Before 5pm, Talks & lectures

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Beacon of Light: The New Edinburgh International Festival and the Arts in Post-war Society

The development of the Edinburgh International Festival and how it promotes discussion.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Doug Allan: In the Company of Giants

Illustrated talk from the award-winning cameraman, who has worked on the shows Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Ocean Giants.

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

Sat 19 Apr

£14–£16 / 01475 723723

  • 07:30

The Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames

Sat 3 May

£16 (£14) / 01491 575698

  • 14:30

Jim Tribble, Medieval Instrumentalist

A chance to explore the world of early music and ask questions.

Rosslyn Chapel, Edinburgh

Sat 19 Apr

This event is free to chapel visitors and pass holders / 0131 440 2159

  • 11:00 – 16:00

God in the Lab: The Science of Religious Belief

Professors Chris French, Jon Lanman and Glen Carrigan discuss fascinating recent research and findings in religious and atheistic belief systems.

Conway Hall, London WC1R

Sat 14 Jun

£10; free entry for Friends of CFI UK (Members £5; Students £5) / 020 7324 3060

  • 11:00 – 15:45

Loch Fyne Food Fair

In operation since 1990, the Loch Fyne Food Fair celebrates the best local produce Scotland has to offer. Alongside Loch Fyne Oysters own seafood stands, the event features live music throughout both days, a craft tent and a dedicated children’s area hosting a whole range of exciting activities. For 2014, the fest has…

Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, Cairndow

Sat 17 May

Free (parking £3) / 01499 600482

  • 11:00 – 18:00

Sun 18 May

Free (parking £3) / 01499 600482

  • 11:00 – 18:00
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BBC Good Food Show Spring

A large-scale food festival including a host of foodie faces, a 'Bakes & Cakes Village', local producers and more.

Harrogate International Centre

Fri 25 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 020 3405 4288

  • 10:00 – 17:30

Sat 26 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 020 3405 4288

  • 10:00 – 17:30

Sun 27 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 020 3405 4288

  • 10:00 – 17:30

CFI UK: The Surveillance Society

A discussion on the hot topic of surveillance from the British Humanist Association, with talks from Caspar Bowden, Tom Sorrell, and Judith Rauhofer.

Conway Hall, London WC1R

Sat 3 May

£10 (Students £5; Friends of CFI UK free) / 020 7242 8032

Conversation about The James Plays

The creative team behind National Theatre of Scotland's The James Plays discuss their ambitious new project with Jackie McGlone.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Mon 18 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Insomnia Gaming Festival

A huge weekend of exhibitors, activities, socialising and, of course, gaming, with something for everyone, from families to avid gamers. Plus, live music, Q&As and more.

Ricoh Arena, Coventry

Fri 18 Apr

day access £14–£47; weekend access £30–£35; 24 hour access £35–£40 / 0845 868 1337

  • 10:30

Planetarium Shows

Take a tour of the night sky in the planetarium. Learn about constellations, asteroids and galaxies and more. Booking is essential.

Mills Observatory, Dundee

Mon 12 May

£1 (Children £0.50) / 01382 435967

  • 14:00

Mon 9 Jun

£1 (Children £0.50) / 01382 435967

  • 14:00

Wed 17 Sep

£1 (Children £0.50) / 01382 435967

  • 14:00
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What Happens If Scotland Votes No?

Academics, politicians and representatives speculate about the impending independence referendum.

Trades Hall of Glasgow

Sat 26 Apr

Free (ticketed) / 0141 552 2418

An Fhèis Mhòr: Scotland's Festival Of Paddlesport

Celebrate the diversity of paddlesport (that's canoeing and kayaking, mostly) at this watery festival featuring the Canoe Polo tournament and Pool Slalom competitions. There's also the thrilling Tay Descent race to watch as its competitors journey down the rapids to Perth, and the National Indoor Kayak Championships…

Various venues, Perth

Sat 25 Oct

Free / 0131 317 7314

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Sun 26 Oct

Free / 0131 317 7314

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Appletree Writing Courses

Learn from those who have done it before and explore and develop the way from mind to page.

