Here’s our pick of the best events coming next month across the destinations and attractions we work with. Most events require booking in advance. As ever, please check individual websites for the latest updates.Lincolnshire
Dinostar – Hull’s Dinosaur Experience
Until 27 Nov 2021
Admission: £3 adults, £1.50 children
It’s the last chance to see Yorkshire’s only dinosaur visitor attraction. A dinosaur and fossil shop with an interactive exhibition, Dinostar is billed as a children’s museum with dinosaurs that you can see, touch, hear and even smell! Based in the Fruit Market area, and close to The Deep and Hull Marina, highlights include a Tyrannosaurus rex skull, Triceratops bones you can touch and an interactive Sand Box where you can build a volcano.
Hull Comedy Festival
Best of ‘Ull
Hull Truck theatre
3 November 2021
Hull is funny! Prepare for laughter as a selection of Hull’s multi award-winning comedy talent returns for this “Hullarious” showcase for one-night-only! It’s time to see what everyone is laughing about! Plus, on 6 November, Best of the Fest, a special show full of the most requested acts and favourites from Hull Comedy Festival with a sprinkle of new and emerging comedy talent.
Hull Jazz Festival
Admission: Various, check website for details
Hull Jazz Festival brings the best in world jazz and improvised music to Hull twice a year, summer and winter. Back for its 29th winter edition, Hull Jazz Festival is produced by J-Night, one of the leading producers of world jazz in the North of England
Gin, Rum, Tequila Festival
19 – 21 November 2021
Enjoy 100s of the world’s best gins, rums and tequilas. Visitors can enjoy a cocktail bar, craft beers, and street food, plus live music and DJ’s all within the Trinity Market, Hull’s oldest covered market. The historic market in a recently refurbished Grade 11 listed building has re-emerged as a foodie haven with a host of street food stalls, as well as the venue for popular events, including live music.
Treasure House Museum
9 October – 4 December 2021
Discover how the humble cacao bean went from a bitter drink consumed by the Aztecs and Mayans to the bars of chocolate and confectionary loved by many of us today. Plus, there is a special 25% discount on hot chocolate in the cafe throughout the exhibition, a range of new chocolate-themed book titles for children in Beverley Library and a Chocolate Quiz.
Reflections of Japan in East Yorkshire
Beverley Art Gallery
Until 29 January 2022
This unique exhibition is an official event of the Japan Season of Culture in the UK. It brings together contemporary art and private collections of Japanese art and craft from across East Yorkshire. The core of the exhibition is a never before shown collection of traditional Japanese toys from local collector Jane Irisa. The exhibition also features a display of traditional and vintage kimono, joyful souvenirs and good-luck charms, and a unique set of gifts from the Japanese Imperial Court.
Autumn Edition: Derby Book Festival
5 – 7 November
Various ticket prices
Derby Book Festival hosts not one, but two annual Festivals. The Autumn Edition 2021, taking place over a weekend in November, features 10 events in QUAD, Derby, plus one event in Derby Theatre. The Autumn event will be another hybrid festival with a choice of in-person, live streamed and recorded events, and will include a range of the most popular genres: politics, thrillers and biography.
Fireworks Night & Fun Fair 2021
The Incora County Ground
5 November 2021
Admission: From £5 adults, £3 children
Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s popular Fireworks Night and Fun Fair will return to The Incora County Ground to light up the sky once again. Derby’s biggest Fireworks Night is back with a bumper crowd of more than 10,000 visitors set to enjoy the adrenaline-fuelled thrill rides and classic Bonfire Night food, all followed by a dazzling fireworks display.
Derby Lantern Parade
13 November 2021
Free to attend
Part of the Derby Season of Light 2021, lanterns of all shapes and sizes will illuminate a path through the city centre. Everyone who has been involved in the lantern making workshops will be invited to gather at the Spot (St.Peter’s Street) at 4pm, to start the lantern parade, which will be led by the mighty Dhol drummers, followed by hundreds of people and school children holding colourful lanterns.
THOR’S tipi bar
5 November 2021 – 2 January 2022
Lincoln’s favourite festive pop-up bar is back for 2021, once again featuring roaring log fires, Christmas trees, twinkly fairy lights, and, of course, the most delicious festive drinks. Along with traditional mulled wine and boozy hot chocolate, THOR’S also has some exciting new cocktails, including the ‘Alpina Colada’ and ‘Ferroro Frosty’.
6 November 2021
Admission: Car (up to 5 passengers) – £45
Enjoy a spectacle of light with fireworks, glowing hot air balloons, street food, fire shows and more, with the return of the Autumn Lights extravaganza. Enjoy the city’s biggest colourful firework display, watch fire and glow entertainers, treat yourself to street food and drink, and enjoy an evening at the funfair.
13 November 2021
This will be the town’s final Mayflower 400 anniversary commemoration event, marking the town’s connections to the Pilgrim’s story. For this year’s eventy, there will be digital projections on the walls of Gainsborough Old Hall, a self-led Pilgrim Survival arts trail, and a chance to walk through the fire garden. Illuminate Gainsborough online will also take place on Thursday 25 November, the 400th anniversary of the first Pilgrim thanksgiving feast.
