What’s on in November… Futon Company presents ideas from across the UK

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What’s on in November… Futon Company presents ideas from across the UK

Bonfire parties, firework displays, cosy nights in and comfort food galore – November’s got it all going on! Make this a month to remember and make the most of what’s going on where you live. For inspiration on where to go and what’s happening across the UK in November 2016, check out our Futon Company blog…

Artweeks Christmas
Oxfordshire Artweeks is an artists’ organisation that promotes the work of Oxfordshire artists with a May Festival and Christmas exhibitions.  These events are the opportunity for a wonderful day out: expect the unexpected, be inspired, diverted and delighted – and come home with an artwork of your own.  Throughout November and December 2016 many of the Artweeks artists and designer-makers will hold pop-up exhibitions and Christmas Fairs or open their studios to give you the chance to find unique gifts for the festive season.  From 1st November-24th December 2016 at venues across Oxford.

Wood Engravers at North Wall Arts Centre
After a triumphant debut last year, the Society of Wood Engravers returns to The North Wall Arts Centre from 9th November-2nd December 2016 with an entirely new selection of relief prints in its 79th annual exhibition.  Over one hundred wood engravings, woodcuts and linocuts from the UK and around the world reveal the wide range of effects and interpretations this art form is capable of.  But traditional or experimental in approach, these prints all have one thing in common; an astonishing level of virtuosity and intensity distilled into exquisitely rendered images.

Thereby Hangs a Tale – Multisensory Exhibition
Literarty presents, Thereby Hangs a Tale, an anarchic exploration of Shakespeare and his influence on contemporary culture.  Combining diverse pieces from 20 UK and international artists with works from Oxford schoolchildren, the show explores the Bard’s plots and players through sculpture, paintings, automata, drawings and multisensory installations.  Shakespeare, but not as you know him.  From now until 12th November 2016 at Museum of Oxford.

Andy Warhol at The Whitworth
Andy Warhol’s work will be featuring at The Whitworth as part of its Artists Room exhibitions which will show the sharp, critical opinions of an artist known to many primarily as an art salesman, purveyor of product and celebrant of capitalism.  Supported by Arts Council, Art Fund and Creative Scotland, the exhibition is drawn from Artists Rooms, a collection of international modern and contemporary art owned by National Galleries of Scotland and Tate on behalf of the public.  From 19th November until 16th April at Whitworth Art Gallery.

The Warehouse Project
2016 marks The Warehouse Project’s 10th year and has announced its biggest line up to date with 65 shows across 4 iconic Manchester venues.  Store Street, the spiritual home of the Warehouse Project, will be hosting most of the events but this year sees The Albert Hall, Old Granada Studios and Manchester Academy added to the list of venues.  Highlights of this year’s line up include Yousef presents Circus, featuring grime MC Giggs & DJ Maximum and Ram Jam featuring the legendary DJ EZ & David Rodigan MBE.  Events scheduled from now until 1st January 2017.

Fashion & Freedom Exhibition
This exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery, running from now until 27th November 2016, sees some of today’s leading female fashion designers explore the impact the First World War had on the changing role of women and fashion.  Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Manchester Art Gallery, with support from the British Fashion Council, the exhibition will include contemporary pieces by Vivienne Westwood, Roksanda, Holly Fulton, Emilia Wickstead, J JS Lee and Sadie Williams.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
The world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum, features 100 awe-inspiring images, from fascinating animal behaviour to breathtaking wild landscapes.  Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for over 50 years.  Launched in 1965, today the competition receives over 42,000 entries from 96 countries, highlighting its enduring appeal.  This year’s 100 award-winning images will embark on an international tour that allows them to be seen by millions of people across six continents.  From now until 19th February 2017 at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Old Town.

Keep Dancing
Winners of Strictly Come Dancing 2015 Jay & Aliona are coming to the Edinburgh Playhouse in Keep Dancing from 15th-19th November 2016 at 7.30pm each night plus 2.30pm matinee on Wednesday and Saturday.

Edinburgh’s Christmas
Edinburgh’s Christmas is back from 18th November 2016- 7th January 2017, promising a bigger and better festive season than ever before!  This year’s theatre programme played out in the new Festival Square Theatre promises magic, music and more!  The newly-located Street of Light opens on 21st November.  Other events include the St Andrews Square Ice Rink, Santa Train, Santa’s Grotto, Light Night, Winter Windows, 24 doors of Advent and much, much more.

