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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

Tue 31 Mar

Exhibition Gallery 1

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

Wed 1 Apr

Exhibition Gallery 1

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

Thu 2 Apr

Exhibition Gallery 1

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

…and 18 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

Sir Ranulph Fiennes: A Life at the Limits

Sir Ranulph Fiennes talks to long-time friend and expedition partner Anton Bowring about his life, his adventures and his ancestral heritage.

Octagon, Sheffield

Tue 14 Jul

£21 / 0114 222 8777

Pavilion Theatre, Worthing

Tue 30 Jun

£21 / 01903 206206

Birmingham Town Hall

Mon 29 Jun

£21 / 0121 345 0600

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

Glasgow Comic Con

Indulge your love of all things graphic at this fiesta of films, comics and fandoms. There's also book dealers, toy sellers, indie comic publishers and comic creators – everything your comic-loving heart desires. Special guests tbc.

The Art School, Glasgow

Sat 4 Jul

£8–£20 (tbc) / 0141 352 4900

CCA, Glasgow

Sat 4 Jul

£8–£20 (tbc) / 0141 352 4900

The Scotch Whisky Training School

An intensive one-day course in the tasting, blending, serving and history of scotch whisky, with a 'Certificate of Expertise' at the end.

Scotch Whisky Experience, Edinburgh

Tue 31 Mar

£195 Includes lunch and refreshments / 0131 220 0441

Thu 16 Apr

£195 Includes lunch and refreshments / 0131 220 0441

Thu 14 May

£195 Includes lunch and refreshments / 0131 220 0441

…and 7 more dates until 8 Dec

The Big Outdoor Show

An activity weekend where outdoor enthusiasts and families can visit or camp. Featuring seminars with famous explorers, mountain bike displays, wakeboarding and evening fun.

Willen Lake, Milton Keynes

Fri 22 May

£9.50–£49.50 (Family £24.50; Family £125.50–£149.50; Children £0–£19.50; Seniors £7.50) / 0871 220 0260

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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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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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 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.

Tue 7 Apr

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

Meet outside.

…and 6 more dates until 28 Apr

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)

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 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

The Salberg Studio, Salisbury

Sat 30 May

£8

Part of Salisbury Festival.

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

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Steve Backshall's Wild World

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

Colston Hall, Bristol

Mon 26 Oct

£16.50–£19.50 / 0117 922 3686

Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne

Sat 24 Oct

£15.50–£18.50 / 0844 493 9999

Perth Concert Hall

Mon 19 Oct

£15.50–£19.50 / 01738 621031

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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

1715 and The Northumbrian Jacobites

Exhibitions and talks tracing the stories of local families who supported the Jacobite cause in 1745.

Berwick Town Hall, Berwick-upon-Tweed

Sat 10 Oct

Free / 01289 330900

Part of Berwick 900.

Sun 11 Oct

Free / 01289 330900

Part of Berwick 900.

1970s Vintage Scent Session

Treat yourself with some vintage 1970s scents in this smelling session.

Les Senteurs, London W1H

Sat 18 Apr

£35 / 020 7730 2322

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

£3.50

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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

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

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

Free

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.

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