Skegness Beach race
6-7 November 2021
Free to spectate
Since its inception in 2010, the AMCA Skegness Motocross Beach Race has grown in to one of the largest off-road events in the UK – and it’s back in the Lincolnshire coastal resort for 2021. After being cancelled last year, the annual Skegness beach event returns with races for solo motorcycles, quads and sidecars on 6-7 November. Spectating is free, but the public car parks are Council managed and seasonal charges will apply. Specialist trade stands as well as beachside food concessions will also be open for the event.
Lincolnshire Food and Gift Fair
27 – 28 November 2021
Shop unique gifts, handmade crafts and treats; visit Santa’s Workshop and get hands on with festive craft and baking activities. The Lincolnshire Kitchen will be brought to life with top chefs and producers sharing their tips to help you cook up a festive feast and samples to try. There will also be live performances from talented local choirs alongside a host of hot food stands.
A Burghley Christmas
Christmas Fair and Fine Food Market
25 – 28 Nov 2021
Admission: check website for details
England’s greatest Elizabethan house hosts a luxury gift fair and seasonal food market, all in a picture postcard setting with the magnificent Tudor house as a backdrop. The Christmas event at Burghley, on the edge of the Georgian stone town of Stamford, has become a firm festive favourite and usually features more than 100 exhibitors with festive chalets and stalls spread across a larger area to give visitors more space and choice. As well as the heated marquees packed with Christmas ideas, there will also be additional seasonally decorated log-cabin type stalls too For even more seasonal shopping, Burghley’s popular pop-up Christmas Shop will be open during the event, while Burghley’s Orangery Restaurant has festive menus, including a popular Christmas Afternoon Tea.
Alton Towers Resort
5 – 7 November 2021
Admission: Day Passes from £39pp
Hosted on the closest weekend in November, the Alton Towers Resort’s Bonfire Night fireworks event spans three days, celebrating the end of the Theme Park season with the ultimate Fireworks spectacle. The Theme Park is open every day until 9pm with fireworks at 7pm, allowing guests to enjoy a day of rides and entertainment, see a world class fireworks show and then ride the rides afterwards in the dark.
Poppy Fields 2021
6-13 November 2021
Tickets: £7.50 per adult; £6.50 per child
This November sees the return of the profound and evocative sound and light exhibition, Poppy Fields, which was originally created by award-winning Luxmuralis in 2016, and revisited in 2018 to mark the centenary of end of the First World War. This all-embracing sound and light show will see poppies cascade down the ceiling, walls and floor of the stunning 900-year-old Cathedral, calling us to remember all those who have fought so valiantly for our peace and safety. Accompanying the projections will be specially composed music by David Harper and poetry recorded by Oscar-winning actor, Eddie Redmayne.
Christmas Workshop – Wreath Making
LoveClay, Valentine Clays
30 November 2021
This Christmas themed workshop aims to get you into the festive mood by learning how create your very own wreath. You will be given lots of seasonal items to use, including the choice of some beautiful porcelain decorations.
Fireworks at The Ageas Bowl
5 November 2021
Tickets: £12 adult, £9 under 17s
Billed as the ‘Best Fireworks Party in the South’, The Ageas Bowl’s spectacular annual fireworks party returns, for the first time since November 2019, with a whole host of family entertainment. The home of Hampshire Cricket will play host to a funfair, music, giveaways, and of course fireworks, in what promises to be another spectacular autumnal occasion. As usual, the fireworks display will be choreographed to an epic soundtrack, and food and drink options will be available around the ground.
6 November 2021
Light Up Winchester returns in 2021. No need to book tickets, this he multi-sited, professional fireworks display, designed to light up the skies above Winchester, will be on show from just about anywhere in the city. Look to the skies at 7pm.
Winchester Science Centre
27 November 2021 – 16 January 2022
Included with general admission: £12 (must be booked in advance)
Enjoy the sights, sounds and science of Christmas past…way past. Dino rangers have sprinkled prehistoric cheer around the Science Centre ready for a Jurassic adventure. On weekends and school holidays, enjoy a roar-cus festive season filled with T-riffic fun, dino-mite demos and a special guest appearance from Santa Claus himself (4 to 23 December in the free science show). And there’s not just prehistoric activities to get involved in, there’ll also be two live Planetarium shows and huge live science demos to inspire all ages.
Portsmouth On Ice
27 November 2021 – 9 January 2022
Tickets: £11 adults, £9 children
Portsmouth On Ice is back at the rink in the city’s Guildhall Square. The ice rink includes a canopy for guaranteed skating whatever the weather. Non-skaters can view from the covered side area. Open from 10:00 every day (closed on Christmas Day).
Gainsborough Illuminate, Lincolnshire - Photo credit Electric Egg
Dinostar – Hull’s Dinosaur Experience
Derby Lantern Parade
Portsmouth Ice Rink, Hampshire