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What’s happening in November?… Futon Company presents the pick of the crop across the UK

 

KINGSTON

Kingston Christmas Light Switch-on Event

Kingston locals are invited to the annual Kingston Christmas Light Switch-on Event, this year merging the magical world of Narnia’s The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe with music and traditional Christmas entertainment across the town centre. Taking place on Thursday 13th November 2014 from 3-6.30pm, making the first steps into Kingston will be as though it were through the wardrobe door to Narnia itself, bewildering but entrancing. Think lavish stilt trees, frost giants, fauns and an Ice Queen. The main stage will be hosted by the fast rising DJ and producer duo Wide Awake and MTV’s Maya Jama, overseeing live music, games and giveaways in the lead up to the main event at 6pm when the lights go on.

As well as the main event there will be side shows including Betty Balloon, School Choirs, Reindeer, Santa’s Grottos, Face Painting, Food Markets, Christmas Bears and 3D Art. Reindeers and children’s activities for the Lights Switch On will take place on Old London Road, nearest car park Cattle Market. For further information go to kingstonfirst.co.uk

 

YORK

St Nicholas Fayre
York is a Christmas shopping haven with its eclectic mix of shops as well as wonderful Christmas markets throughout York’s atmospheric streets. The festive shopping starts off with the ever popular St Nicholas Market on the 27th November and continues all the way to December 21st. During St Nicholas Market there is a sense of stepping into a scene from a Dicken’s tale with bustling Victorian market stalls selling everything from local produce to traditional gifts and crafts, all accompanied by the smell of roasting chestnuts and the sound of carol singers. For unique presents from a different era head to the Medieval Market at Barley Hall, where you can also sample a pint of traditional ale or a glass of mulled wine at the bar. Go to visityork.org.uk/York-St-Nicholas.Fair-/

 

SOLIHULL

Solihull Christmas Market
Solihull’s fantastic Christmas market returns on November 29th until 22nd December and, for 2014, it will be almost twice as big with no less than fifty stunning, traditional stalls, painted in festive Farrow and Ball colours with sparkling snow-capped rooftops. In the market you’ll discover a wonderful range of gifts for all, including candles, jewellery, decorations and wooden toys.

Christmas Lights Switch On
Solihull town centre Christmas lights will be switched on in theatrical style this year on November 22nd. The fun begins from 4pm with some stunning LED Drummers lighting up the town, as well as the brilliant Hoola Hoop dancers showing off their talents, and the stars of the 2014 Solihull Theatre pantomime, Cinderella, taking to the specially built stage in Mell Square to entertain the crowds.

 

PLYMOUTH

Bonfire Night
In pure traditional style Plymouth will be hosting a bonfire and firework display on Wednesday 5th November 2014 on the Hoe for Bonfire Night. Fairground rides and catering stands will be open from 4pm and entertainment, courtesy of Heart FM, will be provided 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.

Christmas Light Switch On & Lantern Parade
Plymouth will turn into a dazzling festive haven to celebrate the start of the countdown to Christmas Day. The festival and Christmas celebrations will begin on Thursday 13th November with the annual Christmas light switch on. Singer and panto star Chico and British R&B band Damage have been confirmed as the special guests. Taking place from 4pm outside Drake Circus, with entertainment from Heart FM.

Where’s Santa in Plymouth?
As the days creep closer and closer to Christmas, prioritising the Santa visit really is a must and as he is wonderfully magic, he can be found at a variety of spectacular grottos in garden centres, shopping centres, on trains and in family attractions to name a few. Many venues also offer dining opportunities such as breakfast or brunch, with Santa making the experience fulfilling in more than one way. To find out where Santa will be in Plymouth from November to December 2014 go to Primary Times.

Christmas Market & Late Night Shopping
Opening on November 14th 2014, the ever popular Christmas Market will transform Armada Way into a bustling Winter Wonderland offering a variety of traditional Christmas treats and gifts. From homemade arts and crafts to festive food and drink, the Christmas Market is a great place for shoppers looking for something different to give their loved ones this year. And if that wasn’t enough, November 14th marks the start of late night Christmas shopping.

 

NORWICH

Elves and Trolls Puppet Making Workshop
Kids invited to make a magical troll or elf at Norwich Puppet Theatre. Working with peers and supported by workshop leaders, little ones can create puppet costumes, make hands or claws, add the features to the face, hair ears – whatever is needed to make the puppet comes to life. Each session is themed to a particular type of puppet used in the Theatre – from rod to marionette to glove. The only restriction is their imagination – at the end, puppets can be taken home. Head to Norwich Puppet Theatre, Saturday 15th November 11am-12.30pm. £8.50 per child.

Firework Extravaganza
The fuse has been lit! This year’s extravaganza at Lenwade House Hotel, NR9 5QP promises to blow your socks off! Witness lots of wizzles, swoohes, bangs and something new that’s never been seen at Lenwade before from the professionals at Fireworks International! Fun for all the family from 4.30pm. Tickets £6 per adult and £3 per child.

Christmas Markets
Norwich doesn’t have one Christmas market to enjoy, it has several! Feast yourself on fabulous winter food from across Norfolk; cheese, sausages, pies and condiments, or browse local arts and crafts, jewellery and other locally made unique gifts. Medieval Norwich is celebrated at Dragon Hall incorporating a traditional outdoor German market, St Andrews Hall rejoices a nostalgic Christmas with quirky vintage paraphernalia and collectibles and Wymondham, a beautiful market town, celebrates with a difference with its ever popular Dickensian Steampunk Fayre!

 

CAMBRIDGE

Fireworks
This year’s firework show will be held on Wednesday 5th November, starting at 7.30pm at Midsummer Common. A bonfire will be lit immediately after the fireworks display, and the Thurston Fun Fair will be open from 6-10pm. There will be a fire show between 6.45-7.20pm by Phoenix Performance as people arrive from Maids Causeway.

