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West End Festival

Taking over the West End of Glasgow, the festival treats the ears to a great musical line-up, tantalises all the senses with a carnival, and delves into the creative depths of local studios and exhibitions with the Hidden Lane open days.

Various venues: Glasgow

Sat 29 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 341 0844

Sun 30 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 341 0844

Glasgow Comic Con

Glasgow Comic Con is a highly popular annual event which focuses on showcasing sequential art, and will once again host a wide range of established and up-and-coming creators from all across the globe.

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Sat 29 Jun

£11.00 (includes booking fee) / 0141 352 4900

Tony Blackburn

One of Britain's most famous radio DJs commemorates the time he has spent on the airwaves in his autobiography, 'Poptastic!: My Life in Radio'.

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Sun 30 Jun

£28.50 / 020 3285 6000

Michael Palin

The Python turned adventurer discusses his life and (highly enviable) career.

The Lowry, Salford

Sat 29 Jun

£30.50–£40.50 / 08432 086000

Lyric Theatre

£30.50–£83.50 / 08432 086000

East Neuk Festival

World-class, critically-acclaimed music, art and literature converge on this busy corner of Fife. Though chamber music remains at the heart of its programme, the East Neuk Festival's most varied selection yet includes musical surprises, international authors and imaginative artworks, all located in quirky venues.

Various venues: East Neuk

Sat 29 Jun

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

Sun 30 Jun

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed

CatFest

A celebration of all things feline, the UK's cat festival Catfest showcases buzz-worthy products and accessories for cats and cat-folks, books, art, veggie street food, kitty-themed cakes and cocktails while helping cats in need. Plus festival goers can enjoy films, inspiring talks from animal experts and bestselling…

Beckenham Place Mansion

Sat 29 Jun

£9.05–£22.25 / 07834273297

3 Harbours Arts Festival

A diverse mix of art, music, performance and heritage which has been hosted by the delightful East Lothian locations of Prestonpans, Port Seton and Cockenzie for over a decade now.

Various venues: East Lothian

Sat 29 Jun

Times & prices to be confirmed

Sun 30 Jun

Times & prices to be confirmed

Pie & Mash London: Photography Exhibition

Permanent exhibition installed at Noted Eel & Pie House that documents the remaining pie and mash shops in London.

Noted Eel & Pie House, London E11

Sat 29 Jun

Free / 020 8539 2499

  • 11:00

Sun 30 Jun

Free / 020 8539 2499

  • 11:00

Portland Street Exchange Southampton: Arts and Literature

Local creatives host this day of literary-themed workshops and activities.

Mutrend Lab, Southampton

Sat 29 Jun

Free / 02380 972 366

200th Anniversary of Lord Byron's Don Juan

Byron's Don Juan is one of the wittiest and most entertaining poems in the language. This exhibition celebrates its 200th anniversary with display of unique material from the archive of its original publisher, John Murray.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Sat 29 Jun

Free / 0131 623 3734

  • 10:00 – 17:00

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

Sat 29 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01787 379228

Sun 30 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01787 379228

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

Sat 29 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01539 560951

Sun 30 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01539 560951

The Edinburgh Outlander Experience

Visit locations from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander novels as visited by characters Claire and Jamie. Hear stories of the Jacobites, the Stuarts, witchcraft, clans and how the fictional story intermingles with history.

Mercat Tours, Edinburgh

Sat 29 Jun

£14 / 0131 225 445

  • 10:30 – 12:30

Farmyard Tales

Joinn us for story time and fun as we celebrate the new Poppy and Sam books. Can you find the Duck hidden in the Children's department?

Waterstones, Cheltenham

Sat 29 Jun

Free / 01242 571779

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

Sat 29 Jun

Free / 020 7433 3299

Sun 30 Jun

Free / 020 7433 3299

Maggie Gee

Acclaimed novelist Maggie Gee's latest book 'Blood' is a Gothic black comedy about broken Britain. Pull up a chair and come listen

Hebden Bridge Town Hall

Sat 29 Jun

£8.80 / 01422 417300

Revisiting Classic Children's Stories: Lou Kuenzler & Sophie Mckenzie (Single Event Ticket)

Childrens authors Sophie McKenzie and Lou Kuenzler share their experiences of unlocking ways to create fresh tellings of classics they loved as children. The event will include readings from Sophies Becoming Jo, inspired by Little Women, and Lous Finding Black Beauty/The Return Of The Railway Children. There will also be…

Queen's Park, London NW6

Sun 30 Jun

£5

Saturday Storytime - Hotel Flamingo Holiday Heatwave

Anna and her animal friends are excited to hear King Penguin is to stay at Hotel Flamingo, but there is a heatwave and the ice is running out! How will they keep the penguins cool?

Waterstones West End, Edinburgh

Sat 29 Jun

Free / 0131 226 2666

Sunday 30th June Day Pass (All Day Pass)

SUNDAY 30th JUNE SCHEDULE12:30pmThat Difficult First Novel - Deirdre Shanahan, Yvonne Bailey Smith, Penny Faith *Free Event2:00pmThe Music of What Happens Seamus Heaney at 80 - Catherine Heaney, Martin Rosenbaum, Adam LowSimon Mayo in conversation with Shyama Perera - Simon Mayo, Shyama PereraModern Life is Rubbish!…

Queen's Park, London NW6

Sun 30 Jun

£18

Angel Dyson Book Signing

Angela Dyson, author the Love Detective, is back in Hemel to host a book signing on Saturday 29th June! After selling out a record number of books here last time, we're thrilled to have her back!

Waterstones, Hemel Hempstead

Sat 29 Jun

Free / 01442 270680

Art on the Rails

Free monthly celebration of contemporary arts and crafts, music and storytelling.

Project 24, Bangor

Sun 30 Jun

Free

  • 11:00 – 15:00

Book Signing With Simon James Green

We are delighted to announce that Simon James Green - author of Noah Can't Even *and *Noah Could Never *will be visiting us in-store on * Saturday 29th June *at * 3-4pm *to sign copies of his new book, *Alex in Wonderland! Come along and say hello and grab yourself a signed copy - the perfect way to celebrate Pride…

Waterstones, Gateshead

Sat 29 Jun

Bookbug

Rhythm, song and rhyme workshops for children under 4 years old.

North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre, Motherwell

Sat 29 Jun

Free

  • 10:30 – 11:00

Brought to Life: Eliot Hodgkin Rediscovered

By his death in 1987, Hodgkin (born 1905) was not only a renowned painter of still life subjects and landscapes, but also a collector and the author of a well-received novel.

Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury

Sat 29 Jun

Free Admission applies / 1296 820414

Sun 30 Jun

Free Admission applies / 1296 820414

Caine Prize Writers In Conversation

This year the Caine Prize for African Writing marks its 20th anniversary, celebrating two decades of championing, developing and promoting African literature. Join writers from the 2019 Caine Prize shortlist for a rare appearance outside of London, as they talk to Nikesh Shukla about writing, publishing and prizing.

Waterstones Galleries, Bristol

Sun 30 Jun

£8 / 0117 925 2274