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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 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 27 Mar

£4 (£3; Children £3) / 0131 6688404

Fri 3 Apr

£4 (£3; Children £3) / 0131 6688404

Fri 10 Apr

£4 (£3; Children £3) / 0131 6688404

…and 2 more dates until 24 Apr

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 30 Mar

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

Meet outside.

Tue 31 Mar

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

Meet outside.

Mon 6 Apr

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

Meet outside.

…and 7 more dates until 28 Apr

In Focus: Robert Colquhoun, Figures in a Farmyard

Bill Hare discusses Colquhoun's work in the context of post-war British society.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two, Edinburgh

Mon 27 Apr

Purchase of exhibition ticket required / 0131 624 6200

Season of Photography Opening Lecture

Sean O'Hagan gives his views on contemporary photography as part of the 2015 Season of Photography.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Thu 23 Apr

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

£5 (£4) / 0131 624 6200

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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

Alistair Beaton: Political Satire

Spitting Image and Not the Nine O'Clock News satirist talks about his career.

Eldon Building, Portsmouth

Fri 17 Apr


Evening Talk: My Favourite Tree in the Garden

RBGE's tree expert William Hinchliffe will give a talk about the five most popular trees in the Garden, chosen by the public in a recent poll. He will give an insight into the history, care and botany of the trees and of the current tree collecting and program.

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Thu 24 Sep

Lecture Theatre, 20a Inverleith Row

£6 (Members £5) / 0131 248 2909

An Evening with David Starkey

David Starkey talks about his new book The Magna Carta.

Royal Geographical Society (With The Institute Of British Geographers), London SW7

Thu 25 Jun

£22 with no book; £30 with signed book; £45 with signed book & VIP seating / 020 7961 0044

An Evening with Julian Lloyd Webber

Julian Lloyd Webber talks about his distinguished musical career, with musical support from Jiaxin Lloyd Webber (cello) and Pam Chowhan (piano).

Alban Arena, St Albans

Sun 24 May

Prices to be confirmed / 01727 844488

£20 (£18) / 01727 844488

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

Tue 5 May

Prices to be confirmed / 01284 758000

Artrix, Bromsgrove

Tue 12 May

£25 / 01527 577330

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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 30 Mar

£8 / 07826 555134

Mon 6 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

Mon 13 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

…and 15 more dates until 27 Jul

Henderson's Vegetarian Restaurant, Edinburgh

Wed 1 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

Wed 8 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

Wed 15 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

…and 15 more dates until 29 Jul

The Royal Dick Bar & Bistro, Edinburgh

Wed 1 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

Wed 8 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

Wed 15 Apr

£8 / 07826 555134

…and 10 more dates until 24 Jun

God, Big Tom and The Wisdom To Know The Difference

Legendary actor and director John Waters in conversation with Ann Scanlon and JP O'Malley.

The Boogaloo, London N6

Wed 15 Apr

£9 / 020 8340 2928

Graham Fagen: Scotland + Venice

Graham Fagen, fresh from the Venice Biennale, talks about his new work.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Wed 20 May

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

The Hundred Years War: A Global History of Tower Blocks and Mass Housing

A talk by Prof Miles Glendinning of the University of Edinburgh, on how the tower block was originally conceived as a way of winning the war on bad housing, and in several parts of the world is still being considered as such.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 21 Apr

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

LateLab: Beauty by Design

Discussions of the Beauty by Design exhibition.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 17 Apr

£10 (£8) / 0131 624 6200

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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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

The Mix In

A evening of networking for those involved in the food & drink and creative industries and demonstrations on creating memorable experiences, branding, digital skills and merging food and art. Speakers include Kitchen Press founder, Emily Dewhurst, LovSushi founder, Ross Brown, Do Something Delicious Director, Liz…

The Byre at Inchyra, Perth

Tue 5 May

Free (ticketed)

100 Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland

National Galleries Scotland Director-General John Leighton discusses his new book, which features a hundred of the galleries' best-loved masterpieces.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 26 May

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

50 Years On The Long Mynd Talk

A talk by the countryside manager about how the hill has transformed since the National Trust acquired it 50 years ago.

Town Hall, Bishops Castle

Wed 22 Apr


Abertay Historical Society Talk: Natasha Ferguson

Settle in for an evening lecture on the archaeological footprint of the volunteer movement between 1793 and 1815, presented by Natasha Ferguson.

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed 13 May

Prices to be confirmed / 01382 223181

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Agony Aunts: Irma Kurtz, Keren Smedley and Anna Raeburn

Richard Barber hosts a session with three agony aunts – Irma Kurtz, Keren Smedley and Anna Raeburn – to learn more about the job.

The Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre, Whitstable

Sun 17 May

£5 / 01227 281174

All Fictions are Biographical – Ueinzz Context

An open conversation about the history and practices of Ueinzz Theatre Company.

Tramway, Glasgow

Fri 17 Apr

£4 for Friday pass / 0845 330 3501

Part of ARIKA15.

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


Anthony Sattin: Young Lawrence

Historian Anthony Sattin discuses TE Lawrence.

Salisbury Arts Centre

Sun 24 May

£8 / 01722 321744

Part of Salisbury Festival.

Are We Really Safe?

Talk by Prof Chris Kemp, Head of the International Centre for Crowd Management and Security Studies.

Edinburgh Napier University

Wed 27 May

Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre


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