North Pole Cambridge Christmas Festival
The North Pole Cambridge Christmas Festival is returning to Parker’s Place on November 21st 2014, taking place throughout the festive season and bringing an icy extravaganza to the heart of the city centre. Skate in style and glide around the new 600m ice rink; sample the delicious pop up food market, brought to you by local company Foodpark Cambridge and be tempted by tasty treats from around the world. To explore The North Pole Cambridge head to the website.

 

BRIGHTON

Made Brighton
Design and craft fair Made Brighton is set to take place from November 21st to 23rd 2014 in the Corn Exchange, part of the Dome Complex by the Royal Pavilion. Over 120 innovative and original makers and designers will show and sell their work directly to the public. Beautiful and unique jewellery, textiles, glass, ceramics, furniture and much more across all price brackets, means the fair provides something for everyone’s taste and budgets. A cafe provides a space to take refreshment and relax.

Brighton Christmas Market
Churchill Square will be transformed into a magical atmosphere for its eighth year running when it welcomes the return of the German style Christmas Market between November 1st and December 24th 2014. Situated in the very heart of Brighton on the Churchill Square piazza, the stylish market will be made up of 14 authentic huts, beautifully decorated, packed with festive ambience. European and local producers will offer everything from fine jewellery, handcrafted goods, hand knitted hats, bags and scarves. You can even enjoy a mulled wine, freshly prepared crepe or delicious German bratwurst to keep you warm as you shop.

 

BRISTOL

Christmas Lights
On Friday 7th November 2014, Park Street will celebrate the switch on of its new Christmas lights. In addition, locals are invited to admire the newly-installed Christmas tree on College green and enjoy the sounds of the Cathedral’s bell peal – a traditional performance of tuning the bells. Marquees will be placed on College Green, offering local businesses the chance to showcase their Christmas goodies. The event will run from 4.30-8.30pm.

 

READING

Christmas Lights Switch On
Join Broad Street Mall from 10am on Saturday 15th November 2014 for festive fun! Afternoon entertainment from Jack 107 fm, Luke Upton, Act Now Productions, Starlet Dance School, Theatre Train and more. Ray Quinn, star of the West End’s Grease and Dirty Dancing, Winner of Dancing on Ice Champion of Champions and runner up of ITV’s X Factor will perform from 3.15pm. Special guest appearance by Santa! For the Switch On, Ray Quinn will be joined on stage by Danny Mac and Carley Stenson from Hollyoaks.

 

CHELMSFORD

Fireworks Display
The annual Round Table firework display will be held at Admirals Park on 8th November 2014. A live stage show will commence at 18.30 followed by fireworks at 19.30. There will be a funfair, catering, entertainment and a bar, which will open until 22.00. For further information head to the website.

Jeremy Hardy
Comedian Jeremy Hardy is coming to the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford on Tuesday 11th November 2014 at 7.45pm. Jeremy has been a stand up comic since 1984 and will be one until he dies… or wins the lottery! Contact the venue direct for ticket information on tel. 01245 606505 or on the website.

Christmas Shopping Extravaganza
A festive shopping event will take place on 13th November 2014 at Little Baddow Memorial Hall, CM3 4TA showcasing fabulous gifts including Christmas flowers and bouquets, silver jewellery, fashion accessories, handbags, scarves, colourful shoelaces, gifts for the home, greeting cards, health and beauty products, children’s gifts, pet gifts and tasty Spanish treats! For more information go to Echo News.

 

LONDON

Swiss Cottage Farmers Market
Swiss Cottage Farmers’ Market is a great mid-week destination for a supply of farm fresh meat, poultry, dairy, veg, fruit, cheese, game, eggs, fish and much more. For locals it is ideally placed, just next to the tube station with easy access to the gym, theatre and library. This market is used not only by those living and working in the area, but also by keen local food hunters from other parts of London. Every Wednesday 10am-3pm.

Ravenscourt Park Fireworks
There’s an outer space theme to this year’s Fireworks at Ravenscourt Park where a special children’s firework display takes place before the main on Saturday 8th November 2014. It’s one of two displays organised for Bonfire Night within the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. The Fireworks fiesta at Bishops Park takes place the night before, on Friday 7th November 2014. Both events offer children’s fireworks display and one for the adults, culminating in a display choreographed to space inspired music. Further fun can be found at the on-site funfair and food stalls, making it the perfect venue for families to enjoy the festivities.

Chiswick Park Fireworks Displays
Chiswick will play host to a variety of firework displays, as schools, churches and clubs all try to organise the best party ever for Guy Fawkes Night. The Park Club always puts on a dazzling display of fireworks and this year it will be held on Friday November 4th. St Paul’s Church and Gardens annual firework party is on Sunday November 6th at Grove Park Road while the Friends of Strand on the Green schools will be held on Thursday 3rd November. Full a full round up of local events go to Chiswickw4.com.

Diwali Fireworks in Hounslow
Hounslow Borough celebrates Diwali and Bonfire Night with fireworks in Lampton Park. A funfair in Lampton Park from 6pm kicks the night off for this combined Diwali celebration and Bonfire Night with fireworks to begin at 8.30pm. Free family fun event.

The Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park
Spend a magical evening in the Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park this winter as the park is lit up with thousands of lights. A special pre Christmas treat, the Enchanted Woodland is open for walkers to enjoy a beautiful early evening walk through the delightful landscape of the gardens. Romantic and festive, this is a chance to enjoy nature in winter dark, lit up by the Christmas lights. Photography is a must on this wander through the woods. From November 21st 2014 from 5-9pm.

 

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