne, plus a Q&A session and photo opportunities.

Edgbaston, Birmingham

Sun 9 Nov

£50–£100 / 0121 4464422

  • 19:30 – 23:00

King Power Stadium, Leicester

Sat 8 Nov

£50–£100

  • 19:30 – 23:00

Metrodome Leisure Complex, Barnsley

Thu 6 Nov

£25–£100 / 01226 730098

  • 20:00 – 23:00

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BBC: Shaun Keaveny

6 Music Breakfast show legend Shaun W Keaveny will be presenting his show live from the BBC venue at the Edinburgh Festivals. Join him and his special guests. Please note - This is a free event ticketed via a random draw. To enter the draw please visit www.bbc.co.uk/tickets.

BBC @ Potterrow, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Future iGaming

A chance to discuss innovations in the iGaming industry, gambling marketing and factors influencing customer betting behaviour.

American Square Conference Centre, London EC3N

Sun 2 Nov

Free

  • 08:00 – 20:00
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Just Conversations: Beyond Binaries: LGBT Voices and the Freedom to Self-Identify

Gay, Straight, Male, Female; Society's need for everything to be categorised, often in binaries, has been cited as a cause of mental health problems in LGBT communities. How can we remodel our language in addressing sexuality and gender? Or are genders and sexualities fixed identities controlled by society?

St John's Episcopal Church, Edinburgh

Fri 15 Aug

£5 / 0131 229 7565

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & just Festival.

Just Conversations: Syrian without Syria

All refugee settings have layers of tragedy and no solution is perfect - Syria is the most complex humanitarian situation in recent memory. What can/should we do? Why do nation-states respond with camps? Whose interests are served? What are the long-term solutions? How do the media represent refugees and refugee camps?

St John's Episcopal Church, Edinburgh

Mon 11 Aug

£5 / 0131 229 7565

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & just Festival.

Paul Atterbury Presents Antiques Roadshow: World War One in 100 Family Treasures

Memories of WWI brought to life by Paul Atterbury from Antiques Roadshow.

The Savoy Theatre, Monmouth

Thu 14 Aug

£5 / 01600 772467

  • 18:00 – 21:30

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.

The Anatomy of Murder

Hosted by Antique Beat and A Curious Invitation With the increase in anatomy schools in the eighteenth century, a growing demand for bodies for dissection provided ideal conditions for the infamous body snatching serial killers, Burke and Hare. Join The Museum of London's Jelena Bekvalac and Edinburgh Museum of…

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Aug

The Odditorium

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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BBC: Free Thinking

BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking, BBC Radio 3’s Arts and Ideas programme, in Edinburgh for cutting-edge debate, conversation and interviews about the ideas shaping our lives today. This is a free event ticketed via random draw. To enter the draw, please visit bbc.co.uk/tickets. Follow @BBCEdFest for listings. This is a…

BBC @ Potterrow, Edinburgh

Sun 17 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

BBC: Late Junction

BBC Radio 3’s late night journey across musical time and space, Late Junction, hosts a special show with interviews and live performances by musicians appearing at the Edinburgh Festivals. Expect an eclectic mix of styles encompassing world, folk, alternative, electronic, jazz and more. Please note - This is a free…

BBC @ Potterrow, Edinburgh

Tue 12 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

A Brief History of Time-Lessness

Is the ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM wearing THE EMPEROR'S NEW ROBE? Time v Timelessness, "Does Time exist?", "What is Time?, “Can we Time-Travel?”… are these questions even answerable? Matt Welcome, comedian/science geek shows where Einstein, Hawking, Dr Who and Brian Cox got it wrong and how the universe may be literally TIMELESS.

Capital Bar & Club, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Free, with a collection afterwards

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 12:20 – 13:20

Sun 3 Aug

Free, with a collection afterwards

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 12:20 – 13:20

Mon 4 Aug

Free, with a collection afterwards

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 12:20 – 13:20
…and 20 more dates until 24 Aug

Gaia Weekender

Intimate gathering of like-minded women with special guests Horse McDonald and VG Lee. Price includes three nights bed, breakfast and dinner.

Drumkilbo House, Blairgowrie

Fri 24 Oct

£295 / 01828 640445

  • 17:00

Jack the Ripper: A 21st Century Investigation

Former murder squad detective Trevor Marriott attempts to solve the Ripper case, following a 12-year re-investigation of the evidence.

The Customs House, South Shields

Mon 22 Sep

£12–£14 (Children £12; £12; £12) / 0191 454 1234

  • 19:45
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