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Game Masters

Massive touring exhibition celebrating the varied history of computer gaming. With more than 125 playable games to work your way through, get stuck into arcade games, physical games (think Dance Battle et al), consoles, PCs and many more. On top of this, there's also displays of concept art, interactive displays and…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Tue 23 Dec

Exhibition Gallery 1

£10 (£8; Children £6.30; under 5s free; Family £23–£28; Students £5 on Tue) / 0300 123 6789

Wed 24 Dec

Exhibition Gallery 1

£10 (£8; Children £6.30; under 5s free; Family £23–£28; Students £5 on Tue) / 0300 123 6789

Fri 26 Dec

£10 (£8; Children £6.30; under 5s free; Family £23–£28; Students £5 on Tue) / 0300 123 6789

…and 115 more dates until 20 Apr 2015

Winter Astronomy Evenings

Find out about the history of the Royal Observatory Edinburgh and discover more about the night sky. Booking is essential.

Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

Fri 9 Jan 2015

£4 (£3; Children £3) / 0131 6688404

Fri 16 Jan 2015

£4 (£3; Children £3) / 0131 6688404

Fri 23 Jan 2015

£4 (£3; Children £3) / 0131 6688404

…and 13 more dates until 24 Apr 2015

Enlightened! A Walking Tour of Edinburgh's New Town in the Age of Reason

Explore the New Town with Enlightened! walking tours and learn about how clever Edinburgh's people of yore were. Booking is essential.

Dundas House, Edinburgh

Tue 23 Dec

£10 (groups of five or more £8 per person) / 07459 109460

Meet outside.

Tue 30 Dec

£10 (groups of five or more £8 per person) / 07459 109460

Meet outside.

Tue 6 Jan 2015

£10 (groups of five or more £8 per person) / 07459 109460

Meet outside.

…and 16 more dates until 28 Apr 2015

Gordon Buchanan: Lost Adventures

Gordon's tales of his adventures, expedition and wildlife experiences.

Gala, Durham

Mon 2 Mar 2015

£17.50 (£13.50; £13) / 0191 332 4041

Pleasance Theatre, London N7

Tue 17 Mar 2015

£10 / 020 7609 1800

An Evening with Julian Lloyd Webber

Julian Lloyd Webber talks about his distinguished musical career, with musical support from Jiaxin Lloyd Webber (cello) and Pam Chowhan (piano).

Alban Arena, St Albans

Sun 24 May 2015

Prices to be confirmed / 01727 844488

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

Tue 5 May 2015

Prices to be confirmed / 01284 758000

The Beehive, Honiton

Sat 9 May 2015

Prices to be confirmed / 01404 384 050

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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

Sun 28 Dec

Free / 01620 850330

Arduino Tour

An 18-hour Arduino workshop, which is suitable for beginners. The session begins with a talk by Massimo Banzi.

Somerset House, London WC2R

Fri 16 Jan 2015

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7845 4600

Sat 17 Jan 2015

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7845 4600

Sun 18 Jan 2015

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7845 4600

Elite Business Conference and Exhibition

Two-day conference with speakers, seminars and networking opportunities for those looking to grow their business or start one up.

The Old Truman Brewery, London E1

Wed 18 Mar 2015

Free / 020 8214 1066

Thu 19 Mar 2015

Free / 020 8214 1066

Rosslyn Chapel: The History of a Mystery

Delve into Rosslyn Chapel's rich past with local historian and author Ian Robertson, as this three lecture series explores the family, facts and fiction behind the famously mysterious building.

Rosslyn Chapel, Edinburgh

Wed 4 Mar 2015

£18 (£3; Students £9) / 0131 440 2159

Wed 11 Mar 2015

£18 (£3; Students £9) / 0131 440 2159

Wed 18 Mar 2015

£18 (£3; Students £9) / 0131 440 2159

2015 Heriot-Watt Chaplaincy Annual Public Lecture

Professor Alister McGrath gives a talk on 'God, Science and Faith: Richard Dawkins versus CS Lewis on the Meaning of Life'; given that Prof McGrath is the author of The Dawkins Delusion, no prizes for guessing whose side he's going to come down on. Booking is essential.

Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Mon 9 Feb 2015

Free / 0131 449 5111

Attendees must arrive before 6.15pm.

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An Evening With Ann Widdecombe

Former Tory politician and sometime ballroom dancer Ann Widdecombe talks about herself.

The Atkinson, Southport

Sat 28 Feb 2015

£16 / 01704 533333

Short course: King Lear at the National Theatre

A three-week course exploring different approaches to Shakespeare's tragedy. Booking is essential.

National Theatre: Dorfman, London SE1

Mon 19 Jan 2015

Clore Learning Centre

Free / 0207 452 3000

Please note: This course runs Mon 19 Jan–Mon 2 Feb 2015.

