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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.

Sun 26 Oct

Free / 0131 317 7314

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

Autumn Flower Arrangements

In this “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” use the stunning shapes and vibrant colours of fallen leaves, the bounty of garden, forest and cycle path and warm glowing autumn flora as inspiration to create wreaths and arrangements to drive away those melancholy fading-of-the-year feelings. On this one-day workshop…

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Sat 25 Oct

Fletcher Building Classroom

£60 Booking required, telephone the education office on 0131 248 2937. (Members £54) / 0131 248 2909

Scottish Ballet: The Nutcracker – Family Insight

Learn about the characters, story and costumes of The Nutcracker, meet one of the dancers and watch the Company take class on stage. Ages 6+. Booking is essential.

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Sat 20 Dec

Over-6s only

£5.50 (£3.50) / 0131 529 6000

Sat 3 Jan 2015

Over-6s only

£5.50 (£3.50) / 0131 529 6000

50 Things To Do Before You're 11¾

Kid-oriented wildlife activities.

National Trust: Croft Castle, Leominster

Sat 25 Oct

Free, plus admission £8.10, child £4, family £19.50 / 01568 780246

Sun 26 Oct

Free, plus admission £8.10, child £4, family £19.50 / 01568 780246

Mon 27 Oct

Free, plus admission £8.10, child £4, family £19.50 / 01568 780246

…and 6 more dates until 2 Nov

National Trust: Erddig, Wrexham

Sat 25 Oct

Free, plus admission £10.30, child £5.15, family £25.75 / 01978 355314/315151

Sun 26 Oct

Free, plus admission £10.30, child £5.15, family £25.75 / 01978 355314/315151

Mon 27 Oct

Free, plus admission £10.30, child £5.15, family £25.75 / 01978 355314/315151

…and 124 more dates until 28 Feb 2015

National Trust: Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury

Sat 25 Oct

Free, plus admission £16.20, child £8.10 / 01296 653226/653211

Sun 26 Oct

Free, plus admission £16.20, child £8.10 / 01296 653226/653211

Wed 29 Oct

Free, plus admission £16.20, child £8.10 / 01296 653226/653211

…and 45 more dates until 31 Dec

Bury St Edmunds Rock Choir

The local Bury St Edmunds choir is run by singer/pianist Daniel Ribbits. Our No.1 Album gave ordinary people the chance to become chart-topping singers, and Rock Choir is continually giving our members bigger and better opportunities to achieve things they never thought they could do - from supporting national charities…

Priory School, Bury St Edmunds

Sat 8 Nov

Main Hall

£25 a month, free taster / 01284 761934

Sat 15 Nov

Main Hall

£25 a month, free taster / 01284 761934

Sat 22 Nov

Main Hall

£25 a month, free taster / 01284 761934

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Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking is a specific fitness technique that enhances everyday walking with the use of poles. This adds two massive benefits to your walking, the use of poles tones the upper body muscles and abdominals as well as the legs and bottom all while burning 20% more calories than ordinary walking. Nordic walking is great…

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Sat 25 Oct

Meet at the East Gate

£55 Booking essential, telephone the education office on 0131 248 2937. (Members £49.50) / 0131 248 2909

Sun 26 Oct

Meet at the East Gate

£55 Booking essential, telephone the education office on 0131 248 2937. (Members £49.50) / 0131 248 2909

Mon 27 Oct

Meet at the East Gate

£55 Booking essential, telephone the education office on 0131 248 2937. (Members £49.50) / 0131 248 2909

…and 180 more dates until 25 Jun 2015

Big Linocuts: Course

Create bold linocuts using simple tools and a large hand-press. Course led by Leeds-based designer and printmaker Miriam Trent. Basic materials are provided.

