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West End Festival

Taking over the West End of Glasgow, the festival treats the ears to a great musical line-up, tantalises all the senses with a carnival, and delves into the creative depths of local studios and exhibitions with the Hidden Lane open days.

Various venues: Glasgow

Sat 29 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 341 0844

Sun 30 Jun

Times & prices vary / 0141 341 0844

An Evening with Tyson Fury

Listen to an interview with the boxing star Tyson Fury and get your photo taken with the man himself.

The Centenary Pavilion At Leeds United AFC Ltd

Sun 30 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 0871 334 1919

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Sat 29 Jun

VVIP - £185.00, VIP - £82.50, £38.50 (includes booking fee) / 0141 353 8000

Glasgow Comic Con

Glasgow Comic Con is a highly popular annual event which focuses on showcasing sequential art, and will once again host a wide range of established and up-and-coming creators from all across the globe.

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Sat 29 Jun

£11.00 (includes booking fee) / 0141 352 4900

Michael Palin

The Python turned adventurer discusses his life and (highly enviable) career.

The Lowry, Salford

Sat 29 Jun

£30.50–£40.50 / 08432 086000

Lyric Theatre

£30.50–£83.50 / 08432 086000

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

Ant Middleton

An evening with the soldier, adventurer and star of C4's SAS: Who Dares Wins.

The Royal Artillery Barracks, London SE18

Sat 29 Jun

£185

Sun 30 Jun

£185

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

Sat 29 Jun

Free Donations welcome / 0191 222 6765

Sun 30 Jun

Free Donations welcome / 0191 222 6765

Gods and goddesses

Stories of gods and goddesses have entertained and enthralled us from the dawn of civilisation. Handed down to us through Western art and culture, we are reminded of our humanity and connection with one another.As part of our Pride and Joy festival weekend, join Deaf lecturer John Wilson to explore and learn about the…

The National Gallery, London WC2N

Sat 29 Jun

Sainsbury Wing Foyer

Free / 020 7747 2885

The Old Curiosity's Gin Garden Tours

Take a tour of the Secret Herb Garden, the drying room and where they distil the colour-changing Old Curiosity Gin, before trying a glass yourself.

The Secret Herb Garden, Lothianburn

Sat 29 Jun

£15 / 0131 445 5888

  • 11:00
  • 13:00
  • 15:00

Sun 30 Jun

£15 / 0131 445 5888

  • 11:00
  • 13:00
  • 15:00

Anglo-Saxons Display

After the Romans left Britain in 410 AD, the island was invaded by Germanic tribes, including the Angles and Saxons. Britain split into lots of small, warring kingdoms. One of the most successful was Northumbria, which soon became a powerful Christian kingdom and a famous centre of learning. Here you can see a great…

Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle

Sat 29 Jun

Free / 0191 222 6765

Sun 30 Jun

Free / 0191 222 6765

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 29 Jun

ASCUS Lab

£0–£5 (£4) / 0131 560 1581

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

Sat 29 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01787 379228

Sun 30 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01787 379228

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

Sat 29 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01539 560951

Sun 30 Jun

Free Admission applies / 01539 560951

Dismissal of the Grecian Envoys Rarely Played

The Greeks are demanding the return of Helen. The Trojans meet. Paris wants to keep her. Antenor argues for her return. Priam will have to determine which route is the more advantageous or disadvantageous for the state. Kochanowski is regarded as the father of Polish verse. *His Dismissal *was the first tragedy written…

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London SE1

Sun 30 Jun

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

£5–£15 (Student £12) / 020 7401 9919

An Evening with Alan McGee

The Creation Records label owner chats about what it was like to work with Primal Scream, The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Oasis, The Libertines and more.

Mac Arts, Galashiels

Sun 30 Jun

£15 / 01896 756852

Panels, Pages & Poetics: Understanding the Language of Comics

Learn how to understand comics at this insightful introduction for new readers.

CCA, Glasgow

Sat 29 Jun

Free / 0141 352 4900

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Sun 30 Jun

Free / 0141 352 4900

  • 12:00 – 16:00

Skate Southampton John Hansard Gallery Takeover

Skate Southampton take over the gallery with a series of displays, exhibitions, workshops and more.

John Hansard Gallery, Southampton

Sat 29 Jun

Free / 023 8059 2158

Spotlight On: Wild & Majestic

Curator Patrick Watt explores how a romanticised ideal of Scotland became a badge of wider Scottish identity.

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Sat 29 Jun

Auditorium, Level 1, entry via Chambers Street

Free / 0300 123 6789

Auditorium, Level 1. Entry via Chambers Street.

Free / 0300 123 6789

Free / 0300 123 6789

Tour & Tasting

Take a tour of Cloudwater, learn about their brewing ethos and receive a tutored tasting of their beers.

Cloudwater Brew Co, Manchester

Sat 29 Jun

£16.50

Tram Man Tour

Travel through time with the Tram Man - don't be late or he'll leave without you! Tours run on a Monday from the 6th of March and then on the following dates; 18th of March, 1st, 15th & 29th of April, 13th May, 10th & 24th of June, 8th & 22nd of July and 5th & 19th of August 2019.

Riverside Museum, Glasgow

Sat 29 Jun

Free / 0141 287 2720

Sun 30 Jun

Free / 0141 287 2720

Weavers & Thread Makers: A Heritage Walk around Paisley's Weaving and Textile Industry

Stephen Clancy leads this walking tour through the history of Paisley's weaving industry.

Made in Paisley

Sat 29 Jun

Free / 0141 618 7939

Wild Bat Walks at Llanerchaeron

Experience the excitement of spotting these elusive nocturnal creatures with a bat detector which changes their high pitch calls to a sound we can hear.

National Trust: Llanerchaeron, Aberaeron

Sat 29 Jun

£3 Booking essential / 01545 570200

Sun 30 Jun

£3 Booking essential / 01545 570200

10 minute talks: Alterations, Art and Architects

William Morris left behind a craftsman's legacy at Red House in 1865. Discover what happened next to Red House, the exciting lives of the people who lived here, and how they were inspired by Morris' memory.

National Trust: Red House, Bexleyheath

Sat 29 Jun

Free Admission applies / 020 8304 9878

Sun 30 Jun

Free Admission applies / 020 8304 9878

All Things Florida

Find out how to buy property in America's Sunshine State.

The George Wraysbury

Sun 30 Jun

Free / 01784 606996

  • 13:30 – 17:00

Ancient Egypt Gallery

The Egyptian gallery is really special – not only because of the large number of perfectly preserved artefacts it contains, but for the huge variety of objects on display. Here you can marvel at enormous stone statues, tiny lucky charms, precious burial goods and entire coffins.

Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle

Sat 29 Jun

Free / 0191 222 6765

Sun 30 Jun

Free / 0191 222 6765