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Edinburgh Short Film Festival

Ten events over two weekends, showcasing a selection of the best shorts by filmmakers from across the globe.

Various venues: Edinburgh

Fri 13 Nov

Times & prices vary

Sat 14 Nov

Times & prices vary

Sun 15 Nov

Times & prices vary

…and 7 more dates until 22 Nov

Capturing the Dark Side: Photography with Dark Edinburgh

Photography discussion with the chance to join in a practical workshop.

Anatomical Museum, Edinburgh

Fri 15 May

Free (workshop £5)

Part of Festival of Museums.

Al Pacino

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

  • 18:00 – 23:30 Al Pacino The Centenary Pavilion At Leeds United AFC Ltd

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

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

…and 21 more dates until 28 Jun

When Life Gets Difficult, Just Laugh and Move Foward

Motivational talk with plenty of humour from speaker Valerie Maclennan.

The National Piping Centre, Glasgow

Wed 20 May

£8 / 0141 353 0220

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Steve Backshall's Wild World

Steve Backshall talks about his adventures, expeditions, his new novel Tiger Wars and his last book, Looking for Adventure.

Birmingham Town Hall

Sun 1 Nov

£16–£18 / 0121 345 0600

Colston Hall, Bristol

Mon 26 Oct

£16.50–£19.50 / 0117 922 3686

King George's Hall, Blackburn

Fri 16 Oct

£18.50 / 01254 582579

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The Story Of Guitar Heroes

Tribute to guitar-playing legends.

Brookside Theatre, Romford

Sat 18 Jul

£16 / 01708 755 775

The Pavilion Theatre, Weymouth

Fri 22 May

£18 (Children £15 under 16s) / 01305 783225

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

Dr Houstoun's Conjuring: A Compendium of Curious Characters and Exquisite Marvels too Strange to be Believed

Join Dr Houstoun as he pulls back the curtain on some of the most incredible magicians of days gone by. Dr Houstoun has a PhD on historic magic, has travelled the world teaching magicians, and has consulted on Wolf Hall and Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. He is also 'The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year'.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sat 27 Jun

Anatomy Lecture Theatre / Over-8s only

£11 (£9; Children £6) / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh International Magic Festival.

Sun 28 Jun

Anatomy Lecture Theatre / Over-8s only

£11 (£9; Children £6) / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh International Magic Festival.

Mon 29 Jun

Anatomy Lecture Theatre / Over-8s only

£11 (£9; Children £6) / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh International Magic Festival.

…and 4 more dates until 3 Jul

Glasgow Café Scientifique

Explore the latest ideas in science and technology, outside a traditional academic context, at this forum for debating and promoting public engagement. Children welcome.

Exeter Phoenix

Mon 4 May

Free / 0141 552 3748

Mon 1 Jun

Free / 0141 552 3748

Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Mon 4 May

Free / 0141 552 3748

Mon 1 Jun

Free / 0141 552 3748

Mon 6 Jul

Free / 0141 552 3748

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Glasgow Chamber at All-Energy: Glasgow, Energy and Joined Up Thinking

Exploring Glasgow's renewable and energy sectors.

SECC, Glasgow

Thu 7 May

Free / 0141 248 3000

Jessops Academy Live Photography Event

Cameras are demonstrated and tips handed out in this live photography event.

Glasgow Caledonian University

Sat 16 May

£8 / 0141 354 0069

Machine Gun Preacher

A talk and Q&A session with Sam Childers, the subject of the big budget Hollywood movie of the same name, who went from a life of crime to crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children.

The Brunton, Musselburgh

Fri 1 May

£4 / 0131 665 2240

Bumps in the Night: Edinburgh Blackout Injuries in WWII

Learn more about the enforced blackouts during WWII.

Anatomical Museum, Edinburgh

Sun 17 May

Free

Includes exclusive tour of the Anatomy Museum. Part of Festival of Museums.

Create:Eat:Whisky

A multi-sensory whisky adventure that explores the whisky making process through its sights, sounds and tastes. Devised by food and art enthusiasts Jelly & Gin.

Gayfield Creative Spaces, Edinburgh

Thu 14 May

£33

Fri 15 May

£33

Sat 16 May

£33

Sun 17 May

£33

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Diamond Masterclass

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

Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh

Thu 14 May

Free / 0131 553 1131

Thu 11 Jun

Free / 0131 553 1131

Thu 9 Jul

Free / 0131 553 1131

…and 4 more dates until 12 Nov

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

Tue 28 Apr

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

Meet outside.

An Evening With Ann Widdecombe

Former Tory politician and sometime ballroom dancer Ann Widdecombe talks about herself.

Key Theatre, Peterborough

Tue 2 Jun

£15 / 01733 207239

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

Wed 8 Jul

£18 / 01743 281281

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

Sat 23 May

Normal admission charges apply / 01620 850330

Three Wine Men Christmas Tour

Get your nose into a few good seasonal tipples in the company of Oz Clarke, Tim Atkin and Olly Smith. For experts and newbies alike.

Church House, London SW1P

Fri 4 Dec

£15–£27.50

Sat 5 Dec

£15–£27.50

Manchester Town Hall

Sat 12 Dec

£15–£27.50 / 0161 234 5000

Sun 13 Dec

£15–£27.50 / 0161 234 5000

Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Sat 21 Nov

£15–£27.50 / 08442 777 888

Sun 22 Nov

£15–£27.50 / 08442 777 888

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Aberdeen's 50+ Festival

A widely-varied programme of events aimed at people over 50, with equal emphasis on entertainment and education. Workshops, cookery demonstrations, art classes and keep fit sessions are complemented by live music performances, walks, exhibitions and plays, both in public venues around Aberdeen and on site in nursing homes.

Various venues: Aberdeen

Tue 1 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01224 523913

Wed 2 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01224 523913

Thu 3 Sep

Times & prices vary / 01224 523913

…and 10 more dates until 13 Sep

Alternative Dream Therapy

Installation performance and personalised experience in which Dr Stratus guides audience members through the nonsensical world of dreams. A co-production between NapTrap and Theatre Delicatessen.

Theatre Delicatessen, London EC1R

Wed 29 Apr

£10 (£8)

Sat 2 May

£10 (£8)

Mon 4 May

£10 (£8)

…and 11 more dates until 30 May

North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre, Motherwell

Tue 28 Apr

Free / 01698 274 590

Wed 29 Apr

Free / 01698 274 590

Thu 30 Apr

Free / 01698 274 590

…and 37 more dates until 6 Jun

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 22 May

£4 (£3) / 0131 668 8404

Fri 19 Jun

£4 (£3) / 0131 668 8404

Fri 17 Jul

£4 (£3) / 0131 668 8404

…and 2 more dates until 11 Sep

Book Week Scotland

A 'national book festival' for Scotland courtesy of Creative Scotland, the Scottish Book Trust and many other collaborators across the country. A packed programme of star-studded author events, kids' activities and the distribution of free books all combine to form a week-long national celebration of reading.

Various venues: Scotland

Mon 23 Nov

Times & prices vary

Tue 24 Nov

Times & prices vary

Wed 25 Nov

Times & prices vary

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