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Brick Wonders

Architectural gems in Lego, created by Warren Elsmore.

Riddle's Court, Edinburgh

Sat 19 Apr

£2–£4 / 0131 220 1232

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Sun 20 Apr

£2–£4 / 0131 220 1232

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Pirate Gran

You'd never know Gran was a pirate – until you need her most! Based on Geraldine Durrant & Rose Forshall's Pirate Gran series.

Underbelly Bristo Square, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

Udderbelly

£6 / 08445 458252

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Udderbelly

£6 / 08445 458252

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Udderbelly

£10 (£9) / 08445 458252

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 25 Aug

The Bee Man Of Orn

An adaptation of Frank R Stockton's tale of a man in search of his former self.

Quaker Meeting House, Edinburgh

Mon 4 Aug

Theatre

£8 (£7) / 0131 225 4825

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 5 Aug

Theatre

£8 (£7) / 0131 225 4825

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 6 Aug

Theatre

£8 (£7) / 0131 225 4825

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 3 more dates until 9 Aug

Craig Campbell: Thrilling Mic Hunt

Enthusiastic storytelling and sharp wit from the Canadian stand-up.

The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, Edinburgh

Fri 15 Aug

Stand III

£10 (£9) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 16 Aug

Stand III

£10 (£9) / 0131 558 7272

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 17 Aug

Stand III

£9 (£8) / 0131 558 7272

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 7 more dates until 24 Aug

The Blight of Ersatz Neuroscience

The ‘neuro’prefix is nowadays very fashionable. The growing interest in applying our knowledge of the human brain to different fields has resulted in the development of a number of new practices – some good, some bad, and some just crazy. Join The University of Edinburgh’s Prof Sergio della Sala as he explains how some…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Fri 18 Apr

£8 (£4) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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Living Lights

Living Lights photographic exhibition reveals how emission of light by living organisms is used for a variety of reasons, including fireflies who use periodic flashing to attract mates; dinoflagellates that make the sea sparkle at night; anglerfish whose bioluminescent lures attract prey and squid that expel luminescent…

The Mound, Edinburgh

Sat 19 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Sun 20 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

The classic tale of young Alice and her magical wonderland adventures, brought to life with puppets and exciting characters.

theSpaces on North Bridge, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Theatre 2

£9 (£7) / 0845 557 6308

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Theatre 2

£9 (£7) / 0845 557 6308

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Theatre 2

£9 (£7) / 0845 557 6308

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 5 more dates until 9 Aug

Henning Wehn: Eins, Zwei, Diy

The 'German Comedy Ambassador''s new show is all about how he has grown accustomed to the UK sense of humour and way of life.

Just The Tonic at the Caves, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

Just the Big Room

£7.50 / 0131 556 5375

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Just the Big Room

£7.50 / 0131 556 5375

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Just the Big Room

£9.50 (£8.50) / 0131 556 5375

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 24 Aug

Noise Next Door Comedy Lock-In

Bound & Gagged Comedy by arrangement with CKP. This brand new breed of comedy club is a 21st-century mash-up of stand-up, panel shows, and after-hours banter. Indulge yourself in an evening of shameless entertainment. Previous guests have included Daniel Sloss, Andrew Lawrence, Isy Suttie, Zoe Lyons and Rob…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Pleasance Two

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

Pleasance Two

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Pleasance Two

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 24 Aug

Beacon of Light: The New Edinburgh International Festival and the Arts in Post-war Society

The development of the Edinburgh International Festival and how it promotes discussion.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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Dinosaur Zoo

Dinosaurs aren't extinct! They're just hiding out on the other side of the world. Erth's Dinosaur Zoo brings its Jurassic creations to Scotland with an opportunity for children to get right up close.

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Grand

£7 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

Grand

£7 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Grand

£7 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 23 more dates until 25 Aug

Blofeld and Baxter – Memories of Test Match Special

The cricket commentators talk about their careers and stories from their trips around the world.

Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

QueenDome

£9 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

QueenDome

£9 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

QueenDome

£9 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 23 more dates until 24 Aug

Bunbury Is Dead

The Tobacco Tea Theatre Company presents a comedy of manners which has been created by rearranging extracts from the major works of Oscar Wilde.

