This weekend, be amongst literary greats down in Dorset, or be stunned by contortionists in Great Yarmouth. Head up to Derby to have a celebrity take you on a spooky stroll, or visit Manchester to sample beautiful Japanese traditions suggests Danielle Jones.
If vintage togs are up your street then swing by Kelham Hall in Nottinghamshire for a retro clothing extravaganza. Not only can you pick up authentic clothing from yesteryear but you can also treat the family to cakes at the vintage tearoom, children’s activities and a whole range of workshops. Entry is £5 for adults (12-13 November)
Ink up the presses as Leicester celebrates its first-ever print festival. There are tonnes of activities such as hands-on demonstrations, workshops for kids and adults, and talks on Japanese woodblock printing, lithography and a whole host of other techniques. They are even launching their own blend of coffee! Entrance to events are free. (12-13 November)
Japanese culture comes to Manchester this weekend with Doki Doki Festival. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about Japan, or are already a huge fan of the cultures and traditions, then for a £10 ticket you can find out all about the Japanese Tea Ceremony or visit their in-house “Maid Café”. Proceeds for the event are going to Aid For Japan, so it’s all for a good cause. (12 November)
With its ancient stones surrounded in mystery and mythology, a visit to Stonehenge is always a delight. This weekend, English Heritage is organising a range of demonstrations to help solve some of your unanswered questions about the Neolithic Age, and give visitors a real sense of how life was lived in ancient times. Entry is £17.70 for adults (12-13 November)
This weekend the gilded mystique of the Far East is coming to the country’s only surviving total circus building, Norfolk’s historic Hippodrome. The Chinese State Circus, famed for its amazing aerial acrobatics and Shaolin Warriors, will have you and the family on the edge of your seats as you marvel at their escapades. Tickets are £20 for adults (11 – 12 November)
This weekend in Falmouth, modern poets and lovers of the written word will come together for a programme of talks, workshops and panel events. Get up close to an eclectic mixture of writers on the beautiful Cornish coast, and finish the weekend off with a boat trip complete with its own open mic event. Tickets start from £10 per day (11-13 November)
Visit to Corfe Castle in November and you’ll see it in a whole new light. For the whole month, the castle will be lit up with a series of contemporary lanterns highlighting the various features that you may have once overlooked. This Devon castle is steeped with history and for the normal admission of £9.35 for adults, you can take in the architecture and unusual aspects that are on show. (1-30 November)
The villages, towns and cities of England are home to many war memorials. A visit to St Albans this Remembrance Sunday will bring life back to those names carved in stone, with an interactive walk around its streets. Guided through the town, you will learn about these individuals who laid down their lives for their country, from where they lived to where they worked on this most sombre of Sundays. The tour is £4 for adults, £2 for children (13 November)
The line-up for this year’s Bridport Literary Festival is star studded, with names including Jeremy Paxman and Paddy Ashdown, as well as many other well-known authors. This Saturday in particular has some great events for kids at The Lyric Theatre, such as a workshop with Charlie Fuge on illustrating for books. The events are individually ticketed with some events free of charge (6-13 November)
If you’ve not quite had your fill of ghosts and ghouls this year, then join renowned historian Richard Felix (Most Haunted) for a tour around this gorgeous hotel that was once a Priory, dating right back to 1260. Let him fill you with spooky tales and stories of the grounds, including the pet cemetery. Tickets are £20.16 and include a light supper. (11 November)
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