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Meet David Walliams

We are incredibly excited that David Walliams is coming to sign copies of his hilarious new book The World’s Worst Teachers. David will also be joined by the legendary Tony Ross, whose stunning line illustrations help bring the characters and atmosphere to life in The World’s Worst Teachers. Tickets: £9 (booking…

Waterstones, London W1J

Sun 7 Jul

£9 includes entry and book

Under The Wig:'miscarriages Of Justice I Have Known'

Lecture by William Clegg QC (Author)

Dedham Assembly Rooms, Colchester

Sun 24 Nov

£12 / 01206 323921

Homeless By Bryan Adams Book Signing

Join us at 12.30pm on Wednesday 26th June, when Bryan Adams will be signing copies of his photography collection, Homeless. Six years ago Bryan Adams was approached by Trudie Styler to photo- graph a portrait story of homeless street vendors for The Big Issue magazine. That story inspired a more in-depth photographic…

Hatchards Piccadilly, London W1J

Wed 26 Jun

Free / 020 7439 9921

Late Lunch with Biggins

Cahoots Theatre Company National treasure Christopher Biggins requests the pleasure of you company at his late lunch chat show. Join him as he chats with friends old and new along with a few discreet (and perhaps a few indiscreet!) tales from his life and career in what promises to be an hour full of laughs, bonhomie…

Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Wed 31 Jul

AceDome

£9 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 1 Aug

AceDome

£9 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 2 Aug

AceDome

£9 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 25 Aug

Aliens Love Underpants

  • Directed by: Adam Bampton-Smith
  • Written by: Claire Freedman

A close encounter of the 'pantastic' kind.

The Corn Exchange, Newbury

Fri 2 Aug

£14 / 0845 5218 218

Sat 3 Aug

£14 / 0845 5218 218

Sun 4 Aug

£14 / 0845 5218 218

Hertford Theatre

Fri 26 Jul

£14 / 01992 531500

Sat 27 Jul

£14 / 01992 531500

Palace Theatre, Newark

Mon 29 Jul

£14 / 01636 655755

Tue 30 Jul

£14 / 01636 655755

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Arbury Community Centre, Cambridge

Sun 29 Sep

Free / 01223 712038

  • 14:00 – 17:00
  • 14:00 – 17:00

Sun 1 Dec

Free / 01223 712038

  • 14:00 – 17:00
  • 15:00 – 18:00

East Oxford Community Centre

Sun 15 Dec

Free / 01865 792168

  • 12:00 – 15:00
  • 13:00 – 16:00

Westcroft Meeting Place, Milton Keynes

Sun 15 Sep

Free / 01908 377251

  • 12:00 – 15:00

Sun 24 Nov

Free / 01908 377251

  • 12:00 – 15:00

Book Club - Now We Shall Be Entirely Free

Join our friendly book group on Wednesday 3rd July from 5pm-6pm to discuss the delightful Now We Shall Be Entirely Free by Andrew Miller. 'Now We Shall Be Entirely Free, a high grade cat-and-mouse manhunt that covers the length of Britain during the Napoleonic Wars - a sort of The 39 Steps with added malice - is…

Waterstones, Wakefield

Wed 3 Jul

Free / 01924 387613

David Walliams - 'the World's Worst Teachers'

Join us for some activities on the day that David Walliams' new book, 'The World's Worst Teachers' is released! Activities will be running from 3:30-5:30, including a wordsearch, crossword and a treasure hunt! Reserve your copy in store now and get it for half price on the 27th June! Contact us on 01462 422329

Waterstones, Hitchin

Thu 27 Jun

Free / 01462 422329

Freeing the Edinburgh Fringe: Book Reading

Peter Buckley Hill / PBH's Free Fringe PBH reads from his book, the story of the Free Fringe from 1996 to now: how we became the Fringe’s biggest show provider and the many catastrophes and odd triumphs along the way. A fascinating story, especially if you're interested in the Fringe itself. Did PBH's invention of the…

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Sat 3 Aug

Banquet Hall

Free / 0131 558 8209

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 4 Aug

Banquet Hall

Free / 0131 558 8209

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Mon 5 Aug

Banquet Hall

Free / 0131 558 8209

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

…and 17 more dates until 25 Aug

In Conversation with… Janey Godley

Fair Pley Multi award-winning, take-no-prisoners, passionate, lyrical, totally honest Scottish comedienne, TV and radio regular, playwright, blogger, bestselling author, columnist and, er, Trump nemesis talks to Graham Spiers about her Glasgow upbringing and her fierce and rare talent. Her 2006 autobiography Handstands…

New Town Theatre, Edinburgh

Thu 8 Aug

Grand Hall

£12.50 / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Real Life Parenting: The Good, The Bad And The Funny

With Matt Coyne (Man vs Baby), Kathryn Wallace (I Know, I Need To Stop Talking) and more.You have a baby, maybe you have two. Why not, itll all be ok. Thats what social media tell us. Itll all be fineSo who is this person who now has baby sick on their t-shirt even when its clean on? Who always forgets something as they…

Birmingham Town Hall

Sat 12 Oct

£8–£35 / 0121 345 0600

Speaking Out: A Conversation with John Bercow

John Bercow / The Stand Comedy Club Speaking Out: A Conversation with John Bercow. After a decade in his post, John Bercow sets out his views on his role in Parliament and what he has witnessed in a turbulent decade in British political life (not least Brexit). All seating is unreserved and latecomers may not be…

