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Back to Hogwarts Day

Harry Potter themed activity day.

Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh

Sun 1 Sep

£6 / 0131 228 1155

Back To School Storyime!

It's back to school time! After a Summer of fun it's time to get your thinking caps back on. Come along for a fun back to school storytime, followed by activities! This event is free and everyone is welcome.

Waterstones, Dunfermline

Sat 17 Aug

Baking with Kim-Joy

Kim-Joy made it to the 2018 Bake Off final with her unique, intricate baked creations: iced woodland creatures, space turtles and beautifully decorated cakes. Along with her calmness and vibrant positivity she put a smile on everyone’s face and she has since earned a legion of baking fans around the world. This evening…

Topping & Company Booksellers, Bath

Fri 27 Sep

01225 428111

Barber Talk - Taking Pride In Men’S Mental Health

We're proud to welcome Tom Chapman to Exeter for the launch of his inspirational book** *Barber Talk,*** which seeks to change the culture around men's mental health. Meet the author, pick up a glass of wine and get ready for a fascinating talk that's both timely and important. If you are interested in coming along, we…

Waterstones High Street, Exeter

Fri 28 Jun

£3 / 01392 218392

Barrack-Room Ballads in the garden

Set among the beautiful Sussex countryside, Bateman's provided Rudyard Kipling with great inspiration for some of his most famous works. This summer we invite you to join Zac Thraves as he reads some of the verses from Kipling's collection of stories about life in the British Army. Enjoy the delightful surroundings that…

National Trust: Bateman's, Etchingham

Wed 17 Jul

Free Admission applies / 01435 882 302

Batsford: 175 Years of a Bloomsbury Publisher

Exhibition on the history of Batsford, the publisher of specialist-non fiction books.

Holborn Library, London WC1X

Tue 25 Jun

020 7974 6345

Thu 27 Jun

Free / 020 7974 6345

Fri 28 Jun

Free / 020 7974 6345

Battling Boffins Smackdown!

Fair Pley / The Stand Comedy Club Controversy and healthy, informed conflict as scientist Kate Cross and humanities scholar Anindya Raychaudhuri commence an academic smackdown in a battle to answer your questions about anything and everything. Who has the right answers: science or humanities? You decide! What can the…

New Town Theatre, Edinburgh

Sat 3 Aug

Studio

£9 (£7) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Beano Time Travellers Activity Trail

Explore the grounds of Mottisfont Abbey with the Bash Street Kids, Dennis, Gnasher and Minnie the Minx on this interactive trail.

National Trust: Mottisfont Abbey, Garden, House & Estate, Romsey

Sat 20 Jul

£16.50–£19.25 (Members free; Children £8.25–£9.65; Family £41.25–£48.15) / 01794 340 757

Sun 21 Jul

£16.50–£19.25 (Members free; Children £8.25–£9.65; Family £41.25–£48.15) / 01794 340 757

Mon 22 Jul

£16.50–£19.25 (Members free; Children £8.25–£9.65; Family £41.25–£48.15) / 01794 340 757

…and 48 more dates until 8 Sep

Beano Time Travellers Exhibition

Exhibition dedicated to the longest running children's comic in Britain, featuring original artwork that has never been displayed in public before.

National Trust: Mottisfont Abbey, Garden, House & Estate, Romsey

Sat 20 Jul

Free Admission applies / 01794 340 757

Sun 21 Jul

Free Admission applies / 01794 340 757

Mon 22 Jul

Free Admission applies / 01794 340 757

…and 17 more dates until 8 Aug

Bearhunt

Let's go on a Bearhunt (at Cameron Toll). There are bears in the shop, where are they? Can you find them?

Waterstones, Edinburgh

Thu 1 Aug

Free / 0131 666 1866

Fri 2 Aug

Free / 0131 666 1866

Sat 3 Aug

Free / 0131 666 1866

Sun 4 Aug

Free / 0131 666 1866

Beatrix Potter story readings

Get carried away by the magical adventures of Peter Rabbit and his friends as written by Beatrix Potter and narrated by one of our story tellers

National Trust: Melford Hall, Sudbury

Sat 20 Jul

Free Admission applies / 01787 379228

Sat 27 Jul

Free Admission applies / 01787 379228

Wed 31 Jul

Free Admission applies / 01787 379228

…and 3 more dates until 24 Aug

Beginning to Write Fiction: Writing Workshop

Writing workshop for beginner writers with local author Allie Rogers.

St Paul's Church Centre, Worthing

Sat 13 Jul

£25 (£20) / 01903 200898

La Belle Sauvage Bookclub

The Secret Commonwealth is out October 3rd. Join us as we count down the days to discuss the first four books! Meet us at the store at 6pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Waterstones, Kettering

Fri 27 Sep

Free / 01536 481575

Ben Okri - The Golding Speaker (Event Sponsored By William Golding Limited)

Ben Okri, this years William Golding speaker, is one of the leading voices in world literature. The Nigerian-born writer was the youngest ever winner of the Man Booker Prize he was just 32 when The Famished Road triumphed in 1991 and he has since gone on to enjoy a glittering literary career.His latest novel, The Freedom…