The Whole Works, Edinburgh

Sun 27 Apr

£40

'The Secret Language of Place and Travel' with Sheree Mack.

Sun 18 May

£40

'Into The Unknown … ' with Pete Lancaster, about exploring our world through words and imagination.

Sun 22 Jun

£40

'Rough Greeting' by Alice Mitchell about finding your way to stories (and poems) and exploring ways to tell them.

Edinburgh Tarot Group

Join up with other folks interested in the mystical art of tarot at this monthly group, and share tips and tricks while you practice doing readings for other members.

Sofi's, Edinburgh

Sun 27 Apr

Free / 0131 555 7019

  • 14:00 – 17:00

Sun 25 May

Free / 0131 555 7019

  • 14:00 – 17:00

Sun 29 Jun

Free / 0131 555 7019

  • 14:00 – 17:00
…and 4 more dates until 30 Nov

Free Tour of London

Journey through British History on this 2.5 hour walking tour. Meet at the Churchill Statue – and look for the guide in an orange shirt.

Parliament Square, London SW1P

Thu 17 Apr

Free

  • 11:00

Fri 18 Apr

Free

  • 11:00

Sat 19 Apr

Free

  • 11:00
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German Conversation with Yakety Yak Language Cafe

Improve your German conversation in a small group with an experienced tutor.

The Royal Dick Bar & Bistro, Edinburgh

Thu 17 Apr

£8 per session; £28–£35 for six-session card / 07826 555134

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Thu 24 Apr

£8 per session; £28–£35 for six-session card / 07826 555134

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Thu 1 May

£8 per session; £28–£35 for six-session card / 07826 555134

  • 14:00 – 15:00
…and 13 more dates until 31 Jul

Go Uchida

Japanese view on the people, life and scenery of Scotland.

Hannah Zakari, Edinburgh

Fri 18 Apr

Free / 0131 226 5433

  • 11:00 – 17:30

Sat 19 Apr

Free / 0131 226 5433

  • 11:00 – 17:30

Tue 22 Apr

Free / 0131 226 5433

  • 11:00 – 17:30
…and 2 more dates until 24 Apr

Laponia: Nature and Natives

An exploration of conflicts between traditional reindeer-herders and conservationists in the Laponia region of northern Sweden, one of the best preserved wilderness areas on the continent. With anthropologist Prof Tim Ingold.

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Thu 17 Apr

£6 (£4) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Man at Arms Tour

Hear the story of King Robert the Bruce's heart's final resting place and other bloodthirsty tales from the costumed Men at Arms.

Melrose Abbey

Sun 20 Apr

Included in admission / 01896 822562

  • 14:30 – 15:30

Portrait Gallery Architecture Tours

Monthly tours of Sir Robert Rowand Anderson's splendid building. Meet in the Great Hall. Places are limited. Booking is essential.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Sat 19 Apr

Free / 0131 624 6560

  • 14:00 – 14:45
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The Scotch Whisky Training School

An intensive one-day course in the tasting, blending, serving and history of scotch whisky, with a 'Certificate of Expertise' at the end.

Scotch Whisky Experience, Edinburgh

Fri 23 May

£175 (includes tea break and two-course lunch) / 0131 220 0441

  • 09:00 – 17:00

Tue 3 Jun

£175 (includes tea break and two-course lunch) / 0131 220 0441

  • 09:00 – 17:00

Scotland in the Soft Power Era

Discussion featuring Professor Chris Breward, Vice Principal Creative Industries and Performing Arts, Professor Antonella Sorace, Professor of Developmental Linguistics and Professor John Holden, cultural relations expert.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Thu 28 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

The Road to 11 November

Discussion chaired by Professor Donald Bloxham on the 1918 ceasefire.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Thu 14 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front

Discussion on the battles on the Italian North East Front.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Tue 19 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

A Century on the Edge: From Cold War to Hot World, 1945–2045

A talk by Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies, University of Bradford about the lessons of war. Chaired by Dr Andrea Birdsall.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Wed 27 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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