New Town Theatre, Edinburgh

Tue 13 Aug

Grand Hall

£16 / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 14 Aug

Grand Hall

£16 / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

An Afternoon with Margaret Atwood

" " On Tuesday September 10, the wait will be over… THE TESTAMENTS, Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to THE HANDMAID’S TALE, will be revealed. The momentous literary event will be celebrated as Fane Productions present an evening with the Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic and inventor.   Following the…

The Lowry, Salford

Sun 27 Oct

Lyric Theatre

£18.50–£36 / 08432 086000

Beatrix Potter day

Once again we celebrate the Tales of Beatrix Potter and her involvement with Melford Hall. Enjoy listening to the stories read by one of our story tellers in the Banqueting House. Follow the garden trail by solving the clues. Make and take home some character crafts as well as drawing. A good day for the whole family to…

National Trust: Melford Hall, Sudbury

Wed 31 Jul

Free Admission applies / 01787 379228

Beatrix Potter - The Melford Hall Connection

Beatrix Potter would regularly take extended holidays at Melford Hall between 1899 and 1916 and her name and doodles can be found in a number of visitor books in the house. Beatrix would always carry a camera or sketchbook with her, and would sketch, paint or photograph. This exhibition will show some of these sketches…

National Trust: Melford Hall, Sudbury

Wed 26 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01787 379228

Thu 27 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01787 379228

Fri 28 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01787 379228

…and 15 more dates until 19 Jul

Book Signing With International Netball Player Geva Mentor

We are delighted to welcome Geva Mentor to our Liverpool store. She will be signing her autobiography, 'Leap: Making The Jump To Take Netball To The Top Of The World'. The event is free and all are welcome! Geva Mentor is the best netballer in the world. In her honest, open and inspiring autobiography,* Leap*, she…

Waterstones, Liverpool

Tue 16 Jul

Free / 0151 709 9820

Build a Football Club, IRL!

Fair Pley / The Stand Comedy Club Have you taken your team to the Champions League Final in Football Manager? Is this all it takes to go pro? Mason Robbins (University of Edinburgh – FC Barcelona partnership) reckons it might be. You’ll get to make all the decisions involved with building a €1 billion football club.

New Town Theatre, Edinburgh

Tue 13 Aug

Studio

£9 (£7) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Butcher, the Brewer, the Baker… and the Commentator

Merryn Somerset Webb Confused about money? Concerned about the economy? Join editor-in-chief of MoneyWeek and FT columnist Merryn Somerset Webb and/or financial writer and comedian Dominic Frisby as they interview, talk over and argue with a well-known group of economics, politics and finance gurus (with a few…

Panmure House, EH8 8BL

Sat 3 Aug

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 4 Aug

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 7 Aug

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 15 more dates until 25 Aug

Cecilia's Story: A Life in Letters

Uncover the story of Sizergh’s 18th century lady of the house, Cecilia Strickland, as her experiences of love, loss and hope are brought to life inspired by her surviving letters.

National Trust: Sizergh Castle, Kendal

Tue 25 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01539 560951

Wed 26 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01539 560951

Thu 27 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01539 560951

…and 15 more dates until 14 Jul

Explore Learning

Join us this summer holidays for an Explore Learning workshop! Explore Learning are a great company that champion education for children and hold workshops throughout the country to help encourage, improve and build confidence in children and their education. From English to Maths, they really do cover it all! And we…

Waterstones, London BR5

Mon 12 Aug

Harry Potter Book Club

HA****RRY POTTER BOOK CLUB All ages welcome! *EVERY SECOND WEDNESDAY * *OF THE MONTH * 4:30 – 5:30PM 2019 DATES: JANUARY: WEDNESDAY 9TH FEBRUARY: WEDNESDAY 13TH MARCH: WEDNESDAY 13TH APRIL: WEDNESDAY 10TH MAY: WEDNESDAY 8TH JUNE: WEDNESDAY 12TH JULY: WEDNESDAY 10TH AUGUST…

Waterstones Finchley Road O2 Centre, London NW3

Tue 25 Jun

Free / 020 7433 3299

Wed 26 Jun

Free / 020 7433 3299

Thu 27 Jun

Free / 020 7433 3299

…and 167 more dates until 11 Dec

Harry Potter's Birthday

Join us to celebrate Harry's Birthday. More details will be revealed nearer the time. Highlights include: activity sheets for young wizards from 14:00 and a quiz from 18:00.

Waterstones, Harrogate

Wed 31 Jul

Free / 01423 531953

Hull Book Club

Come join us for coffee, books and discussion every second Wednesday of the month. This month, members are choosing between Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks and A Long Night in Paris by Dov Alfon. All are welcome and we truly look forward to seeing you!

Waterstones, Hull

Wed 10 Jul

Free / 01482 580234

Iain Dale: All Talk

James Seabright in association with Northbank Speakers Award-winning LBC radio presenter, CNN political commentator and For the Many podcast host brings his acclaimed, incisive insight on current affairs to the Fringe for the first time. Iain interviews a different high-profile guest each day, including Heidi Allen…

Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh

Wed 31 Jul

Wine Bar

£7 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 1 Aug

Wine Bar

£7 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 2 Aug

Wine Bar

£7 / 0131 622 6552

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 9 more dates until 11 Aug

Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin is the multi-million copy worldwide bestseller of over thirty novels and creator of John Rebus. His books have been translated into thirty-six languages and have been adapted for radio, the stage and the screen. Here Ian talks about his new Rebus thriller, the widely praised 'In A House of Lies'. *'This is a…

Simpson & Marwick Spiegeltent, North Berwick

Sat 10 Aug

£10

Part of Fringe by the Sea.