Lord Mayor’s Fireworks
Join Chiswick Pier Trust on a river cruise to watch the fireworks from the river.  The boat will leave Chiswick Pier at 4pm with embarkation from 3.45pm.  The boat will then cruise down to just east of Waterloo stemming the tide to watch the display and sail back to Chiswick Pier for around 6.45pm.  Adults £18, children under 12 £14.  The Pier House, W4 2UG on Saturday 12th November 2016.

Chiswick Car Boot Sale
One of the most successful car boot sales in the South East for both sellers and buyers, all money raised from the entrance fees goes towards the host, Chiswick School, W4 3UN.  November’s Boot Sale takes place on the 6th, with set up from 7am, buying from 8am, and closing at 1pm.

Chiswick Food Market
Open every Sunday come rain or shine from 10am to 4pm, the market is a social enterprise and proceeds made from running it are used to improve and maintain both the local meadows and the surrounding riverside area.  Features around 25 top producers from around the country.


Bonfire Night Fireworks Displays
Get set for a bumper crop of bonfires and firework displays across Bristol including:  Downend Round Table Fireworks on Friday 4th November, Heanleaze Infant School Fireworks on Friday 4th November, Fireworks to Music at Avon Valley Country Park on Saturday 5th November, Canford Park Fireworks Fiesta on Saturday 5th November, Puxton Park Bonfire Night Extravaganza on Saturday 5th November, Victoria Park Bonfire Night on Saturday 5th November, Thornbury Round Table on Saturday 5th November, Nailsea and Backwell Rugby Club Bonfire on Saturday 5th November, Bishop Road Fireworks Extravaganza on Saturday 5th November and Bradly Stoke Town Council Fireworks Display on Sunday 6th November.  For full details go to

Bridgwater Carnival
Looking for an alternative Guy Fawkes celebration just a car ride from Bristol?  The Bridgwater Carnival is just the thing.  Taking place on November 5th, this event takes Carnivals to a whole new level.  The workmanship put into the highly decorative floats – some of which are 100ft long – is astounding.  See dancing toy soldiers and dragons spouting fire at an eye-popping procession that takes more than two hours to pass through the town.  The carnival is brought to an explosive climax with ‘squibbing’ – an ancient tradition that sees hundreds of fireworks launched from hand-held sticks.
Bonfire Night
Enjoy Nottingham’s best free Bonfire Night celebration on Saturday 5th November from 5.30 until 9pm.  Come along to Forest Recreation Ground to enjoy a fantastic firework display, fairground rides and more.

Nottingham Craft Academy:  Apprenticeship Surgery
For employers looking to hire their own Nottingham Craft Academy Creative Practitioner Apprentice and learners looking to become one; meet New College Nottingham’s Apprenticeship team and find out more about the benefits of these exciting opportunities.  Ask questions and find out the latest information about support and grants available.  Run by Debbie Bryan on Wednesday 9th November from 4-5pm at 18 St Mary’s Gate, Lace Market, NG1 1PF.

Teenage Fanclub
Teenage Fanclub have been there, seen it and done it.  But in 2016, the same as at any time since they started out in 1989, they remain much more interested in being here, seeing it and doing it.  Spending the last couple of years recording in Glasgow and Hamburg, this iconic indie band has been busy honing a bunch of new recordings to their collective satisfaction.  Now they’re happy with all that, they’re coming to Nottingham’s Rescue Rooms on 28th November.

Chester Lions Fireworks Display
On Saturday 5th November, Chester Lions will host their annual Fireworks Fun Night at Chester Racecourse.  An entertaining family evening with funfair, food and live music.  Toddler’s Fireworks at 6.45pm, main display from 7.30pm.  Tickets available at the main gate.

Chester Arts Fair
Cheshire’s premier arts events, Chester Arts Fair, will take place from 18th-20th November at Chester Racecourse.  Visitors can view and buy art from over 50 UK and international galleries and emerging and established artists.  The Fair attracts visitors with a genuine passion for art, from serious collectors to those investing in their first piece of original art.

Chester Philharmonic’s High Five Season
Chester Philharmonic have designated this concert season The High Five Season.  Each of the symphonies performed will be one of the popular symphonies numbered 5.  On November 26th from 7.30pm at Chester Cathedral, the Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s instantly recognisable Fifth Symphony.

Mindfulness Meditation
Relax every Monday for Mindfulness Meditation classes 6.45pm at Beehive Healthcare, Chester.  Meet like-minded people in comfortable surroundings.  Minimum age 14.  Entry price £7.  6.45pm for one hour.  Every Monday.