Café Camino, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Cafe Camino

Free / 0131 523 0102

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Cafe Camino

Free / 0131 523 0102

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Cafe Camino

Free / 0131 523 0102

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 23 Aug

Eric Lampaert: Testiculating (Waving Your Arms Around Talking B*ll*cks)

Surreal and energetic humour from T4's 2012 Rising Star.

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

The Ballroom

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

The Ballroom

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

The Ballroom

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 23 Aug

The Boy in Blue

Comedy ghost story about a young boy betrayed by his mates. Suitable for the family.

Quaker Meeting House, Edinburgh

Mon 11 Aug

Theatre

£5 (£4) / 0131 225 4825

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 12 Aug

Theatre

£5 (£4) / 0131 225 4825

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 13 Aug

Theatre

£5 (£4) / 0131 225 4825

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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The False Memory Archive

Working with leading scientists from the relatively new field of false memory research, Artist A R Hopwood’s work stimulates questions about how our minds construct the past. Drawing upon fascinating research demonstrating our susceptibility to false memories, this exhibition features contemporary artworks and a unique…

Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh

Sat 19 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

A Collection of Grimms' Fairy Tales

Transforum Theatre - Kent State University Follow Hansel, Gretel, and Jacob on their journey through the forest. Using modern twists, creative shadow puppetry and animated storytelling, this heart-warming show asks you to re-evaluate classic tales and their morals. Grimms’ is suitable for all audiences.

AGA Showroom, Edinburgh

Mon 18 Aug

Upstairs

£8 (£7)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 19 Aug

Upstairs

£8 (£7)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 20 Aug

Upstairs

£8 (£7)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 3 more dates until 23 Aug

An Evening with Pam Ayres

A cosy evening of poetry, stories and incredible wit from the lady herself.

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Fri 8 Aug

The Music Hall

£15 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 9 Aug

The Music Hall

£15 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 10 Aug

The Music Hall

£15 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Harriet Dyer: Barking At Aeroplanes

Offbeat stories and fast-paced anecdotes from the University Of Wolverhampton graduate.

Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

The Alcove

Free / 0131 524 1989

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

The Alcove

Free / 0131 524 1989

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

The Alcove

Free / 0131 524 1989

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 24 Aug

The Only Way is Downton

  • Directed by: Owen Lewis
  • Written by: Luke Kempner

Brilliant new parody from impressionist Luke Kempner.

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Above

£7.50 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

Above

£7.50 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Above

£7.50 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 25 Aug back to top

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

This unique event that draws crowds (and performers) from all over the world with massed pipes and drums, massed military bands, display teams, dancers and the haunting lament of the Lone Piper set against the magnificent backcloth of Edinburgh Castle.

Edinburgh Castle

Fri 1 Aug

Times vary / £25–£62 / 0131 225 1188

Sat 2 Aug

Times vary / £25–£62 / 0131 225 1188

Sun 3 Aug

Times vary / £25–£62 / 0131 225 1188

…and 20 more dates until 23 Aug

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre: Socks In Space

Songs, sketches, falsetto and violence, laced with a sci-fi theme from the ever popular Sock Puppets.

The Third Man, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Sportsmans

£5

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

Sportsmans

£5

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Sportsmans

£5

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 23 more dates until 24 Aug

The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer

A fusion of animation, puppetry, projections and music are used to tell the epic story of quiet hero Alvin's search for his wife's lost soul in the depths of the ocean.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Tue 6 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 10:15
  • 13:15

Wed 7 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 10:45
  • 13:30

Thu 8 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

  • 19:00
…and 2 more dates until 10 May

Adventures on Air - Free

James Cook / Free Festival Award-winning comedian James Cook tells the often hilarious, surprising and surreal true story of being the voice between pop records. ‘The most enjoyable hour’ (BBC.co.uk). ‘Well worth tuning in’ (BroadwayBaby.com). Age category: 16+

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

The Loft

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

The Loft

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

The Loft

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 23 Aug

Always Be Rolling - Free

James Cook / Free Festival How board games can change your life and save the world. Award-winning comedian James Cook has read the back of the box and is ready to play. Won’t you join him? 'Truly original' (Danny Wallace). Age category: 14+

Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, Edinburgh

Thu 31 Jul

The Alcove

Free / 0131 524 1989

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

The Alcove

Free / 0131 524 1989

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

The Alcove

Free / 0131 524 1989

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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