Sparks and Scarves: 15 things to do this November
It’s official: winter is coming. Warm coats, scarves and gloves are out of hibernation, the clocks have gone back, and the kids have made a good start on their Christmas lists. Whilst November can sometimes just feel like the month that happens after Halloween and before Christmas, we’re here to prove that there are still plenty of great days out to enjoy!
This month, we’ve got ice skating and aliens, fireworks and fairies, all handily wrapped up in this simple guide.
- See fireworks near you
Remember, remember the 5th November - aka Bonfire Night here in the UK. With loads of organised bonfire and fireworks displays across the country, there’s no excuse not to join the fun. Need some inspiration? Check out our guide to the perfect places to go for Bonfire Night near you in 2018.
- Wave at Imperial War Museum North, Greater Manchester
One of the most poignant days in the calendar is Armistice Day, which this year also falls on Remembrance Sunday, the 11th November. The symbol of which, the poppy, is the focal point for the incredible installation at Imperial War Museum North, Wave. Made up of a sweeping arch of bright red poppy heads suspended on towering stalks, this installation was first seen at the Tower of London in 2014, but remains as impressive as ever in its new home. In situ until 25th November, it’s definitely worth a visit.
- Eden Camp, North Yorkshire
Sticking with the war theme, a visit to Eden Camp is a step back in time to World War II. The interactive museum lets you take a walk through the Street at War, take cover in an air raid shelter and experience the sights, sounds and smells of war. Don’t miss the Eden Camp Music Hall and Puppet Show or the junior assault course (weather permitting).
- Giant Lanterns of China at Edinburgh Zoo, Edinburgh
Back and better than ever, a legendary night awaits at Edinburgh Zoo’s Giant Lanterns of China. Combining Scottish myths, ancient Chinese legends and incredible wildlife, journey into a world of fantasy with 450 lanterns lighting the way. It promises to be truly magical for all ages!
- Dinosaur events at Biddulph Grange Garden, Staffordshire
There’s real dino fever at Biddulph Grange Garden this month, with a host of dinosaur-themed events that are perfect for families! Try the Dino Trail to see if you can spot dinosaurs throughout the gardens, meet the baby dinosaurs at the Geological Gallery, or take a Dino Walk through the Pinetum, all taking place on selected dates throughout the month.
- Pirates Sleepover at V&A Museum of Childhood, London
Arrrr me hearties! Get ready to spend a swashbuckling night at the V&A Museum of Childhood, as it hosts it’s very own Pirate Sleepover on 17th November! Perfect for kids aged 6-12, for £40 per person you can explore the museum out of hours, listen to pirate tales, take part in games and enjoy a torch-lit tour. It’s a truly unique way to explore the museum!
- Illuminated Lights Trail at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
Christmas has come early to Blenheim Palace, as it’s Illuminated Lights Trail opens on 23rd November. Brighter than ever before, expect lasers, projections and thousands of little lights, from delicate twinkling lights, to huge spectacular creations. Don’t miss the new Field of Light, scented Fire Garden, or the enchanting voices of the Singing Trees.
- Family astronomy at Kielder Observatory, Northumberland
Whilst November is fully booked for Family Astronomy sessions at Kielder Observatory, you’ll want to take the action this month to book for an upcoming event - trust us! The fun, interactive sessions are perfect for kids aged 5+, with each session jam packed full of entertaining talks, telescope tours, demonstrations, and stargazing. Being designed for kids, you can bet the little’uns will leave inspired and with a new found love of astronomy, and you might just do too. Family tickets are available from just £10 per person.
- Live action planetarium show at We The Curious, Bristol
What’s better than an action packed planetarium show at We The Curious? A LIVE action-packed planetarium show! From 9-11th November, the hosts of Wow Tours will be taking the whole family on an out-of-this-world adventure where all of the stars have disappeared. It’s up to you to help solve the day and put everything back where it belongs in this laugh out loud show combing live theatre with all the usual planetarium wonder.
- Toddler takeover at Cutty Sark, London
All aboard Cutty Sark this month, as toddlers get the chance to command the ship on 21st November. Designed to celebrate children’s creativity in museums, activities are led by kids from a local school, with everything from art and crafts, to storytelling and play. Suitable for kids aged 4 and under, you’ll only need to pay for adults - sounds good to us!
- The Great Brick Safari at Twycross Zoo, Warwickshire
Combining the wild side of Twycross Zoo with everyone’s favourite LEGO® bricks, The Great Brick Safari runs all the way until January. Made from nearly 900,000 bricks and taking over 7,500 hours to build, there are over 70 life-sized animals made from LEGO® bricks to explore as part of this fun trail. From a lion to an elephant, crocodile to kangaroo, you’ll love exploring the impressive creations - and it’s all included in your normal ticket price!
- Gothic Falconry at Audley End House & Gardens, Essex
See incredible hawks and fantastic falcons in action at Audley End House & Gardens, as Gothic Falconry takes place from 3rd - 4th November. Expert falconers will demonstrate the art of training, exercising and hunting with birds in a spectacular display, all knitted together with gothic tales and traditions.
- Phileas Fogg’s World of Adventure, Brighton
This is a recent new addition to the sight, bringing an immersive theatrical adventure to Brighton! Phileas Fogg’s World of Adventure is home to two versions, one for adults and one designed especially for kids. Enter the walk-through adventure and complete a variety of tasks to complete the mission, with lots of colourful characters and obstacles along the way. Think escape room and you’re halfway there, it’s definitely worth a visit and there's even a Christmas themed adventure too.
- A trail of tales at Dunster Castle, Somerset
Discover everything from the Viking invasion to the modern day on a trail through time at Dunster Castle. Meet inhabitants from years gone by and discover a whole host of stories, some more gory and gruesome than others! A fun, history day out for the whole family - plus there’s a prize at the end too!
- See Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald at a cinema near you
Get ready for a magical new release, with the latest instalment of the Fantastic Beasts series arriving in cinemas from 16th November! Join Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander and Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore as they battle against dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) - it’s a must see for any Harry Potter fans. Psssst don’t forget you can save up to 30% on your cinema tickets with our membership… join now for just £1.