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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

This unique event 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.

Castle Esplanade, Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

Sat 8 Aug

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

Mon 10 Aug

£25–£63 / 0131 225 1188

…and 17 more dates until 29 Aug

Dr Bunhead's Exploding Easter Egg Show

Join Dr Bunhead for some serious Easter action with rainbow foam fountains, an Easter egg explosion and a bunny bazooka.

George Square Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh

Fri 10 Apr

£6 / 0131 651 2189

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Sat 11 Apr

£6 / 0131 651 2189

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Jungle Safari

Put on your safari gear and embark on an incredible and memorable journey through the deepest, darkest regions of the jungle. Our team will help you discover the fascinating world of animal communication and learn more about the amazing range of sounds the creatures of the jungle make. Please note: this workshop is…

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 6 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 10 more dates until 18 Apr

21st Century Brain

Even in today's world of advanced technology, the human brain is still the most complex structure known to man, containing almost 100 billion nerve cells that work together to control your behaviour. Using the latest technology, computer games and hands-on challenges for children and adults, we'll explore this…

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 6 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 4 more dates until 11 Apr

3 Bears

The shiny metal world of Goldilocks meets the lovely natural wooden world of the three bears… and the result is a very sticky adventure all round as Goldilocks and the bears make friends and cook up a wonderful porridge recipe together. Join Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre in the kitchen where, using simple kitchen…

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Wed 15 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 16 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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A Beginner's Guide to the Human Brain

Of all the extraordinary organs of the body, the brain is the most amazing. Find out some of the incredible things it can do, and how you can fool it! Is what you see the same as what you look at? Is flavour really just a matter of taste? And are humans really the most intelligent animals, or do we only think we…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 17 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

A Very Short Introduction to… Coral Reefs

For centuries, coral reefs have been regarded with awe. Their scale is enormous and their ecological value is high, supporting both marine and human life. Today, the vibrancy and diversity of these fascinating ecosystems are under threat from over exploitation and they could face future extinction, unless our conservation…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 17 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

A Very Short Introduction to…Forensic Psychology

Lie detection, offender profiling, jury selection, insanity in the law, predicting the risk of re-offending, the minds of serial killers are topics that fill both the news and fiction. They are all aspects of the rapidly developing area of scientific psychology broadly known as forensic psychology.  This  Very Short…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Tue 7 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

A Very Short Introduction to…Genes

If you’re curious about what genes are and how genetics can be put to use, this is the Very Short Introduction… for you. Jonathan Slack, Emeritus Professor at the University of Bath, explores the discovery, nature, and role of genes in both evolution and development, explaining the nature of genetic variation in the human…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Mon 6 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

A Very Short Introduction to… Global Catastrophes

Life on earth will come to an end. It's just a matter of when. In this  Very Short Introduction…, academic, science writer and broadcaster Bill McGuire explores the many potential catastrophes facing our planet and our species – from global warming and the New Ice Age, to asteroids and comets, super-volcanoes and…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Thu 9 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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A Very Short Introduction to…Hormones

Hormones play an integral part in the balance and workings of the body. While many people are broadly aware of their existence, there are many misconceptions about the endocrine system. In this  Very Short Introduction…  physiologist Martin Luck explains what hormones are, what they do, where they come from, and how they…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Tue 14 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

A Very Short Introduction to…Human Anatomy

With strange vocabulary and an apparent mass of facts, human anatomy can at first appear confusing. But the basic construction of the human body – the skeleton, the organs, the nervous system – is vital for anyone studying medicine, biology, and health studies. In this  Very Short Introduction…  Leslie Klenerman, Emeritus…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 10 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

A Very Short Introduction to… Particle Physics

Prof Frank Close, Professor of Physics at Oxford University, takes us on a journey into the atom to examine known particles such as quarks, electrons, and the ghostly neutrino. He will share how discoveries in particle physics have actually been made, and discuss how our picture of the world has been radically revised in…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Wed 8 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

A Very Short Introduction to…The Animal Kingdom

DNA analysis and the study of evolution and development has greatly enhanced our understanding of the animal world. In this Very Short Introduction… Prof Peter Holland, Linacre Professor of Zoology at The University of Oxford, presents a modern tour of the animal kingdom. He will give an overview of the biology of each…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Thu 16 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Abouttimeyousaurus: Meet The Newest Dinosaurs

We are currently in the middle of a golden age of dinosaur discovery, with palaeontologists finding a new species of dinosaur somewhere around the world on average once a week! Just last year about 50 new species were found, ranging from one of the biggest long-necked dinosaurs ever discovered, to a four-winged dinosaur…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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Absolute Improv!