West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Mirfield

Sat 25 Oct

£125 / 01924 497646

Sun 26 Oct

£125 / 01924 497646

Eastbourne Rock Choir

The Eastbourne Rock Choir is led by choir leader Charlotte Fane. You may know about our unique sellout O2 arena event in 2013 and our secret singing flash mobs around country for Comic Relief (just search 'Great British flash mob' on YouTube!), but at Rock Choir we know it's not just about the unique huge events, it's…

St Elisabeth's Church, Eastbourne

Wed 5 Nov

Church Centre

£25 a month, free taster

Wed 12 Nov

Church Centre

£25 a month, free taster

Wed 19 Nov

Church Centre

£25 a month, free taster

…and 21 more dates until 1 Jul 2015

Knutsford Rock Choir

The local Knutsford choir is run by Cheshire based musician Kathryn Davies. We support a number of local charities, raising money and awareness around Cheshire and as a choir we also join up with other branches of Rock Choir to support national charities such as Comic Relief, Missing People and Refuge with flash mobs…

Brook Street Chapel, Knutsford

Wed 5 Nov

School Room

£25 a month, free taster

Wed 12 Nov

School Room

£25 a month, free taster

Wed 19 Nov

School Room

£25 a month, free taster

…and 21 more dates until 1 Jul 2015

Lantern Making Workshop

Mould and construct a lantern from willow, for Falmouth's Christmas parade in December, during an all day workshop with materials supplied.

Princess Pavilion And Gyllyngdune Gardens, Falmouth

Sun 30 Nov

£5 / 01326 211222

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Spotlites October Half-Term Drama Workshop For 5-12s: Harry Potter: Wizard School

Spotlites Drama Workshop for 5-12s. Quidditch, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Potions and Duelling!

Kings Theatre, Chatham

Fri 31 Oct

£6 / 01634 829468

Tricks And Treats Family Activities : Wanda The Witch's Workshop

Join Wanda as she shares some spooky stories, make your own spells and a herbal witch to take home. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

The Witham, Barnard Castle

Sat 25 Oct

Free / 01833 631107

Upholstery – Beginners

Take an beat-up chair from a tired old frame to spiffy new piece de resistance of your dining room. Create a seat pad, add some fluffy stuff and cover it all with a lovely piece of fabric. Of course it's all more involved than that, but that's why pro crafter Eve Hynd is there to show you the ropes.

Edinburgh Contemporary Crafts Centre

Sat 25 Oct

£210 for ten weeks / 0131 225 5248

Please note: this course runs from 14 Sep–15 Nov 2014, with no session on 11 Oct.

Sat 1 Nov

£210 for ten weeks / 0131 225 5248

Please note: this course runs from 14 Sep–15 Nov 2014, with no session on 11 Oct.

Sat 8 Nov

£210 for ten weeks / 0131 225 5248

Please note: this course runs from 14 Sep–15 Nov 2014, with no session on 11 Oct.

Sat 15 Nov

£210 for ten weeks / 0131 225 5248

Please note: this course runs from 14 Sep–15 Nov 2014, with no session on 11 Oct.

Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth

Thu 30 Oct

£6 / 023 9279 9977

Thu 6 Nov

£6 / 023 9279 9977

Thu 13 Nov

£6 / 023 9279 9977

…and 2 more dates until 27 Nov

Aberdeen Rock Choir

The local Aberdeen choir is run by Aberdeenshire based musician Chris Mutch. Our No.1 Album gave ordinary people the chance to become chart-topping singers, and Rock Choir is continually giving our members bigger and better opportunities to achieve things they never thought they could do - from supporting national…

Bon Accord Golf Club, Aberdeen

Wed 29 Oct

£25 a month, free taster / 01252 714276

Wed 5 Nov

£25 a month, free taster / 01252 714276

Wed 12 Nov

£25 a month, free taster / 01252 714276

…and 22 more dates until 24 Jun 2015 back to top

Dance with Babies

Have fun with your newborn and meet new people at this dancing workshop for parents and babies. Learn the basic steps of salsa, cha-cha, boogie, belly, bachata, classical ballet and swing dance styles. No dance experience is necessary. Bring any baby carrier/sling and a bottle of water.

Bishopbriggs Guide Hall

Sun 26 Oct

£5 (four classes £15)

Mon 27 Oct

£5 (four classes £15)

Tue 28 Oct

£5 (four classes £15)

…and 64 more dates until 31 Dec

Family Hip Hop

Learn hip-hop tricks and dance routines with your little one and both of you can improve your coordination, balance, rhythm and flexibility whilst looking street at the same time. Suitable for ages 18 months–5 years and their guardian.

Calton Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 1 Nov

£49.50 for ten weeks / 0131 661 0880

Please note: This course runs from 25 Aug–1 Nov.

Gorgie War Memorial Hall Community Centre, Edinburgh

Mon 27 Oct

£49.50 for ten weeks

Please note: This course runs 25 Aug–27 Oct.

