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Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure

Meet Dippy the Diplodocus, a 21.3 metre long skeleton of a dinosaur, which is currently on tour around the UK.

Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle

Fri 21 Jun

Free Donations welcome / 0191 222 6765

Sat 22 Jun

Free Donations welcome / 0191 222 6765

Sun 23 Jun

Free Donations welcome / 0191 222 6765

…and 105 more dates until 6 Oct

The Grade Cricketer

Get your rig in to shape and your salad sorted, because the Grade Cricketer lads are heading to the UK for a very special run of LIVE performances to coincide with this summer’s Ashes series.

The Dancehouse, Manchester

Wed 7 Aug

£18 (£16) / 0161 237 9753

The Glee Club, Birmingham

Sun 4 Aug

£19.80 / 0871 472 0400

Leicester Square Theatre, London WC2H

Mon 12 Aug

£23.25 / 0844 873 3433

Tue 13 Aug

£23.25 / 0844 873 3433

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In Person: Jack Lowden

Award-winning actor and producer Jack Lowden started out in Scottish Youth Theatre in Edinburgh before playing Peter Pan at the King’s Theatre at 12 years old. Jack graduated with a BA in Acting from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow in 2011. Rising to fame after playing Nikolai Rostov in the B, BC…

Filmhouse, Edinburgh

Fri 21 Jun

£12 (£9) / 0131 623 8030

Part of Edinburgh International Film Festival.

The Psychic Project

Mind-reading show based on the story of the Cold War’s psychic spies.

The Vaults, London SE1

Fri 21 Jun

£20 (£16) / 020 7401 9603

Sat 22 Jun

£20 (£16) / 020 7401 9603

Rubble Theatre

German-Syrian artist Manaf Halbouni’s sculpture Rubble Theatre is a highlight of this year’s Refugee Festival Scotland. It recreates a scene of destruction in Syria, featuring the rubble of a bombsite and an abandoned car. Halbouni was born in Syria, the son of a Syrian father and a German mother. He studied at art school…

St Enoch Square, Glasgow

Fri 21 Jun

Free

Part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

  • 10:00 – 19:00

Sat 22 Jun

Free

Part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

  • 10:00 – 19:00

Sun 23 Jun

Free

Part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

  • 10:00 – 19:00
…and 3 more dates until 26 Jun

Surbiton Summer Salons

A week of concerts, workshops and talks.

The CornerHOUSE, Surbiton

Wed 24 Jul

£150–£200 / 020 8296 9012

Thu 25 Jul

£150–£200 / 020 8296 9012

  • 19:30

Fri 26 Jul

£150–£200 / 020 8296 9012

  • 19:30
…and 2 more dates until 28 Jul

ASCUS Art & Science Lab Open Sessions

Open day at ASCUS Lab, suitable for anyone with a creative idea or interested in experimenting with scientific tools.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sat 22 Jun

ASCUS Lab

£0–£5 (£4) / 0131 560 1581

Thu 27 Jun

ASCUS Lab

£0–£5 (£4) / 0131 560 1581

Sat 29 Jun

ASCUS Lab

£0–£5 (£4) / 0131 560 1581

…and 48 more dates until 14 Dec

An Audience with Mark 'Billy' Billingham

SAS soldier Mark Billingham talks about his adventures.

The Customs House, South Shields

Thu 7 Nov

£25 / 0191 454 1234

Exeter Corn Exchange

Mon 4 Nov

£24.61 / 01392 665938

The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe

Wed 6 Nov

£24.19 / 0844 854 2776

The Battle of Falkirk 1298 Event

A commemoration of the Battle of Falkirk 1298.

Falkirk Historic Kirk Yard

Sat 20 Jul

Free

  • 11:00 – 16:00

BBC: Loose Ends

BBC Radio 4 Join us in Edinburgh as we tie up the Loose Ends with cool music, lots of comedy and, of course, scintillating conversation. This is a free event ticketed via random draw. To enter the draw, please visit bbc.co.uk/tickets. Age category: 16+

George Heriot's School, Edinburgh

Fri 16 Aug

Blue Tent

Free / 0131 229 7263

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 20 Aug

Blue Tent

Free / 0131 229 7263

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Brydon, Mack and Mitchell: Town to Town

Comedians Rob Brydon, Lee Mack and David Mitchell (stars of BBC TV's Would I Lie to You?) on tour together.

Brighton Dome

Tue 1 Oct

£46.80 / 01273 709709

Wed 2 Oct

£46.80 / 01273 709709

Thu 3 Oct

£46.80 / 01273 709709

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea

Sat 28 Sep

£46.30 / 01702 351135

Sun 29 Sep

£46.30 / 01702 351135

Mon 30 Sep

£46.30 / 01702 351135

Grand Theatre, Swansea

Fri 20 Sep

£46.80 / 01792 475715

Sat 21 Sep

£46.80 / 01792 475715

Sun 22 Sep

£46.80 / 01792 475715

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CatFest

A celebration of all things feline, the UK's cat festival Catfest showcases buzz-worthy products and accessories for cats and cat-folks, books, art, veggie street food, kitty-themed cakes and cocktails while helping cats in need. Plus festival goers can enjoy films, inspiring talks from animal experts and bestselling…

Beckenham Place Mansion

Sat 29 Jun

£9.05–£22.25 / 07834273297

Chinese Cuisine: Does Cultural Authenticity Matter?

