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Game Masters

Massive touring exhibition celebrating the varied history of computer gaming. With more than 125 playable games to work your way through, get stuck into arcade games, physical games (think Dance Battle et al), consoles, PCs and many more. On top of this, there's also displays of concept art, interactive displays and…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Thu 2 Apr

Exhibition Gallery 1

£10 (£8; Children £6.30; under 5s free; Family £23–£28; Students £5 on Tue) / 0300 123 6789

Fri 3 Apr

Exhibition Gallery 1

£10 (£8; Children £6.30; under 5s free; Family £23–£28; Students £5 on Tue) / 0300 123 6789

Sat 4 Apr

Exhibition Gallery 1

£10 (£8; Children £6.30; under 5s free; Family £23–£28; Students £5 on Tue) / 0300 123 6789

…and 16 more dates until 20 Apr

Diamond Masterclass

Join a team of experts to learn all about diamonds and metals. With wine and nibbles.

Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh

Thu 9 Apr

Free / 0131 553 1131

Thu 14 May

Free / 0131 553 1131

Thu 11 Jun

Free / 0131 553 1131

…and 5 more dates until 12 Nov

Winter Astronomy Evenings

Find out about the history of the Royal Observatory Edinburgh and discover more about the night sky. Booking is essential.

Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

Fri 3 Apr

£4 (£3; Children £3) / 0131 6688404

Fri 10 Apr

£4 (£3; Children £3) / 0131 6688404

Fri 17 Apr

£4 (£3; Children £3) / 0131 6688404

Fri 24 Apr

£4 (£3; Children £3) / 0131 6688404

University of Edinburgh Latin American Forum: How Sustainable is Latin America?

A forum exploring sustainable business practices in Latin America, with world-class guest speakers and panel talks.

University of Edinburgh Business School

Thu 2 Apr

£5–£15

West End Festival

Taking over the West End of Glasgow each year, 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

Fri 5 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 341 0844

Sat 6 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 341 0844

Sun 7 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 341 0844

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GastroFest

Science and gastronomy converge at this foodie mini-fest organised by Edinburgh International Science Festival. Food producers, chefs and mixologists help sciencey types explore the experiences of taste, disgust, pleasure and other aspects of consumption through demos, workshops, exhibitions and discussions.

Various venues: Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

Sun 5 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

Mon 6 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0844 557 2686

…and 13 more dates until 19 Apr

Caitlin Moran: How to Build a Girl

The columnist and author is off on tour to get lairy and talk about men, women, Bowie, feminism, massive hair and the revolution in her own light-hearted but thought-provoking style.

Hackney Empire, London E8

Wed 15 Apr

£22–£25 / 020 8985 2424

The Lowry, Salford

Tue 14 Apr

£28 / 08432 086000

Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow

Mon 13 Apr

£25 / 0141 332 1846

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The First Object of the Theosophical Society: To Form A Nucelus Of The Brotherhood Of Man

A discussion on the first object of theosophy, with host Alistair Smith.

Theosophical Society, Edinburgh

Thu 2 Apr

£3 (Members £2)

Man at Arms Guided Tour

The Man at Arms tells bloodthirsty tales of siege warfare and castle life, with a selection of medieval weapons to show off.

Dirleton Castle, North Berwick

Sun 5 Apr

Included in admission / 01620 850330

Sat 18 Apr

Free included in usual admission / 01620 850330

Sat 23 May

Normal admission charges apply / 01620 850330

Boswell Book Festival

A quirky literary festival devoted to biography and the first modern biographer, James Boswell. The fest spans talks, performances and workshops by writers, actors and artists. For the first time the festival will be held in Ayrshire's Dumfries House.

Dumfries House, Cumnock

Fri 8 May

Times & prices vary / 07766 754877

Times to be confirmed / £8–£10 price per talk / 07766 754877

Sat 9 May

Times & prices vary / 07766 754877

Sun 10 May

Times & prices vary / 07766 754877

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Counterflows

Counterflows marries the local to the international with artists from around the world collaborating with homegrown talent in spaces across Glasgow.

Various venues: Glasgow

Fri 3 Apr

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 07939 607934

Sat 4 Apr

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 07939 607934

Sun 5 Apr

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 07939 607934

Jay Rayner: My Dining Hell

Restaurant critic Jay Rayner discusses people's love for reading bad reviews, reads from his own catalogue of bad reviews and covers some of his worst experiences.

Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot

Sat 20 Jun

£15 (£13.50) / 01235 515144

Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham

Thu 16 Apr

£16 / 0115 846 7777

Sundial Theatre, Cirencester

Fri 24 Apr

£15 / 01285 654228

Profeng Lecture, Engineering Video Games and Beyond

Lectures designed to get young people interested in engineering – in this case, engineering video games. Booking is essential.