Sunken Cities – Egypt’s Lost Worlds
Submerged under the sea for over a thousand years, two lost cities of ancient Egypt were recently rediscovered.  Their story is told for the first time in a blockbuster exhibition at the British Museum.  Vanished beneath the waters of the Mediterranean, the lost cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus lay at the mouth of the Nile.  Named after the Greek hero Heralces, Thonis-Heracleion was one of Egypt’s most important commercial centres for trade with the Mediterranean world and, with Canopus, was a major centre for the worship of the Egyptian gods.  Their amazing discovery is transforming our understanding of the deep connections between the great ancient civilisations of Egypt and Greece.  Open now until 27th November 2016.

The Middle at The Wallace Collection
London’s landmark antiques and decorative arts archive, The Wallace Collection, opens a contemporary exhibition this month that will bring even the most modern art fan to its door.  ‘The Middle’ by Tom Ellis sees the British artist present site-specific work alongside the collection’s ancient artefacts in the Front State Room, the exhibition galleries, and on the front lawn of its Hertford House home in Marylebone.  Ellis’ pieces include oil paintings and furniture; keep an eye out for ‘transformative’ tables and chairs that echo the upstairs Boudoir Room’s writing table by 18th century furniture maker Jean Francois Leleu, which starts in one form and opens up to become something else.  From now until 27th November 2016.

The Boldness of Calder Exhibition
Who knew that 20th century American sculptor Alexander Calder also designed necklaces, brooches and earrings?  Artists’ jewellery is gallerist Louise Guinness’ speciality – her Mayfair gallery has shown pieces by figures from Picasso to Man Ray.  Geometric, handcrafted and striking in scale, designs that echo Calder’s famous mobiles will be exhibited in her autumn exhibition The Boldness of Calder.  Also on show will be intriguing archive photographs of notable women wearing his pieces, from Peggy Guggenheim to Anjelica Huston.  From now until 5th November 2016.

Modern Shows
Modern Shows, the selling fair where you can find everything from 1930s French mirrors to iconic Danish chairs, is always worth a visit.  What’s more, it’s just a bus ride away from central London.  Taking place on 20th November in the Erno Goldfinger-designed Haggerston School, and Dulwich College.  The show will be split into four furniture categories – Bauhaus, Deco, Industrial and Modernism.  Advance tickets £9.


Dunorlan Park Fireworks Display
Radio station kmfm is once again heading back to Dunorlan Park to light up the skies of Tunbridge Wells on Saturday 7th November – and this year is going to be the biggest firework display yet!  Andy Walker will DJ, playing the biggest hits to warm you up, plus there will be a funfair, food and drink.  The night starts at 5.30pm, with the fireworks going off at 7pm.

Collector’s Fair at King Charles Church Hall
Monthly Tunbridge Wells Collectors’ Fair offering a wide range of antiques and collectibles for sale from 10am-3pm on 12th November at 3 Warwick Park, TN2 5TA.

Revolver Record Fair at King Charles Church Hall
Record Fair with thousands of records for sale.  Many rarities and bargains.  Free entry.  from 10am-3pm on 19th November at 3 Warwick Park, TN2 5TA.

Bonfire Night
Get set for Guy Fawkes Night – The Hoe is hosting its annual bonfire and fireworks display on Saturday 5th November.  Expect fairground rides and catering stands – open from 4pm – and entertainment courtesy of Radio Plymouth – from 6pm.  As the night draws in and the temperature drops, this event is sure to warm up when the bonfire is lit at 7.30pm, with fireworks from 8pm.

Christmas Lights Switch On
Celebrate the start of the festive season with the Plymouth City Centre Christmas Lights Switch On.  17th November 2016 at Armada Way.

Drake Circus Santa’s Grotto Opens
Let your children’s wishes come early this Christmas by taking them to visit Santa in his magical grotto.  From Thursday 17th November at Drake Circus Shopping Centre, Ground Floor.  Pre-booking is advisable but not essential and can be done online at

Chelmsford Fireworks
Set to take place on Saturday 5th November at Admirals Park, the 2016 event will be better than ever.  Hosted by the Round Table, all profits go to local charities.  Doors will open at 4pm and visitors can enjoy fairground rides, entertainment and children’s attractions, enhanced fireworks display, wide range of food stalls, bonfire and fully licensed and serviced bar.

All Weather Racing
Come and experience the thrill of all-weather racing under the floodlights at Chelmsford City Racecourse on Saturday 5th November 2016.  First race 4.35pm, last race 7.40pm.

Farmers & Crafts Market
Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Stables Visitor Centre at Hylands House, the wonderful Farmers & Crafts Market features a growing number of craft stalls and local farmers who are passionate about food.  They sell a range of specialist foods including organic, locally grown seasonal vegetables, fine sausages and bacon, homemade cakes, fudge and pastries, pies and fantastic cheeses, homemade Indian foods and spices, locally grown plants and sweets and candyfloss for children.  Held the first Sunday of every month from now until December, from 10am-4pm.

