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Animal Families and Me

with Gordon Buchanan


7.30pm, Friday 22 November

From £19.80 

Have you got any burning wildlife questions? BBC TV wildlife presenter and cameraman Gordon Buchanan has travelled the planet - from South America, Asia, Africa, Papua New Guinea, Russia and Alaska - and will definitely have some interesting answers!

This is a show for any wildlife enthusiast who wants to enjoy the spell-binding stories of the natural world from a man who has experienced danger face to face.

Throughout autumn audiences all over the UK are invited to listen and interact with Gordon Buchanan as the highly acclaimed television wildlife cameraman and presenter of the popular BBC ‘Animal Family and Me’ series shares an insight into his incredible experiences with some of the world’s most fearsome and majestic animals.

Animal Families and Me promises a unique opportunity to hear personal recollections of his globetrotting travels, as Gordon Buchanan delves into his world of weird, wild and wonderful wildlife all illustrated with his own film footage and photography. With a reputation for relishing dangerous and tough assignments, his tales of challenging expeditions make for a thrilling evening not to be missed.

Running order

1st half: 60 mins
Interval: 20 mins
Second half: 40 mins

Total running time – 2 hours

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The Explorers Club and The Polar Academy - Into The Freezer


6.30pm, Friday 22 November

Adult £20.50 | Explorer Cub Member £10.50 |

Under 18's £10.50 | Under 13's Free - includes b/fee

On Friday 22 November, three of the world’s toughest and most seasoned explorers will visit Edinburgh to share inspirational tales and help raise funds for Scottish children’s charity, The Polar Academy.

Taking place at The Assembly Rooms, ‘Into The Freezer’ will be the first time the New York-based Explorers Club has staged an event in Scotland.

Captain Louis Rudd MBE, Mark Wood and Paul Vicary will share stories and footage from their expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctica and help motivate their audience by revealing what can be achieved when you push mind and body to the limit.

Our seasoned explorers will be joined by young explorer Kimberely Craig who was part of The Polar Academy’s Bathgate Academy 2019 expedition team. Kimberley featured extensively during the BBC Scotland documentary Arctic Academy with an entire episode dedicated to the physical and mental challenges she faced during the expedition.

Kimberely will share her personal story of strength and determination and the positive impact The Polar Academy has made not just to herself but to her entire family.

This exclusive event will be hosted by Scotland’s greatest living Polar explorer, Craig Mathieson – the founder of The Polar Academy and a member of the world-renowned Explorers Club.

The speakers will be joined by teenagers from Bathgate Academy who participated in The Polar Academy’s latest expedition to Arctic Greenland in April this year and will be part of a documentary being shown on BBC Scotland this October. 

The speakers: 

Captain Louis Rudd MBE
In December 2018, the British Army Captain became the first Briton in history and only the second person in the world to successfully trek unaided across Antarctica to the South Pole. Capt Rudd finished the solo 921-mile journey in 56 days.

Mark Wood
A former soldier and firefighter, Mark Wood has completed more than 30 major expeditions. This has included summited Mount Everest on numerous occasions, an unsupported trek to the Geographic South Pole, followed directly by a 200-mile solo and unsupported crossing of the Arctic Ocean to the Geographic North Pole. 

Paul Vicary
With over 30 years military experience, Paul has undertaken many challenging expeditions to help raise funds for charity. In 2016, he embarked on arguably one of the last and most difficult arenas in the world today, venturing with two other colleagues unsupported to the Geographic North Pole. 

The Polar Academy
Founded in 2013, the charity uses exploration of the wilds of Scotland and Greenland to positively transform young lives affected by mental health issues.


Doors 6.00pm

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Fane productions

My Last Supper with Jay Rayner 

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7.30pm, Saturday 23 November

From £22

Imagine you are about to die. You have one meal left. What are you going to have?

It’s the question award-winning restaurant critic, MasterChef judge and writer Jay Rayner has been asked most often by audiences across the UK. It happened so often that he decided the time had come to investigate the concept of the last supper and why it intrigues us so. Is it because of the opportunity it presents us with to let your appetites run riot? Or is it because it’s a greedy way in which to tell the story of your own life? And if so, what would a man like Jay Rayner, who for two decades has made a living eating out in restaurants, choose to put on the menu?

In this barnstorming new show, based on his new book, Rayner investigates our fascination with last suppers and tells the stories of the killer dishes that would end up on his table: how he was introduced to oysters by his late mother, how he almost burnt down a hotel because of his love for snails in bubbling garlic butter and of the many ways by which the mighty pig has fed him over the years. Plus, he’ll get the audience to design their own last meal. My Last Supper follows the success of his sell out shows, My Dining Hell and The Ten Food Commandments, which have taken audiences by storm across the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the US.

My Last Supper with Jay Rayner. It’s a show to die for.

