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Dundee August 2012

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What's on in Dundee in August 2012?

Event of the month

Dare ProtoPlay

Dare ProtoPlay (10 - 12 August 2012)

This free computer games festival is the finale of the UK's top video games design competition for students, who've been hard at work building new games for 9 weeks. This is your chance to play them and vote for the winners. It's prestigious stuff; the winning teams will form the shortlist for a BAFTA award. Major games companies will also be there, showing off their latest games and there are workshops for kids to get into building games. - Find out more in our Dare ProtoPlay blog post.

Robot - the Fantasy & the Reality (2 June - 30 September) - Sensation's summer robot extravaganza, with cutting edge technology in the Reality section featuring Scotland's only life-size interactive humanoid robot, while the Fantasy side features famous robots from film and television - Sensation, Greenmarket, Dundee, DD1 4QB - www.sensation.org.uk

Infinite Jest (23 June 2012 - 26 August 2012) - Infinity is a tough concept for the human mind, but it's one we find ourselves drawn to. This intriguing exhibition, featuring three artists from around the world explores infinite loops, circular narration and möbius strips - Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4DY- www.dca.org.uk

Dundee Relay for Life (25 - 26 August 2012) - An inspirational event raising money for Cancer Research UK. Teams of 8 to 15 people will walk a relay in the stadium for 24 hours, with music, games, entertainment and food also on site - Caird Park Stadium, Dundee, DD4 9BX - relay.cancerresearchuk.org

Rhod Gilbert - The Man with the Flaming Battenberg Tattoo (31 August 2012) - Dundee welcomes back the Welsh comedy sensation on a tour which has, frankly, the silliest title we've ever heard. This is the comedy of a man infuriated by the oddest things the modern world can throw at him. With other comedians this might seem like well-trodden ground, but Rhod has a fresh take on this and is so energetic and likeable that you're swept along with him. If you've only seen him on TV comedy panel shows, don't miss the chance to see him live - Caird Hall, City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BB - www.cairdhall.co.uk

Edinburgh August 2012

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What's on in Edinburgh in August 2012?

Event of the month

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh Festival Fringe (3 - 27 August 2012)

Here it is: the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world's largest arts festival and arguably the biggest event in the Edinburgh calendar. With more than 2500 different shows, if you can't find something exciting to see then you're not looking hard enough - Find out more in our Edinburgh Festival Fringe blog post.

Edinburgh International Festival (9 August - 2 September) - The original and arguably most prestigious of Edinburgh's summer festivals. The programme always features the very best classical music, opera, theatre, dance and other arts from around the world - various venues around Edinburgh - www.eif.co.uk.uk

Edinburgh International Book Festival (11 - 27 August 2012) - Yet another "world's biggest", this time it's a celebration of the written word. With readings, Meet the Author events and panel discussions, there will be something suitable for all ages and tastes within the suitable bright, leafy space of Charlotte Square Gardens. The programme isn't announced until June but expect high profile authors and fast selling tickets - Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh, EH2 - www.edbookfest.co.uk

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (25 - 26 August 2012) - An annual extravaganza in Edinburgh Castle, second only to the Fringe Festivaal in size, with military bands and displays on a huge scale. Little known fact: the name for a military "tattoo" derives from the Dutch for "last orders" - Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG - www.edinburgh-tattoo.co.uk

Edinburgh Foodies Festival (10-12 August 2012) - Away from the hustle of the other festivals, Inverleith Park plays host to this mouthwatering showcase of great food and drink. With chefs from TV shows and Michelin-starred restaurants demonstrating in the Chef's Theatre, food and drink masterclasses and stands from the best restaurants and food producers, this is a must for anyone who might be described as a "foodie" - Inverleith Park, Edinburgh - www.foodiesfestival.com

Edinburgh Art Festival (2 August - 2 September 2012) - Scotland's largest annual visual arts festival, with over 45 major exhibitions at a diverse array of venues, including specially commissioned work scattered around the city - various venues around Edinburgh - www.edinburghartfestival.com

London August 2012

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What's on in London in August 2012?

Event of the month

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival (26 - 27 August 2012)

Every August bank holiday the streets of West London come alive for the Notting Hill Carnival – Europe's largest street festival! The Caribbean theme sees the streets packed with steel bands, Calypso music and tempting food stalls; it's a huge party and everyone's invited! - Find out more in our Notting Hill Carnival blog post.