Mon 26 Jan 2015

Clore Learning Centre

Free / 0207 452 3000

Please note: This course runs Mon 19 Jan–Mon 2 Feb 2015.

Mon 2 Feb 2015

Clore Learning Centre

Free / 0207 452 3000

Please note: This course runs Mon 19 Jan–Mon 2 Feb 2015.

Winter Talks

A series of talks on a variety of astronomy and technology topics

Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

Mon 12 Jan 2015

£3 (£1.50) / 0131 6688263

Mon 19 Jan 2015

£3 (£1.50) / 0131 6688263

Mon 26 Jan 2015

£3 (£1.50) / 0131 6688263

…and 9 more dates until 30 Mar 2015

The Anatomy of a Building: Denys Lasdun and the Royal College of Physicians

An examination of the Royal College of Physicians building, one of the most striking and imaginative works of post-WW II architecture.

Royal College of Physicians Museum, London NW1

Tue 23 Dec

Free / 020 3075 1649

Wed 24 Dec

Free / 020 3075 1649

Thu 25 Dec

Free / 020 3075 1649

…and 36 more dates until 13 Feb 2015

The Astrology of Love and Relationships

This talk is aimed at offering a better understanding of relationships and matters of the heart. If you're attending, it's advisable to either know or have your birth chart, as there's astrology involved. The answer could be written in the stars, y'know.

New Acropolis, London N1

Wed 21 Jan 2015

£5 (£3) / 020 7359 0059

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Bach as Artist or Preacher?

Talk from John Butt, director of the Dunedin Consort and a world-renowned Bach scholar, on the roles of emotion and meaning in Bach's church cantatas, followed by a performance of the two cantatas under discussion, BWV 21 Ich hätte viel Bekümmernis and BWV 150 Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich by the Mayfield Singers and…

Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church, Edinburgh

Thu 1 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 667 1522

Performance by Mayfield Singers and Players. Part of Festival of Sacred Music.

Sat 31 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 667 1522

Part of Festival of Sacred Music.

Glasgow Comic Con

Indulge your love of all things graphic at this fiesta of films, comics and fandoms. There's also book dealers, toy sellers, indie comic publishers and comic creators – everything your comic-loving heart desires. Special guests tbc.

The Art School, Glasgow

Sat 4 Jul 2015

£8–£20 (tbc) / 0141 352 4900

CCA, Glasgow

Sat 4 Jul 2015

£8–£20 (tbc) / 0141 352 4900

Illustrated Menagerie

Student illustrations of the animal kingdom.

University Of Portsmouth

Mon 2 Feb 2015

Free / 023 9284 8484

Tue 3 Feb 2015

Free / 023 9284 8484

Wed 4 Feb 2015

Free / 023 9284 8484

…and 17 more dates until 27 Feb 2015

Maum Meditation Special Seminar

Introductory seminar on Maum meditation. Learn about the human mind, how to expand it, and how to rid it from burden and stress.

London Meditation Center, SW19

Tue 23 Dec

Free / 020 8715 1601

Tue 30 Dec

Free / 020 8715 1601

Tue 6 Jan 2015

Free / 020 8715 1601

…and 103 more dates until 27 Dec 2016

18th Century Drawing Collections and Charles Rogers FRS FSA (1711 to 1784)

Michael Liversidge, Emeritus Dean at the Faculty of Arts of Bristol University, explores the legacy of Charles Rogers, a major collector and contributor to the Cottonian Collection at the Museum.

Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth

Wed 18 Mar 2015

£6.60 (£4.50) / 01752 585050

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5X15 Presents A Premium Evening With Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog, whose prolific film career boasts the like of Grizzly Man, Woyzeck, Fitzcarraldo and Cave of Forgotten Dreams is joined by director of the New York Public Library's LIVE series, Paul Holdengraber to talk about his extraordinary career.

Westminster Central Hall, London SW1H

Fri 16 Jan 2015

£35

A Look at Contemporary South African Photography

Anne Lyden talks about contemporary South African photography.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 17 Feb 2015

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

A Singing Practice by Gerard ter Borch

Ola Wojykiewicz discusses Gerard ter Borch's painting.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 16 Jan 2015

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

Abertay Historical Society Talk: Natasha Ferguson

Settle in for an evening lecture on the archaeological footprint of the volunteer movement between 1793 and 1815, presented by Natasha Ferguson.

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed 13 May 2015

Prices to be confirmed / 01382 223181

The Adventure Travel Show

A show dedicated to the world of adventure and off-the-beaten-track travel, packed with inspiration and travel advice. Booking is essential.

Olympia, London W14

Sat 17 Jan 2015

£8–£10 one day entry (Weekend £12–£15; Under 16 free) / 02073 851200

Sun 18 Jan 2015

£8–£10 one day entry (Weekend £12–£15; Under 16 free) / 02073 851200

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