Marlborough Town Hall

Fri 27 Sep

£12 / 01672 512487

Benita Matofska: Generation Share

Join us for an evening worth sharing, bringing together communities across the city to celebrate the power of sharing to change lives. We're proud to be welcoming Leeds-born international speaker and change-maker Benita Matofska to Waterstones, Leeds for the launch of her new book Generation Share. Benita will share…

Waterstones, Leeds

Thu 18 Jul

Free tickets / 0113 244 4588

Big Bugs On Tour 'read, Wriggle And Rhyme Time' - Doug The Bug

One of many story, rhyme and crafts sessions that we will be running in connection with the Big Bugs On Tour installation around the Trafford Centre throughout July! The same session will be repeated at 10am and 11am. Come along to hear this funny story and join in with our favourite nursery rhymes. There will also be…

Waterstones Trafford Centre, Manchester

Wed 17 Jul

Free / 0161 749 8623

Big Bugs On Tour 'read, Wriggle And Rhyme Time' - Norman The Slug With The Silly Shell

One of many story, rhyme and crafts sessions that we will be running in connection with the Big Bugs On Tour installation around the Trafford Centre throughout July! The same session will be repeated at 10am and 11am. Come along to hear this hilarious story, explore different shells and join in with our favourite…

Waterstones Trafford Centre, Manchester

Thu 11 Jul

Free / 0161 749 8623

Big Bugs On Tour 'read, Wriggle And Rhyme Time' - The Very Busy Spider

One of many story, rhyme and crafts sessions that we will be running in connection with the Big Bugs On Tour installation around the Trafford Centre throughout July! The same session will be repeated at 10am and 11am. Come along to hear this wonderful story, explore different animal noises and join in with our…

Waterstones Trafford Centre, Manchester

Fri 12 Jul

Free / 0161 749 8623

Big Bugs On Tour 'read, Wriggle And Rhyme Time' - Walter's Wonderful Web

The second date of many story, rhyme and crafts sessions that we will be running in connection with the Big Bugs On Tour installation around the Trafford Centre throughout July! The same session will be repeated at 10am and 11am. Find out all about shapes with our favourite spider as we share 'Walter's Wonderful…

Waterstones Trafford Centre, Manchester

Fri 5 Jul

Free / 0161 749 8623

Big Bugs On Tour 'read, Wriggle And Rhyme Time' - What The Ladybird Heard

One of many story, rhyme and crafts sessions that we will be running in connection with the Big Bugs On Tour installation around the Trafford Centre throughout July! The same session will be repeated at 10am and 11am. Come along to celebrate 10 years of this wonderful story by Julia Donaldson! Listen to the story…

Waterstones Trafford Centre, Manchester

Fri 19 Jul

Free / 0161 749 8623

Big Bugs On Tour - The Bug Collector

Our last session running in connection with the Big Bugs On Tour installation around the Trafford Centre! Come along to hear 'The bug collector' by Alex G Griffiths and then explore a number of non-fiction texts all about bees and bugs! There will be model bugs to explore and follow up craft activities! A mini…

Waterstones Trafford Centre, Manchester

Mon 22 Jul

Free / 0161 749 8623

Big Tam's Kilted Shindig

Tam Rannachan Scotch pie push-ups, cludgie clenches, haggis swings anybody? You know you want to gie 'em a go. Experience mayhem an' motivation for body and soul, delivered wi' gallus patter an' a unique Scottish twist. Big Tam Rannachan has been a life coach and personal trainer for years. He has a quirky wit, biceps…

The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, Edinburgh

Tue 6 Aug

The Helen Duncan Room

£8 (£6) / 0131 625 0700

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 8 Aug

The Helen Duncan Room

£8 (£6) / 0131 625 0700

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 10 Aug

The Helen Duncan Room

£8 (£6) / 0131 625 0700

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 21 Aug

Biggar Little Festival

The name is something of a red herring as this small Lanarkshire festival is really punching above its weight with a large programme of varied arts events put on by different community groups and local businesses, plus a couple of big name touring artists booked by the festival committee. Covering comedy, theatre…

Various Venues, Biggar

Thu 17 Oct

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01899 220980

Fri 18 Oct

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01899 220980

Sat 19 Oct

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01899 220980

…and 8 more dates until 27 Oct

The Biggest Problem in the World: Our Problem With Problems (and Why Truth Matters)

Ron Balzan Who hasn’t had a problem they’ve struggled to solve? You struggle, I struggle, and the world struggles. Often, however, these are solvable problems. Virtually every problem is somehow unclear, and more often than not, we neglect to clarify it. And when we try to solve an unclear problem, we usually end up…

Sweet Grassmarket, Edinburgh

Sun 4 Aug

Grassmarket 4

£8 (£6) / 0131 243 3596

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 5 Aug

Grassmarket 4

£8 (£6) / 0131 243 3596

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 6 Aug

Grassmarket 4

£8 (£6) / 0131 243 3596

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 17 more dates until 25 Aug

Binx Lost In France - Reading And Crafts Event

Join us in welcoming Michelle Hird to Liverpool's Children's section; come along and hear about how Binx got lost in France and more importantly what he did next. Enjoy telling stranger danger lessons, crafts and activities as well as a signing. This is a free event and everyone is welcome!

Waterstones, Liverpool

Sat 13 Jul

Free / 0151 709 9820