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Tom Fletcher 


Tom Fletcher

12 - 1pm, Sunday 1 December  

Tickets cost £8 and can be bought in tandem with a pre-ordered copy of Tom’s new book, The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch, for £12.99

Experience the magical world of The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch, the much anticipated sequel to the bestselling The Christmasaurus by renowned children's author and musician Tom Fletcher. Find out what inspired Tom's characters, his writing and why he loves Christmas so much, and hear Tom sing a song from The Christmasurus musical too. Expect plenty of interactive fun and Christmas merriment at this brilliant event for the whole family.

First hitting the heights of fame as a lead singer and songwriter with UK pop sensations McFly, the multi-talented Tom Fletcher has gone on to become one of the UK’s bestselling authors for children. Since teaming up with band mate Dougie Poynter to pen the hilarious and hugely successful Dinosaur Who Pooped… series, Tom has written a string of award-winning picture books and novels, including There’s a Monster in Your Book and The Creakers. Now he comes to Edinburgh to launch his latest feast of festive fun: The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch

William Trundle and his extraordinary prehistoric pal are back, and this time they need to save Christmas itself! Return to the wonderful wintery world of The Christmasaurus for a brand new adventure with Santa at the North Pole. The mysterious Winter Witch holds the key to Santa’s time-travelling magic, and when Christmas itself is under threat William and the Christmasaurus must risk everything and work with her to save the day.

Join Tom for a dazzling hour of Christmassy fun as he brings William’s unbelievable adventures to life in this one-off appearance in Scotland, and ask your own questions at the end. You can meet Tom and have copies of your books signed afterwards as well.

Tickets cost £8 and can be bought in tandem with a copy of The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch for £12.99. Your pre-ordered book will be available to collect and have signed by Tom at the event, while a limited number of additional copies will be available to buy on the day too.

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Edinburgh's Christmas

Baby Loves Disco Christmas Glitterball 


Sunday 15-21 December

From £10.50

After five sell-out years at Edinburgh’s Christmas, the legendary Baby Loves Disco returns, this time taking over the Assembly Rooms’ Ballroom for its shiniest, happiest Christmas party ever! So, grab your babies, toddlers and young kids and come get your sparkle on for this unique dayclubbing experience.

With resident club DJs spinning nostalgic party floor fillers from the years before parenthood struck and a licensed bar for parents, it’s guaranteed to get the whole family feeling festive. Included in the ticket price is face painting, festive crafts, toddler play equipment, a dress-up corner with selfie props, and dancefloor games with giveaways, bubbles, balloons and more.

There are special prizes for those who bring the most sparkle to this ballroom bash, so glam up in your best Christmas bling! There will be a short interlude with Christmas tunes and an appearance from Santa himself who will be putting his skillz on show on the dancefloor before delivering pressies for all.

The 20% discount for EH postcode holders is applicable to this event.

All adults require a ticket.

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DF Concerts presents

Retro Video Club 

 Retro Video Club AR

7.00pm, Friday 27 December

From £14.30 (inc booking fee)

Bursting onto the scene in 2017, Retro Video Club are a high-octane indie/rock band hailing from Edinburgh, Scotland.

After holing up in the studio for almost a year refining their sound, their single 'Psycho' was play-listed to both Spotify's 'Hot New Bands' and 'The Indie List' playlists which propelled them to a number of sell out shows, at Edinburgh’s The Mash House and Glasgow’s King Tut's Wah Wah Hut.

2018 saw their February single ‘Chemistry’ playlisted on seven Spotify playlists including ‘All New, All Now’, ‘Indie Roadtrip’ and ‘Walk Like a Badass’, seeing it reach over one million streams. One week after Chemistry’s release, the band sold out THE LIQUID ROOMS (Official) in Edinburgh, three times the venue capacity of their Mash House show, four months previous.

Throughout the summer came numerous festival appearances, as well as a hometown show at DF’s Summer Sessions in Princes Street Gardens, with Bastille and The Vaccines. This was followed up by the band’s first full UK Tour, as well as three Scottish shows in December.

2019 so far, has seen the band heading off on a European Tour supporting Barns Courtney, as well as supporting THE HUNNA on their most recent UK Tour. In April, they sold out three consecutive nights at Edinburgh’s Sneaky Pete's, breaking the previous record of two, in one day and in July they performed to a huge audience on the King Tut’s Stage at TRNSMT Festival.

The band played their biggest Glasgow show to date at Saint Luke’s in Glasgow in September (the show sold out in minutes) and will now close the year off with a hometown show at Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms.


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The Edinburgh Hogmanay

Snow Ball Ceilidh

 Snow Ball Ceilidh

8.00pm, Tuesday 31 December 2019

From £53.99 (inc booking fee)

The Scottish capital's biggest indoor Hogmanay event is back for a 7th year on Tuesday December 31st 2019! Enjoy the biggest NYE night of the year in Edinburgh's most dazzling and beautiful civic building, and in a very central setting.

It's a cherished Edinburgh night, and a venue for glamour and kilts! Top live ceilidh bands in each ballroom: one traditional, one contemporary. One ballroom becomes a glitzy disco later in the night, while the other ballroom stays traditional all night! Pop out to see the fireworks at midnight, then rejoin the party.

