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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

Mon 30 Mar

Exhibition Gallery 1

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

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

…and 19 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

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

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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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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

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Tue 7 Apr

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

Meet outside.

Tue 14 Apr

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

Meet outside.

…and 2 more dates until 28 Apr

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

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 6 Apr

Free / 0141 552 3748

Mon 4 May

Free / 0141 552 3748

Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Mon 6 Apr

Free / 0141 552 3748

Mon 4 May

Free / 0141 552 3748

Mon 1 Jun

Free / 0141 552 3748

…and 5 more dates until 2 Nov

Ingenious Impressions: Lunchtime Talks

Hear about various aspects of early book production from a selection of curators, academics and students. These talks cover everything from ancient books featured in the movies to the first printed map.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Wed 1 Apr

Free / 0141 330 4221

Wed 8 Apr

Free / 0141 330 4221

Wed 15 Apr

Free / 0141 330 4221

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Winter Talks

A series of talks on a variety of astronomy and technology topics

Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

Mon 30 Mar

£3 (£1.50) / 0131 6688263

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

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

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

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

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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.

Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham

Thu 16 Apr

£16 / 0115 846 7777

The Stand, Newcastle upon Tyne

Mon 30 Mar

£12 / 0844 693 3336

Sundial Theatre, Cirencester

Fri 24 Apr

£15 / 01285 654228

Jon Ronson: An Evening of Public Shaming

An evening of examining the behaviour of others: why do people say things on Twitter that don't come out right? Why do people on Twitter turn mob-like over people who say things that don't come out right? Ronson technically hasn't done anything wrong, but he's been studying people who have and this evening is a powerful…

The Citadel, St Helens

Sat 23 May

£16.50 / 01744 735436

Jacksons Lane Theatre, London N6

Wed 20 May

£11 (£8) / 020 8340 5226

The Met, Bury

Fri 22 May

£16 (£14) / 0161 761 2216

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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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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

£8–£12

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Bright Club: Edinburgh

The hardworking staff at Edinburgh's universities are let out for the night to share their tales about the weird, wonderful, and often very funny, world of research.

The Stand, Edinburgh

Tue 28 Apr

£5 / 0131 558 7272

Tue 26 May

£5 / 0131 558 7272

Cartography of Exhaustion

A talk by Peter Pál Pelbart of Ueinzz Theatre Company on power, community and resistance.

Tramway, Glasgow

Sun 19 Apr

£6 for Sunday pass / 0845 330 3501

Part of ARIKA15.

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

Crick Crack Club Talks: Debunking Robin Hood

A talk on Robin Hood, from Professor Ronald Hutton.

The Swedenborg Society, London WC1A

Wed 8 Apr

£8 includes a glass of wine and nibbles / 020 7405 7986

Holding Up a Mirror to Bordon's Women

Artist Paul Hodgson and scholar Sharon Lloyd discuss the responses to Paris Bordon's 1545 Venetian Women at their Toilet.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 31 Mar

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

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