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Anton Du Beke

Anton Du Beke is one of the most instantly recognisable dancers today, best known for his role on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, which he has featured on since its launch in 2004. His debut album reached the Top 20, and his sellout Dance Tour is in its tenth year. A household name and all­round entertainer, known as Mr…

Magdalen College School, Oxford

Tue 2 Jul

The art of Islamic pattern: the Arabesque

A gallery talk by independent speaker Diana Driscoll. Gallery talks last 45 minutes.

British Museum, London WC1B

Sat 31 Aug

Room 43

Free / 020 7323 8181

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

Thu 27 Jun

ASCUS Lab

£0–£5 (£4) / 0131 560 1581

Sat 29 Jun

ASCUS Lab

£0–£5 (£4) / 0131 560 1581

Thu 4 Jul

ASCUS Lab

£0–£5 (£4) / 0131 560 1581

…and 47 more dates until 14 Dec

BBC: Just a Minute

BBC Radio 4 Come along to Just a Minute’s special recordings in Edinburgh. Witty and loquacious panellists try to speak for 60 seconds without hesitation, repetition or deviation. Expertly chaired by Nicholas Parsons. This is a free event ticketed via random draw. To enter the draw, please visit…

George Heriot's School, Edinburgh

Tue 6 Aug

Blue Tent

Free / 0131 229 7263

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

BCSS July Meeting Southampton Branch

Derek Tribble leads this talk about crassulas.

St James Church, Southampton

Tue 2 Jul

Free

  • 19:30 – 22:00

Beatrix Potter - The Melford Hall Connection

Beatrix Potter would regularly take extended holidays at Melford Hall between 1899 and 1916 and her name and doodles can be found in a number of visitor books in the house. Beatrix would always carry a camera or sketchbook with her, and would sketch, paint or photograph. This exhibition will show some of these sketches…

National Trust: Melford Hall, Sudbury

Wed 26 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01787 379228

Thu 27 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01787 379228

Fri 28 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01787 379228

…and 15 more dates until 19 Jul

Beyond Borders International Festival

Intimate and engaging festival with talks by authors, politicians, journalists and diplomats about pressing global issues. It features an arts and music programme with performance, visual arts, poetry and dance.

Traquair House, Innerleithen

Sat 24 Aug

Prices to be confirmed / 01896 830323

  • 11:00 – 18:00

Sun 25 Aug

Prices to be confirmed / 01896 830323

  • 11:00 – 18:00

Birds and Botany at Aberlady

Ranger-led walk through the nature reserve with John Harrison.

Aberlady Local Nature Reserve, Longniddry

Sat 6 Jul

£3

  • 15:30 – 18:30

Bodyposipanda's Never Say Diet Club Live

A unique new concept club that aims to destroy harmful diet culture and get participants moving and loving their bodies.

The Bloomsbury Theatre, London WC1H

Mon 23 Sep

£22 / 020 3108 1000

Colchester Arts Centre

Tue 17 Sep

£22 / 01206 500900

The Glee Club, Birmingham

Wed 18 Sep

£22 / 0871 472 0400

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Brazilian-Portuguese Course: Upper-Intermediate B2.1

Portuguese lessons suitable for students who have completed the intermediate B1 course and are familiar with the present, past, future and conditional tenses.

Lingua Diversa Group, London WC1R

Thu 27 Jun

£190 / 020 3556 6413

Thu 4 Jul

£190 / 020 3556 6413

Brian Jones 50th Anniversary Walking Tour

Walking tour around Cheltenham that gives insight into the early life of Rolling Stones founding member Brian Jones.

The Wilson, Cheltenham

Tue 2 Jul

£10 / 01242 237431

Wed 3 Jul

£10 / 01242 237431

Sat 6 Jul

£10 / 01242 237431

Sat 24 Aug

£10 / 01242 237431

Bridging Binaries: LGBTQ+ Tours

From same- sex behaviour among penguins to eroticism in the ancient world, explore the spectrum of identities that exist across time, place and culture in Cambridge collections. Join our volunteer guides to discover their personal selection of fascinating stories of non-normative gender and sexual identities through a…

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Sat 6 Jul

Free / 01223 332900

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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Buttercups Isleworth Open Day

Open day at nursery for children under 5.

Buttercups Nursery Isleworth, Middlesex

Sun 14 Jul

Free

  • 11:00 – 13:00

Cecilia's Story: A Life in Letters

Uncover the story of Sizergh’s 18th century lady of the house, Cecilia Strickland, as her experiences of love, loss and hope are brought to life inspired by her surviving letters.

National Trust: Sizergh Castle, Kendal

Tue 25 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01539 560951

Wed 26 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01539 560951

Thu 27 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01539 560951

…and 15 more dates until 14 Jul

Charles Maclean Whisky Masterclass

Charles Maclean Charles MacLean has been researching and writing books and articles about whisky since 1981. He has published ten books to date, including the standard work on whisky brands, Scotch Whisky and the leading book on its subject, Malt Whisky, both of which were short-listed for Glenfiddich Awards. He shares…

The Merchants' Hall, Edinburgh

Sat 17 Aug

Main Hall

£25 (£20) / 0131 225 7202

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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)

Christmas candlelit house tours

After the hubbub of daytime visitors has died down, join us for an intimate tour of the house by flickering LED candlelight. With the mansion decorated for a Victorian Christmas, you’ll wander through historical highlights such as the Pre-Reformation Chapel and neo-classical staircase hall. At the end of the tour, you’ll…

National Trust: The Vyne, Basingstoke

Tue 3 Dec

£35 Booking essential / 01256 883858

Thu 5 Dec

£35 Booking essential / 01256 883858

Wed 11 Dec

£35 Booking essential / 01256 883858

…and 3 more dates until 19 Dec

Clare Mackintosh: After the End

The number one Sunday Times bestselling author discusses her newest book.

Jaffe and Neale Bookshop, Chipping Norton

Thu 27 Jun

£5 / 01608 641033

Collecting histories: highlights of the display and trail

A gallery talk by Ben Burt and Stuart Frost, British Museum. Gallery talks last 45 minutes.

British Museum, London WC1B

Tue 30 Jul

Room 3

Free / 020 7323 8181

Commemorating 100 Years since WWI

To mark the end of the Centenary of WW1, Glasgow Museums have a programme of exhibitions, displays and events. Find out more.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow

Tue 25 Jun

£7 / 0141 276 9599

Crannogs Through Time Lecture

Dr Michael J Stratigos discusses the history of crannogs, spanning the Neolithic period up until the medieval era.

The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre, Stirling

Tue 6 Aug

£5 / 0844 493 2139

CreateInsights: Design Thinking

What does it take to create world first innovations and design experiences that people love? This month Chloe Coulson from award winning design and innovation agency Seymourpowell will talk about the combination of tools and teams required to unlock challenges creatively. Seymourpowell believe great design makes things…

Victoria & Albert Museum, London SW7

Fri 20 Sep

Art Studio, Sackler Centre

Free / 020 7942 2000

Creative Ageing: Excellence in Participatory Arts with Older People

One-day course for artists on Creative Ageing practices, including the practical and ethical challenges of creating work with older people, as well as its rich creative potential.

Collective Encounters, Liverpool

Mon 9 Sep

£105 (£80 individual freelance practitioners) / 0151 345 6266

Curator's introduction to Edvard Munch: love and angst

Curator Giulia Bartrum, British Museum, gives a 60-minute introduction to the exhibition.

British Museum, London WC1B

Thu 27 Jun

BP Lecture Theatre

Free / 020 7323 8181

Thu 18 Jul

BP Lecture Theatre

Free / 020 7323 8181