 VIP options available, including a little calm luxury and comfort in a gorgeous, glittering Drawing Room just off the front Ballroom. Sold out every year: be quick! Sofas, candles, host/ess service, sweet & savoury nibbles, exclusivity and privacy.

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Johnnie Walker

Burns&Beyond - Festival Club 

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23-25 February

From £12.50

Edinburgh’s Burns&Beyond and Chinese New Year Festivals are joining forces for a very special programme of events, celebrating the alignment of Burns Night and Chinese NewYear, which will both fall on 25 January 2020 – the Year of the Rat.

Assembly Rooms Edinburgh hosts Burns&Beyond Festival Club. Events are as follows:



EDWYN COLLINS - Doors: 8.00pm, Thursday 23


TIDE LINES - Doors: 8.00pm, Friday 24

BURNS&BEYOND CULTURE CRAWL (Various venues inc. Assembly Rooms) - 6.30PM – 10.30PM, Saturday 25


For more information on all of the above events and the full Burns&Beyond programme and ticket information please visit their website.  

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Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival 

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Saturday 01 February 2020 to Sunday 02 February 2020  

£49.50 standard | £44.00 early bird 

Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival brings together some of the biggest names in the wellness industry to deliver a weekend of talks, classes and workshops to help us lead healthier and happier lives. 

Get your ticket early and save £5 off your Day Ticket to Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival

We have a limited number of Day Tickets available this year, guaranteeing you entry to the three headline classes, AND the three headline talks on the day of your choice - so don't miss out!

Your Day Ticket also includes first come, first served entry to our Drawing Room talks, workshops and taster experiences, and entry into the Wellbeing Marketplace, offering wellness products, health advice, massage, treatments and delicious food.

The headline fitness classes start at 9.30am. On each day there will be at least one yoga class, one class to get your body moving, and one class to warm you down. Every class will have additional instructors on hand to offer guidance to different ages and abilities. 

The headline talks take place in the afternoon from 1pm - 5pm, leading conversations around mental health, mindfulness, community, sustainability, fitness and food.

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Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Family Festival: Stan and Mabel and the race for space

 Stan mable SCO

12.00pm and 2.00pm Saturday 08 February

From £6-12.50

Join the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the music-loving cat and dog duo Stan and Mabel for a fun-packed session of music and storytelling for the whole family. But watch out for a whole carnival of animals as they escape from the School for Wild and Dangerous Animals in search of a safe place to call their home!

This concert is a sequel to our 2016 show Stan and Mabel and includes irresistibly catchy songs with actions, ideal for engaging young children in orchestral music, as well as firing up their imaginations.

The concert is based on a brand-new illustrated story by Jason Chapman and original music by children’s composer Paul Rissmann and is narrated by children’s TV presenter Chris Jarvis.


Recommended for ages 4-10


RISSMANN - Composer



JASON CHAPMAN – Author / Illustrator


Proudly sponsored by Ballie Gifford - Investment Managers

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Sachiko Furuhata-Kersting

Sachiko Furuhata Kersting 

7:45pm, Saturday 14 March 2020 

Full Price £16.50 | Senior citizens £11 | Disabled £11 | Students £11 | Age 3-16 £8.80 | Free Disabled Companion (Contact Box Office direct)

All above prices include 10% B/FEE

**All online and internet bookings incur a non-refundable £1.50 handling fee on the overall transaction**

Sachiko Furuhata-Kersting is an international concert pianist of breathtaking virtuosity, known for leaving a lasting impression on her audiences. Born in Yokohama, Japan, Sachiko took her first piano lesson aged 3 and later completed her piano degree at the Academy of Music in Tokyo. She continued her studies in Germany at the Academy of Music Detmold and the Robert Schumann Academy in Dusseldorf.

Nocturne in C Sharp Minor, Op Posth
Nocturne in D-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2
Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48 No 1
Fantasie Impromptu in C Sharp Minor Op. 66
Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 31


Etude op 25 Nr .7
op 10 Nr .3 Tristesse
op 10 Nr .4
op 10 Nr .12 Revolutionary
Waltz in B Minor, Op 69, No. 2
in C Sharp Minor Op 64, No. 2
Polonaise No. 6 in A-flat Major Op. 53 ("Heroic")

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My Havana Nights

Graziano Di Prima with Giada Lini 

Havana Nights 

7.30pm, Thursday 26 March 2020

£28 | £27 concession | £58 meet & greet

An all new show ‘Havana Nights’ brings an exciting mix of Latin dances with individual performances from Graziano and Giada as well as entertaining group numbers with their supporting dancers. 

The show will be fast paced and promises to be fresh and innovative with amazing routines to dazzle and wow you. 

Graziano Di Prima has established himself on the hit BBC show Strictly Come Dancing and will now be touring the country with his new show which he has been heavily involved in creating with partner Giada.

Graziano is an Italian Latin Champion so this is one show not to miss!

There is a meet and greet opportunity pre-show to meet Graziano and Giada, so don’t miss the limited opportunity for one these.

Full tour dates www.havananightstour.co.uk   

Meet and greet: 6pm limited to 45 people

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