Glasgow Science Centre

Mon 15 Jun

Free / 0141 420 5000

Highland Archaeology Festival

A fortnight of investigations into Scotland's ancient past, including walks, practical demonstrations, family events, self-guided trails, insights into recent research, historical talks, and plenty of chances for visitors to get their hands dirty exploring what lies beneath this famous landscape.

Various venues: Highlands

Fri 2 Oct

Times & prices vary

Sat 3 Oct

Times & prices vary

Sun 4 Oct

Times & prices vary

…and 14 more dates until 18 Oct

Enlightened! A Walking Tour of Edinburgh's New Town in the Age of Reason

Explore the New Town with Enlightened! walking tours and learn about how clever Edinburgh's people of yore were. Booking is essential.

Dundas House, Edinburgh

Mon 6 Apr

£10 (groups of five or more £8 per person) / 07459 109460

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Tue 7 Apr

£10 (groups of five or more £8 per person) / 07459 109460

Meet outside.

Mon 13 Apr

£10 (groups of five or more £8 per person) / 07459 109460

Meet outside.

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French Conversation with Yakety Yak Language Cafe

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

28 York Place, Edinburgh

Mon 6 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

Mon 13 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

Mon 20 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

…and 14 more dates until 27 Jul

Henderson's Vegetarian Restaurant, Edinburgh

Wed 8 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

Wed 15 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

Wed 22 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

…and 14 more dates until 29 Jul

The Royal Dick Bar & Bistro, Edinburgh

Wed 8 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

Wed 15 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

Wed 22 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

…and 9 more dates until 24 Jun

Al Pacino in the UK

Join The Godfather, Serpico and Scarface star Al Pacino as he talks about his life and career. Includes a musical act and Q&A.

The Centenary Pavilion At Leeds United AFC Ltd

Sat 16 May

£149–£499 / 0871 334 1919

Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London W6

Fri 22 May

£40–£200 / 0844 249 4300

SECC, Glasgow

Tue 19 May

Clyde Auditorium

£65–£150 / 0141 248 3000

Criminal Justice Policy Review: The Coalition Years & The Scottish Dimension

A conference on the Lib-Con coalition's criminal justice policy and the extent to which it has impacted on Scotland.

The Open University in Scotland, Edinburgh

Wed 22 Apr

Free

The London Literary Pub Crawl

Nothing goes together better than booze and books! Visit a number of watering holes from Fitzrovia to Soho that inspired generations of writers such as Dylan Thomas, Charles Dickens, Virgina Woolf, George Orwell and others. Drinks not included with ticket.

Fitzroy Tavern, London W1T

Sat 26 Sep

£25 (group £18; Students £12) / 020 8090 5082

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SCO Explore: JS Bach

John Kitchen explores Bach's Magnificat with musicians of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, in a day linked to the performance of the work on Thu 28 Apr at The Queen's Hall.

Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Apr 2016

£30 including tea/coffee / 0131 651 4336

SCO Explore: Wagner

The SCO, together with Dr Elaine Kelly of the University of Edinburgh, conductor Emmanuel Krivine and mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill, explore the work of Richard Wagner, including how his personal relationship fed into his composition. (And did they ever.)

Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh

Sat 31 Oct

£30 including tea/coffee. / 0131 668 2019

Andy Kershaw: No Off Switch

Veteran DJ and journalist Andy Kershaw signs copies of new autobiography No Off Switch and answers questions about a colourful life that's taken him from driving vans for Billy Bragg, to reporting from war zones around the world, to presenting a pioneering late-night music show.

Whitcliffe Mount College, Cleckheaton

Sat 9 May

£8–£12

Contemporary Cinema Course

This beginner's course is ideal for people wishing to broaden their understanding of contemporary cinema. Taught by Dr Nessa Johnston and featuring five films.

Glasgow Film Theatre

Wed 1 Apr

Times to be confirmed / £78 (£65) / 0141 332 6535

Please note this course runs 16 Mar–25 May.

Thu 2 Apr

Times to be confirmed / £78 (£65) / 0141 332 6535

Please note this course runs 16 Mar–25 May.

Fri 3 Apr

Times to be confirmed / £78 (£65) / 0141 332 6535

Please note this course runs 16 Mar–25 May.

…and 52 more dates until 25 May

Express Yourself

Learn about jewellery and the people who make it, including leading UK jeweller and fashion designer Jean Muir.

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Wed 1 Apr

Times to be confirmed / Free / 0300 123 6789

Thu 2 Apr

Times to be confirmed / Free / 0300 123 6789

Fri 3 Apr

Times to be confirmed / Free / 0300 123 6789

…and 16 more dates until 19 Apr back to top