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Sparks and Scarves: 15 things to do this November

Lisa O'Keeffe

30 October 2017

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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.

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  1. Natural History Museum Ice Rink, London

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with the reopening of one of London’s most popular ice rinks. Get your skates on and head to the Natural History Museum Ice Rink, where you can spin and glide in style in the grounds of the London landmark. Not quite mastered it? Parent and toddler skate sessions are a great way to get your kids on the ice, plus little ones will love the adorable Penguin skating aids! Check out our special parent and toddler offer for a great family day out this November.

    Families skating on the Natural History Museum Ice Rink in London

  2. Beaulieu, Hampshire

    This award-winning attraction is the ideal family day out, with loads of different attractions and things to do all in one place! From the National Motor Museum and the Evolution of Motoring, to the Palace House, stunning gardens and the Skytrain monorail, it’s a haven for kids with so much to see and do. Watch your kids behind the wheel in some of the family-friendly driving circuits, dress up in fancy dress for a photo opportunity or try a family fun trail through everything Beaulieu has to offer.

    A family inspects one of the classic cars at Beaulieu in Hampshire

  3. Sorted at The Postal Museum, London

    Bringing five centuries of communications history to life, The Postal Museum is a fascinating new attraction in the heart of the capital with something for all ages! For kids, we love Sorted! The postal play space specifically designed for kids aged 8 and under. The immersive mini-town gives kids the chance to try everything from parcel sorting and managing the post office, to driving a mail van around town to deliver mail. With a host of special events too, this is a first-class day out for families.

    A kid driving the postal vans at The Postal Museum in London

  4. SnowDome Tamworth, Staffordshire

    We’ll bet the words “I can’t believe how cold it is” have been uttered a lot this week, but a visit to SnowDome in Tamworth will see temperatures dip even lower for a host of family fun in the snow! Home to the UK’s only dedicated children’s snowplay area, kids can slide around on real snow slides, experience a game of snowballs and lots more. With lots more activities, including tubing, sledging and tobogganing, wrap up warm for a guaranteed snow day.

    Kids playing in real snow at Snowdome in Tamworth

  5. We Are Aliens! At Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow

    Glasgow Science Centre is a great day out for curious little minds, with three floors and hundreds of interactive exhibits to get you thinking! This month, we love the We Are Aliens planetarium show, which explores the question of life beyond earth in a fun way for visitors of all ages. Narrated by none other than Rupert Grint (aka Ron Weasley!), it’s well worth the extra £3 on top of entry.

    We are Aliens planetarium show at Glasgow Science Centre

  6. Fairy Door Hunt at Stump Cross Caverns, North Yorkshire

    Explore the fascinating and impressive underground caves at Stump Cross Caverns, which began to form millions of years ago! Discover just how these caves were formed, as well as some of the discoveries along the way, but for kids, it’s the Fairy Door Hunt that is a must-do this month. Uncover clues to solve the mysteries that the fairies have left behind, with a guaranteed prize at the end. It’s £2 per child for the hunt, but they’ll love turning detective to find the magical clues.

  7. Scotney Castle, Kent

    This season is the best for getting out and about, and nothing beats the autumn colour walks at Scotney Castle. From the red of the maple tree to the orange of the beech tree, the grounds are lit up in a kaleidoscope of autumn colours, creating a stunning walk the whole family will love. Create your own scavenger hunt on the go – who can find the tallest tree or the biggest leaf? With lots more to explore, including the castle itself, there’s loads the whole family will love.

  8. Fireworks, nationwide

    Remember, remember, the 5th of November as skies across the UK are lit up with fireworks to mark bonfire Guy Fawkes night. There are loads of family-friendly displays all across the country, so make sure you don’t miss our guide to the best fireworks displays and bonfires near you.

    A family at a fireworks display

  9. Museum of Liverpool, Liverpool

    The daily Little Liverpool event at the Museum of Liverpool is a fab hands-on fantasy world designed especially for children under the age of 6. A space where they can play and learn, including making their very own Liverpool, a city where they are in charge. With limited spaces in each slot it means it never gets overcrowded, just pick up your free ticket from the Welcome Desk when you arrive.

  10. Sloths and Bats at Folly Farm, Pembrokeshire

    Only running until 5th November, celebrate super sloths and brilliant bats at Folly Farm. See them living side by side and get the chance to ask all the questions you can think of, including finding out just why bats hang upside down. There’s a host of themed activities too, including games, competitions and crafts, all whilst helping to raise vital conservation funds.

    A fruit bat at Folly Farm

  11. Longleat Festival of Light, Wiltshire

    This winter, lanterns will be lighting up the country, including this stunning event at Longleat Safari and Adventure Park. Opening on 5th November, the Festival of Light draws inspiration from classic tales, so get ready to dance with the sugar plum fairy, hide from the wicked Snow Queen and stroll through Sleeping Beauty’s castle. It’s a place where imagination runs free and all your favourite stories are brought to life, just be sure to wrap up warm.

    Red Riding Hood at the Longleat lantern trail
  12. The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland

    Home to one of the world’s largest wooden tree houses, plus a stunning collection of plants, flowers and ornamental features, there’s lots to explore at The Alnwick Garden. Guaranteed to give you the ‘wow’ factor as soon as you enter the gates, see if you can spot this month’s in-season shrubs, including a strawberry tree and winter flowering viburnum.

  13. Family campfire at Weald Country Park, Essex

    How do you fancy exploring the park after dark? Join the rangers on 17th and 18th November for an exciting night ramble around Weald Country Park looking for a host of animals who come out to play as night falls, including rabbits, wild deer herds and more. After seeing the wildlife, settle down around a cosy campfire, with stories, marshmallows and hot chocolate to keep you warm. It’s a fun way for the whole family to get closer to nature, just be sure to pack those hats, scarves and gloves!

    A sunset over Weald Country Park

  14. Loughborough Fair, Leicestershire

    The fair is back in Loughborough from 8th – 11th November, with vintage rides and traditional fun for the whole family. Old favourites include the waltzers and dodgems, whilst Kiddies’ Corner is great for younger ones. Guaranteed to have you all in a spin, it’s a classic day out the kids will love. 

  15. Paddington 2 in cinemas, nationwide

    The lovable Paddington returns for his second stint on the big screen, as Paddington 2 is released in cinemas on 10th November. With more marmalade sandwiches and his signature blue duffle coat, this family favourite will have you all laughing out loud as his adventure across London continues. Plus, with Paddington pop-ups across London throughout November and into December, there are plenty of opportunities to see even more of the bear.

    Paddington 2 film poster

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Lisa O'Keeffe

30 October 2017

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Lisa is Brand Manager at Day Out With The Kids. Originally from London, she now lives in Birmingham and is a big kid at heart!

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