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Fear and Loathing

Hosted by Canongate Why do we marvel in the macabre and delight in the deathly? Why do our eyes deceive us and see things which aren’t really there? And why do our brains make up stories which expose our deepest fears? Renowned screenwriter Jeremy Dyson and psychologist and author Richard Wiseman examine the dark and…

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Thu 7 Aug

The Odditorium

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

First World War Day

Drop in and get up close and personal with a rare survivor from the First World War; a 'J' type Thornycroft lorry. Thornycroft had manufactured about 5000 'J' types by the end of the war and this surviving example from Hampshire County Council Arts and Museums Service was delivered to the War Office on 28 March 1916.

Winchester Discovery Centre

Thu 14 Aug

Free / 01962 873603

  • 10:00 – 16:00

First World War: Re-thinking the Centenary

Discussion looking at the First World War for what it was. chaired by Professor Donald Bloxham, University of Edinburgh.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Sat 9 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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 Drift Record Shop, Totnes

Tue 29 Jul

Free / 01803 866828

  • 19:30

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

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Fort William Mountain Festival

A series of films and lectures celebrating the great outdoors and mountain culture, held in Scotland's outdoor capital, and spread over five nights.

Various Venues, Fort William

Wed 18 Feb 2015

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Thu 19 Feb 2015

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Fri 20 Feb 2015

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Four Beers and a Burger: Meet the Brewer

Knops Beer Company Ltd This year, as well as our lovely bubbly, the Pommery Bar is stocked with brilliant artisan beers from local lads Knops Brewery. We know you’ll love their awesome ales as much as we do. And we’re offering a chance not just to sample the beers, but also to meet the brewer and hear the tales behind…

Signet Library, Edinburgh

Mon 4 Aug

The Upper Library

£25 / 0131 225 0651

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 11 Aug

The Upper Library

£25 / 0131 225 0651

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 18 Aug

The Upper Library

£25 / 0131 225 0651

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Four Way Street

Exhibition featuring the work of four emerging artists with diverse practices. Louis Benoit, Kim Bond, Lauren Iredale and Harriet Lawton.

The Artworks, Halifax

Thu 31 Jul

Free / 01422 346900

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Fri 1 Aug

Free / 01422 346900

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Sat 2 Aug

Free / 01422 346900

  • 11:00 – 16:00
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Fragments and Living Monuments: Spotlight on Mary Wollstonecraft (1759–1797)

Learn more about the life and work of Mary Wollstonecraft at this informal research talk. Dr Anna Birch, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Dr Susan Manly, University of Saint Andrews, present. Booking is essential.

Glasgow Women's Library

Fri 8 Aug

Free / 0141 550 2267

Franchise Opportunities Live

Meet with franchisors – including Caremark, Driver Hire, Guinot, La Pataterie, Minuteman Press, McDonald’s, Nature’s Purest, Revive!, Servicemaster and the Zip Yard – and decide which business is right for you.

Victoria Park Plaza Hotel, London SW1V

Fri 5 Sep

Free / 020 8394 5218

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sat 6 Sep

Free / 020 8394 5218

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Frank Williams: More Tea Vicar?

Frank Williams, one of the only remaining cast members of the classic series Dad's Army, reveals some of the secrets behind one of the most popular TV successes of all time

The Exchange, Sturminster Newton

Sat 9 Aug

£12.50 inc refreshments / 01258 475137

  • 16:00

Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham

Fri 19 Sep

£12 (£10) / 01476 406158

  • 19:30

Haverhill Arts Centre

Sat 6 Sep

£10–£12 / 01440 714140

  • 15:00

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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

Mon 28 Jul

Free

  • 11:00

Tue 29 Jul

Free

  • 11:00

Wed 30 Jul

Free

  • 11:00
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French Conversation with Yakety Yak Language Cafe

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

Bia Bistrot, Edinburgh

Tue 29 Jul

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

  • 18:15 – 19:15

Friends of RBGE Benmore AGM Followed by Talk from Simon Milne

Regius Keeper Simon Milne MBE will speak to members after the AGM.

Benmore Botanic Garden, Argyll

Thu 16 Apr 2015

Courtyard Gallery

Free / 01369 706261

  • 14:00 – 15:30

The Friends of the Lincoln Tank: Great War Centenary Symposium

Two talks on the Great War: Dr Tony Pollard with ‘The Great War on the Western Front: An Archaeological Perspective’ and Richard Van Emden ‘Boy Soldiers of the Great War: The Story of how 250,000 Boys Ended up in the British Army in the Great War’.

Lincoln Drill Hall

Sat 20 Sep

£12.50 / 01522 873894

  • 10:00 – 16:00

The Fringe Fair

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society An opportunity to meet key organisations such as funders, arts councils, training providers and agencies. Taking the format of a career fair, you can browse from table to table gathering the knowledge and advice you need.

Fringe Central, Edinburgh

Mon 18 Aug

Concourse

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Fringe Festivals Around the World

World Festival Network A once-a-year chance to meet and hear from national and international Fringe Festival Producers. Join the discussion and get the insights, hear why they're important and how they differ. Ask a question on how you could take part and tour to more destinations. Past Fringes include San Diego…

Fringe Central, Edinburgh

Fri 15 Aug

Lecture Theatre 2

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

From Here: Working with Place and Young People

Young 'uns from Craigmillar and Niddrie discuss their curatorial project, From Here, six months in the making, with guests who work in the art and participation sector. Followed by a walk along Edinburgh's innocent railway.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

Free / 0131 560 1581

From Red Clydeside to Radical Scotland

A look at anti-war activity in Scotland.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Mon 18 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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

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
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Gallipoli: The End of the Myth

A look at what is considered one of the greatest Ottoman victories during the First World War.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Wed 13 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Garden Talk: Food Miles and Country

Guest speaker Joe Murray, Learning Officer from NTS Pollok House, talks about sustainable living, past and present and how we can get back to our consumer ‘roots’.

Pollok Visitor Centre, Glasgow

Sun 31 Aug

Free / 0141 276 0924

Meeting at Pollok Country Park Visitor Centre.

  • 13:00 – 15:00

Garden Talk: Perfect Lawns

Pollok Gardener Susan Boyd shares her tips for the perfect lawn. Booking is essential.

Pollok Visitor Centre, Glasgow

Sun 14 Sep

Free / 0141 276 0924

  • 13:00 – 15:00

Gavin Esler

Business School @ The Fringe: The Media Series Gavin Esler is an award-winning BBC broadcaster, journalist and author, and Chancellor of the University of Kent. Chris Carter talks to him about the implications of the public's loss of trust in many key institutions. Age category: 12+

University of Edinburgh Business School

Sun 17 Aug

Business School Auditorium

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Gavin Francis: Empire Antarctica – Ice, Silence and Emperor Penguins

Although he went to Antarctica as an on-base medical doctor, Gavin Francis ended up spending a lot of time with emperor penguins during his fourteen months on the most icy and isolated of continents. Hear him talk about his life-changing experience among the birds.

Eden Court Theatre and Cinema, Inverness

Wed 20 Aug

£7 (£6) / 01463 234234

Interviewed by outdoor writer John Davidson. Part of Inverness Book Festival.

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