An expert range of panellists discuss what constitutes 'authentic' when it comes to Chinese cuisine.

Asia House, London W1G

Tue 25 Jun

£10 (£8; Members £5; Students free)

Conference for the Birds by Marcus Coates

Step inside Thomas Bewick's birthplace, take a seat and join the conversation. Artist Marcus Coates has reimagined the birds Bewick studied by giving them a voice. Please be aware that this installation contains discussion about bird behaviour including mating, hunting and male anatomy.

National Trust: Cherryburn, Stocksfield

Fri 21 Jun

Free / 01661 843276

Sat 22 Jun

Free / 01661 843276

Sun 23 Jun

Free / 01661 843276

…and 11 more dates until 4 Jul

Crathes Castle Midnight Tour

Tour Crathes Castle on the night of the solstice and keep an eye out for the apparition that is rumoured to appear one night each year.

Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate, Banchory

Fri 21 Jun

£15 / 0844 493 2166

Creative Writing with E. S. Thomson

Author E.S. Thomson hosts this three-hour creative writing workshop that lets participants use material from one of the oldest medical collections in the UK.

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Thu 15 Aug

Edinburgh Bus Tours

Hop on an open top bus to hear all about the city on Edinburgh. Sites along the route include Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Yacht Britannia and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Waverley Bridge, Edinburgh

Fri 21 Jun

0131 220 0770

  • 09:00 – 17:00

Sat 22 Jun

0131 220 0770

  • 09:00 – 17:00

Sun 23 Jun

0131 220 0770

  • 09:00 – 17:00
…and 191 more dates until 31 Dec

An Evening with Astronaut Tony Antonelli

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing at this talk by former NASA astronaut Tony Antonelli, who has piloted two space shuttles to the International Space Station.

Southampton University Students' Union

Tue 2 Jul

£19.50 (£12.50) / 023 8059 5205

UEA LCR, Norwich

Fri 5 Jul

£19.50 (Children £12.50)

The University Of Kent, Canterbury

Wed 3 Jul

£19.50 (£12.50) / 01227 827013

  • 19:30 – 21:30

Fashion and Fiction: Elif Shafak with Rosie Goldsmith

In this special event, the distinguished British-Turkish novelist and activist Elif Shafak launches her new novel '10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World'. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear this inspired and inspirational speaker and writer talk about her views of women, clothing, culture and identity in her…

Victoria & Albert Museum, London SW7

Fri 21 Jun

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

£12–£15 / 020 7942 2000

Friday Forum: Dior in Detail - Designing Dreams

Delve deeper into the world of Dior in the company of fashion historians, curators, conservators and designers. From Dior’s dresses for Princess Margaret to accessories and underwear, talks will explore objects on display but also those in the V&A archive. You will gain a closer look at Dior’s use of textiles, his…

Victoria & Albert Museum, London SW7

Fri 5 Jul

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

£15–£45 / 020 7942 2000

Godolphin House open

Soak up the atmosphere and history as you wander through each room in Godolphin House. Find out how generations lived in grandeur with wealth generated from mining on the estate. From royal connections to horse racing, there is much to discover at Godolphin.

National Trust: Godolphin Estate, Breage, Helston

Sat 6 Jul

Free Admission applies / 01736 763194

Sun 7 Jul

Free Admission applies / 01736 763194

Mon 8 Jul

Free Admission applies / 01736 763194

…and 15 more dates until 10 Oct

The Great Exhibition Road Festival

Festival in the spirit of the Great Exhibition of 1851, which celebrated the values of curiosity, discovery and exploration. Featuring talks, exhibitions, performances and more, up and down the galleries and museums on Exhibition Road.

Exhibition Road, London SW7

Fri 28 Jun

prices vary

Sat 29 Jun

prices vary

Sun 30 Jun

prices vary

Greg Minnaar: Size Matters

3x UCi Downhill World Champion, 3x UCi Downhill World Cup Champion, with 21 World Cup race wins and multiple podium positions, Greg Minnaar is unarguably one of the greatest mountain bikers in the history of the sport. In this brand new show, Greg takes audiences on the journey of his incredible enduring racing career and…

Albert Halls, Stirling

Fri 4 Oct

£19 / 01786 473544

  • 19:30

Buxton Opera House

Sat 19 Oct

Times to be confirmed / 0845 127 2190

Capitol Theatre, Horsham

Sun 27 Oct

Times to be confirmed / 01403 750 220

Theatre

£20 / 01403 750 220

  • 19:30

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Hadrian Festival 2019

11am - 4pm Adult admission charges apply. Kids under 16 go free Gladiator spars and battles in the roped arena all through the day Supported by the Friends of Segedunum. The Historical Combat company take over the fort with a variety of costumed historical interpreters, storytellers and heritage craft…

Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum, Wallsend

Sat 10 Aug

Prices to be confirmed / 0191 278 4217