Animal Inside Out (until 16 September 2012) - This August why not take the family to the Natural History Museum and see Animal Inside – an exhibition brought to the UK from the team behind Gunther Von Hagens' 'Body Worlds'. Animals Inside Out is not just skin deep, as this exhibition allows visitors the chance to step inside the flesh and travel on an anatomical safari of the natural world. This UK premier exhibition features 100 animals, displaying the inner working of some of the world's most magnificent creatures - Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD - www.nhm.ac.uk

Great British Beer Festival (7 - 11 August 2012) - Calling all beer lovers, Britain's biggest pub opens its doors for a five day festival starting on Tuesday 7th August. With day tickets from just £6, this festival is money well spent as you can try over 800 different real ales, ciders and foreign beers. The festival is not just about beer, as there will be the chance to try a variety of different foods and music to enjoy from all over the world - Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX - www.gbbf.org.uk

London 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony (12 August 2012) - As quickly as it came around, it's over – the London 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony celebrates the achievements, commitment, blood, sweat and tears of all the athletes that took part in the Olympics. With a cast of 15,000 performers the ceremony will include a march of the athletes, hoisting of the national flags, and the extinguishing of the torch flame. The BT Closing Ceremony concert will take place at Hyde Park with top acts such as Blur, The Specials and New Order performing - Olympic Stadium and Hyde Park - www.london2012.com

British Design 1948 – 2012: Innovation in the Modern Age (until 12 August 2012) - This V&A exhibition celebrates the best of British post-war art and design from 1948 to the present day. It examines the shifting nature of British design over the past 60 years, tracing those changes by exploring buildings, objects, images and ideas. Spread over three galleries, the exhibition reveals how British designers responded to economic, political and cultural forces that have ultimately shaped the way we live today - The Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL - www.vam.ac.uk

Film4 Summer Screen 2012 (16 - 25 August 2012) - Every summer, Somerset House opens its doors to house film screenings in its beautiful courtyard. This annual festival has quickly become London's most popular outdoor film event. The twelve-day series features a broad range of films, all displayed on a state-of-the-art screen, equipped with a fully encompassing surround sound system – this is one film event you will want to be a part of - Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA - www.somersethouse.org.uk/film

LolliBop Festival (17 - 19 August 2012) - Not sure how to entertain the little ones over the summer holidays? Not to worry, as the LolliBop is back this year and is the biggest UK festival for kids! LolliBop is a magical place with live stages, arts, disco, science, workshops and crafts this truly is the best family day out for families. This day event will keep the pint-sized festival goers busy and entertained with an action packed programme for the whole family to enjoy - Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR - www.lollibopfestival.co.uk

Carnaval del Pueblo 2012 (19 August 2012) - This Carnival has been held in London since 1999 and has grown to be the largest Latin American out-doors festival in Europe. The festival is a celebration of Latin American culture with a 3 mile carnival procession, Latin music, dance and fun - making it the event of the year for all Latinos and lovers of their culture. Why not bring the family along and experience this intense culture festival especially as the festival is FREE! - Burgess Park, Albany Road, Camberwell, London, SE5 0RJ - www.carnavaldelpueblo.co.uk

South West Four (25 - 26 August 2012) - The world of dance and electro music comes to South London this August Bank Holiday, spread over two days packed with some of the industry's biggest names. Don't miss Carl Cox, Chase & Status, 2Many DJs, Eric Prydz and Erick Morillo as they go all out on dazzling performances at this year's South West Four festival. It's not just music that will keep these festival revellers happy, as SW4 is packed with stalls selling food, drinks and festival essentials as such as glow sticks! - Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London, SW4 9DE - www.southwestfour.com

London 2012 Paralympic Games (28 August - 9 September 2012) - It has almost been a decade of planning, constructing and testing, but the light is at the end of the tunnel as the 2012 Paralympic Games finally comes to London. The Paralympic Games is the biggest sporting event on the planet for disabled athletes, competing for gold across 20 different sports. Cheer on your country's athletes, soak in the electric atmosphere and experience the wonder of the London 2012 Paralympic Games - Various venues - www.london2012.com/paralympics

Apex Hotels – Book Direct

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Apex Hotels introduces new £10 direct booking reward voucher

Guests of Apex Hotels can now enjoy even more during their stay with the launch of a new £10 direct booking reward voucher.

When booking direct, guests will receive a £10 voucher per room on check-in which can then be spent on lunch, dinner - including in-room dining - and drinks at the bar.

Guests at the Apex Waterloo Place Hotel in Edinburgh and the Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa in Dundee will also be able to put the voucher towards a Spa treatment.

To qualify for the £10 direct booking reward voucher guests should book either online at www.apexhotels.co.uk or through Apex Hotels Central Reservations on 0845 365 0000 or if outside the UK on +44 (0)131 441 0440.

The reward voucher joins a range of benefits which guests can access by booking direct with Apex Hotels. Customers enjoy a Best Rate Guarantee in which Apex Hotels will match a cheaper rate, if found elsewhere, and guests can rest assured there will be no credit card charges on their booking.

Direct booking also enables guests to join the Apex Rewards Program if they stay a minimum of 5 nights per annum. 1 point is awarded for every £1 spent at Apex Hotels and guests can redeem these for a wide range of items including DVDs, games, theatre tickets, retail vouchers, cameras and iPods plus much more.

Lorna Lee, Marketing Director for Apex Hotels, said: "All the staff at Apex Hotels are dedicated to ensuring our guests have a memorable stay and we are always looking at ways to enhance their visitor experience.

"We are delighted to be introducing the £10 direct booking reward voucher which means guests will enjoy even more from their stay. This voucher joins our growing list of rewards that can be accessed through direct booking."