Fireworks, food and fun: Top 10 things to do and see in November


Winter may be here but some of the best things to see and do this month take place outside. So grab your scarf and hat and check out what all the commotion is about with our Top 10 things to do in November…

1. Real Street Food Festival, London, 1-3 November 2013

Taking place along London’s South Bank, the Real Food Festival is the perfect place to get your food fix. Representing the very best of local British food, 30 street traders will be showcasing produce including everything from craft beer and burgers to the more exotic Bangkok-inspired street food and Spanish tapas.


2. Bonfire Night, Derby, 2-3 November 2013

This year  Chatsworth House in Derbyshire (top above) will be lighting up the night sky with a colourful firework display, a bonfire, music and live entertainment including a steel band and fire performances. You’ll need to buy tickets in advance so check the website first.

3. Diwali, 3 November 2013

Candles, tealights, diyas (oil lamps made from clay) fireworks and bonfires will illuminate the country this weekend not only to mark Bonfire Night but to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu New Year. Also known as the Festival of Lights, the Hindu New Year celebrations will see families and friends getting together to mark the occasion with parties and good food. Join in celebrations across the country and tuck into the food at events and restaurants across the country. You can also try out Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar’s Hindu Lamb and Chickpea recipe here.

4. Ice Skating, 14 November - 5 January 2013

Strap on those skates and try out your ice skating skills at one of the many rinks dotted around the country. Choose from London’s Somerset House  on 14 November to 5 January, or Hampton Court Palace from 30 November to 12 January or head to Brighton’s eco-friendly ‘green rink’ set next to the Royal Pavilion from 9 November to 19th January. For the ultimate in tradition, enjoy a strudel after you skate in the shadow of the Gothic spires of Winchester Cathedral from 21 November to 5 January.


5. Mozartfest, Bath, 8-16 November 2013

Classical music fans will love the Mozartfest held in Bath this month. Celebrating its 21st anniversary this year, the nine-day event will be filled with the maestro’s music. Events range from concerts and lunchtime recitals in various locations around this beautiful city.

6. Lord Mayor’s Show, London, 9 November 2013

Make a date with history and join the three-mile long procession for the Lord Mayor’s Show. Dating back to 1215, this annual event starts off at Mansion House and winds its way through the historic streets of London to welcome into office the new Lord Mayor of the City of London. During the day you’ll see an air-craft display, the 254-year-old gold Lord Mayor's State Coach, colourful floats and a marching band.


7. Ideal Home Show at Christmas, London, 13-17 November 2013

For festive home inspiration, the Ideal Home Show at Christmas is a great place to be. With more than 650 exhibitors, you’ll find food, drink, home accessories and gardening ideas as well festive music and entertainment. There’s a special Christmas gift section too.


8. Manchester Christmas Market, 15 November – 22 December 2014

More than 300 Bavarian-style cabins will be set up in the city’s central square for its annual Christmas market. To celebrate 15 years of trading, specially-minted ‘Christmas shillings’ have been made to use at the market where you’ll be able to pick up arts and crafts gifts. While here, pop into the Christmas vintage tea room and microbrewery for a special treat.


9. London Jazz Festival, 15-24 November 2013

The capital’s biggest city-wide music festival takes place over 10 days where you can expect to hear and see a whole host of fine musicians including the likes of Marcus Miller, Carleen Anderson and Carla Bley. You can join discussions, jazz workshops and late-night sessions across the city in iconic buildings and venues.


10. Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre, 24-25 November 2013

Expect to see a lively mix of entertainment at the Medieval Fayre in the beautiful historical surroundings of Ludlow castle. Throughout the day, you’ll be entertained by court jesters, archers, Knights and storytellers and you can fill your bags with a variety of festive goodies and treats.



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Keya Modessa, ACHICA Features Writer

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