Midsummer Common Bonfire Night
Cambridge’s Bonfire Night is one of the most popular events in the city’s calendar and Cambridge City Council is proud to have provided this event free for over 20 years.  Taking place on Midsummer Common on Saturday 5th November, the event kicks off with a Fun Fair, open from 6pm-10pm and a free firework display followed by bonfire at 7.30pm.

The North Pole
Cambridge’s festive North Pole returns to Parkers Piece on Friday 18th November open until 4th January 2016.  Entry is free but tickets for the attractions, which include fairground rides and the ice rink can be bought online in advance.  Other attractions include fabulous festive food and an undercover alpine bar.

St Neots Christmas Lights Switch On
Sunday 27th November 2016 from midday until 6pm sees Christmas come to Market Square, Cambridge.  Expect Christmas gifts and food market, mulled wine and cider stall, live music and dance, Santa’s grotto, Star for a Star and a Children’s funfair.  Lights switched on at 5pm followed by Grand Firework Finale.

Big Boom
Come along to Norwich Castle on Friday 4th November from 7.30-8.30pm.  Organised by Norwich City Council, this spectacular free firework show coordinated to music lights up the skies above Norwich Castle.

Christmas Lights Switch On
The Norwich Christmas Lights Switch On is one of the biggest nights of the city’s calendar.  Many see it as the official start of the festive season.  So wrap up warm and come out for some music, entertainment, fireworks and a sparkling light show.  The fun will start at 6pm and lights will go on across the city at 7pm, accompanied by some spectacular pyrotechnics from City Hall and Jarrold Store.  This year’s event will take place on 17th November.

Christmas Craft & Gift Fair
Step into a world of festive delights at Breckland Hall & Owen Barns Room on Saturday 12th November from 10am-3pm.  Browse the range of locally made festive crafts and gifts including bath bombs and other bath products as well as teacup candles, soy wax candles, books, knitted items, crocheted items, Christmas decorations and homewares.

York Christmas Festival
It’s the most wonderful time of year and the York Christmas Festival is back bigger than ever, to transform the city into a winter wonderland with fairs, family fun and festive events.  Taking place in York City Centre from 17th November to 23rd December 2016.

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland
Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland is home to St Nicholas Avenue for the north of England’s largest and best loved outdoor Ice Rink – The Ice Factor.  Open from 19th November until 2nd January 2017.

York Famers Market
York’s monthly Famers Market celebrates the best of local produce, including meat, eggs, bread and oils as well as selling non-food gifts including pottery and woollen goodies.  The Farmers Market joins the city’s regular market at the Shambles on the last Friday of every month.  Fresh goods sold here are grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, smoked or processed by the stallholders within a 40-mile radius of York.

Battersea Park Fireworks
Get set for a night of fireworks and smash-hits at the annual Battersea Park Fireworks display on 5th November 2016.  Watch Wandsworth Council’s colourful pyrotechnics light up the sky set against a soundtrack of well-known tunes by music legends.  As well as the dazzling fireworks put on by Jubilee Fireworks, you can indulge in tasty treats from the food and drink stalls, and enjoy plenty of family entertainment.

Bac Beatbox Academy at Battersea Arts Centre
Beginner’s group of beatboxers, singers, poets and MCs for practicing the vocal skill,  Sessions led by beatboxer, musician and theatre-maker Conrad Murray.  Until 26th November 2016.

Fashion Rules:  Restyled
Take a journey through four decades of fashion and see how the Royal Family’s great women set the trends with Fashion Rules:  Restyled at Kensington Palace.  Featuring a luxurious display of dresses from the wardrobes of queens and princesses, the exhibition charts major changes in taste and style over the years.  Learn more about the elegance of a young Queen Elizabeth, Princess Margaret’s predilection for bold colours, up to the sparkles and tailoring of the 1980s, perfectly represented by Princess Diana’s beautiful dresses.  The exhibition features signature clothing by designers including Marc Bohan, Zandra Rhodes and Bruce Oldfield.  Until 5th January 2017.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Brighton Theatre Company Brief Hiatus brings the world’s greatest gothic horror story to Preston Manor in a thrilling new season.  Be enthralled by this site-specific performance of the Bram Stoker classic with Preston Manor at the perfect backdrop.  From 3rd-5th November and 10th-11th November 2016.

The Fairy Tale Fair – Christmas Craft Fair
Handmade crafts, jewellery, Christmas gifts, stocking fillers, live singers, cafes and treats, face painting at more, The Fairy Tale Fair is a whimsical themed craft fair in Brighton.  Taking place at Brighton Open Market, Marshalls Row on 13th November 2016.

