How to Make the Most of November
Remember, remember… it’s Bonfire Night this weekend
Start November Off With a Bang
From Newcastle Racecourse’s funfair to a Bonfire Night party in Chapel Allerton, there are plenty of firework displays you won’t want to miss this Saturday 5th November. Here are just a few across the North East and Yorkshire. When you get home, while you’re warming yourself up by the fire, inspired by the camp-fire treat, this delicious hot chocolate will keep you toasty.
Get into the Christmas Spirit
Christmas is coming. Following the success of our North East Christmas Fair at Newcastle Racecourse, we’re heading to York Racecourse to do it all again from 10th–13th November! Join us for a jam-packed day of shopping, food, live music and more, with more than 250 carefully-selected stands, from artisan designer-makers, local food producers and fashion retailers to homewares, gifts and accessories, and of course special Christmas decorations. Find everything you need to know, and get your tickets here.
Don’t forget Remembrance Sunday this month (13th November) and take time to remember and honour servicemen and -women who have lost their lives. Wear your poppy with pride and don’t forget to observe a two-minute silence at 11am. Durham Cathedral will be hosting their Festival of Remembrance concert on Saturday 12th with their Sunday service the following day, but there are services taking place right across the North East and Yorkshire.
Shop ’til You Drop
Those looking to shop local this year can enjoy shopping evenings, shopper Saturdays, a Christmas Fayre and a last-minute shopping event at Richmond’s Kiss The Moon. On Wednesday 2nd November, there’s a Kiss the Moon Christmas Shopping Night, but if you miss that, from Saturday 12th November, join the Shopper Saturdays events, where you can make the most of free samples – and Mocha will throw in a free chocolate with every hot drink.
Appreciate Good Art
Art-lovers, this one’s for you. Celebrate The Biscuit Factory’s 20th anniversary at the Winter Social on Friday 25th November in Newcastle as they unveil a specially commissioned art installation by ceramic artist Megan Randall. Ade Adesina's showcase exhibition also opens on the 25th; A Scottish Royal Academician, Ade's work reflects on the effect of the human footprint on the planet, and across the neighbouring Ouseburn Valley you can enjoy the annual Ouseburn Open Studios on 26th and 27th November which sees creatives open their doors and offer a rare chance to catch a glimpse into their world, with lots of work available to buy too.
Go to a Gig
You can still buy tickets to see Kendrick Lamar tomorrow night (4th November) at Utilita Arena Newcastle if you act fast. A huge name, American rapper, songwriter, and record producer Kendrick is often noted as one of the most influential rappers of his generation, so if that’s your sort of thing, you won’t want to miss this rare chance to see him perform in the North East. At Sheffield’s Utilita Arena (on 28th November) the UK’s biggest-selling album group of the 21st century, Westlife are back on tour, joined by special guest, Irish singer Lyra – and tickets are selling fast.
See a Show
Stephen Daldry’s multi award-winning National Theatre production of JB Priestley’s classic thriller An Inspector Calls is returning to the North East this month (8th–12th November at Newcastle Theatre Royal). When Inspector Goole arrives unexpectedly at the Birling family home, their dinner party is disturbed by his investigations into the death of a young woman. More relevant now than ever, this is a must-see for all generations of theatre-goers.
See The Light(s)
November is all about dark nights and sparkling lights. From 17th November head to RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate for a magical show. At Glow 22 you can see the garden in a whole new light as you follow the trail and find all the iconic features awash with colour, including the Queen Mother’s Lake where you’ll be wowed by a pixel lawn with hundreds of synchronised dancing lights. From 29th November, Sheffield Cathedral are welcoming back the award-winning Luxmuralis for their 2022 light show. This year, the Cathedral will be lit up by The Manger – beautiful imagery with a stunning re-telling of the Christmas story. In the North East, until 12th November, head to Sunderland’s Roker Park for their festival of light.