  • 10:00 – 10:45 Family Hip Hop Gorgie War Memorial Hall Community Centre, Edinburgh

Gentle Exercise: Workshop (Over 60s)

Exercise class for the over 60s.

The Gate, Cardiff

Tue 28 Oct

£2.50 / 029 2048 3344

The Shoreham Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea

Mon 27 Oct

Phone for prices / 01273 454686

Mon 3 Nov

Phone for prices / 01273 454686

Mon 10 Nov

Phone for prices / 01273 454686

…and 2 more dates until 24 Nov

The Waterloo Action Centre, London WC2B

Tue 28 Oct

£4 contribute what you can min £1.50 / 020 7405 4433

Tue 4 Nov

£4 contribute what you can min £1.50 / 020 7405 4433

Tue 11 Nov

£4 contribute what you can min £1.50 / 020 7405 4433

…and 2 more dates until 25 Nov

Intensive Plus: Beginner To Upper Intermediate: Course

Improve practical French language skills and reach a personal target quickly in a lively and challenging French course.

Institut Francais Du Royaume-Uni, London SW7

Mon 27 Oct

£520; £295 adv / 020 7871 3515

Mon 10 Nov

£520; £295 adv / 020 7871 3515

Mon 24 Nov

£520; £295 adv / 020 7871 3515

Mon 8 Dec

£520; £295 adv / 020 7871 3515

Model Rail Scotland

The model rail exhibition fires up its engines for another year of displays, new designs and practical advice.

SECC, Glasgow

Fri 20 Feb 2015

£10 (Children £6; Family £25) / 0141 248 3000

Sat 21 Feb 2015

£10 (Children £6; Family £25) / 0141 248 3000

Sun 22 Feb 2015

£10 (Children £6; Family £25) / 0141 248 3000

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Monkey Drama

Fun and developmental classes for little ones, based on the notion that enjoying drama and the creative arts is good for children's social and emotional well-being. Suitable for ages 2–5.

Broomhill Community Chuch, Glasgow

Fri 31 Oct

£5 per week; block of four £19; block of eight £36

Fri 7 Nov

£5 per week; block of four £19; block of eight £36

Fri 14 Nov

£5 per week; block of four £19; block of eight £36

…and 5 more dates until 19 Dec

North Merchiston Club, Edinburgh

Mon 27 Oct

£6 per session; block of five £27.50; block of ten £50 / 0131 622 1757

Mon 3 Nov

£6 per session; block of five £27.50; block of ten £50 / 0131 622 1757

Mon 10 Nov

£6 per session; block of five £27.50; block of ten £50 / 0131 622 1757

…and 7 more dates until 29 Dec

Norden and Bamford Rock Choir

The Rochdale Rock Choir is led by local musician Phil Reynolds. Rock Choir is unequalled in the opportunities we can offer our members - from performing at top music and arts venues like the O2 Arena and Guilfest to raising money for some of the UK's best-loved charities like Comic Relief,Sign2Sing and Missing People.

Norden Community Primary School, Rochdale

Tue 4 Nov

£25 a month, free taster / 01706 641013

Tue 11 Nov

£25 a month, free taster / 01706 641013

Tue 18 Nov

£25 a month, free taster / 01706 641013

…and 21 more dates until 30 Jun 2015

October Half Term Family Fun

A week of repulsive plants and frightening food. Activities include planting seeds, carving pumpkins, designing spider cupcakes, climbing trees, crafts and storytelling.

RHS Garden Wisley, Woking

Sat 25 Oct

Free included in admission / 0845 260 9000

Sun 26 Oct

Free included in admission / 0845 260 9000

Mon 27 Oct

Free included in admission / 0845 260 9000

…and 6 more dates until 2 Nov

Saturday Art Class

Six-week art class run by a professional artist. Ages 7–11.

Paisley Museum & Art Gallery

Sat 1 Nov

£36 for 6 week session (£30) / 0300 300 1210

Sat 8 Nov

£36 for 6 week session (£30) / 0300 300 1210

Sat 15 Nov

£36 for 6 week session (£30) / 0300 300 1210

…and 2 more dates until 29 Nov

Toy Story Animation Workshop

Learn the basics of stop-motion animation with Strong Island Media and create a story and an animated film.

Basingstoke Discovery Centre

Sat 25 Oct

£6 / 01256 478670

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