Christmas Fayre
Come and meet Santa and have fun at the fabulous Christmas Fayre at the Hilton Brighton Metropole on 12th and 13th November 2016 from 10am-5pm.  Free entry for all and Christmas festivities, with Santa’s grotto, stalls, wine, gifts, accessories and lots more.

Neon School Workshop
Neon School is an artisan workshop on Brighton seafront that designs neon for industry and arts.  Once a month the workshop resident artists share their skills.  Whether you are an expert requiring a master class or an absolute beginner looking for an unforgettable weekend, this is the place for you.  All students leave with a working piece of art that they have made.  Workshops set to take place on 12th-13th November 2016.  Telephone 01273 694662.

Guildford Firework Fiesta
Celebrate Guy Fawkes night in style and follow Guildford’s Torchlight Procession from Guildford High Street followed by a firework display at Stoke Park.  This year’s nominated charity is Headway Surrey, who provide support and services for those affected by brain injury across the county.  Hosted by Guildford Lions Club.  Saturday 5th November 2016.

Landscapes of the Somme
As part of the national commemorations of the First World War, Guildford House hosts the exhibition Landscapes of the Somme, featuring drawings and paintings of the Somme Battlefields by Robert Perry, an internationally known British landscape painter.  From now until 5th November.  Free entry.

Guildford Farmers Market
Held on the first Tuesday of every month.  While the High Street Setts are being repaired, the Farmers Market will relocate to the Leapale Road Surface Car Park.  Buy high quality, fresh, local produce directly from over 50 local farmers and producers.  Try the best seasonal produce and ask questions about growing, rearing, manufacture and cooking methods.  Enjoy the freshest meat, fish, cheese, eggs, fruit and vegetables and breads.

Exeter Golf & Country Club Firework Night
Come along for a fabulous firework display on Friday 4th November 2016 for a night of children’s fancy dress, Halloween disco, fairground rides, live music, food and drink and a BBQ for all to enjoy.

Exeter Christmas Market
This year’s Christmas Market will come to Exeter’s Cathedral Green from Saturday 19th November until Saturday 18th December.  The Green, at the heart of the city centre, will be brought to life by this special seasonal Market, with stalls offering unique, handmade and unusual gifts, decorations and food items – everything needed for a perfect Christmas celebration.

Street Food Night Markets
After the amazing success of the recent night street food market on Exeter’s historic quayside there’s more to come!  The street food market has an impressive line-up of different cuisine of street food including Spanish, American, Egyptian, Persian, Vietnamese, Locally Reared, African, Sustainable Fish, Caribbean and more.  4th November and 1st December from 5pm-9.30pm at The Transit Shed, The Quay.

Fireworks Festival
Save the date!  Ally Pally’s annual Fireworks Festival is back on 4th-5th November featuring two nights of spectacular fireworks, an epic laser show, German bier festival, Day of the Dead Parade, food and drink and attractions galore!

Grace Adam – Views & Vistas
Views & Vistas, a North London Park Life is a site-specific sculpture by London artists, Grace Adam, taking place in Haringay’s Priory Park.  Six Viewing Gates invite park users to slow down, stop and enjoy the park and their urban environment.  This event is free, and aimed at everyone – all age groups.  There is an accompanying map with information about local sites that can be seen through the Viewing Gates.  This is available from Grace Adam’s website and from the cafe in the park.  This installation is open from 8am until dusk every day until 19th November 2016.

Panic!  at the Disco
The mighty talent that is Panic! at the Disco American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada play at Alexandra Palace on November 19th and 20th 2016.

The Simon & Garfunkel Story
If you live in or around Kingston you probably know all about the fabulous Summer Picnic concerts at Hampton Pool.  Now they are extending the fund raising events to include an autumn concert at the 400-seat Hammond Theatre at Hampton School in Hanworth Road.  Now seen by over ¼ million people across the world, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is a critically acclaimed concert style theatre show about two young boys from Queens, New York, who went on to become the world’s most successful music duo of all time.  Tickets £24.50 plus transaction fee.

Hampton Court Ice Rink
Arena Group is proud to present the Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink in association with Historic Royal Palaces from November 25th until January 8th 2017.  Located in front of the stunning historic Hampton Court Palace, the 1040m ice rink offers something for everyone, from novice to expert.  First skate 11am, last skate 9pm.

Kingston Philharmonia Concert
A programme of rhapsody and romanticism at All Saints Parish Church, Market Square, Kingston on 5th November, including Martinu’s viola concerto played by Katya Lazareva.  Tickets available on the door or in advance at