To Be Continued… Fast-paced, hilarious improv show that will have you coming back for more. 2-time Edinburgh Fringe sell-out! Scottish and international improvisers create witty sketches based on your suggestions (à la Whose Line is it Anyway?) - so be sure to arrive ready to shout out odd and wonderful ideas, and…

theSpaces on the Mile, Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug

Space 2

£6 / 0845 508 8316

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Space 2

£10 (£9) / 0845 508 8316

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 10 Aug

Space 2

£9 (£8) / 0845 508 8316

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 29 Aug

Alex through the looking glass

Bestselling author and Edinburgh local  Alex Bellos  takes us on a journey of mathematical discovery with his signature wit and limitless enthusiasm. As he narrates a series of eye-opening encounters with lively personalities all over the world, Alex demonstrates how numbers have come to be our friends, how fascinating…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 17 Apr

£8 (£6) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

All In the Mind?

Psychosomatic phenomena – experiences that affect both body and mind – are a source of both scientific and social intrigue and can reveal unexpected things about our mental and physical conditions. Stigmata and Stendhal syndrome, phantom pains, paralysis-by-painting and the placebo effect are all on the menu in this…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Mon 6 Apr

£8 (£6) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Amazing Immunology

Reveal the secrets of your immune system in a fun interactive session where you'll explore allergies, infections and vaccinations with real medical research scientists. Help Denny and the T-Team find and solve 3D puzzles, try the Rash Decisions ball pool challenge and complete your Immunological Stickers story. For ages…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Tue 14 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Wed 15 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 16 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 2 more dates until 18 Apr

And Through the Dark the Brilliant Light

James Clerk Maxwell is to science in Scotland as Burns is to poetry. Born in Edinburgh in 1831, he ranks with Newton and Einstein as one of the three greatest physicists of all time. His mathematical demonstration that light is an electromagnetic wave, published 150 years ago, is celebrated in the current UN International…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Sat 11 Apr

£8 (£6) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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Antibiotics Apocalypse

No new antibiotics have been introduced since 1987, but new pathogens are emerging and existing bacteria are developing resistance to drugs. Nesta have established the Longitude Prize, which offers £10 million to anyone who can come up with a way to prevent the rise of antibiotic resistance. Join Longitude Committee…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Wed 8 Apr

£8 (£6) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Apollo 21: Lost Among Stars

It’s 1975 and the Apollo programme – the golden age of space travel – is coming to an end. Tara Beckett is boarding Apollo 21, a dream come true. But soon after reaching orbit, the mission is thrown into jeopardy. Lost, alone, and running out of air, will she make it back to Earth or is she destined to wander between…

Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

Wed 15 Apr

£6 (£4) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

App Developer Workshop

Learn how to become an app developer and create and use your very own smartphone app. You'll learn the essentials of designing and programming a mobile app for iPhone or Android, using an intuitive and easy to use platform that's perfect for first-timers but also loaded with features for more adventurous developers. Ages 8+

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Mon 6 Apr

£15 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 7 Apr

£15 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

The Art of Science

From biological sciences to particle physics, this exhibition of striking images and objects celebrates the diverse and surprising range of scientific research going on right now at The University of Edinburgh. Be inspired and ponder the science at the heart of so many aspects of our lives. All Ages

University of Edinburgh Visitor Centre

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

The Arup Lecture 2015: Old Cities, New Ways, Perpetual Places

How can new materials and new manufacturing, installing and monitoring techniques in design, engineering and construction preserve and enhance a great city like Edinburgh? Graham Dodd and Graham Gedge of the Material Consulting Group within Arup will share a possible cutting-edge future for our city, where important…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Thu 16 Apr

£8 (£6) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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